Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Sibel Edmonds’ State Secrets Privilege Gallery

Sibel Edmonds is now naming names. 21 of them.

Or rather, just 21 photographs. On a page. Without comment. At her website. The page is simply titled "Sibel Edmonds’ State Secrets Privilege Gallery".

Surely there's nothing violative about that, right? Rogues gallery though it may be.

Sibel maven, Luke Ryland, has done us the favor of putting names to the faces, adding that "we can reasonably presume that they are the 21 guilty people in her case."

Here are those names, sectioned into three groups, as Edmonds has grouped the photos in her own "Gallery":

Current and former Pentagon and State Department officials...

* Richard Perle
* Douglas Feith
* Eric Edelman
* Marc Grossman
* Brent Scowcroft
* Larry Franklin

Current and former congressmen...

* Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Ex-House Speaker
* Roy Blount (R-MO)
* Dan Burton (R-IN)
* Tom Lantos (D-CA)
* ? (Photo simply a box with question mark in it)
* Bob Livingston (R-LA), Ex-House Speaker
* Stephen Solarz (D-NY)

The 3rd group includes people who all appear to work at think tanks - primarily WINEP, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

* Graham E. Fuller - RAND
* David Makovsky - WINEP
* Alan Makovsky - WINEP
* ? (Photo simply a box with question mark in it)
* ? (Photo simply a box with question mark in it)
* Yusuf Turani (President-in-exile, Turkistan)
* Professor Sabri Sayari (Georgetown, WINEP)
* Mehmet Eymur (Former Turkish Spy Chief MIT)


Sibel Edmonds, the former FBI translator who has been under a Bush administration gag order for the past 5 years, has now begun to disclose some of the classified information she has been prohibited from revealing.

"A WHISTLEBLOWER has made a series of extraordinary claims about how corrupt government officials allowed Pakistan and other states to steal nuclear weapons secrets," reports Great Britain's Sunday Times in the lede of their front page exclusive, headlined "For sale: West’s deadly nuclear secrets."

In the article, just filed tonight, Edmonds reveals details overheard on wiretaps she translated during her time at the FBI, just after 9/11. Her disclosures to the Times reveal a maze of nuclear black market espionage involving U.S. Defense and State Department officials, that resulted in the sale and propagation of nuclear secrets to Turkish and Israeli interests. In turn, that information was then sold to Pakistan and used by A.Q. Kahn for development of nuclear weapons. The secrets were subsequently proliferated to Iran, Libya, North Korea, and potentially al-Qaeda's Osama bin Laden, just weeks prior to September 11th, 2001.

And here too

Smoking gun? Oh yea! more like smoking cannon!

How long do you think this story will be relegated to the internets and kept out of the MSM? Evil doers-O-plenty willing to sacrifice it all for a few bucks. So many angles and curves it is difficult for me to comprehend the depth to which some will go for financial gain and power.

Truly Ugly Americans.



DEN said...

C Span3 here

Reviewing run up to the Iraq war.

Bush lies!

DEN said...

Well that was short. I tried to get on the site:Center for Public Integrity but could not log on, they must be way busy.

DEN said...

I reckon this is why the site is so busy today:

WASHINGTON — Students of how the Bush administration led the nation into the Iraq war can now go online to browse a comprehensive database of top officials’ statements before the invasion, connecting the dots between hundreds of claims, mostly discredited since then, linking Saddam Hussein to Al Qaeda or warning that he possessed forbidden weapons.

The Center for Public Integrity, a research group that focuses on ethics in government and public policy, designed the new Web site to allow simple searches for specific phrases, such as “mushroom cloud” or “yellowcake uranium,” in transcripts and documents totaling some 380,000 words, including remarks by President Bush and most of his top advisers in the two years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.


DEN said...

Wipe yer naughty bits with Bush wipes available @ Ebay

micki said...

Too many crazy things going on.

