Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Heroin Lobby, Part 1

In an article published nearly four years ago, entitled State Dept. Quashed 9/11 Links To Global Drug Trade - FBI Whistleblower, some of the Sibel Edmonds story came out. Here are some excerpts (please note that the original has links to recordings of the interview on MP3 which I did not reproduce):

Even as a judge prepares to permanently silence her, a former FBI translator of intelligence has implicated the US State Department in quashing investigations which had linked the 9/11 terrorist network to a global drug trafficking ring.

Sibel Edmonds, whose closed-door revelations to Congressional inquiries have been declared state secrets, says that as a result, FBI investigations were ordered terminated.

"There are certain points..., where you have your drug related activities combined with money laundering and information laundering, converging with your terrorist activities," Ms. Edmonds told

"Certain investigations were being quashed, let's say per State Department's request, because it would have affected certain foreign relations [or] affected certain business relations with foreign organizations," she said in an exclusive interview.

"And, as it has been asserted within the state secret privilege... That was something the State Department did not want to have."

Edmonds also indicated that the FBI's translation service had been penetrated by an intelligence group not linked to any government.

"Intelligence is also gathered by certain semi-legitimate organizations --to be used for their activities," said Edmonds. "It really does not boil down to countries anymore...[ ] When you have activities involving a lot of money, you have people from different nations involved.... It can be categorized under organized crime, but in a very large scale."

These "semi-legitimate" organizations are lobby groups and cultural organizations. Here is how Sibel Edmonds explained that to Christopher Deliso in another interview entitled An Interview with Sibel Edmonds, Part Two, also from 2004:

CD: In a fascinating recent interview with, you say that with the synoptic view you acquired at the FBI, the "picture" of non-state organized crime linked with state institutions becomes "crystal clear." For the benefit of our readers, let me just re-quote one of your statements:

"[Y]ou have [a] network of people who obtain certain information and they take it out and sell it to … whomever would be the highest bidder. Then you have people who would be bringing into the country narcotics from the East, and their connections. [It] is only then that you really see the big picture."

At several points you state that such organized crime networks employ "semi-legitimate organizations" as their point of interface with governments and the "legit" world. Can you explain exactly what you mean?

SE: These are organizations that might have a legitimate front – say as a business, or a cultural center or something. And we've also heard a lot about Islamic charities as fronts for terrorist organizations, but the range is much broader and even, simpler.

CD: For example?

SE: You might have an organization supposed to be promoting the cultural affairs of a certain country within another country. Hypothetically, say, an Uzbek folklore society based in Germany. The stated purpose would be to hold folklore-related activities – and they might even do that – but the real activities taking place behind the scenes are criminal.

CD: Such as?

SE: Everything – from drugs to money laundering to arms sales. And yes, there are certain convergences with all these activities and international terrorism.

CD: So with these organizations we're talking about a lot of money –

SE: Huge, just massive. They don't deal with 1 million or 5 million dollars, but with hundreds of millions.

Sibel Edmonds took her allegations through the chain of command, and those of her allegations that have been looked at have been confirmed. See Excerpts of DOJ/OIG Report on the Sibel Edmonds Case, Letters from Senators and Sibel Edmonds on 60 Minutes. None of her allegations has ever been disproven. For more links to related material, see my posts Digging It Up, Part 1 and Digging It Up, Part 2.

The basic story is that Turkish organized crime -- the so-called Turkish Deep State -- has set up front organizations in the United States. Those front organizations have a cover that deals with lobbying on behalf of Turkey and with cultural exchange between the US and Turkey.

Behind the scenes, however, they subvert the US government by buying off key people in the Executive Branch to steer US policy and enforcement of US laws in a manner favorable to their illegal operations. In addition to that, they buy off key people in the FBI to derail investigations and bury evidence of their wrong-doing, and they also pay off people in Congress -- from both parties -- to legislate in favor of deals that will benefit the Turkish Deep State, many of whom are in positions of power in Turkish business (especially the arms industry) and in Turkish government.

If you do an internet search on Sibel Edmonds and the American Turkish Council (ATC), you will find that the ATC comes up as one organization that is very implicated in the Sibel Edmonds case -- the ATC is a front for those elements of Turkish organized crime that deal in narcotics (trafficking heroin from Afghanistan), arms and the nuclear black market, among other things.

The drug and weapons cartels, flush with money from running heroin, sex slaves, weapons and nuclear secrets, and with their business contacts in the terrorist world, buy influence via front organizations who pay off officials in Washington.

Sibel Edmonds got a snapshot of what this underworld was like about the time of 9/11. Many researchers of the Sibel Edmonds case focus on what is known now about what she found out then. However, the underworld is very dynamic, and it has been evolving, changing, and growing since then.

You ask any D.E.A. man,
He'll say "There's nothin' we can do,"

With hundreds of millions of dollars, you can buy a great deal of influence in Washington, and, considering this is an election year, it might be interesting to look at who in Congress may be on the payroll of Turkish and other foreign organized crime -- that is, who may be receiving money in this campaign cycle from Big Heroin for their election campaigns.

From the office of the President,
Right down to me and you, me and you.

Starting in Part 2, we will look at the Turkish and Albanian connections: we will have names, dates and dollar figures -- new information that I have not previously posted.

It's a losing proposition,
But one you can't refuse.

Meanwhile, if you haven't already done so, you might want to warm up for this adventure by reading Smuggler's Blues, Part 1 and Smuggler's Blues, Part 2.

It's the politics of contraband,
It's the smuggler's blues....

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