A great day for all of us today as we have a guest commentary offered by a writer who has not given us a guest commentary in the past. Black Order contacted me about doing this piece a few weeks ago. He had an idea about featuring a person who has had an impact in many ways on our government. After reading up on her, I was really excited about bringing her story to the readers at SUFA. I contacted her and we discussed the article posting. She has taken the time to come over to SUFA and read along a bit and was impressed with the discussions that come from our articles. She has agreed to do her best to stop by over the next two days and answer any questions and add to the discussion. So without any further intro madness from me, I am pleased to turn the floor over to Black Order who will introduce us to someone who deserves our support, and who I hope will one day have to change the tagline of her post to “Home of the Irate Majority“…
Today, I present to you something of a human interest piece. It is an introduction of someone who is rather exceptional. Perhaps some of you are already familiar with her as she has some notoriety. She’s been featured all over the internet, on television, and in various national newspapers and magazines (60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The American Conservative, etc.). She’s also been the focus of award winning documentaries and is herself a recipient of awards.
She has respect and admiration worldwide, as (among other things) she has consistently proven herself as one who lives according to her ethics and principles instead of living in fear. She is a true humanitarian and friend to millions. She is an advocate of liberty and integrity, a champion of truth.
Although I don’t have the privilege of calling her a personal friend, I have become increasingly familiar with who she is and what she represents. She’s well educated, a political activist, a Libertarian and self described full-time mother and passionate cook whose interests include everything from classical music and ballet to fishing and camping. Like many of you knowledgeable intelligent folks standing up for America, she is an aware and concerned citizen, spouse, and parent, just trying to live her life right and do some good in the world.
By happenstance, I’ve stumbled upon a unique and honorable opportunity to introduce to you, someone who I think will make a great addition to the SUFA family. Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome t0…
Sibel Deniz Edmonds was born into revolution to Turkish parents in the year 1970 in Tehran, Iran, as her father, an Azerbaijan surgeon, volunteered his talents to the Iranian poor. She spent her early years living equally between Turkey and Iran, her family settling on Turkey shortly after an incident where eleven year old Sibel was surrounded by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and threatened with jail because her headscarf wasn’t modest enough. Her father, having a position of respect in the community, managed to convince them to let her alone.
In high school, Sibel, being one to recognize the right to free speech and expression, wrote a critical essay on Turkish censorship laws. It was quickly rejected by the school administration, and turned into a scandal of sorts given her relation to local political leaders. This event would set the tone of her future and has been quoted as “the last straw” that prompted her decision to pursue happiness in a place where laws were built upon recognition of human rights.
In 1988, eighteen year old Sibel moved to the U.S. as a student, where she spent the next several years of her life working to attain citizenship and bachelor degrees in criminal justice and psychology from George Washington University, as well as her master’s in public policy and international commerce from George Mason University. She also has an Associate’s degree in Biology from Northern Virginia Community College.
Since 1993, Ms. Edmonds has been actively involved in various humanitarian efforts to include serving as Project Director for the Rostropovich Foundation (a non-profit humanitarian organization providing medical and food aid to children of the former Soviet Union), a volunteer for the Alexandria CASA program (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused children, and as an instructor and for the Alexandria Office on Women’s Domestic Violence Program.
Ms. Edmonds, being such a well educated model citizen, as well as fluent in Turkish, Farsi/Persian, English and Azerbaijani, made an ideal instrument in the Bush Administration’s “War On Terror”. Shortly after 9/11, she was approached by the FBI and offered a position as a Language Specialist. On September 20, 2001, she assumed her position as a contractor interpreting, among other things, tapped and recorded conversations of foreign diplomats.
While at the FBI, she discovered amongst her colleagues, corruption/ethics violations, and possible espionage surrounding information about key critical world events. When faced with this moral/ethical dilemma, she chose to blow the whistle. Her complaints were initially ignored. She was, however, persistent and eventually took her complaints to the Inspector General and Senate Judiciary Committee, thus sending a few shady individuals into a full blown panic. As an attempt to silence her, she was fired on the grounds of her being ‘disruptive’. She responded by filing a lawsuit against the FBI.
As I understand it, the FBI’s internal investigation concluded the legitimacy of her claims, which were thwarted by Attorney General Ashcroft via ‘State Secrets Privilege’ gag order, to include an order to block the case from being presented in court. She appealed, but was denied. She’s been deemed “the most gagged woman in US history”. Ultimately, the gag was lifted, and on August 8, 2009, she gave sworn testimony of treasonous activity among members of government.
