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Everybody must read this. Now is not the time for complacency or cynicism.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-kreig...

On Aug. 27, holdover officials from the Bush Justice Department filed 226 pages arguing that former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and his co-defendant have presented no evidence since their 2006 bribery convictions that justifies a hearing or new trial.

No evidence?

As too often in the past, DoJ officials look like they're exaggerating to block justice and to protect themselves. By seeking to imprison Siegelman for 20 additional years, DoJ clearly seeks to end public debate about Alabama’s most prominent Democrat. He held that distinction for years, at least until he narrowly lost re-election in 2002 following still-mysterious Election night switches of 6,000 votes out of his column in a rural county after polls closed.

The all-out federal criminal prosecution launched against Siegelman in 2004 remains the centerpiece of unresolved evidence that Karl Rove used DoJ to target Democratic officials nationwide. In-depth public scrutiny of the DoJ's high-ranking prosecution teams risks revelations about similar problems in hundreds of other disputed DoJ investigations that altered the nation’s political map during the Bush years.

In the long run, however, DoJ risks even more – including public confidence that it's protecting our rights to fair elections and trials – if it shirks its responsibility to endorse a full hearing to clear the air.

New evidence since Siegelman’s 2006 trial includes claims of judicial bias and corruption, plus DoJ political prosecution orchestrated by Rove, judge-shopping, jury tampering, failing to comply with prosecutor recusal, firing a DoJ whistleblower, and suppressing evidence that DoJ tried to blackmail its central witness against Siegelman with a sex scandal.

Also, 75 former state attorneys general ─ the chief law enforcers from more than 40 states ─ made a bipartisan filing that is unprecedented in U.S. legal history to argue that Siegelman committed no crime by appointing a donor to a state post.


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I'm glad we finally made the leap and elected a black man to the highest office. I think you'll all agree that this is a milestone in American history. We have a lot to be grateful for right now.

But, I think we also need to thank Velvet Revolution for their efforts in going after Rove, Mike Connell and the other perpetrators of election fraud in the past. You should have a look at this article about the deposition of Connell and how it perhaps played a role in protecting the election.

Peace to you all,

IndyLib

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/375...

Did Michael Connell Deposition Protect the Presidential Election

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By Harriett Crosby

It's a new day in America, a new era of hope. Obama's election has already transformed the energy of this place. His well organized, disciplined campaign has transcended partisan divides as the transition team searches for excellent people regardless of party.

It is a breath of fresh air.

Friends have asked if I think the Michael Connell deposition on Monday deterred Rove from trying to hack another election. My answer: It was clearly Obama who won--his winning personality, his family, his clarity, his honest campaign. Nonetheless, I do believe that our work to bring Connell into the light of legal scrutiny the day before the election was critical to protect the integrity of this election at a time of consequence for the nation.
We at Velvet Revolution VR were running defense for democracy, tackling those who
were coming at Obama from the shadowy sidelines: people, like Connell, who were using secret computer IT networks to manipulate the vote count at the tabulation level. It was important to expose the invisible and illegal ways of taking advantage of every weak point in the electoral system by designing computer programs to manipulate elections without leaving a trace.

Bobby Kennedy and Greg Palast were publicizing voter disenfranchisement, intimidation, caging, purging voter registration lists and all the visible ways of suppressing the Democratic vote. It was very important this came out in Rolling Stone before the election, so that many people were paying attention. Velvet Revolution was going after
the invisible corruption--the election tabulation fraud--and so it was much more difficult to get this published in the mainstream media. In spite of hiring Fenton Communications to get out the election fraud story (they put out some good press releases), the media never picked it up.

Make no mistake, there is alarming evidence that Bush stayed in the White House for a second term by stealing the 2004 election. After four years of researching this, listening to whistleblowers and putting the invisible jig-saw puzzle together, we know WHO did it: Karl Rove, his computer IT operative, Mike Connell, Jack Abramoff, Susan Ralston and Ken Blackwell. We know HOW they did it: using computer networks like SMARTech.com, GovTechSolutions.com, gwb43.com, New Media Communications and GOP.com. We know WHEN: in the late hours of election night in 2004--at 11:13 p.m.,
to be precise--when Blackwell shunted the vote tally from Ohio to GOP servers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where they were changed just enough to give the election to Bush. We have evidence, from the Ohio Secretary of State's Office, of the election architecture that shows exactly when the vote tally was sent to SMARTech at GOP headquarters in Tennessee, and when it came back. This is how Bush got a second term--and Karl Rove was behind it. Rove will be the next (after Connell) to be subpoenaed in our Ohio lawsuit.

It has been frustrating for me to know all this and not be able to get the media to cover the story as it unfolded. I had been counting on the media and court of public opinion to expose this massive fraud and corruption of our election process. But I was wrong to wait for the media to do the story. They never did. It was a violation of the law and belonged in court.

VR found lawyers in Ohio who reviewed the evidence of these shenanigans, and went to federal court in July, 2008 to expose it. The Judge decided to lift the stay on an existing lawsuit, and then all of this information was put before him. We had the quiet support of the Ohio Secretary of State and Attorney General. To get that support, we had to provide loads of evidence. Details of the lawsuit and hearing are spelled out in many articles on http://www.rovecybergate.com . But the long and short of it is that the judge ruled in our
favor four times: lifting the stay on the prior lawsuit; subpoenaing Connell; compelling
Connell's appearance in court on Friday, Oct. 3; and then ordering him to submit to a
deposition on Monday, Nov. 3--the day before Election Day.

Connell's attorneys did everything possible to keep him from testifying. But since he was compelled to appear, he did show up on Friday with three high-powered lawyers from the Bush/Cheney '04 team--and they were ready to fight. It was a contentious three-hour hearing, in which he said he was too busy for a deposition until after the election. The lawyer said this was like the bank robber saying, sorry, he couldn't show up in court because he was too busy making plans to rob the next bank. Attorney Cliff Arnebeck accused Connell in open court of rigging elections for Karl Rove. Connell turned "beet red" when the judge ruled that he would have to come back at noon on Monday to submit to a sworn deposition, exactly 18 hours before the polls were to open.

But Connell was as cool as a cucumber when he showed up in court Monday, Nov. 3 with his lawyers. He was placed under oath and grilled about election fraud, "man in the middle" computer manipulation of the vote count, Trojan horse remote control of the tabulation process, and threats from Rove if he didn't take the heat for all such crimes.
He did his best to stonewall, but did indicate that, to his knowledge, there would be no tabulation manipulation of Tuesday's election.

So what happened over the weekend after being under the eye of an attentive Federal Judge? Two weeks ago, Rove was confidently saying that McCain could win ten battleground states to become President. McCain was confidently telling everyone that he would win with a surge in the wee hours of election night (when the numbers could be manipulated). On Thursday, Oct. 30, Rove had an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, telling voters to ignore the polls, and that McCain could win. But something changed over the weekend. By Monday after the deposition, Rove wrote on his blog that Obama would win by "a electoral landslide," even in those states he had previously predicted McCain would win. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/... ...

As Mark Crispin Miller said: "And there was Karl Rove's abrupt decision not to try to rig the outcome, a reversal he signaled Monday evening when he suddenly foretold an electoral landslide for Obama, just hours after Mike Connell, his longtime IT fixer, had been forced to answer questions, under oath, in an Ohio courtroom."
Personally, I believe that a miracle happened. I had given up hope of anything coming of this lawsuit before the election because I was told that newspapers don't do stories until after a judge rules on a case and that these things take forever. But my colleagues at VR persevered, intent on helping to save this election. I was totally surprised last week (just a week ago) to learn that the Judge had ruled against Connell attempt to quash the subpoena and compelled him to show up in court Friday, Oct.31, just days before the election. And then he ordered Connell to come back on Monday to testify under oath, giving him all weekend to ponder his situation. Connell certainly discussed this with
his lawyers, and probably with Rove and others. Rove knew he was the next to be subpoenaed by this Judge. They knew that we were onto them, and had evidence of what had happened. They may have decided it just wasn't worth the risk to manipulate another election. So I think the lawsuit and deposition on Monday may have deterred them in a small way from attempting to impede Obama's victory.

