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Friday, August 03, 2007
Conspiracy Theory: Sibel Edmonds

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The story of Sibel Edmonds is a sadly typical example of corruption run amok in the Bush Administration and the revolving doors of power in our nation's capitol.  Ms. Edmonds' story began when she was hired as a contract translator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shortly after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.  Her story continues today as Bush administration officials protect themselves and other Republican party cronies by gagging her with the "state secrets privilege."

Why would the Bush Department of Justice (DOJ) make Sibel Edmonds the most gagged citizen in the history of our country?  Why would they retroactively classify her public testimony to Congress?  What are they trying to hide, keep secret, or cover-up?

Some of the very basic facts are:

1. Sibel Edmonds monitored certain FBI wiretaps and translated them.
2. She also re-checked previously translated documents for accuracy. 
3. She alleged that her co-worker, Dickerson, committed various crimes.
4. She alleged that her supervisor, Feghali, ignored these crimes.
5. She alleged the FBI fired her because she was a whistleblower.
6. She sued the FBI and took her case all the way to the Supreme Court.
7. The Bush Administration has hid behind "state secrets privilege."
8. She testified to the 9/11 Commission but was ignored.
9. She tried to work within the system but the system failed all of us.

The cast of characters:

Sibel Edmonds - The whistleblower
Melek Can Dickerson - Edmonds' co-worker
Mike Feghali - Edmonds' supervisor
Robert Mueller - Bush-appointed FBI director
John Ashcroft - Bush-appointed U.S. Attorney General
Thomas Kean - Bush-appointed Chairman of the 9/11 Commission

The raw story:

The best independent reporting of the Sibel Edmonds' story was done by David Rose.  His article is the source for many of the points along the timeline below.  He published "An Inconvenient Patriot" in Vanity Fair magazine in September 2005:

Love of country led Sibel Edmonds to become a translator for the F.B.I. following 9/11. But everything changed when she accused a colleague of covering up illicit activity involving Turkish nationals. Fired after sounding the alarm, she's now fighting for the ideals that made her an American, and threatening some very powerful people.

In Washington, D.C., and its suburbs, December 2, 2001 was fine but cool, the start of the slide into winter after a spell of unseasonable warmth. At 10 o'clock that morning, Sibel and Matthew Edmonds were still in their pajamas, sipping coffee in the kitchen of their waterfront town house in Alexandria, Virginia, and looking forward to a well-deserved lazy Sunday.

Since mid-September, nine days after the 9/11 attacks, Sibel had been exploiting her fluency in Turkish, Farsi, and Azerbaijani as a translator at the F.B.I. It was arduous, demanding work, and Edmonds—who had two bachelor's degrees, was about to begin studying for her master's, and had plans for a doctorate—could have been considered overqualified. But as a naturalized Turkish-American, she saw the job as her patriotic duty. 
(read the rest of the article)

The Timeline

For people who are completely unfamiliar with ongoing saga of Sibel Edmonds, a timeline of events is helpful to view the events of the narrative in some chronological order.  This timeline is compiled from and linked to  Clicking the headline below will take you to the synopsis of that event in this timeline with citations of original source links for further research.

Late 1990s-Early 2001: FBI Investigation Discovers Turkish Nationals Attempting to Bribe Members of Congress

April 2001: FBI Translators Learn Al-Qaeda Suicide Pilots Plan to Hit Skyscrapers in US and Europe

July-August 2001: Translator Alleges FBI Agent Is Deliberately Deceived Regarding Skyscraper Warning

September 20, 2001: FBI Hires Sibel Edmonds as Contract Translator

September 20, 2001 and After: FBI Translator Sees Pattern of Deliberate Failure

After September 14, 2001-October 2001: FBI Translation Supervisor Blocks Agent's Request to Have Certain 9/11-Related Material Re-Translated

Early October 2001: FBI Translation Center Hires Turkish Man Who Is Not Proficient in English

Late October 2001: FBI Hires Translator with Ties to Group under Federal Investigation

Between November 2001 and January 14, 2002: FBI Special Agent Suspicious about FBI Translator Who Has Lost Info on Several Wiretaps

November 2001 or December 2001: FBI Translator to Have Exclusive Access to Wiretaps of Surveillance Targets with Whom She Has Links

November 2001: FBI Translator Fails to Translate Wiretaps of Individuals with Whom She Has Connections

Early December 2001: FBI Wiretaps Reveal that Turkish Groups Attempted to Bribe Congress Persons in Late 1990s

December 2, 2001: FBI Translator Sibel Edmonds Invited by Co-Worker to Become Member of Group that Is Under Federal Investigation

December 4, 2001: FBI Translator Informs Supervisor that Co-Worker Is Shielding Targets of Investigation from Surveillance


January 14, 2002: FBI Special Agent Concerned That Translator Is Protecting Surveillance Targets and Involved in Espionage

Between January 14, 2002 and February 1, 2002: FBI Translator Re-Translates Wiretaps Assigned to Colleague; Discovers Colleague Buried Critical Information

