In that capacity, you discover that some of the highest elected and appointed political leaders in the land are engaged in espionage and treason, accepting bribes and selling weapons and information including nuclear weapons secrets to foreign powers, including our enemies. Moreover, you learn that some of your co-workers are in league with these conspirators, covering up the evidence trail and misdirecting those tasked with preventing such security breaches. Shocked at the blatant betrayals you have discovered, you do the right thing and report this to your superiors. Agency policy and federal law require you to do no less. Having done your duty, you expect that higher-ups in the chain of command will do theirs.

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Now comes the book, Classified Woman , and everything comes clear. Sibel Edmonds was born in Turkey to an Azerbaijani doctor—known and persecuted as a vocal supporter of liberal democracy against authoritarian regimes. She lived in Iran then again in Turkey before coming to the United States in as a student. Her routine tasks were to translate covertly recorded conversations by Turkish diplomatic and political targets. Edmonds into passing sensitive information to them and also to suppress information that might embarrass, or incriminate, their associates.

Sibel was horrified at the implications of her discoveries. She sought to have these clear and present dangers of espionage and treason investigated and prosecuted The FBI maligned her, communications were tapped, her life was threatened, her mother and a sister rejected her, Turkish authorities harassed her family, and AG John Ashcroft invoked the State Secrets privilege.

To my oh-so-confounded, fraidy-cat friends: now is the time to man up. We ask not your counsel or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen! Of this darkness, many have been touched; some have had the merest glimpse while others have been drowned. Whether facing prosecution, jailed, harassed and scorned, gagged, censored, spied on and threatened, or persecuted in secret prisons, those who know the darkness also know it is here-and expanding.

Some know by now that going to the polls is an exercise in futility. The media too operates in darkness. Our choices are not a choice. A few know-and that number is growing-that even at this late hour, it is not too late to cry out, to inform, unite and fight for true changes: against fear and the power of darkness.

They are the irate minority. They are growing. And I am with them, have been, and always will be. Please buy the book. Then I went back to Amazon and bought the paperback.



Edmonds was hired, as a contractor, to work as an interpreter in the translations unit of the FBI in Washington on [12] 13 September, 15 September, or 20 September Among her main roles was to translate covertly recorded conversations by Turkish diplomatic and political targets. In response, she claims that managers retaliated [13] against her, and she was fired on 22 March In June , the Associated Press and Washington Post reported that the FBI claimed Edmonds was dismissed because her actions were disruptive and breached security and that she performed poorly at her job.


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