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More Than a Coincidence?

Reported by Nancy - August 25, 2005 -

Today (8/25) FNL was still hyping the "Able Danger" story. Curiously (or maybe not) FNL has resolutely ignored other whistleblowers who have made & who continue to make similar allegations about the failures of US intelligence agencies before 9/11/01. Now there are new allegations that pre-9/11 intelligence may reveal bribes paid by Turkish officials to House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL). But as far as FNL is concerned, the only allegations that matter are allegations that "lawyers" (boo! hiss!) "prevented" (boo! hiss!) our dedicated heroic spies (yay!) from sharing info about Mohammed Atta.

At 12:03pm (EDT) Kathryn Herridge updated her ongoing reporting about Able Danger & allegations related to it. She said that Sen Arlen Specter (R-PA) is "actively discussing hearing on Able Danger", cited the comments of Rep Curt Weldon (R-PA) extensively (he is "urging the Pentagon not to release any mroe statements until the investigation is complete", 5 people "are willing to testify under oath", he "insists that 9/11 Commission staffers didn't pursue this aggressively") & showed a long clip of him talking about this. She also noted that the Pentagon has found no documentation to support the allegations, & that the 9/11 Commission has denied that it ignored Able Danger's info.

Comments: While FNL is blathering on about Able Danger, they're ignoring Sibel Edmonds, If you watch Fox, her name is probably unfamiliar to you. Edmonds, who speaks Farsi, Turkish & Azerbaijani, was hired after 9/11 by the FBI to translate the backlog of pre-9/11 intelligence material. She has accused the government of having considerable evidence that Al Qaeda was planning to strike the US using airplanes as weapons. For that accusation, she was fired by the FBI in March 2002, & is still fighting that firing in the courts (she has appealed to SCOTUS, but they have not yet decided whether to hear her case). Edmonds is under multiple gag orders imposed by the courts at the request of the DOJ, who invoked the "state secrets privilege" (& who have also classified nearly every document relating to her allegations, including an interview she did with "60 Minutes").

Vanity Fair has just (September edition) published an article about her, "An Inconvenient Patriot." This article includes allegations that Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) may have been the recipient of secret payments from Turkish officials in exchange for political favors & information. Edmonds says she gave confidential testimony about the payments to congressional staffers, to the Inspector General and to members of the 9/11 Commission. Edmonds says that she heard of the payments while listening to FBI wiretaps of Turkish officials who were under surveillance by the FBI.

The Vanity Fair article is not available online (they want you to buy it at the newsstand, or subscribe), but they do publish their index, which includes this abstract of the article:

AN INCONVENIENT PATRIOT   Naturalized American Sibel Edmonds went to work as an F.B.I. translator after 9/11. But she says she was fired for sounding the alarm about a colleague's suspicious behavior, then silenced by the "state-secrets privilege." As Edmonds prepares a Supreme Court appeal, David Rose reveals why she's such a threat to the status quo. Photographs by Henry Leutwyler.

The article is described elsewhere in the press, including US News & World Report & POGO (Project on Government Oversight).

So why isn't Fox all over this story the way they're all over Able Danger? Edmonds is as telegenic as Natalee Holloway. If you google "Tony Shaffer" or "Able Danger" there are multiple hits for Fox News (& other right-wing outlets, like the Washington Times, GOPUSA, & WorldNetDaily). Google "Sibel Edmonds" & not a one of those pops up. The rest of the so-called MSM is largely MIA. Hmmm...

NOTE TO READERS: Please stay on topic (FNL's hyping of "Able Danger" while ignoring Sibel Edmonds, other whistleblowers, & allegations about Hastert). O/T comments will be deleted. Thanks.