Sibel Edmonds


Former FBI contract translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds discusses the corruption of “political termite” former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, the systemic rot indicated by the disappearance of accountability and oversight in all levels of US government, pervasive political self-dealing and foreign espionage based in Chicago, bribes and lucrative salaries given to current and former US politicians by Turkish operatives, ignorant or apathetic voters that keep voting for incumbents, the special set of ethical and legal exceptions given to Israel and the bribery and espionage investigations that have targeted Dan Burton, Bob Livingston, Jane Harman and others in Congress.

MP3 here. (41:40)

Sibel Edmonds is the founder and president of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding national security whistleblowers. She has appeared on national radio and TV as a commentator on matters related to whistleblowers, national security, and excessive secrecy & classification, and has been featured on CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC,  NPR, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The American Conservative, and others. Her book, Shooting the Messenger, co-authored with Professor William Weaver, is forthcoming from Kansas University Press in the fall of 2010.

PEN American Center awarded Ms. Edmonds the 2006 PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award for her “commitment to preserving the free flow of information in the United States in a time of growing international isolation and increasing government secrecy”. She is also the recipient of the 2004 Sam Adams Foundation Award.

Ms. Edmonds worked as a language specialist for the FBI’s Washington Field Office. During her work with the bureau, she discovered and reported serious acts of security breaches, cover-ups, and intentional blocking of intelligence that had national security implications. After she reported these acts to FBI management, she was retaliated against and ultimately fired in March 2002. Since that time, court proceedings on her issues have been blocked by the assertion of “State Secrets Privilege”, and the Congress of the United States has been gagged and prevented from any discussion of her case through retroactive re-classification issued by the Department of Justice.

Ms. Edmonds began her career in 1993 as Project Director for the Rostropovich Foundation, a non-profit humanitarian organization providing medical and food aid to children of the former Soviet Union. She re-located to St. Petersburg, Russia and managed correspondence, shipments, inventory and security precautions in the largest children’s hospital in St. Petersburg. Later, she worked as the Executive Director & Co-Founder of Edmonds Industries, a Consulting and Holding Company, investing in international business and residential real estate development. Ms. Edmonds also worked as a volunteer for the Alexandria CASA program (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused children, and as an instructor for the Alexandria Office on Women’s Domestic Violence Program.

Ms. Edmonds has a MA in Public Policy and International Commerce from George Mason University, a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University, and AA degree in Science from NVCC. She is certified as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and as an instructor for the Women’s Domestic Violence Program. She is fluent in Turkish, Farsi and Azerbaijani.

29 thoughts on “Sibel Edmonds”

    1. Sibel Edmonds:
      Your story is so amazing. We all really appreciate all you have done to speak truth to power and inform the public that actually cares. You are absolutely right about Obama.
      Tim T

  1. Thank You for all your interest and concern about America.. You could have turned a blind eye to the assembly line deceptions and corruption, but put YOURSELF on the line against even the will of congress
    to inform us of the rot.. Our humble gratitude is like a drop in the Ocean to the justified indignation at the way you have been treated.. Our gratitude knows no bounds… Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

  2. Another Whistle blower was recently arrested again. I'm sure you heard about Vanunu.

    lol to Scott for saying you need an email with the current talking points of propaganda, so that you know what to refute and address. I feel like that sometimes especially when I was in Japan and didn't watch any American media. For example, I was like why is everyone making such a big deal about Rove? He's nothing, he's a small potato compared to others. Or why is everyone talking about if Obama wore a flag on his lapel or not who care the guy supports more war. Just suddenly there would be all these stories about whatever which were just chasing white rabbits and I would wonder why the sudden focus? Then I realized it was US media's distraction of the day.

    Sibel I agree with you about Israel. It is the sacred cow of sacred cows. It;s really the only country you'll be a accused of being racist/bigot over for criticizing it. No one would say you were anti-white or anti-asia for cutting on Russia or North Korea, etc etc. But with Israel it's like some 7th grade race obsessed over socialized narcissist screaming religious and racial prejudice to everything as a means of shutting down any rational discussion.

