Philip Giraldi on Sibel, Turkey, Israel, the Neocons and the MIC

A million thank yous to Luke Ryland for the transcription:

Sibel Edmonds, the Turkish FBI translator turned whistleblower who has been subjected to a gag order could provide a major insight into how neoconservatives distort US foreign policy and enrich themselves at the same time. On one level, her story appears straightforward: several Turkish lobbying groups allegedly bribed congressmen to support policies favourable to Ankara. But beyond that, the Edmonds revelations become more serpentine and appear to involve AIPAC, Israel and a number of leading neoconservatives who have profited from the Turkish connection. Israel has long cultivated a close relationship with Turkey since Ankara’s neighbours and historic enemies – Iran, Syria and Iraq – are also hostile to Tel Aviv. Islamic Turkey has also had considerable symbolic value for Israel, demonstrating that hostility to Muslim neighbours is not a sine qua non for the Jewish state.

Turkey benefits from the relationship by securing general benevolence and increased aid from the US Congress – as well as access to otherwise unattainable military technology. The Turkish General Staff has a particular interest because much of the military spending is channeled through companies in which the generals have a financial stake, making for a very cozy and comfortable business arrangement. The commercial interest has also fostered close political ties, with the American Turkish Council, American Turkish Cultural Alliance and the Assembly of Turkish American Associations all developing warm relationships with AIPAC and other Jewish and Israel advocacy groups throughout the US.

Someone has to be in the middle to keep the happy affair going, so enter the neocons, intent on securing Israel against all comers and also keen to turn a dollar. In fact the neocons seem to have a deep and abiding interest in Turkey, which, under other circumstances, might be difficult to explain. Doug Feith’s International Advisors Inc, a registered agent for Turkey in 1989 – 1994, netted $600,000 per year from Turkey, with Richard Perle taking $48,000 annually as a consultant. Other noted neoconservatives linked to Turkey are former State Department number three, Marc Grossman, current Pentagon Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Eric Edelman, Paul Wolfowitz and former congressman Stephen Solarz. The money involved does not appear to come from the Turkish government, and FBI investigators are trying to determine its source and how it is distributed. Some of it may come from criminal activity, possibly drug trafficking, but much more might come from arms dealing. Contracts in the hundreds of millions, or even billions of dollars provide considerable fat for those well placed to benefit. Investigators are also looking at Israel’s particular expertise in the illegal sale of US military technology to countries like China and India. Fraudulent end-user certificates produced by Defense Ministries in Israel and Turkey are all that is needed to divert military technology to other, less benign, consumers. The military-industrial-complex/neocon network is also well attested. Doug Feith has been associated with Northrup Grumman for years, while defense contractors fund many neocon-linked think tanks and “information” services. Feith, Perle and a number of other neocons have long had beneficial relationships with various Israeli defense contractors.

Update: Sibel Edmonds says, “Giraldi has it 100% right; this I consider the most accurate summary of my case.”

16 thoughts on “Philip Giraldi on Sibel, Turkey, Israel, the Neocons and the MIC”

  1. Sherlock

    Do you recall when you interviewed Giraldi in 2005, shortly after your Sibel Edmonds interview, and asked him about Sibel’s case and possible links between neocons and ‘realists’ like Brent Scowcroft of the American Turkish Council?

    At the time, Giraldi professed ignorance of the charges Sibel was making (although he did not doubt her integrity).

    Looks like he’s done his homework since then…

    Time for a joint Giraldi/Edmonds interview?

  2. Tortoise

    I think that Edmonds said that Dennis Hastert was also implicated in this somehow. Connections and money through ATC.

  3. Rose Elvern

    Don’t forget to visit Sibyl Edmund’s website and sign her petition to unredact her sworn testimony to the 911 Commission and to remove the gag order so she can tell us more about bushco’s complicity in 911. The missing 200 Billion in gold bars that was stored in the basement of the WTC and which went missing except for 100 Million in an abandoned truck nearby. PBS had a story on it a few years ago and Sibyl has mentioned gold and price fixing of gold as one of the motivations for 911.

    Also look up America going off the gold standard under raygun’s admin. and GHW Bush’s involvement in the missing gold at Ft. Knox.

  4. Scott Post Author

    Sherlock, I’m going to wait…

    Tortoise, Yes, Hastert. Reread An Inconveinient Patriot, and check Lukery’s blog Disclose Denny

    (Luke is an incredible researcher.)

    Rose, the gold at the WTC was recovered, none of it was in a truck. That came from a misreading of a Reuters piece which simply said they had to move a truck to get to the gold.

    Nixon took us off the Gold Standard in 1971. They had created way too much money for Vietman and the “Great” Society.

    If you’d like to know more, may I recommend The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve by G. Edward Griffin? It is the definitive history and excellent explanation of how banking really works in the US.

  5. Mace Price

    What will this mean to Kurdish autonomy if and when the former Iraqi state is partitioned? You’ll recall their betrayal to Saddam in the wake of the 1991 gulf war by oil magnates. Be brief please, these days the faster one thinks the better off he may be.

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