Thursday, October 1, 2009

Even More Corruption Not Seen On Evening News

The American Conservative has an interveiw up with Sibel Edmonds. She worked as a translator for the F.B.I. after 9/11 to 2002, when she got fired for whistleblowing. Apparently, it's all the rage to sell state secrets, and this behavior is extending even to congressmen. I suppose it makes sense; they can make up state secrets and then turn around and sell direct, rather than actually try and make decent law and have a few turncoats do damage.

I'd love to see if any of the stuff Hanssen got taken down for overlaps with what she ran into. Some of the stuff she was translating dated back to 1996, so I'm guessing it's possible, though Hanssen's dance was supposedly with the Russians. Still, Edmonds' story makes the veiw of Hanssen as this lone, brilliant misfit confounding our very best and brightest for years laughable. If anything, this would suggest the selling of secrets is a well established industry- and if Hanssen was an outcast it might have been because he was against it.

In any case, Edmonds' testimony suggests widespread bipartisan corruption and what can only be described as an industry. She even bolsters the drug running from Afghanistan meme up from wacky conspiracy theory into the realm of highly probable- at least for me.

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