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SIBEL EDMONDS: THE TRAITORS AMONG US

SIBEL EDMONDS HAS NAMED NAMES. WHY ISN’T THE MEDIA REPORTING THE STORY?

by Brad Friedman
for HUSTLER MAGAZINE – March 2010

SIBEL EDMONDS, a former FBI translator, claims that the following government officials have committed what amount to acts of treason. They are lawmakers Dennis Hastert, Bob Livingston, Dan Burton, Roy Blunt, Stephen Solarz and Tom Lantos, as well as at least three members of George W. Bush’s inner circle: Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz and Marc Grossman. But is Sibel Edmonds credible?

“Absolutely, she’s credible,” Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told CBS’s 60 Minutes when he was asked about her in 2002. “The reason I feel she’s very credible is because people within the FBI have corroborated a lot of her story.” Edmonds’s remarkable allegations of bribery, blackmail, infiltration of the U.S. government and the theft of nuclear secrets by foreign allies and enemies alike rocked the Bush Administration. In fact, Bush and company actually prevented Edmonds from telling the American people what she knew—up until now.

John M. Cole, an 18-year veteran of the FBI’s Counterintelligence and Counterespionage departments, revealed the panic of upper-echelon officials when Edmonds originally started talking back in 2002. “Well, the Bureau is gonna have to try to work something out with Sibel,” Cole said an FBI executive assistant told him at the time, “because they don’t want this to go out and become public.”

But they couldn’t “work something out with Sibel” because, it seems, she wasn’t looking to make a deal. Edmonds says she was looking to expose what she believed to be the ugly truth about the infiltration of the U.S. government by foreign spies. They were enabled, Edmonds claimed, by high-ranking U.S. officials and insider moles planted at nuclear weapons facilities around the nation.

“Everybody at headquarters level at the Bureau knew what she was saying was extremely accurate,” Cole said recently. “They were trying to figure out ways of keeping this whole thing quiet because they didn’t want Sibel to come out.”

Her under-oath testimony for the Ohio Election Commission, given in a recent videotaped deposition, is both shocking and horrifying. (Edmonds was the star witness for Congressional candidate David Krikorian in connection with a formal complaint initiated by Representative Jean Schmidt [R-Ohio]. Challenging her in 2008, a Krikorian flyer had accused Schmidt of accepting “blood money” from Turkish interests to help block a House bill recognizing Turkey’s genocide of Armenians in 1915.) The deposition was allowed to proceed by the Obama Administration, which chose not to invoke the draconian and little-known “State Secrets Privilege” to gag her, as the previous administration had done, twice.

Edmonds testified that Congressman Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois), a former Speaker of the House, was involved in “several categories” of corruption on behalf of Turkish agents, according to information she claims to have heard while translating and analyzing FBI counterintelligence wiretaps recorded from 1996 through 2002. She mentioned his “acceptance of large sums of bribery in forms of cash or laundered cash” coupled with the ability “to do certain favors…make certain things happen for… [the] Turkish government’s interest.”

Edmonds also alleged, on the public record, Hastert’s use of a “townhouse that was not his residence for certain not very morally accepted activities” and said that “foreign entities knew about this. In fact, they sometimes participated in some of those…activities in that particular townhouse.”

The allegations against Hastert include accepting some half-million dollars in bribes. While several FBI sources have corroborated Edmonds’s account, the best Hastert’s attorneys could do was offer a nondenial denial to the charges. But the proof, as they say, may be in the post-Congressional pudding. As Edmonds had predicted years earlier, Hastert—who left Congress in 2007—now makes $35,000 a month lobbying his old colleagues as a registered foreign agent for the Turkish government.

Former Congressman Bob Livingston (RLouisiana), who was set to become Speaker prior to Hastert until evidence of a sexual affair was revealed by Larry Flynt, was described in Edmonds’s deposition as having participated in “not very legal activities on behalf of foreign interests” before leaving office in 1999. Afterward, she said, Livingston acted “as a conduit to…further foreign interests, both overtly and covertly,” and also became both a lobbyist and “an operative” representing Turkish interests.

