In The Bomb in the Shadows: Proliferation, Corruption and the Way of the World, Chris Floyd takes the ball (more like a flaming bombshell) from Sibel Edmonds and runs with it.
It's an incredible read.
In case you have primary-induced amnesia (and I fear the world will), the UK's Times published an explosive story over the weekend based on an interview with translator and whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, in which she finally was able to tell a great deal of her story which the Powers That Be in the United States and the Bush administration have managed to suppress, by literally gagging her (legally speaking).
Chris Floyd describes this story as "one of the most important stories of the last quarter-century: how American officials sold nuclear arms technology to illegal proliferators -- including ideological allies of al Qaeda -- in return for bribes and other inducements. This widespread corruption has been protected from exposure by the highest levels of the U.S. government, which has gone to enormous lengths to protect the truth from coming out. The entire planet has been put at grave risk by the greed -- and geopolitical gamesmanship -- that lies behind this criminal enterprise, which actually is even more extensive, and goes back further in time, than the newspaper's remarkable revelations."
Floyd ties this story together with the history of the BCCI, past criminal figures, and the Bush family, including George W. Bush:
Edmonds' revelations should be seen in their larger historical context, as an outgrowth of the activities of BCCI, the "Bank of Credit and Commercial International," a supposed financial group that a U.S. Senate investigation called "one of the largest criminal enterprises in history." BCCI was a prime vehicle for clandestine nuclear proliferation, among many other illegal activities, and was also used by the CIA and the White House for various covert operations, including secret military and financial support for Saddam Hussein. It also paid numerous grandees of the Democratic and Republican parties to front its operations – and gave George W. Bush $25 million to rescue one of his many business failures.
Dailykos' own Lukery, who posted the story here over the weekend, is singled out for special treatment:
While the Times declined to name the top State Department official cited by Edmonds, elsewhere she has said it was Mark Grossman, "former #3 at the State Department, former ambassador to Turkey, and current Vice President at The Cohen Group, the lobbying company run by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen," notes the blogger Lukery, who has long done sterling service in publicizing Edmonds' plight and her revelations – which, as Lukery notes, are not confined to the nuclear proliferation angle featured in the Sunday Times.
Lukery goes on to note that the other "household names" mentioned by Edmonds include "Richard Perle and Douglas Feith and possibly Paul Wolfowitz. Less familiar names include Eric Edelman, Feith's replacement at the Pentagon, and former Congressman Stephen Solarz."
Lukery also zeroes in on this telling revelation:
"The Times article then notes something that I reported 18 months ago. Immediately after 911, the FBI arrested a bunch of people suspected of being involved with the attacks -- including four associates of key targets of FBI's counterintelligence operations. Sibel heard the targets tell Marc Grossman: 'We need to get them out of the US because we can't afford for them to spill the beans.' Grossman duly facilitated their release from jail and the suspects immediately left the country without further investigation or interrogation.
"Let me repeat that for emphasis: The #3 guy at the State Dept facilitated the immediate release of 9/11 suspects at the request of targets of the FBI's investigation."
Please let's make sure this story does NOT go down the Memory Hole!
I know the Primaries are a lot of fun, and pretty darned important, but they're gonna happen whether we diary about them or not. Let's keep the heat on regarding this story and maybe, just maybe, the U.S. media will actually report on it.
I really don't know what else to add, myself, to this story, because I'm mainly writing this to urge you to read Chris Floyd's incredible article.
I do have to add this one rather fascinating and bizarre paragraph from his article (and it's funny he mentions amnesia because that seems to be something of an emerging theme here):
(The amnesia surrounding BCCI is even more remarkable when you consider that the man who led the 1992 probe – which turned up so much dirt involving the first Bush administration – was none other than Senator John Kerry. Yet Kerry – who knew where so many Bush bones were buried, and who had once displayed genuine moral courage in denouncing the Vietnam War after his service there – used none of this knowledge, and showed none of this courage, when seeking to oust the second Bush Administration, which retained many tainted figures from the first reign, and was headed by a man who had taken millions of dollars from BCCI. Instead Kerry spent the campaign – as he had spent much of his Senate career – trying to prove to the corporate and militarist elite that he was a "safe pair of hands," someone who wouldn't really rock the boat or kill the elite's flock of golden geese. Having thus disarmed himself, he failed to generate the landslide he would have needed to overcome the Bush Faction's election-skewing machinery – although it is very likely that Kerry would have won the election anyway had Ohio's votes been counted fairly. But here too he folded and refused to fight, choosing, like Al Gore before him, not to risk his insider status with a serious, genuine challenge to the system.)
Sad. Of course, that's easy for someone like me to say -- who knows exactly what these kinds of people will threaten you with if you go up against them ...? Maybe Kerry simply didn't want to have a "Bill Hicks Moment".
At any rate, please check out the Chris Floyd article and let's keep this story front and center somehow or another!