Sibel Edmonds Central Asia Recap:
Part One - Edmonds begins with Abdullah Çatlı, a criminal on Interpol's top 10 list who also was a NATO operative high enough up the Gladio foodchain to warrant being sprung from a high-security Swiss prison by a NATO owned helicopter. With 4-5 diplomatic passports, he was able to weave in and out of the UK and the US until his untimely end at Susurluk. Susurluk, of course, is the nexus point through which the Gladio A to B transition unfolds. Pulled from Turkey in the wake of the unfolding scandal in Susurluk are Gladio operatives Marc Grossman and Douglas Dickerson, who feature prominently in Sibel Edmonds' case. The transition to Gladio Plan B involves the Fethullah Gulen network worth $20 billion. But I'll quote the more prominent case in the synopsis directly:
But another relationship NATO had was with a name more familiar: Ayman al-Zawahiri. Known as the "brains" behind al-Qaeda in many circles, Edmonds says that NATO through Gladio worked closely with Zawahiri and Bin Laden. From 1997-2001, Plan B of Gladio included dozens of operations with Mujahadeen. Edmonds points out that during this time they were never called al-Qaeda within official circles, always Mujahadeen. NATO asked President Mubarak of Egypt (where Zawahiri is originally from) to release anti-regime people (friends of Zawahiri) who they had tasks for in Turkey. During this time, Zawahiri had come to Turkey, but was also working in Albania and Kosovo. Edmonds mentions an interesting fact regarding the FBI: they keep tabs on all countries (their diplomatic arms) through monitoring (i.e. wiretapping) except four. These four countries are 1) Turkey 2) Azerbaijan 3) United Kingdom and 4) Belgium, the seat of NATO. The Cold War within the context of a "war over resources" didn't end. The ultimate prize, as Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in The Grand Chessboard, is Central Asia.
So then 9/11 happens. What's the official reaction? Edmonds characterizes it as the US saying "our partners", those we did joint operations with, did it. And of course we had nothing to do with it. It's one of the oldest games in the UK we've now learned: "Use Islam to get what you want!" Edmonds then goes into the role that drugs played. One of the reasons Belgium is one of the four countries not being monitored is that it is "extremely important" in the distribution of heroin. She notes that while many sites write about the Taliban getting rid of heroin prior to 9/11, this is not quite the whole story. The Taliban cut production from 2000-2001, but did not relinquish control. The Taliban was in charge of Afghanistan since 1996, and from 1996-2000, there was no slack in heroin production. Until 9/11, the majority of heroin operations were by Russia, an estimated 70-80% under Russian control. After 9/11 that control shifts to NATO. With their takeover of the Afghan poppy, production skyrockets. Edmonds ends Part One of the interview mentioning that Gladio operations were linked to Chechnyan operations and that in the wake of the transition to Gladio B, many ultra-nationalists defected to Russia.
Part Two - Not so much Central Asia material here. Edmonds compares holdup of extradition of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Suleyman Abu Ghaith from Turkey to the Turkic refusal to extradite Yassin Al-Qadi after 9/11.
Part Three - This interview details the "Hood Event" in Turkey. Edmonds provides context for this event by saying that prior to 9/11, people like Brent Scowcroft, Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz were discussing with Turkey exactly what sort of spoils they could expect from the invasion of Iraq! They were upset over Israel getting a base of operations in northern Iraq (Kurdistan) instead of them. The whole "Hood Event" in July 2003 was a bust of Turkic Gladio generals spying on Israelis and identifying high-level Kurds for assassination. Because it looked bad for the US to be arresting their ally, they let them go. Edmonds explains the context of how this concerns Gladio B further:
All of this was part of the Gladio transition from A to B, which wasn't always a neat transition, in fact the head Turkish general in charge of the Hood Event team was forced to retire. In 2002, there was a switch in Turkish government to the AKP under Erdoğan. There was concern that the Gladio generals were becoming a huge liability to the US and they wanted the new Turkish government to take care of them, either through arrests or assassinations. This is when some of the Plan A operatives (nationalists, Grey Wolves) began leaving for Russia. Being under threat of arrest or assassination in their home country, they got political asylum; both parties looking at the situation as "the enemy of my enemy is my friend". In return, they were able to supply Russia with information on Chechnya. These Turkish Gladio A Generals then trained Russian FSB (intelligence, the successor to the KGB) and in 2003 and 2004, there were quite a number of assassinations of Chechnyan leaders in Istanbul! There were many assassinations abroad that received a lot of international media coverage, but very little in America. Russia understands what's happening with Gladio, though they have yet to play that card internationally yet.
