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"The collective testimony of Wednesday's witnesses implied that federal privacy and civil-liberties regulations governing military intelligence operations may have been the reason that contractors were asked to destroy the information."
Lots going on here. The Pentagon isn't letting Able Danger agents testify about what they knew, and also destroyed files that showed who the 9/11 hijackers. They say they had to destroy the information because of privacy laws. Interesting turn-around there. But that's the "smokescreen," if you want to look at it that way: the military branch of government refuses to talk to the legislative branch, and at the same time attacks the strictures imposed on them by privacy laws. Weird, to say the least.
Also weird that the first network news airplay the Able Danger testimony story I saw was at 4:30 in the morning. You know, between the hurricane story and the near-wreck footage of planes in LA. A touchy story, I suppose....