Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Remember Sibel Edmonds?
The US government has taken some extreme measures to silence former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds. Among other reasons, they are obviously very nervous about information that Sibel has regarding the involvement of US, Israeli, and Turkish officials in supplying the nuclear black market.
Now we have this: The US Government apparently demanded that the Swiss government destroy all evidence - all 30,000 pages of it - related to the pending prosecution of the Tinner family. The Tinners were "very key suppliers" of AQ Khan's nuclear proliferation network, but their court case is now unlikely to proceed, given the destruction of the evidence.
The Tinners, the father and two sons, were arrested by German authorities and extradited to Switzerland in 2004 for their role in supplying the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network.
Two weeks ago, the Swiss President, responding to media reports, read out a prepared statement announcing that all the evidence relating to the Tinners' case was destroyed late last year. He said that it was important to destroy all the evidence, which included sensitive information about how to make nuclear weapons, in case the information fell into the hands of terrorists. He also stated that Switzerland was merely meeting its obligations under the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and that the IAEA supervised the destruction of the documents.
That sounds reasonable.
Unilateral Decision Making. The Swiss government is under pressure internally as a result of its unilateral decision to destroy the evidence. Both the parliament and the courts are accusing the Swiss government of violating the principle of Separation of Powers. The Parliament has already announced that it will hold an investigation into the matter.
Why the Secrecy? The announcement that the evidence was destroyed (6 months ago) was forced on the Swiss President by rumours in the media. The Swiss government refuses to answer any questions regarding the matter, as do the IAEA and the US government.
NPT Obligations? I haven't seen any media report which confirms or supports the Swiss claim that this destruction of evidence was an obligation under the NPT. However the Guardian, which has the best reporting on this story, quotes a 'former senior IAEA official' saying: "I am quite astonished. It's very unusual to see people destroying documents like this. They should be put somewhere very safe."
The destruction of evidence took place with the apparent imprimatur of the IAEA, but they refuse to comment too. Has the IAEA been corrupted too?
@ Let Sibel Edmonds Speak
Quite astonishing indeed. The most serious threat to global security is nuclear proliferation on the black market which incidentally is what Valerie Plame was involved with prior to her 'outing' by the chimp and others.
This all ties together making a very uncomfortable read. I don't want to die from radiation poisoning and neither do many others but the way the chimp cabal has handled this debacle to end all debacles is beyond simple deception. To start a war that could involve the annihilation of millions of planetary occupants through deliberate and careless manipulation of the weapons black market would exceed the current heinous crimes they have already committed.
Maybe they figure if they cannot have the World, no one can.
It is imperative that the chimp cabal be removed from power immediately for high crimes and misdemeanors and a task force mounted to get to the bottom of this black market operation and snuff it like a spent cigar.
To do nothing is at our own peril.