The Sibel Edmonds Story
Legal Eagles Eye Ashcroft Over 9/11 Whistleblower
Al-Qaeda Tried to Penetrate FBI's Translation Service
Ellsbrg: Ashcroft May Face Prison over 9/11 Cover-Up
State Dept. Quashed 9/11 Links to Global Drug Trade
Gagging Congress Edmonds in Media Documents
L A T E S T:
FBI whistleblower 'vindicated'
over intelligence services failings
A report issued by the US Justice Department has boosted the credibility of Sibel Edmonds, the former FBI translator who claimed a foreign intlligence agency had blocked evidence gathered prior to the 9/11 attacks.
"We found that many of Edmonds' core allegations relating to the [espionage allegation] were supported by either documentary evidence or witnesses other than Edmonds," said the report by senior oversight official, Glenn Fine.
National Security Experts Speak Out:
9/11 Commission Falls Short
We the undersigned wish to bring to the attention of the Congress and the people of the United States what we believe are serious shortcomings in the report and its recommendations.
Omission is one of the major flaws in the Commission's report. The report simply does not get at key problems within the intelligence, aviation security, and law enforcement communities. The omission of such serious and applicable issues and information by itself renders the report flawed, and casts doubt on the validity of many of its recommendations...more
Fired FBI translator
sues over government records
Sibel Edmonds, who alleged there were security lapses in the FBI's translator program sued the Justice Department on Wednesday to compel its inspector general to disclose results of an investigation into her firing. The inspector general, Glenn Fine, has said he would work toward releasing parts of his office's investigation.
message still rings true
Whistleblowers are a fact of life and have become a seeming necessity in our democracy. The most famous of them, Daniel Ellsberg, has been joined by more recent examples such as Coleen Rowley, Cynthia Cooper and Sibel Edmonds. Their courage is still as vital. Daniel Schorr of NPR says: "Ellsberg single-handedly changed the course of history."
An Open Letter to the 9/11 Panel
by Sibel Edmonds, 1 Aug, 2004
Dear Chairman Kean:
It has been almost three years since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, during which time we have been placed under a constant threat of terror and asked to exercise vigilance in our daily lives.
Your commission... has now issued its "9/11 Commission Report". Unfortunately, I find your report seriously flawed in its failure to address serious intelligence issues that I, as a witness to the commission, made you aware of... ...more
Terror Suspect Linked to
Moroccan Defense Attachee
12 August, Daniel Hopsicker
Three addresses on the FBI's Terrorist Watch List lead to a mysterious German, now identified as Pascal Schreier, who took over a flight school at Charlotte County Airport, FL in Feb 2001.
Exclusive: BreakForNews Audio Interview with Daniel Hopsicker
An FBI in denial
Boston Globe 9 August, Editorial
If the FBI is to be effective against terrorism, it should encourage whistle-blowers like Sibel Edmonds, not punish them. But if Mueller does not do a better job the FBI will continue to hide its failings to the nation's peril.
Did Pentagon Name Secret Group?
5 August, Chris Deliso
In an official letter Colonel James N. Worth, of the USAF Office of the Inspector General, states that OSI’s investigation focused on ‘Major Dickerson’s relationship with the American-Turkish Council.’
This statement is very troubling for a number of reasons.
Federal Bureau of Incompetence
Slate.msn 29 July, Fred Kaplan
The shameful treatment of Sibel Edmonds proves the FBI's urgent need for reform. The system of rewards and penalties is all too clear: Keep your head down; if you see others doing their job to the detriment of national security, don't get involved.
Safety in Numbness
Feeling any safer yet? Yeah, me too. Of course, we're all supposed to feel safer now that the 9/11 commission has spoken. Sort of, anyway. Those were the panel's words - we're safer, but not safe. But exactly how safe is safer, but not safe? Or do we cross that Ridge when we come to it?
The Pakistan Connection
For years the CIA used the Pakistani ISI to pump billions of dollars into militant Islamist groups. Terrorists could not have carried out 9/11 without the support of a secret service. Why is the US government covering up evidence of foreign intelligence backing for the 9/11 hijackers? --ex-UK cabinet member Michael Meacher.
Puzzled & Curious
July 23rd, 2004
by Sibel Edmonds
The countdown is finally over, and a five hundred sixty seven-page Commission report is out. According to the Commission Chairman, they have seen 'every single document' and have interviewed 'every single relevant witness and authority'.
According to all Commission members, this report should be considered a resounding success, since it encompasses all information relevant to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and very little, almost none, has been redacted, classified, or glossed over. Yet we have heard no one screaming 'classification', 'sensitive diplomatic relations', 'highly sensitive foreign business relations', or 'national security implications.'
