From tomorrow’s Time Magazine about Rep. Curt Weldon and his Able Danger claims, which arose out of a soon-to-be-published book: “In a particularly dramatic scene in Weldon’s book, Countdown to Terror, the Pennsylvania Republican described personally handing to then-Deputy National Security Adviser Steve Hadley, just after Sept. 11, an Able Danger chart produced in 1999 identifying Atta. But Weldon told TIME he’s no longer certain Atta’s name was on that original document. The congressman says he handed Hadley his only copy. Still, last week he referred reporters to a recently reconstructed version of the chart in his office where, among dozens of names and photos of terrorists from around the world, there was a color mug shot of Mohammad Atta, circled in black marker.”
If Time’s account is accurate, Weldon has done something very, very bad with this whole story — something either knowingly dishonest, unknowingly crazy, or foolishly naive — and he should be held accountable for it.