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278 of 279 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sibel Edmonds Finally Wins
Sibel Edmonds' new book, "Classified Woman," is like an FBI file on the FBI, only without the incompetence.

The experiences she recounts resemble K.'s trip to the castle, as told by Franz Kafka, only without the pleasantness and humanity.

I've read a million reviews of nonfiction books about our government that referred to them as "page-turners" and...
Published on April 30, 2012 by David Swanson

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3.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book by a whistle blower
This is an excellent book but little frightening as it discloses the corruption existing in the government intelligence gathering of foreign language documents.
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278 of 279 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sibel Edmonds Finally Wins, April 30, 2012
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David Swanson (Charlottesville, VA) - See all my reviews
Sibel Edmonds' new book, "Classified Woman," is like an FBI file on the FBI, only without the incompetence.

The experiences she recounts resemble K.'s trip to the castle, as told by Franz Kafka, only without the pleasantness and humanity.

I've read a million reviews of nonfiction books about our government that referred to them as "page-turners" and "gripping dramas," but I had never read a book that actually fit that description until now.

The F.B.I., the Justice Department, the White House, the Congress, the courts, the media, and the nonprofit industrial complex put Sibel Edmonds through hell. This book is her triumph over it all, and part of her contribution toward fixing the problems she uncovered and lived through.

Edmonds took a job as a translator at the FBI shortly after 9-11. She considered it her duty. Her goal was to prevent any more terrorist attacks. That's where her thinking was at the time, although it has now changed dramatically. It's rarely the people who sign up for a paycheck and healthcare who end up resisting or blowing a whistle.

Edmonds found at the FBI translation unit almost entirely two types of people. The first group was corrupt sociopaths, foreign spies, cheats and schemers indifferent to or working against U.S. national security. The second group was fearful bureaucrats unwilling to make waves. The ordinary competent person with good intentions who risks their job to "say something if you see something" is the rarest commodity. Hence the elite category that Edmonds found herself almost alone in: whistleblowers.

Reams of documents and audio files from before 9-11 had never been translated. Many more had never been competently or honestly translated. One afternoon in October 2001, Edmonds was asked to translate verbatim an audio file from July 2001 that had only been translated in summary form. She discovered that it contained a discussion of skyscraper construction, and in a section from September 12th a celebration of a successful mission. There was also discussion of possible future attacks. Edmonds was eager to inform the agents involved, but her supervisor Mike Feghali immediately put a halt to the project.

Two other translators, Behrooz Sarshar and Amin (no last name given), told Edmonds this was typical. They told her about an Iranian informant, a former head of SAVAK, the Iranian "intelligence" agency, who had been hired by the FBI in the early 1990s. He had warned these two interpreters in person in April 2001 of Osama bin Laden planning attacks on U.S. cities with airplanes, and had warned that some of the plotters were already in the United States. Sarshar and Amin had submitted a report marked VERY URGENT to Special Agent in Charge Thomas Frields, to no apparent effect. In the end of June they'd again met with the same informant and interpreted for FBI agents meeting with him. He'd emphatically warned that the attack would come within the next two months and urged them to tell the White House and the CIA. But the FBI agents, when pressed on this, told their interpreters that Frields was obliged to report everything, so the White House and other agencies no doubt already knew.

One has to wonder what U.S. public opinion would make of an Iranian having tried to prevent 9-11.

Next, a French translator named Mariana informed Edmonds that in late June 2001, French intelligence had contacted the FBI with a warning of the upcoming attacks by airplanes. The French even provided names of suspects. The translator had been sent to France, and believed her report had made it to both FBI headquarters and the White House.

Edmonds translated other materials that involved the selling of U.S. nuclear information to foreigners and spotted a connection to a previous case involving the purchase of such information. The FBI, under pressure from the State Department, Edmonds writes, prevented her from notifying the FBI field offices involved. Edmonds has testified in a court deposition, naming as part of a broad criminal conspiracy Representatives Dennis Hastert, Dan Burton, Roy Blunt, Bob Livingston, Stephen Solarz, and Tom Lantos, and the following high-ranking U.S. government officials: Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz, and Marc Grossman.

