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Sibel Edmonds: the Woman No one Wants to Hear

  • May 18, 2013
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Anyone interested in getting to grips with the twisted and murky contradictions of the great war on terrorism should read the absolute must-read story by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed on the Ceasefire webzine on the FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds.

A former translator for the FBI, Edmonds has been subjected to successive gagging orders by the US government for more than a decade now, ever since she tried to go public about evidence she came across suggesting that some of her colleagues were engaged in espionage.

That would be interesting enough to the US government and to the public, one would have thought.   But Edmonds also has some very   interesting revelations that she wants to share with the world.     According to Ahmed:

In interviews with this author in early March, Edmonds claimed that Ayman al-Zawahiri, current head of al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden”s deputy at the time, had innumerable, regular meetings at the U.S. embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, with U.S. military and intelligence officials between 1997 and 2001, as part of an operation known as “Gladio B”. Al-Zawahiri, she charged, as well as various members of the bin Laden family and other mujahideen, were transported on NATO planes to various parts of Central Asia and the Balkans to participate in Pentagon-backed destabilisation operations.

‘ Gladio ‘, for those that don’t know, refers to the ‘stay behind’ networks established by NATO in Europe during the Cold War, which spawned all kinds of nebulous alliances between European fascists and secret services, particularly in Italy.     The existence of the European Gladio network is well-established – and so is the fact that some of its offshoots deliberately carried out ‘terrorist’ attacks in Italy and other countries as part of the ‘strategy of tension’ developed by fascists/militarists and Cold Warriors in various countries.

Now you would have thought, given the tumultuous events of the last decade or so, that American politicians and the media would want to consider whether there is any truth in Edmonds’ allegations, perhaps starting with the very simple question: Why was the second-in-command of al Qaeda participating in ‘Pentagon-backed destabilisation operations’ in 2001 – the same year in which al Qaeda was preparing to bring down the World Trade Centre?

Instead of seeking answers,  US officials have done everything possible to shut Edmonds down and stop her talking.   The US media might as well stick its fingers in its ears and shout la-la-la-la-la whenever her name is mentioned.   The ‘9/11 Commission’ once   took evidence from her and then completely ignored   everything she had to say from its final report.

And now, says Ahmed:

According to two Sunday Times journalists speaking on condition of anonymity, this and related revelations had been confirmed by senior Pentagon and MI6 officials as part of a four-part investigative series that were supposed to run in 2008. The Sunday Times journalists described how the story was inexplicably dropped under the pressure of undisclosed “interest groups”, which, they suggest, were associated with the U.S. State Department.

If true, that really says a great deal about the mess we’re in.   An investigation into Edmonds’ allegations would require journalists to ask questions not only about 9/11 and the ‘war on terror’, but about the alliances between Western governments and al Qaeda-like formations that go right back to the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan.

Such an investigation would look at ‘Al Qaeda in the Maghreb’; at some of our jihadist allies in Libya and Syria, or some of the groups that now make up the ‘Taliban’, and ask why our governments keep supporting the same groups that they are also fighting.

Some might  conclude that the ‘war on terror’ has very little to do with fighting terrorism and a lot to do with projecting western military power into areas of geopolitical and strategic interest, and disciplining the public in a period of chronic economic and social crisis.

They might then ask why Michael Sheehan, US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations has declared that the war on terror could go on for ‘ At least 10 or 20 years’ – when the organization that the US is supposedly fighting in the name of civilisation has actually been a western asset – at least from time to time.

But these aren’t questions that the MSM is much interested in.     And so it has been left to Ceasefire to pick up the baton and talk about the woman no one wants to hear – a woman with a great deal more courage than many of those who are trying so desperately to ignore her.

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  1. Paul Seligman (@PaulMSeligman)

    18th May 2013 - 7:41 pm

    Interesting thoughts on the article which I’d read previously.

  2. Nik H.

    19th May 2013 - 10:35 am

    Truly an outstanding article. “Good” to know that they decided to stick with the roman sword as a name for their secret organizations. That way you at least immediately know where they’re coming from.

    If I remember correctly you quoted Daniele Ganser in your Infernal Machine. There is a quite amazing lecture available online about 9/11 and (the “old”) Gladio. So far he’s the only one I came across who deals with both topics not just critically – but also in a scientific and unbiased way.

    The lecture took place in 2009 at Unversität Basel, Switzerland. Hope you find it interesting! It’s in english by the way, though I am sure your german is outstanding 🙂

    • Matt

      19th May 2013 - 3:32 pm

      Thanks for this Nik. Looks really interesting. And how did you know my German was outstanding?

      • Nik H.

        19th May 2013 - 9:40 pm

        Oh is it? Well that is quite amazing. It was just intended as a comradely/jovial little joke though, that’s all 🙂

        Don’t worry, I am not a member of the “world famous” Austrian Secret Service hehe.

        • Matt

          20th May 2013 - 6:49 am

          I know you were joking Nik. So was I. My German doesn’t get much above the war comic level…

          • Nik H.

            20th May 2013 - 7:37 am

            Don’t mention the war Matt…

  3. Nik H.

    19th May 2013 - 9:42 pm

    Oh, and I got the year wrong: It took place in 2011 not 2009 (as he says at the very beginning, clever me..)

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