The history of America's stolen 2004 election is coming to light, as it must. "The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice!" Winning big with a transformational leader like Obama means we can go on the offense in addressing the great issues of our time from global warming to election reform. Guided by our values of open, honest government, we can begin the work of reforming America's flawed election system. There is much to be done to protect the voting rights of every citizen and to ensure that all the votes are fairly counted. Our work is not over.
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Sunday, July 30, 2006
sibel 911
As we know, Sibel says that the best published summary of her case is Giraldi's article in AmCon which puts the spotlight on defense contractors, Israel and Turkey, and the profiteering neocon enablers.

As I've noted before, there's nothing in that article about 911 - yet many people still cling to the hope that Sibel has the Holy Grail to 911.

I spoke to her recently and she again said that she doesn't hold any specific insight into 911 - but noted, again, that she wonders why the USG appears so determined to hide everything. She says that the August 04 letter she wrote to Tom Kean and the 911 Commission contains just about everything that she knows in relation to the attacks.

As Sibel notes in that letter:

However, your commission's hearings, 567-page report and recommendations do not include these serious issues, major incidents and systemic problems. Your report's coverage of FBI translation problems consists of a brief microscopic footnote (Footnote #25). Yet your commission is geared to start aggressively pressuring our government to hastily implement your measures and recommendations based upon an incomplete and deficient report.
In this post, I'll look at the specific claims that Sibel makes in her letter, and expand on them based on what we know now (bolded emphases in original)

Melek Can Dickerson, a Turkish translator, was hired by the FBI after Sept. 11 and placed in charge of translating the most sensitive information related to terrorists and criminals under the Bureau's investigation. Dickerson was granted top secret clearance, which can be granted only after conducting a thorough background investigation. Dickerson used to work for semi-legit organizations that were FBI targets of investigation. She had ongoing relationships with two individuals who were FBI targets of investigation. For months, Dickerson blocked all-important information related to these semi-legit organizations and the individuals she and her husband associated with. She stamped hundreds, if not thousands, of documents related to these targets as "not pertinent." Dickerson attempted to prevent others from translating these documents important to the FBI's investigations and our fight against terrorism. With the assistance of her direct supervisor, Mike Feghali, she took hundreds of pages of top-secret intelligence documents outside the FBI to unknown recipients. With Feghali's assistance, she forged signatures on top-secret documents related to 9/11 detainees. After all these incidents were confirmed and reported to FBI management, Melek Can Dickerson was allowed to remain in her position, to continue the translation of sensitive intelligence received by the FBI, and to maintain her top-secret clearance. Apparently bureaucratic mid-level FBI management and administrators decided that it would not look good for the Bureau to have this security breach and espionage case investigated and publicized, especially after the Robert Hanssen scandal. The Melek Can Dickerson case was confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. It received major coverage by the press. According to Director Robert Mueller, the inspector general criticized the FBI for failing to adequately pursue the espionage report on Melek Can Dickerson.
I discussed Melek Can Dickerson in a recent post, so I won't delve too deeply into it here again. I will note however, that I suspect the FBI translation unit was compromised prior to 911 to the extent that the FBI didn't have any Turkish translators whatsoever. Apparently this arrangement wasn't an accident, and the targets of these investigations apparently presumed that they could talk freely on their phones. Sibel speaks of having translated damaging intercepts going back to 1996 or 1997, and I think that we need to keep that in mind when we consider the frenetic activity going on when Dickerson, an apparent mole, was shuffled into position in October 2001 and was immediately stealing some documents, burying others, and re-routing translation duties. Similarly, we have to presume that she was compromised before she applied for the position, and that her application was fast-tracked because she was compromised.


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Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Turkish DeepState Gate
i got an email from sibel - she is going to be running this op-ed tomorrow at her site



The Secrets Behind ‘State Secrets’: How Turkey's Mafia-like 'Deep State' (and its Neocon Friends) Penetrated the American Government

By Mike Mejia

French filmmaker Mathieu Verboud is set to release a new documentary for European television this fall, which will reveal important new insights into the case of former FBI translator and president of the National Security Whistleblower’s Coalition Sibel Edmonds. Edmonds, a Turkish-American whose wrongful termination lawsuit was suppressed by the government’s invocation of the all-too-common “state secrets privilege”, reported to her superiors espionage and deliberate mistranslations on the part of fellow Turkish translator, Melek Can Dickerson. It seems Ms. Dickerson had relationships with targets of FBI investigation working at the Turkish Embassy and the American Turkish Council, a fact which meant that anything she translated was likely to be false. However, instead of receiving a promotion for bringing Ms. Dickerson’s’ espionage to the attention of her bosses, Edmonds was fired after she went in frustration to the U.S. Senate. The FBI refused to investigate Edmonds’ claims, at least in part, because the contract linguist had discovered quite a messy scandal: the content of the mistranslated documents revealed that some very powerful people in the U.S. government, including House Speaker Dennis Hastert, were connected to foreign organized crime. Even worse, these foreign criminals connected to the high and mighty in the U.S. were also connected internationally, through the heroin trade and associated money laundering, to international terrorist organizations like al Qaeda.


Okay, take a deep breath and take a step back: it’s not a pretty picture. According to what we know so far from Sibel Edmonds’ many interviews and from the groundbreaking story on her case from Vanity Fair, “An Inconvenient Patriot” , Edmonds found that within the U.S. a nest of Turkish spies, some working at the Turkish embassy, others affiliated with namely the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA), the American Turkish Associations (ATA) and the American Turkish Council (ATC), were involved in espionage, bribery, illegal lobbying, drug trafficking and the infiltration of U.S nuclear research labs. Separately, from a former CIA Counterterrorism official, Phillip Giraldi, who himself was once based in Turkey, we know that some arms sales meant for Turkey and Israel were actually meant for resale to countries like China and India- and perhaps even to international terrorists- using fake end-user certificates. So we have Turkish nationals at the Embassy and NGOs stealing U.S. secrets for sale to the highest bidder, re-selling arms meant for Turkey, bringing in drugs from Europe, and pouring money into bribes and lobbying activities.


To understand how these activities fit together- Americans must first understand what Europeans call the Turkish ‘deep state’. In 1996, a car crash in a town called Susurluk revealed “link between politics, organized crime and the bureaucracy” in Turkey. As it turns out, its crippled economy in the 1990s meant Turkey had become the European equivalent of Colombia- a state almost completely dependent on the Turkish mafia and by extension, the Southwest Asian Heroin trade. Which is where the Turkish ‘deep state’ comes in- it becomes very difficult to determine where the ‘government’ ends and the ‘mafia’ begins. What we do know from Sibel Edmonds and other sources is this: Turkey’s secular establishment, including the Turkish military and intelligence services (MIT), as well as political parties associated with former Prime Minister Tansu Ciller, appear to have been more connected to the Turkish mafia than the Turkish Islamic Parties that Washington abhors. Furthermore, it appears from reading into some of Edmonds’ statements that the Turkish mafia was partnered with Osama Bin Laden’s al Qaeda network in the drug trade- meaning Turkey’s secular establishment was more connected to al Qaeda- pre/9-11- than were the Islamists in Turkey. Which is quite ironic, to say the least.


