Friday, May 11, 2007

Sibel Edmonds, and Director Mueller

SanDiego UT:
"FBI chief: Justice Dept. didn't meddle in political matters

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller said Wednesday he is confident that nobody in the Justice Department exerted any undue political influence on any of the high-visibility public corruption cases of recent years, citing a “firewall” of career professionals at Justice who keep political appointees at bay...

“I have not seen an indication of political pressure in any way adversely affecting any of our investigations,” Mueller told a group of reporters at a Washington breakfast.
Mueller was pressed several times on how the Justice Department handled such high-profile political cases. He said that when U.S. attorneys recommend the indictment of a “substantial public figure” the charges are routinely reviewed in Washington by longtime employees of the department.

The director said the bureau put a higher priority on public corruption cases after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, forced a re-evaluation of the FBI's mission. Since then, he said, “public corruption has been our No. 1 priority on the criminal side,” resulting in a doubling of such convictions between 2000 and 2006.
He added, “After dialogue, discussion, hashing out, we believe that public corruption and civil rights are two that, if we do not do it, there is no other entity in the United States that you can rely upon to have those areas addressed.”

Sibel Edmonds:
"For years and years, information and evidence being collected by the counterintelligence operations of certain U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies has been prevented from being transferred to criminal and narcotics (and counterterrorism) divisions, and from being shared with the Drug Enforcement Agency and others with prosecutorial power... If (it) implicates certain nations, semi-legit organizations or the politically powerful in this country"


noise said...

No indication of political pressure? Wow. Who knew our politicians had so much integrity?

ewastud said...

This may seem a bit off-topic, but I just spotted this story about new developments in possible corruption story concerning Nevada governor Jim Gibbons on TPM with a link to MSNBC and a related story that should interest all you concerned with American defense contractors and Turkey:

Lawyers for Governor Jim Gibbons say they won't release documents that they say show the governor and his wife paid their share of a vacation the couple took with a federal defense contractor to Turkey.

A spokesman for the lawyers confirmed Gibbons and his wife Dawn traveled to Turkey in 2000 with three other couples, including Fatih and Eren Ozmen.

The Ozmens own a military defense firm that sought millions in federal contracts while Gibbons was a congressman serving on the House armed services and intelligence committees.

Here is the link to the original MSNBC story about a curious luxury cruise trip paid for by a Mr. Trepp.

and here is the related story about Turkey from the above story's sidebar.

I wonder whether Gibbons figures in any way with what Sibel Edmonds has uncovered from her short work for the FBI?

lukery said...

thnx ewastud - fp'd