Edmonds then discusses the cooperation between Israel and Azerbaijan and goes into the case of Huseyin Baybasin, "Europe's Pablo Escobar". But there is one more point brought up in this interview regarding Ayman al-Zawahiri:
Then the question of what Ayman al-Zawahiri is all about comes up. She reiterates the FBI file started in 1996 running past 9/11 tracking "mujahadeen"; never referred to as al-Qaeda, and many of his operations were not connected with bin Laden. During this time, you have Zawahiri in Turkey a lot, in Bulgaria working with the Turkish arm of NATO and with NATO, and in Azerbaijan meeting with a US military attache. He even had several meetings in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1997 and 1998 where in addition to high-level NATO officials there were a couple high-level Saudis (on behalf of intelligence and the embassy) in attendance. Edmonds points out there were several Bin Ladens working with the Saudi embassy in the US as well as Fethullah Gulen, whose network was detailed in Part One. She also details how Zawahiri was arrested in Russia. He was carrying a laptop computer filled with US/NATO operations that Zawahiri was carrying out for the US/NATO. But he was let go because the FSB couldn't translate the files, which is a pretty flimsy excuse for the former KGB! But whatever the truth is about what Russia has on Zawahiri, there's no question he was a major actor in Gladio B and Edmonds has been led to believe Zawahiri is currently either in Dagestan or Azerbaijan.
Part Four - This interview covers some aspects of drug operations. Edmonds states that in 1996 and 1997, many of the Turkish labs were moved to pro-NATO Central Asian countries, specifically Azerbaijan. She details how sub-contractors like the American Turkish Council (ATC) are behind the scenes in producing heroin, money laundering, and the training of terrorists.
Part Five - Question and answer session. No new Central Asia info as far as I can see.
Part Six - This is the "follow the money" interview detailing how the Military-Industrial Complex and Big Oil are the two most important entities that profit from these Gladio operations. Central Asia is a prime location in Gladio Plan B because of oil-rich areas and those locations also intersect with major drug routes, which Edmonds has written an article on at her website. If you look at, for example, the top players at the ATC, you see people connected with the MIC and oil companies. That is their ultimate boss, not the Turkish or US government.
Sibel Edmonds Central Asia Analysis:
First of all, I want to thank all the participants of the various threads at Rigorous Intuition for keeping me updated on the unfolding situation in Boston, particularly seemslikeadream for providing constant updates of pertinent links with clues the mainstream ignores and Boston native FourthBase, whose persistence in sleuthing has given me my mantra: keep digging! They've been able to elaborate on clues behind so much of the chaos, from the initial citation of Sunil Tripathi, a missing Brown University student as one of the suspects, including a Boston Police Department scanner report to many other inconsistencies in this developing story. I would also like to point out that Sibel Edmonds herself has drawn attention to this fascinating synchronicity on her own website, with many links worth checking out.
In summary, I think everything detailed on Central Asia in The Corbett Report interviews of Sibel Edmonds shows that this is where the 21st Century Great Game is going down. Unlike the Great Game of the 19th-20th century, this is not about Great Britain, it's not about nations so much as it is about the nexus where real power in the 21st century resides. That is the MIC and Big Oil, carrying out their plan through organizations like NATO through Operation Gladio Plan B. It remains to be seen whether the two suspects from Central Asia do in fact have connections with this nefarious apparatus; that it has been "staged" by the FBI or other intelligence organizations. But at this point, the argument that they are "two lone wolves" doesn't pass the smell test.
Meanwhile, back at the Pentagon...
Updating my research from my last blog entry investigating this part of the last interview:
James Corbett: ...And on that note, we have an email in from Robert, who has a blog called americanjudas.blogspot.com where he is starting to synopsize our conversations and he's got Part One and Part Two up already and has done a good job of putting in some relevant links and explaining some of the characters and the details, so I will put the links to those blog posts in the show notes for this, and also Robert had a question, he said, "In Part Two, Sibel mentioned that the Pentagon doesn't call it Gladio B, but there is a designated section, a physical office that deals with Gladio operations. Can she tell us what the actual name is, or has she been gagged from doing so on the grounds of State Secrets?"
Sibel Edmonds: Right, um, the FBI's file, because the name of the file itself wouldn't be even considered classified, it's the name of a file, the operation is considered the Operation Gladio Plan B. With the Pentagon, I can't because it has not become public, and it is part of or under another division; and again that division if I were to name the division, people would be very familiar, and it will be say 'Why, that's an interesting place to put the Operation Gladio Plan B and the office there'. I can tell you that the division is mainly international NATO officers, you're looking at lieutenant colonel and higher, and it has the only office that I know in the Pentagon with the highest number of Turkish officers, they're going to have both US citizenship and Turkish, but they're assigned to this Pentagon division. Now it changes, every four or five years, some are stationed somewhere else, but if you look at it let's say during a certain period of time, the highest percentage are Turkish officers there, female and male.