If you think this story sounds too convoluted to be true, and you feel the instinct to dismiss Edmonds’ claims, think again. Every investigation into the whistleblower’s charges- from the Senate Judiciary Committee to the Department of Justice’s Inspector General Report, has found that Edmonds’ story is corroborated within the FBI, which means her translations, not those of Melek Can Dickerson, were the correct ones. This also means that the aforementioned Turkish organizations, and certain Turkish diplomats, were indeed under FBI investigation. And all this put together means that people like Dennis Hastert probably were- and perhaps still are- on the payroll of Turkish ‘deep state’ interests.

A recent article published in the U.K. Guardian about the well-connected Kurdish Baybasin clan also gives important backing to the former translator’s story. The article details how Europe’s “Pablo Escobar”, Huseyin Baybasin, has “alleged that he had received the assistance of Turkish embassies and consulates while moving huge consignments of drugs around Europe, and that Turkish army officers serving with NATO in Belgium were also involved." This information, of course, dovetails most precisely with what Sibel Edmonds has been hinting at for over 3 years now; that targets of FBI investigations linked with the Turkish embassy and Turkish organizations were involved in narcotics trafficking. It is clear the Baybasin gang and the secular factions in Turkey had a seemingly symbiotic relationship, with the government providing the traffickers diplomatic passports and thus free reign to travel around the world without fear of prosecution. Also involved in the scandalous Turkish drug running are the very notorious, Pope-killing Grey Wolves, a fascist organization connected to human rights abuses in Turkey.

As for who else besides Hastert might have been on the payroll of Mr. Baybasin and friends- we turn next to the Executive Branch. In an interview with Chris Deliso of antiwar.com, Edmonds hinted at key roles played by some powerful unelected officials-important Neoconservatives like Marc Grossman of the State Department, and Richard Perle and Douglas Feith, formerly of the Defense Department. If we hit the rewind button and go back to a CBS 60 Minutes’ interview in October, 2002, we remember the ex-contract linguist stated that Turkish targets of FBI investigation had spies inside the U.S. State Department and at the Pentagon in order to “obtain the United States military and intelligence secrets.” It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that Grossman, Feith and Perle might have been the persons to whom she was referring in 2002. Furthermore, the language specialist has repeatedly stated in past interviews that investigations into pre-9/11 terrorist financing activities were blocked “per State Department request”, leaving open the question whether it was Mr. Grossman, then Undersecretary of State for European Affairs, who actively hindered investigations into the Turkey-Bin Laden link.


Perle and Feith are an interesting case in this hidden scandal. Their consultancy, International Advisors (IA), has done extensive work for the Republic of Turkey, though it is questionable who is paying the invoices. Ms. Edmonds rhetorically asked the question of Phoenix radio personality Charles Goyette in January 2006, “For what ? One could imagine, hypothetically, that passing state secrets might be one “service” provided to the Turkish mafia/government by IA. But would Perle and Feith have gone beyond that? Would they have introduced the Turkish mafia types to Denny Hastert, and counseled “deep state” interests in how to skirt U.S. campaign finance laws? After all, the Turks were reported to have made their initial payments from 1996-1998 through “unitemized (less than $200) contributions”, after which they allegedly delivered suitcases of cash to the Speaker’s front door. Someone had to teach them the intricacies of campaign finance law: was it IA? What we do know is that Perle was a key architect of the Israeli/Turkish alliance forged in the late 90s, and that Edmonds case also is connected to the AIPAC spy scandal- leaving lots of room for speculation on how the rest of the story pans out.

As messy and ugly as this, for lack of a better phrase, “Turkish DeepState Gate” scandal appears, the consequences of continuing to do nothing about it- of allowing the government’s outrageous use of ‘state secrets’ to insure Dennis Hastert, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Marc Grossman and others are never investigated, could be horrific. Ms. Edmonds plans to take petitions to the Senate Judiciary Committee in the coming months to finally force full and open hearings on her case. She will try to do the type of lobbying that does not involve foreign bribery or ill-gotten gains. This will be the simple type of petitioning guaranteed of every citizen in the Constitution under the First Amendment, a long forgotten portion of the Bill of Rights. Americans aware of the situation can only hope, and do everything in their power to insure, that Ms. Edmonds’ type of lobbying prevails.


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Saturday, December 23, 2006
Peter Dale Scott & Sibel Edmonds
I've been meaning to take a closer look at Peter Dale Scott's work (thanks to a couple of readers who sent me stuff on that. I promise I'll get to it - apologies for being a laggard) In any case, Miguel sent through this recent speech from PDS:

I want to close this part of my talk on the allegations of Sibel Edmonds. Unfortunately we don’t really know what they are because she is under a gag order. That for reasons of state she is not able to tell the public what she told the FBI. She was a whistleblower, who naively did what a whistleblower should do in the name of protecting the American public order, and got fired for it. And she is still fighting to appeal her case. She can’t talk, but she has talked here and there. And my friend Daniel Ellsberg is very interested in her case; and very recently he summed up what she is saying for KPFA, my local Pacifica radio station. This is Ellsberg’s summary of what Sibel Edmonds is saying:

Al Qaeda, she’s been saying to Congress, is financed 95% by drug money, drug traffic to which the U.S. government shows a blind eye, has been ignoring because it very heavily involves allies and assets of ours, such as Turkey, Kyrayzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan - all of the Stans, in a drug traffic where the opium originates in Afghanistan, is processed in Turkey and delivered to Europe where it furnishes 96% of Europe’s heroin by Albanians, either in Albania or Kosovo, Albanian muslims in Kosovo, basically the KLA Kosovo Liberation Army (which we backed heavily in that episode at the end of the century, that’s last century) ---–

A) That the KLA was deeply involved or its leaders were deeply involved in drug trafficking and have used the NATO intervention as a way to consolidate a drug route through Kosovo and

B) that they were very heavily involved with al Qaeda. Al-Zawahiri’s brother came to organize KLA things and al-Zawahiri himself may have come to Kosovo.

C) At the same time key KLA leaders were allied with PMCs – Private Military Corporations -- notably DynCorp. Those of you who were here last night heard Cynthia McKinney ask about DynCorp – and why the defense department worked with them. There are war crimes attributed to KLA leaders who in Croatia worked hand in glove with DynCorp.
I’m cutting out a lot here that is relevant. But Sibel Edmonds says "Suitcases of cash were delivered to the Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert at his home near Chicago from Turkish sources, knowing that a lot of that is drug money." 38

These are very serious charges that were aired to some extent in some in Vanity Fair.39 And they are so important that the media, predictably, ignored them. And I’m drawing attention to what she is saying not because what she is saying can be proven, but these charges are very serious and not just pertinent to 9/11 alone, but to the whole fabric of how this country is run.

I consider this a top priority for testing the honesty and credibility of the new Democratic leadership in Congress. Will they pursue these matters? I hope that by hook or by crook you will try and put pressure on the new Democratic Congress to deal with these matters, so that we get a proper investigation of them for the first time.

And to close this section, whatever is the extent of what she is describing, it’s not just her. There was another witness, Indira Singh, who was talking at a 9/11 conference up in Canada; and she said, "I was told that if I mentioned the money to the drugs around 9/11 that would be the end of me." 40

This is a woman who has nothing to do with Sibel Edmonds, but alluded to the same thing in the background of 9/11.41 And we need to learn more about that. And I suspect that whatever the situation is, it’s something which goes back to at least as far as 1963, and would then explain the same background for the Kennedy assassination.

