Lawsuit reveals new evidence supporting 9/11 whistleblower who alleged intel failures
Lawsuit reveals new evidence supporting 9/11 whistleblower who alleged intel failures Byfor Just the News
Inspector general “manipulated data and methodology” to discredit colonel who alleged intelligence failings.
An affidavit filed as part of a lawsuit brought by a 9/11 whistleblower has revealed sworn testimony by a former Department of Defense official claiming that the whistleblower, a former military intelligence officer, was deliberately sabotaged by a Pentagon review process.
Retired U.S. Army Col. Anthony Shaffer is suing his former attorney, Mark Zaid, in Washington, D.C.’s District Court over Zaid’s alleged failure to “zealously represent” Shaffer in his fight against the government over what Shaffer claims was whistleblower retaliation.
Shaffer is known for his participation in the U.S. Special Operations Command Operation Able Danger, a program meant to counteract global terrorism.
The retired colonel told the 9/11 Commission in 2004 that Able Danger had, prior to the September 11 attacks, identified two of the three al-Qaeda cells that had planned the attack, including one to which Mohamed Atta, one of the attack’s chief architects, belonged. Shaffer has alleged that the government subsequently destroyed evidence of its having been aware of Atta’s identity prior to the attacks.
Shaffer claims that, following his testimony to the commission, he was retaliated against by his superiors in the Defense Intelligence Agency, which suspended and eventually revoked his security clearance.
According to Shaffer’s lawsuit, Mark Zaid committed “legal malpractice” by failing to appropriately represent his client amid the alleged retaliation from government officials.
Zaid, founder of the nonprofit law firm Whistleblower Aid, represented the U.S. intelligence community source who triggered the impeachment investigation of President Trump when he claimed whistleblower protection to anonymously divulge details of a classified phone call between Trump and the president of Ukraine.
Zaid did not respond Friday to a request for comment on the suit’s allegations.