This is highly puzzling and curious.
It is extremely curious that while investigations and reports on one case alone has created so much havoc, a massive investigation and a report involving all intelligence agencies and other government bodies, including the State Department, has evoked zero objections based on 'sensitive foreign relations', 'highly classified intelligence matters', and/or 'ongoing intelligence investigations.'
I am highly puzzled and curious.
This puzzles me, knowing the detailed information, I, myself, provided to the commission during a three and a half hour tape-recorded briefing; yet, finding only one footnote (footnote 25) briefly stating insufficient translation capability within the Bureau. It is highly curious that the report mentions nothing regarding the 'intentionally blocked translations by certain Middle Eastern Translators, who also breached FBI security, as confirmed by the Senate Judiciary'; nothing regarding 'adamant resistance to investigations of certain terrorist and criminal activities; refusing to transfer them to Counterterrorism from existing counterintelligence investigations, solely based on the vague notion of protecting certain foreign relations'; nothing regarding 'continued efforts to cover up certain highly specific information received prior to September 11, even now, years after 9/11,'; or nothing regarding 'knowingly allowing certain individuals, directly or indirectly related to terrorist activities, to leave the United States months after 9/11, without any interrogation, and per the State Department's request.'
I am highly puzzled and curious.
This puzzles me, having first hand knowledge of on going intelligence received and processed by the FBI since 1997, which contained specific information implicating certain high level government and elected officials in criminal activities directly and indirectly related to terrorist money laundering, narcotics, and illegal arms sales. It is highly curious that the report omitted all this information, knowing that others in the Congress have been briefed on these issues, having been given the names of targets involved, Special Agents, translators, field offices, and files.
I am highly puzzled and curious.
After the many public hearings 'shows', where the Commissioners very skillfully played their 'good cop' 'bad cop' routine, and displayed their life-long mastery of the political art of saying, but not saying, and asking, but not asking, all parties and all agencies have readily accepted this report. The President apparently considered the report 'rosy' and appropriately symbolized its presentation in his 'rose garden.' The previous administration sighed with relief, having scored a negative 4, compared to the current administration's negative 6, in the blame game. The notorious Attorney General, John Ashcroft, left his over-secrecy and classification guns in their holsters.
It is highly puzzling and curious to see that this report ended up being blessed by all those responsible for our nation's security and interests, which were severely violated on September 11.
I, for one, am highly puzzled and curious, how about you?
Our Broken System
July 8th, 2004
by Sibel Edmonds
On Tuesday, July 6, 2004, Judge Reggie Walton made a decision and ruled on my case. Under his ruling, I, an American Citizen, am not entitled to pursue my rights; First Amendment & Fifth Amendment; guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States.
The vague reasoning being cited, without giving any explanation, is to protect certain diplomatic relations for national security.
Judge Walton reached this decision after sitting on this case with no activity for almost two years. He arrived at this decision without allowing my attorney and I any due process: NO status hearing, NO briefings, NO oral argument, and NO discovery. He made his decision after allowing the government attorneys to present their case to him, privately, in camera, ex parte; not allowing us to participate in these cozy sessions.
Is this the American System of Justice we believe in? Is this the due process we read about in our civics 101 courses? Is this the judicial branch of our government that is supposed to be separated from the other two branches in order to protect the peoples rights and freedom?
This court decision by itself would have been appalling and alarming enough, but in light of all other actions taken against my case for the past two years it demonstrates a broken system, a system abused and corrupted by the current executive branch, a system badly in need of repair.
Under this current broken system the Attorney General of the United States is being allowed to illegally gag the United States Congress regarding my case. And even worse, the United States Congress is readily complying with this illegal gag.
Under this current broken system the Attorney General of the United States is being allowed to hinder on going investigations such as the ones by the 9/11 Commission and the DOJ-IG
Under this current broken system the Attorney General of the United States is getting away with interfering and tampering with pending cases under the judicial process, such as my court cases, and the lawsuit by the 9/11 victim families.
To this date John Ashcrofts relentless fight against me, my information, and my case, on various fronts, from the Congress to the courts, and from the 9/11 Commission to the Inspector Generals Office, has been taking place under his attempt at a vague justification titled Protecting Certain Foreign & Diplomatic Relations for National Security.
On September 11, 2001, 3000 lives were lost. Yet this administration has hindered all past and on going investigations into the causes of that horrific day for the sake of this vague notion of protecting certain diplomatic & foreign relations.
As a result of the attack on 9/11, many thousands lost their loved ones and had their lives changed forever. Yet, this administration knowingly and intentionally let many directly or indirectly involved in that terrorist act go free - untouched and uninvestigated - by simply citing protection of certain foreign & diplomatic relations for national security.
