A secret US military intelligence unit had terrorist ringleader Mohammed Atta in its cross-hairs before the September 11, 2001 attacks 13 times, a congressman claimed, citing the unit's records.
Data produced by the Pentagon unit code-named "Able Danger", which used data mining to investigate the Al-Qaeda network, showed Atta's name 13 times, Republican Representative Curt Weldon told a news conference.
Weldon said he now had proof there had been several attempts to transfer the information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but they were blocked by lawyers for the administration of President George W. Bush.
"We have information that will be testified to under oath that there were attempts to transfer information to the FBI on at least three occasions, and on all three of those occasions in September of 2000, lawyers within the administration denied those meetings from taking place," he said.
Weldon also said that "Able Danger" had detected problems in Yemen, which if they had been properly communicated, could have prevented the attack on the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden in October 2000.
The Halliburton Time Machine must have been broken.