One thing we can say with confidence: the flow of Afghan heroin west through Turkey is a problem that can be traced back to the CIA’s involvement with Pakistan’s ISI intelligence service, with the drug-linked Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), and with Islamist Afghan mujahedeen like Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in the 1980s.42

In fact the web of influence she describes corresponds closely to BCCI’s influence in the 1980s, when the head of BCCI used to boast to the head of Pakistan of BCCI’s role in getting aid for Pakistan approved by the US Congress.43


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Friday, December 08, 2006
sibel: nuclear woman
Prior to the election, there were scattered reports of another 'security lapse' regarding nuclear secrets at Los Alamos. Some of these reports posited scary 'what if?' scenarios regarding the War on Terror (TM).

Fair enough. But here's the thing: Sibel Edmonds has been trying to bring attention to the fact that terrorist/criminal groups have been 'stealing' nuclear secrets from the US for years - multiple branches of the US Government are aware of this - and yet they do nothing to prevent it. And the media don't report it either.

I'm not kidding. Sibel tried to raise the issue again last week in her blockbuster White Paper.

Details downstairs.

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In October, police raided a trailer home which doubled as a meth factory - and they stumbled across a treasure trove of nuclear secrets that had somehow escaped from Los Alamos. As CBS reported:
"The recent security breach at Los Alamos National Laboratory was very serious, with sensitive materials being taken out of the facility — possibly including information on how to deactivate locks on nuclear weapons, officials tell CBS News.
<...>
Multiple sources now tell CBS News that the material includes sensitive weapons-design data.
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But one federal official recently briefed on the issue says "It's devastating." If a nuclear weapon were stolen, the information "would tell the terrorists everything they need to do to get a weapon to fire.""
Is this an innocuous 'breach'? I have no idea. But I think we can all agree that drugs and nukes shouldn't be mixed.

Which brings me to Sibel Edmonds. Again.

For years, Sibel has been talking about the intersection of the nuclear black market and heroin trafficking for years - with barely a mention in the US media.

Sibel's case, however, isn't about 'breaches' or 'lapses' - Sibel's case is about the systematic, long-term, for-profit, looting of US nuclear secrets (and who knows what else) by criminal organizations who then sell the nuclear technology to the highest bidder(s) - including terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda.

To make matters worse, this has been taking place with the full knowledge of the US government. I'm not kidding.

In Sibel's blockbuster article last week, she wrote:

Nuclear black-market related activities depend on Turkey for manufacturing nuclear components, and on its strategic location as a transit point to move goods and technology to nations such as Iran, Pakistan, and others. Not only that, Turkey’s status and close relationship with the U.S. enables it to obtain (steal) technology and information from the U.S.
How does she know this? Because it's on the wiretaps - probably from the American Turkish Council (ATC) which was apparently "being used as a front for criminal activity."

David Rose has already reported on this theft of nuclear secrets in his 2005 Vanity Fair article:

According to (Sibel's) later secure testimony, in one conversation... a Turkish official spoke directly to a U.S. State Department staffer. They suggested that the State Department staffer would send a representative at an appointed time to the American-Turkish Council office, at 1111 14th St. NW, where he would be given $7,000 in cash. “She told us she’d heard mention of exchanges of information, dead drops—that kind of thing,” a congressional source says. “It was mostly money in exchange for secrets...

...Yet another (conversation) implied that Turkish groups had been installing doctoral students at U.S. research institutions in order to acquire information about black market nuclear weapons. In fact, much of what Edmonds reportedly heard seemed to concern not state espionage but criminal activity...”
The FBI and the CIA had apparently been monitoring the ATC - a criminal front-organisation operating under the guise of a Turkish lobby group ("a mini-AIPAC") - for years (probably at least going back to 1996) - and they sat passively by, and watched as the ATC bribed congressmen and State and Pentagon employees, and placed spies in the nuclear labs and stole nuclear secrets (among other things).

Again, this is not State espionage, this is a criminal gang - with criminal motives - with "direct and indirect role and ties to (9/11)" And the FBI et al did nothing, and apparently continues to do nothing, about the fact that these same people are stealing nuclear secrets!

And it's not as though this was some isolated espionage within the FBI that has somehow been blocking all this from the CIA, WhiteHouse, DoJ, Congress etc. At a minimum, Sibel has testified before the Sept. 11 commission, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Select Intelligence Committee - and of course, Ashcroft has gagged Sibel, and all of Congress. Everyone knows! For example, in her recent piece, Sibel mocked Porter Goss:

Here is what CIA Director Porter Goss said bluntly before the Senate Intelligence Committee in February 2004, “It may be only a matter of time before Al Qaeda or other groups attempt to use chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear weapons. We must focus on that.” And we know that he knows; has known for the longest time!
I checked with Sibel about this statement to clarify what she was saying, and she confirmed my interpretation - that:
a) Al Qaeda has attempted to procure some of these WMDs
b) Al Qaeda have succeeded in getting some WMDs, including from the US.
c) Porter Goss and other senior figures across the different departments of USG knows this.

Surely that's not possible? Why doesn't the FBI launch an investigation? Why don't they stop it?


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Monday, January 08, 2007
Sibel Edmonds & the Neocons' Turkish Gravy-Train
Sibel Edmonds recently wrote a fantastic White Paper recently called "The Highjacking of a Nation- Part 2: The Auctioning of Former Statesmen & Dime a Dozen Generals" which basically laid out the facts of her case for all to see. In a chapter titled "The Real Lords of the Poppy Fields" she noted that

most of Afghanistan's heroin & opium is processed and trafficked through Turkey
"Heroin trafficking is also the main source of funding for the al-Qaeda terrorists "
Turkey is a haven for (Al Qaeda’s) sources of funding.

Sibel then notes that
"It is puzzling to observe that in reporting this major artery (Turkey) of terrorists’ funding, the U.S. mainstream media and political machine do not dare to go beyond the poppy fields of Afghanistan and the fairly insignificant low level Afghan warlords overseeing the crops."

I was therefore curious to see how the World Bank's recent comprehensive 228 page report "Afghanistan's Drug Industry: Structure, Functioning, Dynamics, and Implications for Counter-Narcotics Policy" would deal with Turkey's role - particularly given that World Bank chief Paul Wolfowitz and most of the other neocons have substantial financial incentives for supporting Turkey.

You probably won't be surprised to learn that the dog didn't bark. Again.

Let's have a closer look at the title of the World Bank report: "Afghanistan's Drug Industry: Structure, Functioning, Dynamics, and Implications for Counter-Narcotics Policy"

Note that this isn't a report 'about Afghanistan' - but about the INDUSTRY - and given that Afghanistan supplies 90% of the global heroin market, we might expect to read in the report at least something about the major purchasers of Afghani product.We might even expect to learn something about the major traffickers. We might even expect to learn something about the major trafficking routes. Right?

In fact, the title of the report promises to look at the "Structure, Functioning, Dynamics, and Implications for Counter-Narcotics Policy" - and the report does pretend to cover many of these issues, using fancy terms like 'value chain analysis,' 'vertical price structure' and 'price margins at different stages' and so on - all the things that you'd expect to find in an industry analysis. However, the analysis is conducted primarily (with some notable, and telling, exceptions) on an 'in-country' basis - which is essentially meaningless for analysing a global industry. This World Bank report is akin to an attempt to understand the global soft-drink market by looking really, really closely at the logistics around Atlanta - and as Sibel suggests, the 'frame of reference' of this report is unlikely to be an accident, and is most likely an intentional attempt to whitewash Turkey's role in the heroin industry.

