Everyone has heard of Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks, and that the NSA spies on the whole world. Those people in the U.S. are called whistleblowers — people who direct the attention toward corruption in the government and destruction of democracy. But a very small number of people — at least here — know about Sibel Edmonds, former translator for the FBI whose book “Classified Woman — The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir” drew attention of several newspapers, like The Sunday Times. These well-known English newspapers tried to release some facts in 2008 that she wrote about, but the U.S. government, through its embassy in London, applied enormous pressure toward this newspaper not to publish information relevant to (of course) "American safety."

As The Sunday Times editorial failed, and Sibel Edmonds did not want to come to terms with the story of "threats to security" hiding the U.S. sponsorship over the bloodthirsty mujahedeen terrorists, she decided to publish her memoirs. According to the contract she signed with the FBI, she had to deliver the manuscript to her former employer for review. The deadline for the censorship review was 30 days; however, the FBI contacted the author only after a year with a threatening warning: “Issues written by Ms. Edmonds concern many interests, some of which are related to highly confidential information ... The manuscript approved by the FBI will contain all the changes that the FBI is demanding. Until then, Ms. Edmonds does not have permission to publish her manuscript, which includes a handout of the manuscript to editors, literary agents, publishers, reviewers or anyone else.”*

When she realized that the official “imprimatur” from the Empire wouldn’t be allowed, which also meant that she could not find a publisher, Sibel Edmonds self-published the book in 2012.

Who Is Sibel Edmonds?

The American Civil Liberties Union called her “the most gagged person in the history of the United States of America”; she studied criminal justice, psychology and public policy at George Washington and George Mason Universities. Two weeks after 9/11, the FBI invited her to work for them in Washington as a translator because of her knowledge of Turkish, Azerbaijani and Farsi. She was translating top-secret material related to terrorist networks in the U.S. and the rest of the world. During her translating duties, she discovered that other U.S. agencies, like the CIA, are cooperating with terrorist organizations, including those responsible for the 9/11 attack, and that the FBI is hiding this horrific information from the public eye.

After she raised concerns with her supervisors, she started to receive threats and was ultimately fired. Based on her complaint, the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice conducted an investigation into the FBI, but the results of the investigation remained a secret. However, the conclusion was that many of the accusations by Sibel Edmonds were grounded [in reality]; the FBI did not investigate the allegations seriously and that's why she was fired. She tried to tell the truth in 2002 and 2004, but the U.S. government forbade her to do so under the “state secret privilege” and “threat to national security” rules. She was forbidden to disclose information about her past assignments with the FBI and what languages she translated. This approach was used during the presidencies of both George W. Bush and Barack Obama to prevent the public from being informed about the abuse of terrorism suspects, various kinds of secret detention camps, the use of torture, unauthorized wiretapping of telephone conversations, etc.

What Is This About?

The main accusation by Sibel Edmonds is simple: The Pentagon, CIA and State Department kept very intimate contact with al-Qaida terrorists, and are neck-deep in illegal arms and drug trafficking in Central Asia. She spoke openly about this in her 2013 interview with Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, a writer on geopolitics and expert on environment and energy. She pointed out that Osama bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri, had numerous meetings with U.S. military and intelligence activists from 1997 to 2001 in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, to discuss the goals of an operation called “Gladio B.” According to her statements, al-Zawahiri, bin Laden’s family members and other leading Mujahidin figures were transported by NATO airplanes throughout the “hot spots” in Central Asia and the Balkans with the goal of supporting the Pentagon’s destabilization acts. If, according to Edmonds, this is “Gladio B,” what is then “Gladio A”?

“Gladio,” the Sword of the Empire

The Empire has experience in preparing and causing various catastrophes, after which begin major military operations in order to achieve imperialist goals. One should not forget the "Gladio" project which was written about by the Swiss scientist Daniele Ganser. He managed to obtain some documents and publicly stated that that the intelligence services of NATO countries in Western Europe after World War II were developing a network of terrorists and guerrillas that would fight against the armies of the Warsaw Pact countries, in the event they occupied one of the American-backed countries on the old continent. These death squads, intended for liquidation of the leftists as potential Soviet allies, were made of nationalists and fascists who offered their services to the Anglo-American winners after the war.

