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  • Turks Are Troubled By Harut Sassounian

    Turks Are Troubled by Probable Next
    Speaker's Pledge on Genocide Bill

    By Harut Sassounian
    Publisher, The California Courier

    Just when Turkish officials are grappling with the devastating blow
    of the French Parliament's adoption of bill criminalizing the denial
    of the Armenian Genocide, it appears likely that they will be
    receiving a second blow shortly from the U.S. Congress.
    The U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who is expected
    to be the next Speaker of the House, should Democrats win the
    majority in the House, issued an exclusive statement to this writer
    last week pledging to support the passage of the Armenian Genocide
    resolution in the next Congress.
    She said: "I have supported legislation, including H.Res.316, that
    would properly acknowledge the Armenian Genocide. It is imperative
    that the United States recognize this atrocity and move to renew our
    commitment to eliminate genocide whenever and wherever it exists.
    This effort enjoys strong bipartisan support in the House, and I will
    continue to support these efforts in the 110th Congress."
    If the Democrats control the House after the November 7 elections,
    Cong. Pelosi is slated to become House Speaker. As such, she would
    control which bills come to the floor for a vote. Based on her
    20-year record of staunch support for the recognition of the Armenian
    Genocide by the House of Representatives, there is a high probability
    that the Armenian Genocide resolution would finally get scheduled for
    a vote in the House.
    In contrast, the current Speaker, Dennis Hastert (R-IL), has
    repeatedly blocked this resolution from coming to the floor since
    October 2000. In July of 2004, following the adoption by the House of
    an amendment recognizing the Armenian Genocide, Speaker Hastert
    issued a blunt statement vowing to block any future consideration of
    the Armenian Genocide Resolution by the full House. For his denialist
    efforts, Speaker Hastert has received an "F" rating from the ANCA,
    while Cong. Pelosi has consistently received an "A."
    Two weeks before Cong. Pelosi made her pledge to the
    Armenian-American community, the Turkish Daily News had already
    published an article headlined: "A Democratic victory in the US
    congressional elections next month will mean more 'Armenian Genocide'
    trouble for Ankara."
    The Turkish article stated: "A Democratic triumph in the House, or
    the Senate, will mean major problems for Turkey in its efforts to
    stop genocide recognition. In the outgoing House, the International
    Relations Committee in September 2005 approved a resolution for
    genocide recognition, But House Speaker Dennis Hastert, a close Bush
    ally, has never allowed a full floor vote. But if the Democrats win
    in November, it will be Nancy Pelosi, a staunch supporter of Armenian
    causes, who most probably will become the new speaker. In the event
    of a Democratic victory in the House, pro-Armenian lawmakers will
    definitely force a new legislation for genocide recognition shortly
    after the new Congress takes office in January.
    "Tom Lantos, presently the ranking Democratic member on the House
    International Relations Committee, is most likely to lead the
    committee. His position is not predictable. Lantos, a Holocaust
    survivor, backed Turkey in 2000 but voted for the Armenian side last
    year, voicing deep disappointment over what he saw as anti-American
    Turkish policies in the Middle East. In any case, a strongly
    supported genocide recognition resolution would easily pass the
    International Relations Committee hurdles, and reach the full House
    controlled by the pro-Armenian Pelosi, who in turn normally would be
    expected to favor a quick floor vote. Analysts warn that Turkey is
    doomed to lose any vote on any platform, so the key would be to avoid
    voting. Would Bush, like Clinton did in 2000, intervene personally at
    the last minute again to avoid a floor vote? Or would the Democrats
    who hate Bush turn it into a major domestic policy showdown? The
    answers are not clear at this point. The only certain thing is that
    Turkey will have a major headache on Armenian-related matters in the
    event of a Democratic victory in Congress," the Turkish Daily News
    wrote.
    After Cong. Pelosi's pledge, the Turkish Daily News published a
    second article on Oct. 29, headlined: "Turkey's 'Democratic' woes:
    Ankara fears fallout from likely Democratic victory in U.S.
    congressional elections on genocide." The newspaper quoted an
    anonymous Turkish diplomat in Washington (probably the Turkish
    Ambassador in Washington), as saying: "I would never think that I
    would be wishing a Republican win in the November 7 congressional
    elections, but it's ironic to see that a Democratic victory likely
    will be even worse for Turkey." The Turkish reporter then wrote that
    after his earlier report of two weeks ago, Cong. Pelosi made a pledge
    on the Armenian Genocide resolution to "a prominent U.S. Armenian
    publisher" (yours truly). This confirmed the Turkish reporter's worst
    fears about the likely passage of the Armenian Genocide resolution in
    the next Congress.
    Another major Turkish publication, Hurriyet, featured a lengthy
    analytical article on the same subject on Oct. 27, stating that the
    election of a Democratic majority in the House on Nov. 7, would
    likely create new storms in U.S.-Turkish relations due to the
    Armenian issue. Hurriyet also referred to the statement released by
    Cong. Pelosi to this writer, as evidence that things would be much
    different (meaning worse) in the next Congress for Turkey.
    Several other Turkish newspapers and websites also referred to Cong.
    Pelosi's statement with ominous predictions for Turkey. The Fresno
    Bee published a more skeptical analysis. Referring to Cong. Pelosi's
    statement to this writer. The Bee wrote: "Armenian Americans are
    accustomed to hearing election-year promises. Now they have another
    one to mull over." The article concluded by raising the prospect that
    Cong. Pelosi "may be more willing than Hastert to embarrass the White
    House on this issue."
    Let us hope that the Democrats would win the majority in the House on
    Nov. 7, thus realizing the Turks' worst nightmare! Nothing would be
    more satisfying to most Armenian Americans than seeing Hastert lose
    his "speakership" and become once again the lowly Congressman that he
    used be. He would no longer be able to play sleazy political games
    with the sacred memory of genocide victims.
    "All truth passes through three stages:
    First, it is ridiculed;
    Second, it is violently opposed; and
    Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

