FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds Subpoenaed, Set to 'Break' Gag Order Unless DoJ Intercedes

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Former agency translator called to testify in Ohio election case this Saturday on Turkish infiltration of U.S. government...

Unless the Dept. of Justice re-invokes their twice-invoked "state secrets privilege" claim in order to once again gag former FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, her attorneys have notified the department by hand-delivered, sworn letter of declaration this week, that she intends to give a public deposition, open to the media, in response to a subpoena this Saturday in Washington D.C..

Edmonds has confirmed her intentions to answer any questions asked of her during the sworn proceedings, fully and publicly, during conversations with The BRAD BLOG this week. She notes that her agreement with her former employer, the FBI --- who fired her illegally after she filed whistleblower allegations about corruption and foreign infiltration in the linguistics department --- includes certain non-disclosure requirements. However, those requirements do not preclude her answering to a legally issued court subpoena.

The subpoena and request for sworn deposition is part of a case now pending before the Ohio Elections Commission in which Ohio's Republican U.S. Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (R-2nd District) has filed a complaint against her 2008 independent challenger, David Krikorian who Schmidt has charged distributed false statements about her during last year's campaign...

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7341


Apparently took down her site.

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?

Streisand effect

"Hell hath no fury like a

"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" goes the old saying. I would say when the woman is an incredibly capable, intelligent, righteous and determined Patriot, you better be careful if you decide to cross her. These treasonous creeps who decided to mess with Sibel Edmonds (and America) deserve everything they are gonna get - from all of us. Thank you Sibel Edmonds.

I just got banned from Alternet. I know now how Sibel feels.

I've been banned from Alternet. I have pretty consistently commented on any articles about war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, or torture, with mentions of what brought all of this to us: 9/11. I've mentioned that Alternet will not present any of the piles of evidence that proves the official story to be false. My comments have been spammed by trolls like GuitarBill and others, sometimes ten or fifteen comments from GuitarBill, all of them very insulting and vulgar.
That commenter has not been banned.
My comments have never been vulgar and far less insulting to anyone than those comments by the trolls.
And yet I have been banned.

The last article was one by Daniel Ellsberg, whom I call a great American hero. It is pretty typical of my comments. I guess this one got me banned. Go and see it at http://www.alternet.org/world/141822/hiroshima_day%3A_america_has_been_a...

Our message, the truth of 9/11, is not just banned by the mainstream press. It is banned and censored by venues that I'm sure all of us thought would be sympathetic, like DemocracyNow, Alternet, antiwar.com, MotherJones, the Nation, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, Truthout, and others.
THIS is our opposition. THIS censorship is what has ensured that 9/11 truth remains on fringe websites. It is time we realize that our opposition is NOT just Fox, or CNN and the NYTimes. It is the alternative media, the liberal press, whatever you want to call it.

I keep hearing about how the internet has ensured a real democracy, because the truth gets out. Well, it may get out to a few who search for it, but those who control the press, including the internet websites with any circulation at all, have the same kind of control and censorship that has always gone on.

Will the 9/11 truth story die out just like the JFK truth story died out until it was mostly meaningless..............because the press refused to investigate? I think it will. I think it will, unless we can put the pressure on our "opposition".............the alternative press...........to present the truth.

Don't let Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales and Patrick Cockburn and the rest hide behind a reputation of brave journalism when they are censoring the truth just like Fox.

Here is the email I got from Alternet:

Subject: AlterNet commenting privileges suspended

Sent By
banned@alternet.org On: August 7, 2009 4:45 PM

To: pfgetty@embarqmail.com

Responses to this email address will not be received.

Grounds: Violations of AlterNet's community policies and/or complaints from other readers.


One slight correction--it's Alexander Cockburn, not his brother Patrick, who's the editor of Counterpunch. Patrick Cockburn, if I'm not mistaken, has done some good reporting from the ground in occupied Iraq, and don't know if he's ever weighed in where the truth of 9/11 is concerned.

I guess it is alex, then

But he had some insulting words to say about 9/11 truthers, as has Joshua Holland of Alternet.

And, really, I don't care if someone has done some good reporting from the ground in Iraq, or let us know about WMD truth when others didn't.
I was fooled for too long that any of these journalists could give us the truth about 9/11. None of them have. They have censored vital information from the American people: that the war on terror is phoney and based on a lie. And so, quite simply, they are responsible for the deaths and maimings of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Are they really so much different from Bush/Cheney?

