Wednesday, April 18, 2007

New Phil Giraldi article about Sibel, Waxman

Former CIA officer Phil Giraldi has a new piece out in the April 23, 2007 print edition of the American Conservative about Sibel Edmonds and our call to have Henry Waxman hold hearings into her case.

Giraldi is an expert in Sibel's case and features prominently in the new film about Sibel, Kill The Messenger.

I've electronically liberated the article in full, all errors are mine etc.

(Update: I've just noticed that the front page of AmCon is billing this story as "Waxman’s Witness Protection Program" - sweet)
California Congressman Henry Waxman's Oversight & Government Reform Committee has been investigating allegations that the Bush administration might be concealing something about the Niger document forgeries, that it maliciously outed CIA operative Valerie Plame, and that it has looked the other way over massive fraudulent contracting in Iraq. These investigations are admirable and very much in the public interest. He has been less interested in pursuing another matter, however. FBI whistle blower Sibel Edmonds and her numerous supporters both inside and outside of government have been urging Waxman to hold open hearings on her claims regarding malfeasance and corruption among high-level government officials.

Edmonds is subject to a State Secrets Privilege gag order initiated at the request of the Pentagon and State Department, but she has recently elaborated on her allegations, stating that investigations already carried out by the FBI would demonstrate that three former senior officials were involved in illegal weapons sales and other activities that would justify charges of espionage and possibly even treason against them. The three are leading Pentagon neoconservatives Douglas Feith and Richard Perle, as well as former State Department number three Marc Grossman. Edmonds is no crackpot and is considered to be a credible witness, most of whose charges were substantiated both by former FBI officials in 2002 and by the Department of Justice in 2005. Waxman appears to be uninterested in pursuing the matter, however, possibly because Israeli officials and the country's defense industry are believed to have been involved in the weapons diversion activity.

Congressman Waxman is regarded as close to Israel's principal lobby, AIPAC, and even promised Jewish voters back in November 2006 that there would be no Democratic congressional committee chairmen involved with Middle Eastern policy who were not completely supportive of Israel.

As Giraldi says in Kill The Messenger:
All of these people (Perle, Feith) have been investigated by the FBI at one point or another for passing secret information to Israel.

In no cases were any of them convicted. The prosecutions were dropped… in my opinion because of political pressure not to get into this kind of case that involves
'Israel' and 'Espionage'.
I'm not yet ready to write-off the possibility that Waxman will hold hearings into Sibel's case. He has previously promised to do so, and we haven't yet heard from his office that he won't hold hearings. Congress has been in recess for the past two weeks and we'll be attempting to get him on the record one way or other this week. I've been told that a number of prominent-ish people tried to get Waxman to go on the record on Monday (yesterday) in response to Giraldi's new article to no avail - but surely he can't maintain that position, so in the meantime, no news is good news.

Oh - and for those of you who are saying 'Huh? AIPAC? Israel? I thought Sibel's case was about Turkey and the American Turkish Council (ATC)!' Sibel says that both AIPAC and the ATC both essentially operate as fronts for the same criminal organization. Or as Giraldi put it in his earlier article about Sibel's case:
On one level, (Sibel's) story appears straightforward: several Turkish lobbying groups allegedly bribed congressmen to support policies favourable to Ankara. But beyond that, the Edmonds revelations become more serpentine and appear to involve AIPAC, Israel and a number of leading neoconservatives who have profited from the Turkish connection.
I'll keep you updated, of course. Stay tuned, and thanks for your help & support, again.


Winter Patriot said...

We've been holding our breath for a long time now and it will be nice to be able to breathe again.

C'mon, Henry!


Thanks, Lukery

Winter Patriot said...

wow! look at that timestamp!! I got the comment in two minutes before the post!! and I think it's a good sign


C'mon, Henry!!

lukery said...

wow - you are fast!

i'll post this over at dkos and DU for the morning crowd in a few hours

Anonymous said...

Perhaps it would be best to wait on this since, if the evidence is already present and waiting, a conviction could be fairly quick. I have discussed this and a number of other issues regarding the criminality of this administration and so many tied to it. We all are in agreement that if investigations are thorough and slow, they could continue into a new presidency which would halt the potential for a pardon and possibly sweep up the highest levels in their net.

It is a tricky proposition and a cynical one inasmuch as it allows current activity to continue to be brushed under, hidden away, or stopped (with destruction of evidence surely in its wake), allows needless deaths and profit-taking to carry on.

However, given the implications of this in terms of open democracy, it may be best to ensure that any investigative undertaking by this congress is absolutely thorough and can be done in such a way as not to simply uncover the wrongdoing of any individuals, potentially making it only about crime(s), but as to tie all the loose ends together so that a narrative can be drawn showing that this WH, or potentially the GOP over at least the past 20 years, is a criminal enterprise with reach into every governmental office and ties to foreign governments that clearly call its loyalty into question.

Given that the executive now has a legislative anxious to insert oversight and responsibility into government action, we do have a bit of a buffer since the WH will not be able to accomplish much more destruction. And, in an effort to ensure that we never see such malfeasance at the head of a US government again, it would do us well to allow Congress to its job, as well as that of the press, and inform/educate Americans about what we have, to this date, almost become and the damage done so far.

If it is business as usual, and Waxman is just bowing to AIPAC's wishes, then we have truly been taken over and it is time for pitchforks.

lukery said...

anon - thanks for your thoughts.

as long as mr waxman tells us what he's up to, i'll be happy to be patient - but sibel has been through this sort of thing repeatedly for 5 years... i suspect that she's running out of patience.

Anonymous said...

Hey I am new here and I have a question that may be dumb...but...I have been following the AIPAC trial and see now that a press "org' has gotten the Judge to declare the trial must be open to the public and so the FBI will not be able to present classified info against the defendents to the jury without exposing it to the public at large. A ploy which works better for the defendents in possibily preventing all the evidence against them from coming out.

What I am wondering is if any of the info that could be used in the AIPAC trial might come from the investigation Sibel says the FBi has already done on the people she has named?

If I remember correctly when the AIPAC trial news was coming out the FBI originally stated they had some tapes or info they could not reveal because it came from or was shared or obtained from another Agency..the CIA or another..and was part of an ongoing investigation that could be jepordized.

I can't help but feel there is a common network between the same people and interest we are so familiar with already.

lukery said...

anon - all very good questions. there certainly is a very significant overlap in the AIPAC case and sibel's case - to the extent that they are all essentially the same case - and yep, the people and the interests are all the same.

Enlightenment said...

While speaking of Perle and Feith, don't forget Dov Zakheim who as comptroller for the Pentagon managed to "lose" 2.3 trillion (yes trillion) dollars which was conveniently announced by Rumsfeld on September 10th, 2001, so it could be buried by 9/11 the next day. Zakheim also sold the Zionist entity a bunch of F-15 Eagle fighters at bargain basement prices, F-15s which were wrongfully declared "surplus". His company SysPlan bears looking into as well. It specializes in remote control packages for aircraft...

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