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Saturday, August 07, 2004

This problem transcends the issue of Sibel Edmonds

In her excellent and very insightful article Edmonds, the former FBI translator, provides a very deep analysis of how the turns and twists of her case reflect on our system of government at this juncture. There's little I would like to say here other than raise the same issues she is attempting to raise.
On Tuesday, July 6, 2004, Judge Reggie Walton made a decision and ruled on my case. Under his ruling, I, an American citizen, am not entitled to pursue my 1st and 5th Amendment rights guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States. The vague reasoning cited, without any explanation, is to protect "certain diplomatic relations for national security." Judge Walton reached this decision after sitting on this case with no activity for almost two years. He arrived at this decision without allowing my attorney and I any due process: NO status hearing, NO briefings, NO oral argument, and NO discovery. He made his decision after allowing the government attorneys to present their case to him, privately, in camera, ex parte; we were not allowed to participate in these cozy sessions. Is this the American system of justice we believe in?

It is also worth noting that for some reason Attorney General John Ashcroft seems to now be in a position to impose restrictions on the Congress. That is a situation which is almost synonymous to a total tyranny of the executive power.
Under this broken system the attorney general of the United States is being allowed to illegally gag the United States Congress regarding my case. And even worse, the United States Congress is readily complying with this illegal gag.

Under this broken system the attorney general of the United States is being allowed to hinder ongoing investigations such as those of the 9/11 Commission and the DOJ-Inspector General.

Under this broken system the Attorney General of the United States is getting away with interfering and tampering with pending cases under the judicial process, such as my court cases and the lawsuit by the 9/11 victim families.
I have nothing to add to that. I only think it is wrong to think of Sibel Edmonds' case as only a case involving one individual. It it of crucial importance,- and its outcome may seriously affect the direction in which this society is going to move.

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