January 11, 2010
By Megan Tady
It feels like any other work day. You drove the same route to work. You ate the same breakfast. Around 11 a.m., you looked longingly out your window imaging yourself swinging in a hammock on a beach. Pretty routine.
But there’s something different about today — about the next four days, actually. Turns out, this is no ordinary week. The FCC has invited your feedback before they rule on Net Neutrality, but the window for commenting is closing on January 14.
You have until Thursday at midnight to tell the Federal Communications Commission how you feel about the Internet. The comments you file with them will help shape the future of the Internet for generations to come. Our responsibility to protect it is a mighty one.
Do you like the Internet as it is — open to everyone to create and find content? Do you like writing blogs, reading alternative media, posting videos, engaging with your communities, connecting with your friends and family? Do you want to see how the Internet keep developing applications and online experiences we’ve never imagined?
Then you have to tell the FCC. The agency is on the on the cusp of creating a final rule that, if done right, will protect Net Neutrality, the principle that safeguards the Internet from corporate control — and allows us to use it like we do.
The FCC is facing intense pressure from giant phone and cable companies that want to strip… Continue reading
by Steven Aftergood
November 23rd, 2009
Federation of American Scientists Project on Government Secrecy’s Secrecy
Development of a new executive order on classification of national security information is now proceeding at an accelerated pace in order to preempt a deadline that would require the declassification of millions of pages of historical records next month.
A revised draft executive order was circulated to executive branch agencies by the Office of Management and Budget on November 16, with agency comments due back today, November 23. A final order is likely to be issued by the end of this year.
There is an incentive to complete the development of the executive order before December 31, 2009 because of a deadline for declassification of historical records that falls on that date. Under the current Bush executive order, classified records that are at least 25 years old and that have been referred from one agency to another because they involve multiple agency interests are supposed to be automatically declassified at the end of this year. (See E.O. 13292, section 3.3(e)(3)).
But in order to meet this December deadline, several agencies would have to forgo a review of the affected historical records, which they are unwilling to do. And so it seems they will simply be excused from compliance. But in order to modify the deadline in the Bush order, it will be necessary to issue another executive order. If the comprehensive new Obama order on classification policy (which would assign processing of such records to a National Declassification Center that does not yet exist) is not ready for release by December 31, then another stand-alone order would have to be issued, canceling or extending the looming deadline.…Continue reading
November 2, 2009
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September 29th, 2009
by Brad Jacobson
A key senior figure in a Bush administration covert Pentagon program, which used retired military analysts to produce positive wartime news coverage, remains in his same position today as a chief Obama Defense Department spokesman and the agency’s head of all media operations.
In an examination of Pentagon documents the New York Times obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request — which reporter David Barstow leveraged for his April 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning expose on the program — Raw Story has found that Bryan Whitman surfaces in over 500 emails and transcripts, revealing the deputy assistant secretary of defense for media operations was both one of the program’s senior participants and an active member.
Whitman’s conspicuous presence in these records is notwithstanding thousands of documented communications the Bush Pentagon released but for which names were redacted and an untold number the prior administration successfully withheld after its two-year legal battle with the Times.
Barstow’s Times expose revealed a comprehensive, covert Pentagon campaign — beginning during the lead-up to the Iraq War and continuing through 2008 — that shaped network military analysts into what internal documents referred to as “message force multipliers” and “surrogates” who could be trusted to parrot Bush administration talking points “in the form of their own opinions.” Barstow’s reporting also detailed how most of the military analysts, traditionally viewed as authoritative and independent, had ties to defense contractors with a stake in the same war policies they were interpreting… Continue reading
The BRAD BLOG : Exclusive: Upcoming Cover Story on Edmonds ‘Outs’ Video-taped,
‘Blackmailed’ Dem Congresswoman; Alleges State Dept. Mole at NYTimes; MUCH MORE…
‘American Conservative’ mag’s description of interview with previously-gagged
FBI whistleblower as ‘explosive’ may prove to be a gross understatement
Blackmail, bribery, infiltration, theft and sale of nuke secrets by Turkey,
Israel explained in clearer detail than ever before…
It seems it may be difficult to not notice it, given that Edmonds finally
names, on the record, for the first time, in a right-leaning periodical founded
by Pat Buchanan, the identity of the currently-serving Democratic Congresswoman
she has previously described as married with grown children and having been
“hooked” into participating in a lesbian affair with a Turkish foreign agent,
as she was secretly video-taped for blackmail purposes.
