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Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI language specialist, was terminated from the bureau after reporting security breaches, cover-up, and blocking of intelligence with national security implications. Since that time, court proceedings in her whistleblower case have been blocked by the imposition of ?State Secret Privilege,? and Congress has been prevented from discussion of her case through retroactive reclassification by the Department of Justice. Edmonds, fluent in Turkish, Farsi and Azerbaijani; holds an MA in Public Policy and International Commerce from George Mason University, and a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University.
Establishment-Made Heroes, Blind Seekers of Saviors & Suckers
The real majority believe with a blind and unshakable faith. Because they want to believe. Because they want saviors. Because they want heroes. Again, no matter how many facts you give them, no matter how many contradictions you show them, no matter how much historical context you provide them with, they are going to hold on to their beliefs.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011(5 comments)
Rescind President Obama's 'Transparency Award' Now
Obama has invoked baseless and unconstitutional executive secrecy to quash legal inquiries into secret illegalities more often than any predecessor. The list of this president's invocations of the "state secrets privilege" has already resulted in shutting down lawsuits involving the National Security Agency's illegal wiretapping
The Divine Rights of the US Federal Government
The Divine Right of Kings doctrine has been back for quite some time, and has been expanding at an exponential rate during the last decade -- with a slight change in name: The Divine Rights of the US Federal Government.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011(35 comments)
The FBI "Kamikaze Pilots" Case; Omitted From 911 Commission Report
Former FBI whistleblower, Sibel Edmonds,releases transcript of testimony by former FBI Language Specialist, Behrooz Sarshar, regarding 9/11 and "Kamikaze Pilots." Though Sarshar provided info to the 9/11 Commission, the Commission's final report did not mention this documented testimony and they have failed to respond to a request concerning it by the 9/11 Family Steering Committee.
In the Name of a General, his Son, a Spook & the Godmother of Neocons
No matter what, with this kind of foundation, nothing will change for us, the ordinary Americans. Our tax dollars will go to the Wardaks or Wardaks-like parasites. Our soldiers will lose arms and legs, or their lives. The Afghani civilians will continue to suffer death, destruction, and chaos.
Bombing Afghanistan: Where Have All the Photos Gone
Maybe releasing the photographs of the nameless unrepresented victims of these airstrikes should be as important as those of torture. Because, from what I see, they and their loss of lives have been reduced to some petty number to fight about.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009(2 comments)
The Current Battle against State Secrets Privilege
Abuse of State Secrets Privilege is unlikely to be checked by congress without public pressure. "Contrary to what they may claim in order to pacify the recent 'Anti State Secrets Privilege' movement, the Congress does not want to deal with this issue. And this applies to members of both parties...of course we will hold a couple of hearings and show we have investigated and reviewed cases..." (Unnamed congressional staffer.)
Friday, May 22, 2009(44 comments)
Two Sides of the Same Coin: Heads-Heads
During the campaign, many disregarded Pres Candidate Obama's past record. Some continued their reluctant support after candidate Obama became grand finalist and prayed for the best. And a few still continue their rationalizing and defense, with illogical excuses such as he's only been in office x days. Edmonds takes the position that if he can do this much damage to our civil liberties, democracy, etc., then god help what...
Monday, May 4, 2009(29 comments)
In Congress We Trust... Not
Jane Harmon told a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department to reduce espionage-related charges against two former officials of AIPAC. The Israeli agent pledged to help lobby for Harman to become chairwoman of the House Intelligence Committee. The Duopoly unites in blocking public attempts to investigate Congressional crimes. It's all for one and one for all.
Kill The Messenger
"Kill the Messenger," a documentary produced by Zadig Productions, directed by French filmmakers Mathieu Verboud and Jean Robert Viallet, is scheduled to air on Canal + in France on September 19, 2006. The film will also be aired in Belgium, on BeTV, and Australia, on SBS, this fall. The documentary explores the abuses behind the State Secrets Privilege as invoked in FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds' case
Friday, September 15, 2006
Whistleblower Organizations Urge the House Chairman against S.494
In a letter sent today the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition together with a Consortium of other whistleblower organizations urged Congressman Duncan Hunter, Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services, to support house substitute for ineffective Senate Amendment which will not protect national security during the final conference on the 2007 Defense Authorization Act
GOP SENATORS SUPPORT IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICIAL SECRET'S ACT
Senators Rick Santorum, R-PA, and Conrad Burns, R-MT, support implementation of Official Secret's Act, S.3774, introduced yesterday by Senator Christopher Bond, R-MO, to criminalize the unauthorized disclosure of classified information. Bond's bill seeks to enable the Executive Branch in prosecuting individuals engaged in disclosure of government secrets.
Rumsfeld Subpoenaed By Bi-Partisan House Govt Reform Committee
the House Government Reform Committee issued a subpoena on Friday to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld concerning the case of Army Specialist Samuel Provance. In 2004, Spc. Provance blew the whistle on detainee abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Whistleblowers Hold House & Senate Members Responsible
We, the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, together with whistleblower members of our partner coalitions, consider it our duty to advise Americans of these representatives' collusion with government and private interests to the detriment of the People.
Federal Judge in Libby Trial Deliberately Hides Financial Background
Edmonds motion for recusal is based on Judge Waltons pursuit of secrecy in his required yearly financial disclosure by redacting his entire disclosure statement, his deference to secrecy in his rulings on Edmonds previous claims where he was the presiding judge, and the unusual operations of the case assignment system concerning Edmonds cases.
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Whistleblowers Are Not Protected, Mr. Goss
Dear Mr. Goss, the timing of your recent op-ed in the New York Times interestingly coincides with the upcoming congressional hearing by the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats & International Relations on National Security Whistleblowers.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Sibel Edmonds: Illegal & Indiscriminate Spying Hurts Our National Security, Here is Why
Mr. President, please stop. You are damaging our national security and simultaneously destroying what makes us American in mind and soul; our Bill of Rights. Remember what you told us just a few days after 9/11: The terrorists hate our way of life, and they want to take it away from us. Mr. President, they havent, you beat them to that result.
NSWBC Call to Patriotic Duty
Rather than complying with classification and secrecy orders designed to protect officials engaging in criminal conduct, whistleblowers chose to risk their livelihoods and the wrath of their agencies to get the truth out. But will they be listened to by those who are charged with accountability?