SIBEL EDMONDS: IT'S ABOUT TIME

Ms. Edmonds claims that a former top State Department official was a person of interest to the FBI and had his phone tapped by the bureau in 2001 and 2002. Because of his senior-level position, this man had access to classified information of the highest sensitivity from the CIA, NSA and Pentagon, in addition to his own State Department.

Ms. Edmonds alleges to have heard evidence linking him to bribery from an ATC contact, to his intervening with the FBI to halt the interrogation of four Turkish and Pakistani intelligence operatives, and helping seed U.S. nuclear facilities with Turkish and Israeli Ph.D. students who in turn sold nuclear secrets abroad, primarily to Pakistan. The accused, who emphatically denies Ms. Edmonds' charges, is now a senior executive at a Washington lobbying firm.

A low-level contractor might seem poorly positioned to expose major breaches of national security, but the FBI translators' pool, riddled with corruption and nepotism, was key to keeping these secrets from surfacing. Ms. Edmonds' claims that the section was infiltrated by translators who should never have received security clearances and who were deliberately failing to translate incriminating material are supported by the Justice Department inspector general investigation and by an FBI internal investigation, which concluded that she had been fired after making "valid complaints."

Ms. Edmonds' revelations have attracted corroboration in the form of anonymous letters apparently written by FBI employees. There have been frequent reports of FBI field agents being frustrated by the premature closure of cases dealing with foreign spying, particularly when those cases involve Israel, and the State Department has frequently intervened to shut down investigations based on "sensitive foreign diplomatic relations."

Curiously, the state-secrets gag order binding Ms. Edmonds, while put in place by DOJ in 2002, was not requested by the FBI but by the State Department and Pentagon – which employed individuals she identified as being involved in criminal activities. If her allegations are frivolous, that order would scarcely seem necessary. Under the Bush administration, the security gag order has been invoked to cover up incompetence or illegality, not to protect national security.

...Former FBI senior counterintelligence officer John Cole has independently confirmed her report of the presence of Pakistani intelligence service penetrations within the FBI translators' pool.

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Prior to 2006, Rep. Henry Waxman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee allegedly promised Ms. Edmonds that if the Democrats gained control of Congress, he would order hearings into her charges. But following the Democratic sweep, he has been less forthcoming. It is suspected that Mr. Waxman fears that the revelations might open a Pandora's box, damaging Republicans and Democrats alike.

Ms. Edmonds' critics maintain that she saw only a small part of the picture in a highly compartmentalized working environment, that she was privy to only a fragment of a large operation to penetrate and disrupt the groups that have been stealing U.S. weapons technology. She could not have known operational details of what the FBI was doing and why.

("What FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds found in translation: Why is her story being covered up?" by Philip Giraldi. The Dallas Morning News. February 17, 2008.)

It's a cover-up, or the FBI and other agencies would have shown the "loyal opposition." They would have shown Sibel what they were really up to, to put her mind at ease.

When a diligent employee comes forward with only the best interests of the organization at heart, that organization should be glad for that and show it. At the very least, they should make it clear that they understand the picture the employee has received and do whatever they can to show that employee how incomplete information can give the wrong impression. They should show the employee how they aren't up to no good. They didn't do that.

The system is a cover for unethical profiteering. Anyone who doesn't realize that is duped. The system is designed for kleptomaniacs at the highest level. Worldly empire-building is about taking from others by force of arms and whatever other means can be devised. It is nothing but grandiose gangsterism. Those gangsters work to placate the people, the masses, who if they wake up and stop going along with the system of robbing people, including themselves (they are robbed of how the world would be), would no longer be mere cogs in the system. They would rather bravely funnel as much as they are able into the system Jesus Christ has in his heart.

Why trust higher-ups who don't work with people. They didn't work with Sibel, who if you've heard her, is an intelligent person. If the system were truly interested in doing what it claims, she wouldn't have been fired. She would have been raised up and given some charge over her translation unit.

We aren't in favor of all the barriers and secrets. We aren't in favor of the entire system. We are only speaking about how the lack of consistency within that system begins at the lowest threshold. They don't want consistency, because consistency would undo the entire system. That would spoil their gaining the spoils of their wars (both secret and open) on everyone including those they are sworn to protect.

People right above Sibel had received instructions from the top-down to allow other translators to fail to pass on information of use to field agents. Those people and those other translators were protected by John Ashcroft with the blessing of George W. Bush, who has known about Sibel Edmonds for many years now.

As Sibel has made clear, she was perfectly willing to handle everything behind closed doors. She has demonstrated her ability to keep silent too. No doubt, she has been watch like a hawk. She hasn't passed on any information to the supposed enemies of the U.S. or else the U.S. Justice Department would have come down on her like a ton of bricks.

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Tom Usher

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Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.