Saturday, May 14, 2005

Sibel Edmonds: Gagged But Not Dead

Dear 9/11 truth activists and concerned citizens,

We just received the following essay from Sibel Edmonds discussing the
recent dismissal of her appeal. It is definitely worth reading and
forwarding around to your lists. Despite all the setbacks, she courageously
asserts that her fight is not yet over. Here is an quote from her essay (the
full version is below).

"Those of you who still think this case, my case, is about covering up some
administrative blunder or bureaucratic mismanagement, please think again. .
. What were [my] core allegations, and who did they involve?
Not only some low-level terrorist . . . they would not go to this length to
protect some nobody criminal or terrorist." - Sibel Edmonds

Thank you Sibel! May you inspire potential whistle-blowers everywhere.

Towards peace and truth,

Emanuel sferios
Webmaster, SeptemberEleventh.org
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Gagged, But Not Dead
By Sibel Edmonds

http://www.justacitizen.com/articles_documents/May14-05-Gagged%20but%20not%2
0Dead.htm

The Appeal Court’s decision on Sibel Edmonds’ Case is out: ‘Case Dismissed;’
no opinion cited; no reason provided. The Court’s decision, issued on
Friday, May 6, has generated a string of obituaries; “another major blow,
maybe the last one, to Sibel Edmonds, a woman who has faced an unprecedented
level of government secrecy, gag orders, and classification.” Well, dear
friends and supporters, Sibel Edmonds may be gagged, but she’s not dead.

On October 18, 2002; three months after I filed my suit against the
Department of Justice for unlawful termination of my employment caused by my
reporting criminal activities committed by government officials and
employees, John Ashcroft, the then Attorney General, invoked a rarely
invoked privilege, the State Secrets Privilege. According to Ashcroft,
everything involving my case and my allegations were considered state
secrets, and whether or not I was right in my allegations, the United States
District Court had to dismiss my entire case without any questions, hearings
or oral argument; period. According to Ashcroft, the court had to grant his
order and dismiss the entire case with no hearings solely based on the fact
that he, Ashcroft, said so. After all, our government knew best. As of that
day, my case came to be gagged; but I continued on.

In April 2004, after attorneys for a large group of 9/11 family members
subpoenaed my deposition, the then Attorney General, John 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 employments all
State Secrets, Top Secret Classified, and matters of the highest level
national security. Let’s see, based on this new ruling and designation by
our ironically named Justice Department, my passport would be considered a
‘top secret’ document since it contains my place of birth, information
considered state secrets. According to our government officials my Virginia
driving license would be considered a ‘Top Secret’
document, since it contains my date of birth, information considered state
secrets and classified. Well, heck, even my resume would be considered ‘Top
Secret’ since it contains my linguistic credentials and my degrees.
As of that day, I officially became a notoriously gagged whistleblower; but
I continued on.

In May 2004, two years after two ranking senators (bipartisan) had publicly,
and in public records and documents, announced me credible and my case and
allegations confirmed and supported, the emboldened then Attorney General,
struck again. This time, he, John Ashcroft, decided to gag the entire
Congress on anything that had to with Sibel Edmonds and her case. He ordered
two ranking senators to take everything referring to me off their websites;
he ordered them to consider all documents and letters related to my case
‘Top Secret,’ and he commanded that they, the Congress, shut their mouth on
any issue that in any way referred or related to me.
Our senators obliged, disregarding the principles of the separation of
powers, not honoring the United States Constitution, and not respecting
their own prestige and status. As of that day, the United States Congress
became officially gagged on Sibel Edmonds; but I continued on.

In June 2004, the United States District Court bowed to his highness,
representative of our Executive Branch, John Ashcroft, and announced its
decision to no longer honor the Constitution as it relates to citizens’
right to due process: it dismissed the case and excused itself from
providing any real explanation, due to any possible explanation, or lack of
explanation, being classified as ‘Top Secret,’ and ‘State Secrets.’ Our
court system too was not willing to stand up for its authority and its
separation from the executive branch. In other words, the District Court
willingly allowed itself to be gagged; but I continued on.

In July 2004, after two years of unexplained foot dragging, the Department
of Justice Office of the Inspector General, announced its long over due
investigation of Sibel Edmonds’ case complete and issued its report. The
further empowered and emboldened then Attorney General stepped in on that
same day and gagged his own Inspector General’s findings and report by
classifying the entire report as secret. The so called independent
investigatory entity, the Inspector General, wrapped and duct taped its
report, bowed, and left the scene now that it was formally and officially
gagged on my case; but I continued on.