According to the State Deparment's Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs' 2006 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Turkey is a key player in this industry:

Turkey

I. Summary.

Turkey is a major transit route for Southwest Asian opiates to Europe, and serves as a base and refining center for major narcotics traffickers and brokers.... While most of the heroin trafficked via Turkey is marketed in Western Europe, an increasing amount of heroin and opium also is smuggled from Turkey to the U.S., but not in quantities sufficient to have a significant impact on the U.S.

II. Status of Country

Turkey is a major transshipment point. Turkey is also a base of operations for international narcotics traffickers and associates trafficking in opium, morphine base, heroin, precursor chemicals and other drugs. The majority of these opiates originate in Afghanistan, and are ultimately trafficked to Western Europe. A smaller but still not insignificant amount of heroin is trafficked to the U.S. via Turkey... Turkish authorities continue to seize large amounts of heroin and precursor chemicals, such as acetic anhydride. It is estimated that multi-ton amounts of heroin are smuggled through Turkey each month. Some heroin is still being refined in Turkey.



Drug Flow/Transit. Turkey remains a major route, refining center and storage, production and staging area, for the flow of heroin to Europe. Turkish-based traffickers and brokers operate in conjunction with narcotics smugglers, laboratory operators, and money launderers in and outside Turkey. They finance and control the smuggling of opiates to and from Turkey. Afghanistan is the source of most of the opiates reaching Turkey. Morphine and heroin base are smuggled overland from Afghanistan and Pakistan via Iran. Opiates and hashish also are smuggled to Turkey overland from Afghanistan via Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Traffickers in Turkey illegally acquire the heroin precursor chemical, acetic anhydride, from sources in Western Europe, the Balkans and Russia. For fiscal year 2004, 2,304 liters of acetic anhydride were seized in, or destined for, Turkey. Some criminal elements in Turkey reportedly have interests in heroin laboratories operating near the Iranian-Turkish border in Iran. Turkish-based traffickers control much of the heroin marketed to Western Europe.


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Write and call Congress for hearings.

Office of the Speaker
H-232, US Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-0100

Cong. Steny H. Hoyer
House Democratic Majority Leader
H-107, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515

Honorable John Conyers, Jr.
2426 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
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November 2006 Midterms Wrap-Up: A Few Thoughts and the Duties of "We the People"

by Independent_Liberal

The November 2006 midterm elections have come and gone. They clearly showed that people are sick of being screwed over by the Republicans in Washington and they want a change in their government and the direction of their country. All Democratic incumbants kept their seats and the Democrats gained control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in 12 years. They also managed to capture the Senate too, a task that many pundits didn't think was possible. Many Congressional seats that were once thought to be safe Republican turned blue. Everybody views the elections as a referendum on George W. Bush and the Iraq war. It was most certainly that and a lot of issues on the minds of the voters included minimum wage, the economy, health care, terrorism, and most important of all, accountability, ethics and honesty in government. It's safe to say that proper oversight of the executive branch was something that was on everybody's mind. That brings me to the issue of investigations. While the campaign season is over, "We the People" must pressure our elected representatives in Congress to pursue investigations into all allegations of government corruption, waste, fraud and abuse. Incoming House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and incoming House Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman certainly have their work cut out for them. There's many things that need looked into, but if I tried to list everything all in one sitting, my head would probably explode. So I'm going to name a few things that I feel are the most important. I only have one thing to say right now: Subpoena City.

1. THE ABRAMOFF AFFAIR AND THE "DUKE" CUNNINGHAM" BRIBERY CASE

One of the biggest ones of all. Who and what all does this rope in?

Let's see: Defrauded Indian tribes, gaming casinos, lobbying firms, Greenberg Traurig, illegal campaign contributions sent to GOP Congress people, foreign influence peddling, illegal arms trafficking, the American Turkish Council, Denny Hastert’s ties to Turkish spies and his shady housing deals, the SunCruz investigation, Guam, the support of forced abortion and sex slavery in the Marianas, Adam Kidan, Michael Scanlon, Tony Rudy, Neil Volz, David Safavian, Grover Norquist, John Colyandro, Jim Ellis, Tom DeLay’s misuse of the FAA and the DHS, his trips to Russia and the people who turned up dead in his district, DeLay’s ARMPAC, Bob Ney’s golf outings in Scotland, his ties to Iran and use of secret government wiretapping operations, Americans for Tax Reform fraud, Carl Gutierrez, Felix Camacho, Froilan Tenorio, Haley Barbour, Ernie Fletcher and the Merit system scandal, Bob Taft, Tom Noe and Coingate, Ken Blackwell’s stocks in Halliburton, Leandro Aragoncillo and Philippine spy espionage, mobsters and Kidan’s link to a Sicilian mafia figure, the Gus Boulis murder case, New Hampshire phone jamming, stolen computers from the Ohio Democratic Headquarters, terrorists at casinos, 9/11 and Mohammad Atta, the Royal Sons LLC plane from Florida with 5.5 tons of cocaine that was raided by the FBI, Saudi money, Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling and Enron, Eric Cantor and AIPAC lobbyists, John Sweeney and Wal-Mart PAC, Charles Taylor and the Russian bank, Enron power plant deals, heroin trafficking, money laundering, GOP prostitution rings and pedophiles with ties to Jeff Gannon, child prostitution and sex predator operations in the Marianas, Gale Norton’s Interior Department, J. Steven Griles, Roger Stilwell, Wally O’Dell and Diebold, HAVA, Homeland Security rackets, Ralph Reed, Porter Goss, Kyle Foggo, Brent Wilkes, Mitchell Wade, MZM, Inc., ADCS, Inc., Archer Logistics, Group W advisors, defense contractors, creation of phony defense companies to get $700,000,000 through earmarks for GOP TV ads, the Wilkes-funded prostitution ring involving Homeland Security Contractor Shirlington Limousine and Transportation Services, hooker and poker parties at the Watergate Hotel, the Hastert/Bid-Rigging/Contractors/Appropriations cover-up and the firing of 60 House Appropriations Committee investigators from the investigative staff by Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis, Coingate's Terrence Gasper, "Duke" Cunningham's, Noe's and Ney's secret Shell Companies who bilked millions while aiding Abramoff, Marianas Islands, Indian Gaming and Rumsfeld’s Pentagon and those Republican Congresspersons and Senators who had gay sex while housed in Abramoff's Safe Houses.

Woo!!! I feel dizzy!

2. THE VALERIE PLAME AFFAIR

This one's a no-brainer. The involvement of Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney, Richard Armitage, Stephen Hadley and Alberto Gonzales needs looked at. I think Bob Novak's should be called to testify under oath.

3. THE AIPAC SPY CASE

Involves Pentagon official Larry Franklin, Steven Rosen, Keith Weissman, Douglas Feith, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, etc. It appears to be connected to the Plame case.

4. GANNONGATE

How did a male prostitute sneak into the White House press corps?

5. HALLIBURTON

Corruption City! Employees and lobbyists from Cheney's company have some serious explaining to do in regards to Iraq corruption, Nigerian bribes and no-bid contracts.

6. ENRON COLLAPSE

There's still many unanswered questions surrounding Enron. Several employees and lobbyists should be subpoenaed.

7. THE ENERGY TASK FORCE AND SECRET ENERGY MEETINGS

What went on in Cheney's secret energy meetings? There's a major cover-up surrounding that Energy Commission. Those documents should be released.

8. FORGED NIGER DOCUMENTS

Forging the case for war. These are documents that need looked at.

9. THE DOWNING STREET MEMOS

Those UK memos. More evidence that intelligence was manipulated in the run-up to the Iraq war.