Meanwhile, members of the "Gladio" system occasionally committed terrorist acts in Europe, always under the "false flag": The public was informed that the acts were committed by "left-wing extremists." Only the Italians investigated this operation in the mid-1980s. One of those interrogated, Vincenzo Vinciguerra, admitted that the terrorist acts were directed at killing politically unimportant people to cause panic and to impose totalitarian state-controlled security.

Who Raises the Terrorists?

Sibel Edmonds told The Sunday Times that one of the high functionaries of the State Department gave away nuclear secrets to Turkish spies in the U.S.; in return, he received money and support for specific political goals. She also described a parallel organization in Israel, which cooperated with the Turks in illegal arms trafficking and spying related to new technology. In this dirty trade, one of the buyers was the Pakistani intelligence services, who used its Turkish friends to avoid any suspicion.

General Mahmud Ahmed, director general of Pakistani intelligence services from 1999 to 2001, was the head of the Pakistani operations when his intelligence service trained Afghan Taliban and Arab fundamentalists enrolled in al-Qaida. Newspapers in England published information that FBI was aware of General Ahmed’s $100,000 transaction with one of the 9/11 participants, Mohamed Atta, shortly before the terror attack. The Pakistani paper News published information that starting in September 2001, the same general of the Pakistani intelligence services who gave money to Atta was meeting with important figures from the American establishment, among them CIA Director George Tenet. Edmonds revealed to The Sunday Times that many congressmen and senators lukewarmly conducted the congressional inquiry about 9/11 because they were bribed by foreign intelligence agents who operated in the U.S. and were in one way or another connected with al-Qaida's preparations for the attack.

Al-Qaida in the Balkans and Central Asia

According to Edmonds, the CIA is directly responsible for cooperation with al-Qaida, whose combatants fought in the Balkans, Central Asia and the Caucasus. This was a blow to the U.S. government’s official story, which even has denied cooperation with the Taliban in Afghanistan at the time of the struggle against the Soviet Union (although officials like Brzezinski, in his interviews before September 2001, confirmed the relationship). By the end of the ‘90s and up to the events of 9/11, al-Zawahiri and other Islamic terrorist agents were regular visitors with senior U.S. officials at the U.S. Embassy in Baku to plan Pentagon-directed operations on the Balkans along with the mujahedeen. Those operations were supported by Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, but the U.S. supervised and directed them. Operations were led by a secret department of the Pentagon, which has its own intelligence apparatus. Major Douglas Dickerson, husband of her colleague Melek, accused of espionage by Sibel, directed the "Gladio B" operations in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.

That this wasn’t a fairy tale by Sibel Edmonds was confirmed by writings of Yossef Bodansky, former director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare of the U.S. House of Representatives. His sources in the U.S. intelligence apparatus confirmed the agreement between the CIA and Ayman al-Zawahiri when the Americans suggested to Zawahiri that he could act freely in Egypt if he in return provided support to the mujahedeen in the Balkans. Al-Zawahiri's brother Muhammad led the elite troops of the KLA in Kosovo during their fight against the Serbian army and police in 1998. Sibel Edmonds in her interview said that “the FBI regularly followed the communications of all world diplomacies, and there were only four countries excluded from this protocol — the U.K., Turkey, Azerbaijan and Belgium (where the NATO headquarters are). No other country — not even allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia — was excluded. This is because these four countries are an integral part of the “Gladio B” operation of the Pentagon.”

What Is “Gladio B” For?

Edmonds didn’t discuss assumptions on what “Gladio B” is for, bur Dr. Nazif Ahmed was clear: The goal of this operation is influence over countries of the former USSR, seizure of strategic energy and mineral resources, prevention of Russian and Chinese influence in the region, and an increase in profit from the illegal trade in arms and drugs. Loretta Napoleoni, an expert on terrorist financing, points to the fact that the profits from these "fair transactions" in the United States and Europe is $1.5 trillion a year; that is a very important source of income for the stalled economy of the West. Sibel Edmonds pointed to the fact that shortly after the American occupation of Afghanistan, the production of opium was immediately renewed. In one of her interviews she said: "I know for a fact that NATO planes routinely shipped heroin to Belgium, where they then made their way into Europe and to the U.K. They also shipped heroin to distribution centers in Chicago and New Jersey." The FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration found that many senior officials of the Pentagon, CIA and State Department were involved in this trade. Of course, nothing about that was published.

So, dear reader, in 2014, when you hear of al-Qaida, know that its middle name is Empire.

*Editor’s note: This quote, accurately translated, could not be sourced.