Edmonds has alluded to the Congresswoman, without naming her, in the past, most notably in her recent sworn and video-taped deposition in the Schmidt v. Krikorian case now pending before the Ohio Election Commission. In that testimony, she did manage to name the names of other Congress members she had previously identified publicly. At the time, we (and virtually no other media outlets) reported on her disclosures that Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Bob Livingston (R-LA), Dan Burton (R-IN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Stephen Solarz (D-NY) and Tom Lantos (D-CA, deceased), were all participants in blackmail and/or bribery schemes by and with agents of the Turkish government, as she became aware while translating wiretaps in the FBI’s counterintelligence division after 9/11. Some… Continue reading
4,000 word exclusive interview with ‘the gagged FBI whistleblower on espionage, al-Qaeda, and secrets for sale’…
Broke the news on air tonight. 4,000 word cover story on FBI translator turned whistleblower Sibel Edmonds in The American Conservative to hit stands and web tomorrow, by former CIA agent Phil Giraldi.
We’ll pick this up tomorrow after I get a look at it. You East Coasters will likely beat me to it. But here’s the teaser from TAC…:
There’s a new issue of The American Conservative going to press today, and it includes a story that will make more than a few congressmen and foreign lobbyists intensely uncomfortable: an in-depth interview between Phil Giraldi and FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds. She tells us exactly how Turkish intelligence have penetrated national secrets, suborned government officials, and blackmailed Congress. It’s going to be explosive.
Good. Rightwingers are covering it. So hopefully that means the “liberal media” will now pay attention!
UPDATE 9/18/09 1:15pm PT: Sibel posted the cover over at her site, and I’ve added it above. She also notes that the story is currently online available online to subscribers only until Monday when they’ll release “a major press release” along with the print version out the same day. The story should then be available to all online on Tuesday.
The cover title: “Whose Afraid of Sibel Edmonds?: The gagged FBI whistleblower on espionage, al-Qaeda, and secrets for sale”
In an email she just sent me just now, she notes: “We’ve been… Continue reading
September 5, 2009
Breaking Down the Under-Oath Disclosures of the Formerly-Gagged
It has now been over a week since the video tape and transcript from the remarkable 8/8/09 deposition of former FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds was publicly released. Previously, the Bush Administration invoked the so-called “state secrets privilege” in order to gag Edmonds, in attempting to keep such information from becoming public.
The under-oath, detailed allegations include bribery, blackmail, espionage and infiltration of the U.S. government of, and by current and former members of the U.S. Congress, high-ranking State and Defense Department officials and agents of the government of Turkey. The broad criminal conspiracy is said to have resulted in, among other things, the sale of nuclear weapons technology to black market interests including Pakistan, Iran, North Korea, Libya and others.
Even as many of these allegations had been previously corroborated to varying extents, by a number of official government reports, documents and independent media outlets (largely overseas), not a single major mainstream media outlet in the U.S. has picked up on Edmonds’ startling claims since her deposition has been made fully available.