Sibel Edmonds and Rupert Mudoch on the same page, so to speak? So, ALL the U.S. mainstream media supposedly ignore Edmonds, but Murdoch publishes the "tip of the iceberg" of her story -- most of which has been public knowledge for quite a while? Doesn't her gag order apply to ANY public comments, whether in the U.S. or not? (Murdoch owns the Times/UK)

On another matter, now we know for certain that the Fed's Number One job is juicin' the stock market. Oy. Bernanke may be worse than Mr. Andrea Mitchell. If that's possible.

micki said...

Another beautiful, beautiful, stunning day in the PNW.

Over and out.

micki said...

Oh...except for: Where's Carol?

Hello, Carol!

Hope all is well on the homefront in your neck of the woods.

º¿carol said...

Here I am, Micki! All is well here.

I read an article yesterday about those awful plastic bags you get in the supermarket. I HATE them! They should be against the law. Isn't it funny that they cost less for the store than the paper bags? Isn't that always the way?

A chain named Whole Foods, whoever they are, with over 220 stores is getting rid of them in a couple months! Color me shocked! I don't EVER expect a business to make the right decision where the common good is concerned.

Back in '96 I was staying in Phoenix with a friend and we drove to Las Vegas. I could NOT believe the plastic bags along the highway. Shocking. They were hooked on every cactus, blowing in the wind. You NEVER see that here in Michigan. I wonder why. Is there something wrong with the people out there? Are people in MI more considerate? Ha!

Still, I wonder to this day why the garbage on the sides of the roads out west and in the south is so bad. I say south because I saw a lot of trash everywhere when I was in GA & AL just before the Phoenix trip. There I saw stoves, couches, TVs...every kind of household junk tossed everywhere. It was disgusting.

Well, off to do my reading. The clock is ticking. Funeral tonight.

Gerald said...

How vile and despicable war seems to me! I would rather be hacked to pieces than take part in such an abominable business.
– Albert Einstein

We shop at Whole Foods and we bring a cloth bag and for each cloth 10 cents is deducted from the final bill. We usually have 3 or 4 bags. Whole Foods is the only store that will deduct cloth bags from the final bill. Plastic bags help us dispose of waste for pick up day.

DEN, good blog! Since we are a Nazi-fascist nation, Nazis who murder and commit war crimes will always be glorified.

Gerald said...

Nazi America worships Hitler Bush

Hitler Bush's lies aren't lies they are our warm fuzzies to keep us comfy and cozy at night.

Gerald said...

How to Sink America

Since our souls are wallowing in hell, now our physical bodies will wallow in a depression.

Gerald said...

Gerald and Dean Baker have concluded that war is not good for the economy and employment.

Baker concluded:

"It is often believed that wars and military spending increases are good for the economy. In fact, most economic models show that military spending diverts resources from productive uses, such as consumption and investment, and ultimately slows economic growth and reduces employment."

Gerald said...

Wishing Every Day Was Wednesday

Jack Williams enjoyed a near-meteoric rise to fame as a popular TV-new anchor in Boston, a top-tier media market. Then the Phi Beta Kappa scholar and father of six children realized that his fame and success could be put to work for others.

He was concerned about special-needs children in foster care, who, because they were older or had siblings or had physical or mental disabilities, had been passed over for adoption.

Williams’ own childhood had been idyllic: “I was loved and adored, and my idea of abuse was not getting any dessert.” He believed that every child needs a chance to love and be loved and to succeed.

Williams leveraged his on-air fame to launch “Wednesday’s Child,” a television feature that spotlighted special-needs children waiting to be adopted. In the show’s 25-year run, over 500 children have been placed with adoptive families.

Use your talents to help others and to show gratitude for your many blessings.

Be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)

Lord God, remind me that all good comes through You, and only You.

ò¿óarol said...

Gosh, I forgot to mention the one thing in the plastic bag article that prompted me to write about it here. A spokesman for a plastic bag maker said the plastic bags were better because you have to cut trees down to make the paper bags. Well, shut my mouth, isn't that awful!

Gerald, there must not be any Whole Foods up here in Lansing. Then again, I don't go cruising around Lansing very much. I'll have to ask my daughter if she's heard of them.

