"Barack Obama's first appointment, that of Chicago Congressman Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff, is quite frankly unsettling and suggests that voters who had hoped for real change in Washington will be disappointed."
~ Philip Giraldi.
~ Philip Giraldi.
Thanks to the heval who sent me this piece of interesting information, from Reuters:
Russia has evidence that citizens from NATO member states including the United States and Turkey fought for Georgia in the five-day August war, Russia's top investigator said on Monday.
A senior security official in Tbilisi dismissed the statement and said by law only Georgian nationals could serve in the country's armed forces.
Asked to list the nationalities of the foreign fighters it believes were involved, Alexander Bastrykin, head of the Prosecutor-General's investigative committee said: "America, the Czech Republic, Chechnya, the Baltic States, Ukraine and Turkey."
I guess that's why Russian special ops types were joking around about invading Turkey:
"Next time we should invade Turkey. It's nice down there," said the second soldier, who wore a ski mask and drank bottles of beer with Georgian lettering on them.
On the other hand, maybe the Russian wasn't joking. And as for the secretary of Georgia's security council blowing off the information, I wouldn't be so quick to do that. After all, Condoleeza Rice admits that Georgia started the war and that great whore of the American media, the NYTimes finally admitted at the beginning of this month that Georgia started the war . . . in sharp distinction to everything else it ever published on the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia.
So who are you going to believe? The Russians or some Mickey Mouse Georgian security council dude?
I hope the Russians holds everyone's feet to the fire over this Reuters report of foreign fighters doing their dirty deeds for Georgia and the US.
And now, for those of you who wanted change and thought you would get it with a new American administration, you need to spend 36 minutes of your time and listen to a recent interview by Scott Horton with Philip Giraldi, here.
Some of you may remember Philip Giraldi's name from a number of Rastî posts about the Sibel Edmonds case. Once upon a time, Giraldi served as the CIA's Istanbul chief of base. In the interview linked above, Giraldi talks about Obama's pick as White House chief of staff, the congressman from Illinois, Rahm Emanuel.
Like Obama, Emanuel comes from Chicago. Chicago was the hub of Turkish activity in the US on the FBI wiretaps that Sibel Edmonds translated. From the Vanity Fair article:
. . . One counter-intelligence official familiar with Edmonds’s case has told Vanity Fair that the F.B.I. opened an investigation into covert activities by Turkish nationals in the late 1990’s. That inquiry found evidence, mainly via wiretaps, of attempts to corrupt senior American politicians in at least two major cities—Washington and Chicago. Toward the end of 2001, Edmonds was asked to translate some of the thousands of calls that had been recorded by this operation, some dating back to 1997.
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. . . Vanity Fair has established that around the time the Dickersons visited the Edmondses, in December 2001, Joel Robertz, an F.B.I. special agent in Chicago, contacted Sibel and asked her to review some wiretaps. Some were several years old, others more recent; all had been generated by a counter-intelligence that had its start in 1997. “It began in D.C.,” says an F.B.I. counter-intelligence official who is familiar with the case file. “It became apparent that Chicago was actually the center of what was going on.”
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In her secure testimony, Edmonds disclosed some of what she recalled hearing. In all, says a source who was present, she managed to listen to more than 40 of the Chicago recordings supplied by Robertz. Many involved an F.B.I. target at the city’s large Turkish Consulate, as well as members of the American-Turkish Consulate, as well as members of the American-Turkish Council and the Assembly of Turkish American Associates.
The Turkish "cultural" crowd in Chicago would appear to be problematic. The Turkish "cultural" crowd in Chicago has been active in fundraising for other politicos besides Dennis Hastert, including one Mehmet Çelebi. Çelebi was a big time fundraiser for the politico who's been nominated to become Obama's secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. From Luke Ryland:
In the meantime, another important angle to Edmonds' case has opened up. Earlier this week, the New York Post ran a Page 6 piece, ODD FILM BY HILLARY BACKER, which highlights the close relationship between Hillary Clinton and Chicago-based Turkish businessman Mehmet Celebi.