When Edmonds was hired, she was the only fully qualified Turkish translator, and this remained the case. In November 2001, a woman named Melek Can Dickerson (referred to as "Jan") was hired. She did not score well on the English proficiency test, and so was not qualified to sign off on translations, as Edmonds was. Melek's husband Doug Dickerson worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency under the procurement logistics division at the Pentagon dealing with Turkey and Central Asia, and for the Office of Special Plans overseeing Central Asian policy. This couple attempted to recruit Edmonds and her husband into the American Turkish Council and the Assembly of Turkish American Associations, offering large financial benefits. But these were organizations that the FBI was monitoring. Edmonds reported the Dickersons' proposal to Feghali, who dismissed it.

Then Edmonds discovered that Jan Dickerson had been forging her (Edmonds') signature on translations, with Feghali's approval. Then Edmonds' colleagues told her about Jan taking files out of other translators' desks and carrying them out of the building. Dickerson attempted to control the translation of all material from particular individuals. Dennis Saccher, who was above Feghali, discovered that Jan was marking every communication from one important person as being not important for translation. Saccher attempted to address the matter but was shut down by Feghali, by another supervisor named Stephanie Bryan, and by the head of "counterintelligence" for the FBI who said that the Pentagon, White House, State Department, and Congress would not allow an investigation.

Had Edmonds understood the truth of that statement, it might have saved her years of frustration and stress, but it would have denied us the bulk of the revelations in her book. Dickerson threatened Edmonds' life and those of her family. Edmonds lost her job, her reputation, her friends, and contact with most of her family members. She watched Congress cave in to the President. She watched the government protect the Dickersons by allowing them to flee the country. She listened to Congressman Henry Waxman and others in 2005 and 2006 promise a full investigation if the Democrats won a majority, a promise that was immediately broken when the Democrats took control of Congress in 2007. Edmonds was smeared in the media, and her story widely ignored when media outlets got parts of it right. The Justice Department claimed "States Secrets" and maneuvered for a cooperative judge (Reggie Walton) to have cases filed by Edmonds dismissed. The government classified as secret all materials related to Edmonds' case including what was already public. The Justice Department issued a gag order to the entire Congress.

And Congress bent over and shouted "Thank you, sir, may I have another?"

As less confrontational approaches failed, Edmonds became increasingly an activist and an independent media participant and creator. Her story and others she was familiar with were rejected and avoided by the 9-11 Commission. She worked with angry 9-11 widows and with other whistleblowers to expose the failures of that commission. Disgusted with whistleblower support groups that only offered to help her when she was in the news and never when she needed help most desperately, Edmonds started her own group, made up of whistleblowers, called the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition. She started her own website called Boiling Frogs Post.

When an unclassified version of a report on Edmonds' case by the Justice Department's Inspector General was finally released, it vindicated her.

Edmonds has received awards and recognition. Her story has been supported (with rhetoric, not action) by Congress members and backed up by journalists. It appears in this forthcoming film.

Coleen Rowley, another FBI whistleblower, one who was honored as a Time magazine person of the year along with two others, told me: "What I find so remarkable is Sibel's persistence in trying every avenue and possible outlet in trying to get the truth out. When going up the chain of command in the executive branch and Inspector General internal mechanisms for investigating fraud, waste, and abuse went nowhere, she sought judicial remedy by filing lawsuits only to be improperly gagged by 'state secrecy privilege'. Along the way she also sought congressional assistance, testified to the 9-11 Commission, and engaged with various media and other non-governmental organizations. It's somewhat ironic that Sibel herself demonstrated such enormous energy and passion throughout this decade quite the opposite of the 'boiling frog' idiom she uses for her website as a warning to others. If her book can inspire readers to summon even 1/100th of the determination and resolve she has modeled, there's hope for us!"