Granted, last week was a busy news week, with the death of Ted Kennedy, the release of the CIA Inspector General’s report on torture, and the announcement that Michael Jackson’s death was ruled a homicide. And, it’s true, a 4-hour deposition and/or 241-page transcript [PDF] is a lot of material to review, particularly given the wide scope of the charges being… Continue reading
by Philip Giraldi
Posted on August 27th, 2009
The American Conservative
Those who are interested in issues like widespread corruption of our elected officals by foreigners have no doubt followed the ex-FBI traslator turned whistle blower Sibel Edmonds saga for the past few years. Sibel has finally testified in court under oath about some of the things that she learned while working for the bureau. The testimony was in a court in Ohio about two weeks ago. A full transcription and a useful summary appear at http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7374. In short, she names a number of Congressmen including former Speaker Dennis Hastert who took money from Turkish lobbyists. She also identifies senior State Department and Pentagon officials who apparently did the same, including our friends Marc Grossman, Paul Wolfowitz, and Doug Feith. Interestingly, she claims that Grossman blew the cover of Valerie Plame’s company Brewster Jennings back in 2001, causing CIA to shut it down, so Robert Novak was not guilty of exposing the CIA cover mechanism. In another interview given a few weeks ago, Edmonds claims that CIA was working closely with al-Qaeda in the Balkans and continued to do so until 9/11.
As I have reported before, Edmonds is a credible witness who is ignored by the mainstream media and congress because her tales, if true, would be devastating to both political parties and to the Israel and Turkish lobbies. She is dismissed as a crackpot. She might in fact be blowing smoke, but now that she has testified under oath and in considerable detail making very specific accusations isn’t it time for someone in the administration to review the FBI files and stand up to say whether her accounts are true or not?…Continue reading
Sibel Edmonds finally gets to tell her story
August 24, 2009
The newspaper of record for Brown County, Ohio
Ohio Second District Congresswoman Jean Schmidt, R-Cincinnati, filed nine election
complaints against independent candidate David Krikorian concerning the 2008
election in May this year.
Krikorian opposed Schmidt in the Second District Congressional race as an independent
in 2008 and is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2010 race in April.
The complaints focus on Krikorian’s statements during the election stating that
Rep. Schmidt was taking money from organizations related to the Turkish government
in exchange for denying the occurrence of what Krikorian called the Armenian
Genocide at the hands of the Turks during World War I.
The complaints also relate to Election Commission records on campaign contributions
Schmidt received from the Turkish American Heritage PAC and the Turkish Coalition
Since filing the complaints, Schmidt’s counsel has withdrawn four complaints,
and an Ohio Elections Commission three-person panel decided there was probable
cause to hear the remaining complaints on Thursday, Aug. 13. The five remaining
complaints will be reviewed by the entire Commission on Sept. 3.
In preparation for the Sept. 3 hearing, Krikorian’s lawyer requested a subpoena
for well known whistleblower and former interpreter for the FBI, Sibel Edmonds.
The OEC declined to enforce the subpoena, however Edmonds agreed to speak to
Krikorian and Schmidt’s lawyers on a voluntary basis.
The video deposition was brought forward by Krikorian’s counsel to provide
background on the alleged involvement of the Turkish government in Congressional
affairs through blackmail, bribery, and campaign contributions filtered through
‘Preliminary review’ looks at whether interrogations followed guidance of
the Bush ‘torture memos.’
By Warren Richey
Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
from the August 24, 2009 edition
In a highly contentious move, Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday appointed
a special prosecutor to take a fresh look at whether US officials violated the
law through harsh treatment of detainees during the Bush administration’s war
Mr. Holder said he was authorizing John Durham, a career Justice Department
prosecutor, to conduct a "preliminary review into whether federal laws
were violated in connection with the interrogation of specific detainees at
overseas locations." He did not identify those detainees by name or where
they were allegedly mistreated.
"I fully realize my decision to commence this preliminary review will
be controversial," Holder said. "In this case, given all the information
currently available, it is clear to me that this review is the only responsible
course of action for me to take."
The announcement came shortly after the administration released a redacted
version of a 2004 CIA Inspector General’s report on harsh interrogation tactics.
The report said CIA interrogators threatened to kill the children of alleged
9/11 mastermind Khaled Shaikh Mohammed, and threatened another detainee with
a power drill and suggestions that if he didn’t talk his mother would be brought
into the room and raped in front of him.