Gerald said...

A Mideast lesson for Bush
By H.D.S. Greenway
January 22, 2008

PRESIDENT BUSH'S trip to the Middle East last week seems to have been an effort to blow some air into his sagging, anti-Iranian balloon. His Sunni allies in the region are indeed worried about the rising power and belligerency of Shi'ite Iran, but they also know that it was Bush's war in Iraq that empowered Iran, and they are not sure they trust him to come up with a solution.

The much-heralded November meeting in Annapolis, Md., was, in the words of a BBC correspondent, "lots of hand shakes and tra-la-la, but not much substance." It was as if a peace process was the price of admission to coax a united Arab front against Iran.

Of course the famous intelligence estimate saying that Iran had ceased its efforts to attain nuclear weapons had, as a Dick Cheney loyalist said, "pulled the rug" out from under the bomb-Iran hawks. But Bush made it clear that he did not really believe his own intelligence agencies, saying that he thought that Iran was "trying to gain the know-how to make a weapon under the guise of a civilian nuclear program." And even Iran's knowledge of how to make a bomb is something Bush has promised to prevent.

Israel's prime minister, Ehud Olmert, had been hoping that Bush would carry out a bombing campaign against Iran before he left office - the theory being that no other administration, Republican or Democrat, would have the nerve or be so foolish. Undoubtedly there were questions raised about Israel bombing Iran on its own, but for that it would need America's help.

A more reflective president than Bush, however, might have learned from Israel's past miscalculations. More than 40 years have passed since Israel took the West Bank from Jordan, and Gaza from Egypt, and nothing but a long nightmare has come of it. There have been Israeli surges, and relatively quiet periods when violence subsided, but nothing has really worked to Israel's benefit. The long occupation of Palestinian territories has hurt not only Israel's interests, but America's as well. The same will be true of America's occupation of Iraq.

When the hawks in the Bush administration predicted that invading Iraq would be short and sweet, with Iraqis throwing rose petals at our troops, Bush might have recalled Israel's attempt to make Lebanon conform to its plans for a transformed Middle East 25 years go.

Those of us who saw Israel's drive to Beirut to oust Yasser Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organization from Lebanon in 1982 also saw, in a remarkably short time, the early rose petals turn to Molotov cocktails and rocket-propelled grenades. The Israeli invasion of Lebanon spawned a far more dangerous and implacable foe than the PLO had ever been. Hezbollah is an organization that had not previously existed, and would never have existed had it not been for Israel's occupation.

Israel suffered for decades as it lingered on trying to control southern Lebanon. It lost men and material, but it also lost prestige as the rising resistance grew. In the end Israel abandoned its attempt to change Lebanon and the region with its tail between its legs.

In 2006, Olmert took Israel back into Lebanon in an attempt to smash Hezbollah and cow the rest of the country into doing Israel's bidding. This time it would be done by air power, or so the Israelis thought. But Israel's gamble only strengthened Hezbollah politically, and at the same time weakened the Lebanese government to Israel's and the West's disadvantage.

That the air war in Lebanon failed to obtain its objective might be a warning if George Bush is still considering the option of bombing Iran. It will be much more difficult now for him to go to war, given the intelligence estimates, but it is worrying that Bush is now saying he doesn't believe them.

Iran is not Serbia, and would be unlikely to cry uncle even after a continued bombing campaign. And the resulting fall out would be catastrophic.

The biggest lesson that Bush might have learned from Israel's example is that overdependence on brute force to solve complicated problems does not always provide a solution, and usually makes things worse as Lebanon and the occupied territories have so amply demonstrated.

Gerald said...

Carol, I do not know how many Whole Food stores there are in Michigan. Ann Arbor has one and it may not be that far from you. It is a very impressive store to shop. Parking is somewhat small because there are other retail stores in the shopping center. Not all Whole Food stores will deduct 10 cents per bag. When we visit our son in California, they do not deduct 10 cents a bag. Deducting 10 cents would be a smart move because plastic bags probably cost about 10 cents each. We use plastic bags for refuge and paper bags for recycling of paper.

