“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder[er] is less to fear.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
As someone with a deep abiding respect for American democracy, I have watched with trepidation its slow erosion by lobbyists, many of whom are former government employees. Many will argue that lobbying is an integral part of American democracy. As far as I'm concerned however, it has gotten totally out of control. There is no doubt in my mind that it has a corrupting influence on both political parties and therefore skews the rightful effect of the average American's voice at the ballot box. Luckily, there are still many Americans willing to speak out against these abuses. Sibel Edmonds is a Turkish-American who is a former translator for the FBI. Fired from her job for her courageous whistle-blowing activities, she has detailed the alleged cover-up of illicit activities by Turkish nationals. Edmonds alleges that in the course of her work for the government, she found evidence that the FBI, State Department, and Pentagon had been infiltrated by a Turkish intelligence organization suspected of ties to terrorism. She also accused members of the FBI's translation unit of sabotage, intimidation, corruption and incompetence.
Read her two part series at www.Balkanalysis.com located here and here.
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