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Monday, August 02, 2004  

Last week, amid the convention-inspired news black hole, FBI director Bob Mueller wrote that Sibel Edmonds was fired because she was a whistle-blower.

(Background: After the 9/11 attacks, Edmonds was hired by the FBI as a translator to search back through documents seized during the investigation. In 2002 she blew the whistle on the FBI's translation team, which was woefully unprepared to deal with the volume of material they suddenly needed to review. She was fired that year and has been under a John-Ashcroft-ordered gag order since.)

In a letter released on Capitol Hill, FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged that the a recently concluded internal Justice Department investigation found "a contributing factor" in Edmonds firing was the fact that she had accused the bureau of ineptitude, reports CBS News Correspondent Jim Stewart....

Mueller said he would work with the Justice Department to determine whether disciplinary action is required of any bureau employees as a result of the Edmonds case. Meanwhile the bureau insists it has made progress with its translation problems by hiring more interpreters. On Sept. 11 it had only 70 Arabic speakers. Now it has over 200, but acknowledges it still needs more.

It's good that Mueller stepped forward to exonerate a good agent who was fired for working in the country's best interest. But it remains troubling to me that little Johnny Ashcroft has been keeping the whole affair hidden from view. A lot of material has been classified by the Bush administration. How much of that is to protect Bush's ass, not national security?

posted by Jeff | 7:58 AM |
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