I knew

that eventually they would attack the internet. Expect more of it. They want to control all information. They own the MSM now they are after the net. I hear in China they firewall quite a few sites already. Personally I think it's to late. The cat is out of the bag.

Tor, Freenet

Blog is up

Yes, Her blog is up..

There is a posting as recent as yesterday. Maybe a technical issue?


"To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful." - Edward R. Murrow

I think she's not allowed to post there?

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?

I have just mirrored

five pages of that blog. I believe that is all of it.

If you want a quick way to do this yourself (you'll have a copy that looks just like the original stored locally) install the "Scrapbook" plug-in for Firefox. You'll need to click on "older posts" five times to get all the pages and click "Save" each time.

If necessary, I will zip that and put a torrent up. They can't stop it, trust me. =)

she posts on her blog


Its up for now

But Google has given her 20 days to prove that her site is not spam, pending review. If its found to be a spam site, they'll remove it.

“The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

How do you know?

How do you know about the 20 days?

Also, I tried sending out links of this story from Brad Blog and her site and I wasn't allowed to send them because Verizon (my ISP) is calling it spam. Is any other Verizon user else having similar problems?

Could you

describe in detail what you were doing and what happened? Were you using webmail? An e-mail client?

They may have inserted her blog onto a spam blacklist, which amounts to an effective information warfare tactic with the added bonus of plausible deniability. ("It must have been accidental")

Sibel Edmonds's comments:



Blogger has blocked this site...I got an e-mail from them...I need your help! I have a post on this and more, and the timing is absoultely suspect. Please e-mail me, so that I can send you my post & have you disseminate it for me: sibel@justacitizen.com

This took place after my Subpoena & the last 2 explosive radio interviews conducted by phone..."


"Mizgin, yes. Unable to post, and it will be removed permanantly by them in 20 days. I am preparing an alert to be posted on my www.justacitizen.com site in the next few minutes. I'll post the e-mail they sent me (Google-Blogger).

Of course. I was planning to have miirror site anyway, but did not expect this to happen now, during this critical time (subpoena, deposition...), and two days before I leave!!!

We need to warn every one about this....

I'll send you a notice with my justacitizen post"



Your blog at: http://123realchange.blogspot.com/ has been identified as a potential spam blog. To correct this, please request a review by filling out the form at http://www.blogger.com/unlock-blog.g?lockedBlogID=6542765284440328864

Your blog will be deleted in 20 days if it isn't reviewed, and your readers will see a warning page during this time. After we receive your request, we'll review your blog and unlock it within two business days. Once we have reviewed and determined your blog is not spam, the blog will be unlocked and the message in your Blogger dashboard will no longer be displayed. If this blog doesn't belong to you, you don't have to do anything, and any other blogs you may have won't be affected."


"Update: Now my Twitter account is blocked.

My alert is posted here: www.justacitizen.com

Please disseminate...thanks,

sibel Edmonds"


"Another Update:

Twitter is working; that problem had nothing to do with me (Thank God!).

I am still blocked/suspended from posting by Blogger, and this will be the case until Tuesday (they say 2 business days before they review the case!). After Tuesday: I have no idea if it will get resolved. I promise you: upon my return I'll have a safer new blog site, and I will be Goggle's numero uno enemy!!!!!!!"

thanks SnowCrash

No, I was not using webmail. I simply created a new email in Entourage and cc'd about six people.

--the first one I tried I merely copied two URL links (123Change and Brad Blog) and I got an error message saying it was suspected of being spam
--then I did the same thing and just sent it to myself -- same error message
--then I copied and pasted the text into an email -- same result
--then I copied the the text into an email and stripped it of URL links -- same result

Finally I sent only the Daily Kos story and link and it went through.

"I'm sure it's accidental"

How do we ensure

she is asked the right questions?

That's a hard question...

I would think that the attorney involved would look up everything there is to know about her before he questions her. Same goes for both sides. They may even try to discredit what she says in some way. I don't know. If they don't enforce the gag beforehand. I think it would certainly make for interesting news if they did enforce it.

Edit: I could hear it now...

Opposition Attorney: "Mrs. Edmonds, did the Supreme Court throw out your case?"

Sibel Edmonds: "Yes."

