According to FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds,
there is a vast black market for nukes, and certain U.S. officials have been
supplying sensitive nuclear technology information to Turkish and Israeli interests
through its conduits. It's a scathing
allegation which was first published by the London Times two weeks
ago, and Edmonds' charge seems to be on the verge of vindication.
In likely reaction to the London Times report, the Bush Administration
quietly announced on January 22 that the president would like Congress to approve
the sale of nuclear secrets to Turkey. As with most stories of this magnitude,
the U.S. media has put on blinders, opting to not report either Edmonds' story
or Bush's recent announcement.
The White House Press
Release claims that President Clinton signed off on the Turkey deal way
back in 2000:
"However, immediately after signature, U.S. agencies received information
that called into question the conclusions that had been drawn in the required
NPAS (Nuclear Proliferation Assessment Statement) and the original classified
annex, specifically, information implicating Turkish private entities in certain
activities directly relating to nuclear proliferation. Consequently, the Agreement
was not submitted to the Congress and the executive branch undertook a review
of the NPAS evaluation … My Administration has completed the NPAS review as
well as an evaluation of actions taken by the Turkish government to address
the proliferation activities of certain Turkish entities (once officials of
the U.S. Government brought them to the Turkish government's attention)."
What "private entities" the press release refers to is not clear,
but it could well include the American Turkish Council, the "entity"
revealed in the Times article. The Bushites seem to be covering their
own exposed backsides, for the timing of Bush's call to sell nuke secrets to
Turkey is certainly suspicious, if not overtly conspicuous.
It appears the White House has been spooked by Edmonds and hopes to absolve
the U.S. officials allegedly involved in the illegal sale of nuclear technology
to private Turkish "entities". One of those officials is likely Marc
Grossman, the former ambassador to Turkey during the Clinton Administration
who also served in the State Department from 2001-2005. Grossman has been named
by Edmonds who claims he was directly involved in the nuclear smuggling ring
that she says has allowed the intelligence agencies of Pakistan, Israel and
Turkey to operate in the U.S. with impunity. Totally complicit in the nuke trade,
the U.S. government, according to Edmonds, has known of the vast criminal activities
of these foreign nations' presence in the States, which has included all sorts
of illegal activities like drug trafficking, espionage and money laundering.
Edmonds says "several arms of the government were shielding what was going
on" which included an entire national security apparatus associated with
the neoconservaties who have profited by representing Turkish interests in Washington.
As Justin Raimondo recently
reported in Antiwar.com:
"…this group includes not only Grossman, but also Paul Wolfowitz, chief
intellectual architect of the Iraq war and ex-World Bank president; former deputy
defense secretary for policy Douglas J. Feith; Feith's successor, Eric Edelman;
and Richard Perle, the notorious uber-neocon whose unique ability to mix profiteering
and warmongering forced him to resign his official capacity as a key administration
adviser … Edmonds draws a picture of a three-sided alliance consisting of Turkish,
Pakistani, and Israeli agents who coordinated efforts to milk U.S. nuclear secrets
and technology, funneling the intelligence stream to the black market nuclear
network set up by the Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan. The multi-millionaire Pakistani
nuclear scientist then turned around and sold his nuclear assets to North Korea,
Libya, and Iran."
Is the Bush Administration seeking to exonerate these "officials"
with its plea to allow Turkey to obtain U.S. nuclear secrets? Besides Grossman,
who else was involved in Edmonds' grim tale of the nuke-for-profit underground?
As the news that U.S. officials have allegedly been supplying Turkey with nuclear
technology begins to creep in to the mainstream media, the Bush team appears
to be moving to legalize the whole shady operation.
If Congress does not block or amend Bush's legislation to sell nukes to Turkey
within 90 days, it will become law automatically, likely acting retroactively
to clear the alleged crimes of Marc Grossman and his neocon, nuke-trading friends.