Today, we are told that we are still under the threat of terrorists, and remain under various colors of the color-coded threat system invented and promoted by this administration. Yet, this same administration is relentlessly preventing any real investigations into finding out the facts, the real facts, regarding acts, semi-legit organizations, and people, involved in plots against this country and its people - under their sorry excuse of protecting certain foreign & diplomatic relations.
Isnt it time to
ask what 'diplomatic or foreign relations' they keep
Isnt it this administrations obligation to justify these costs in lives and in our national security for the sake of maintaining 'certain foreign relations' that benefit only the few?
Just take notice of the means this administration has used in my case alone to accomplish covering up and protecting those foreign relations in question, and to dodge any accountability themselves: illegal reclassifications, secrecy, gagging congressional inquiries, blocking court proceedings, stopping investigations, invoking the rarely invoked State Secret Privilege, asserting National Security.
It is apparent that this administration confidently expects us, the people, to sign blank checks unquestioningly. It is obvious that they believe they are entitled to unchecked power, unlimited authority, and unquestioning citizens support. To them, our Bill of Rights under the Constitution is nothing more than an inconvenient roadblock to overcome; our American system of checks and balances can be bypassed by overusing national security; and peoples dissent is a problem that can be diverted away by a culture of fear and complete submission to government authority.
As I have stated many
times previously, I will continue this fight, since in taking my citizenship
oath I pledged that I would support and defend the Constitution and
laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign
and domestic. Therefore, as an American Citizen, I have the
right and the obligation to defend the Constitution and laws of the
United States against John Ashcrofts assaults.
Judge Reggie Walton won't have 9/11 whistleblower, Sibel Edmonds to kick around any longer. At one time, Edmonds stood alone. Now some big legal guns have wheeled into her case --which is fast becoming the most prescient threat to the whitewash engineered by the 9/11 commission.
Edmonds is currently
under a gag order on foot of legal applications by U.S. Attorney General
John Ashcroft, over her claims of alleged corruption and 9/11-related
cover-ups in the FBI translation unit which she joined just after
the September 11th attacks.
The details barely appear
in the Washington Post transcript
of proceedings, despite confirming claims by FBI whistleblower, Sibel
Edmonds that covert external agents had infiltrated the FBI, and had
ensured vital intelligence remained hidden.
Daniel Ellsberg was backing a protest by former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, against a court gag order which has silenced her revelations about the September 11th, 2001 attacks.
The whistleblower pair were protesting yet another delay by Judge Reggie Walton of the District Court of Columbia in determining whether Edmonds' closed session testimony to Congressional inquiries can be declared state secrets by U.S. Attorney General, John Ashcroft.
In a statement, Edmonds called Ashcroft's legal moves anti-freedom of speech and anti-due process.
Ellsberg's common cause
with Edmonds is founded on his own battle to make public a top secret
study of US decision-making in Vietnam, known as the Pentagon Papers.
In an exclusive interview with BreakForNews.com he said that Ashcroft's legal actions against Edmonds were: "clearly intended to keep her from bringing out in public information that could lead.... to criminal indictments and possible convictions of major political figures."
Ellsberg says that if Edmonds' allegations are confirmed, the current Attorney General could be judged obstructive and share the fate of A.G. John Mitchell --who in Ellsberg v. Mitchell famously tried to squelch Ellsberg's 1971 revelations, and served prison time over the affair.
"John Ashcroft may
well sleep eventually in the same cell as John Mitchell," Ellsberg
Even as a judge prepares to permanently silence her, a former FBI translator of intelligence has implicated the US State Department in quashing investigations which had linked the 9/11 terrorist network to a global drug trafficking ring.
Sibel Edmonds, whose
closed-door revelations to Congressional inquiries have been declared
state secrets, says that as a result, FBI investigations were ordered
General John Ashcroft, the Department of Justice, and the FBI have
been engaged in covering up my reports and investigations into my
allegations for over two years now:
Senators Leahy & Grassley
write to Glenn Fine, DOJ
19th June, 2002 [doc]
--Queries for Insp. Gen.
following FBI briefing
Senators Leahy & Grassley
write to John Ashcroft, DOJ
13th Aug 2002 [doc]
--Concerns over investigation
of Edmonds' allegations
writes to Robert Mueller, FBI
October 28, 2002 [htm]
--Grassley Seeks Overhaul
of FBI's Translation Unit
Senator Leahy Complains
of John Ascroft's actions
8th April, 2004 [doc]
Sibel Edmonds writes
to Senator Grassley
11th April, 2004 [doc]
Motley-Rice Court Filing
23rd June, 2004 [pdf]
--Regarding subpoena for
Sibel Edmonds' Deposition
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