"... But isn't the full name of Kubrick's film 'Doctor Strangelove or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb'?"
~ Mathieu Verboud, director, Kill The Messenger.
~ Mathieu Verboud, director, Kill The Messenger.
While the CIA has been busy destroying its own torture videotapes, it looks like the FBI has been busy "covering up a key case file detailing evidence against corrupt government officials and their dealings with a network stealing nuclear secrets."
Again, from London's The Sunday Times:
The assertion follows allegations made in The Sunday Times two weeks ago by Sibel Edmonds, an FBI whistleblower, who worked on the agency’s investigation of the network.
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One of the documents relating to the case was marked 203A-WF-210023. Last week, however, the FBI responded to a freedom of information request for a file of exactly the same number by claiming that it did not exist. But The Sunday Times has obtained a document signed by an FBI official showing the existence of the file.
Edmonds believes the crucial file is being deliberately covered up by the FBI because its contents are explosive. She accuses the agency of an “outright lie”.
Marc Grossman was mentioned as the "well-known senior official in the US State Department was being paid by Turkish agents in Washington who were selling the information on to black market buyers, including Pakistan" in connection with the 6 January report in The Sunday Times, and he's mentioned again in today's story:
The anonymous letter names a high-level government official [Note: Grossman] who was allegedly secretly recorded speaking to an official at the Turkish embassy between August and December 2001.
It claims the government official warned a Turkish member of the network that they should not deal with a company called Brewster Jennings because it was a CIA front company investigating the nuclear black market. The official’s warning came two years before Brewster Jennings was publicly outed when one of its staff, Valerie Plame, was revealed to be a CIA agent in a case that became a cause célèbre in the US.
The letter also makes reference to wiretaps of Turkish “targets” talking to ISI intelligence agents at the Pakistani embassy in Washington and recordings of “operatives” at the ATC.
Just as over the last two weeks there has been a deafening silence in the US media over Sibel's story and the connection of Marc Grossman to the sale of nuclear secrets to Pakistan through the ATC and the Turkish Embassy in DC, expect another deafening silence over the FBI's continuing attempt to cover up the agents of foreign interests that have infested Washington.
In the meantime, expect to see more bullshit stories like the one that surfaced this week in US media, about a US lawmaker-turned-lobbyist who was involved with a charity group that allegedly funnelled a piddly $260,000 to an Afghan warlord in cahoots with the Taliban and al-Qaeda--both of which are long-time CIA assets. The chump change mentioned in this stupid little distraction went to Pakistan--the country to whom Grossman sold The Bomb. Now, ask yourself why that son-of-a-bitch Grossman isn't indicted for selling nuclear secrets to Turkish middlemen who turned around and sold them to Pakistan. This would be the same Marc Grossman who, as ambassador to Turkey in the mid-1990's facilitated the Ankara regime's genocide of the Kurdish people.
So the US media is telling us, by all means let's go anal over the details of a bare quarter of a million dollars to some Afghan warlord in Pakistan but, whatever we do, let's not breathe a word about high-ranking US government officials who have done all they can to push the nuclear clock much closer to midnight.
Check out more on the latest Sibel news over at Luke's place. In the first post, Luke addresses the following questions:
a) The use of Turkish front groups to supply nuclear hardware to the network
b) The extraordinary legal steps the US and UK governments have used to hide their guilt
Along with the usual suspects (the ATC and the Turkish Embassy), Luke focuses on Giza Technologies, in New Jersey, and Turkish businessmen Selim Alguadiş (of EKA) and the late Güneş Cire (of ETI Elektroteknik--now operating under the direction of Cire's son). Luke also discusses the so-called "state secrets privilege" as a way for both the US and the UK to cover up the criminals in government who have been crucial to the nuclear arming of states like Pakistan.
In his second recent post, Luke discusses today's Times article and makes the case that either the FBI is lying about the file on Grossman, the ATC, the Turkish Embassy, Giza Technologies, et.al., or the FBI has taken a page out of the CIA's playbook and has "destroyed the evidence of this multi-year investigation concerning the corruption of high-level US officials, the nuclear black market, money laundering and narcotics trafficking."
In other news, here's a "person of interest" you should know about: Robert Wexler (D-FL), thanks to an email from a friend:
Robert Wexler loves to talk Turkey. The congressman from Boca Raton gobbles on and on about that troubled country, calling it a role model for all Muslim nations to follow and praising its help in the so-called war on terrorism.
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It's a stretch to call the Republic of Turkey a democracy, but everything is a little exaggerated when it comes to Wexler and Turkey. He doesn't just vote for the country's causes; he founded the Congressional Turkey Caucus last year to help build a pro-Turk coalition in the capital. He isn't just friendly with the powerful Turkish lobby; he won a "leadership award" from the American-Turkish Council this past March. Wexler doesn't just want to increase trade with Turkey; at the behest of leading Turkish businessmen, he is working hard in Congress to end tariffs on the country's exports to the United States.
All this for a near-military state with a terrible history of human rights abuses, illegal invasions, and genocide. The republic's anti-democratic ways have kept it from membership in the European Union, but the congressman, along with the Bush administration, hails it as a shining light among nations.
And Wexler, bless him, is doing it all for war.
If you read on, you'll see that Wexler is a kind of hub, a "person of interest" in whom both the Turkish and the Israeli lobbies intersect. Of course, he's doing it all for war; he voted a resounding "YEA" to give carte blanche to Bush and Cheney for the Iraq War, which turns his current project as head impeachment crusader into nothing more than politics-as-usual. Why didn't Wexler initiate impeachment proceedings in November 2006, when the Democrats took the majority in Congress? Because Wexler's little project is only for show and contains absolutely no substance.
What else does Wexler do for war? Condemns PKK, with no mention of PKK's August 2006 offer of a peaceful, political solution to the Kurdish situation in Turkey. In this, he resembles no one so much as Lockheed Martin's Joseph Ralston.
When you think about the Deep State in the US, don't forget to think about Wexler.
Finally, Hîwa's got a post up about a spat that's developed between the KDP and PUK on one side, and Michael Rubin and Hawlatî on the other, and it looks like Talabanî intends to take Erdoğan's approach and sue Hawlatî, because Hawlatî published a translation of one of Rubin's articles about the corruption in South Kurdistan.
I'm as frustrated as Hîwa over the corruption issue and I have to agree with his conclusions, particularly this:
It is time to take a tough love approach to Iraqi Kurdistan.
Yes, indeed. It's high time for the "tough love approach."