On April 21, 2005, for the first time in these three gagged years, my
attorneys and I finally had, or thought we had, our day in court for our
hearing before Appellate Court Judges. Just hours before our hearing, these
judges issued an unexpected ruling, barring all reporters and the public
from the courtroom for the Edmonds’ Case hearing. Numerous media related
entities tried to flex their lately weakened muscles and filed their motion
to oppose this ruling. The judges denied their motion, and cited no reason;
when asked for a reason they responded that they didn’t have to provide any
reason. Everyone was kicked out of the courtroom; except for me, my
attorneys, and the large troop of attorneys from the Department of Justice.
All the doors to the courtroom were locked and guards were placed in front
of each door to watch out for eavesdroppers.
Then came the next shock: after bypassing our brief, asking a couple of
puzzling and irrelevant questions, and allowing my attorneys 10 minutes or
so of response, the Appellate judges asked my attorneys and me (the
plaintiff) to leave the courtroom, so that the government attorneys could
secretly answer questions and make their argument. The guards escorted us,
the plaintiff, out, locked the doors, and stood there in front of the
courtroom and watched us for about fifteen minutes. So much for finally
having my day in court; here I was, with my attorneys, standing outside the
courtroom and being guarded, while in there, three judges were having a cozy
mingling session with a large troop of government attorneys. Then, it was
over; that was it; we were told to leave. In other words, my attorneys and I
were barred from being present in our own court hearing, and my case
remained covered up and gagged; but I continued on.

On May 6, two weeks after the Kafkaesque court procedure, my attorneys and I
were given the verdict: The lower court’s decision was upheld, meaning my
entire case, whether or not we had an Inspector General’s Report that
confirmed my allegations, whether or not we had several congressional
letters confirming my case and my allegations, was prevented from proceeding
in court due to some unspecified ‘State Secrets,’ and unexplained secrecy
that applied to everything that had to do with me and my case; which were so
secret that even the judges could not hear or see.
In fact, the Appellate judges in my case did not cite any opinion or reason,
because even the opinion itself would have been considered secret.
Doesn’t this mean that the Appellate court and these three judges were in
effect gagged? It appears so, but I will continue on.

In the past three years, I have been threatened; I have been gagged several
times; I have continuously been prevented from pursuing my due process; all
reports and investigations looking into my case have been classified; and
every governmental or investigative authority dealing with my case has been
shut up. According to legal experts familiar with my case, the level of
secrecy and classification in my court case and the attitudes and handling
of the court system in dealing with my case is unprecedented in the entire
U.S. court history. According to other experts I am one of the most, if not
the most, gagged woman anybody knows of or has heard of. Why?

Those of you who still think this case, my case, is about covering up some
administrative blunder or bureaucratic mismanagement, please think again.

Those of you who may think that my Kafkaesque case, the unprecedented
secrecy, is due to some justified and official higher reasons, please think
again.

Those of you who may think that our government, our entrusted leaders, may
have an ongoing investigation of criminals involved, please think again. 

The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Justice, in its
‘unclassified report,’ has confirmed my core allegations. What were those
core allegations, and who did they involve? Not only some low-level
terrorist or terrorist organization; not only some ‘maybe’ critical foreign
entities. No; trust me; they would not go to this length to protect some
nobody criminal or terrorist.

It is way past time for a little bit of critical thinking. The Attorney
General cites two reasons to justify the unconstitutional and panic driven
assault on me and my case. Reason one: To protect certain diplomatic
relations - not named since obviously our officials are ashamed of admitting
to these relations. Reason two: To protect certain U.S. foreign business
relations. Let’s take each one and dissect it (I have given up on our mass
media to do that for us!). For reason one, since when is the Department of
Justice, the FBI, in the business of protecting ‘US sensitive diplomatic
relations?’ They appear to be acting as a mouthpiece for the Department of
State. Now, that’s one entity that has strong reasons to cover up, for its
own self, what will end up being a blunder of mammoth scale. Not
internationally; not really; it is the American people and their outrage
they must be worried about; they wouldn’t want to have a few of their widely
recognized officials being held criminally liable; would they?

As for reason two, I can assure you that the U.S. foreign business relations
they may be referring to are not among those that benefit the majority of
the American people; a handful of MIC entities and their lobbying arms can
by no means be considered that, can they? In fact, the American people,
their national safety and security, and their best interests are being
sacrificed for a handful of those with their foreign business interest.
Also, since when are nuclear black market related underground activities
considered official U.S. foreign business; one may wonder? If you want to
have the answers to these questions, please approach your Congress and ask
your representatives for hearings - not behind closed doors quasi hearings -
but open, public hearings where these questions can be asked and answered.

And lastly, for those of you who may think that since I have been gagged and
stopped by almost all available official channels, I must be ready to
vaporize into thin air, please think again. I am gagged, but not dead; not
yet.
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