(noon. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Edmonds testimony is long, and the linked post on BradBlog has five videotape segments to watch. I’ve only watched the first three so far, but wanted to post this information on Whistleblower Edmonds’ testimony which names names and alleges some very disturbing things regarding some Congress members, their staff members, and other government employees:
UPDATE: I forgot to mention Edmonds’ testimony regarding the “outing” of Brewster Jennings–Valerie Plame Wilson’s CIA cover agency, enabling her group to investigate the existence of/extent of WMD in the ME. Edmonds’ alleged that a government official warned the Turkish government and/or Turkish/foreign “operatives” that BJ was a CIA cover agency.
UPDATE 2: Via Edmonds’ website “In Congress We Trust–Not”:
Vanity Fair printed the story only after they made certain they were on sure footing in the face of any possible libel by lining up more than five credible sources, and after triple pit bull style fact-checking. They were vindicated; Hastert did not dare go after them, nor did he ever issue any true denial. Moreover, further vindication occurred only a month ago. On April 10, 2009, The Hill reported that the Former Speaker of the House was contracted to lobby for Turkey. The Justice Department record on this deal indicates that Hastert will now be “principally involved” on a $35,000-a-month contract providing representation for Turkish interests. That seems to be the current arrangement for those serving foreign interests while on the job in congress – to be paid at a later date, collecting on their IOU’s when they secure their positions with ‘the foreign lobby.’
Wow–$35,000 a month! Selling out your fellow citizens and the best interests of your nation to foreign governtments/ interest groups certainly does pay well.
…The deposition included criminal allegations against specifically named members of Congress. Among those named by Edmonds as part of a broad criminal conspiracy: Reps. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Dan Burton (R-IN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Bob Livingston (R-LA), Stephen Solarz (D-NY), Tom Lantos (D-CA), as well as an unnamed, still-serving Congresswoman (D) said to have been secretly videotaped, for blackmail purposes, during a lesbian affair…
High-ranking officials from the Bush Administration named in her testimony, as part of the criminal conspiracy on behalf of agents of the Government of Turkey, include Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz, Marc Grossman, and others.
…During the deposition — which we are still going through ourselves — Edmonds discusses covert “activities” by Turkish entities “that would involve trying to obtain very sensitive, classified, highly classified U.S. intelligence information, weapons technology information, classified Congressional records…recruiting key U.S. individuals with access to highly sensitive information, blackmailing, bribery.”
Edmonds testimony discusses a widespread effort by foreign governments and independent foreign “operatives” in bribing and, if that didn’t work, compromising and then blackmailing vulnerable individuals in government. As a Turkish language translator, her work and knowledge mainly concerned the Turkish government, but who knows how widespread this practice is and how many officials have been compromised by such determined governments/ individuals?
Tape I is introductory, listing names of Turkish organizations and groups that participated in these activities. Edmonds names Dennis Hastert as one Congress Member that she alleges was successfully bribed. He now works as a lobbyist for Turkish interests. Tapes II and III get into more details.
Edmonds related that as part of her FBI training she was told that foreign governments and independent operatives (who are looking to steal weapons technology and sensitive data and sell it to the highest bidder, etc) will work at “hooking” government officials-that is by finding their vulnerabilities for purposes of blackmailing them. She went on to say that the Pentagon would send the FBI a list of individuals who had access to sensitive information and included on those lists those individuals’ vulnerabilities: Sexual, financial, how much money they owed, etc. She said that a “high level” State Department worker passed this information regarding those individuals and their vulnerabilities along to their foreign contacts. These contacts then used this information to compromise those individuals, in order to get their votes on Bills, and their influence in favor of the briber/blackmailer’s agenda.
I know there is a lot going on with Health Care Reform, and with the passing of Senator Kennedy. Yet, what Edmonds discusses is a rot at the core of Congress, government agencies, and members of Administrations. The Obama Administration didn’t invoke the “State Secrets Privilege” to prevent Ms. Edmonds from testifying, as did the Bush Administration, but it also didn’t choose to be present at the DC deposition.
One would think the Administration that was going to clean things up in DC would take a little interest in a case that could be very explosive. Yet, oddly, it’s all going under the radar-of the Administration, the Congress (probably with good reason there), and the media. Maybe the Administration hopes to step back and let us “yell louder”-the only problem is: Who will we yell at? How do we know who is or isn’t “compromised” or “bribed”, not only by US corporations, but by foreign governments and foreign “operatives”?