Sibel Edmonds, Former FBI Language Specialist and Whistleblower, Joins Veterans Today Staff Writing Team

National Radio and TV Commentator on Whistleblowers, National Security, and Secrecy Joins Veterans Today Staff

by John P. Allen

Sibel Edmonds
Sibel Edmonds

Sibel Edmonds, national radio and TV commentator on matters related to whistleblowers, national security, and excessive secrecy & classification who has been featured on CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The American Conservative, and others has joined as a staff writer.

Edmonds is the founder and president of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding national security whistleblowers. The PEN American Center awarded Ms. Edmonds the 2006 PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award for her “commitment to preserving the free flow of information in the United States in a time of growing international isolation and increasing government secrecy”. She is also the recipient of the 2004 Sam Adams Foundation Award.

Ms. Edmonds worked as a language specialist for the FBI’s Washington Field Office. During her work with the bureau, she discovered and reported serious acts of security breaches, cover-ups, and intentional blocking of intelligence that had national security implications. After she reported these acts to FBI management, she was retaliated against and ultimately fired in March 2002.

Since that time, court proceedings on her issues have been blocked by the assertion of “State Secrets Privilege”, and the Congress of the United States has been gagged and prevented from any discussion of her case through retroactive re-classification issued by the Department of Justice.

Ms. Edmonds began her career in 1993 as Project Director for the Rostropovich Foundation, a non-profit humanitarian organization providing medical and food aid to children of the former Soviet Union. She re-located to St. Petersburg, Russia and managed correspondence, shipments, inventory and security precautions in the largest children’s hospital in St. Petersburg.

Later, she worked as the Executive Director & Co-Founder of Edmonds Industries, a Consulting and Holding Company, investing in international business and residential real estate development. Ms. Edmonds also worked as a volunteer for the Alexandria CASA program (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused children, and as an instructor for the Alexandria Office on Women’s Domestic Violence Program.

Ms. Edmonds has a MA in Public Policy and International Commerce from George Mason University, a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University, and AA degree in Science from NVCC. She is certified as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and as an instructor for the Women’s Domestic Violence Program. She is fluent in Turkish, Farsi and Azerbaijani. She is also founder and publisher of Boiling Frogs Post

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3 thoughts on “Sibel Edmonds, Former FBI Language Specialist and Whistleblower, Joins Veterans Today Staff Writing Team

  1. James Cahill says:

    My Viet Nam, Your War on Terror, Our Veterans
    I came home from Southeast Asia in 1972 after 4 years in the USAF and was honorably discharged at Travis AFB. I was 23 years old and eager to begin my life as a student using my GI Bill putting my military experiences behind me. I felt the shame that was part of the mood and politics of our country towards those who served in the military. My best course of action was to grow my hair long, be silent and hide my past from those who ridiculed veterans like me. It was the same for many of my fellow vets like Jim Hall. He served as a Marine Corpsman during the bloodiest time of the Viet Nam war on the battlefield using his medical skills to save lives. He and I became teachers with long careers in education. In 1970’s the issue of transferability of military experience into civilian life meant that we got little in the form of college credit except for Physical Education for our time in the service.
    I went on to a long career as a teacher of the disabled and the issue of transferability of credit given to veterans did not become an important to me until my son Jay returned from his deployment to Iraq in 2008 . Prior to this he was top of his class as a Combat Medic and at Walter Reed’s Mike 6 Nursing program in DC that lasted 12 months. He too applied to my alma mater CSUS for admission to their BSRN program. He was asked to bring his pre Army college transcript for evaluation to the school of nursing for admission. He was told not to bring any of his military education for evaluation because they will not award any college credit for his experience or 80 weeks of medical training he received while in the Army. He was told that he could not be admitted since classroom spaces were filled by others more qualified than him. “Go to the back of the line and wait”. He is still waiting after nearly 2 years for admission to their program.
    I became an advocate for veterans like Jay who are told go to the “back of the line” by our public California colleges and universities. School policies and administrators are under pressure to make more money, admit students who pay a higher tuition rates. I have discovered to my chagrin, many students who occupy nursing programs limited classroom spaces are F1 Visa non-nationals who pay three times the tuition. In addition, as a condition of their visas, theses students are under the constraint of having to return to their country of origin after completing their education unless they become US citizens through marriage or employment. Clearly, our state public schools have their admissions policies priorities wrong with respect to the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan of today.
    Back in 1972, my friend Jim Hall wanted to apply his medical skills and training to become a nurse, he found only one school in the Unites States recognized the value of his training and experiences. The school was Duke University. Duke began a new program called Physicians Assistant for those like Jim. Today, 40 years later, the schools of our state continue to refuse to reward and recognize the value that these new vets bring to their campuses. We waste our tax dollars and their GI Bill money by not utilizing this valuable resource by forcing them to “wait in line” behind those they served. Time for these changes is NOW before this newest group of veterans blends back into our society out of frustration and delay. They see the failure of our schools to understand their sacrifices’ by crediting their training, education and experiences. Shouldn’t they be prioritized for admission first not last?
    Please share this letter with media or your elected representatives who may be of help with this issue.
    James J Cahill MA ed
    2652 Prescott
    Placerville Ca. 95667

