Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Audit Finds Large FBI Translation Backlog
- They ignored the PDB entitled 'Bin Laden determined to attack inside the US'
- They flew Bin Laden's relatives out of the country immediately after 911 when they may have had valuable information or have been at least a bargaining chip.
- Gun ownership records are not covered by the Patriot Act.
- They didn't renew the assault weapons ban
- They are seeking to overturn the handgun ban in Washington DC
- Outed undercover agent Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan
- ..thereby also blowing a major British operation
- Outed CIA agent Valerie Plame
- Caused the German prosecution of Mounir el Motassadeq to fall through by refusing access to a key witness held in US custody
- Withdrew troops and resources from Afghanistan to pursue a vendetta against Iraq, a country that posed no immediate threat.
- Have ignored large holes in the US domestic security, such as containers coming into US ports, unguarded nuclear power stations and private aircraft.
- Sibel Edmonds : "After the terrorist attacks of September 11 we, the translators at the FBI’s largest and most important translation unit, were told to slow down, even stop, translation of critical information related to terrorist activities so that the FBI could present the United States Congress with a record of ‘extensive backlog of untranslated documents’, and justify its request for budget and staff increases."
- Sibel Edmonds again: "Melek Can Dickerson was granted Top Secret Clearance, which can be granted only after conducting a thorough background investigation. Melek Can Dickerson used to work for semi-legit organizations that were the FBI’s targets of investigation. Melek Can Dickerson had ongoing relationships with two individuals who were FBI’s targets of investigation. For months Melek Can Dickerson blocked all-important information related to these semi-legit organizations and the individuals she and her husband associated with. She stamped hundreds, if not thousands, of documents related to these targets as ‘Not Pertinent.’ Melek Can Dickerson attempted to prevent others from translating these documents important to the FBI’s investigations and our fight against terrorism. Melek Can Dickerson, with the assistance of her direct supervisor, Mike Feghali, took hundreds of pages of top-secret sensitive intelligence documents outside the FBI to unknown recipients. Melek Can Dickerson, with the assistance of her direct supervisor, forged signatures on top-secret documents related to certain 9/11 detainees.... Today, more than two years since the Dickerson incident was reported to the FBI, and more than two years since this information was confirmed by the United States Congress and reported by the press, these administrators in charge of FBI personnel security and language departments in the FBI remain in their positions and in charge of translation quality and translation departments’ security. Melek Can Dickerson and several FBI targets of investigation hastily left the United States in 2002, and the case still remains uninvestigated criminally.
Not only does the supervisor facilitating these criminal conducts remain in a supervisory position, he has been promoted to supervising Arabic language units of the FBI’s Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence investigations."
- Autumn 2002: "the Army fired nine gay Arabic-language translators at a time when national security experts were worrying about a dire shortage of intelligence personnel capable of translating Arabic."
- Even though 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudi Arabian, investigations into Saudi funding of terrorism have never been thoroughly pursued (none of the terrorists were Iraqi).
- Senator Bob Graham: Two of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers had a support network in the United States that included agents of the Saudi government, and the Bush administration and FBI blocked a congressional investigation into that relationship.
- The Bush administration tried to block investigations into the September 11th attacks.
- The Bush administration have strong business ties with high ranking Saudis including members of the Bin Laden family.
- Former Secretary of State and Bush family friend James Baker is defending the Saudis in a law suit filed by the 9/11 families against the kingdom.
- December 5th 2003: "Bush appoints James A. Baker III, the former secretary of state and principle attorney of Baker & Botts the law firm that represents BP and their interests in Afghanistan, as his personal envoy to Iraq.
- This appointment is especially interesting given Baker's oil interests: Baker is Senior partner at Baker Botts LLP, which is heavily invested in Middle East oil (View More Information ), and he sits on the US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (Azerbaijan & the Caspian Sea are estimated to be the largest untapped oil supplies outside of the Middle East). With Iraq in his pocket, Baker III will be in a position to influence over 70% of the world's oil supplies."
I think that's enough to be going on with. I mean really!!! This all amounts to something far more sinister than mere negligence.
Here is the Guardian article:
Tuesday September 28, 2004 2:31 AM
By CURT ANDERSON
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI has a backlog of hundreds of thousands of hours of untranslated audio recordings from terror and espionage investigations, despite large increases in money and personnel for translations since the 2001 terror attacks, a Justice Department audit released Monday said.
In addition, the audit by Glenn A. Fine, the agency's inspector general, found more than one-third of al-Qaida intercepts authorized by a secret federal court were not reviewed within 12 hours of collection as required by FBI Director Robert Mueller.
``Our audit highlighted the significant challenges facing the FBI to ensure that translation of key information is performed timely and accurately,'' Fine said.
The audit was completed in July in classified form. The version released Monday was edited to remove sections classified as ``secret'' by the FBI.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 123,000 hours of audio in languages associated with terrorists still had not been reviewed as of April 2004, the audit found. In addition, more than 370,000 hours of audio associated with counterintelligence had not been reviewed.
This backlog existed even though money for the FBI's language services had increased from $21.5 million in fiscal 2001 to about $70 million in fiscal 2004. The number of linguists had risen from 883 to 1,214 over that period.
The FBI also is not meeting Mueller's requirement that all al-Qaida communications collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act be reviewed within 12 hours of interception. During April 2004, the audit found, 36 percent of such communications were not even received at FBI headquarters within 12 hours.