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Fired FBI Translator and 25 Former Government Security Officials Criticize...
25 Sep 2004
...9/11 Commission Report ~ Interview with Sibel Edmonds, former FBI language specialist, conducted by Between to Lines' Scott Harris
Fired FBI Translator and 25 Former Government Security Officials Criticize 9/11 Commission Report

Interview with Sibel Edmonds, former FBI language specialist, conducted by Scott Harris

Sibel Edmonds worked as a contract linguist for the FBI, but when she reported lapses in security, mishandling of critical intelligence and cover-ups, she was terminated from her job in March 2002. Edmond's subsequent lawsuits asserting she was fired for being a whistleblower have been classified top secret by Attorney General John Ashcroft and neither she, her attorney or Congress can discuss specifics of the case. One of several lawsuits filed by Edmonds in July 2002 was dismissed by a federal court in July 2004 when a judge found that Edmonds could not prove her case without access to information the government has classified as protected by "state secrets privilege."

Edmonds has testified before the U.S. Senate and the 9/11 Commission that the FBI possessed, but mismanaged information that could have proved useful in preventing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. More recently Edmonds has helped organize a group of 25 former federal employees directly involved in the government's counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism work who have publicly criticized the 9-11 Commission and the Bush administration for not holding key officials accountable for failures leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Sibel Edmonds, who describes what led her to speak out against pre-9/11 problems at the FBI, the Bush administration gag order around her case and why she and other former security officials have criticized the Commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks.

Get more information on the call for government whistleblowers at www.truthtellingproject.org


Related links:


9/11 Citizens Watch at www.911citizenswatch.org

"Cracks in the Empire: Compilation of insiders who have taken aim at Bush's Iraq Policy," by Anna Manzo and Scott Harris, Toward Freedom, Summer 2004

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