Thanks to a FOIA request, new evidence has emerged from the FBI’s own internal communications that appear to support many of the claims made by Sibel Edmonds regarding (largely though not exclusively) GOP collusion in the spying activities of the Turkish government.
This is no small matter, as it involves blackmail and bribery of high-level officials like former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, PNAC signatory Richard Perle, Congressman Roy Blunt, Congresswoman Jean Schmidt, Turkish Ambassador Marc Grossman, Congressman Stephen Solarz, Asst. Sec. Def. Douglas Feith, Congressman Dan Burton and others to “look the other way” from those engaged in spying activities with a foreign government against the United States.
Per the report from the Boiling Frogs website:
Recently released FBI documents prove the existence of highly sensitive National Security and criminal investigations of “Turkish Activities” in Chicago prior to September 11, 2001. These documents add further support to many of the allegations that former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds has claimed, in public and in Congress, since 2002. The documents were released under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request into an organization called the Turkish American Cultural Alliance (TACA), an organization repeatedly named by Ms. Edmonds as being complicit in the crimes that she became aware of when she was a translator at the FBI.
The documents released under FOIA are almost completely redacted, but they do support many of Edmonds’ claims, including:
- There were a number of very serious FBI investigations into “Turkish activity in Chicago” involving a number of targets, including TACA.
- These investigations were related to “National Security” among other things.
- These investigations were regarded as so sensitive that no files were to be uploaded to FBI’s computer system.
- Congressional corruption was involved.
- The FBI repeatedly conducted actual “physical surveillance” against Turkish and American targets.
Some of these investigations were shut down in 2001.
What makes it more suspicious is the near universal silence on the part of the corporate media about this whole affair. They spent more energy investigating the deaths of Lacey Peterson or Michael Jackson than they have on this.
It should also be noted that this incident is also tied up with the events surrounding the Valerie Plame/Brewster Jennings outing. More on that can be found over at Bradblog:
…The American Turkish Council and the Turkish clients who were about to hire Brewster Jennings as an analyst … and [U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Marc] Grossman found out about it, and tipped off his diplomatic contact who was a target of the FBI counter-intelligence, and that person notified the ISI [Pakistani intelligence agency].
Brewster Jennings was then dismantled as soon as the FBI notified the CIA, after which the FBI requested CIA to do a damage assessment, to see if lives would be lost.
Grossman and [Richard] Armitage, they are the only two people involved. Later on Cheney and his people may have used it, but it had nothing to do with those other things, [Brewster Jennings] was completely destroyed and gone by the summer of 2001.
Edmonds has long been silenced from revealing the full import of what she discovered due to so-called “state secrets privileges” being invoked by the Bush White House.
Now that this information has come out, it remains to be seen whether Eric Holder’s Justice Department will do a better job at honestly investigating this, or if they will merely continue the suspiciously incurious behavior of the previous administration.