The report was sent to the Justice Department for possible prosecution during
the Bush administration. Prosecutors declined. The issue was resurrected by… Continue reading
from Barrie Zwicker
July 14, 2009
Canadian-born James Douglass of Birmingham, Alabama is a Christian pacifist
, a 9/11Truther and author of JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why
It Matters (Orbis Books).
The book rose to number 31 on Amazon’s best seller list two weeks after
Oliver Stone appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on June 26th
last holding a copy of the 2008 book, which was shown on camera. Stone said
it is a “great book.”
The question “why” that Douglass’s book addresses in the
case of JFK’s assassination arguably is also the most important question
concerning 9/11. Douglass recently has been added under “Religious Leaders
for 9/11 Truth” on http://PatriotsQuestion911.com
Douglass’s book deserves wide readership. It’s a tremendously well-researched
work, one of the best of the 400+ books on JFK’s assassination. Douglass
conducted original interviews with people now able and willing to talk after
decades of silence. He also drew on thousands of recently released US government
documents to reveal the logic of the plot to kill Kennedy. The plot’s
purpose was not only to assassinate a president who was turning toward peace
but also to implicate the Soviet Union and Cuba in his murder so as to justify
pre-emptive attacks upon them. The parallels with 9/11 are highly educative.
Douglass’s editor, Robert Ellsberg, feels the Stone endorsation is a
peg upon which to “re-promote” the book. I agree and commend it
thoroughly to all frequenters of 911blogger.com. For the Stone interview, go… Continue reading
The CIA assassination programme that was recently in the media was actually first partially revealed by the Washington Post in 2005, when details enabling his originator to be identified were published. The programme made news in the last few days as CIA Director Leon Panetta admitted that the agency withheld information about it from Congress, although the CIA never actually used it to assassinate anybody. Nevertheless, the programme’s “duties” seem to have been taken over by something journalist Seymour Hersh called an “executive assassination wing” that was run out of the Office of Vice President Dick Cheney, and this grouping did go on missions and kill people.
The programme was first mentioned in Dana Priest’s groundbreaking article that highlighted the existence of the CIA’s network of black sites, CIA Holds Terror Subjects in Secret Prisons, which was published in November 2005. Priest wrote of the programme:
The CTC’s chief of operations argued for creating hit teams of case officers and CIA paramilitaries that would covertly infiltrate countries in the Middle East, Africa and even Europe to assassinate people on the list, one by one.
But many CIA officers believed that the al-Qaeda leaders would be worth keeping alive to interrogate about their network and other plots. Some officers worried that the CIA would not be very adept at assassination.
“We’d probably shoot ourselves,” another former senior CIA official said.
This section of the article was ignored… Continue reading
July 12, 2009
by Christina Lamb in Karachi
Osama bin Laden and the top Al-Qaeda leadership are not in Pakistan, making
US missile attacks against them futile, according to the country’s interior
“If Osama was in Pakistan we would know, with all the thousands of troops
we have sent into the tribal areas in recent months,” Rehman Malik told
The Sunday Times. “If he and all these four or five top people were in
our area they would have been caught, the way we are searching.”
He added: “According to our information Osama is in Afghanistan, probably
Kunar, as most of the activities against Pakistan are being directed from Kunar.”
Washington does not directly acknowledge its missile attacks on Pakistani territory
by unmanned drone aircraft but Pakistani officials say the US has carried out
more than 40 attacks inside its borders in the past 10 months, killing hundreds
CIA officials claim these attacks have been highly effective in disrupting
Al-Qaeda’s ability to operate. However, Malik insists they are a waste
of time because the Al-Qaeda leadership is on the other side of the border in
“They’re getting mid-level people not big fish,” he said.
