Sibel Edmonds testimony in Ohio congressional case exposes Turkish blackmail & espionage complex, Valerie Plame, Jan Shakowsky..

Sibel Edmonds testimony in Ohio congressional case exposes Turkish blackmail & espionage complex, Valerie Plame, Jan Shakowsky and the whole ball o' wax

Allegations of espionage, sexual blackmail control of sitting members of Congress, the bribery of members of Congress, Dennis Hastert, Roy Blunt, and Tom Lantos, are all in the mix.

The American Turkish Council, AIPAC and the foreign lobbyist layer all stand to catch a lot of heat from the Sibel Edmonds case.

Interesting stuff finally released on the Sibel Edmonds case. Edmonds ended up testifying about the Turkish espionage complex and a ton of shady business. Edmonds defied the State Secrets privilege that was imposed after Edmonds became the first 9/11 whistleblower.

She testified about a contentious Ohio election -- one candidate accused the other of shady Turkish ties. Edmonds, being the expert on Turkish schemes, got to slip out of her gag via the lawsuit of Krikorian vs. Rep. Jean Schmidt.

Chair of US House Intelligence oversight controlled by Turkish sexual blackmail!?

At this point, why not? The name-dropping has only been done by Wayne Madsen, and rather pointedly, the proprietor of BradBlog doesn't want to go there.

One interesting tangent: Apparently Democratic U.S. Rep. Jan Shakowsky was entrapped by a classic Turkish intelligence 'honeypot' operation, and was seduced by a female Turkish operative in a bugged/taped house, thus enabling the Turks to blackmail her over an apparent lesbian indiscretion.

If true, this would be quite an epic example of how foreign intelligence operatives can create 'control files' over members of Congress. In the tactics of what you might call the 'Intelligence Power,' creating control files over members of Congress is a critical activity.

Today, Shakowsky is the Chairwoman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight - one might suspect this would make grilling the CIA over torture more difficult. And you won't see Shakowsky messing with the Turks or AIPAC anytime soon. Which is too bad, because she seems pretty cool.


Here's the PDF of the transcript Krikorian v. Schmidt!

Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds Ohio deposition (Schmidt v. Krikorian)

This is the root stuff about one of the most salient layers of the Bush Administration's shady underbrush, the hustles and the foreign intelligence games that connect with 9/11, the Valerie Plame/Brewster Jennings affair.

Also getting exposed, a bunch of shady plays involving, as she noted in an oblique way, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Eric Edelman, Marc Grossman, Brent Scowcroft, Larry Franklin, Dennis Hastert, Roy Blunt, Dan Burton, Tom Lantos, Bob Livingston, Stephen Solarz, Graham Fuller, neoconservative wonks David Makovsky, Alan Makovsky, and Turkic operative types Yusuf Turani, Sabri Sayari, Mehmet Eymur, are all involved.

Sibel Edmonds was tasked to listen to certain phone lines that carried foreign language conversations, by translating material from wiretaps in the FBI translation office. It transpired that Edmonds noticed that Melek Can Dickerson, who was of superior rank in FBI translation, was covering up the contents of wiretaps. Then Dickerson tried to get Edmonds to join the American Turkish Council.

The American Turkish Council (ATC) is the leading establishment Turkish foreign lobby, closely linked with AIPAC -- Turkey's and Israel's political establishments share a lot of strategic interests, and this has been reflected in what they've been up to in Washington over the years.

Valerie Plame, Scooter Libby, Marc Rich and the nexus of nuclear smuggling and who knows what

Sibel Edmonds attempted to inform Congress about the FBI getting penetrated by the foreign espionage conspiracy, after she tried to address her concerns within the FBI, via Inspectors General etc.

But it got nowhere fast, in early 2002. Edmonds got the States Secrets privilege-style gag from Attorney General Ashcroft, but the FBI Inspector General has released an unclassified version of their report that substantiates Edmonds' claims about Dickerson's espionage activities on behalf of the ATC and Turkey.

However, things get deeper from here.

It appears that the CIA's anti-proliferation people, in particular Valerie Plame and the Non-Official Cover people at the fake 'proprietary' or front, Brewster-Jennings, were tracking a ring of agents of foreign powers, neo-conservatives and various Washington operatives, who were involved somehow in terrorism financing, drug trafficking and nuclear smuggling.

On the surface, Valerie Plame and Scooter Libby were the two big figures in the flap -- but what's often forgotten is that Libby was the attorney for noted international criminal financier Marc Rich. Rich has cooperated often with Viktor Bout, the world's most notorious arms trafficker. Rich and Bout are both part of a far-flung global criminal mafia, known roughly (including to the Justice Department) as the Russian-Israeli Mafia.

So the idea is that Plame and Brewster-Jennings were a threat to the continued operations of the mafia, as well as its friends in the Turkish establishment. Rich and Dick Cheney took out Brewster-Jennings to defend the criminal network, not just for the petty reasons of making Plame's husband look bad.

