Classified Woman Review by Nanore Barsoumian at Armenia Weekly

CW A string of suspicious events and encounters lead FBI translator Sibel Edmonds to the center of a conspiratorial net of cover-ups and possible espionage, as she attempts to unravel the truth behind buried sensitive case files that could shed light and incriminate high-profile individuals in connection with the September 2001 terrorist attacks in New York.

Her struggle takes her to the halls of Congress, U.S. courtrooms, and, finally, the National Whistleblowers Coalition she helped found.

When Edmonds, a Turkish-speaking U.S. citizen, is hired by the FBI as a translator, she is eager to serve her adopted country in the wake of the terrorist attacks. But she soon finds out that the FBI’s translation department is anything but transparent, and accountability and oversight are sorely lacking. Files go missing. Translations are sabotaged, putting lives—the lives of FBI agents—in danger. Her immediate boss seems more and more unprincipled and crooked with every passing encounter. An atmosphere of fear and hopelessness prevents others from speaking out.

Edmonds, however, is determined to fight, even though it may cost her the job, and her and her family’s safety.

Yes, this is a memoir. We feel her frustration and puzzlement as she is discouraged, sabotaged, and even threatened during her search for answers. When a new co-worker stops by her house unannounced, Edmonds is convinced it is an attempt to recruit her and her husband into the Turkish lobby. She takes note. She begins to meticulously chronicle her encounters, meetings, and the brow-raising conduct of her bosses and colleagues...

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Classified Woman-Your Questions & My Answers

Bookstores, Signing Arrangement, Media Coverage & More

SESince the release of Classified Woman I have been receiving dozens of e-mails each day, and with those e-mails come many questions regarding the status of the book. As always, with my frantic schedule, I’ve been saving the e-mails to respond to later, and the to-be-responded-to e-mail trail has been getting longer and longer. So here is what I decided to: Answer the most common questions in one post.

When will Classified Woman be available in bookstores?

The short answer is: I don’t know. And here is the longer version as to why: This book is self-published. Despite its success during the very short period of its availability the corporate publishers and major distributors are still sitting on the sidelines, watching, and hoping for it to simply go away. To place this book on the shelves in bookstores takes a lot of work: Printing, warehousing, cataloguing, selling and marketing to bookstores, delivering, book-keeping and return policy implementation, accounting... In the next few weeks, depending on how we do with our online print and e-book sales, we’ll know more. I will keep you posted and welcome suggestions from those of you experienced in this area.

What is the status of government threats against this book?

My attorneys are still on top of the case. So are the government attorneys. I call this stage: the letter-waiting-letter period. A threat letter comes-we wait and assess-our letter is drafted and sent-we wait again-then another letter comes... Again, I believe the government is also watching the status of this book and the court of public opinion on it.

Why there hasn’t been a single peep in the mainstream media on this book?

That’s funny. Where have you been? You need to join, read, listen to, and watch Boiling Frogs Post!

How come you haven’t received any coverage from alternative publications such as Amy Goodman and Thom Hartmann?

I am not going to get into the philosophical discussion of what constitutes being alternative. I have written many analyses and commentaries on this. And of course, I cannot provide a definite answer since I don’t have it yet. Suffice to say that they have received their review copies, and they all know about the book. Sometimes these things take time. Sometimes it becomes a totally different ball game. If I were to guess: it is because George W. Bush is not in office any longer. You see, during George W. Bush I was welcomed more than once or twice at these alternatives. Then, something happened. George was gone, and I no longer was welcomed or needed for the game. Again, I’ll have a definite answer in the next few couple of weeks and I’ll keep you posted.

Do you have signing and speaking events coming up in California, Wisconsin, etc.? [Read more...]

Classified Woman Unplugged in a New Session with Alex Jones

From the Book the Establishment Doesn’t Want you to Read to 9/11, Perpetual War, Police State & Beyond

SEYesterday (Friday, May 18), I had another video-radio session with Alex Jones that was supposed to be for 20 minutes but went on for over an hour. I was completely (utterly-totally) unplugged. Mr. Jones has a way of opening up his interviewees. Not only that, he is not afraid of getting into the ‘real’ issues-the macro topics. Some of you may know this already, but for those of you who don’t: I get miserably bored (and frustrated) when I am asked to recap the sufferings related to the whistleblowing journey, and to talk about the minute issues of bureaucratic bungling and incompetence. Unfortunately that happens to be the norm. Fortunately, for this Jones’ session I was not placed in that utterly boring and sleep-inducing position. We got to talk, passionately talk, about the macro issues, the most important aspects of my case and whistleblowing journey, and the core problems facing our nation. Thank you Alex Jones!

