Richard McManus

How Turkish Drug Trafficking Is Related to 911   Part One

Sibel Edmonds, the former Turkish language translator for the FBI, listened into hundreds of sensitive intercepted conversations while based at the agency’s Washington field office. Toward the end of 2001, she was asked to translate some of the thousands of calls that had been recorded by this operation, some dating back to 1997. 

 

Among the hours of covert tape recordings made by the FBI and DEA, she says she heard evidence that one well-known senior official in the US State Department was being paid by Turkish agents in Washington who were selling US nuclear weapons secret information to black market buyers, including Pakistan.  

 

Edmonds said: “I heard at least three transactions like this over a period of 2-1/2 years." (The wiretap or bugging microphone recordings had been obtained over a 2-1/2 year time frame.)

 

“He was aiding foreign operatives against US interests by passing them highly classified information, not only from the State Department but also from the Pentagon, in exchange for money, position and political objectives." The FBI was also gathering evidence against senior Pentagon officials—including household names—who were aiding foreign agents. 

 

“If you made public all the information that the FBI have on this case, you will see very high-level people going through criminal trials,” she said. Edmonds has testified in a court deposition, naming as part of a broad criminal conspiracy US Representatives Dennis Hastert, Dan Burton, Roy Blunt, Bob Livingston, Stephen Solarz, and Tom Lantos, and the following high-ranking U.S. government officials: Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz, and Marc Grossman.

 

I am going to focus on Grossman below.

 

From the Sibel Edmonds interview:

 

"One group of Turkish agents who had come to America on the pretext of researching alternative energy sources was introduced to Brewster Jennings through the Washington-based American Turkish Council (ATC), a lobby group that aids commercial ties between the two countries. Edmonds says the Turks believed Brewster Jennings to be energy consultants and were planning to hire them. But she said, “He [the State Department official] found out about the arrangement... and he contacted one of the foreign targets and said... you need to stay away from Brewster Jennings because they are a cover for the government."

 

"The target... immediately followed up by calling several people to warn them about Brewster Jennings." This is important because Sibel Edmonds was fired from the FBI on March 22, 2002 well before the fact that Brewster Jennings was a CIA front company.

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta delivers the keynote address at the 31st American Turkish Council Conference Dinner in Washington, D.C., on June 11, 2012.   Photograph Copyright 2012 by Glenn Fawcett in the public domain

 

 

"The target... immediately followed up by calling several people to warn them about Brewster Jennings." This is important because Sibel Edmonds was fired from the FBI on March 22, 2002 well before the fact that Brewster Jennings was a CIA front company.

 

Vice President Cheney and his staff in July 2003 leaked to the press that Valerie Plame-Wilson was an undercover (non-offical cover) CIA officer working at Brewster Jennings & Associates. Grossman, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from around early 2000 to January 2005, informed "Scooter" Libby that Plame-Wilson was a CIA officer. It is alleged that Cheney did this

outing of Plame because he was angry that her husband, former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson stated publically that the White House story about Niger selling yellow cake (uranium ore) to Iraq was false. 

In November 2001, another translator by the name of Melek Can “Jan” Dickerson and her husband Major Douglass Dickerson, USAF, attempted to recruit Edmonds and her husband Matthew Edmonds into the American Turkish Council and the Assembly of Turkish American Associations, luring them with large financial benefits. These were organizations that Edmonds knew were suspect and being electronically surveilled/wiretapped by the FBI and/or DEA.

Edmonds informed her FBI supervisor Mike Feghali of what had happened with the Dickersons, first orally and later in writing on December 2, 2001. Feghali told her not to worry and said he would immediately file a report with the security department. The FBI’s security department later told Edmonds that they never received a report. 

Edmonds said that on the day or some time afterwards that Dickerson also leaked information to those persons who were under investigation and that she had even tried to stop Edmonds and another translator from listening to their wiretapped conversations.

In my opinion, Feghali then attempted to corrupt Edmonds by putting her in a position where she could be later blackmailed into keeping silent or confined within this espionage ring. 

 

But FBI agent Saccher’s superiors ordered him off the case and, in an unprecedented move, prohibited him from obtaining copies of Edmond’s translations, even though he was the one in charge of Turkish counterintelligence.

 

Sometime between February 1 and February 11, 2002, Edmonds submitted a memo thru her supervisor, Stephanie Bryan, to supervisory special agent Tom Frields.

 

Edmonds said that after this, Major Dickerson said to her, “Why are you doing this, Sibel? Why don’t you just drop it? You know there could be serious consequences. Why put your family in Turkey in danger over this?”

