Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Denny Boy's Link to al-Qaeda

Corporate Crime Reporter posted an article entitled, Vanity Fair: Turks Boasted of Payments to Hastert. Everyone knows the Unholy Trinity & their minions are totally corrupt so this was not a big surprise. It is only two degrees of separation in Speaker Hastert's Chicago-area 14th Congressional District.

THANK YOU to Craig Rhodes from the SIDemocrat YAHOO! Discussion Group. He has supplied the next chapter in this long and complex saga. A few highlights from Lynn Grant’s International Post article, Hastert’s Turkish Allies Tied to Bin Laden, are below. This quote sets the tone: “If they were to allow the whole picture to emerge… certain elected officials will stand trial and go to prison.” – Sibel Edmonds, former FBI translator.

CHICAGO, Illinois, Aug 15 (IP) – During the current flurry of September 11th related news, one item has gone largely unnoticed. Reports of former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds’ allegations concerning improper financial ties between House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Turkish officials and businessman have been a source of discontent for beltway insiders on both sides of the aisle.

However, the recent coverage has not addressed why Sibel Edmonds’ information regarding Speaker Hastert’s dealings with the Turks necessitated an in-depth investigation by the September 11th Commission.

In an August 10, 2005 interview about her reported allegations, Edmonds was asked, “What are you alleging about the Speaker of the House?” Though under a strict gag order, she replied:
I have been giving all the details to the appropriate channels. And they have been confirmed. And what I have said all along is the fact that as far as the 9/11 is concerned, September 11 is concerned, these departments -- and when I say “these departments,” the Department of Justice, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense -- have intentionally blocked the investigations of real -- the real criminals in this country…

Most of al Qaeda’s funding is… through narcotics. And have you heard anything to this date, anything about these issues which we have had information since 1997? And as I would again emphasize, we are talking about countries. And they are blocking this information, and also the fact that certain officials in this country are engaged in treason against the United States and its interests and its national security, be it the Department of State or certain elected officials.
While alluding to treason, Edmonds’ reply indicates that her allegations about Speaker Hastert are linked to al-Qaeda and the September 11th attacks. [. . .]

Edmonds wrote in a July 2004 article that she has “firsthand knowledge of ongoing intelligence received and processed by the FBI since 1997, which contained specific information implicating certain high level government and elected officials in criminal activities directly and indirectly related to terrorist money laundering, narcotics, and illegal arms sales.”

Yet Edmonds may not be the only well-known FBI Whistleblower with connections to this 9/11-related investigation in Chicago.

Beginning in the mid-1990s, FBI Special Agent Robert Wright was given orders to investigate several Chicago-based businessmen with ties to Turkey – and Osama bin Laden. [. . .]
In 1998, Al-Qaeda terrorists bombed two American Embassies in Africa, killing more than 200 people. The agents say some of the money for the attack led back to the people they had been tracking in Chicago, and to a powerful Saudi Arabian businessman, this man, Yassin Kadi, who had extensive business and financial ties in Chicago. Yet, even after the bombings, the agents say headquarters ordered no arrests.
Wright’s investigation appeared to have had little effect on Chicago businessman Yassin Kadi. The Boston Globe reported in 2002, “Qadi was so well respected that he escorted former president Jimmy Carter around a Saudi women’s college in 2000.”

Kadi, now 48, acted as ‘the financier of Osama bin Laden’ not only in the Chicago area, but in Turkey as well. Two months after 9/11, The Turkish Daily News published an article detailing Kadi’s investments entitled “Osama bin Laden’s ‘Cashier’ in Turkey”. [. . .]

In March 2005, Turkish authorities concluded an investigation into Yassin Kadi’s suspected links with al-Qaeda. The Arab News described the probe’s findings:
Turkey’s chief public prosecutor has formally ruled that there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Saudi businessman and philanthropist Yassin Abdullah Al-Qadi has had contact with or has assisted the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization. . .

The probe concluded that, far from being a member or supporter of Al-Qaeda, Al-Qadi was above board and his actions were at all times wholly legitimate.
Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, took no issue with his chief prosecutor’s questionable ruling. Though few familiar with Turkish politics would be surprised at Prime Minister Erdogan’s position.

In November of 2001, The Turkish Daily News published an article with the headline ‘Tayyip – bin Laden Relationship’ referring to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The article provided translation of a Turkish language report one of the country’s largest newspapers which stated, “A Cumhuriyet headline said, referring to Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “… Al Kadi’s business partner Faruk Sarac is a close friend of the Erdogan family.”

Though the Turkish Prime Minister is a close family friend of a business partner of bin Laden’s financier, this may be nothing more than a coincidence. [. . .]

Though even without the recent allegations by Sibel Edmonds, the following report from The Turkish Daily News regarding Prime Minister Erdogan’s 2004 trip stateside to meet President Bush may have raised an eyebrow:
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan… first arrived at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago. …

After the concert, Chicago Municipal Mayor Richard M. Daley held a dinner for Erdogan.
It is amazing what can happen when someone has the power to shut down a federal-level criminal investigation two months after the hit on the embassies in Africa. It usually takes an elected official from The Hill or the White House. The move outraged the Federal Prosecutor in Chicago. Agent Wright and his professional associates were helping him build a strong criminal case against Kadi and others.

Hopefully, Mrs. Hastert enjoyed the Turkish rugs and pashminas her husband brought back with him after his trip this past Spring. The variety available to him was probably better than what is available on e-Bay.


At 16 August, 2005 23:10, Blogger ambrose said...

so what.hastert gop,daley dem. conspiracy theory. why doesn't the DEMOCRATIC PARTY offer something useful?

At 18 August, 2005 21:52, Blogger Kankakee Voice said...

This is no THEORY. There are so many strings being followed and and untwined, there's a whole bunch of Bu$h Repiglicans going down, from lowly Weller to Hastert, Ney, DeLay, Rove and maybe even King Dumber himself.


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