Opposition Attorney: "I have no further questions your honor. It is obvious that if the Supreme Court threw out her case, then she is not a credible witness."

Something stupid like that. :)

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?

Here's an update...


"Their press release [PDF], to be issued publicly later today, accuses the FBI and DoJ of attempting "censorship" and trying to "silence [a] whistleblower".

Edit: From Sibel's Facebook post... UPDATE: DOJ Pressures Ohio Elections Commission to immediately withdraw their subpoena order because DC is not within their jurisdiction...

Edit: Here another update...


Edit: Seems like the "powers that be" don't want Sibel to speak.

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?

Brad Blog is live blogging the hearings

from a reporter on the scene

" "From my opinion, if I'm some of the current members of Congress, I'd be very very worried about the information that's going to come out of this. There are current members of Congress that she has implicated in bribery, espionage. It's not good. It's crazy, it's absolutely crazy. 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.

[Which current members have been implicated?]

[Dan] Burton (R-IN), described as basically accepting bribes and involved in espionage for the Turkish government...she could not discuss the extremely illegal activities that Mr. Burton committed against U.S. interests, as she put it.

Also, a current female Democratic [ed note: I misheard, he later said he didn't know if she was Dem or Rep] member of Congress who has been blackmailed by the Turkish Government...called a 'hooking exercise'...she's apparently bi-sexual and they bugged her apartment, she's married with children, and they set up a relationship with another female who went in and had sexual relationships with her. And they had all the episodes bugged within this current Representatives home and they blackmailed her. ... She wouldn't give her name, but her photograph [is the one with the question mark on it in the "Sibel Edmonds Rogue Gallery" ] .

The context of the discussion was that this particular Representative was amenable to passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution. And then based on this 'hooking' operation, changed her position. She was reluctant to put this person's name on record.

[Other people implicated included] Livingston (R-TX), Hastert (R-IL), Dick Gephardt (D-MO), other non-Congressional members, people like Brent Scowcroft, other appointed members of the U.S. government.

One of the reasons we sought her testimony is especially for these reasons. I can tell you that counsel for Schmidt has been objecting to much of the testimony. I stopped counting the number of objections that were raised. But, she's an extremely credible witness, she knows a lot about what happened. She's implicated Turkish organizations operating in the U.S. with both overt and covert operations.

[Q: Which ones?]

ATC, ATAA, TACO...She talked about how she was recruited to join these operations, she talked about the fact that the Inspector General's report exonerated her, she talked about the circumstances around her dismissal, she talked about the fact that these the fact that these Turkish American operations were, she said in her words 'all receiving support from the Turkish government'.

She talks about one of the main lobby issues is suppressing U.S. media coverage of the Armenian Genocide and preventing the Armenian Genocide resolution in Congress from passing. She said very very strongly that is one of their major issues.

She also attested there is no credible opposition to the historical facts of the Armenian genocide, that it's only coming from Turkey.

[Ed note: Edmonds was raised in Turkey, though is a U.S. citizen. Krikorian is of Armenian dissent. Schmidt is neither, but she is co-chair of the Congressional Turkish Caucus.]

Did not have very flattering things to say about former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. ... Actually, I stopped taking notes because I was o fascinated by what she was saying. ... She talked about the Rand Corp., Brewster-Jennings, nuclear secrets...

Frankly it's disappointing that things like this are happening in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Is it a huge surprise? No. Should it be tolerated? Absolutely not. I can't imagine George Washington and Thomas Jefferson allowing this sort of thing to go on in the Republic that they created. I cannot imagine it.

We're talking about High Crimes against the United States government. If the Government is aware of these High Crimes and doesn't prosecute them, I'm not sure what can be said about this.


[Q: Do you predict problems with Democrats whose support you will need when running against Schmidt as a Dem in 2010?]

Problem with Democrats...?

Well, Mr. Gephardt and Mr. Solarz are no longer Representatives of the U.S. House of Representatives. I think it would be extremely naive and the height of folly for the Democratic leadership to suggest for a moment that Democrats aren't also corrupt. I don't mean as an entirety, but that there aren't corrupt members of the Democrat caucus. I think there was a recent Democrat down south somewhere who was found with thirty thousand dollars cash in his freezer, or whatever.

If Democratic National Committee or the DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Comm.] came out and said, 'hey, we're entirely clean and there's no fault on us', I think the American public would laugh at them. So, this is not an indictment of one party or the other. This is about standing up for what's right for the country, and what is right for the citizens of our country.