  • #2
    One More Reason To Win - Let Sibel Edmonds Speak

    by W. David Jenkins III

    OpEdNews, PA
    Oct 29 2006

    "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to
    do nothing."

    - Edmund Burke

    Sibel Edmonds once told me to "put aside 9/11" and instead concentrate
    on the workings of the Defense Department, amongst other government
    establishments, because what she had been trying to warn people about
    was considered by those involved as nothing more than "business as
    usual." That was the real danger. What she had discovered during
    her short time with the FBI was so threatening to those doing such
    "business" that former Attorney General, John Ashcroft, couldn't
    slap a gag order on her (and Congress) fast enough. But a lot of us
    already know that.

    Truth be known, Dennis Hastert has a hell of a lot more to worry about
    than the Mark Foley scandal. In fact, he may be seeing the writing
    on the wall regarding his soon departure from Congress as a welcome
    relief. However, that result is not only contingent upon a Democratic
    win in November, but a Democratic majority willing to dig through
    the tangled mess that is Turkish and American "business relations."

    Now, one must understand why Turkey is a big player, albeit a
    clandestine one, on the world stage; that would be the desperate
    need for security and acceptance. Turkey shares with Israel common
    enemies such as Syria, Iran and Iraq and maintains relations in the
    U.S. in order to secure financial aid and military technology. These
    relations are enhanced by corporations, lobbyists and conservative
    think tanks who share a mutual interest in geo-political advantage
    in the Middle East as well as making some big money.

    These relations are connected between former and present Defense
    Dept. members, The Project for a New American Century members, AIPAC,
    MIC Inc., Jack Abramoff, The Livingston Group and others. In other
    words, the more you dig the bigger the headache you may succumb to,
    yet you'll get an idea of how intertwined all the players are. Would
    you like to go for a little ride? Let's start with Hastert.

