Monday, August 15, 2005
1.) Christopher Deliso has published an astonishing interview with fired FBI translator Sibel Edmonds at Antiwar.com:
SE: The fact that there are no investigations – I will give you an analogy, okay? Say if we decided to have a "war on drugs," but said in the beginning, "right, we're only going to go after the young black guys on the street level." Hey, we already have tens of thousands of them in our jails anyway, why not a few more? But we decided never to go after the middle levels, let alone the top levels…2.) Scott Horton on Saturday interviewed Ms. Edmonds about the recent Vanity Fair article that discussed a few of the (less controversial) reasons why the Bush administration has made her "the most gagged person in history." Horton's teaser:
It's like this with the so-called war on terror. We go for the Attas and Hamdis – but never touch the guys on the top.
CD: You think they [the government] know who they are, the top guys, and where?
SE: Oh yeah, they know.
CD: So why don't they get them?
SE: It's like I told you before – this would upset "certain foreign relations." But it would also expose certain of our elected officials, who have significant connections with high-level drugs- and weapons-smuggling – and thus with the criminal underground, even with the terrorists themselves.CD: When you were at the FBI, did you have any colleagues who were working on [the Larry Franklin AIPAC] case, investigating the Israelis?
SE: Look, I think that that [the AIPAC investigation] ultimately involves more than just Israelis – I am talking about countries, not a single country here. Because despite however it may appear, this is not just a simple matter of state espionage. If Fitzgerald and his team keep pulling, really pulling, they are going to reel in much more than just a few guys spying for Israel.
CD: A monster, 600-pound catfish, huh? So the Turkish and Israeli investigations had some overlap?
SE: Essentially, there is only one investigation – a very big one, an all-inclusive one. Completely by chance, I, a lowly translator, stumbled over one piece of it.
But I can tell you there are a lot of people involved, a lot of ranking officials, and a lot of illegal activities that include multi-billion-dollar drug-smuggling operations, black-market nuclear sales to terrorists and unsavory regimes, you name it. And of course a lot of people from abroad are involved. It's massive. So to do this investigation, to really do it, they will have to look into everything.
CD: But you can start from anywhere –
SE: That's the beauty of it. You can start from the AIPAC angle. You can start from the Plame case. You can start from my case. They all end up going to the same place, and they revolve around the same nucleus of people. There may be a lot of them, but it is one group. And they are very dangerous for all of us.CD: I know you can't name names, but are there any government agencies in particular that you can single out as being more corrupt or more involved with the substance of your allegations?
SE: The Department of State . . . .
In some cases where the FBI stumbles upon evidence of high-level officials being involved in drug-smuggling, they're even prevented from sharing it with the DEA [Drug Enforcement Agency]. The Department of State just comes in and says, "Leave it."
You know, it's funny, after 9/11, the common criticism was that there was "no information-sharing" between the FBI, CIA, and the like, and this is why the terrorists pulled it off – as if we didn't want to cooperate. No information-sharing? That's the biggest BS I ever heard!SE: It's amazing that in this whole "war on terror" thing, no one ever talks about these issues [drug-smuggling]. No one asks questions about these countries – questions like, "OK, how much of their GDP depends on drugs?"
CD: But of course, you're not implying…
SE: And then to compare that little survey with what countries we've been putting military bases in –
CD: I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you!
SE: You know how they always talk about these Islamic charities funding the terrorists, right?
SE: Well, and this is not a firm statistic, just a sort of ratio… but these charities are responsible for maybe 10 or 20 percent of al-Qaeda's fundraising. So where is the other 80 or 90 percent coming from? People, it's not so difficult! . . . .
Oh, it's so sophisticated and so big, you can't imagine… and not only can they bring the stuff in, they can send it out. And do you think for a second the government doesn't know?
CD: Can you give any specific examples of such an operation?
SE: Well, not from my case, but there is quite a lot of public information about such things. A good example was the piece in the L.A. Times –
CD: The black-market nuclear parts one?
SE: Yes, by Josh Meyer. From last year. That article gives a very good example of how such a scheme works.
CD: But that report came out of an official government investigation taking apart the smuggling ring, right?
SE: Yes it did, but that doesn't mean the business was ended.
When I asked her whether she thought that the unnamed State Department officials in her case were tied in any way to the AIPAC spy scandal, she replied: "Absolutely. And I cannot go into any details - and maybe some other investigative journalist ... will come here an do the rest of this article - but even the AIPAC spy scandal as far as I'm reading today is just touching the surface of it. It's going only to a certain degree. It doesn't go high enough, in what it involves and how far it goes, and that's as far, and the best - as far as I can explain."Listen to streaming audio here, or download the MP3 here.