Thursday, May 24, 2007

Sibel Edmonds: There are traitors in our midst. Call Waxman. Demand hearings. (with video!)

Today is the last day of the current spike of the Let Sibel Edmonds Speak campaign. We are begging you to call Henry Waxman's office (202-225-3976) and demand public hearings into her case.

Sibel is a former FBI translator who has documented evidence, supported by a number of agents, and confirmed by numerous government investigations, that people like Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and Dennis Hastert have been involved in treasonous activities.

Waxman has seen the evidence and was "outraged" and "stunned" and promised to hold hearings when the Dems controlled Congress - but has been ignoring our requests.

In this post, I have some compelling video of a recent interview that Sibel gave asking people to demand that Waxman hold hearings, and I also want to focus on one important issue that comes up in Sibel's case. High level officials are literally selling out their government, and the country, while they are in office. This maybe isn't that surprising, but here we have a case where we literally have evidence, and we have proof that many governmental organizations were aware of the fact, and they didn't do anything, and they continue to do nothing.


I've been running diaries all this week on Sibel's case asking you to call Waxman and demand hearings.

My post yesterday demonstrated that the US Attorney crisis pre-dates the current scandal - and the Pentagon (Perle & Feith) were dictating which FBI investigations were and were not allowed to proceed (Hint: they were not allowed to proceed when Perle & Feith were targets).

Tuesday's post was mostly a recent interview that Sibel gave describing the importance of public hearings and asking you to contact Waxman. I've resolved some technical issues and the YouTube segment is below.

In Monday's post I argued that we need to support people like Sibel because if she can't get public hearings, with documented evidence, validated by previous governmental investigations, then we can't reasonably ask any other people to come forward with evidence in any of the other investigations that Waxman might conduct.

For background information on the case, see What the heck is Sibel Edmonds' Case about? and Who wants to gag Sibel Edmonds? And why? (with answers!)

For today's post, firstly, here's the YouTube (2 parts) of the last 12 minutes of a recent interview that Sibel gave where she discusses the need for hearings, the fact that her case is documented, that other agents want to testify, and that Waxman has ignored her, despite previous promises to hold hearings into her case.

If you cant see these embedded here, try Part One and Part Two.

(partial transcript here)

I also want to highlight something that Sibel says in this interview that sometimes gets missed, but it's still important today, and the specific example in her case can apparently be generalized across broad swathes of the US government.

We are all aware of the problem of the revolving doors within the Military Industrial Complex - but Sibel says that (at least) one of the key perps in her case, Marc Grossman, was explicitly working for foreign interests while he was in office, with a guaranteed payoff when he left office.

Sibel says:
"This is very important: In order to obtain (the post-retirement job) they had to serve those foreign interests while they were working and they had those high positions. That's how they earn those future positions, that's how it happens. In every single case, that’s how it happens."

Sibel has previously written: "Please do not make the grave and naive mistake of assuming that Grossman found and obtained his highly lucrative and questionable positions after his resignation in January 2005."

Again, this is nothing new, really. We recently saw that the CIA's Number 3, Dusty Foggo, did exactly the same thing in the Duke Cunningham case - but a) we need to put a stop to it b) Grossman's 'sponsors' are most unsavoury and c) a number of people, in a variety of US Govt agencies knew about Grossman's dirty dealing, and did nothing about it, for years.

Most people don't know much about Grossman, fair enough. He was the #3 guy at the State Department under Armitage and former Ambassador to Turkey. To the extent that his name is familiar, it is because it was his memo to Scooter Libby that first identified Valerie Plame as Joe Wilson's husband - but his proximity to a number of scandals forces us to ask exactly what Grossman did to earn his new $2m+ salary.

For example, contrary to conventional wisdom, as I detail here,
The thing is, Brewster Jennings was 'outed' (privately, within the criminal network) long before Valerie Plame was officially outed. In fact, Brewster Jennings' cover was blown in the Summer of 2001 by Marc Grossman, former #3 at the State Department and Ambassador to Turkey.

Brewster Jennings was investigating Pakistan's AQ Khan nuclear proliferation network - a network which also involved Turkish companies. WHy did Grossman 'out' Brewster Jennings? and why is he now working with a shady Turkish company?

According to Sibel:
Most and foremost, Grossman is known for his extraordinarily cozy relationship with Turkey and Israel; followed by Pakistan.

Grossman's relationship with Pakistan is curious. As British MP Michael Meacher wrote in the Guardian:
"...General Mahmoud Ahmed, the then head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), wired $100,000 before the 9/11 attacks to Mohammed Atta, the lead (911) hijacker.

Ahmed, the paymaster for the hijackers, was actually in Washington on 9/11, and had a series of pre-9/11 top-level meetings in the White House, the Pentagon, the national security council, and with George Tenet, then head of the CIA, and Marc Grossman, the under-secretary of state for political affairs. When Ahmed was exposed by the Wall Street Journal as having sent the money to the hijackers, he was forced to "retire" by President Pervez Musharraf. Why hasn't the US demanded that he be questioned and tried in court?"

Sibel has previously commended me on highlighting Grossman's meeting with General Mahmoud Ahmed that week.

That isn't Grossman's only involvement in 911 related stuff. As I wrote here:
"Thirdly, two weeks after 911, Sibel overheard two 'targets' of a (Counter intelligence) monitoring program having a conversation. Apparently, three associates of these targets were arrested in New Jersey immediately after 911 - two Turkish guys and an Uzbeki. The targets were desperate to get their associates out of jail, and out of the country, so they called Marc Grossman who duly facilitated their release. (I've previously documented the NJ connection - home to Giza Technologies and a Brewster Jennings operation)"

My point here isn't to mount a critique of Grossman, per se, but it's important to understand what Sibel is talking about when she says that she has documented evidence that high level officials routinely sell out their country, to an extraordinary degree, because they have been promised post-career payoffs. And the parallel problem that many US govt agencies have known about this for years, and done nothing. How many Grossmans are there in the US Government today, making the same deals to sell out their country?

We need to put a stop to it. And that's why you should call Waxman (202-225-3976) and demand public hearings into Sibel's case. Do it today. Please.


Yankee Doodle said...

I'm just checking out your blog for the first time in many weeks. Maybe you have it farther down the page, I haven't checked yet. But, along the lines of those retirement jobs that Sibel mentioned....

What prominent Democrat politician just scored a job working as an agent for Turkey, and in so doing, publicly reversed his position on the Armenian genocide?

If we don't get this scandal handled now, that will be the next chapter of it -- may already be the next chapter of it.

Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

thanks - yeah, that was Dick Gephardt (Piper DLA)