Sep 09

Grand Unifying Conspiracy Theory

It appears that the entirety of the blogosphere  is staying away from Sibel Edmonds explosive interview in Pat Buchanan’s American Conservative, of all places.    This is certainly understandable, given the treasonous accusations she has made.    From the article, via MeFi:

Sibel Edmonds has a story to tell. She went to work as a Turkish and Farsi translator for the FBI five days after 9/11. Part of her job was to translate and transcribe recordings of conversations between suspected Turkish intelligence agents and their American contacts. She was fired from the FBI in April 2002 after she raised concerns that one of the translators in her section was a member of a Turkish organization that was under investigation for bribing senior government officials and members of Congress, drug trafficking, illegal weapons sales, money laundering, and nuclear proliferation. She appealed her termination, but was more alarmed that no effort was being made to address the corruption that she had been monitoring.

A Department of Justice inspector general’s report called Edmonds’s allegations “credible,  “serious,  and “warrant[ing] a thorough and careful review by the FBI.  Ranking Senate Judiciary Committee members Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have backed her publicly. “60 Minutes  launched an investigation of her claims and found them believable. No one has ever disproved any of Edmonds’s revelations, which she says can be verified by FBI investigative files.

John Ashcroft’s Justice Department confirmed Edmonds’s veracity in a backhanded way by twice invoking the dubious State Secrets Privilege so she could not tell what she knows. The ACLU has called her “the most gagged person in the history of the United States of America. 

But on Aug. 8, she was finally able to testify under oath in a court case filed in Ohio and agreed to an interview with The American Conservative based on that testimony. What follows is her own account of what some consider the most incredible tale of corruption and influence peddling in recent times. As Sibel herself puts it, “If this were written up as a novel, no one would believe it. 

To explain it as simply as possible, Legislators, State Department ambassadors, Pentagon employees,  uniformed military, and others all spied on behalf of the Turkish intelligence, with said intelligence parsed and brokered for sale, often finding its way to the intelligence agencies of Pakistan, Israel, and others.   The Turks accomplished this by finding vulnerable people in highly placed positions and compromising them financially or sexually.

Other disclosures “ made almost as an aside – confirm the Iraq War plans had started in 2001 prior to 9/11, we were participants in a healthy trade of people, weapons, and drugs, we used the bin Laden family from 1997-2001 towards our own political interests, and nuclear physics doctoral students were placed in critical positions to transfer nuclear intelligence.

If this were my first time encountering Edmunds, I’d find plenty of reasons to discount her interview.   She’s Iranian, in a Pat Buchanan’s Conservative magazine, criticizing the last three Presidents , making accusations of high treason, and implicating our country’s strongest allies.

This is not my first time encountering Edmunds, and I’ve written on the periphery of these subjects – the Turks, the mechanics of   compromising someone – previously.   If her testimony was good enough for the 9/11 Commision, it should be good enough to see the light of day.