(I have only summarized on her experiences with the DOJ as it is somewhat complex and requires a lengthy explanation. Rather than write a book, I’m only trying to give a proper introduction. For more information, I recommend exploring the links I’ve posted below, starting with the documentary “Kill The Messenger”)
“She is a modern day Paul Revere. She stood up and said ‘This is wrong!’, and they told her to shut up, and she just kept on talking. And they told her to shut up again, and took away her security clearance, took away her job, and she still just kept on talking.” – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Congresswoman (D-NY)
“You get to a point where it gets very complex, where you have money laundering activities, drug related activities, and terrorist support activities converging at certain points and becoming one.” – Sibel Edmonds
In August, 2004, she founded the National Security Whistle-blowers Coalition. Its primary purpose is to serve as an advocacy to national security whistle-blowers through reform efforts. You’ll find access to an assortment of articles, press advisory/releases, statements and interviews, etc., on the website.
In concert with NWBC is Justacitizen.com, where you can also find articles, press advisory/releases, statements and interviews.
Ms. Edmonds was the recipient of the 2004 Sam Adams Foundation Award from the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence, (a group of retired CIA officers). In 2006, She received the PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award, citing her “commitment to preserving the free flow of information in the United States in a time of growing international isolation and increasing government secrecy”.
Her most recent and current project is “Boiling Frogs Post – home of the irate minority” – “Boiling Frogs Post is an online news, editorial, analysis, and Podcast interview site covering select but significant blacked out stories and issues, while defying blinded partisanship. Each one of our partner investigative journalists brings 20+ years of investigative journalism experience in reporting controversial and daring topics. Our weekly Podcast interview series, the Boiling Frogs Show, features in depth original interviews with well-respected and controversial guests…”
I recommend giving BFP a visit as I do so regularly myself. Ms. Edmonds has expressed the good impressions left on her after visiting SUFA, citing the articles as “original, nicely written and very well reasoned”. I’m sure she’d be open to any participation or contributions (articles and donations) SUFA folks may offer to Boiling Frogs Post.
Let us show our support for Sibel as she continues to fight the good fight every day. She is unrelenting in her righteous endeavors to expose truth. She’s a shining example demonstrating the resiliency of the human spirit. She is corruption’s nemesis, its kryptonite.
She is a paladin of truth.
“…I’m trying to reach to all citizens in this country and say ‘Forget about me. This is not about Sibel Edmonds. This is not about a whistleblower losing her or his job, which itself is a very terrible thing. It sends a wrong message about doing the right thing. But even for now let’s put that aside, and to say ‘let’s go to the core issues. What was it that she reported, that caused all these gag orders, and firing, and threats? What was it? It was not about her. ’
What I reported had nothing to do with me. It had to do with the interest of the American public being stumped upon. It had to do with those who have been elected and given their authorities and power by this nation, by its citizens, betraying them. It has to do with those peoples who are using their positions in our executive branch agencies to obtain lucrative early retirement positions afterwards, to be representatives of foreign interests, …
… And that is, especially in some cases, criminal. That is not something that should be tolerated by this country, by this great country and its people. And we need to set an example of those people. We have the facts, we have the documents, we have the witnesses, and it’s time to do it. “
“ There are other agencies in this nation, in this government, with good conscientious people, who work there who should be saying enough is enough, it’s time to stand up. “
“We need to stop saying we can’t rock this boat when it needs to be rocked.”
– Sibel Edmonds
• Boiling Frogs Post – home of the irate minority – http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/
• Justacitizen.com – http://www.justacitizen.com/
• National Whistle Blowers Coalition – http://www.nswbc.org/index.htm
• Ms. Edmond’s Wikipedia page – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibel_Edmonds
• “Kill The Messenger” – http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6063340745569143497#
• Sibel Edmonds Interview – http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1371658179228971037#
• Deposition of FBI Translator / Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, Part 1 –
• Deposition of FBI Translator / Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, Part 2 –
• 60 Minutes – Lost In Translation – http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/10/25/60minutes/main526954.shtml
• American Conservative – Who’s afraid of Sibel Edmonds? – http://www.amconmag.com/article/2009/nov/01/00006/
• Vanity Fair – An Inconvenient Patriot – http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2005/09/edmonds200509
• The Washington Post – Sept. 11 Allegations Lost in Translation – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60651-2004Apr8.html
• The New York Times – Inspector General Rebukes F.B.I. Over Espionage Case and Firing of Whistle-Blower – http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9905E4D61438F936A25752C0A9639C8B63
• 9/11 Reports – Sibel Edmonds vs. The Nuclear Terrorists – http://911reports.wordpress.com/2008/08/16/sibel-edmonds-vs-the-nuclear-terrorists/