Early 2002: FBI Whistleblower Threatened with Investigation

February 1, 2002: FBI Supervisors Cancels Meeting with Whistleblowers Concerned about Security Violations in Translation Center

Between February 1, 2002 and February 11, 2002: FBI Whistleblower Reassigned to Windowless Office; Given Permission to Write Description of Allegations at Home

Afternoon February 12, 2002: FBI Translator Submits Formal Memo Alleging Security Breaches by Co-Worker in Department

February 13, 2002: FBI Translations Supervisor Dismisses Allegations by Whistleblower in Memo to Superiors

February 22, 2002: FBI Supervisor Encourages Whistleblower to Drop Allegations

March 7, 2002: FBI Whistleblower under FBI Surveillance

Afternoon March 7, 2002: After Being Rebuffed by Own Superiors, FBI Whistleblower Sends Letters to Senators and FBI Internal Investigation Departments

March 21, 2002: FBI Translator Accused of National Security Breaches Polygraphed, but Questions Are Vague and Unspecific

March 22, 2002: FBI Whistleblower Fired after Alleging Security Breaches in Translations Department

Early April 2002: FBI Whistleblower's Sister in Turkey Sought by Police

June 2002: Former FBI Translator Files Whistleblower Suit Against DOJ

June 17, 2002: FBI Acknowledges Some Allegations by FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds

August or September 2002: Air Forces Investigation Concludes that Major, Accused of Espionage and Obstruction, Has Not Done Anything Wrong

August 2002: Former FBI Translator Sues Bureau for Documents Relating to Allegations against Co-Worker Accused of Breaching Security

September 9, 2002: FBI Translator and Air Force Major, Both the Targets of Federal Investigations, Leave Country with Government Approval

October 18, 2002: Ashcroft Invokes State-Secrets Privilege to Prevent FBI Whistleblower's Suit from Being Heard in Court


January 10, 2003: Government Employees Responsible for 9/11 Failures Are Promoted


February 11, 2004: FBI Whisteblower Tells 9/11 Commission that Wiretapped Conversionations Pertaining to the Attacks Were Not Translated

May 19, 2004: Previously Public Information about FBI Whistleblower Is Now Classified

July 6, 2004: FBI Translator Whistleblower Lawsuit Dismissed

July 8, 2004: DOJ Inspector General Report Supports FBI Translator's Allegations

July 29, 2004: FBI Letter Vindicates Many of Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds' Allegations

August 1, 2004: FBI Whistleblower Sends Scathing Letter to Chairman of 9/11 Commission


April 2005: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Use of 'State Secrets Privilege' to Block Suit Against DOJ Brought by Former Translator

July 31, 2005: Air Force Office of Special Investigation Re-Opens Investigation into Former Whistleblower's Allegations

August 4, 2005: Former FBI Translator Takes Whistleblower Case to Supreme Court

August 15, 2005: Former FBI Translator Says Government Ties to Drugs- and Weapons- Smuggling Undermines US Counterterrorism Efforts

November 28, 2005: Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case Brought by Former FBI Translator against FBI

Now that the Democrats are in charge, where are the Congressional hearings about this national security matter? 

Contact Chairman of the Government Oversight Committee, Henry Waxman.

Contact the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Tell them you want them to hold a hearing on this important matter of national security.  While the Sibel Edmonds story may only be one of many Bushworld cover-ups, they seem to fear what she has to say enough to gag her testimony in order to keep the lid on their Pandora's box of lies.

Addtional links:

Sibel Edmonds' "Just A Citizen" website
National Security Whisteblowers Coalition
Whistleblower Protection on the Project on Government Oversight blog
Sibel Edmonds' ACLU lawsuit information
Sibel Edmonds on Democracy Now! news program
"Kill The Messenger" documentary film information

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Posted at 10:57 am by John Furie Zacharias

August 3, 2007   12:17 PM PDT
okay...i haven't read this yet, but i'm thinking this is one of those entries where immediately after stabbing that 'publish' button, your head rotated a full 360 degrees...right?

wait here...gotta go get more coffee before i tackle this puppy...
August 3, 2007   12:51 PM PDT
Goodness. I live such an oblivious life. This is scary.
J f Z
August 3, 2007   07:22 PM PDT
Yeah. I know it's an extremely long blog entry ... but I wanted to bring back my "Conspiracy Theory" topic here. It's been a while.

I hope the average person will at least click play on the embedded videos. Then, if those peak their interest or concern, they might go back and read the entry. Heh.
August 4, 2007   03:10 AM PDT
OK - that link didn't work great!

the URL is
More Sibel Edmonds' Info
August 4, 2007   03:47 AM PDT
Click "More Sibel Edmonds' Info" above to go Luke Ryland's blog.

Thanks for the link, Lukery.
August 4, 2007   04:32 AM PDT
thanks john.

this post might also be of particular interest:
"Who wants to gag Sibel Edmonds? And why? (with answers!)"

btw - i've switched to a new blog that is pretty much exclusively about sibel - and i'm churning out a few posts a week there

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