    The House Speaker has received contributions from Turkish sources
    to the tune of at least $500,000 and Edmonds knows that there are
    tapes from wiretaps that will back up this claim. One of the groups
    who bragged on those tapes about these illegal contributions was the
    American Turkish Council (ATC) but Hastert denies any ties to this or
    other Turkish groups. Yet between 1996 and 2002, Hastert made multiple
    trips to Turkey and would return home with so many "gifts" that his
    support staff was surprised that the "plane even got off the ground."

    In turn, Hastert has been very helpful to Turkey by using his authority
    to pull Congressional backing for a resolution recognizing the Armenian
    genocide. Hastert, of course has denied this.

    On June 3, 2003, Hastert's political action committee held a $1500
    a plate fundraiser at Jack Abramoff's restaurant where he received
    large donations from, among others, one Duane R. Gibson. Gibson is a
    consultant with the Livingston Group who has been lobbying on behalf of
    Turkey for about six years at the cost of $1.2 million a year. The only
    problem is that the money is not coming from the Turkish government
    and of course the FBI wants to know exactly who is shelling out all
    the dough. This is what Edmonds refers to as "business as usual" and
    what is behind the facade in all of this is obviously so threatening,
    that the government felt it necessary to implement an extraordinary
    gag order on Sibel and threaten members of her family.

    Admittedly, the American - Turkish "connection" doesn't make for
    glamorous news when put up against Iraq, Iran or North Korea but many
    of the players in those headlines are also involved with Turkey. And if
    there was an active, inquisitive and motivated Congress in DeeCeeVille
    right now then people might recognize the threat that so far remains
    under the radar.

    Sibel stated many times that when certain intelligence regarding
    illegal activities (drug or illegal arms trafficking etc.) which
    benefited alleged terrorist sponsors and that same intelligence
    also implicated "certain allies or business interests" then that
    intelligence was not passed on to counter-terrorism agents in the
    field. Turkish front groups under surveillance by the FBI (ATC
    and ATAA) were making large payments to officials high up in the
    government as well as lobbyists with connections to some of these same
    officials. These same groups were also nuzzling up to groups like
    AIPAC who had a mutual desire to embrace certain business interests
    that could enhance their pursuit of intelligence, influence and aid
    against common enemies.

    With the rise to power of the neo-conservatives years ago and their
    drive to secure dominance in the Middle East, these front groups found
    new opportunities now that the American government was infiltrated
    with many of their "business partners." Douglass Feith and Richard
    Perle (PNAC), infamous for their push into Iraq, were also recipients
    of hundreds of thousands of dollars from Turkish interests prior to
    joining the Bush Gang.

    Other groups with long ties to Turkey as well as upper offices in the
    government consist of the aforementioned Livingston Group, Solarz &
    Associates, and The Cohen Group. All three are top members of the
    American Turkish Council with Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group,
    Joseph Ralston, sitting on their board of advisors. Getting pretty
    tangled up, huh?

    One other firm I want to point out is the neo-con group, M.I.C.
    Industries Inc. who boast of some "Ultimate Building Machine" on their
    web site (it was worth a $60 million contract with Russia back in
    '97). Their board consists of amongst others, William Cohen (Cohen
    Group/ATC) and Richard Armitage (PNAC/Valerie Plame outing) and is
    headed up by one Michael Ansari who once teamed up with Alexander Haig
    in a corporation called US-CIS Venture Inc. which was established to
    assist in "developments" in Central Asia as well as establishing oil
    and gas pipeline projects through the region. M.I.C.

    Inc. is also one of the Livingston Group's top clients.

    These are some of the "business interests" I believe Edmonds' was
    speaking of and here's why.

    Enormous amounts of money are being funneled to top government
    officials and certain businesses whose members consist of former
    Defense Dept. officials, State Dept. officials and conservative think
    tanks that have a common interest in Turkey and Israel (in this case)
    and other countries that play a strategic part in a geo-political
    "business" plan. However, this money is not coming from those
    particular governments in question.