10. NSA DOMESTIC SPYING

Why didn't they go to the FISA court for a court order? What does NSA staffer Russell Tice know?

11. ABU GHRAIB PRISONER ABUSE

Torture is unacceptable. We have yet to find the guilty parties responsible.

12. SIBEL EDMONDS FBI WHISTLEBLOWER CASE

The many whistleblower allegations of the lovely Sibel Edmonds.

According to an article posted on www.bradblog.com :

<snip>

9/11 Related:

Information omitted and covered-up regarding documented and confirmed case of a long-term FBI Informant & Asset who provided the FBI with specific information and warnings in April & June 2001 regarding 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Information omitted & covered up regarding documented information in the procession of the FBI in July 2001 regarding blue prints and building composite information of Sky Scrapers being sent to certain groups in the Middle East by certain Middle-Eastern suspects in the State of Nevada.
Information omitted & covered up regarding arrangements made between the State Department and certain countries to deport certain Middle-Eastern and Central Asian detainees from jails in New Jersey & New York off the record and without having them interrogated in November 2001. (Documents related to these suspects were forged at the FBI).
Information omitted & covered up regarding nuclear related information illegally obtained by certain foreign entities and US persons (government officials) from several US labs being sold to a certain Middle-Eastern group in the United States in 1998-2000. The operation involved individuals with Diplomatic cover, foreign Ph.D. students, and US employees.
Information omitted & covered up regarding money laundering & narcotics operations, some of which involved entities from the Middle East and the Balkans, in several US cities.
Information omitted & covered up regarding certain Pakistani Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI)-related activities linked to the 9/11 attacks between August & October 2001.
Certain terrorist related Counterintelligence/FISA information & investigations were prevented from being transferred to counterterrorism & criminal division by the Department of State and the Pentagon; "preserving sensitive diplomatic relations" and "protecting certain US foreign business relations (mainly involving weapons procurement)" were cited as reasons.
Intentional mistranslation & blocking of foreign language intelligence of FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations.

Penetration of FBI, Department of State and Department of Defense:

Melek Can Dickerson: FBI; formerly employed by the American Turkish Council (ATC) and American Turkish Association (ATA).
Major Douglas Dickerson: Air Force, DIA; formerly worked with the American Turkish Council (ATC), had on going relationship with International Advisors Inc (IAI) principles who worked as lobbying arms for certain foreign nations and foreign non-state entities (some of whom were engaged in illegal activities in the United States and against US interests and national Security.)
Cases reported by John M. Cole, Veteran FBI Counterintelligence Operations Manager, to the DOJ-IG & Congress involving Hadiya Roberts (ISI-Pakistan), and several other individuals.
Documented cases under FBI counterintelligence surveillance between 1997 and 2002, involving US government officials from the Department of State, DOD, and certain elected officials who were recipients of regular payments made by state and non-state foreign entities, some involved in criminal operations against US interests & national security. These cases were prevented from being transferred to actionable criminal and/or counterterrorism divisions/investigations.
A reported case of penetration of FBI New York Field Office by an Iranian rouge agent.

Corruption & illegal activities involving US persons:

Illegal payments to several elected officials in Congress; on going (1997-2002).
Joint illegal activities between certain foreign agents (state & non-state) and US lobbying firms, government officials (Pentagon and the Department of State) and several elected officials. These activities include obtaining and passing highly classified and sensitive DOD documents & bribery and/or coercion of US individuals.
Nuclear black market related activities carried out by certain foreign groups/lobbying firms/businesses/individuals & US persons (former & current US government employees and officials).

FBI: incompetence:
(Refer to DOJ-IG report confirming all & more)

Hiring unqualified translators based on nepotism & cronyism, some of these translators did not even pass elementary English proficiency tests; some were granted Top Secret Clearance despite their highly questionable background.
Language specialists charging the United States government for hours not worked and/or services not rendered (Fraudulent invoices, etc.)
…much more; please refer to the DOJ-IG Report

<snip>

There you go, 12 important issues that I feel the new Congress needs to investigate.

A House Select Fact Finding Committee should be set up to investigate the following: Downing Street Memos, Plame, White House Iraq Group, AIPAC, Niger forgeries, depleted uranium, Patriot Act and IRS abuses, Dubai Ports deals, mining disasters, Edmonds FBI whistleblower case, NSA, Gannon, Abramoff, Cunningham/Wilkes/MZM/Hookergate, Alfonso Jackson and HUD contracts, financial improprieties involving former FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford, Enron, Halliburton-Kellogg Brown & Root, Carlyle, Harken, Bechtel, WorldCom, election fraud, Coingate, torture of prisoners, FEMA’s Katrina response, Pentagon psyops units and secret government propaganda operations in the Office of Special Plans, Halliburton war profiteering, cover-ups of pre-9/11 intelligence, 9/11 Commission cover-ups, Commission members with ties to oil companies and lobbyists, key witnesses left out of the official 9/11 Report, the identification of Atta by “Able Danger,” Christine Todd Whitman and the EPA, 9/11 related corruption in government offices, cover-ups involving Congress people, Federal Judges and DOJ personnel, drug trafficking and money laundering, illegal weapon sales, pre-9/11 insider trading, manipulation of pre-9/11 FBI intercepts, corruption surrounding Supreme Court Justices, Pentagon tapes, NORAD tapes, FBI wiretap translations, the DeLay-Abramoff-SunCruz-Boulis-Mob-Atta connections, destruction of 9/11 FAA tapes, Melek Can Dickerson and the American Turkish Council, Pakistan-ISI connections, Hastert-Abramoff-Livingston Group-Brewster Jennings-MIC Inc.-ATC-ATAA-AIPAC-Feith-Perle connections, Enron Afghani pipeline deals, the death of Enron executive Cliff Baxter and Arthur Anderson’s destruction of Enron documents.

That's one spicy enchilada, isn't it? Let's keep the ball rolling and continue to demand action from the Democratic Congress as we did with the Republican Congress. Now we'll actually get what we want with a Congress that's representative of the people.

Many are still throwing the "I" word around. While incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said that impeachment is "off the table," it doesn't mean we don't continue to scream our heads off about it. Investigations must go forward first, and if they lead to impeachment, so be it.

Let the hearings go forward. Let the subpoenas fly. Let the whistleblowers from the FBI, CIA, NSA, State Department, Pentagon, NSC, FAA, etc. step forward.

Roll up your sleeves. We have work to do.
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More satire from little old me, IndyLib.