To try looking for more clues, I decided to go back to the person she said was working for NATO in Part One who went to her home to try to recruit her into this sinister nexus, Douglas Dickerson. I reread the chapter in her book about the incident, and my jaw hit the floor when I read this paragraph on page 63 of Classified Woman by Sibel Edmonds:
We sipped our drinks and made small talk for about 15 minutes. "Doug" briefly talked about his background and current position with the U.S. Air Force and Defense Intelligence Agency, under the procurement logistics division at the Pentagon, which dealt with Turkey and Turkic-speaking Central Asian countries: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. And, he casually added, he was part of a team at the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans overseeing Central Asian policies and operations. (emphasis added)
I'm not sure if OSP is actually the division dealing with Gladio operations or if it is the DIA "procurement logistics division at the Pentagon" that Dickerson worked for. Of course, all this speculation is based on the assumption that Dickerson actually worked for the Pentagon division dealing with Gladio operations. So I asked James Corbett if the next time he interviews Sibel Edmonds, he could ask:
1) Did Doug Dickerson work for the specific Pentagon division dealing with Gladio operations?
2) Is the Office of Special Plans that Doug Dickerson "casually added" he worked for the same OSP run by Doug Feith?
3) Does the "procurement logistics division" that Doug Dickerson worked for at the Pentagon have a name and if so, can Sibel say what it is?
Meanwhile, I've tried to do my own research. There was one other item I found dealing with OSP and Operation Gladio:
Reading Between the Lines: Gladio Ops Designed to Discredit the Iraqi ResistancePosted in the database on Saturday, July 09th, 2005 @ 10:40:10 MST (325 views)
|from Another Day in the Empire|
Now that the corporate media has performed it assigned task—float another CIA as butterfingers story—the Nasr kidnap story will be allowed to more or less evaporate in standard fashion, dropped from the news cycle and more or less ignored to death, although the Associated Press is reporting the Italian government is in denial mode over accusations it knew all about the kidnapping of the Egyptian cleric in 2003. As for Gaetano Saya and Riccardo Sindoca, the two Gladio neofascists who ran a “parallel'’ anti-terrorism police force, and are apparently connected to the Nasr kidnap case (according to prosecutors in Genoa and Milan), this story has disappeared almost entirely (a Google News search this morning returns four results, three originating in Italy and one with the Guardian in Britain).
It is now becoming increasingly obvious the governments of Italy and the United States are collaborating in a Gladilo-type operation and the kidnapping of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, a former CIA asset, was conducted to keep him from revealing more about the operation. For instance, as the Boston Globe reported on June 27, Nasr “was involved with Ansar al-Islam, a Kurdish Islamic group in northern Iraq that the United States said had ties with Saddam Hussein’s regime, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda, and, according to an Italian law enforcement official, the cleric was “involved in an organization that sent people to training camps in Kurdistan… [and] was involved in preparing false documents and passports for sending people in Iraq, [perhaps] to train for bomb attacks.” It should be noted that Mullah Krekar, the leader of Ansar al-Islam, told al-Hayat newspaper in 2003 he had “a meeting with a CIA representative and someone from the American army in the town of Sulaymaniya (Iraqi Kurdistan) at the end of 2000. They asked us to collaborate with them,” an offer Krekar said he refused. It is also interesting to note that Ansar al-Islam supported Jund al-Shams (Soldiers of the Levant), according to American intelligence officials quoted by Jeffery Goldberg and Christopher Allbritton, former AP and New York Daily News reporter. “Jund al-Shams is controlled by a man named Mussa’ab al-Zarqawi,” Allbritton quotes Goldberg, writing for the New Yorker.
Of course, apologists will dismiss the above as paranoia, and offer the corporate media take on events: Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr worked undercover for the CIA and he was kidnapped because he had gone over to the dark side. Maybe. However, this does not explain why Saya and Sindoca, intimately connected to Operation Gladio, according to Italian prosecutors, were involved in the kidnapping. Gladio specialized in penetrating left-wing organizations and turning such into terrorist outfits. Is it possible SISMI, DSSA, and U.S. military intelligence (run out of Rumsfeld’s refashioned Pentagon) are penetrating Islamic organizations in Iraq and turning them into terrorist organizations designed to discredit the Iraqi resistance? If so, we should not expect the corporate media to make such (admittedly speculative) connections. Such is left up to us “conspiracy kooks” submerged within the blogosphere, reading between the lines, and understanding history and the murderous skullduggery of the state.
This is an interesting story, but from 8 years ago. I don't have anything more current, though in checking out the DIA angle, I noticed on their homepage they are prominently featuring an interview with NATO Supreme Allied Commander Admiral James Stavridis. Is it all just an interesting coincidence the DIA would be highlighting their relationship with the seat of Operation Gladio, NATO? Or does the OSP still deal with Gladio operations? I hope we find out the answers soon, it may have a quite a bit to do with the terror we are currently operating under.