  2. Peter says:

    I want power
    To volunteer gives up the chance for power if one is a true volunteer. To help others is from the heart to give so others can have a better life. Greed and power was our forefather’s biggest fear that would be the end of the USA as a nation of the people for the people. What do we have here in New Hampshire if a 100% disabled US Military Veteran can have his medical care for combat related disabilities stopped by government authority? The NH Bar Association has separated us into a special class and the others. My medical condition today is on the brink of disaster and there is nothing I can do. Chaotic, opinion letter with no direction leads to confusion and my mind just keeps skipping as the letters form words into sentences for what reason. Libelous words created my letters about the NH Supreme Court refusing to hear a case of a brother Judge/attorney criminally violating the Constitution to harm legally born US citizens. I even tell the public the names of Judge Peter Fauver and Madbury town attorney Chris Wyskiel that used the trusted power of government through the courts to enable the Madbury NH selectmen to take from local residents for the selectmen’s own self gain. There is no direction back here in the world. The ability to tell if I am still in the Benjo ditches some place in the “bush” of Cambodia reeks of the reality of just what is! I volunteered to join the US Marine Corps at seventeen so as a true volunteer there is no out.
    My letters go to hundreds of lawyers and thousands of government officials, judges, businesses and citizens with no end. The rules of civilized society appear to be just as chaotic as this Vietnam Conflict. There is no understanding of back in the world like other Marine’s have, as I lost my complete memory of there. Deep in the “bush” my mind grows wary as I lay silently in the ditch as the gooks pass. My weapon is empty as the orders for this mission were not to lock and load until eminent danger of death. The fantasy of my mind enables me to lie silently for hours dreaming until the danger clears letting me get back to the convoy to continue my mission as American Advisor. Being the American Advisor on convoy is considered light duty for hurting my back being blown off the runway during the last Vietnam Offensive. There has to be a way to get out of this place even if I volunteered to be here. My mind wants to believe back in the world lawyers abide by the law and the NH Supreme Court represents all the US citizens equally according to the law. I have been here for what seems like eternity as my short calendar is about filled and my volunteer Marine Corps tour will be up.
    I do not want power when I get back to the world. Power in the hand of a US Marine with survival skills and the ability to kill with out emotion or fear does not belong back in NH. I want to volunteer to help others as a way to give if I ever get out of this place. The truth as in this letter is a powerful weapon.
    Peter Macdonald Sgt USMC Semper fi
    H+HS Recovery FPO Seattle 98764

  3. Peter says:

    Fosters and NH Union Leader newspapers
    A student in Ohio writes a letter and posts it on the web, seen by many in authority but ignored. I am running for Oyster River School Board even though a court order stopped me from entering schools for the danger signs NH used to harm my character in retribution a few years back. Letters for and about other candidates are published every day. My letters are ignored, as it is clear the consequences of the harm past school boards in OR have done with freedom of press censoring opinion letters of government wrongs. How many good people are passed because editors like Rod Dougherty curtail the people’s right to know. My letters every day are published on the web but the newspapers refuse for the danger they are trying to impress on the public that I am. I am a 100% combat related disabled US Marine from the Vietnam Conflict. NH declared me a terrorist under the Patriot Act and took my freedom for 6-months before dropping the bogus charges. NH and the VA stop my medical care to impress upon me the power of government officials on citizens that do not obey. I volunteered every week in schools around the state before the court order listening and helping students just like this in Ohio. The schools have never invited me back since for the danger signs will always be there.
    The NH Supreme Court violated the Constitution to protect a brother Judge Peter Fauver. The NH SC refused to hear a case where judge Fauver used the power of the courts to let the Madbury NH selectmen use the trusted power of the people to take for the selectmen’s own profit from the local residents. This family asked me some one they had never met for help after reading a letter in the paper that I wrote. I have been told by many in law enforcement up to governor Shaheen not to write opinion letters telling of the NH SC violating the law. Hence this is why I was put in jail because I kept writing of the criminal acts of the NH SC. All undisputed documented facts presented to the NH SC by a natural born US citizen.
    I wrote a letter yesterday about the effects of expired VA medicine has on my PTSD and TBI disabilities. The psychological and embarrassment from my not being able to hear complete sentences of what others say from my loss of hearing from being blown up and blown off the runway or the unbearable pain from my broken back from another Vietnam offensive are taken there toll. Where do I go? The NH governor Lynch made me pay money to tell him of these government wrongs but we never did talk. He did take my money and give me a receipt, which I still have. I am a US Marine that came back to a society that will not accept us for what they believe we did. The smart ones commit suicide before coming back to the world that we love because they see the consequences of life back here in a civilized society we once belonged.
    A seventeen year-old student the same age as when I went off to a conflict as a US Marine writes but is ignored. Think what the citizens of NH are going to think when it comes out the Union Leader and Fosters daily democrat ignored and censored the words of a Oyster River School Board member when I am elected. The Consequences of a Ohio School should never happen if we just learn to listen.
    Peter Macdonald Sgt USMC Semper Fi
    465 Packers falls rd Lee NH 03824 603-781-3839

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