Yet, thus far, no branch of our government has lifted its little finger to fix the problem of secrecy and the corruption it breeds, which Edmonds argues has grown far worse under President Obama. That's why this book should be spread far and wide, and read aloud to our misrepresentatives in Congress if necessary. This book is a masterpiece that reveals both the details and the broader pattern of corruption and unaccountability in Washington, D.C. Edmonds has not exposed bad apples, but a rotten barrel of toxic waste that will sooner or later infect us all -- not just the whistleblowers like Sibel and the thousands of people in our government who see something and dare not say something for fear that we will not have their back.

Let's have their back.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't turn away, April 12, 2012
A friend surprised me with the loan of Classified Woman by Sibel Edmonds, whose story I was unfamiliar with before reading her memoir. Because I felt I must be fastidiously careful with the loaned copy of the book, I sat perfectly still for the hours it took to read it straight through, since I could not put it down.

Like Ms. Edmonds herself, information that was startling - even appalling - had appeared in front of me without warning, without my seeking it out, and I couldn't turn away. As soon as I finished, I emailed my friend; could I get a copy of the book for my own? Happy birthday, he replied, I could keep the one I had. Thank goodness. I needed to cook dinner and the book had to come with me, propped on the counter risking splatters if necessary. Because I also needed to immediately start rereading the book, and neither could wait.

There's no question that Ms. Edmond's allegations are serious enough that they deserve to be considered by, as she phrases it, the "court of public opinion." This memoir is a brave and significant step in her attempt to bring her story before that public court. And the story itself is suspenseful, complete with twists, turns and a growing sense of chill dread... worthy of a blockbuster!
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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Competition for FBI Agents, April 10, 2012
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Smart, conscientious, patriotic citizen and former contractor/translator for the FBI, Sibel Edmonds discovered treason and reported it to her supervisors. Without big pay and perks, she was more effective than most FBI agents. The U.S. government doesn't want you to know this (or about the treason), so her March 2012 memoir is mysteriously "Out of Print." Isn't that funny?
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for the responsible American citizen, April 15, 2012
The story of Sibel Edmonds is a window into the real-life criminal world that exists in our own government, as well as many other governments, and about which most American citizens are either uninformed or in denial. There are millions of people all around the world who question the official account of September 11th, 2001, an account incidentally whose credibility has been called into question by the very commission who crafted it. And yet, any mention of 9/11 in any context by anyone other than those who continue to use it to this day to justify war crimes is seen as "crazy," "nutty," or "paranoid." In a rare display of bipartisanship, so-called conservatives and so-called liberals dutifully fall in line and support the War on Terror narrative, happily giving up their rights along the way. It is as if the Bush Administration, and now the Obama Administration, who have been caught red-handed telling lie after lie to support the agendas of the military-industrial complex, the Wall Street bankers, the war profiteers, and the transnational corporate crime syndicate, simply somehow MUST be telling the truth about the crime of the century -- a horrific crime of untold proportions which was committed on live TV, thereby ensuring maximum impact to the psyche. After all, this is America! If the 9/11 crime, and the following alleged cover-up, were a conspiracy by any measure, then surely we would know about it. Somebody would have talked. Somebody would have blown the whistle. It would be impossible to conduct such an elaborate operation without somebody, somewhere in the government coming forth and exposing the criminals ... right?

Well here you have it. In your face. A real-life, 100% credible 9/11 whistleblower. One who has a story whose facts are not even challenged by the government in any real way because it is widely known that those facts can be verified by classified documents in the possession of the government. Instead, those terrified of Sibel Edmonds have waged a war to silence her, using the full power of the Executive Branch to do so, making her the most "classified woman" in American history. This campaign started shortly after 9/11 and is waged to this day as the FBI tries to suppress the publication of this very book, which tells us how important this book must be.

So, American citizens, so proud and true. So, military officers and government officials who have taken an oath to protect the Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic. So, members of the corporate media who cash your paychecks on the premise of informing the citizens of America. So, all you lovers of "freedom" and the "American Way." Here is your 9/11 whistleblower. It's all spelled out for your in an engaging, well-written book ready for you to verify for yourself as truth or fiction.

