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Classified Woman-The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2012
We have here a woman who stands tall & proud against all odds in fighting the wrath of the FBI & other institutions intent on keeping her quiet. The truth hurts & the shocking situations Sibel Edmonds had to go through when she worked for the FBI are absolutely crazy. Imagine finding out you knew an arsonist in your street & going to the police to report him. When you get there they tell you to keep it quiet & the arsonist is the son of a high ranking white house official & the truth will badly damage his reputation. That's what it feels like when you read A Classified Woman, there is blatant deception, lies, scandal & everything in-between happening within the FBI & you go through Sibel's struggle with her & she tries her hardest to get the truth out there. A truly brave woman who has endured more than any woman should in those circumstances.

A gripping book from start to finish, you think America can't get any worse & realize that stories like hers are coming out at an alarmingly frequent rate & all are silenced through courts, judges, officials. America is in a right state at the minute with the gas fracking poisoning & killing people & the environment, Sibel's story is just a small part of whats wrong with America as a whole. As she says in her book she hates the fact that its a country that tries to portray an illusion of freedom instead of admitting its just a dictatorship.

All in all an absolute must buy! Sibel your an inspiration.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2012
I bought this ebook after reading about Sibel on Truthout. This account will both make your jaw drop in sheer disbelief at the extent of corruption, and your blood boil that the land of the free has been manipulated by its own government to be anything but free.
There is a truth in the quote "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely". The tenet of the constitution that the government is of the people for the people is nothing more now than lip service, and in a country with such a violent world history and weapons coming out of its teeth, the potential consequences for all of us are dire.

Listen to what she has to say, while it is still possible to hear it. Perhaps think a little. Most of all, listen to news agencies that aren't owned by Fox.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A fascinating account of how her work as an intelligence analyst was found to be unhelpful when it contradicted the created fiction of 9/11 required by her FBI employer. Where was the help from the civil liberties groups or upholders of the right to freedom of information at the beginning of her troubles? She persisted despite all the odds against her in telling her story to the world.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2013
As the United States of America descends into the dark age of a police state with its own population seemingly oblivious to the losses that have already taken place, one can only admire the courage it must have cost Sibel to stand up straight and fight.

She personifies a dim sparkle of hope to those who have eyes to see, to those who dare to question their own assumptions as well as the pre-digested assumptions the so called main-stream media present to the masses.

America is in need of courageous people, now more so than ever, if the current and future challenges ought to be overcome. For now these carriers of hope are prosecuted, gagged and imprisoned, but then, so was Nelson Mandela.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2014
In this excellent book Sibel Edmonds explains how the American government was warned by foreign intelligence sources prior to 9/11 about imminent attacks in the US involving aircraft and high-rise buildings and how they actively turned away the information.

For example, her FBI Head of Unit, special agent in charge, Thomas Frields was probably following instructions when he said, "We never got any warnings. These conversations never existed; it never happened, period. No one should ever mention a word about this, period. Never!" - and this was apart from other foreign intelligence agencies delivering warnings that weren't covered in the book.

The greater part of the account deals with her efforts to use official channels whether in the FBI or Congress to alert the government to blocked 911 information and other items concerning large scale theft and sale of government secrets. She doesn't get much or any support, with the thieves turning on her and getting her fired from the FBI.

Basically, she is that rarest of people, an American citizen who can put her national loyalty ahead of her personal interests.

It was made 100% clear to her that it was in her interest to shut up, ignore what was happening, follow instructions, accept what she was told and take the promotion on offer, so it was a particularly tough situation to fight, since as an ex FBI employee she couldn't legally reveal government secrets to make her case and the problem is visible throughout the book.

Interestingly it is also a problem for her opponents who would really like to get her out of circulation in totalitarian style and can't.

To understand some of this, maybe its useful to take a step back. Shouldn't the US government be interested in information about the biggest terror attack in the United States history? Shouldn't the press be looking at every detail of this attack? Why does the government only reluctantly accept and inquiry into events over a year later and dictate the outcome? Shortly afterwards the US attacked Iraq by mistake? (no WMD) so where was the inquiry into the fabricated WMD story and its immediate mass publication?

The plain obvious answer is in Edmond's book (and elsewhere) and it is that an important section of the US government knew that 911 was coming. It suited their purposes as the trigger for launching the pre-prepared WMD story/Iraq war, the "War on Terror", the Patriot Act and the mass destruction of American constitutional rights.

