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TO INVOKE STATE SECRETS PRIVILEGE TO PREVENT FBI
WHISTELBLOWER FROM GIVING A DEPOSITION IN 9/11
Michael C. Ruppert
Action Needed Monday and Tuesday, April
26 & 27
April 26, 2004 1400 PDT ( FTW) -- FBI whistleblower
and former translator Sibel Edmonds, who has appeared
on 60 MINUTES and recently been interviewed in many
of the largest newspapers in the world has something
to say. We know already that Senator Charles Grassley
has found her credible and that she has charged the
government with lying for stating that it had no
knowledge of the possibility that Al Qaeda might
use hijacked airliners as weapons against buildings.
She was placed under a gag order restricting her
from speaking with the press about that knowledge
by John Ashcroft in October of 2002 and she has pushed
the envelope of that order in a multitude of recent
interviews. The government has just moved to keep
Edmonds from giving a deposition in response to a
So scared of what she might say is the Bush administration
that the Department of Justice has moved to impose
the rarely used “State Secrets” privilege to prevent
Edmonds from giving a deposition in a 9/11-related
lawsuit. The case is the $100 trillion action filed
in 2002 by 600 9/11 victim families against officials
of the Saudi government and prominent Saudi citizens. FTW believes
that the greatest crimes of 9/11, the ones that deserve
the fullest attention of the American people, were
committed by persons inside the US government, not
in Saudi Arabia. I leave aside any opinions of the
nature of the Saudi regime, about which FTW has
written extensively. That is not the point.
While FTW has reservations about the possible
motives for the suit as setting the stage for a destabilization
of Saudi Arabia as a pretext for seizing Saudi oilfields,
those reservations have nothing to do with the fact
that a law is being invoked to conceal a
crime. That is exactly what John Ashcroft's
DoJ is attempting to do. Whatever Sibel Edmonds has
to say, whatever she knows, is something the American
people have a right and a need to hear. That right
should transcend any law.
Edmonds has stated that she did not believe that
the Bush administration had specific knowledge relating
to the dates of the attacks or their specific targets.
From her compartmentalized position in the FBI, that
opinion may reflect what she knew but it does not
correspond to other facts that are known and which FTW was
the first to document and publish.
Unfortunately the law itself is fairly clear and
it is likely that the motion to quash the subpoena
will be granted and subsequently affirmed by the
Court of Appeals. That brings up a greater challenge
as Americans must now question the legitimacy of
the law itself.
Our Declaration of Independence says that whenever
the government becomes an obstacle to the pursuit
of liberty and democracy that it is the right and
the duty of the people to change that government.
The heavier issues behind 9/11, the ones that people
have not wanted to face, are now appearing on the
Supporting Sibel Edmonds right now means supporting
the principle of protection for whistle-blowers,
and for government transparency. We need to stop
the DOJ's efforts to terrorize the people who could
bring out the truth, whether it is Edmonds or anyone
who promotes transparency inside the machinery.
And it won't take much to turn the tide. The DOJ
and the Courts desperately rely upon the appearance
of the rule of law. They might back down if we confront
them within the very court system they use to maintain
the appearance of legitimacy. Don't underestimate
your own power.
Here's what you can do to help. (Please do as many
of these as you can.)
#1. COME TO COURT ON MONDAY!
If you live in the DC area, please come to support
Ms. Edmonds and to make sure the Judge and the DOJ
know that the public insists on 9-11 transparency.
The hearing will be held in the US District Court
(3rd and Constitution Avenue), in Judge Reggie Walton's
courtroom, on Monday, April 26, at 11:30 AM. Ms.
Edmonds will be in front of the Constitution entrance
DC Court with map:
#2. EMAIL AND CALL THE INDIVIDUALS WHO MATTER
The Department of Justice budget is funded by the
White House and the Congress. Please email John Ashcroft
and cc Bush, Cheney, Rice, Frank Wolf (Chairman of
the House Appropriations Committee), Roscoe C. Howard,
Jr. (DC US Attorney), Peter D. Keisler (Assistant
Attorney General), and Judd Greg (Chairman of the
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and the
Simply copy and paste the following sample text
in your email, or use your own words.
Dear Attorney General Ashcroft,
I have recently learned that the department of Justice
is attempting to silence Sibel D. Edmonds, a former
FBI translator who is attempting to tell the truth
about 9-11. It is outrageous that my tax dollars
are being used to prevent government transparency
in what appears to be a 9-11 cover-up. Does this
administration have something to hide? Ms. Edmonds
and any other government employees or contractors
who want to tell the truth have a right to do so.
The public has a right to know the truth!
cc: President George Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney,
National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, House
Appropriations Committee Chairman Frank Wolf, DC
US Attorney Roscoe C. Howard, Jr, Assistant Attorney
General Peter D. Keisler, Subcommittee on Commerce,
Justice, State and the Judiciary Chairman, Judd Greg
Copy and paste the following addresses into the "to" field:
AskDOJ@usdoj.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
And please copy and paste email@example.com into
the cc section. Catherine Austin Fitts is keeping
track of how many emails are being sent.
To email Frank Wolf, Chairman of the Appropriations
Committee, use this web-mail form:
To email the entire House Appropriations Committee,
use this web-mail form:
President George W. Bush Vice President Richard
Cheney: 202-456-1111 Attorney General John Ashcroft:
202-514-2001 Assistant Attorney General Peter D Keisler:
202-514-3301 DC US Attorney Roscoe C. Howard, Jr.:
202-514-7566 House Appropriations Committee Chairman
Frank Wolf: 202-225-5136 Senate Appropriations Committee:
202-224-7363 Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State
and the Judiciary Chairman, Judd Greg: 202-224-3324
#3. FORWARD THIS ACTION ALERT TO OTHERS
Please post this action alert to relevant lists
and forward it to ten or more people in your network
who are interested in seeing the truth emerge on
Also, contact your local media (use a Google search
to find their emails and phone numbers) and encourage
them to cover the story.
#4. THROW THESE PEOPLE OUT OF OFFICE -- VOTE WITH
YOUR ATTENTION AND MONEY
While we wait until November to vote at the polls,
we can vote in the marketplace with our media attention,
bank deposits, and our purchases and investments.
When we shift our market "votes" to local
banks and local media, we break up the economic power
that is running the federal government. Shift your
bank deposits from a large bank to a well managed
local credit union or community bank. Shift your
media attention and subscriptions to media that is
telling the truth about 9-11 and your local media.
Let's use our consumer power to break up the banking
and corporate cartel that is running our government
to stop transparency and accountability.
#5. PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS
Our intention is for total transparency on 9-11.
Keep believing and thinking, "May it be so!"
Documents related to the hearing on Monday : http://www.septembereleventh.org/edmonds
Catherine Austin Fitts' letter to Condoleezza Rice: http://www.whereisthemoney.org/hotseat/condoleezzarice.htm
Judge Reggie B. Walton overseeing the case:
Alert from Citizens Watch for Monday Hearing : http://www.solariactionnetwork.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=910
Stories about Sibel D. Edmonds
Lost in Translation: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/10/25/60minutes/main526954.shtml
Statement of FBI Whistleblower Sibel D. Edmonds
and her Attorneys: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/onpolitics/articles/whistleblowerpr.html
We should have had orange or red-type of alert in
June or July of 2001: http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/03/26/translator/index_np.html
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