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Sibel Edmonds and America's Secret War in Central Asia

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Two weeks ago, I wrote an article detailing why I believed Chicago Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D., I11) was the unnamed female legislator referred to in FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds' recent deposition in the Schmidt V. Krikorian case: The former FBI translator claimed in her testimony that a Congresswoman was a target of sexual blackmail by Turkish agents when it was discovered said Representative was bisexual. In an interview with the American Conservative that was released last Tuesday, Edmonds confirmed that Schakohwsky is indeed the anonymous congresswoman to whom she referred in her deposition. In addition, the former FBI translator put out another explosive item that she had previously not disclosed. Edmond claims there was a covert American operation in Central Asia from 1997 to 2001 that involved several members of the bin Laden family.

There were bin Ladens with the help of Paskitanis or Saudis, under our management. (State Department official) Marc Grossman was leading it, 100 percent, bringing people from East Turkestan into Kyrgyzstan, from Kyrgyzstan to Azerbaijan, from Azerbaijan some of them were being channeled to Chechnya, some of them were being channeled to Bosnia. From Turkey, they were putting all these bin Ladens on NATO planes. People and weapons went one way, drugs came back.

Although revelation that the U.S. government law may have had associations with al-Qaeda operatives, via Turkey, right up until 9/11, should have caused the most shock waves in the alternative media, the naming of Schakowsky as a possible lesbian was the item that was set off a furor on left wing web sites Daily KOS and Democratic Underground. Schakowsky herself appeared to use the 9/11 angle to discredit Edmonds and shield herself from scrutiny:

The American Conservative's most recent hit piece against Congresswoman Schakowsky is complete fantasy; cut from the same cloth as the stories by "birthers" that President Obama is not an American citizen. The source of this story subscribes to the bizarre conspiracy theory that elements of the United States government were involved in the 9/11 attacks["].

Yet, Edmonds was not speaking in the American Conservative of an 'inside job theory' about 9/11. The former FBI translator has always been clear she does not have all the answers to the tragic events that brought down the WorldTradeCenter. What Edmonds is doing with this statement is simply pushing the timeline out for when U.S. support for Islamic fundamentalists in Central Asia ceased: she is claiming this support did not actually end until September 11, 2001. Furthermore, Edmonds claims U.S. support for Islamic radicals was carried out with the help of Turkish paramilitary groups and that Turkish officials were aided the importation of al-Qaeda heroin into Europe and the United States.

A lot of drugs were going to Belgium with NATO planes. After that, they went to the UK, and a lot came to the U.S. via military planes to distribution centers in Chicago and Paterson, New Jersey. Turkish diplomats who would never be searched were coming with suitcases of heroin.

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