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Able Danger

A year before the 9/11 attacks a secret US intelligence unit had identified four of the hijackers as likely linked to al-Qaeda, a US congressman says.

But the unit’s request for the FBI to be informed was turned down, according to Representative Curt Weldon.

One of the men identified was said to be 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta.

Mr Weldon has a reputation for bold statements, but his comments are being taken seriously after claims from an unnamed former intelligence official. The New York Times quotes the official as saying the programme – named Able Danger – was set up in secret by the US military’s Special Operations Command. “Ultimately, Able Danger was going to give decision makers options for taking out Al-Qaeda targets,” the former official said…

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