Celebi, "one of the national leaders of the Turkish-American community in the US," is a key fundraiser for Clinton, and is one of Clinton's Chicago delegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Celebi was also heavily involved in the controversial 2006 movie "Valley of the Wolves: Iraq" which has been widely regarded as "anti-Semitic, anti-American, conspiratorial agitprop."
Mehmet Celebi is also a key figure in the Sibel Edmonds case - he is heavily involved in the narcotics trade in the US and the corruption and bribery of high-level US officials.
According to Celebi's bio:
"He has been serving as the President of the Turkish-American Cultural Alliance (TACA) since 2000, and as Member of the Board/Vice-President of the Assembly of Turkish-American Associations (ATAA), a Washington, D.C. based umbrella organization representing 57 organizations."
The Chicago-based Turkish-American Cultural Alliance (TACA) and the Assembly of Turkish-American Associations (ATAA) both figure prominently in Sibel Edmonds' case. Both are reported to be front groups for criminal activity involving illegal weapons sales, narcotics trafficking, and the bribery and corruption of high level US officials.
Mehmet Celebi first came to my attention in my first interview with Sibel in January 2006. My notes from that interview read:
"Sibel mentioned the mafia nature of the Turkish business establishment - in particular she mentioned Celebi as one of the key players - apparently they are involved in an arms trading cartel, and they ship narcotics in the cargo of their planes as they zoom around.
"One of the Celebi family members (Mehmet Celebi) is chairman of the Turkish American Cultural Association (TACA) in Illinois. (Sibel has often pointed to both Chicago, and also to 'cultural exchanges')."
TACA and the ATAA were both targets of an FBI counter-intelligence operation investigating the corruption and bribery of high-level US officials from 1997 onward, including the period when Celebi had high level positions at these organizations.
But Clinton wasn't the only one Çelebi has raised funds for. He's fundraised for Rahm Emanuel as well (The photo below shows Emanuel, center, and Çelebi, far right):
Well-versed in international policies, Emanuel acknowledges the importance of Turkey in such a strategic part of the world. "I encourage the continuation of strong ties between Turkey and Israel and would urge European governments to admit Turkey into EU as soon as possible," he said. "Such a move would benefit the U.S. which is highly appreciative of Turkey's membership in NATO."
Emanuel said he would support the construction of the pipeline to go through Turkey. He also touched upon the Cyprus controversy as a difficult challenge and said he did not know enough about the Turkish point of view dealing with the Armenian conflict of 90 years ago
Mehmet Celebi, TACA's president promised to send him material on the Ottoman-Armenian conflict and encouraged him "to keep politicians out of the debate and analysis of historical events that took place during the demise of the Ottoman Empire." Historians, not politicians, should research and write about this subject, was the consensus of those attending the meeting.
Here's a photo from Yeni Şafak, which shows Clinton on the left and Çelebi on the right:
Remember that the Clinton administration gave more arms to Turkey than anyone else in US history. I do mean "gave" because those arms were funded 80% by the US taxpayer, meaning they were virtual freebies for Turkey.
Remember that in February, Bill Clinton left no doubt as to Hillary's support for Turkey:
"Turkey is a very significant country for us. We need to have good relations with Turkey. The biggest contribution to this will come from Hillary. There will be great progress in relations if Hillary is elected."
He went on to thank the many Turks who "contribute a lot to Hillary's election campaign" and assured readers that relations with Turkey will prosper under a Hillary administration.
She can do all of that as the head of the State Department.
Remember the Clean Break Strategy of the neocons, specifically Perle, Feith, and their International Advisors, Inc., which have also been brought up in connection with Sibel Edmonds' information. More on that can be found at The Nation.
Remember, too, that they're all running together--Hillary Clinton, Mehmet Çelebi, Rahm Emanuel, and the American Deep State.
Is that the change you voted for . . . chumps?