According to Edmonds, Representative Roy Blunt (R-Missouri)—likely to run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2010—was “the recipient of both legally and illegally raised…campaign donations from…Turkish entities.” Edmonds also claimed that hard-right Representative Dan Burton (R-Indiana), who was instrumental in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, carried out “extremely illegal activities” and covert operations that were “against the United States citizens” and “against the United States’ interests.”

Edmonds named allegedly traitorous Democrats too. She said that former New York Congressman Stephen Solarz, now also a lobbyist, “acted as conduit to deliver or launder contributions and other bribe[s, including blackmail] to certain members of Congress.” And, according to Edmonds, the late Congressman Tom Lantos (D-California) was said to have been involved in “not only…bribe[ry], but also…disclosing [the] highest level protected U.S. intelligence and weapons technology information both to Israel and to Turkey [and] other very serious criminal conduct.”

The most overtly salacious of the allegations involved Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois), who is “married with…grown children, but she is bisexual,” according to Edmonds. The FBI whistleblower described how Schakowsky was “hooked” by Turkish agents into having a lesbian “sexual relationship with one of their spies,” and “the entire episodes of their sexual conduct was being filmed because the entire house…was bugged…to be used for certain things that they wanted to request.”

Edmonds noted, however, that she didn’t “know if she [Schakowsky] did anything illegal afterwards” since Edmonds was fired by the FBI before learning what came of that particular setup. The Turks, she said, intended to get at Schakowsky’s husband, lobbyist Robert Creamer, who in April 2006 began serving five months in prison (and 11 months of house arrest) for check-kiting and failing to collect withholding tax.

Schakowsky’s office has vehemently denied the allegations. As head of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, Schakowsky might be expected to hold hearings on any of the former FBI employee’s revelations but she has not. She has also refused Edmonds’s challenge to take a polygraph test and has not yet sued her for libel, as the whistleblower has challenged her to do.

Edmonds’s most disturbing allegations, however, may be against high-ranking appointed officials in the Bush Administration. Elaborating on testimony she laid out in her sworn deposition, Edmonds told American Conservative magazine’s Phil Giraldi—a 17-year CIA counterterrorism officer—very specific details of alleged traitorous schemes perpetrated by top State and Defense Department officials. As already noted, these included Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz and, perhaps most notably, former Deputy Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman, the third-highest-ranking official in the Bush State Department.

Edmonds said that Feith and Wolfowitz were involved in plans to break Iraq into U.S. and British protectorates months prior to 9/11. She also claimed that the duo shared information with Grossman on how to blackmail various officials and that Grossman had accepted cash to help procure and sell nuclear weapons technology to Israel and Turkey—and, from there, on to the foreign black market. There the technology would be purchased by the highest bidder, such as Pakistan, Iran, Libya, North Korea or possibly even al-Qaeda.

Additionally, Edmonds claimed that Grossman, the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey before taking his State Department post, had tipped off Turkish diplomats to the true identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson’s front company, Brewster Jennings & Associates, a full three years prior to their being publicly outed by columnist Robert Novak. That in itself, according to George H.W. Bush, would be an act of treason carried out by “the most insidious of traitors.”

Former CIA counterterrorism officer Giraldi summed up Edmonds’s disclosures to me in blunt terms: “This was a massive coordinated espionage effort directed against United States nuclear secrets engineered by foreign agents who successfully corrupted senior government officials and legislators in our Congress. It’s that simple.”

According to a declassified version of a 2005 Department of Justice Inspector General’s report, Sibel Edmonds’s allegations are “credible,” “serious” and “warrant a thorough and careful review by the FBI.”
Perhaps more damningly, the FBI’s John Cole recently confirmed a key element of Edmonds’s claims when he revealed the existence of “the FBI’s decade-long investigation” of the State Department’s Grossman. Edmonds claimed that Grossman was perhaps the top U.S. ringleader for the entire foreign espionage scheme. The probe, Cole added, “ultimately was buried and covered up.”

Cole, who now works as an intelligence contractor for the Air Force, not only finds Edmonds “very credible,” but also confirms the “ongoing and detailed effort by Turkey to develop influence in the United States” through a number of illegal means.