Again, I ran as an independent last time [in 2008]. I'm running as a Democrat [in 2010] because I think right now they're probably the better of the two parties. But nevertheless, I don't necessarily buy into the fact that they're without blood on their hands...

[Q: Did she implicate any sitting Democrats?]

She did not indicate any names of any currently serving Democrats that I'm aware. [Though he wasn't certain if the unnamed female Representative was either Democratic or Republican]."

I look forward to...

The video. Where's the media?

Congratulations to Sibel Edmonds. I look forward to a time when she is called to testify about 9/11.

Edit: In all honesty, I think Sibel unlocks the door to the "system" that brought us 9/11. Does she have intimate knowledge of who was responsible, and how it was done? No. However, based on what I know, or have researched, I think what she has to say is incredibly important.

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?

I think that's funny...

Because they probably think she's "safe" to report on.

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?

update: By Brad Friedman on 8/7/2009 8:06PM


By Brad Friedman on 8/7/2009 8:06PM
EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: DoJ Pressures Ohio Election Commission to Block Edmonds Testimony
Long-gagged FBI whistleblower re-iterates request for citizen media in D.C. to show up at Saturday morning deposition...

The DoJ is now jumping into action, at least on behalf of covering the FBI's rear, if not yet to issue any "states secrets" claims to stop the scheduled testimony of FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds in D.C. tomorrow morning in the Ohio Election Commission (OEC) case of Schmidt v. Krikorian.

For background, first see Wednesday night's report:
• FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds Subpoenaed, Set to 'Break' Gag Order Unless DoJ Intercedes
Former agency translator called to testify in Ohio election case this Saturday on Turkish infiltration of U.S. government...

...and then today's update:
• EXCLUSIVE: FBI Attempts to Block Edmonds Testimony in OH Election Case; Attorneys Say Effort Insufficient to Stop Her
Whistleblower org says FBI/DoJ attempting 'censorship,' trying to 'silence whistleblower' answering 'lawful subpoena'

Tonight Arthur Goldberg of the DoJ's civil division sent a letter to the OEC's Executive Director Philip C. Richter, and Richter has replied. Both letters are downloadable below, and the text is posted there as well.

In short, the DoJ has informed the OEC that Edmonds has "not complied with the procedures for obtaining authorization from the FBI, her former employer, prior to making any disclosure relating to information that she acquired in the course of her work for the FBI. Therefore, she is not authorized to testify at the deposition."

Edmonds and her attorneys argued earlier today in their letter to the FBI (see today's earlier story and documents) that her employment agreements do not preclude her from answering a lawful subpoena, which they consider this to be, nor further do those agreements require approval from the FBI for oral, versus written, testimony. She was subpoenaed earlier this week on behalf of candidate David Krikorian, who is defending himself in an OEC "false statements" claim by U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH-2nd).

The DoJ further claims in its letter that the OEC's subpoena is not enforceable, because the deposition is to take place outside of Ohio.

In response, the OEC has said it will not enforce the subpoena, but it has not withdrawn it, either. Thus, it seems, Krikorian is still within his rights to carry out the deposition at this time, and Edmonds tells The BRAD BLOG she plans on being there in the morning to answer it.

As we reported earlier today, the National Whistleblowers Legal Defense & Education Fund, representing Edmonds, issued a statement [PDF] today blasting the FBI and DoJ's attempts to block Edmonds' testimony as "censorship" and trying to "silence [a] whistleblower."
The Bush Administration's DoJ had twice invoked the "state secrets" privilege in order to gag Edmonds, to keep her from testifying on matters they argued were of national security. So far, however, the Obama Administration's DoJ has failed to re-invoke that privilege, though it's possible it still could do so prior to tomorrow's testimony.

In a brief conversation with Edmonds moments ago, she re-iterated her belief that the "MSM will be a no-show tomorrow," and therefore says "citizen journalists are needed" to cover what may happen at the deposition. Both she and Krikorian, as well as attorneys from all sides, will be available to answer questions from media --- both corporate and citizen --- before and after the scheduled deposition tomorrow. It is slated to begin at 10:30am Saturday morning (8/8/09) at the National Whistleblowers Center, 3238 P St. NW, in Washington D.C..

more: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7346

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