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
is available online at http://www.W
are key excerpts of important news articles you may have missed. These
articles include revealing information on US government plans to launch
swine flu vaccinations in the fall, a report of widespread torture at the
US secret prison at Bagram, Afghanistan, revelations that weapons
inspector David Kelly’s mysterious death may have been related to his
intention to expose a worldwide black market in weaponized anthrax, and
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School-age children will be a key target= population for a pandemic flu
vaccine in the fall, and they may be vaccinated at school in a mass
campaign not seen since the polio epidemics of the 1950s.…
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
June 8, 2009
FAS Project on Government Secrecy s Secrecy News
An Inspector General review (pdf) of the State Department Office of the Historian (HO) last month confirmed that there were serious management defects in the Office and recommended reassignment of its Director as well as other changes.
The Office of the Historian is responsible for production of the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series, which is the official documentary history of U.S. foreign policy and one of the most important vehicles for declassification of historical records.
Allegations of mismanagement and declining performance had surrounded the Office for years until the Chairman of the State Department Historical Advisory Committee, Prof. Wm. Roger Louis, resigned last December to dramatize his concerns that the FRUS series was “at risk.” (See “State Dept: Crisis in the Foreign Relations Series,” Secrecy News, December 11, 2008).
“In varying degrees, nearly 75 percent of the present HO employees interviewed … were critical of the way the office is run,” the IG reported. “They alleged favoritism, cronyism, a lack of transparency, lack of interest in the FRUS, disparagement of the staff, suspicion, an absence of leadership, and, in general, the creation of an unhappy workplace.”
With plummeting employee morale and departures of experienced staff historians, “something in HO is very wrong,” the Inspector General concluded. “HO is suffering from, and has for some time been handicapped by, serious mismanagement for which the director must be held accountable…. Despite any mitigating factors that may exist in favor of the director, this situation cannot be allowed to continue.”
“It is a devastating indictment,” said Prof.…Continue reading
Posted June 3, 2009
This may be the shortest lived Diary on Kos history, begun only one week ago, mainly in response to the banishment of Tocque DeVille. I endeavor not to stray beyond the barricades of the Rules, but if I too face exile, all I ask of Kos and Meteor Blades before the guillotine is pulled is as much thoughtful consideration of these issues as I have given them…
In The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein relates how nations brutalized by the Chicago School’s savage capitalism and the Dirty War juntas enforcing it have recovered and developed a healthy immunity against more eviscerating shock therapy:
Any strategy based on exploiting the window of opportunity opened by a traumatic shock relies heavily on the element of surprise… in North America, the September 11 attacks were, at first pure event, raw reality, unprocessed by story, narrative or anything that could bridge the gap between reality and understanding. Without a story, we are, as many of us were after September 11, intensely vulnerable to those people who take advantage of chaos for their own ends. As soon as we have a new narrative that offers perspective on the shocking events, we become reoriented and the world begins to make sense again.
That psychology pertains on both the individual and societal levels: a trauma that is never dealt with openly, but suppressed in the subconscious, festers, reinforcing crippling habits and sabotaging recovery. Maybe it is our reigning paradigm of dogmatic… Continue reading
Guest Editorial by Sibel Edmonds
May 22, 2009
"In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows
how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill…we do not ask for the
handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one." — Plato
During the campaign, amid their state of elation, many disregarded Presidential
Candidate Senator Barack Obama’s past record and took any criticism of these
past actions as partisan attacks deserving equally partisan counterattacks.
Some continued their reluctant support after candidate Obama became grand finalist
and prayed for the best. And a few still continue their rationalizing and defense,
with illogical excuses such as ‘He’s been in office for only 20 days, give the
man a break!’ and ‘He’s had only 50 days in office, give him a chance!’ and
currently, ‘be reasonable – how much can a man do in 120 days?!’ I am going
to give this logic, or lack of, a slight spicing of reason, then, turn it around,
and present it as: If ‘the man’ can do this much astounding damage, whether
to our civil liberties, or to our notion of democracy, or to government integrity,
in ‘only’ 120 days, may God help us with the next [(4 X 365) - 120] days.
I know there are those who have been tackling President Obama’s changes on
change; they have been challenging his flipping, or rather flopping, on issues
central to getting him elected. While some have been covering the changes… Continue reading
11 May 2009
Lalit K Jha
Press Trust Of India
May 11, 2009
WASHINGTON: In a new revelation, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said
that the CIA of the United States and his country’s ISI together
created the Taliban.
"I think it was part of your past and our past, and the ISI and CIA created
them together," Zardari told the NBC news channel in an interview.
In the interview, which was given to the NBC on May 7, Zardari also accused
the US of supporting the military rule of Pervez Musharraf who was alleged to
be taking sides of the Taliban.
He disagreed with the popular belief in the US that the Pakistan military and
intelligent services still have sympathies for the Taliban.
"I think General Musharraf may have had a mindset to run head and hand
with the hound but certainly not on our watch. We don’t have a tough process
at all," Zardari said.
Asked about the influential role of the Pakistan army, Zardari said he is in
control of everything in the country, including the military.
"The Parliament has final say. It’s the Parliament form of government,
and I am a product of the Parliament," he said.
Earlier, Zardari in an another interview had said that India was not a "threat"
to his country and that Pakistan had moved some of its forces from its Indian
border to western frontier to eliminate Taliban in its tribal belt.
May 11, 2009 “New Karala” — Washington, May 11: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has alleged that elusive Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was a US operator who had tried to destabilise his late wife Benazir Bhutto’s government back in 1989.
Meet the Press transcript here.
In fact, as premier Bhutto had “warned America about Osama bin Laden in 1989 with a call to then US president George H. Bush”, Zardari said on NBC’s Meet the Press programme Sunday.
“She rang senior Bush and asked of him: ‘Are you destabilizing my government?’
because he (apparently referring to bin Laden) paid the then opposition $10
million to overthrow the first woman elected (prime minister) in an Islamic
country,” Zardari added.
“So, we knew that he was your operator,” said Zardari responding to a question about bin Laden’s whereabouts.
“You’ll have been there (in Afghanistan) for eight years. (So) you tell
me. You lost him in Tora Bora, I didn’t, I was in prison,” he countered
when asked where bin Laden was before hurling the allegation at Washington.
Asked if Pakistan was actively looking for bin Laden, Zardari replied: “The world is looking for him and we are part of the world look-out brigade.”
Zardari also reiterated his belief that bin Laden is dead. “I have a strong feeling and I have reason to believe that because I’ve asked my counterparts in the American intelligence… Continue reading