8/24/2005

Suburban Guerrilla : Coinky Dink Able Danger

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Now, this explains quite a bit. I knew there had to be something in the whole Able Danger tale for Weldon, and knowing our boy Curt, I wouldn’t be all that shocked if it turned out he had some laundered discreet financial ties to this company:

And it has not just been contractors and procurement officials eager to feed at the homeland security budget trough. Representative Curt Weldon, R-Pennsylvania, is pushing the Bush administration and Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge to establish a National Operations and Analysis Hub (NOAH), a supercomputer-based Internet data mining system that would assist the military and intelligence community in pulling information of interest from the world wide web. For years, Weldon has maneuvered to win Congressional support for a supercomputer project led by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a major defense and intelligence contractor. The project, called HUBS (Hospitals, Universities, Businesses and Schools), links computer systems in Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania. HUBS was the brainchild of Dr. Da Hsuan Feng, Weldon’s former technical adviser on the House Subcommittee on Military Research and Development, which Weldon chairs. Dr. Feng is now a vice president of SAIC at the firm’s King of Prussia facility , also situated in Weldon’s district. SAIC not only manages HUBS, which has received more than $25 million in federal financing, but stands to profit from NOAH, which Weldon proposes be headquartered in his district.

In addition to data mining, it turns out SAIC’s a major supplier of surveillance technology to U.S. spy agencies. And Weldon’s consistently pushed for more spying on U.S. citizens, and is now claiming we could have stopped 9/11 … if only we’d done more data mining. Hmm.

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