9/11 Commissioner Slade Gorton was either breaking news or breaking wind in his appearance on The O'Reilly Factor last night. He was commenting on the Pentagon statement that they can not yet confirm or clarify the output of the Able Danger program, and said this:
GORTON: Since this has come out, the Defense Department ...
O'REILLY: They issued a statement sayin' that they didn't know anything ...
GORTON: ... has been scrambling to see if it has something.
GORTON: It has nothing and, as of today, it tells us that the civilian female whom Col Shaffer has as a source does not corroborate what he has to say.
O'REILLY: OK. Alright. And that's all true. The Defense Department has said ...
Emphasis added. The female civilian is (presumably) the third witness that has appeared, anonymously, in various accounts offered by Shaffer.
My current guess is that Gorton is confused, but it would be nice to know.
UPDATE: Boris, commenting at AJ Strata, suggests that Gorton is making an inference - "It has nothing and, as of today, it tells us that the civilian female whom Col Shaffer has as a source does not corroborate what he has to say..." means "The Pentagon has nothing, and therefore, my common sense tells me that the female civilian does not corroborate...". Makes sense.
BONUS: Thomas Kean, another NJ Republican, picks up my clarion call, and points out that National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley could save the Pentagon a lot of man-hours that might be better spent in other ways:
Thomas H. Kean, chairman of the now-disbanded Sept. 11 commission, called on the Bush administration yesterday to provide more information about what it knows regarding Able Danger and the Atta allegations.
Kean focused specifically on an assertion in Weldon's book about Stephen J. Hadley, then deputy director of the National Security Council. Weldon wrote that shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, he gave Hadley a 1999 Able Danger chart that "diagrammed the affiliations of al Qaeda and showed Mohammed [sic] Atta and the infamous Brooklyn Cell." Weldon repeated the allegation last week.
"At some point, somebody has to say this is true or this is not true," Kean said. "He's supposed to have a list of names of terrorists in his possession. He either does or he doesn't. . . . It's a very significant question."
The NSC press office has repeatedly declined to comment, referring questions to the Pentagon.
Embarrass Weldon, embarrass the NSC and the Pentagon... decisions, decisions...