“Turkish individuals would ask for favors—ya know, ‘You help me out, and I’ll help you out’—and basically what would happen is the elected official would either receive money or some kind of gift,” Cole explained. “Or, if it was a government employee, I’ve seen it where after they retired, they get these very lucrative positions with a Turkish company, or whatever the country may be.”

As noted, Hastert now works for Turkey, and Grossman now works for a Turkish company and as a lobbyist—no doubt raking in a pretty penny from both. Hastert and Grossman repeatedly ignored requests to comment on these charges.

The mainstream U.S. media, however, apparently remain uninterested in investigating any of it. Not even after Cole himself called for a “Special Counsel” to investigate and prosecute. So what the hell is going on here?
Giraldi believes that, as with companies such as AIG and GM becoming “too big to fail,” the size and success of this massive national security espionage scandal has simply become too big to bust.

He told me, “You have to look at Marc Grossman being part of a much bigger operation in terms of the Israelis and the Turks obtaining influence over our legislators and over a number of senior government officials at the Pentagon and State Department. Because this thing was so big, and it affected both Democrats and Republicans, I think the U.S. government is terrified of opening up this Pandora’s box.”

Giraldi added, “The people in Congress and in the Justice Department who should be investigating this…and also in the media—because the media is tied hand and foot to government—this is all part of one big, you know, conspiracy, if you want to look at it this way. And, essentially, this is a story that they don’t want to get out.”

So why, exactly, isn’t the media covering Sibel Edmonds, whom the ACLU once described as “the most gagged person in the history of the U.S.,” now that she is finally able to tell her story? It’s a story, after all, that the legendary 1970s whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has deemed “far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers.”

“If we had an effective mainstream media that was going after this story, that would make it come out,” Giraldi noted. “But we don’t have an effective media.” He then pointed out one more reason for the media’s reluctance to dig into this story: “According to Sibel, Grossman actually bragged that he would get from the Turks the information that they wanted to appear in an article. He would write it up, and he would fax it over to the New York Times, and they would print it just as he had written it under somebody else’s byline.”

Guess we won’t expect any coverage of this scandal from the New York Times, “the paper of record,” any time soon. And if a story isn’t covered by the Times, and thereafter picked up by everybody else, did it really happen? Given the complicity of the media with regard to Sibel Edmonds, it would appear the government never even needed to invoke the “State Secrets Privilege” in the first place.

As of this writing, HUSTLER stands to be the largest, most “corporate” U.S. outlet in which these startling, now-public, on-the-record disclosures have been reported. The moral: Pull off a large enough crime, and it becomes too big to do anything about.

AIUK : Search actions : Don’t let Britain become a safe haven for war criminals

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Dear Supporter,

We recently asked you to help us prevent the UK Government from seriously undermining the law on Universal Jurisdiction. Over 7,000 of you have now emailed Gordon Brown, which I deeply appreciate – thank you.

Since I last wrote to you I’ve had some very interesting discussions with a range of lawyers and parliamentarians and have learnt that our action has been making a real impact. 123 MPs have now supported an Early Day Motion on the issue, which is great news. (Early Day Motions are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons – they are used to demonstrate the extent of parliamentary support for a cause).

However, it has become clear that now is the time to step up the campaign to ensure the government doesn’t erode our war crimes legislation.

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Our pressure has been working but we must make another push – please email Gordon Brown today (if you’ve already done so, bump up the pressure by emailing again). And please forward this email onto friends, colleagues and family and urge them to take action too – let’s see if we can make it a message he can’t ignore with 10,000 emails.

You can also lobby your MP to sign Early Day Motion 502 on Universal Jurisdiction if they have not already done so. Find out who your MP is and write to them at writetothem.com

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The government’s proposed legislation changes would see magistrates lose their powers to issue arrest warrants for suspected war criminals visiting the UK. This would make it extremely difficult for victims of the world’s worst human rights violations to hold suspected perpetrators to account. To find out everything you need to know about this issue, read our special briefing.