Here is the video interview session with Alex Jones:

I am thankful to all of you who have been supporting Classified Woman. Thanks to you we have been on Amazon’s top selling Memoirs lists, and rank 140 of all Amazon print books. The government, the mega corporate publishers, the mainstream media ... in short, the establishment has been doing everything to bury this book. You, the readers, and I the author and independent-publisher, have been challenging them all, and so far we seem to be doing a good job of that. Please don’t give up. Together, collectively, we are setting precedence here by making ‘them’ irrelevant. Please help us get the word out there on this book- encourage those you know to join our movement. Let’s show them the power of the people. Thank you all!

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The Government, The One Percent, The Resistance & The People

Classified Woman Updates & Heads Up

SEFor the past ten years, yes-that makes it a decade already, I’ve been asked repeatedly, whether by interviewers- researchers or the general public, ‘How can we bring about needed changes? How can we make a difference? What can we the people do?’ My answer throughout this decade has been consistent-always the same, ‘Stand up and challenge this rotten system. Resist. The least you can do is to support those who stand up and challenge the system. Whether it is a lone voice in Congress or a true journalist or a whistleblower ... lend your support and stand by them.’

I have to say, for me, one of the main reasons I kept fighting back and resisting, the main factor in not giving up, was the support and encouragement I received from the people, albeit a very few-the irate minority. And today, that reason, that factor, still remains the same.

Writing Classified Woman was the continuation of my battle against our despotic government and the one percent who’ve been thriving upon it.

Publishing Classified Woman was a fight against that same government who tried, and is still trying, to censor every single word of it, and against the one percent who aided and abetted the government along the way. [Read more...]

Classified Woman Interviews: Occupied Territory with Mike Feder & Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock

CWLast Thursday I was on Occupied Territory with Mike Feder at Progressive Radio Network. This was my first experience with this show and it left me impressed with Mr. Feder. No boohaha, no sound bites, no boisterous interruptions ... A highly informed and articulate host who comes prepared and tackles his subjects with diligence .

You can listen to the show here.

Also last week, on Friday, I was on Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock. I had an entire hour to discuss Classified Woman and beyond. I’ve been on Mr. Hancock’s show many times and truly enjoy his passion and stand on ‘real independence.’

You can check out the entire show here (I am on hour two), or, you can listen to my interview section here:

Objective: The Naked Truth, The People, Minus All the “Gunk”

A few notes on the decision to bypass the “System” in order to expose the “System”

Since the release of my book Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story I’ve been getting the same question in different variations: why did you decide to self-publish your book? What made you opt for self-publishing? What was the response you got on your manuscript/book? Did you even try to get this book published in the traditional way?

I know I promised you a series of articles and stories on getting this book published. I am going to keep that promise and give you plenty of ‘backstage’ stories. I’ll be doing all that once things calm down a bit around here. Meanwhile, to give you an idea, I’ll provide you with a few excerpts and snapshots. Life is short. Who knows if we’ll all make it to tomorrow? At least this way you get a pretty good idea, and no one will accuse of me playing the ‘suspense’ game.

We Need a Government Guarantee

obj1One of the top 5 mega corporate publishers specifically sought ‘a guarantee by the Department of Justice.’ Let’s call the individual on the decision-making (for book selection) editorial board: Mega Publisher A. Here is how it went:

Mega Publisher A: It is an amazing story. You have an amazing case. It is simply amazing. BUT, considering the length the government has gone to silence you and classify everything about you, what makes you think they’d let this book see the light of day?

Me: There is this process called pre publication review. The government has 30 business days to review my manuscript, redact whatever they deem classified, and once they do that, the manuscript is free to be published. [Read more...]

A few Words on Government-Mega Publishers Corporations Inc

How to Distinguish Legitimate Truth-Tellers from Establishment Operatives

By Sibel Edmonds

SSThis morning Glenn Greenwald had an excellent and very timely article at Salon titled Crime Boasting for Profit. I encourage you to read the entire article and pay close attention to his well-made points on how the known CIA criminal Jose Rodriguez was able not only to escape accountability for his widely public criminal conduct, but was also permitted to ‘wrap his conduct in the banner of heroism as a highly-paid Simon & Schuster author’:

Rodriguez thus joins a long line of Bush officials — Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz, et. al — who not only paid no price for the crimes they committed, but are free to run around boasting of those crimes for profit. That’s what happens when the most politically powerful officials are vested with immunity for their illegal acts. Both the criminals and their crimes become normalized. They feel free not only to admit their crimes openly but to justify and glorify them, because they know they will never be held accountable for them. Instead of having to explain himself as a criminal defendant, Rodriguez is instead permitted to wrap his conduct in the banner of heroism as a highly-paid Simon & Schuster author.

This case and Greenwald’s article brings up a very significant topic I’ve been meaning to write about and discuss here at Boiling Frogs Post. For years I have closely watched and investigated cases of self-proclaimed phony government whistleblowers and critics-especially those from the Intel communities,  who have easily obtained their uber secretive bosses’ blessings and approval, and have secured seven-figure publishing deals, sometimes even before actually (and supposedly) blowing the whistle or publicly voicing their supposed criticism. [Read more...]