This is the transcript from the recent airing of Lou Dobbs, as he speaks about the 911 issue with Congressman Curt Weldon. They cite massive deception and fraud.
And shocking charges of a cover-up in our nation's pre-9/11 intelligence community. Congressman Curt
Weldon has some very interesting revelations and some questions that demand answers. He's our guest
here next. Stay with us.
DOBBS: Tonight, a major development in the murder of the wife of a high-profile defense attorney, the
attorney Daniel Horowitz. Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy who they say beat Pamela Vitale to
death. Ted Rowlands reports from Martinez, California -- Ted.
TED ROWLANDS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Lou, according to an official who is -- law enforcement official
close to this case, this young man, they believe used a piece of crown molding to bludgeon Pamela
Vitale to death. They also say that he carved a crucifix in her back.
He is at juvenile hall this evening in Martinez, California awaiting his first court appearance.
Pamela Vitale died on Saturday, found by Daniel Horowitz. This afternoon, she was laid to rest at a
private ceremony here. This investigation is ongoing -- Lou.
DOBBS: Ted, thank you very much. Ted Rowlands.
Turning now to the issue of national security, my guest tonight has created a firestorm in Washington
over what he says is a cover-up of vital pre-9/11 intelligence. It is the highly classified Able
Danger Program, and it identified Mohammed Atta and three other 9/11 terrorists as members of an al
Qaeda cell in Brooklyn, New York more than a year before the attacks.
Congressman Curt Weldon says the man who blew the whistle on this intelligence, Lieutenant Colonel
Anthony Shaffer is now the subject of a smear campaign by the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Congressman Weldon blasted the DIA in a fiery speech on the House floor just last night.
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REP. CURT WELDON (R-PA), VICE CHMN., ARMED SERVICE CMTE.: This is an attempt to prevent the American
people from knowing the facts about how we could have prevented 9/11, and people are covering it up
today. And they're ruining the career of a military officer to do it, and we can't let it stand.
I don't care whether you are Democrat or Republican, you can't let a Lieutenant Colonel's career be
ruined because of some bureaucrat in the Defense Intelligence Agency. If we let that happen, then no
one who wears the uniform will ever feel protected because we will have let them down.
(END VIDEO CLIP) DOBBS: Congressman Weldon joins us from Capitol Hill. Congressman, what prompted
your call for an immediate investigation?
WELDON: Lou, this is so outrageous it makes me sick to my stomach. As a loyal member of the Armed
Services Committee supporting the military for 19 years, the Intelligence Agency took away Tony
Shaffer's security clearance. They're now about to take away his health care benefits -- he has two
children -- and his salary because he told the truth.
When they took away his security clearance, they said in September 23rd in a letter, you can never
see any classified information or documents again. Over the weekend they sent this box, Lou, labeled
Defense Intelligence Agency to his home.
In the box were five classified documents. They sent five classified documents mistakenly to Tony
Shaffer at his home. The Defense Intelligence Agency is on a witch-hunt. They accused him of stealing
pens. This is outrageous.
DOBBS: Congressman, why would the Defense Intelligence Agency want to destroy the reputation, as you
point out, a decorated career member of the United States military?
WELDON: Lou, when the story is told, when the Able Danger story comes out, there's going to be
embarrassment all over the place. The Defense Intelligence Agency spending hundreds of millions of
dollars could not do what a 20 member special team did in identifying through data mining Mohammed
Atta and the Brooklyn cell one year before 9/11.
Those DIA officials are still in the agency. They are still there working, and they don't want Tony
Shaffer to tell the truth. They don't want commander Scott Philpott to tell the truth, because they
are then going to have to answer the question, why did you ignore this, why did you not take
appropriate steps? Why did this information not be passed to the FBI? Louis Freeh this past Sunday
said on "Meet the Press" that if he had had the Able Danger information, the FBI could have stopped
the hijackings. That's Louis Freeh saying that this past Sunday.
DOBBS: And to be clear, the suggestion is that the Pentagon stopped Able Danger from sharing that
information with the FBI or any other agency that might have acted, is that correct?
WELDON: Absolutely. It was September of 2000 when it was stopped.
DOBBS: Now, the 9/11 Commission at first denied that Able Danger existed, that they had been told
anything about this. That was the first remark from Lee Hamilton. It was the first response from the
staff. Subsequently it turned out that, yes, they had heard about Able Danger on two occasions.
How do you feel about the commission and its reaction to Able Danger and the allegations that have
been made? WELDON: Well, Lou, I supported the commission when it was established. I know some of the
commissioners. I'm convinced that commissioners themselves were never briefed.
But what I have found out is Scott Philpott, an Annapolis grad, voluntarily went in and briefed a
9/11 Commission staffer in July of 2004, told the 9/11 Commission staffer about Able Danger. That
9/11 Commission staffer made a decision not to brief the commissioners. That 9/11 Commission staffer
was working for Jamie Gorelick, who was a member of the commission who wrote the famous memo that
said they could not transfer information between the military and the FBI.
DOBBS: The so-called wall.
DOBBS: Congressman Curt Weldon, we thank you for being here. We're going to follow this carefully, as
are you. We would like you to come back with every development, and we will continue to follow this