What are you going to do now?
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely riveting!, April 12, 2012
Classified Woman -The Sibel Edmonds Story is absolutely riveting. Sibel fills in the blanks and thoroughly guts both media and government spin on her case. These are her words, her emotions and her tenacity in situations that would scare the daylights out of most of us. It's a roller coaster ride into the depths of a government agency and Administration that tried to vilify and silence Sibel for doing the right thing. A serious must read...This book belongs on your book shelf! PJ
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reads Like a Thriller, April 12, 2012
This remarkable memoir reads like a thriller. The reader is with Ms. Edmonds every step of the way as she goes further into the Kafaesque rabbit hole. The true horror is that it's non-fiction. A must read for anyone who cares about our country.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More amazing than fiction, April 26, 2012
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Johnny Nineball (Sunnyside, NY USA) - See all my reviews
Sibel Edmonds is a living, breathing miracle. The story she has to tell about her attempts to do the honorable and patriotic thing with regard to some extremely serious and extremely dangerous corruption she uncovered is nothing short of mind-blowing. If it wasn't for Sibel herself, and her courage and persistence, the effect of this information would be totally disheartening. Nothing is sacred in this twisted world of big time drugs, bribery, blackmail, corruption, weapons, and terrorism, and its fingers reach up to the very highest levels of the US government. At every turn you think, well, NOW they'll have to do something about it, SOMEBODY will take action, they can't ignore THIS -- only to see some new dirty trick based on unconscionable and unprecedented abuse of unaccountable secrecy laws and "privileges." Every branch of government, and almost all the mainstream media are implicated. Think you know how the United States works, what it's all about? Read Classified Woman, it's enough to shock even the most jaded among us. You can get it, by the way, at classifiedwoman dot com if they don't have it here at Amazon.

It's a self-published book because that's the only way she could get it in print the way she wanted it. Sometimes "self-published" means "poor quality" but not in this case. It's well written and well edited!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sibel Edmonds, A National Treasure, April 12, 2012
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When I first started to become involved with the issue of justice for 9/11, the story of Sibel Edmonds is one I focused on a lot. I would contact my local Representatives and media in the hopes that they would cover her story. They refused. Over the years, I have seen this brave woman fight against insurmountable odds, and still remain standing. This memoir is a must read for everyone who believes in the cause of Justice. This memoir is a must read for everyone who believes that whistleblowers... real whistleblowers like Sibel Edmonds, are heroes. This is not a book that certain people in Washington D.C. and elsewhere will want you to read. I highly recommend that you do.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important book of our time, May 5, 2012
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Imagine U.S. government officials selling black market nukes to the highest bidders, ignoring multiple warnings about 9/11 months before the attacks. Imagine foreign spies working as FBI translators marking damning evidence of such crimes (implicating Pentagon workers and members of both parties of Congress, including none other than the Speaker of the House) as `not relevant', or not worthy of translation.

Imagine these spies being reported and instead of being fired, tried or jailed for treason, they are given free passage out of the country and their conspiring bosses promoted, while the whistleblower, a fellow translator, recruited after 9/11 to help prevent further American civilian bloodshed, is fired, gagged, her career ruined and family threatened.

Classified Woman reads like a true-life episode of the Fox series 24. Though, Sibel Edmonds' strength is a thousand times more impressive than any Hollywood actor could possibly pull off.

Sibel Edmonds is a true American hero. The best thing you can do for your country is to buy this book today, read it, and tell all your friends and family to do the same.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Missing: The Story of Secrecy, Whistleblowers, Manning and Assange, April 11, 2012
The nice thing about a memoir is that it is truthful, verifiable and pointed. Sibel Edmonds brings the 1960s and 1970s with their military coups, secrecy, assassinations, lies, the Church Committee, Watergate, the Cuban crises and "the disappeared" up to date. Knowledge is everything, but in the USA most people feel better if they know nothing about the muzzling of Assange and Manning. For a visual of this book, rent MISSING with Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. Then you'll understand.
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