The book doesn't spell it out, but the WMD story wasn't the only item that was prepared in advance of the 9/11 attack.

World Trade Center Building 7 was the third tower that collapsed that day shortly after the aircraft hit the other two. The obvious controlled demolition process was so at variance with the government account that 1500 outraged architects and structural engineers formed an organization stating that the government story was a lie. They are familiar with the properties of structural steel, melting temperatures, thermite residue, falling resistance etc. and they have no doubt that this building was deliberately brought down. Its more than interesting to Google "Building 7" and follow the document and video trail.

On page 277 the author asks, "How do we get through to those that have readily accepted the despotism being marketed to them as security?" and this is a really interesting question.

One way may be to stop using labels like "The National Whistleblowers Center". Surely the "Patriot Act" and "Homeland Security" sound much better to a general audience so perhaps Edmonds could recheck the basic rules of Doublespeak.

Also "whistleblowing" and criticising elected governments and representatives (while exposing this and that) is mostly seen as negative and uninspiring. Maybe its better to directly enter politics with clear and positive policies (American Independence Party? - as in independence from special interests) funded by individual small contributions and powered by grass-roots volunteers.

So altogether a very worthwhile book and highly recommended.

UPDATE 8th December 2014
I'm probably one of the last people to see this video but it clearly supports Edmonds story; YouTube "CIA Lindauer Extreme Prejudice". CIA insider Lindauer shows that Edmonds very much understates the secret servic pre-knowledge of the WTC attacks, and that they were enabled and guided to conclusion with Iraq immediately identified as a guilty party (Lindauer makes 100% clear Iraq had nothing to do with it).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The story of an early whistleblower on how the major agencies were using and often "producing" those devious characters often publicly branded with the infamous "T-word". Her Turkish background is especially helpful for insights on how the US has set up and protected its very own "religious extremists" in the United Staters and the Middle East, willing pawns in Washington's geopolitical manoeuvering above all since 2001. This is now corroborated by increasingly significant amounts of evidence, both historical (e.g. "A Mosque in Munich" by Ian Johnson) and in evidence emerging on current events.
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on 13 June 2014
Except that it is an autobiography of Mrs. Edmond's job as translator with the Washington FBI, and its after play, that includes a detailed account of her confrontation with the very noncooperative United States legal system, Congress and the various bureaucracies.

Most people, who have worked within large hierarchical organizations, will probably realize, that it may be dangerous to point out errors committed by coworkers or by people in higher levels. The author describes how she was fired from the FBI because she was doing her work too well for her boss' liking, being not only a more productive and a better translator than her colleagues, but also insisting on pursuing the organization's obvious goal and purposes - that would have to include unraveling serious crime.

Searching for some phrase to characterize the contents of this book, the sentence "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark" comes to mind. Hamlet, the truth-seeker, does not want to play along with what he conceives as foul play.

What I missed in this book was an index, or at least a list of the definition of the many acronyms that are used, as well as a list of the host of different persons one meets while progressing through its 350 pages. Apart from this, the book is well organized into distinct chapters, and is easy to read, not least due its pleasant typographic features. It is only the lack of the mentioned lists, that slows down the reading. Which is why I have marked only four of five possible stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2014
Difficult for basically honest people to digest. The abuse of power to an extreme that questions everything the US government does as honesty is an unknown concept. Every US citizen should read this. Corruption is so endemic it's self protecting. Nuclear secrets sold whilst publically supporting non-proliferation, narcotics and a culture that makes the Mafia look like playground squabbling. Freedom of press a joke as is the legislature. As I said, difficult to digest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2014
Readers who enjoy this book, which is a real 'tour de force' of clarity, integrity and courage, should be aware that Sibel's work continues .... Google her name and see what comes up.
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on 7 May 2014
I have been following Sibel Edmonds since she dumped the dirty scum american government, i dont need to read this book, though i will, i follow her on boiling frogs post.com and the Corbet report online, she's the most gagged woman in history and the most pretty too likely..this book tells it like it is the REAL truth and facts about the corruption and dirty low dealings the US has with all the other dirty low life filthy drug dealing, money laundering, murdering governments like saudi, uk scum israel and all the rest, its endless..it will open your eyes and leave you with plenty to ponder on...
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