Wednesday, April 18, 2007

New Phil Giraldi article about Sibel, Waxman

Former CIA officer Phil Giraldi has a new piece out in the April 23, 2007 print edition of the American Conservative about Sibel Edmonds and our call to have Henry Waxman hold hearings into her case.

Giraldi is an expert in Sibel's case and features prominently in the new film about Sibel, Kill The Messenger.

I've electronically liberated the article in full, all errors are mine etc.
California Congressman Henry Waxman's Oversight & Government Reform Committee has been investigating allegations that the Bush administration might be concealing something about the Niger document forgeries, that it maliciously outed CIA operative Valerie Plame, and that it has looked the other way over massive fraudulent contracting in Iraq. These investigations are admirable and very much in the public interest. He has been less interested in pursuing another matter, however. FBI whistle blower Sibel Edmonds and her numerous supporters both inside and outside of government have been urging Waxman to hold open hearings on her claims regarding malfeasance and corruption among high-level government officials.

Edmonds is subject to a State Secrets Privilege gag order initiated at the request of the Pentagon and State Department, but she has recently elaborated on her allegations, stating that investigations already carried out by the FBI would demonstrate that three former senior officials were involved in illegal weapons sales and other activities that would justify charges of espionage and possibly even treason against them. The three are leading Pentagon neoconservatives Douglas Feith and Richard Perle, as well as former State Department number three Marc Grossman. Edmonds is no crackpot and is considered to be a credible witness, most of whose charges were substantiated both by former FBI officials in 2002 and by the Department of Justice in 2005. Waxman appears to be uninterested in pursuing the matter, however, possibly because Israeli officials and the country's defense industry are believed to have been involved in the weapons diversion activity.

Congressman Waxman is regarded as close to Israel's principal lobby, AIPAC, and even promised Jewish voters back in November 2006 that there would be no Democratic congressional committee chairmen involved with Middle Eastern policy who were not completely supportive of Israel.

As Giraldi says in Kill The Messenger:
All of these people (Perle, Feith) have been investigated by the FBI at one point or another for passing secret information to Israel.

In no cases were any of them convicted. The prosecutions were dropped… in my opinion because of political pressure not to get into this kind of case that involves
'Israel' and 'Espionage'.
I'm not yet ready to write-off the possibility that Waxman will hold hearings into Sibel's case. He has previously promised to do so, and we haven't yet heard from his office that he won't hold hearings. Congress has been in recess for the past two weeks and we'll be attempting to get him on the record one way or other this week. I've been told that a number of prominent-ish people tried to get Waxman to go on the record on Monday (yesterday) in response to Giraldi's new article to no avail - but surely he can't maintain that position, so in the meantime, no news is good news.

Oh - and for those of you who are saying 'Huh? AIPAC? Israel? I thought Sibel's case was about Turkey and the American Turkish Council (ATC)!' Sibel says that both AIPAC and the ATC both essentially operate as fronts for the same criminal organization. Or as Giraldi put it in his earlier article about Sibel's case:
On one level, (Sibel's) story appears straightforward: several Turkish lobbying groups allegedly bribed congressmen to support policies favourable to Ankara. But beyond that, the Edmonds revelations become more serpentine and appear to involve AIPAC, Israel and a number of leading neoconservatives who have profited from the Turkish connection.
I'll keep you updated, of course. Stay tuned, and thanks for your help & support, again.


Corruption in Government? said...

With respect to Ms. Sibel Edmonds allegations, I wonder if she would be willing to go on record about what sort of congressional members have been involved in criminal activities?

Is it true there is blackmail involved?

Also is the House Intelligence Committee in particular, susceptible to this blackmail by the ATC et all?

The reason being is Congressman Rick Renzi has resigned from his post on the House Intelligence Committee, and he is also under federal investigation.

I'm not saying one way or another that there are, but could there be connections between these members of congress and the allegations Ms. Sibel Edmonds has continuously stressed?

This is a very important matter. The House Intelligence Committee protects america from foreign intrusion and serious national security matters.

