05-21-2007, 01:35 PM
Sibel's supporters are making another push to get Congressman Waxman to hear her case. If you are not familiar with the Sibel Edmonds case, follow this link. (http://letsibeledmondsspeak.blogspot.com/2007/05/its-time-that-we-all-helped-sibel.html)
What she knows ties in the Valarie Plame scandal, the NSA wiretapping scandal, The AIPAC/Larry Franklin espionage case, FBI & State department corruption, and the black market for drugs, weapons & nuclear technology.
She has been called the most gagged American citizen in history.
Public hearings into her case would shine a light on much of the corruption that is going on behind the scenes in our government & put people like Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, & Marc Grossman in jail.
Congressman Waxman promised her she would get hearings when the Democrats took power, but since that happened, he has said nothing & won't return her phone calls. If you are concerned about ending government corruption, follow the above link & call Waxman's office today.
OK, but who is she to know all this? Is she really gagged, or is it just that nobody's listening because there's no verifiable credibility? Sounds like very possibly just another conspiracy whack-a-doo to me.
05-21-2007, 02:43 PM
You should really read what's at the link for full answers to your questions, but here's the short answer:
She was a FBI translator who was translating wiretaps, some of which were Bush's illegal domestic wiretaps.
She was gagged numerous times, using the 'State Secrets Priviledge', by John Ashcroft when he was still Atty general. He also gagged all members of Congress who had heard her testimony.
Her FBI managers, Senators Leahy & Grassley, Congressman Waxman, and the Justice Dept Inspector General's report have all vouched for her credibility.
Nobody is saying she's wrong, they're just saying that what she knows could damage 'important US business interests'
See here (http://sibeledmonds.blogspot.com/2007/02/incredibly-credible-sibel.html) for more on her credibility.
05-22-2007, 07:51 AM
In Sibel's own words:
"Some respected, great Representatives, Democratic Congressmen, have expressed interest in my case. The leader of that group was Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), and I briefed his staff several times, by giving them the same details I gave five years ago to the Judiciary Committee. They obtained the classified version of the Inspector Generalís report two years ago and they were outraged. I have several letters from Congressman Waxman saying he finds these actions against me and these gag orders stunning and that he would hold hearings into my case if it wasn't for the Republicans preventing a hearing from taking place on my case.
Well, in January, after we went through the change [in Congress], Congressman Waxman is now Chairman Waxman and there is no power within Congress that can prevent him from holding this hearing. He has the jurisdiction, the authority to put the hearing there, and I have already obtained the consent and names of conscientious, good agents. One of them was the head of the Turkish counter-intelligence operations who actually retired two years ago. Theyíre all willing to come forward and testify on all the issues I have been gagged on. And that gag doesnít work in Congress during a hearing.
So in January, after the election results, especially since we have such a great Chairman today, 30 organizations have put together this petition addressed to Chairman Waxman saying you have been promising us for the past five years. These are major organizations, and we call them transpartisan, because there are organizations from the right, organizations from the left, organizations that are whistleblower-related such as the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), the Government Accountability Project (GAP), the National Whistleblower Center, human rights organizations, the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), civil liberties-related organizations such as the American Civil Liberties union (ACLU). We have 30 solid organizations that came together and put together this petition, addressed to Chairman Waxman, saying 'You have been promising us for the past five years.'
According to the ACLU, there has been no case of an American citizen who has had so many gag orders issued on her.
We also had 15,000 citizens sign the petition, and we had these 30 organizations, and they delivered it to Chairman Waxmanís office in March 2007, just over a month ago. And based on the officeís own report, tens of thousands of people in the past 3-4 weeks have called to say, well, when are you going to hold a hearing?
But we have received no response and we donít know why. None of these organizations know why, because Waxman's office has all the facts, they have all the confirmation, they have the IG report, they have the executive branchís own report saying sheís credible and her allegations have been supported by other witnesses and documents. We are not talking about allegations. We are talking about facts, documented and witnessed facts.