The Independent Liberal’s News Desk

November 1, 2006

Edmonds v. DOJ and a new 9/11 investigation in New York

On January 19, 2005, the Public Citizen Public Interest Organization filed an amicus brief on behalf of 14 public interest and 9/11 family groups to have the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to hear the case of FBI translator and whistleblower Sibel Edmonds against the U.S. Department of Justice. Edmonds has tried her case in the Supreme Court and other U.S. District Courts but all have turned her down. She was “gag ordered” by former Attorney General John Ashcroft under the claim of “states secrets privileges” for pointing out national security breaches in the months after the 9/11 attacks. Ms. Edmonds formed the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (www.nswbc.org ), an organization of whistleblowers who have worked in various government offices and intelligence agencies to help uncover corruption, waste, fraud, abuse and wrongdoing within the government. Ms. Edmonds has given testimony before the 9/11 Commission and the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. She has called for public hearings in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on allegations of various illegal activities that have gone on in all three branches of the government. According to a recent article published on www.bradblog.com, these allegations include:
9/11 Related:
 Information omitted and covered-up regarding documented and confirmed case of a long-term FBI Informant & Asset who provided the FBI with specific information and warnings in April & June 2001 regarding 9/11 terrorist attacks.
 Information omitted & covered up regarding documented information in the procession of the FBI in July 2001 regarding blue prints and building composite information of Sky Scrapers being sent to certain groups in the Middle East by certain Middle-Eastern suspects in the State of Nevada.
 Information omitted & covered up regarding arrangements made between the State Department and certain countries to deport certain Middle-Eastern and Central Asian detainees from jails in New Jersey & New York off the record and without having them interrogated in November 2001. (Documents related to these suspects were forged at the FBI).
 Information omitted & covered up regarding nuclear related information illegally obtained by certain foreign entities and US persons (government officials) from several US labs being sold to a certain Middle-Eastern group in the United States in 1998-2000. The operation involved individuals with Diplomatic cover, foreign Ph.D. students, and US employees.
 Information omitted & covered up regarding money laundering & narcotics operations, some of which involved entities from the Middle East and the Balkans, in several US cities.
 Information omitted & covered up regarding certain Pakistani Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI)-related activities linked to the 9/11 attacks between August & October 2001.
 Certain terrorist related Counterintelligence/FISA information & investigations were prevented from being transferred to counterterrorism & criminal division by the Department of State and the Pentagon; "preserving sensitive diplomatic relations" and "protecting certain US foreign business relations (mainly involving weapons procurement)" were cited as reasons.
 Intentional mistranslation & blocking of foreign language intelligence of FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations.
Penetration of FBI, Department of State and Department of Defense:
 Melek Can Dickerson: FBI; formerly employed by the American Turkish Council (ATC) and American Turkish Association (ATA).
 Major Douglas Dickerson: Air Force, DIA; formerly worked with the American Turkish Council (ATC), had on going relationship with International Advisors Inc (IAI) principles who worked as lobbying arms for certain foreign nations and foreign non-state entities (some of whom were engaged in illegal activities in the United States and against US interests and national Security.)
 Cases reported by John M. Cole, Veteran FBI Counterintelligence Operations Manager, to the DOJ-IG & Congress involving Hadiya Roberts (ISI-Pakistan), and several other individuals.
 Documented cases under FBI counterintelligence surveillance between 1997 and 2002, involving US government officials from the Department of State, DOD, and certain elected officials who were recipients of regular payments made by state and non-state foreign entities, some involved in criminal operations against US interests & national security. These cases were prevented from being transferred to actionable criminal and/or counterterrorism divisions/investigations.
 A reported case of penetration of FBI New York Field Office by an Iranian rouge agent.
Corruption & illegal activities involving US persons:
 Illegal payments to several elected officials in Congress; on going (1997-2002).
 Joint illegal activities between certain foreign agents (state & non-state) and US lobbying firms, government officials (Pentagon and the Department of State) and several elected officials. These activities include obtaining and passing highly classified and sensitive DOD documents & bribery and/or coercion of US individuals.
 Nuclear black market related activities carried out by certain foreign groups/lobbying firms/businesses/individuals & US persons (former & current US government employees and officials).
FBI: incompetence:
(Refer to DOJ-IG report confirming all & more)
 Hiring unqualified translators based on nepotism & cronyism, some of these translators did not even pass elementary English proficiency tests; some were granted Top Secret Clearance despite their highly questionable background.
 Language specialists charging the United States government for hours not worked and/or services not rendered (Fraudulent invoices, etc.)
 …much more; please refer to the DOJ-IG Report

After months of Edmonds, 9/11 family members, civil liberties groups and whistleblowers trying to get the Appeals Court to hear the case, the Court has finally decided to look at it. The ACLU and National Security Whistleblowers Coalition have publicly expressed how pleased they are that the Court is doing this.

In other news, after months of 9/11 family members in New York City trying to get New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to open an independent investigation into 9/11, the Attorney General and District Attorney of Manhattan have finally listened. An independent grand jury investigation into the events in New York will be opened tomorrow and an Independent Prosecutor will be appointed to investigate the allegations of criminal negligence by former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman by telling New Yorkers the air at ground zero was safe to breathe when it wasn’t, insurance fraud and other unsolved crimes relating to the events. A lawsuit was filed on behalf of New York family members in a U.S. District Court in New York to force an investigation into the events. September 11th Families for a Peaceful Tomorrow, The 9/11 Family Steering Committee and Scholars for 9/11 Truth among other 9/11 groups have publicly expressed their pleasure with the Federal Court and Spitzer for finally looking into this. “It’s about time we had a new investigation,” said Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst who has publicly expressed his dissatisfaction with the 9/11 Commission. “There’s too many unanswered questions out there that the 9/11 Commission hasn’t answered,” he added.

The petition and complaint from www.justicefor911.org reads:

PETITION OF SOLIDARITY
with New York legislators, first responders, victim families, and millions of NY citizens calling for a new investigation of unsolved 9/11 crimes, and the full prosecution of those found responsible.

In memory and on behalf of:
· the more than 2800 murdered in New York on September 11, 2001, including 343 firefighters and 75 police officers;
· the hundreds of thousands of residents and workers variously harmed by the assault;
· the equivalent numbers suffering dire health effects from attack-related pollution;
· New York's collateral victims, human and institutional, who collectively lost billions of dollars in business, career and property damages; and
· the millions of New York citizens who have lost precious freedoms, rights, family members and/or faith in government in the resulting so-called "War on Terror."
We the undersigned:

a) think that there is ample evidence and probable cause to believe that many grave and still unresolved crimes were committed by US officials prior to, during and after the events of 9/11;

b) observe that most of these apparent crimes, including but not limited to abetment of mass murder, criminal negligence, insider trading, and obstruction of justice, fall well within the jurisdiction of New York's top law enforcement officials, who thus become the People's last recourse when federal intervention yields no credible answers, relief or accountability;

c) therefore petition the Attorney General of the State of New York and the District Attorney of the Borough of Manhattan:
· to open urgent new investigations into the most serious, incriminating,
and still largely unexplicated bodies of 9/11 evidence,
· to expose and fully prosecute the perpetrators of all discovered crimes,
· to restore damages, justice and honor to the state and people of New York, and thereby
· to reclaim the public trust in government and our system of law.


It looks as though we may finally get some answers to these many unanswered questions about 9/11. For now we should wait and find out where this investigation takes us.

END FAKE NEWS

Let's see if we can make this article come true on that date.
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SATIRE: Gonzo indicted. More of my "news from the future."



Associated Press

October 20, 2006

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES INDICTED FOR OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has announced charges of obstruction of justice against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. In the press release from the Office of Special Counsel, it is said that Gonzales was withholding emails from Vice President Dick Cheney’s office that had been subpoenaed by Federal Prosecutors in the CIA leak investigation and requested by Judge Reggie Walton. Gonzales has resigned as Attorney General. President Bush has announced that he has accepted Gonzales’s resignation. Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty has taken over as acting Attorney General until the President can name a new one to be confirmed by the Senate. Gonzales became the first U.S. Attorney General to be indicted since John Mitchell, Attorney General under President Nixon.

“I think this is the final nail in the coffin,” said Jason Leopold of Truthout.org. “Last week, it was 25 Republicans, this week it was Hadley, Feith and now Gonzales. The wheels appear to be coming off this government big time.” The President has been so distraught lately over these latest arrests and indictments it seems to be slowing him down from achieving many things on his agenda. His approval ratings have sunk back down to 32%, more GOP folk are abandoning the party, dissatisfaction by the public of how the Iraq war is being handled is continuing to grow, GOP poll numbers are at their lowest, and the Democrats are starting to gain more traction on issues such as National Security and handling the war.

