Feb 032011

Sibel Edmonds worked as a Turkish and Farsi translator for the FBI five days after 9/11.  Part of her job was to translate and transcribe recordings of conversations between suspected Turkish intelligence agents and their American contacts. She was fired from the FBI in April 2002 after she raised concerns that one of the translators in her section was a member of a Turkish organization that was under investigation for bribing senior government officials and members of Congress, drug trafficking, illegal weapons sales, money laundering, and nuclear proliferation. She appealed her termination, but was more alarmed that no effort was being made to address the corruption that she had been monitoring.

A Department of Justice inspector general’s report called Edmonds’s allegations “credible,” “serious,” and “warrant[ing] a thorough and careful review by the FBI.” Ranking Senate Judiciary Committee members Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have backed her publicly. “60 Minutes” launched an investigation of her claims and found them believable. No one has ever disproved any of Edmonds’s revelations, which she says can be verified by FBI investigative files.   

Because Attorney General John Ashcroft asserted a “state secret’s privilege” order on her, she was unable to speak publicly about what she was alleging.   Despite the gag, The 9/11 family members demanded that she give her lengthy testimony to the 9/11 Commission.   In the end the 9/11 Commission didn’t include Sibel’s important testimony in their final report.

Sibel Edmonds has recently described on her website testimony from Former FBI Language Specialist, Behrooz Sarshar, which was also censored by the 9/11 Commission.  Mr. Sarshar, in his position as FBI interpreter/translator, attended a meeting between a long-term, reliable FBI asset and two additional FBI agents from the Washington Field Office. That FBI asset told the two FBI agents that his sources in Afghanistan had information of an al-Qaeda plot to attack America in a suicide mission involving planes. See  http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2011/02/01/the-fbi-%e2%80%9ckamikaze-pilots%e2%80%9d-case/

In light of  this revelation, Members of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee have now publically asked for a prompt response from the former Chairman and the Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission regarding this censorship.

More Information about Sibel Edmonds and her testimony and that of Mr Sarshar here http://visibility911.com/jongold/?p=126