    Currently, according to former CIA agent Philip Giraldi, there is an
    investigation into Israel's illegal sale of U.S. military technology
    to countries like China and India. The companies mentioned in this
    article also have ties to the defense industry through their members'
    history in government service - who also share close ties with Turkish
    front groups (as well as an alliance with AIPAC and JINSA) currently
    under investigation by the FBI. That these Turkish groups would be
    involved in the same illegal sales with the aid of the aforementioned
    businesses is not that difficult of a dot to connect as it definitely
    reflects the "can of worms" that Edmonds' superiors at the FBI did
    not want opened. It's also worth mentioning that Turkey is a large
    hub in the drugs coming out of Afghanistan and Edmonds has alluded
    to the drug trade in her past statements.

    Yet, fellow FBI translator Malek Can xxxxerson, who had encouraged
    Sibel to join the ATC, was suppressing intelligence Edmonds was
    uncovering regarding these front groups and their relationship to
    "certain allies and American business interests" in deference to the
    very organizations that the FBI had under investigation.

    One can look back at the names mentioned in this criminal activity and
    notice that many of the players were involved in the more glamorous
    stories in the news over the past years. Armitage (MIC Inc./PNAC)
    leaking the name of a CIA operative who was investigating arms
    trafficking to Iran and Feith and Perle (IA Inc./PNAC) who were
    instrumental in the invasion of Iraq and who are pushing for an attack
    on Iran are just three of the most notorious examples.

    One other thing I want to point out is the sorry state of affairs
    when it comes to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit
    database which is maintained by the Dept. of Justice. This database
    contains the "who and how much" when it comes to "foreign investment"
    in exchange for representation in DeeCeeVille.

    Luke Ryland (wotisitgood4.blogspot.com), who has done some remarkable
    and detailed work on the Edmonds story, pointed out on his blog
    that the "huge database that serves as the public's lone window on
    lobbying activities by foreign governments has been allowed to decay
    to a point they cannot even make a copy of its contents" according
    to a report by the Center for Public Integrity in June of '04. Even
    worse, as far as we know, that system is still operating on Windows
    95. So much for investing in technology to fight the "war on terror."

    Sibel stated in an interview back in late '05 that "You can start
    from the AIPAC angle. You can start from the Plame case. You can
    start from my case. They all end up going to the same place, and they
    revolve around the same nucleus of people. There may be a lot of them,
    but it is one group. And they are very dangerous for all of us."

    I can't think of a better reason to take back the Congress.

    www.wdavidjenkins3.com

    W.David Jenkins III is a writer/activist living in upstate N.Y. His
    work has appeared in "Big Bush Lies" (Riverwood Books) and "The Girl
    with Yellow Flowers in Her Hair" (Pitchfork Publishers). He also has
    a regular column at oldamericancentury.org.

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/ope...eason_to_w.htm
    "All truth passes through three stages:
    First, it is ridiculed;
    Second, it is violently opposed; and
    Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Gavur
      by W. David Jenkins III

      OpEdNews, PA
      Oct 29 2006

      "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to
      do nothing."

      - Edmund Burke

      Sibel Edmonds once told me to "put aside 9/11" and instead concentrate
      on the workings of the Defense Department, amongst other government
      establishments, because what she had been trying to warn people about
      was considered by those involved as nothing more than "business as
      usual." That was the real danger. What she had discovered during
      her short time with the FBI was so threatening to those doing such
      "business" that former Attorney General, John Ashcroft, couldn't
      slap a gag order on her (and Congress) fast enough. But a lot of us
      already know that.

      Truth be known, Dennis Hastert has a hell of a lot more to worry about
      than the Mark Foley scandal. In fact, he may be seeing the writing
      on the wall regarding his soon departure from Congress as a welcome
      relief. However, that result is not only contingent upon a Democratic
      win in November, but a Democratic majority willing to dig through
      the tangled mess that is Turkish and American "business relations."

