Book Review: Classified Woman (2012)

The Sibel Edmonds Story—a memoir
by Sibel Edmonds
Review by Brian Wright

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds. — Samuel Adams

classified_womanMy admiration and respect for the author—for the battles she’s chosen, the pain she’s endured, and her raw determination to never give up in the pursuit of ‘truth, justice, and the American Way’—is practically boundless. I first heard of Sibel Edmonds sometime in 2005 when I became a 9/11 Official Story skeptic. In these early days of the 9/11 Truth Movement—some people were on to the Official Story scam immediately, but it’s my sense that the truth movement in the US took off in 2004 with the publication of Dr. David Ray Griffin’s 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions and The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11—I would read regularly about an FBI woman, Sibel Edmonds, who had inside information that the government was trying to suppress.

Back then I thought: what is so explosive about what this woman knows and why do there seem to be so few insiders willing to blow the whistle on activity by their US government (GOTUS) associates enabling or promoting the 9/11 attacks? In any case, the name Sibel (pronounced see-bèll) Edmonds, and her face—she’s definitely kind of a babe, ~ a dark-haired Valerie Plame… and the retaliation these women incurred from the poobahs they worked for and exposed is similar—lay intermittently in the background of my information gathering process.

Now comes the book, Classified Woman, and everything comes clear. Sibel Edmonds was born in Turkey to an Azerbaijani doctor—known (and persecuted) as a vocal supporter of liberal democracy against authoritarian regimes. She lived in Iran then again in Turkey before coming to the United States in 1988 as a student. Edmonds earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from George Washington University and her master’s in public policy and international commerce from George Mason University. Fluent in Turkish, Persian, English, and Azerbaijani, she came to work in the translations unit of the FBI from late September 2001 to March 2002. Her routine tasks were to translate covertly recorded conversations by Turkish diplomatic and political targets.

Sibel entered the FBI with idealism and naïveté. From the gitgo, it was clear a) she was the most adept translator of documents in her languages sent by field agents to the unit and submitted also by other departments and b) she had the intelligence to understand major crimes were being discussed that involved high GOTUS officials—crimes that included planning for the 9/11 attacks, GOTUS’ support for mujahadeen (which after 9/11 became Al Qaeda), GOTUS’ leading role in $trillion/year international drug trade, trading of nuclear secrets, arms and technology trade, blackmail and $billions in payoffs to high-placed GOTUS officials in all branches.

Moreover, several key foreign-government-corporate alliances factored into the many crimes of state surrounding the 9/11 attacks, chiefly: Israel, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Turkey (a NATO country), and Pakistan… all working surreptitiously with rogue leaders/moles at the highest levels of the CIA, the White House, the Pentagon, and the Western bankster/financier dynasties. And on top of Sibel’s discoveries, a married couple working for Turkish interests [mainly via the American Turkish Council (ATC) and the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA)] attempted to suborn Ms. Edmonds into passing sensitive information to them and also to suppress information that might embarrass, or incriminate, their associates.

Sibel was horrified at the implications of her discoveries. She sought to have these clear and present dangers of espionage and treason investigated and prosecuted… through every avenue: the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)—the FBI hierarchy immediately closed ranks and fired her—, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Inspector General’s (IG’s) office, Senate Judiciary Committee, federal courts (ultimately the Supreme Court), the mainstream media, etc. The FBI maligned her, communications were tapped, her life was threatened, her mother and a sister rejected her, Turkish authorities harassed her family, and AG John Ashcroft invoked the State Secrets privilege.

[The book includes much discussion of that whole process of GOTUS’ upholding this absurd Kafkaesque state-shielding ‘law’ so the highest rogues and potentates avoid accountability to anyone. L’etat c’est moi, our power is absolute, we’ve reverted, in the 21st century, to the Divine Right of Kings. Classified Woman shows beyond a doubt that the corruption of GOTUS is complete and irreversible, the people need to get rid of this GOTUS and start over. ]

Sibel absorbs these denials of justice, yet her passion for the big picture of American Liberty will not accept defeat. The inspiration freedom people will take from Classified Woman is breathtaking; Sibel’s own words in the book ring out regularly, but Sam Adams, again, expresses her message:

Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty. — Samuel Adams

Several other characters come in to support Sibel—her wonderfully supportive husband Matthew, Daniel Ellsberg, the ACLU, a few fellow whistleblowers, the 9/11 Jersey Widows, and so on—but character is what you are alone and in the dark. Ms. Edmonds, the liberty-lover’s soulmate, has the indomitable will of Invictus (… out of the night that covers me). Her spirit will lead our country out of bondage; I truly believe ‘she is the one.’


One more quotation from ol’ Sam puts a final touch on our situation: It’s a fitting gesture of good will toward a) our ‘conservative’ friends who dive ever more desperately into their corporate cocoons to avoid knowing that GOTUS is a bloody monster and b) our ‘liberal’ friends who refuse to face the same glaring fact: “How can Barack Obama, a Democrat, be a threat to peace and civil liberties?!” While the stormtrooper pervs of the TSA and federalized cops pepperspray grandmothers and gate-rape children. To my oh-so-confounded, fraidy-cat friends: now is the time to man up. This 100%-all woman will show you how:

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom — go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsel or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen! — Samuel Adams

As a final note of encouragement, Sibel tells us what we must do, and the level of commitment it will take:

…none of us should ever give up hope; too much is at stake, the price of silence too steep. Of this darkness, many have been touched; some have had the merest glimpse while others have been drowned. Whether facing prosecution, jailed, harassed and scorned, gagged, censored, spied on and threatened, or persecuted in secret prisons, those who know the darkness also know it is here—and expanding. Some know by now that going to the polls is an exercise in futility. The media too operates in darkness. Our choices are not a choice. A few know—and that number is growing—that even at this late hour, it is not too late to cry out, to inform, unite and fight for true changes: against fear and the power of darkness. They are the irate minority. They are growing. And I am with them, have been, and always will be.

Please buy the book. The author had to go through an independent publisher; GOTUS wants her to go away for good, and if she falters, it will undoubtedly put her in jail. [I first purchased the Kindle version, because of the urgent need to do the review. Then I went back to Amazon and bought the paperback.] Show your support. Sibel Edmonds is the real deal and the spearhead of liberty’s resurrection.

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