Monday, August 22, 2005

Mohamed Atta's "From Outer Space"

The lonely libertarian noticed this story a few days ago, over on and Fox News. Apparently a Lieutenant Colonel Jack Shaffer is reporting that documents from a top secret military intelligence unit called "Able Danger" have somehow disappeared. Apparently the documents identified lead 9-11 hijacker Mohamed Atta before the attacks.

All this top secret government intelligence work is a bit beyond me, but the name of Lieutenant Shaffer did seem to ring a bell. So the lonely libertarian did a bit of investigating, and apparently, a "Lieutenant Shaffer" was last seen piloting a top secret military aircraft while disguised as an alien in the X-Files epsiode, "Jose Chung's From Outer Space." (See script here.) Whether there is any connection, well, the truth is out there.

In all seriousness, one of the reasons for the success of the X-Files was the fact that the government does have top secret programs with names like "Able Danger." Of course, one of the reasons the X-Files was completely unbelievable was the fact that in real life, secret groups can't stay secret, and secret groups tend to lose their paperwork.


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