      Now, one must understand why Turkey is a big player, albeit a
      clandestine one, on the world stage; that would be the desperate
      need for security and acceptance. Turkey shares with Israel common
      enemies such as Syria, Iran and Iraq and maintains relations in the
      U.S. in order to secure financial aid and military technology. These
      relations are enhanced by corporations, lobbyists and conservative
      think tanks who share a mutual interest in geo-political advantage
      in the Middle East as well as making some big money.

      These relations are connected between former and present Defense
      Dept. members, The Project for a New American Century members, AIPAC,
      MIC Inc., Jack Abramoff, The Livingston Group and others. In other
      words, the more you dig the bigger the headache you may succumb to,
      yet you'll get an idea of how intertwined all the players are. Would
      you like to go for a little ride? Let's start with Hastert.

      The House Speaker has received contributions from Turkish sources
      to the tune of at least $500,000 and Edmonds knows that there are
      tapes from wiretaps that will back up this claim. One of the groups
      who bragged on those tapes about these illegal contributions was the
      American Turkish Council (ATC) but Hastert denies any ties to this or
      other Turkish groups. Yet between 1996 and 2002, Hastert made multiple
      trips to Turkey and would return home with so many "gifts" that his
      support staff was surprised that the "plane even got off the ground."

      In turn, Hastert has been very helpful to Turkey by using his authority
      to pull Congressional backing for a resolution recognizing the Armenian
      genocide. Hastert, of course has denied this.

      On June 3, 2003, Hastert's political action committee held a $1500
      a plate fundraiser at Jack Abramoff's restaurant where he received
      large donations from, among others, one Duane R. Gibson. Gibson is a
      consultant with the Livingston Group who has been lobbying on behalf of
      Turkey for about six years at the cost of $1.2 million a year. The only
      problem is that the money is not coming from the Turkish government
      and of course the FBI wants to know exactly who is shelling out all
      the dough. This is what Edmonds refers to as "business as usual" and
      what is behind the facade in all of this is obviously so threatening,
      that the government felt it necessary to implement an extraordinary
      gag order on Sibel and threaten members of her family.

      Admittedly, the American - Turkish "connection" doesn't make for
      glamorous news when put up against Iraq, Iran or North Korea but many
      of the players in those headlines are also involved with Turkey. And if
      there was an active, inquisitive and motivated Congress in DeeCeeVille
      right now then people might recognize the threat that so far remains
      under the radar.

      Sibel stated many times that when certain intelligence regarding
      illegal activities (drug or illegal arms trafficking etc.) which
      benefited alleged terrorist sponsors and that same intelligence
      also implicated "certain allies or business interests" then that
      intelligence was not passed on to counter-terrorism agents in the
      field. Turkish front groups under surveillance by the FBI (ATC
      and ATAA) were making large payments to officials high up in the
      government as well as lobbyists with connections to some of these same
      officials. These same groups were also nuzzling up to groups like
      AIPAC who had a mutual desire to embrace certain business interests
      that could enhance their pursuit of intelligence, influence and aid
      against common enemies.

      With the rise to power of the neo-conservatives years ago and their
      drive to secure dominance in the Middle East, these front groups found
      new opportunities now that the American government was infiltrated
      with many of their "business partners." Douglass Feith and Richard
      Perle (PNAC), infamous for their push into Iraq, were also recipients
      of hundreds of thousands of dollars from Turkish interests prior to
      joining the Bush Gang.

      Other groups with long ties to Turkey as well as upper offices in the
      government consist of the aforementioned Livingston Group, Solarz &
      Associates, and The Cohen Group. All three are top members of the
      American Turkish Council with Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group,
      Joseph Ralston, sitting on their board of advisors. Getting pretty
      tangled up, huh?