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“We urgently need your help to prevent the government from seriously undermining the law on Universal Jurisdiction. If the government are successful, magistrates will lose their powers to issue arrest warrants for suspected war criminals visiting the UK. We must not let Britain become a safe haven for perpetrators of the world’s worst human rights violations. Find out more and email Gordon Brown.

AIUK : Iran: New report says human rights as bad as at any time in last 20 years

Iran: New report says human rights as bad as at any time in last 20 years

Posted: 10 December 2009

Human rights violations in Iran are now as bad as at any time in the past 20 years, Amnesty International said today (10 December) in a new report six months on from June’s presidential election.

Amnesty’s report describes patterns of abuse before, during and, particularly, after the June election, when the authorities deployed the Basij militia and Revolutionary Guards to suppress mass protests at the disputed outcome.  It includes testimonies from individuals who were detained during the protests, some of whom have since been forced to flee the country.

One man, Ebrahim Mehtari, a 26-year-old computing student, told Amnesty how on 20 August he was detained and put in a tiny 1.3m x 2m cell. He was subjected to interrogation sessions while blindfolded and accused of ‘working with Facebook networks’ and protesting against the election result. Interrogators tortured him into making a false confession: ‘They frequently beat me on the face; I was burned with cigarettes under my eyes, on the neck, head. I was beaten all over the body including arms and legs. They threatened to execute me and they humiliated me.’

After five days Mehtari signed a ‘confession’ and was taken and left in the street, still bleeding and semi-conscious. An independent forensic medical examination substantiated his torture claims, finding numerous bruises, abrasions and burns on his body. However, once it became known that these were from torture by state officials, all documents disappeared, apart from a copy of the medical report retained by Mehtari. The authorities then refused to investigate his allegations, warning his family there would be severe consequences if they talked about the case.

Meanwhile, another former detainee has described being held with 75 other detainees for over eight weeks in a container at the notorious Kahrizak detention centre. During interrogation he was told his son had been detained and would be raped if he didn’t ‘confess’. He was then beaten unconscious with a baton.

Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui said:

‘The Iranian leadership must ensure that the many allegations of torture, including rape, unlawful killings and other abuses are fully and independently investigated.

‘Members of militias and officials who have committed violations must also be promptly held to account and on no account should any one be executed.

‘The Supreme Leader should order the government to invite in UN Special Rapporteurs on torture and on summary and arbitrary executions to help ensure that investigations are both rigorous and independent.

‘Anyone who is arrested or detained must be protected from torture or other ill-treatment, prisoners of conscience must be released and those convicted after unfair trials – including the ‘show trials’ which made a mockery of justice – must have their cases reviewed, or be released.  All death sentences should be commuted, and others not yet tried must receive fair trials.’

Over 90 students have been detained in the last three weeks, and others banned from study, in a clear attempt to forestall demonstrations and to warn students not to continue their demands for human rights and academic freedom.

Meanwhile Amnesty is demanding proper investigations into all election-related violence. Investigations held by the Iranian government to date generally appear to have been intended more to conceal than to expose the truth, said Amnesty. The Iranian authorities have established two bodies to investigate the post-election crisis, including the treatment of detainees – a parliamentary committee and a three-person judicial committee.  Yet the mandate and powers of both bodies is unclear and the parliamentary committee’s findings have not been made public.

Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions have requested entry into Iran and are waiting to hear back from authorities.

Official figures say 36 people were killed in post-election violence; the opposition puts the figure at over 70.  At least 4,000 people were arrested after the elections and some 200 remain in jail, some arrested after the initial unrest died down.

This is an interesting article, not because it has anything new. But because it was published on a Canadian news paper and uses a language that is not been used in the past.

This punk is saying in this article that because IRI has started a second phase of enrichment that is well within the boundaries of the IAEA and the NPT, the nuclear power nation of Israel has the free pass to attack Iran, but wait, not only that, they will have the right to bomb ships in France or factories in Russia.

The rest of the article is the usual propaganda language of MEMRI (See the article on Guardian about the group) is been using for years.

Does this mean the new wave of propaganda is becoming an international action from the voices of Apartheid regime of Israel to prepare the world opinion for an illegal attack by a nuclear nation who refuses to sign the NPT against a signatory of NPT?

