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And after I started working for the Bureau, most of my translation duties included translations of documents and investigations that actually started way before 9/11.
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And I am saying, how about the other two branches? And putting the pressure on our representatives in the Senate and the Congress, and the court system. They should be counter-acting this corruption, but they are sitting there silent.
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And I have been campaigning for the past three months trying to get the Senate Judiciary Committee that has the oversight authority and responsibility to start its own public hearings.
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And they asked me to take a polygraph as to the allegations and reports I'd made. I volunteered and I took the polygraph and passed it without a glitch.
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And what happens is, instead of targeting those people who are directly related to these illegal terrorist activities, they just let them walk free.
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And you see many people just turning away from these channels of mass media, and they're just turning in to alternative providers, because they just see what's happening.
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And, again, I was asked not to take this any further and just let it be. And if I didn't do that they would retaliate against me.
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And, believe me; they will do everything to cover this up.
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At that point, which would be around February 2002, they came and they confiscated my computer, because, they said, they were suspecting that I was communicating with certain Senate members and taking this issue outside the Bureau.
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But I can tell that once, and if, and when this issue gets to be, under real terms, investigated, you will be seeing certain people that we know from this country standing trial; and they will be prosecuted criminally.
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But I can tell you that the issue, on one side, boils down to money - a lot of money. And it boils down to people and their connections with this money, and that's the portion that, even with this book, has not been mentioned to this day.
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But that aside, we are not made of only one branch of government. We are supposed to have a system of checks and balances.
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Could we have prevented in 100% certainty? I don't think anything is that certain. However, we would have had a very, very good chance for preventing it.
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During my work there I came across some very significant issues that I started reporting in December of 2001 to the mid-level management within the FBI.
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However, I keep reminding them that this issue is not a new issue that has come out for this election. This issue has been in the courts for two years and two months now.
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However, the names of people from other countries, and semi-legit organizations from other countries, to this day, have not been made public.
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I see people detained for simple INS violations.
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I started working for the Bureau immediately after 9/11 and I was performing translations for several languages: Farsi, Turkish, and Azerbaijani.
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I understand the Saudis have been named because fifteen of the nineteen hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.
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I'm preparing this petition, and it's going to be signed by many, many people and I'm going to be wheeling it in personally to both Senators Leahy and Grassley.
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I'm taken back by seeing the mass media's reaction to this. They are the window to our government's operation and what are they doing?
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If they were to do real investigations we would see several significant high level criminal prosecutions in this country.
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In March 2002 I took this issue to the Senate Judiciary Committee and also I filed it with the Department of Justice Inspector General's office.
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It came from counter-intelligence, and certain criminal investigations, and issues that have to do with money laundering operations.
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On the other hand I have seen several, several top targets for these investigations of these terrorist activities that were allowed to leave the country - I'm not talking about weeks, I'm talking about months after 9/11.
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So to just narrow it down and say al-Qaeda and the Saudis, or to say it's what they had at the camp in Afghanistan, is extremely misleading.
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That goes to the heart of the matter: The media, as I said is the window to the government, and that window has turned into a wall.
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The information I requested under the Freedom of Information Act has been blocked for two years.
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The most significant information that we were receiving did not come from counter-terrorism investigations, and I want to emphasize this.
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The only people I have seen who have been truly pushing for the truth are the family members.
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They said to basically leave it alone, because if they were to get into those issues it would end up being a can of worms.
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We have to remind the people: Congress has the constitutional obligation and public responsibility to oversee these issues and the Department of Justice's operations.
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We need to stop saying we can't rock this boat when it needs to be rocked.
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When you think of al-Qaeda, you are not thinking of al-Qaeda in terms of one particular country, or one particular organization.
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You get to a point where it gets very complex, where you have money laundering activities, drug related activities, and terrorist support activities converging at certain points and becoming one.
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