“And they are counterproductive because they are killing civilians and
turning locals against our government. We try to win people’s hearts,
then one drone attack drives them away. One attack alone last week killed 50
US officials in Islamabad say Pakistan’s government is being disingenuous,
claiming to oppose the… Continue reading
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06 July 2009
On the eve of the four year anniversary of the brutal bombings that took place on 7 July 2005 taking the lives of 52 innocent Londoners, the capital is silent, its media are neutered, the radio waves are quiet. Did this atrocity even take place? Why are we not talking about the biggest attack on London’s security in recent memory?
The BBC ran a documentary on the "conspiracy" behind 7/7 trying to discredit the many theories that are being advocated that the British government may have been involved in the attacks, that Mossad was aware and therefore was able to move Netanyahu and other dignitaries away to safe areas at the time in London.
What is being forgotten here is the crux of the entire build up to the terrorist attacks and the aftermath.
Firstly why did 4 British born Muslims believe it justified to carry bombs on trains, buses and the underground and attack the very citizens of the country they were born in?
Why did the intelligence apparatus of this country not monitor, as we have been made aware, known individuals with the potential and knowledge to carry out these attacks? The argument that no one and no system can ever stop someone who is determined to cause murder is valid, but the collating of the right knowledge and training for these types of attacks had been monitored.
The aftermath? We have a muzzled response to the 7/7 attacks, the conspiracy is the way in which London is either afraid or knows too well the consequences of speaking out on these attacks.…Continue reading
Global Research brings to the attention of its readers key articles on the
London July 7, 2005 bombings
Terror Drill: What Relationship to the Real Time Terror Attacks?
– by Michel Chossudovsky – 2005-08-08
A fictional “scenario” of multiple bomb attacks on London’s underground took
place at exactly the same time as the real bomb attack on July 7, 2005. There
have been several documented cases of mock terror drills in the US and the UK,
held prior or on the same day as the actual terror event.
Terror Suspect Linked to British Intelligence?
– by Michel Chossudovsky – 2005-08-01
“This is the guy, and what’s really embarrassing is that the entire British
police are out chasing him, and one wing of the British government, MI6 or the
British Secret Service, has been hiding him”
Police’s Mossad-style Execution of a ‘Suspect’
– by Professor John Gardner – 2005-07-27
There is no special police licence to injure or kill. If they injure or kill,
the police need to rely on the same law as the rest of us. It is no defence
in law that the killing was authorised by a superior officer. A superior officer
who authorises an unlawful killing is an accomplice.
Cops trained in Israel
– by Michel Chossudovsky – 2005-07-24
The shoot to kill policy was undertaken under the auspices of “Operation Kratos”.
It was carried out by the London Metropolitan’s elite SO19 firearms unit often
referred to as the Blue… Continue reading
by Prof. Peter Dale Scott
June 10, 2009
In his remarkable speech at Cairo University on June 4, President Obama promised
“a new beginning.” In the words of the Israeli commentator Uri Avnery,
the speech offered “the map of a new world, a different world, whose values
and laws he spelled out in simple and clear language — a mixture of idealism
and practical politics, vision and pragmatism.”1
Much of what Obama had to say was new, and warmed the hearts of observers like
myself, who had become increasingly concerned about the new president’s
fidelity to the financial and military policies of the previous Bush-Cheney
administration. But while Obama broke new ground on Israel-Palestine issues,
he glossed over troubling issues pertaining to the US presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He also glossed over one of the fundamental issues alienating the Muslim world:
America’s relentless efforts to preserve its threatened financial status
by moves to dominate the region’s oil resources. Here his careful ambiguity
was ominously reminiscent of the Bush era.
The speech reaffirmed a complete withdrawal of US forces from Iraq by 2012,
as the U.S. committed itself to do in a signed agreement last December. In addition
Obama asserted that “we do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan…
We would gladly bring every single one of our troops home if we could be confident
that there were not violent extremists in Afghanistan and now Pakistan.”
But Obama’s remarks did not address the statement on May… Continue reading