Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds Finally Testifies
And, YES! It is under oath and for the records. Brad Friedman of The BradBlog was all over this, as the traditional media does its traditional reporting of stories like this. A sample quote from the traditional media for you: "Chirp! Chirp, chirp..."
Below the fold I will give a few pieces of key information summarized from The BradBlog but it would be well worth your time to read his coverage of this monumentous event from end to end.
First: If you are expecting any answers to a lot of questions everyone has or has raised in the past, you will have to wait for the actual testimony to be released because what has been released is just the fact that she has answered questions about involvement of the many people on her rogues gallery. Second, BradBlogs report adds a new person to Sibel Edmonds Rogues Gallery. It is an unnamed Congresswoman represented by a question mark. Her involvement was disclosed as having been caught up in a "hooking" operation to blackmail her for having a bisexual relationship. There is a lot of guessing going on as to whom, exactly, the Congresswoman is in the comments section. IOW: Yesterday left us with more questions to add to the pile.
Some of the names tossed around in this case exhibit the true nature of the only real bipartisan issue on the Hill, corruptable Congress critters:
Edmonds told me in a brief phone conversation during the break: "Bruce Fein is raising objections to everything," though that's to be expected. She said she's been asked, and has answered, questions on Dan Burton (R-IN), Dennis Hastert (R-IL) (who is now a lobbyist for Turkey), and Stephen Solarz (D-NY), as well as other questions on those high-ranking officials and lobbyists in her "State Secrets Gallery."
A statement from David Krikorian could be a serious shot across the bow of Congress if the information is found to be true:
From my opinion, if I'm some of the current members of Congress, I'd be very very worried about the information that's going to come out of this. There are current members of Congress that she has implicated in bribery, espionage. It's not good. It's crazy, it's absolutely crazy. For people in power situations in the United States, who know about this information, if they don't take action against it, in my opinion, it's negligence.
There is a strong possibility much, if not all of the information given in testimony will eventually be released. All we can do is wait and see. Names you can expect to hear about if anybody does anything with all of the information? This is just what is known from the Congress side of all of this, former and current politicians, and taken from Lukery's always outstanding work on this story with an addition of Rep. Jean Schmidt to reflect the fact that this testimony centers around a case between David Krikorian and Schmidt:
Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH)
Ex-Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert (R-IL)
Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN)
Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA)
Ex-Speaker of the House, Rob Livingston (R-LA)
Rep. Stephen Solarz (D-NY)
?Unknown married female blackmailed for involvement in a relationship with another woman?
Apparently she also touched on the involvement of many Pentagon and State Department offials that most who follow this are familiar with. Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Eric Edelman, Marc Grossman, Brent Scowcroft and Larry Franklin. An assortment of think tank wankers are also included in Sibel Rogues Gallery: Graham E. Fuller - RAND, David Makovsky - WINEP, Alan Makovsky - WINEP, Yusuf Turani (President-in-exile, East Turkistan (Xinjiang)), Professor Sabri Sayari (Institute of Turkish Studies, Georgetown, WINEP), Mehmet Eymur (Former head Turkish counter-terrorism, MIT), as well as two still unknown players.
One final somewhat explosive tidbit concerning Valerie Plame-Wilson's Brewster Jennings cover's unraveling:
Second, I asked about the "real" story on Brewster Jennings, as opposed to the "crap...from the media" as she mentioned at the venue.
"Basically," she said, "I told them how [third-ranking State Dept. official in the Bush Admin and former Ambassador to Turkey] Marc Grossman disclosed" that Brewster Jennings was a CIA front company to the target of an FBI investigation. "And it was under oath and that some lives may have been lost."
This apparently happened in 2000, long before the Bush administrations' involvement in leaking her identity as a secret agent to the media and ended up being passed along to foreign governments because of what Mark Grossman did. I think you would be hard pressed to find a more serious crime exposed in all of these revelations. Let us hope there is more information to come soon.
If you go over to Brad Blog you can find a lot of really useful nuggets of information in the post and in comments. Given the traditional media's complete lack of interest in digging on what they would like to think, all too often, are their friends and buddies... We, in the Blogosphere, may have to bang the drums a little to get this information out.