Tentative Witness List
Hearing before the
Senate Judiciary Committee
“Able Danger and Intelligence Information Sharing”
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
9:30 a.m. Senate Dirksen Building, Room 226
The Honorable Curt Weldon
United States Representative [R-PA, 7th District]
Mark Zaid, Esq.
Attorney at Law
former Army Major and
Chief of Intelligence of the Land Infomration Warfare Analysis LIWA
Project Manager for Intelligence Analytical Training
Executive Assistant Director
Counter Terrorism/Counter Intelligence
Federal Bureau of Investigation
United States Department of Justice
Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight
United States Department of Defense
Curt Weldon is the Congressman who has been leading this charge; not everyone scores his credibility at 100%.
Mark Zaid is the attorney for several of the Able Danger team members. Presumably, he will pass on hearsay about what they knew, or perhaps describe their whistle-blower status.
Erik Kleinsmith worked in military intelligence, but in what capacity? E-mail him here and ask him yourself!
Gary Bald is familiar with Joint Terrorism Task Forces.
William Dugan is an internet cipher but from the Times story we pick up this:
Mr. Whitman, the Pentagon spokesman, said that in place of members of the Able Danger team, a senior defense official would be sent to the Wednesday hearing to discuss "what the law and policies are on domestic surveillance and to provide some insights about information-sharing between agencies."
Mark Zaid, an attorney for Army Reserve Col. Tony Shaffer, said his client, a Defense Intelligence Agency liaison to the Able Danger team, was told in a letter not to testify.
The letter, which gave no reason for the order, was signed by the principal deputy general counsel for the Defense Intelligence Agency, Robert Berry.
Mr. Zaid said the team members "were told verbally that they would not be allowed to testify" and that the order was put in writing only with regard to his client at his request.
He said that the team leader, Navy Capt. Scott Philpott, civilian analyst James Smith and other members of the team had been denied permission to testify. A Judiciary Committee aide said panel staff members already have interviewed Capt. Philpott and Col. Shaffer.
Since this is a Judiciary Committee hearing, I had imagined that Specter's hook into an oversight role was the issue of intelligence sharing between the military and the FBI. My hope was that Specter would produce a witness who could explain the details of the meetings allegedly scheduled between the Able Danger team and the FBI - were the meetings actually scheduled, and what legal area shut them down? Defense Dept. lawyers, or lawyers at OIPR would be the obvious candidates, and the Pentagon seemed to rule out Defense Dept lawyers.
It is possible that William Dugan is my man. Time will tell.