Biden Order May Compel Disclosure of FBI Investigation re US Persons Involved in Nuclear Espionage & 9/11

Biden Order May Compel Disclosure of FBI Investigation re US Persons Involved in Nuclear Espionage & 9/11

If the FBI follows President Biden’s 9/3/21 Executive Order 14040 “Declassification Reviews of Certain Documents Concerning the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001,” it should declassify and release information in FBI file 203A-WF-210023. Disclosure of information in this file, and concerning how this reportedly-closed FBI counterintelligence investigation was handled, is critical and in the public interest. The very existence of 203A-WF-210023 was once denied by the FBI. It has been credibly alleged it contains evidence of nuclear espionage, and 9/11-related crimes and corruption, by high-ranking US officials.

Sept 2022 ISCAP email to Erik Larson re MDR Appeal for FBI File 203A-WF-210023

In 2014, regarding my 2012 Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) request for FBI File 203A-WF-210023, the ISCAP Appeals Panel voted unanimously to “affirm the classification of the information in its entirety.”

After the legislated two-year period had passed, I again requested MDR, and appealed to ISCAP in 2018, following FBI and DOJ denials.

Sept 8, 2020, an email to me from ISCAP stated:

This appeal remains in the “Materials Requested from Agency” status. The ISCAP Staff periodically contacts agencies who have not yet provided relevant materials for appeals; we will do so for this appeal, tracked as ISCAP appeal 2018–059, when we resume classified processing.

Sept 12, 2022, ISCAP informed me they still have not received the relevant records from the FBI, and that:

Connecting with the FBI regarding obtaining the responsive materials for appeal 2018–059 remains on our list of staff actions.

In reviewing the file for your appeal I see that the record you are appealing is the same record as the ISCAP decided upon in December 2014 under appeal 2013–068. In that decision, the ISCAP affirmed the classification of the record in its entirety.

The ISCAP staff will continue to work with the FBI to obtain responsive materials for this appeal. As the ISCAP has adjudicated the content of this appeal in the comparatively recent past, we have not prioritized this complex appeal for re-adjudication. Our prioritization principles, as well as the ISCAP bylaws, are available on our website at https://www.archives.gov/declassification/iscap/status-log-description.html

I’ve also been requesting this file from the FBI under FOIA since 2011. In an initial response, the FBI stated, “We have located approximately 3429 pages potentially responsive to your request.” The information in the file was withheld in its entirety due to classification status.

Credible sources have reported on FBI file 203A-WF-210023, the name of which signifies an FBI Washington Field Office, Counterintelligence Division Turkish Unit investigation. It’s said the investigation is closed, and the file contains evidence of crimes and corruption by high-ranking past/deceased and current members of Congress, as well as officials at State, Defense and other agencies.

The allegations are many and broad, but include trafficking in US nuclear secrets to Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, and Sibel Edmonds has alleged US knowledge of and/or cover up of the 9/11 plot.

In affirming the classification in 2014, the only exemptions ISCAP cited were E.O. 13526 §§ 1.4(c) and 1.4(d):

(c) intelligence activities (including covert action), intelligence sources or methods, or cryptology;
(d) foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources;

The Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel website states:

The ISCAP member body consists of senior level representatives appointed by the Departments of State, Defense, and Justice, the National Archives, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the National Security Advisor.

October 13, 2022, I submitted a new FOIA/FOIPA request thru the FBI FOIPA portal for the following records:

1) The entire FBI file: 203A-WF-210023

2) Any and all FBI records that mention or reference FBI file 203A-WF-210023, including, but not limited to, memos, written directives or orders, and emails

In my request, I included links to supporting evidence, and stated:

It is in the public interest that the file, and any related records, be disclosed as soon as possible, so the public can review the primary source material, to the fullest extent possible.

September 3, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14040, ordering the disclosure of records related to 9/11. Based on the news reporting, it is believed that parts of FBI file 203A-WF-210023 are covered by EO 14040, but it does not appear they’ve been uploaded yet to Vault.FBI.gov:

Sec 2: (d) “not later than 180 days after the date of this order, of all records from any separate FBI investigation other than the PENTTBOM investigation or the subfile investigation of any individual subjects of the subfile investigation that are relevant to the 9/11 terrorist attacks or to any of the individual subjects’ connection to an agency relationship with a foreign government.”

Also, as President Biden stated in Section 1 of EO14040, “It is therefore critical to ensure that the United States Government maximizes transparency, relying on classification only when narrowly tailored and necessary. Thus, information collected and generated in the United States Government’s investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks should now be disclosed, except when the strongest possible reasons counsel otherwise.”

I requested expedited processing and quoted Biden from EO14040. Legally, the FBI is required by FOIA to respond within 20 days, and up to 30 with an unusual circumstance exemption, but most US agency FOIA departments don’t have the needed resources to keep up with requests.

In any case, I’ll report again on this when there’s more information.

BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT ON SIBEL EDMONDS’ ALLEGATIONS & FBI FILE 203A-WF-210023

In a 2002 60 Minutes interviewFBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds made allegations regarding obstruction of FBI investigations prior to 9/11 by FBI personnel and others. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was also interviewed; he said, “She’s credible. … And the reason I feel she’s very credible is because people within the FBI have corroborated a lot of her story.”

At that time, Judiciary Committee chairs Grassley and Senator Patrick Leahy sent letters to Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, Attorney General Ashcroft, and FBI Director Robert Mueller requesting information and an audit of the translation department.

The DOJ OIG report is still classified, but Fine released a summary of his investigation, which found, “that many of her allegations were supported, that the FBI did not take them seriously enough, and that her allegations were, in fact, the most significant factor in the FBI’s decision to terminate her services. Rather than investigate Edmonds’s allegations vigorously and thoroughly, the FBI concluded that she was a disruption and terminated her contract.”

Sibel Edmonds testified under Oath for a few hours to the 9/11 Commission, and the MFR was classified for years. In the 9/11 Commission Final Report, the only reference to Edmonds’ info is an endnote commenting on the need to improve the FBI’s translation unit.

9/11 victim’s families attempted to have her testify under Oath in lawsuits, but AG John Ashcroft gagged her so completely she was forbidden from even disclosing her date of birth and nationality, as chronicled by the ACLU, which fought for her right to speak.

Since then, Sibel Edmonds has made public other allegations, and those researching her case have independently corroborated some of these. This information concerns “the trafficking of nuclear secrets, arms and drugs, in addition to bribery, blackmail, money-laundering and obstruction of investigation into 9/11,” as I noted in a 2012 blog article, DOJ Confirms Previously-Denied File Said to Implicate US Officials in Nuclear Espionage.

On January 6, 2008, Sibel Edmonds published a ‘State Secrets Privilege Gallery’ which included photos, and no other info, of the following men:

Pentagon and State Department officials: Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Eric Edelman, Marc Grossman, Brent Scowcroft, Larry Franklin

Congressmen: Dennis Hastert, Roy Blunt, Dan Burton, Tom Lantos, Bob Livingston, Stephen Solarz. There’s also an image of a ? in this category, which may have been a place holder for Jan Schakowsky, who Edmonds later made allegations about under oath.

As noted by Luke Ryland,

“The 3rd group includes people who all appear to work at think tanks — primarily WINEP, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy”: Graham E. Fuller, David Makovsky, Alan Makovsky, Yusuf Turani, Sabri Sayari, Mehmet Eymur. There were two questions marks in this category.

Sibel Edmonds gave 2008 interviews to the Times of London regarding FBI file 203A-WF-210023, and in which she repeated many of her allegations and corroborated their independent reporting.

In a 2009 deposition under oath, Edmonds testified to her allegations of corruption and cover ups by US government officials, with specific allegations directed at many of the US officials listed in her State Secrets Privilege Gallery.

Doug Feith and Richard Perle responded publicly to Sibel Edmonds’ allegations in 2009, with statements to Military.com. Perle is quoted saying, “This woman is a nutcase. Certifiable,” Perle said. “She makes wild accusations. She was fired from her job, and has been on a vendetta against … imagined demons ever since.” Feith wrote in an email, “What I’ve read on the Internet about Ms. Edmonds’s claims about me is wildly false and bizarre.” None of those named by Edmonds have ever sued her for defamation, libel or slander.

Edmonds was also responsible for news sites Boiling Frogs Post and Newsbud, as well as the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, but these websites are currently all down. Sibel Edmonds has made other controversial and inflammatory allegations on these and other sites in more recent years, regarding events which she does not have direct knowledge of, and for which there may not be credible public evidence.

Prior to 9/11, John Patrick O’Neill‘s efforts to disrupt what was the 9/11 plot were obstructed and disrupted by superiors. Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke warned the Bush Administration that an attack was coming, went public in 2002 with his book Against All Enemies, and gave testimony under Oath to the 9/11 Commission that is still not public. 

In 2011, Clarke alleged that CIA Director, Counter-terrorism Director Cofer Black and CIA Bin Laden Unit Director Richard Blee obstructed him from receiving information prior to 9/11 that would have stopped the attacks, and then lied to the 9/11 Commission to cover it up, because they were running an illegal domestic operation to infiltrate and possibly ‘turn’ the Al Qaeda agents they knew were in the US.

Soon after 9/11, other FBI whistleblowers also went public, including Coleen Rowley and Robert Wright. They also alleged actions and inaction prior to 9/11 that may be evidence of criminal negligence or conspiracy, and were retaliated against for their efforts to inform the public.  

No high-ranking US officials at US agencies or the White House were ever held accountable for the policies and decisions that led to 9/11. Instead, the 9/11 Commission produced a white-wash report and ultimately enabled cover ups at relevant agencies. Those most responsible for failing to prevent 9/11 — or even enabling it — got promotions and budget increases, as well as a popular license for permanent war, and a domestic surveillance state that continues to this day. 

President Biden, like Trump and Obama before him, has renewed the Bush 9/11 State of Emergency every year

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