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Newly Released FBI Documents Support Explosive Claims by Former FBI Translator Sibel Edmonds
Wednesday, 17. March 2010
The documents released under FOIA are almost completely redacted, but they do support many of Edmonds’ claims, including:
The documents comprise primarily of internal FBI ECs (Electronic Communications) between FBI offices. Most of the ECs are titled "Turkish American Cultural Association" although one from Feb 2000 is titled "Turkish Investigations in Chicago" which indicates that there were at least seven different pending investigations into Turkish activity in Chicago, and another later document from July 2001 indicates that there were at least ten investigations into TACA alone.
The earliest document is a November 1999 EC from the FBI's National Security Division (NS-2D) to FBI field offices in Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angeles and New York (although there is a reference to a September 1999 EC from NSD.) The timing is significant. In an article in The American Conservative by Phil Giraldi, Ms. Edmonds notes that although there were investigations into Turkish activity dating back to 1996, most of that activity was being monitored by Counter-Intelligence based on FISA warrants because the main targets were foreigners, however in 1999 investigations were opened into 'US Persons' and "they wiretapped the congressmen directly."
The FBI was obviously concerned about 'campaign donations' being paid to Congressional Representatives by these groups. Ms. Edmonds has repeatedly referred to certain groups making "different kinds of campaign contributions – legal and illegal, declared and undeclared" to various congressional members. Two days after an EC from the National Security Division, Chicago reviewed the Federal Electoral Commission (FEC) database which contains details of donations to congressional campaigns. Chicago was apparently interested in donations made by "three individuals who attended the meeting at TACA."
The FBI was also interested in the leadership of TACA. One EC notes that TACA held elections in 2000 and provides a list of all the newly elected officials. The EC states "Most pertinent to the above investigations was the fact that REDACTED had been REDACTED." We know that Mehmet Celebi was elected President of TACA at that meeting. Ms. Edmonds has previously referred to Celebi as a key player in the Turkish mafia in the US, noting that the Celebi family is involved in arms and heroin trafficking. Celebi was also Vice-President of the Assembly of Turkish-American Associations (ATAA), another organization named by Ms. Edmonds and others as being involved in various criminal activities.
In 2008, Celebi briefly received some attention when he was key fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, and was nominated as one of Clinton's Chicago delegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He was eventually kicked out of the Clinton campaign because of the scrutiny.
At the time, Ms. Edmonds said:
Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg once said that "Sibel says that suitcases of cash have been delivered to the Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, at his home, near Chicago, from Turkish sources, knowing that a lot of that is drug money."
The aforementioned Vanity Fair article, apparently trying to dodge some potential legal liability, suggested that "the reported content of the Chicago wiretaps may well have been sheer bravado, and there is no evidence that any payment was ever made to Hastert." However, a July 2001 EC regarding the "Statistical Accomplishments" of the TACA case notes that there were thirteen separate instances of actual 'Physical Surveillance' in the TACA case alone, suggesting that the FBI may very well have first-hand evidence of some of these crimes.
One fascinating feature of many of these documents is that many of them ominously warn about the sensitivity of the investigation. A typical warning reads:
Ms. Edmonds has often stated that these investigations into illegal Turkish activity were shut down by the White House and State Department in 2001 and 2002, but that the FBI Chicago Office fought to keep them open. Two of the ten cases related to TACA were officially closed by Chicago in July 2001, however even the documents relating to these 'closed' cases still warned that the information required 'extreme caution' and were not to be uploaded or shared with CID.
Asked to comment on these new documents, Ms. Edmonds replied:
That is the ultimate question. We now have even more evidence of these crimes -- but there is still no sign of any accountability. What will it take?
Luke Ryland, proprietor of the blog Let Sibel Edmonds Speak, discusses the disclosure of pre-9/11 FBI investigations that corroborate some of Sibel Edmonds' previously unsupported claims, Turkish lobbies involved in Congressional bribery and drug trafficking, US foreign military aid (funded by taxpayers) that keeps the world awash in F-16s and lines the pockets of defense contractors and the best online resources for getting up to speed on Sibel Edmonds' story.MP3 here. (25:24)
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