      One other firm I want to point out is the neo-con group, M.I.C.
      Industries Inc. who boast of some "Ultimate Building Machine" on their
      web site (it was worth a $60 million contract with Russia back in
      '97). Their board consists of amongst others, William Cohen (Cohen
      Group/ATC) and Richard Armitage (PNAC/Valerie Plame outing) and is
      headed up by one Michael Ansari who once teamed up with Alexander Haig
      in a corporation called US-CIS Venture Inc. which was established to
      assist in "developments" in Central Asia as well as establishing oil
      and gas pipeline projects through the region. M.I.C.

      Inc. is also one of the Livingston Group's top clients.

      These are some of the "business interests" I believe Edmonds' was
      speaking of and here's why.

      Enormous amounts of money are being funneled to top government
      officials and certain businesses whose members consist of former
      Defense Dept. officials, State Dept. officials and conservative think
      tanks that have a common interest in Turkey and Israel (in this case)
      and other countries that play a strategic part in a geo-political
      "business" plan. However, this money is not coming from those
      particular governments in question.

      Currently, according to former CIA agent Philip Giraldi, there is an
      investigation into Israel's illegal sale of U.S. military technology
      to countries like China and India. The companies mentioned in this
      article also have ties to the defense industry through their members'
      history in government service - who also share close ties with Turkish
      front groups (as well as an alliance with AIPAC and JINSA) currently
      under investigation by the FBI. That these Turkish groups would be
      involved in the same illegal sales with the aid of the aforementioned
      businesses is not that difficult of a dot to connect as it definitely
      reflects the "can of worms" that Edmonds' superiors at the FBI did
      not want opened. It's also worth mentioning that Turkey is a large
      hub in the drugs coming out of Afghanistan and Edmonds has alluded
      to the drug trade in her past statements.

      Yet, fellow FBI translator Malek Can xxxxerson, who had encouraged
      Sibel to join the ATC, was suppressing intelligence Edmonds was
      uncovering regarding these front groups and their relationship to
      "certain allies and American business interests" in deference to the
      very organizations that the FBI had under investigation.

      One can look back at the names mentioned in this criminal activity and
      notice that many of the players were involved in the more glamorous
      stories in the news over the past years. Armitage (MIC Inc./PNAC)
      leaking the name of a CIA operative who was investigating arms
      trafficking to Iran and Feith and Perle (IA Inc./PNAC) who were
      instrumental in the invasion of Iraq and who are pushing for an attack
      on Iran are just three of the most notorious examples.

      One other thing I want to point out is the sorry state of affairs
      when it comes to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit
      database which is maintained by the Dept. of Justice. This database
      contains the "who and how much" when it comes to "foreign investment"
      in exchange for representation in DeeCeeVille.

      Luke Ryland (wotisitgood4.blogspot.com), who has done some remarkable
      and detailed work on the Edmonds story, pointed out on his blog
      that the "huge database that serves as the public's lone window on
      lobbying activities by foreign governments has been allowed to decay
      to a point they cannot even make a copy of its contents" according
      to a report by the Center for Public Integrity in June of '04. Even
      worse, as far as we know, that system is still operating on Windows
      95. So much for investing in technology to fight the "war on terror."

      Sibel stated in an interview back in late '05 that "You can start
      from the AIPAC angle. You can start from the Plame case. You can
      start from my case. They all end up going to the same place, and they
      revolve around the same nucleus of people. There may be a lot of them,
      but it is one group. And they are very dangerous for all of us."

      I can't think of a better reason to take back the Congress.

      www.wdavidjenkins3.com

      W.David Jenkins III is a writer/activist living in upstate N.Y. His
      work has appeared in "Big Bush Lies" (Riverwood Books) and "The Girl
      with Yellow Flowers in Her Hair" (Pitchfork Publishers). He also has
      a regular column at oldamericancentury.org.

      http://www.opednews.com/articles/ope...eason_to_w.htm
      Gavur, thanks for this article.
      General Antranik (1865-1927): I am not a nationalist. I recognize only one nation, the nation of the oppressed.

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