Friday, September 23, 2005

Able Danger Troubles

AJStrata has covered this story well, if you are interested in this story, you need no introduction here.

After reading some of the comments on Captain Ed's blog about this, I have to say:

GET A GRIP PEOPLE!

This SecDef would not play the bad guy for no reason

If Atta was tracked in other places, including Germany, under other names, and the SecDef doesn't want specifics to get out (even to Congress right now) it is probably not because the intel would embarrass some of our political opponents - it must be because the investigation is ongoing and may be compromised!!! The War On Terror is ongoing. And there were other things going on before it.

We know that Saddam Hussein has been neutralized. But not all of America's enemies, foreign and domestic, have been.

It may be good to remember WWII and the Cold War right now. I'm reminded of the Venona Project, the secret Army unit that was set up by Col. Carter Clarke in the 40s for the purpose of breaking the Soviet code.

He told neither Truman nor Roosevelt about it for operational security. That was a wise move. As Ann has pointed out:
It can now be said that McCarthy's gravest error was in underestimating the problem of Communist subversion.

Hundreds of Soviet spies honeycombed the U.S. government throughout the forties and fifties

among which include the following:

Alger Hiss at the State Department; Harry Dexter White, assistant secretary of the Treasury Department, later appointed to the International Monetary Fund by Truman; Lauchlin Currie, personal assistant to Roosevelt and White House liason to the State Department under Roosevelt and Truman; Laurence Duggan, head of the Latin American Desk at the State Department; Frank Coe, U.S. representative on the IMF; Solomon Adler, senior Treasury Department official; Klaus Fuchs, top atomic scientist; and Duncan Lee, senior aide to the head of the OSS.

America had been invaded by a civilian army loyal to a hostile power. There was no room for denying it. Soviet operatives were stealing information from atomic, military, radar, aerospace, and rocket programs.

After all the righteous indignation of the New York Times about "McCarthyism," to say nothing of that paper's defense of Hiss, the Rosenbergs, Owen Lattimore -and for the record, Stalin, in the classic reportage of Walter Duranty- the Venona Project might have been at least as important as the July 2001 story on how, if you don't count the military ballots, George Bush might have won Florida by only two hundred votes.

5 Comments:

Blogger A Person said...

Others have said it before me, but it is nonetheless true. Our downfall will come from within. Not from outside forces. McCarthy saw that. He handled things wrongly, but he wasn't wrong.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

You are F'ing crazy!

8:14 PM  
Blogger Sirc_Valence said...

Refresh the site, and then please refresh everyone as to the meaning of that enigmatic apercus that you left my comments thread with.

Thanks, buddy.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Sirc_Valence said...

LOL - I finally figured it out after the last reply.

You were telling "a person" not me. Hah.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Sirc_Valence said...

And yet I somewhat agree with "a person" (though not with his pessimistic prediction), so would that make me crazy too?

9:10 PM  

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