 

 

 

[Associated Press, 1/14/2005; Vanity Fair, 9/2005] [New York Observer, 1/22/2004; Vanity Fair, 9/2005]

She also wrote letters to the Justice Department’s internal affairs division, known as the Office of Professional Responsibility, and its office of inspector general, describing her allegations against co-worker Melek Can Dickerson. [See Afternoon February 12, 2002] 

 

She then also sent faxes alleging possible national security breaches to the Senate Intelligence Committee and Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), both of whom sat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. [Vanity Fair, 9/2005]

 

Glenn A. Fine, the Justice Department’s inspector general, completed his report on Edmonds’ allegations. (See Afternoon March 7, 2002.) The 100-page report determined that "many of Edmonds' core allegations relating to her co-worker

(Melek Can Dickerson) were supported by either documentary evidence or witnesses and concluded that “the FBI did not, and still has not adequately investigated these allegations.”

 

Edmonds learned that Maj. Dickerson changed the transition duties so that wiretaps tapes were no longer assigned to translators randomly and that certain targets, including the American-Turkish Council (ATC), have been permanently given to his wife.  

 

Edmonds told this to Dennis Saccher, the FBI’s special agent in charge of Turkish counter-intelligence and he immediately suspected espionage was taking place. Saccher next tasked Edmonds and Kevin Taskasen, another translator, with retranslating some of the conversations Melek Can Dickerson said she had already translated.  

 

They agreed to schedule a meeting with supervisor Mike Feghali on February 1, 2002.

 

[Washington Post, 6/19/2002; Vanity Fair, 9/2005]

 

 

 

Edmonds listened to 17 conversations that Melek Can Dickerson marked as "not pertinent" and every single one included reference to surveillance targets connected with the turkish organizations with whom she had ties. (See November 2001.)

One of those targets was a Turkish intelligence officer, who was a personal friend of Dickerson. Edmonds learned from the wiretaps that the Turkish officer had spies inside the State Department and Pentagon seeking access to US military and intelligence secrets. 

 

[CBS, 10/27/2002]

 

The wiretaps also revealed that the group was involved in arms and drug smuggling and was tied into a complex network of governmental and private figures in several countries. 

 

[United Press International, 11/15/2005]

Prior to 2002 when the Taliban outlawed opium growing in Afghanistan, production continued to increase with the Russian mafia trafficking in about 70 percent of it. After the US invaded Afghanistan the trafficking shifted through the Turkey military with the support of the CIA.

 

After the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, a number of the foreign operatives were taken in for questioning by the FBI.

 

Edmonds said the State Department official once again proved useful. “A primary target would call the official and point to names on the list and say, ‘We need to get them out of the US because we can’t afford for them to spill the beans,’” she said. “The official said that he would ‘take care of it’.”

 

The four suspects on the list were released from interrogation and extradited. In October 2001, Edmonds was asked to translate verbatim an audio tape from July 2001 that had only been translated in summary form. She discovered that it contained a discussion of skyscraper construction, and in a section from September 12th (2001) a celebration of a successful mission. There was also discussion of possible future attacks. Edmonds was eager to inform the agents involved, but her supervisor Mike Feghali immediately put a halt to the project.

 

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"After the (alleged) terrorist attacks of September 11 we, the translators at the FBI's largest and most important translation unit, were told to slow down, even stop, translation of critical information related to terrorist activities." 

 

Melek Can Dickerson, with the assistance of her direct supervisor, Mike Feghali, took hundreds of pages of top-secret sensitive intelligence documents outside the FBI to unknown recipients. Dickerson, with the assistance of her direct supervisor, also forged signatures on top-secret documents related to certain 9/11 detainees. Edmonds worked with angry 9/11 widows, testified to the 9/11 Commission, and worked with other whistleblowers to expose the failures of the 9/11 Commission and their report.

 

"In April 2004, after attorneys for a large group of 9/11 family members subpoenaed my deposition, Ashcroft made his next move: he invoked the state secrets privilege for the second time, and this time, he designated my place of birth, date of birth, my mother tongue, my father tongue, my university background, and my previous employment, all state secrets, classified, and 

matters of highest-level national security."

 

In May 2004, US Attorney General John Ashcroft decided to gag the entire Congress on anything that had to do with the law suit over Sibel's unjustified firing from the FBI. He ordered two ranking senators to take everything that referred to her off their web sites;. "He ordered them to consider all documents and letters related to my case top secret." And he commanded that members of Congress shut their mouths on any issue that in any way referred or related to her.

 

Edmonds testified in a deposition for the Schmidt v. Krikorian lawsuit case. David Krikorian, a 2010 Democratic candidate for US Representative of Ohio, had been sued by Jean Schmidt (R-OH) in response to his claim that she had accepted “blood money” from the Turkish lobby in exchange for opposing an Armenian genocide resolution.  But she was blocked (gagged) from testifying by Ashcroft, under the State Secrets Act.                                                                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

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Richard McManus is retired from the US Army where he worked in military intelligence from 1981 to 2001, and as a paramedic from 1968 to 1971 in South Vietnam during the war. During his 20 years in military intelligence, he spent a great deal of his time studying military history.

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