Monday, March 12, 2007

Let Sibel Edmonds Speak

It has been almost five years now since former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds first contacted the Senate Judiciary Committee to reveal the shocking tale of Turkish bribery of high-level U.S. officials. In that time span, Edmonds has been misled by members of Congress on several occasions: Numerous promises have been made to the whistleblower by the Senate Judiciary Committee that her allegations would be exposed in public hearings. Those promises have rung hollow.

Now, with the Democratic victory in Congressional elections, coupled with revelations that many of the tapes she translated were probably obtained illegally through FISA warrants , the Turkish translator's case has gained new relevance. Edmonds recently presented to Congress her petition of 15,000 individual signatures and the support of 30 organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), OMB Watch, Project on Government Oversight (POGO), Government Accountability Project (GAP), People for the American Way, and the Liberty Coalition, who have sponsored this petition and joined her campaign. Furthermore, Edmonds has received assurances that the House Government Reform Committee will hold hearings. And one would hope that with a very good public servant, Henry Waxman, chairing the Government Reform Committee, a full public airing of Ms. Edmonds' allegations would be a foregone conclusion.

Unfortunately, time and time again the Congress has proven that, absent public pressure, a case like that of Turkey's corruption of U.S. government officials will not automatically receive its due attention. And although the Democrats' recent rise to power brings new hope, it won't automatically guarantee justice. Unlike the numerous Iraq War investigations that Waxman and other Democrats in Congress are planning, the issues brought up by Sibel Edmonds may tarnish the images not just of the Bush Administration, but also of certain elements of the Clinton Administration. Further complicating matters is that members of both political parties in Congress were also allegedly the recipient of Turkish gratuities: When a country like Turkey decides to engage in illegal espionage and lobbying, it spreads its funds generously. And though Edmonds' case involves the nuclear black market, not even the potential of a nuke reaching American soil is guaranteed to motivate our public servants, especially when they fear some of the muck might splatter on their own Party.


BIGDOG said...

WOW!!! MTJ....why do you always believe what others tell you instead of researching this shit out yourself.

The standdown order wasnt even a stand down order. In fact no one knows what that order was. I have posted the transcript of that interview before and to NO AVAIL!!

Your Payne Stewart claim is wrong also. It took over 60 minutes for the fighter jets to get there. Almost 80 minutes actually. Oh heres the evidence.

YOU!!!!! are propogating lies MTJ.

Anonymous said...

Yahoo! News
9/11 mastermind confesses in Guantanamo

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer 1 minute ago

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, confessed to that attack and a string of others during a military hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to a transcript released Wednesday by the Pentagon. "I was responsible for the 9/11 operation from A to Z," Mohammed said in a statement read during the session, which was held last Saturday.

The transcripts also refer to a claim by Mohammed that he was tortured by the CIA, although he said he was not under duress when he confessed to his role in the attacks.

In a chilling list of attacks — some of which were carried out, some not — Mohammed claimed responsibility for planning, financing and training others for plots ranging from the 1993 truck bombing of the World Trade Center to the attempt by would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his shoes.

He said he was involved in planning the 2002 bombing of a Kenya beach resort frequented by Israelis and the failed missile attack on an Israeli passenger jet after it took off from Mombasa, Kenya. He also said he was responsible for the bombing of a nightclub in Bali, Indonesia. In 2002, 202 were killed when two Bali nightclubs were bombed.

Other plots he said he was responsible for included planned attacks against the Sears Tower in Chicago, the Empire State Building and New York Stock Exchange, the Panama Canal and Big Ben and Heathrow Airport in London — none of which occurred.

He also said he was involved in planning assassination attempts against former Presidents Carter and Clinton, attacks on U.S. nuclear power plants and suspension bridges in New York, the destruction of American and Israeli embassies in Asia and Australia, attacks on American naval vessels and oil tankers around the world and an attempt to destroy an oil company he said was owned by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Sumatra, Indonesia.

In all, Mohammed said he was responsible for planning 28 attacks. The comments were included in a 26-page transcript released by the Pentagon, which blacked out some of his remarks.

Mohammed also claimed he was tortured by the CIA after his capture in 2003, according to an exchange he had with the military colonel who heads the three-member panel that heard his case.

"Is any statement that you made, was it because of this treatment, to use your word, you claim torture," the colonel asked. "Do you make any statements because of that?"

Portions of Mohammed's response were deleted from the transcript, and his immediate answer was unclear. He later said his confession read at the hearing to the long list of attacks was given without any pressure, threats or duress.

The colonel said that Mohammed's torture allegations would be "reported for any investigation that may be appropriate" and also would be taken into account in consideration of his enemy combatant status.

The Pentagon also released transcripts of the hearings of Abu Faraj al-Libi and Ramzi Binalshibh. Both refused to attended the hearings, though al-Libi submitted a statement.

Binalshibh, a Yemeni, is suspected of helping Mohammed with the Sept. 11, 2001, attack plan and is also linked to a foiled plot to crash aircraft into London's Heathrow Airport. Al-Libi is a Libyan who reportedly masterminded two bombings 11 days apart in Pakistan in December 2003 that targeted President Pervez Musharraf for his support of the U.S.-led war on terror.

The hearings, which began last Friday, are being conducted in secret by the military as it tries to determine whether 14 alleged terrorist leaders should be declared "enemy combatants" who can be held indefinitely and prosecuted by military tribunals.

