Thursday, March 16, 2006

Weldon's second thoughts

Curt Weldon was eventually going to have to back off from his claims that the Pentagon had a picture of Mohamed Atta identifying him as being in Brooklyn in late 1999 or early 2000. Since Atta couldn't be in two places at the same time, and we know he was in Germany until May 2000, revelations about Atta being in Brooklyn would blow the Official Story of 9–11 sky high. As I have already described, it would mean that the hijacker-terrorist couldn't be the student in Germany tied to an al Qaeda cell, and it would mean we know absolutely nothing about the background of the terrorist. We would specifically have no reason to believe he was affiliated with any Islamist extremist organization (particularly so as the pork-eating, gambling, drinking, whore-mongering Atta wasn't exactly a primo candidate for Islamic heaven). Weldon now says that he is not sure the chart had a picture of Atta, and that he has been relying on the memory of an intelligence analyst who helped produce it. Of course, more than one person saw the picture, and defense contractor J.D. Smith recognized Atta's picture on the chart by his distinctive cheekbones. Weldon had previously indicated that the picture stood out because lawyers had put yellow stickies over it, an odd thing to do if the picture didn't exist. The reason they put the stickies over it, and the whole basis for Weldon's original comments, was that they were using legal technicalities to thwart the Pentagon's efforts to prevent a terrorist attack. The legal technicalitites were based on the fact that Atta's green-card status protected him from further investigation, which of course meant that they had to know who Atta was, know he had a green card, and know that the picture they were covering with stickies was a picture of Atta.

It is apparently time to make fun of Weldon, who has had a history of making wild accusations, as this particular accusation is just too dangerous, undermining all at once the complete basis for the 'war on terror'/'long war' which is the sole remaining support for the failing Bush Administration.