Dept. Quashed 9/11
Links To Global Drug Trade
7th June, 2004 Update 9amET
by Fintan Dunne,
live interview with
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Duration 30 mins
June 9, 2004
by John Rappoport
More Fake News
I want to put together, in a brief fashion, information
being reported by two
investigators I highly
respect: Mike Ruppert
and Fintan Dunne.
First, a very recent article
Fintan posted at his site,
Break For News involves
an interview he did with
Sibel Edmonds, the FBI
translator who is being
gagged by the US
now we know why.
She is talking about cartel-like activity, in which intell groups
of, and penetrate,
reporting this for years.
Even as a judge prepares
to permanently silence her, a former FBI translator of intelligence
has implicated the US State Department in quashing investigations
which had linked the 9/11 terrorist network to a global drug trafficking
Sibel Edmonds, whose closed-door revelations to Congressional inquiries
have been declared state secrets, says that as a result, FBI investigations
were ordered terminated.
"There are certain points..., where you have your drug related
activities combined with money laundering and information laundering,
converging with your terrorist activities," Ms. Edmonds told
- 7:00 min.)
"Certain investigations were being quashed, let's say per State
Department's request, because it would have affected certain foreign
relations [or] affected certain business relations with foreign organizations,"
she said in an exclusive interview. (Interview
- 4:00 min.)
"And, as it has been asserted within the state secret privilege...
That was something the State Department did not want to have."
- 15:30 min.)
Edmonds also indicated that the FBI's translation service had been
penetrated by an intelligence group not linked to any government.
"Intelligence is also gathered by certain semi-legitimate organizations
--to be used for their activities," said Edmonds. "It really
does not boil down to countries anymore...[ ] When you have activities
involving a lot of money, you have people from different nations involved....
It can be categorized under organized crime, but in a very large scale."
Because of a provisional gag order issued by Judge Reggie B. Walton
which prohibits revealing specific details, Edmonds can only paint
a picture in the broadest of brush strokes.
But her measured words hint at politically explosive connections between
criminal drug/intelligence networks, and the 9/11 attacks.
"You have [a] network of people who obtain certain information
and they take it out and sell it to... whomever would be the highest
bidder. Then you have people who would be bringing into the country
narcotics from the East, and their connections. [It] is only then
that you really see the big picture."
"And you see certain semi-legitimate organizations that may very
well have a legit front, but with very criminal illegitimate activities
--who start coming at you from these investigations."
"And the picture becomes, actually, very clear. Crystal
In December, 2001, a fellow translator with top security clearance
tried to recruit Edmonds to a semi-legitimate intelligence network
--part of an organization which was itself already a target of FBI
When Edmonds reported the recruitment approach to her superiors she
was fobbed off.
The translator was working on FBI material related to those investigations.
Because of that translator's activities, two top targets of FBI investigations
left the United States.
That is the type of critical failure undermining any serious investigation
of the 9/11 attacks which has emboldened Edmonds to continue to highlight
Edmonds has testified in closed sessions before the September 11th
Commission and both the Judiciary Committee and Select Intelligence
Committee of the U.S. Senate. Some lawmakers have huffed and puffed
over her revelations, but their rhetoric has proved to be just hot
No action has been taken by any of those bodies to substantially address
her concerns. Meanwhile the Department of Justice process is stalled
by the usual "awaiting a report" tactic.
Despite the disinterest of the FBI or its oversight mechanisms,
and the retrospective classification of her testimony to Congressional
inquiries as state secrets, Edmonds is resolute --and well past the
point of no return in her battle for the truth.
"Over two years have passed," she says. "I'm hoping
there will be at least one.. just one Congressman, one Senator, who
will be willing to take a stand, and come forward, and put out this
information.... And I'm still looking for that one courageous person."
Such a representative will be the exception to the current rule. By
way of illustration, Edmonds quotes a recent communication from an
"Sibel Edmonds will not make any friends in the Congress, if
she continues pressuring us and if she continues demanding action.
That's not how she will not make friends here -she will make only
With friends like that --who needs enemies.
"If they don't want to be pressured, then they should not run
for office," says Edmonds.
Unsurprisingly, Edmonds' evidence has languished in Congress.
Since October, 2002 the judge in her dismissal suit against the
FBI has allowed the government's state secret application to bind
her --without ever making his final determination on the issue.
However, as soon as the Motley Rice legal firm subpoenaed her for
it's legal suit on behalf of 9/11 victims' families, the government
went hotfoot to Bush-appointed Judge Reggie B. Walton, to seek to
bar her testimony from the case.
That was a panic move spurred by the prospect of her evidence becoming
public, says Edmonds.
Late last week, Judge Walton ordered the Department of Justice to
state why "sensitive information cannot be disentangled from
nonsensitive information," and why Edmonds cannot proceed with
If the FBI argues well, Edmond's case could be sunk. On 9th June,
the judge will hold an in camera session with government lawyers.
He is to announce a final decision on 14th June.
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Duration 30 mins
In his latest
order, Judge Walton admitted that denying Edmonds her day in court
would be "draconian."
Conversely, he also indicated his sympathy with the government's refusal
to allow disclosure of any intelligence, by citing a legal precedent:
"...Seemingly innocuous information can be... fitted into place
to reveal with starting clarity how the unseen whole must operate."
Perhaps Judge Walton reads the NY Times.
Last month, when an FBI official defended the agency's actions to
the NY Times, the terms used were strikingly similar to the words
of the judge, last week in his order.
"The problem is that while these pieces of information may look
innocuous on their own," the FBI official told the NY Times.
"You put them all together and it reveals a picture of sensitive
Maybe that coincidence arose because the judge and the FBI read the
same newspaper. Perhaps it's that they read the same legal books.
Or sing from the same hymn sheet.
And you thought the various 9/11 inquiries were after the truth?
Fintan Dunne, Editor BreakForNews.com
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Edmonds has testified before the Sept. 11 commission, the Senate Judiciary
Committee and the Senate Select Intelligence Committee.
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Politics of Heroin:
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Global Drug Trade
by Alfred W. McCoy
and George Bush
by Pete Brewton
Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina
by Peter Dale Scott
C O N S P I R A C Y
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Hard 9/11 Questions