On Wednesday, a vote was held in the Senate on Senator Robert Byrd’s (D-WA) resolution seeking a bipartisan Independent Commission to investigate the NSA wiretaps. The Commission got approved on a narrow vote of 51-47 with 6 Republicans breaking ranks. When Senators Arlen Specter, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Lincoln Chafee, Chuck Hagel and Dick Lugar were asked about their vote, they said pretty much the same thing. “We felt it was something that needed looked into. The public is very concerned about their privacy.” It is said that NSA staffer Russell Tice will give testimony before the Commission. The ACLU and National Security Whistleblowers Coalition applauded the vote by the Senate for this Commission.

Today a group of online activists have announced that they are submitting a petition of redress to the Department of Justice for a special grand jury to investigate allegations of torture and prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison. They have said the grand jury is to be composed of ordinary U.S. citizens and they plan to deliver the petition to the DOJ on October 31, 2006.

So many ongoing investigations, one does not know where to start. You can say this for sure, things are going terrible for the Bush White House and they might be getting ready to get worse.
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More of my articles from the future.

Associated Press

October 17, 2006

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER INDICTED FOR PERJURY AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has announced charges of perjury and obstruction of justice against National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley in the investigation of the CIA leak. The two-count indictment against Hadley was unsealed at noon today. Hadley has been accused of lying to federal investigators and a grand jury investigating the outing of CIA covert operative Valerie Plame. Many bloggers from the left are celebrating the downfall of Mr. Hadley. Jason Leopold of Truthout.org has said, “Many view this as making up for Karl Rove escaping criminal charges.” It is rumored that Mr. Fitzgerald has another indictment sealed for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Hadley could face 30 years in prison if convicted. He has resigned from his position as National Security Adviser. President Bush has announced that he has accepted Hadley’s resignation. White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said when asked about the indictment that, “The investigation is on-going and we understand very well. National Security Adviser Hadley decided to leave so he could work things out.”

In other news, Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty has indicted former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith today on espionage charges relating to a Pentagon case involving Israeli spies. Last year in September, McNulty indicted Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin for passing classified information to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. It is believed that Feith was somehow implicated in this.

This week plus last week with the indictments of 25 Republican lawmakers in the Abramoff and “Duke” Cunningham scandals add up to one of the worst months for the Bush Administration and the GOP. Should the Democrats regain control of Congress in the November elections (which is looking more likely with each passing day), many congressional investigations will ensue. And there are many matters to be looked into for certain, such as the NSA domestic spying, Downing Street Memos and Iraq intelligence, intelligence leaks, the Plame case and cover-ups of documents from Vice President Cheney’s Energy Task Force.

Fitzgerald is still getting cooperation in his investigation. Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage is believed to have provided him with all the vital information necessary for the investigation. Larry Franklin is believed to be cooperating with McNulty’s investigation of the Israeli espionage case. Many other individuals besides Feith are rumored to be involved.

It is interesting to see where all these current investigations lead. Should the House and Senate go Democratic in November, 2007 looks to be a very entertaining year.
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Let's hope for this.

October 13, 2006

GOP CRIPPLED? 23 REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS INDICTED IN ABRAMOFF AND “DUKE” CUNNINGHAM CRIMINAL PROBES

The Department of Justice, the FBI, the Criminal Division and Federal Prosecutors weren’t given in trouble in the plea deals of convicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff and convicted former GOP Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham. The two men along with Abramoff partner Adam Kidan, former Tom DeLay Chiefs of Staff Michael Scanlon and Tony Rudy, former CIA Director Porter Goss and Mitchell Wade gave up all the information that Federal Investigators needed in the investigations. This week in October saw one of the biggest corruption scandals in American history. A total of 23 Republicans were indicted on numerous counts of conspiracy, fraud, theft, bribery, wire fraud, tax evasion, money laundering and grand larceny. 8 charged in the Abramoff case were Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, Representatives Bob Ney, Richard Pombo, Roy Blunt, John Doolittle, Dana Rohrabacher, Tom Feeney and Senator Conrad Burns. Representatives Duncan Hunter, Katherine Harris, Virgil Goode, Brian Bilbray and Louis Gohmert were among 15 charged in the “Duke” Cunningham bribery case that also involved San Diego Businessman Brent Wilkes, MZM Inc., defense contractors and hooker and poker parties at the Watergate Hotel. The two scandals have caused a major uproar in Washington and the political scene. 22 of the lawmakers charged all resigned in disgrace and have announced that they are not running for re-election in November. The Democrats’ chances of winning back the House and the Senate just got better. Representative Harris was quoted as saying she’s staying in her Senate race against incumbent Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson. “I’ll still win this race,” Harris said. But many conservative pundits don’t seem as optimistic.

The two scandals exposed corruption in DC unlike anything anybody has seen since Watergate, Iran-Contra, BCCI and the Savings and Loans scandal of the late 1980s. The Abramoff case drew in many items such as defrauded Indian tribes, lobbying firms, gaming casinos, the Florida SunCruz investigation, prostitution rings and pedophiles that several GOP operatives had been keeping secret for years, heroin trafficking involving the CIA, illegal arms trafficking involving Turkey, foreign influence peddling in Russia, Enron, Representative Ney’s golf outings in Scotland, allegations of voting fraud committed in the 2000, 2002 and 2004 elections using electronic voting machines by the company Diebold which was previously run by Bush loyalist Wally O'Dell, the 2001 murder of Florida businessman Konstantinos “Gus” Boulis which was believed to be a mob hit, past allegations of mysterious appearances of terrorists with ties to al Qaeda at casinos in Florida before the 9/11 attacks, the American Turkish Council and Philippine spy espionage involving U.S. Marine and FBI analyst Leandro Aragoncillo. The scandal also extends into the states of New Hampshire, Ohio, Kentucky and Texas. A GOP security aide testified against several Republican lawmakers in Court in the New Hampshire phone-jamming scheme pointing to malfeasance in the state during the 2002 midterm election. It was revealed that Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell owns stocks in Halliburton which Vice President Dick Cheney was formerly the CEO of. Many pundits believe this will hurt his chances in November in the race for Governor of Ohio. Indicted Ohio Governor Bob Taft and indicted Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher have both admitted that they received money Abramoff’s firm and former GOP House Leader Tom DeLay’s Texas political action committee Americans for a Republican Majority which was linked to Abramoff. The two governors are preparing for long jail terms. Texas GOP Senator John Cornyn was also indicted on bribery charges by Austin, Texas District Attorney Ronnie Earle. Mr. Earle announced that Senator Cornyn had accepted tainted campaign money from Abramoff and DeLay’s political action committee.

The Securities & Exchanged Commission has also charged Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist for insider trading involving a stock sale. Senator Frist was forced to step down from his position as Majority Leader. Many conservatives have said this effectively killed any chances he had of being the GOP nominee for President in 2008.

The Democrats have spoken out on the latest developments and indictments.

Senator Minority Leader Harry Reid: “It’s absolutely a disgrace. Who would’ve thought the Republicans could become so corrupt? Those who stepped down did the honorable thing.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: “Let this be an example to all politicians. If you break the law and keep fighting it, the law will always win in the end.”

The Democrats have their eyes set on big victories in November.

When President Bush was asked about all members of his own party who were charged in all the investigations, the President was quoted as saying, “What? Duncan who? Ney what? No, I don’t recall.”

Voters are outraged everywhere. Many people who have long been registered Republicans have said that they are so disgusted by how low their party has sunk that they plan to re-register as Democrats and Independents and vote Democrat in the November elections. All in all, it shows that Americans are definitely ready for a change.
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