Updated: Nov. 10, 2012 added videos of the podcast. May 8, 2012 added a video
by Peter B. Collins
Peter B. Collins Show
May 2 and 4, 2012
Sibel Edmonds explains why she wrote Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story and shares some anecdotes as she encountered corruption and espionage in the FBI’s Language Unit. Edmonds has become a friend and colleague of your humble host since we began talking in 2005. She was hired as a translator right after 9/11, and soon encountered corruption in that unit. When an agent for Turkey joined her department, tried to recruit Edmonds, and was exposed for protecting individuals and groups from scrutiny, Sibel reported to superiors as required by her employment contract and security clearance. This led to incredible waves of retaliation as FBI management worked to cover up her revelations and punish her as an example to other employees. In this first installment of our 2-part interview, Edmonds explains why she wrote the book, rejections from publishers who were intimidated by the government, and efforts by the FBI to block publication of this book.
Get more information and order the book here.
In this second interview installment, Sibel Edmonds reveals many of the dramatic episodes related to her reports to superiors of an active spy in the FBI Language Unit, and the unprecedented retaliation and coverup. Based on her new book, Classified Woman, Sibel Edmonds shares many details of her disclosures of espionage at the FBI, the ensuing coverup, and the failures on Congress, the courts and the media to address the pattern of wrongdoing. Starting with her immediate supervisors, she also reported the breach to Special Agent in Charge Thomas Frields–who made it clear he intended to cover it up. Frields tried to intercept a letter from Edmonds to Asst. Director Dale Watson, but was too late. Edmonds also talks about her attempts to expose the spying and the coverup to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), then chair of Government Oversight Committee. Waxman and his staff showed deep interest, until Edmonds explained that her information implicated top government officials–including Democrats in Congress. At that point, they ignored her and their promises to hold hearings. She also talks about the media–including 60 Minutes–and its failure to report abuses by government officials. And she gives us a recap of the evil State Secrets Privilege and how is was used to gag her.
Be sure to listen to the last 10 minutes or so, as Sibel gives a powerful summation of her ordeal and how it has changed her views of her country and its government.
May 8, 2012 by corbettreport
Despite the remarkable efforts to suppress the story, or perhaps because of them, the narrative of what Sibel Edmonds had to say finally began to emerge, less due to the occasional efforts of mainstream media organizations or supposed whistleblower organizations than through the diligent, painstaking efforts of independent journalists, radio hosts and documentary filmmakers who were willing to persist despite overwhelming odds.
Find out more about the quest to bring Sibel Edmonds’ story to light in this week’s Eyeopener report from BoilingFrogsPost.com
Ungagged: Telling the Sibel Edmonds Story
From the archives:
- Sibel Edmonds: Obama administration charges a record number for espionage (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)