Sibel Edmonds, former FBI translator and now ‘most gagged whistleblower in history’, has a story to tell – and yet nobody will let her speak.
This story could very well impact the safety and security of our nation, and expose acts of treason at the highest levels of government. Yet, there hasn’t been a word of it in the US mainstream press. Dead silence..
(Updated: 2/5/08) I stand corrected on the last two sentences. Apparently there were a few articles written several years ago. I have linked to them below. They pretty much chronicle the efforts of our government to silence her.
Is it because the story isn’t important enough? Or is it because this explosive story is being suppressed? By whom and for what purpose? Her credibility has been established, so who is shutting her up? (or down as the case may be..) And why?
We are in a war that has cost the lives of 4,000 US soldiers and hundreds of thousands (if not over a million) Iraqis. It has cost us over a trillion dollars, with no end in sight. It has been fed to us that we need to be afraid, and our national security is at risk. What if the people who are actually putting our nation at risk to terrorism are actually a part of the highest levels of our own government?
This story ties into the Valerie Plame Wilson story, and the Lewis “Scooter” Libby case. (Interestingly enough, the same judge [Reggie Walton] that heard the case on Sibel Edmonds’ gag orders – and shut her down – is the same judge who heard the Scooter Libby trial. He just happened to be appointed by GW Bush..).
This story ties into the fact that CIA agent Plame, whose alleged employer, a company known as Brewster Jennings, was really a cover for a CIA unit investigating nuclear proliferation issues, and the exposure of that fact shut down their operation. Edmonds has information to share that exposes the significance of the outing of Valerie Plame Wilson. I don’t believe for a second it was an “accident” or a slip of the tongue – or typewriter.., nor was it about retribution. I believe its much deeper – and insidious – than that.
This story makes Watergate look like a high school prank in comparison. I think it will also lend a lot of weight to the argument about whether impeachments are necessary or not. (They are!!)
This story is far too important and it MUST come out. Congress MUST do their job and conduct oversight and hold hearings – and let this woman speak. There is no amount of money or influence that justifies what is happening right before our eyes, and with the apparent blessing of a passive Congress. If the true goal is to protect our country, then this woman needs to be allowed to testify to what she knows, and actions MUST be taken and people MUST be held accountable – however high this goes.
For more on this important story:
Blogs that cover Sibel Edmonds:
- Luke Ryland: Let Sibel Edmonds Speak
- The American Conservative (Philip Giraldi, former CIA officer)
- Daniel Ellsberg speaks out
- AlterNet (interview by Luke Ryland with Sibel Edmonds: ‘Buckle up, there’s much more coming.’)
- AntiWar.com (Do a search, they have tons of information on this story)
Recent articles in the press (not in the US “mainstream” media of course):
- The London Times Online (For sale: West’s deadly nuclear secrets) 1/6/08
- The London Times Online (FBI denies file exposing nuclear secrets theft) 1/20/08
- The London Times Online (Tip-off thwarted nuclear spy ring probe) 1/27/08
- The Times of India
- Pakistan’s Daily Times
- Iran’s Press TV
- Israel’s Haaretz
- The Turkish Daily News
- Kurdish Aspect
Stories in the US mainstream press since 2004:
- CBS News 60 Minutes – “Lost in Translation” 
- Baltimore Chronicle & Sentinel – “Former FBI Translator Sibel Edmonds Calls Current 9/11 Investigation Inadequate” 
- The Washington Post – “Sept. 11 Allegations Lost in Translation” 
- The NY Times – “WHISTLE-BLOWING SAID TO BE FACTOR IN AN F.B.I. FIRING” 
- The NY Times – “Inspector General Rebukes F.B.I. Over Espionage Case and Firing of Whistle-Blower” 
- The NY Times – “Material Given to Congress in 2002 is Now Classified” 
- The NY Times – “National Briefing | Washington: Whistle-Blower’s Lawsuit Is Thrown Out” (note the judge) 
- The NY Times – “Appeals Court Backs Dismissal of Suit on F.B.I.” 
- The NY Times – “Invoking Secrets Privilege Becomes a More Popular Legal Tactic by U.S.”  (mentioned in one paragraph)
- The NY Times – “Justice Dept. Opposes Bid To Revive Case Against F.B.I.” 
- The NY Times – “Justices Reject F.B.I. Translator’s Appeal on Termination” 
- The NY Times – “F.B.I. Said to Lag on Translating Terror Tapes”  (mentioned in the last sentence)
- The NY Times – “Travesty Of Justice” [2004 op-ed by Paul Krugman] (mentioned in two paragraphs)
- The NY Times – “Another F.B.I. Employee Blows Whistle on Agency”  (mentioned in one sentence)
- The NY Times – “All Together Now”  (mentioned in one sentence)
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