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For those who just cannot get enough on the Sibel Edmonds story, there is a new posting over at Bradblog by Brad Friedman regarding the testimony of FBI Counterintelligence officer John Cole.

Friedman relates how “An 18-year Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism Manager for the FBI has called for a Special Counsel to be appointed to investigate the allegations of FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds. John M. Cole, who now works as an intelligence contractor for the Air Force, made his comments during an audio interview released late last week with radio journalist Peter B. Collins.

“He also offered a detailed insiders look at the panicked concerns among high-level officials inside the Bureau as Edmonds disturbing allegations began coming to light back in 2002, before they would be quashed for seven long years by the Bush Administration’s unprecedented use of the so-called ‘State Secrets Privilege’ to gag her.

Per Cole ‘Everybody at headquarters level at the bureau knew that what she was saying was extremely accurate. … They were trying to figure out ways of keeping this whole thing quiet, because they didn’t want Sibel to come out.’

“The FBI executive went on to further underscore his corroboration of key elements of Edmonds’ allegations as ‘one hundred percent right on the money, on the mark,’ including the Bureau’s long counterintelligence investigation into Turkish espionage/infiltration in the US government; details on the importance of the first-hand intelligence collected by FBI translators like Edmonds; and a call for long-overdue Special Counsel investigation.

“Cole said ‘You know, it really irritates me that people are getting away with murder, in some cases. They should not be allowed to get away with that. There needs to be accountability. And that’s what I’d love to see.’ “

(Republished from The American Conservative by permission of author or representative)
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  1. For those looking for it, the story Philip references is right here:

  2. I have memories of this whole interpreter business shortly after 9/11. It stunk to high heaven then and it stinks now. The part I remember best was the revelation that people with obvious ties to foreign governments were entrusted with sensitive positions. And they had the nerve to collude against another foreigner who’s loyalty was to the rest of us. What’s key here is that the mainstream media simply refuse to cover this aspect of our national life.

  3. Obama claimed during the campaign that his administration would be open and transparent. The Edmonds case provides him with a golden opportunity to deliver on that promise. Will he do so? The signs are not promising.

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