    Israel is the prime cash cow for the MIC because it cannot be criticized without serious hoops and disclaimers, thus it's the perfect place for their nexus. It's also the third most violent country in the world out of 144 behind only Afghanistan and Iraq.

  3. My best regards to Sibel Edmonds. She's an excellent judge of the U.S. Government's depravity.

    By the way, Ms. Edmonds, have you ever considered running for public office? You're a Ron Paul type, one who's anathema to the bought-and-paid-for hacks that infest American political life.

    1. Thankful for all the kind words and your support.

      Orville: I don't know if I am his type but I certainly am his fan. We need many more like him and turn the now-red light district back to what it is supposed to be. Watching the movement very closely.

  4. Having a hierarchy of power, which we do in a republic(a style of government which posits in good faith an absurd amount of responsibility in a small group of people who we are to believe are wiser and more noble than the rest of us), is the problem. To think that substituting the corrupt elements with some that are morally pure so that our situation would improve is akin to waiting for the second coming of Christ. It is blatantly naivete. If you have to look to history for an example which is in defiance of this logic you've yet to shed the concentration campus historical perspective. If you have to look to the future through the likes of a Barack Obama or Ron Paul you're no better than those who idolize the founding fathers wondering why the artists rendition emitted the wings and halo. They were all slave owning wealthy upper class white males who thought the common man was incapable of ruling himself.
    This might be news to all of you:
    The declaration of independence and constitution are parchments upon which are written a series of abstract thoughts. This goes for the communist manifesto or any other idealistic propaganda.
    If you are really at odds with the government:
    Disengage. This means stop paying taxes. Actually, better yet, develop your own currency. The dollar started somewhere. There are many communities in the united states which have alternative currencies. Look them up.
    Get rid of your television. It is everything Orwell predicted it to be, right down to it not turning off when you turn it off.
    Establish autonomy. This means being exclusively responsible for all of your needs. Believe it or not you can create the energy you require to live on from the elements. You can also grow your own food. Amazing isn't it! Wonder why none of this was taught to you in the 22 years of schooling you received? Now of course you can't do this from the 1,000 sf condo on the 22nd floor somebody tricked you into buying, but where did you get the idea that converted public housing or massive apartment buildings constructed for the families of factory workers was a good idea? They were slaves a hundred years ago and so are you. Getting rid of your television will help you with future decisions of this magnitude.
    Learn how to defend yourself. If trillions of dollars and the best technology of any fighting force in the world can't defeat a few hundred illiterate men it can't defeat you either.
    All this might mean you have to leave the comfort of your temperature controlled office study and do some actual work.
    The bean counter will always tell you he's more important than the bean grower. He realizes his mistake when there's a shortage of beans.
    Good Luck to you all.

  5. My interest about the Turkish connection is whether the present(Turkish)administration will gain traction with the on going Ergenekon trials. Seems Erogdan has chosen a cagey FM in Davutoglu,the carrot of EU membership is at best a low priority. Davutoglu realizes the BTC pipeline and Turkey's nexus location can make the Israelis eat and drink sand. NATO membership and all the skeletons in the closet should be enough leverage to garner all the benefits of the EU w/out joining. I sincerely hope the Greeks will seize the Davutoglu overtures and put the Iliad to sleep. Someone has fantasies of Eliat/Ashkelon rising:)

  6. Sibel, my hero, I had to post in order to put a link to your new site… where you have a fresh interview with Daniel Ellsberg up.

    You and Peter B have entered my "hear every issue" listening class. Your interview with Mizgin Yilmaz of Dec. 4th (… was the biggest eye-opener of all, covering Susurluk and its connection to Gladio. Peter Dale Scott is the only one I know who has taken on the full import of the concept of Deep Politics, but here it is in all its gory.

    Peter B. Collins's podcasts include all of yours too and many more at (except he is redesigning at the moment — something I've been putting off at mine since 2006).

    Like drinking from the firehose.

    Scott, you've been on my "100% listen" list for a long time. I also support both of you monthly.

    Set your faces like a flint!

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