SCOTUS Turns Down Sibel Edmonds’ Appeal

It’™s been awhile since we’™ve heard anything about Sibel Edmonds’™ case – after being totally shut out of court earlier this year, she appealed her gag order, and the job action against her, to the Supreme Court. Given that SCOTUS is fairly loaded up now with the support crew that the Bush regime needs, [...]

Commentary By: Richard Blair

It’™s been awhile since we’™ve heard anything about Sibel Edmonds’™ case – after being totally shut out of court earlier this year, she appealed her gag order, and the job action against her, to the Supreme Court. Given that SCOTUS is fairly loaded up now with the support crew that the Bush regime needs, it’™s no surprise that they declined to hear her appeal today:

A former FBI translator failed Monday to persuade the Supreme Court to revive her lawsuit alleging she was fired for reporting possible wrongdoing by other linguists involved in counterterrorism investigations.


The high court also rebuffed a request by Sibel Edmonds and media groups to rule on whether an appellate court improperly held arguments in the case in secret without being asked to do so by either side’¦

I contacted Sibel earlier today. She was clearly devastated by the outcome, but indicated that she’™d be discussing the ruling on her site in the next few days, as well as examining other legal avenues.

In her quest for personal justice, as well as a full airing of pre and post-911 failures (and glaring omissions) of the FBI, Sibel has had the support of congress, some great legal minds, and other post-9/11 government whistleblowers who’™ve also been retaliated against. She also testified before the 9/11 Commission, but her testimony remains classified.

All Sibel has been trying to do is clear her name and restore her personal (and professional) reputation. But to date, she hasn’™t been allowed to do so. With the circuit court’™s previous ruling, and today’™s SCOTUS ruling, a chilling message is being sent to every federal employee ‘” don’™t risk your job or reputation or family by being a snitch when you see wrongdoing.

Monday, November 28th, 2005 by Richard Blair |

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