If, as expected, the 14 are declared enemy combatants, the military would then draft and file charges against them. The detainees would then be tried under the new military commissions law signed by President Bush in October.

Hearings for six of the 14 have already been held. The military is not allowing reporters to attend the sessions and is limiting the information it provides about them, arguing that it wants to prevent sensitive information from being disclosed.

The 14 were moved in September from a secret CIA prison network to the prison at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, where about 385 men are being held on suspicion of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban.

Mohammed's confession was read by a member of the U.S. military who is serving as his personal representative. It also claimed he shared responsibility for three other attacks, including assassination attempts against Pope John Paul II and Musharraf.

The transcripts also lay out evidence against Mohammed, saying that a computer seized during his capture included detailed information about the Sept. 11 plot — ranging from names and photos of the hijackers to photos of hijacker Mohammad Atta's pilot's license and even letters from al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Al-Libi, who did not attend his hearing, also made a statement through his personal representative largely claiming that the hearing process is unfair and that he will not attend unless it is corrected.

"The detainee is in a lose-lose situation," his statement said.

Binalshibh declined to participate in the process and the hearing was conducted in his absence. Military officials expected some of the 14 suspects not to participate.

Legal experts have criticized the U.S. decision to bar independent observers from the hearings from the high-value targets. The Associated Press filed a letter of protest, arguing that it would be "an unconstitutional mistake to close the proceedings in their entirety."

Mark Denbeaux, a Seton Hall University law professor who represents two Tunisians held at Guantanamo, said that based on the transcripts, Mohammed might be the only detainee who would qualify as an enemy combatant.

"The government has finally brought someone into Gitmo who apparently admits to being someone who could be called an enemy combatant," Denbeaux, a critic of most of the detentions, said in a telephone interview from London. "None of the others rise to this level. The government has now got one."

The military held 558 combatant status review tribunals between July 2004 and March 2005 and the panels concluded that all but 38 detainees were enemy combatants who should be held. Those 38 were eventually released from Guantanamo.


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Miles said...

Stand down or not

Anonymous said...


Michael T Justice said...

Not sure why you have so much animous BD, but you are correct. It took the security net 80 minutes or so to intercept the Payne Stewart plane heading from Florida to Texas. A feat they were unable to recreate when a plane was heading toward DC during what had to be an obvious attack. No need for anyone to question how the net dropped the ball, my bad.

BIGDOG said...

On anthony's show. You said that it took 26 minutes to intercept Paynes plane. Your conspiracy ridden friends say the same thing. IT IS A FALSE STATEMENT!!!!!

The fucked up thing is when you are proven wrong, just like your cronies, you revert back to this... "oh im just questioning why it took so long". No sir, what happens is you lied and/or are ignorant of the facts and propogate these falsehoods on ill-informed people.

Animous you say? Get this try telling the trueth no and again.

BIGDOG said...

BTW there has been plenty of investigations completed.

correction: Animous you say? Get this, try telling the trueth now and again.

Michael T Justice said...

I don't know why I care about you my big friend, but....

if you check this out and check the 37 minute mark of the video, I think you will find that Aaron Russo (whose video you are pimping on a weekly basis) is a liar/ignorant person also. perhaps one day whatever you come to believe about 9-11 you will find a way to talk to people without calling names and the incessant personal attacks.

BIGDOG said...

The video part and context of my pimping arron russo is in context with the federal reserve. I have never pimped the portion of his video on 9-11 conspiracy., banking and the federal reserve is what i pimp. Russo backs up verifiable information and not conspiracy. See the difference. Of course not.

However MTJ this is about you and you propagating lies. I have not called you any names that dont apply to you and your persona. This is not name calling and my personal attacks are always spot on. You are lieing to your audience and have admitted to being ill-informed. I know, you dont have the time to research. Yet somehow you post a blog. Have 2 jobs sometimes 3. A young family to raise and somewhere in between you have to sleep. Your choice, not mine.

I have volunteered to help you research this shit and you, at every level, refuse to engage in such an idea.

So heres to me calling you ignorant; wich applies. Heres to me calling you a liar; wich applies. Oh and get this heres to me calling you a < you insert here >; wich may apply.

Oh and please point out the "incessant personal attacks". I cant wait to here this conspiracy theory...LMAO!!!

More like incessant trueths about you.

BIGDOG said...

BTW SPP the trilateral merger thingy noone in talk radio is expounding on.




Seems some Idaho leaders get it.

Anonymous said...

I realize that my show is on earlier in the night now so you may not have heard me in a while, but I have been talking about the SPP and the loss of sovereignty. You seem hell bent on making folks out to be a LIAR if they disagree with you. this is unfortunaate since you and I had a very good exchange a year or so ago in which we asked "where are the statesmen." we CANNOT be the statesmen that we need if we are calling each other names.

In regaards to your 26 minutes claim. I don't recall saying that it took 26 minutes, but if I did I can clearly see why I might have nmade the mistake: the report switches from EST to CST in the middle of the report.

In regards to bitches, dicks, and boys when you get all loud and hateful in your speech you open yourself up to the interpretation that you are something other than a big old teddy bear. say hi to richard for me.

Anonymous said...

U.S. Navy Exercise Near Iran No Coincidence, Official Says


Anonymous said...

A Deadly U.S.-Iran Firefight,8599,1605487,00.html?xid=rss-topstories

Non-April Fool

Anonymous said...

Liberals are faggots.

Anonymous said...

Faggots burn easly.

Steel Framed Morality.

Anonymous said...

Jon Stewart > Senator McCain