By Philip Giraldi
August 27th, 2009
Those who are interested in issues like widespread corruption of our elected officials by foreigners have no doubt followed the ex-FBI translator-turned-whistle blower Sibel Edmonds saga for the past few years. Sibel has finally testified in court under oath about some of the things that she learned while working for the bureau. The testimony was in a court in Ohio about two weeks ago. A full transcription and a useful summary appear at http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7374.
In short, she names a number of Congressmen including former Speaker Dennis Hastert who took money from Turkish lobbyists. She also identifies senior State Department and Pentagon officials who apparently did the same, including our friends Marc Grossman, Paul Wolfowitz, and Doug Feith. Interestingly, she claims that Grossman blew the cover of Valerie Plame’s company Brewster Jennings back in 2001, causing CIA to shut it down, so Robert Novak was not guilty of exposing the CIA cover mechanism. In another interview given a few weeks ago, Edmonds claims that CIA was working closely with al-Qaeda in the Balkans and continued to do so until 9/11.
As I have reported before, Edmonds is a credible witness who is ignored by the mainstream media and congress because her tales, if true, would be devastating to both political parties and to the Israel and Turkish lobbies. She is dismissed as a crackpot. She might in fact be blowing smoke, but now that she has testified under oath and in considerable detail making very specific accusations, isn’t it time for someone in the administration to review the FBI files and stand up to say whether her accounts are true or not? Corruption in the US government is something that no one wants to talk about, particularly if powerful foreign interests are involved.
Posted at The American Conservative.
Also be sure to see Sibel’s call to create a “real” alternative media focused on her story: http://123realchange.blogspot.com/2009/08/poisoned-well.html
A comment on the above post criticizes that “allegedly non-mainstream sites” now covering the issue have still not faced the wider implications of ethnic lobbies.
“Readers should know that while the mainstream media has been ignoring the Sibel Edmonds case, the Armenian American media have not.
Do a Google ‘News’ search for ‘Sibel Edmonds.’ You’ll see several articles about the current case in Ohio for which Edmonds just gave a deposition. The Armenian American media was the first to report that particular case, long before certain blogs and allegedly non-mainstream websites, such as Antiwar.com, did.
The Ohio case came about only because a courageous Armenian American candidate, David Krikorian, blew the whistle on Congresswoman Jean Schmidt and her association with the Turkish lobby. Krikorian called in Sibel Edmonds to testify on his behalf. And Schmidt has just been deposed too and has been exposed.
“The Turkish lobby and pro-Israel/aka Jewish lobby work closely together. For example, they have colluded for many years to stop the passage of Armenian genocide resolutions in Congress. How many publications and websites that pride themselves on reporting the Sibel Edmonds case have bothered to ever mention that salient fact?
“There has even been a major and successful campaign for two years now that has specifically exposed the efforts of the Anti-Defamation League and some other Jewish groups, such as the American Jewish Committee, to hypocritically deny the Armenian genocide. See http://www.NoPlaceForDenial.com.
“Click on Timeline and News Archive. And please also go to the “Q and A” section and navigate to the “History of Lobbying against Genocide Recognition” to see the massive collusion between the Turkish and Jewish lobbies. This significant body of evidence is something those who have been interested in Sibel’s case have largely ignored. Ask yourself why.
“Indeed, many publications, such as AmConMag, that have been critical of the pro-Israel lobby have also ignored this issue. I told these publications many times in the past, but they still ignored it. I also told certain writers – whom I won’t embarrass here by, ahem, naming them – but they ignored it too.
“I believe the reason they ignored it is that they don’t like ethnic lobbies, such as the Armenian lobby. That attitude, Sir, The American Conservative, and others, has directly led to your readers and the American people not knowing some highly important things about what the pro-Israel lobby is up to. Many of the things that Sibel is pointing out were known to Armenian Americans, and they wrote about it long ago.
“I respectfully suggest that certain publications and writers broaden their perspectives.”
HELPFUL BACKGROUND ON KRIKORIAN:
“The 8/8/09 deposition was brought by Krikorian as part of his defense in a case filed against him before the Ohio Election Commission (OEC) by Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH). The 2nd district Congresswoman has accused Krikorian, an Armenian-American who ran against her as an independent in 2008, of ‘false statements’ during the campaign last year alleging that she had accepted ‘blood money’ from Turkish interests.
“Krikorian says that Schmidt, co-chair of the Congressional Turkish Committee, accepted more money from Turkish interests during last year’s campaign than any other member of Congress, despite few, if any, ethnic Turks among her local constituency. He has suggested she may have been instrumental in helping to hold off a Congressional vote on a long-proposed, much-disputed resolution declaring the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians during WWI as a ‘genocide’ by the Turks.”
Corruption is now as acceptedly American as greed and violence. And the media is fully complicit.
I guess I should buckle down and read the full transcript and watch the video… but DAMN – then I never get to write! I’ve got a piece that needs to get out… well, maybe in the next month or so anyway.
talk about corruption…
Ok, I watched all five hours:
this is definitely the kind of story that needs a book to explain – or a 3-part movie series. This is as intricate as it gets – at the highest levels and across the federal government.
I will say this much: she is absolutely correct that we cannot allow these people who accepted these bribes to keep walking among us. They present an ongoing clear and present danger to our security as a nation.
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