According to ABLE DANGER staffer Tony Shaffer's February 15, 2006 testimony,Army Intelligence had linked 9/11 Shaheed Mohammad Atta to the El Farouq mosque inBrooklyn, New York, by February 2000. Sheik Rahman frequented the mosque, ahotbed of jihadi sentiment, at that time,
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agreed, ³Dataanalyst J.D. Smith found Atta by linkages not to immigration issues but to the mosquesystem. Basically Atta was associating with known radical clerics." Able Danger wasreceiving raw data and photographs collected by private investigators whosesurveillance activities included photographing men entering and leaving Los Angelesmosques. Regarding how Mohammed Atta's photograph had come to be on the chart,Smith stated it was provided by a woman whose name he could not recall during theinterview but later confirmed, through his attorney, as Ms. (deleted). He stated that Ms.(deleted) "was going through Los Angeles or going through Web sites in the LosAngeles area for us and she gathered a lot of the raw data for us." It was reported that aCalifornia researcher was later able to purchase Atta's photograph from an Islamic Website. Our intelligence points to the Jew Rita Katz as Ms. (deleted) although Smith hasdenied this.
OTHER WITNESSES AND THE COVER-UP
The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense was intent oncovering up the fact that our Shaheeds had come across ABLE DANGER¶S radar. LikeSchaffer, Captain Mark Phillpott who served as the Operations Officer for the ABLEDANGER team from its inception in October 1999 through October 2000 and wasclosely involved in all ABLE DANGER activities had seen Atta¶s name and photographso Phillpott was interviewed on three occasions; December 13, 2005, February 17,2006, and May 24, 2006. During each interview he discussed a chart that allegedlycontained a photograph of Mohammed Atta. At the first interview Phillpott was "100percent [certain] Mohammed Atta's image was on the chart." Phillpott testified that hewas certain that Mohammed Atta's photograph was on one of the three charts deliveredto him in January or February 2000 that portrayed a Brooklyn cell. While he believedthat photographs of other 9/11 Shaheeds were on the chart, he was not as certain as hewas about Mohammed Atta's photograph. He testified,I know 100 percent Mohammed Atta's image was on the chart. Ipretty well recollect that there were three [terrorists], at least three others,but I have not gone into any depth in trying to recreate the memory of whoany of them were. All I know is what I originally saw on the days shortlyafter 9/11 and that was him.´ Phillpott also stated that in addition to theBrooklyn cell there were four other cells depicted on the chart. He recalledthe cells were "Dar es Salaam, Kenya, Tanzania, [and] Nairobi.
Niles Lathem August 24, 2005
. Interview with Scott Malone February 6, 2006