"Covert activities" of the Turkish lobby "many of which may not be legal"

ATAA and the ATC, as well as TACA, are specified by Edmonds as part of the alphabet soup of Turkish overt organizations that the FBI was interested. Edmonds says that she knew the ATC was a target of the FBI counterintelligence operations.

A ton of stuff got spelled out about the bribes and everything in the deposition, things long covered up via the States Secret privilege.

By the way it turns out that former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert was really into some gay stuff, and very blackmailable about it as well. (Thus he shot down Armenian Genocide resolutions &etc.)

Here are the deposition videos:

Part 1, 51 minutes, direct (friendly) questions with a lot of interruptions from the nasty other attorney.

Sibel Edmonds Deposition, 8/8/09: PART 1 of 5 from Velvet Revolution on Vimeo.

Part 2, 35 minutes - more direct questions:

Sibel Edmonds Deposition, 8/8/09: PART 2 of 5 from Justice Through Music on Vimeo.

Part 3 - 17 minutes, more direct questions:

Sibel Edmonds Deposition, 8/8/09: PART 3 of 5 from Justice Through Music on Vimeo.

Part 4 - 43 minutes cross examination - hostile:

Sibel Edmonds Deposition, 8/8/09: PART 4 of 5 from Justice Through Music on Vimeo.

Part 5 - 54 minutes redirect & recross

Sibel Edmonds Deposition, 8/8/09: PART 5 of 5 from Justice Through Music on Vimeo.

Here are a few grafs from BradBlog rounding out the subject.

The BRAD BLOG covered details of some of Edmonds' startling disclosures made during the deposition, as it happened, in our live blog coverage from August 8th. The deposition included criminal allegations against specifically named members of Congress. Among those named by Edmonds as part of a broad criminal conspiracy: Reps. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Dan Burton (R-IN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Bob Livingston (R-LA), Stephen Solarz (D-NY), Tom Lantos (D-CA), as well as an unnamed, still-serving Congresswoman (D) said to have been secretly videotaped, for blackmail purposes, during a lesbian affair.

High-ranking officials from the Bush Administration named in her testimony, as part of the criminal conspiracy on behalf of agents of the Government of Turkey, include Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz, Marc Grossman, and others.

During the deposition --- which we are still going through ourselves --- Edmonds discusses covert "activities" by Turkish entities "that would involve trying to obtain very sensitive, classified, highly classified U.S. intelligence information, weapons technology information, classified Congressional records...recruiting key U.S. individuals with access to highly sensitive information, blackmailing, bribery."

Speaking about current members of Congress during a break in the testimony,Krikorian told The BRAD BLOG that "for people in power situations in the United States, who know about this information, if they don't take action against it, in my opinion, it's negligence." (More video statements from Krikorian, Edmonds and attorneys from all parties, taped before, during, and after the 8/8/09 testimony, areavailable here.)

Edmonds' on-the-record disclosures also include bombshell details concerning outed covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson's front company, Brewster Jennings. Edmonds alleges the front company had actually been shut down in August of 2001 --- three years prior to Bob Novak's public disclosure of the covert operative's identity --- following a tip-off to a wire-tap target about the true nature of the CIA front company. The cover was blown, Edmonds alleges, by Marc Grossman, who was, at the time, the third highest-ranking official in the U.S. State Department. Prior to that, Grossman served as ambassador to Turkey. He now works "for a Turkish company called Ihals Holding," according to Edmonds' testimony.

An unclassified FBI Inspector General's report, released on her case in 2005, declared Edmonds' classified allegations to be "credible," "serious," and "warrant[ing] a thorough and careful review by the FBI." In 2002, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-NE) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), then the senior members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, co-wrote letters on Edmonds' behalf to Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and DoJ Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, calling on all of them to take action in respect to her allegations. And in a 2002 60 Minutesreport on Edmonds' case, Grassley noted: "Absolutely, she's credible...And the reason I feel she's very credible is because people within the FBI have corroborated a lot of her story."

The 8/8/09 deposition was brought by Krikorian as part of his defense in a case filed against him before the Ohio Election Commission (OEC) by Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH). The 2nd district Congresswoman has accused Krikorian, an Armenian-American who ran against her as an independent in 2008, of "false statements" during the campaign last year alleging that she had accepted "blood money" from Turkish interests. Krikorian says that Schmidt, co-chair of the Congressional Turkish Committee, accepted more money from Turkish interests during last year's campaign than any other member of Congress, despite few, if any, ethnic Turks among her local constituency. He has suggested she may have been instrumental in helping to hold off a Congressional vote on a long-proposed, much-disputed resolution declaring the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians during WWI as a "genocide" by the Turks.

Edmonds herself happens to be a Turkish-American, though she was recently attacked by the Turkish Lobby, following her long-sought, long-blocked testimony.

All right, not too bad! I am trying to work some angles on this case, so please standby on it. Digg this post if you like :)

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