Are we that lame to sit by and see this happen and see the start of a new major conflict in the war thorn region of Persian Gulf?

How many innocent lives will be OK for these monsters to feel comfortable and happy? They did not feel safe by the death of over a million Iraqis, would a million of Iranian do it for them?

Keep an eye on Iran

Keep an eye on Iran

Lorne Gunter,  National Post

Don’t be surprised if some thing goes “boom” in Iran in the next few months. Or on a dock in Marseilles. Or inside a high-tech Russian metal-milling factory.

And don’t be surprised if the Israelis are behind it.

The news that Iran has begun enriching its own uranium beyond the levels needed for power generation is disturbing enough, but coupled with the recent bravado from the Islamic republic about a region “free of Zionists” (read Jews), the idea of a nuclear-armed Iran has taken on imminent and frightening dimensions.

At a joint news conference with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Thursday, Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blustered that “a Middle East without Zionism is a divine promise.” He added that “the Zionist entity is nearing the threshold of nonexistence … The death of the Zionist entity is certain.” This time “all the nations of the region will stand fast and will uproot it.”

According to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Mr. Ahmadinejad has repeated similar threats on several occasions in the two weeks since it was revealed his nation had taken a major step in its bomb-making capacity.

On Tuesday, in a speech in eastern Iran, where hard-line Islamism and anti-Semitism are especially popular with the largely rural voter base, Mr. Ahmadinejad promised that should Israel launch any further attacks on Muslims or Muslim territories — such as last year’s invasion of Gaza to end missile attacks on Israeli civilians — “this is the end” of Israel.

In a Feb. 18 telephone conversation with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, MEMRI claims, Mr. Ahmadinejad boasted that Israel dare not attack Gaza or southern Lebanon again (as it did in 2006). He insisted it “fears the ramifications of such a move.” But should it be so foolish, the nations are ready to “put an end” to Israel. Then “the region will be delivered from its evil.”

Certainly such bombast is common among Third Wo r l d despots such as Mr. Ahmadinejad. And it is especially common among Muslim despots. It is easy for them to paper over economic or social upheaval in their own nations by turning popular discontent towards that eternal, external bogeyman, Israel.

A good example of the kind of hyperbolic exaggeration common in the Middle East was Saddam Hussein’s 1991 threat to unleash “the mother of all battles” on coalition forces, should they “foolishly try to invade” Iraq. There wasn’t much of a battle, though. Once fighting began, his forces crumbled in the face of coalition tanks. His vaunted Republican Guard surrendered to unarmed drones and Italian news crews. Still a mixture of machismo, a persecution complex and religious zealotry compels the region’s leaders to make such rash overstatements.

So a certain amount of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s recent swagger can be chalked up to business-as-usual posturing. Add to that the fact that he appears to have aligned himself with the Iranian military in a struggle for supreme power against the mullahs who have ruled Iran since the Islamic revolution in 1979, and a case could easily be made that Mr. Ahmadinejad is merely whipping up the masses to distract them for a poor economy, drown out criticism for his brutal repression of pro-democracy protesters, cover up his stolen election victory last year and increase popular support for him and his military allies in their bid to unseat the mullahs as the rulers of Iran.

But that’s easy to say from here, beyond the reach of Iran’s missiles. If we were living next door — as Israel is — we might not be so willing to slough off Mr. Ahmadinejad’s recent words as just more empty sabre-rattling. Never before has one of the region’s tough-talking strongmen been so close to possessing a push-button fulfilment of his Jew-hating rhetoric.

When Iraq sought to acquire a nuclear rector in the 1980s — and before Israel launched a daring air raid to blow a hole in the rector dome — Israel’s secret service and commandos blew up parts shipments in France and disabled component-building factories in Italy and elsewhere. They assassinated an Iraqi nuclear scientist in a European hotel and generally did all they could to delay Iraq acquiring nuclear weapons.

If similar efforts have not already begun to trip up Iran’s program, don’t be surprised if they soon do.

lgunter@shaw.ca