Let Sibel Edmonds Speak

Urge Congressman Waxman to hold hearings on the case of FBI Whistleblower

“We, the undersigned, now call upon the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Congress to hold public hearings into the case of FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, and the erroneous use of the State Secrets privilege to shut down all court proceedings in her case.”

To understand the issues that Sibel raised and why they are important, please take a look at these essays:

Mike Mejia writes:

"Edmonds recently presented to Congress her petition of 15,000 individual signatures and the support of 30 organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), OMB Watch, Project on Government Oversight (POGO), Government Accountability Project (GAP), People for the American Way, and the Liberty Coalition, who have sponsored this petition and joined her campaign. Furthermore, Edmonds has received assurances that the House Government Reform Committee will hold hearings. And one would hope that with a very good public servant, Henry Waxman, chairing the Government Reform Committee, a full public airing of Ms. Edmonds' allegations would be a foregone conclusion. "

Excerpts from the Petition:

The issues that were reported by Ms. Edmonds in her include:

  • Cases of espionage activities within the FBI, DOD, and the Department of State
  • Cases of cover-up of information and leads pre and post 9/11, under the excuse of protecting certain diplomatic relations
  • Cases of intentional blocking and mistranslation of crucial intelligence by FBI translators and management
  • Cases of foreign entities bribing certain government officials and elected representatives

Sibel Edmonds filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the Department of Justice, but the government successfully argued that the State Secrets privilege was an absolute bar to her suit going forward. She was even barred from the courtroom during the argument of her appeal! The Supreme Court declined to review the case. The government's invocation of the State Secrets privilege in a motion to dismiss her case contradicts the core idea of judicial review and essentially allows the Executive Branch to dictate to the federal courts what cases they can and can’t hear.

Invoking the State Secrets Privilege is a tactic frequently used by the Executive Branch to stop potentially embarrassing lawsuits against the government. Many of these suits are brought by government employees, such as Ms. Edmonds, who allege fraud, mismanagement, or other unlawful conduct, and the State Secrets privilege has successfully been invoked by the government to silence them. The State secrets provision has been used too frequently and with too little public protection.

Please call the offices of Congressmen Waxman and Conyers demanding open hearings into Sibel Edmonds' case and the State Secrets privilege.

Capitol switchboard number - 800-828-0498

(Emailers have suggested that those calling Waxman's office should ask for Michelle Ash (Michelle.Ash@mail.house.gov) & David Rapallo. Those calling Conyers' office should ask for Elliot Mintzberg.)

Waxman Contact Details:
In Washington, D.C.
2204 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-3976 (phone)
(202) 225-4099 (fax)

In Los Angeles
8436 West Third Street, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 651-1040 (phone)
(818) 878-7400 (phone)
(310) 652-3095 (phone)
(323) 655-0502 (fax)

Conyers Contact Details:
2426 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5126
(202) 225-0072 Fax

You can also contact two senators who have previously showed support for Sibel.

Senator Grassley:
ph: 202.224.3744

Senator Leahy:
ph: (202) 224-4242

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Let Sibel Edmonds Speak