January 23, 2008

The American Conservative on Sibel Edmonds

Philip Giraldi, the former CIA agent, who writes The American Conservative's gossip column, which is kind of like Liz Smith on a world-historical scale, has an article "Found in Translation" in the new issue that offers the clearest explanation of the Sibel Edmonds' case I've yet seen:

Most Americans have never heard of Sibel Edmonds, and if the U.S. government has its way, they never will. The former FBI translator turned whistleblower tells a chilling story of corruption at Washington’s highest levels—sale of nuclear secrets, shielding of terrorist suspects, illegal arms transfers, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, espionage. She may be a first-rate fabulist, but Edmonds’s account is full of dates, places, and names. And if she is to be believed, a treasonous plot to embed moles in American military and nuclear installations and pass sensitive intelligence to Israeli, Pakistani, and Turkish sources was facilitated by figures in the upper echelons of the State and Defense Departments. Her charges could be easily confirmed or dismissed if classified government documents were made available to investigators.

But Congress has refused to act, and the Justice Department has shrouded Edmonds’s case in the state-secrets privilege, a rarely used measure so sweeping that it precludes even a closed hearing attended only by officials with top-secret security clearances. According to the Department of Justice, such an investigation “could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the foreign policy and national security of the United States.”

After five years of thwarted legal challenges and fruitless attempts to launch a congressional investigation, Sibel Edmonds is telling her story, though her defiance could land her in jail. After reading its November piece about Louai al-Sakka, an al-Qaeda terrorist who trained 9/11 hijackers in Turkey, Edmonds approached the Sunday Times of London. On Jan. 6, the Times, a Murdoch-owned paper that does not normally encourage exposés damaging to the Bush administration, featured a long article. The news quickly spread around the world, with follow-ups appearing in Israel, Europe, India, Pakistan, Turkey, and Japan—but not in the United States. [More]

Meanwhile, the Times of London has a new Sibel Edmonds article here.

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Anonymous said...

Israel is obvious, and in a perverse way Pakistan also. But why Turkey? Is it to strengthen that country against the EU? I.e. help complete the sultan's destruction of western civilization and christianity.

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked that Waxman wouldn't investigate this further. Stunned I tell you! Clearly he's avoiding hearings to help out Pakistan and Turkey.

Darayvus said...

According to Mencius Moldbug, State and Defense are fighting a civil war using other nations as proxies.

As for this news not arriving over here: You Can't Stop The Signal (tm, Joss Whedon)

Anonymous said...

Zimri: According to Mencius Moldbug, State and Defense are fighting a civil war using other nations as proxies.

Do you have a link to this essay?

I couldn't find it:

state defense civil war site:unqualified-reservations.blogspot.com