And I still believe that the Americans who care about their rights, their country, can make this happen. Maybe it hasnít happened because one of the factors that is not present there is the mainstream media. We know the mainstream media has such influence over the Congress, whatever makes the headlines. If issue ABC is in the headlines right now, I Congresswoman, Congressman am going to hold a hearing and get facetime and media time and attention - sometimes for good reasons, I'm not saying for negative reasons, but media has not paid attention.
Maybe Congress is not finding it worthy of their attention despite all these severe consequences because the media isnít there.
The citizens can change this, the constituents of Chairman Henry Waxman in California, in the LA area, can change that. They can say, you represent us, you represent our interests, and you are the chairman of the Government Reform Committee. Government Reform. Well, this is about bringing reform into Government, this is about reforming the wrongdoings in our government, and the price is being paid by every citizen.
So after not hearing back from Chairman Waxman through this petition and 30 organizations, Iím trying to reach out to those constituents in California, Iím trying to reach out to all citizens in this country and say, forget about me, this is not about Sibel Edmonds. Letís go to the core issues: What was it that I reported that caused all these gag orders and firings and threats? What was it? What I reported had nothing to do with me. It had to do with the interests of the American public being stomped upon. It had to do with those who have been elected and given authority betraying the citizens. It had to do with those people who are using their positions in the executive branch agencies to obtain lucrative early retirement positions afterwards as representatives of foreign interests, and not afterwards - and this is very important: In order to obtain it afterwards they had to serve those foreign interests while they were working and had those positions. That's how they earn those future positions, that's how it happens. In every single one of them, thatís how it happens. You start serving the interests of outside foreign influences before you obtain your positions afterwards and say bye to your civil service career. And that is, especially in some cases, criminal. That is not something that should be tolerated by this country, and we need to set an example of those people.
We have the facts, we have the documents, we have the witnesses, and itís time to do it. So stand up and call Chairman Waxmanís office, keep calling until you get an answer on when the hearing will take place. For each citizen it may cost four minutes. But the benefit to this country, and the number of issues that we are going to shed light on, is way worth it. And if it was not, they would not have gone this far to gag it. I have been fighting very hard, but you need to pay attention to the fact they have been fighting very hard, too.
This is unprecedented. If I am the most gagged woman in the history of this country, and if they have gone as far as invoking the States Secrets Privilege, the issue is important enough. So for anyone who may say, well, how do I know this case is credible? Iíll tell you that there is a report, there are statements from bipartisan senators, Senator Grassley, Senator Leahy, Congressman Waxman. And these are all on the record statements establishing the credibility of the case. The credibility has been established. The importance of this case has been established. Our government has taken unprecedented steps to silence and coverup this case. That should tell the American public how important this case is.
Call Chairman Waxman and write to him and do not stop until we have this hearing in place, and we have the agents testifying. Iím going to emphasize two things here: a) that they testify on oath, and b) that the hearings be public. I have had some hearings, and they have been behind closed doors in the Congress. I have briefed them. They already have this information, that's the point I'm trying to make here. They have the information. I have given this information to Chairman Waxman, to Senator Grassley, to Senator Leahy. Itís the American publicís turn to hear about this.
Itís possible that in light of the Chairmanís decision to hold a hearing, the government comes in and says it has to be in closed session and not in public because these are classified issues. But theyíre not. If that happens, we wonít get anywhere because then itís futile. I would not even be willing to testify because I have already done so. Five years ago I gave them testimony behind closed doors. So did other witnesses. Itís time to have open, public hearings and have people under oath. I will testify under oath, and the consequences of lying are severe.
So letís make this happen, and letís say that when all channels we rely upon ó be it the courts and the Congress and the executive branch and the mainstream media ó fail us, we still should move forward and not stop, and reach out to the American public, and make it happen. I hope we can do it, because not being able to do it sends a very bad, awful message to our children and our grandchildren, to say that active citizenry is dead in this country, and that either nothing comes out of it, or people don't care and don't do it.
We take pride in being Americans, and lovers and supporters of freedom - let's show that we can do it despite the fact that we don't have these four channels.
There is Chairman Waxman, an honourable individual, an established case, now we just need the public to say "Let's do it""
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