If any of their members have been blackmailed or accepted political favors, the consequences could be quite dire.

It would further illustrate the kind of disregard for the law that was in play before September 11, and may explain why the attacks happened.

lukery said...

CiG - sorry for the delay in reponding.

Thanks for your comments.

I'm not exactly sure what you are after when you aske about "*what sort* of congressional members..."

Do you mean 'which committees'?

We do know that Hastert was one of the congress members named - there are others, from both parties, that have not been named, so far. (This might be a great chance for CREW to prove that CREW is non-partisan)

(we (kind of) know who the 'bribers' are, former congress members Solarz and Livingston, for starters)

Is there blackmail involved? I don't think that we specifically know that blackmail is involved - but I am positive that any foreign agency / criminal group that is bribing congress members would be smart enough to keep a record (video?) of that for future insurance.

Please contact me via email - and I'll pass the details of what you are after to Sibel - perhaps we can get you what you need.

Investigations? said...

Well for instance, a while back CREW was investigating Congressman John Murtha and they forced him to give up his post on a Committee.

But, Senator Feinstein also served on a key position with a Defense Contractor tied to her husband. It wasn't until the press started reporting this fact that Feinstein quickly resigned from that position.

I guess the question really comes down to the House Intelligence Committee in particular-- and that is, can we really trust the Congressional members who are on that Committee?

And is it even possible to trust them at all if the allegations are correct that, they accepted bribe money?

One of the represenatives, that we have demanded CREW look further into is Congresswoman Jane Harmon.

I remember a story that came out in NEWSWEEK, which was not long ago around January, that said the FBI was investigating Harmon for accepting lavish gifts from AIPAC related defense contractors. And she was of course Democrat, but not any different from Peter Hoekstra or Dennis Hastert- as far as I can gather.

I think obviously-- and its not just Zionists involved but- obviously that compromises the security of the House Intelligence Oversight Committee because who they are supposed to investigate, ie: Turkish agents of influence or Israeli partisans who feed out false information, they instead would cover it up and in turn accept bribe money.

I'm not saying that is what Jane Harmon did, but after the investigation of her activities on the committee became known Pelosi forced her to resign from the House Intelligence committee and appoint someone else who was not tainted by AIPAC-linked companies.

I think Alcee Hastings took that position if I remember correctly now, which was the correct decision.

We can not allow the House Intelligence committee to be prejudiced or otherwise, 'bribed' by any foreign government sources such as Turkey, Israel etc. Because when we do that, it puts national security in harm's way and on that point Scott Ritter is right.

Anyway, I just found the whole story an interesting co-incidence. I'm going to find that NEWSWEEK article again because it lays out the problem I think.

And I just wonder, if CREW- or anyone-- is really looking at Rahm Emanuel or these others that have resigned from committees because there is some clear criminal activities here.

In fact, the FBI recently raided Congressman Jefferson's office for accepting bribes from a contractor in Nigeria. So it all fits, fits together in this emerging pattern of tainting the Oversight Committee.

And if that happens, can we really investigate the Iraq war or- anything?

I'm assuming Harmon since that case is public, was probably one of those named. I wonder how far it reaches, and if the FBI was sitting on these wiretaps, that the reason they are taking down Rick Renzi now and he is off the House Intel because clear evidence of bribery, ie: i'influence' of his chair was found. Livingston Group LLC is pretty linked into this outfit, right?

I guess we can't know unless hearings happen. But I just wonder if people like Rick Renzi were involved.

lukery said...

thnx again.

to answer your general question: 'can we trust HSPCI?' - my guess is that the answer is 'no' - a) i don't think we can trust any committe and b) foreign entities are probably most interested in corrupting committees like HPSCI. (heck, we can't even get any oversight from Oversight, I'm not surprised we can't get any from Intel)

and then there's c) Porter Goss (ex-HPSCI Chair). AS I document here ( - Goss knows about the fact that 'Al Qaida' has infiltrated US nuclear labs etc - and done nothing. Goss of course was given the CIA gig - so there's corruption from top-to-bottom.

it's not a promising situation...