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Sibel Edmonds, An American Heroine

Reported by Ellen - March 4, 2005

I don't have a lot of good things to say about FOX News (especially today, barely 12 hours after Bill O'Reilly's syndicate has threatened to sue us for linking a post to his column) but I have to praise Alan Colmes for hosting Sibel Edmonds, former FBI translator and whistleblower, for a full hour last night on his radio program. Ms. Edmonds' fascinating and disturbing story of corruption, sabotage and incompetence in the FBI's post 9/11 translator department is rarely covered in the mainstream media yet it's a must-know for anyone interested in how our government is going about pursuing and prosecuting foreign terrorists. Hint: Don't read on if you need a good night's sleep.

Rather than quote from her interview with Colmes, I suggest reading the more exhaustive interview on her website, where you can also sign her petition asking Congress to hold open hearings and require the Justice Department to release its report on its investigation into her claims.

Here are a few quotes from Edmonds' online interview:

I'm no expert, but from what I have personally seen I can say that our national security is being compromised every day, because important investigations are being stopped, and potentially important clues are being overlooked. It's absolutely incredible that even after 9/11, certain individuals, foreign businessmen and others, among others, are still escaping scrutiny.

Okay, perhaps talking about the pre-9/11 world they could get away with saying "we didn't know," but to continue doing so – I mean, what if we are attacked by nuclear or chemical weapons, what will be their next excuse? That "we didn't know" it could happen? Come on! I can prove they are lying, because they know.

After the interview, Colmes called her an American hero. I was happy to note that the callers to the show, usually more conservative than not, largely agreed with him. One supporter was from Texas, which regular readers know is my least favorite state. It just moved up a notch in my esteem.

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