Monday, October 24, 2005

Is Curt Weldon a Don Quixote?

Don Quixote de la Mancha was the novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Some consider it the finest book of the entire Spanish language. The term 'quixotic', taken from the name of the book's hero, has come to mean idealistic or impractical.

Curt Weldon, an honorable member of the United States House of Representatives since 1987 (R-PA), is Vice-chair of the Armed Services Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee. Weldon's claims that Able Danger identified the 9/11 hijackers were picked up by the national media in August 2005. Now he also claims former Clinton Administration officials were warned ahead of time of the USS Cole bombing. If Weldon stands for re-election in 2006, will his own administration oppose him, as well? It looks very likely.

In unusual, bi-partisan fashion, the Government has gag-ordered 7 highly credible witnesses who corroborate Weldon's claims. It has been obvious that Weldon's claims may be true, but that the Government has destroyed underlying records, threatened witnesses and ignored reports - in essence, engaged in a total cover-up campaign. See Able Danger and the Gorelick Wall here , and 'Mr. Speaker, this is not America', here.

Previously, Molten Eagle predicted 'Abel Danger will never see the light of day' and offered three possible reasons for the Government's intransigence over a fair hearing of Weldon's claims. Now, Molten Eagle has not changed that prediction, but can now narrow down (by process of elimination) the three possible reasons to only one.

It is not just a removable roadblock to a fair hearing, National Security is a monument, an immovable obstacle. Admitting the veracity of Weldon's claims jeopardizes the usefulness of cutting-edge spy technology that currently allows the U.S. to predict and avert emerging terrorist threats. If enemies know that their most secretive communications have been intercepted, they will plug the "leaks" so the technology becomes useless. We of course, need intelligence to avoid successful WMD attacks in the future.

In time, (75 years?) when the truth comes out, the Clinton administration will be deservedly vilified as one of the worst in U.S. history. Some will even consider it fitting at that time to exercise eminent domain condemning and levelling his presidential library in Little Rock. Clinton would not be the only lawyer victimized by the truth. A Gorelick could come to mean something very vile in our future language.

Weldon needs bi-partisan support to help him. Max Cleland would be among the best choices. Why is no bi-partisan support forthcoming? Read the preceeding paragraph, again. Who is 'tilting at windmills'? Where is Max Cleland? Since Weldon serves on the House Homeland Security Committee, why is he either not privy to the technology in question, or dismissive of a continued need for its protection?


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