Gerald said...

W take a hint from Nixon

Gerald said...

Please be honest!!!


David B. Benson said...

Gerald --- Yes, but not in government.

DEN said...

Hey the Stock Market gained 300 points!

micki said...

San Francisco was the first city in the country to ban plastic checkout bags, in April 2007.

The ordinance required large supermarkets to discontinue use of the plastic bags within six months and large chain pharmacies within the next year.

An estimated 180 million plastic bags are distributed to customers every year in San Francisco and they are difficult to recycle, blamed for killing marine life and filling up landfills.

Other cities are following SFO's lead. Some cities won't ban them outright, but will require that supermarkets and other retailers charge for the bags, so that (theoretically) people will begin to bring their own reusable bags.

Carol Whole Foods is a great place to shop, but bring money! WF started in Austin, TX, circa 1980 -- and has grown exponentially!

Ann Arbor
Whole Foods Market
3135 Washtenaw Ave. at Huron Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734.975.4545 fax
Store hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
51,300 sq. ft.

Rochester Hills
Whole Foods Market
1404 Walton Blvd.
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
248.652.3273 fax
Store hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
22,552 sq. ft.

Whole Foods Market
2880 West Maple
Troy, MI 48084
248.649.1141 fax
Store hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
23,620 sq. ft.

West Bloomfield
Whole Foods Market
7350 Orchard lake Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
248.538.4601 fax
Store hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week
33,428 sq. ft.

Ann Arbor (Cranbrook)
Whole Foods Market
Ann Arbor, MI
52,000 sq. ft.
Opening date to be announced.

Rochester Hills
Whole Foods Market
Rochester Hills, MI
54,600 sq. ft.
Relocation. Opening date to be announced.

DEN said...

Keyboard activism!!

Help stop the chimp!!

David B. Benson said...

Here's what happens when you don't tke care of the climate:

Drought could force nuke-plant shutdowns

Dr. Hansen warned congress about this over 20 years ago, specifically the drought hazard in the southeast.

And, by the way, China is already experiencing rolling blackouts. In the middle of a severe winter...

DEN said...

Doc, it will force conservation and possibly breed new energy sources through entrepreneurial endeavors.

Sometime stuff needs to just happen to promote change.

micki said...

The nuke plant shut-downs is but one more example of the growing crisis -- seems nothing changes, not even when we're teetering on the brink.

Just the cost alone, should wake up the slumbering masses:

"Currently, nuclear power costs between $5 to $7 to produce a megawatt hour," said Daniele Seitz, an energy analyst with New York-based Dahlman Rose & Co. "It would cost 10 times that amount that if you had to buy replacement power — especially during the summer."

What if there is no one selling replacement power?

micki said...


I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed.
- George Carlin

DEN said...

"What if there is no one selling replacement power?"

They will have to solve that themselves, could get interesting.

Carey said...

Remember a little while back, I wrote Bill Clinton's quote: I didn't have sex with that woman?

The word games played by both Clintons are epitomized in that statement.

º¿carol said...

Thanks for the info, Micki. I guess Whole Foods is expensive judging by where they are in MI. All towns where the rich reside. Heck, two in A² alone.

micki said...

Oh, but I pine for the day when we had a president who was a master semiotician.

micki said...

Carol -- Whole Foods is pricey in some categories, but they do have good stuff.

If one walks pass all the prepared entrees, expensive cheeses, high-end wines, beers, and trendy items, you can fill your basket for not a lot of dough with high quality, organic, local items, in season.

Plus they have their own canned and frozen labels for not a lot of money.

Alan said...

Over at "Crooks...", that story about the faked photograph by the repugnican candidate Dean Hrbacek... he's my sister-in-law's cousin. Delores'( my brother's wife) mom and dad are Dems though and don't support him. I guess they would be Hrbacek's (pronounced herb-a-chek aunt and uncle.