What’s the Action? with Sibel Edmonds

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“Never mistake motion for action.”
~ Ernest Hemingway

By Catherine Austin Fitts

Sibel Edmonds is the founder of the Boiling Frogs Post, an online media site offering nonpartisan investigative journalism.

Sibel worked as a contractor for the FBI in the wake of 9-11 as an interpreter in the translation unit of the FBI in Washington. She become a whistleblower regarding covert conversations she overheard. In August, 2004, Edmonds founded the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), which exists to assist national security whistleblowers through advocacy and reform. In 2012, she published a memoir entitled Classified Woman – The Sibel Edmonds Story.

Sibel has a passion for asking the question, “what can we do?,” in the face of the corruption we face – which at times seems overwhelming. I asked her to join me on the Solari Report to discuss her coverage of the indictment and settlement of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

Here is an excerpt from our conversation on the Solari Report this week:

Catherine: Let me bring up my concern about what’s going on because the question is “Why now?” Why all of a sudden are they doing this now? If you were to make a list of every Republican who has indict-able evidence against the Clintons, they’re dropping like flies right now. And my concern is that coming into a Clinton election, the Clintons are basically taking out anybody who could give them any trouble. Dennis Hastert included.

Sibel Edmonds: You are seeing the replay of 1999 and the Clinton impeachment. But even the Republicans have been really quiet about it…which is amazing. They are not mentioning the fact that the expose was there in Vanity Fair in 2005. They are not exposing the fact that he (Hastert) was listed in two books. They are not mentioning my under-oath testimony in 2010. In the Krekorian case, I was deposed and under oath — I had to tell them about Dennis Hastert including his sexual activities in one of his town houses. And all of those were arranged, organized and coordinated by his chief-of-staff, Scott Palmer. But nobody is even talking about Scott Palmer!

Catherine: What I’m seeing is that traditionally if you “played ball,” nobody went after you. And I think what we’re seeing in Washington, for a variety of reasons, is that people who’ve been playing ball are suddenly getting targeted. Hastert is a guy who’s played ball his whole life. But that isn’t good enough any more. Suddenly, he’s having done to him what Livingston had done to him — live by the sword, die by the sword.

Sibel Edmonds: If you don’t get in line, you are going to be “Hastert-ized.”

Catherine: Right. I think people are scared to death because playing ball isn’t good enough. I just think there’s real fear.

 

In Let’s Go to the Movies I review The Whistleblower, a movie based on a true story of documented sex-slave trafficking by a US defense contractor in Eastern Europe. This is one of the events Sibel and I discuss regarding persistent allegations of sex abuse by US agencies and leadership.

Ultimately, the question is how do we create a safe and healthy environment for our children? What’s the action?

I hope you’ll join Sibel Edmonds and me on the Solari Report this week! If you’re not a subscriber yet, you can learn more about becoming one here.

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