Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Sibel Edmonds case:

I'm not as up to snuff on the Sibel Edmonds case as I probably should be, but I still think proliferating as much info on her as possible is a good thing, so I would recommend checking out today's post by "lukery" at which is pretty informative. Edmonds is the FBI translator who heard a little too much about some very prominent neocons, one's we all know and love, making money off of Turkish drug money in exchange for selling US nuclear secrets.

For all of you not also not up to snuff on the Sibel Edmonds case, I would refer you to the recent article in the London Times written about her case. It includes shocking allegations, such as:

". . . How foreign intelligence agents had enlisted the support of US officials to acquire a network of moles in sensitive military and nuclear institutions. . . Among the hours of covert tape recordings, she says she heard evidence that one well-known senior official in the US State Department was being paid by Turkish agents in Washington who were selling the information on to black market buyers, including Pakistan. "

Philip Giraldi in the American Conservative writes in this week's edition that the "well-known" official is:

"Marc Grossman—ambassador to Turkey from 1994-97 and undersecretary of state for political affairs from 2001-05—was a person of interest to the FBI and had his phone tapped by the Bureau in 2001 and 2002. In the third-highest position at State, Grossman wielded considerable power personally and within the Washington bureaucracy. He had access to classified nformation of the highest sensitivity from the CIA, NSA, and Pentagon, in addition to his own State Department. On one occasion, Grossman was reportedly recorded making arrangements to pick up a cash bribe of $15,000 from an ATC contact. The FBI also intercepted related phone conversations between the Turkish Embassy and the Pakistani Embassy that revealed sensitive U.S. government information was being sold to the highest bidder. Grossman, who emphatically denies Edmonds’s charges, is currently vice chairman of the Cohen Group, founded by Clinton defense secretary William Cohen, where he reportedly earns a seven-figure salary, much of it coming from representing Turkey."

Check out also "Wot is it good for" a blog dedicated to this issue.

See Edmond's 2005 opening statement to the House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and Internal Relations in which she relates that:

"In March 2002, the Senate Judiciary Committee began investigating my case and allegations, and in June and July 2002, during two unclassified briefings with the staff of Senators Grassley and Senator Leahy, the FBI publicly confirmed all of my core allegations. These two Senators issued public statements and letters regarding these confirmations and my case, demanding expedited investigation by the Inspector General and response from the FBI. These letters and statements were widely disseminated in the media and on the Internet; including on the Senators’ own websites. When the judge overseeing my legal cases asked the government to produce any unclassified materials that was relevant to the substance of my allegations, the government took a truly extraordinary step: it moved to retroactively classify these letters, statements, and news releases that had been public for almost two years. It is quite clear that the government’s motivation was not to protect national security, but rather to protect itself from embarrassment and accountability."

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Bush & Co. lied about Iraq: What a shocker!

The Center For Public Integrity has issued a study which reports that:

"President George W. Bush and seven of his administration's top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq . . . On at least 532 separate occasions (in speeches, briefings, interviews, testimony, and the like), Bush and these three key officials, along with Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan, stated unequivocally that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (or was trying to produce or obtain them), links to Al Qaeda, or both. This concerted effort was the underpinning of the Bush administration's case for war. . . In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003." [The War Card]

How about that? Who knew?

And how about all the lying that went on about what happened on 9/11? My favorite is Condi's insisting that "I don't think anybody could have predicted that those people could have taken an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center ... that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," and then had to admit she had "mispoke" before she was forced to testify under oath in front of the 9/11 commission.

Maybe this is why none of the markets are buying W.'s story this time around that the economy is sound.
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