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Profile: Al Felzenberg


Positions that Al Felzenberg has held:

  • Chief spokesman for the 9/11 Commission




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August 11, 2005: 9/11 Commission Admits Being Informed of Intelligence Unit That Identified Mohamed Atta in 2000      Complete 911 Timeline

       In response to new revelations about a military intelligence unit called Able Danger, which allegedly identified Mohamed Atta and three other 9/11 hijackers more than a year before the attacks (see August 9, 2005), Al Felzenberg—formerly the chief spokesman for the 9/11 Commission—admits that a uniformed officer, when briefing two of the commission's staff members about the unit in July 2004, had indeed mentioned Mohamed Atta. [New York Times, 8/11/05] Previously, Felzenberg had said that commission staff members briefed about Able Danger in October 2003 by a different officer involved with it were informed of the program, but not told anything about Mohamed Atta or an al-Qaeda cell in the US. [New York Times, 8/9/05; New York Times, 8/11/05] Subsequently, the former leaders of the 9/11 Commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, release a statement saying that panel staff members have found no documents or other witnesses to back up the claims made by the officer in July 2004. They say, “The interviewee had no documentary evidence” to back up his claims, and that “the Commission staff concluded that the officer's account was not sufficiently reliable to warrant revision of the report or further investigation.” [Washington Post, 8/13/05; Kean-Hamilton statement, 8/12/05] The final report of the 9/11 Commission, released in July 2004, made no mention of Able Danger.
People and organizations involved: 9/11 Commission, Lee Hamilton, Thomas Kean, Al Felzenberg, Mohamed Atta, Able Danger, al-Qaeda

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