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Classified Woman

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  433 ratings  ·  57 reviews
In this startling new memoir, Sibel Edmonds—the most classified woman in U.S. history—takes us on a surreal journey that begins with the secretive FBI and down the dark halls of a feckless Congress to a stonewalling judiciary and finally, to the national security whistleblowers movement she spearheaded. Having lived under Middle East dictatorships, Edmonds knows firsthand ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Sibel Edmonds, Alexandria Virginia (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kathy Wittig
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been familiar with Ms. Edmonds work and story since I started questioning what really happened 9/11/2001.
I was in the ready reserves at the time, and knew something was deeply wrong. I started to read/research everything I could get my hands on. I checked and cross check all my sources for continuity of data and credibility. Ms. Edmond's name kept coming up.
Without question, Sibel Edmonds is one of the most credible people I've read/listened to.
Classified Woman is a powerful, compelling s
Charles Moody
Oct 29, 2012 rated it liked it
This is an important story, in a somewhat flawed book. Ms. Edmonds went to work as a translator for the FBI shortly after 9/11. Soon a series of very suspicious events happens with one of her fellow translators, suggesting that this translator might be working behalf of Turkish interests who have infiltrated the U.S. government and could be shielding U.S. intelligence targets from scrutiny by blocking key information at the translation stage. Ms. Edmonds duly reports the facts and her suspicions ...more
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Classified Woman is a book that does three difficult things at once – it makes a historically significant contribution to our understanding of the domestic political roots of our foreign policy, it identifies flaws in our systems of justice and accountability that should be addressed, and it does so in a way that makes for a good day or two at the beach for every individual reader.

Reading a book can be a chore, but not in this case. Edmonds has turned what can be difficult material into a page-t
Mark E. Smith
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For those who think that there is even the slightest possibility that the United States government could become less evil instead of more and more evil every day, this book is required reading.

I bought the Kindle edition to read on my computer, and then ordered a paper copy to loan to two different friends who recently became US citizens and haven't yet lost all their illusions.

Sibel Edmonds was an immigrant, someone who had experienced brutal dictatorships and expected something different in t
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Explosive! I often think of this term as just a hyperbolic publishing buzzword to hype a book but this is the only word that describes this book. The revelations: Explosive! The cover-up: Explosive! The government deceit: Explosive!

This is a MUST READ for every American who is still under the delusions that we are a government of, by, and for the People. I believe in Sibel and the power of this story so much, that I have offered to buy it for anyone in my circle of friends who shows an interest
Robert Kirkconnell
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As an FBI language interpreter Sibel blew the lid off of the 9/11 investigation. Problem was that no one wanted to listen to her, and she was fired for "truthing." She took her case to federal court and was gagged by Attorney General John Ashcroft for disclosing state secrets. Other info she disclosed was U.S. politicians involved in the drug trade, and high level Pentagon officials selling nuclear secrets to enemies of the U.S. She sent a letter to President Obama about the above and never got ...more
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, nonfiction, memoir
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

I had an odd reaction to this book. I believe everything Sibel Edmonds says about the FBI, congress, and the executive branch taking extraordinary pains to cover up internal malfeasance. I believe her when she describes what they do to employees who try to bring them unwelcome messages, and I believe her descriptions of the ways they get back at whistleblowers. I believe much of what she reports about our government's failure to act on clear and specific intelligence tha
N. Jr.
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: political-govt
Here is a firsthand account of just how corrupt US government agencies are. Especially when it comes to foreign policy and the war on terror. It paints quite a different picture than that presented by the public relations stooges we call the mainstream media.

Ms Edmonds was there, right in the midst of it, the lies and cover-ups emerging all around her. It took her by surprise, her previously held idealism and faith in the US government shattered at every turn. While some of it is due to the cult
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, memoir
I read it cover to cover over the course of one day. Pretty hard to put down all in all. I heard about this book from an interview with the author on RTAmerica, where I go for much of my news (along with Democracy Now), and decided I needed to order it before it is pulled or banned. The author is very brave to have brought this story to light considering what her former employer and two administrations had already done to her. Every American should read this book. I have no doubt that you will c ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Incredible story! How does a person become "classified?" Your birthday is classified; your place of birth is classified; your driver's license is would you function in our technological, informational 21st Century? This is not a Tom Clancy novel, but you'll be hard pressed to believe this could really happen in the United States, but yet, it did! 60 minutes reported it, the NY Times, Washington Post, Glamour, and numerous other major media outlets covered this story. It is NOT ...more
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-5-stars
This book is both amazing and chilling, all the more so because it is true. The things this woman went through for trying to blow the whistle on corruption, criminal activity and espionage in the FBI as well as both elected and appointed officials in the executive and congressional branches of Congress (including actions and inactions leading up to 9/11) has to be read to be believed. This book is a must read for anyone concerned about the USA and it's future.

If even 10% of the American populati
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
After reading this book I wonder why I am taking off my shoes in the airport. The true tale of Sibel Edmonds is frightening and eye opening. It is the story of a woman hired as a translator by the FBI after 9/11. It tells the story of how she tried to expose corruption and incompetence in the FBI. Edmonds shows how easily individual rights protected by the constitution are ignored and abused. Indeed Ms Edmonds is the scapegoat
with no one in the FBI willing to stand with her or fight for her when
John Mesler
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the most important books ever written. Not only is Sibel credible but she puts you there .I don't know how she got out of bed every day to continue her fight against a secretive, corrupt government which continually changed it's rules...keeping even congress in the dark. Should be a must read for every American . Especially those who still believe America is even a semblance of what it was in the (good old days".It is a "must read" ,but of course you won't find mainstream media out there ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american-history
I hope more citizens read Sibel Edmonds' story. Unlike those in and out of government who attempt to dispute what she saw during her tenure with the FBI, Edmonds' account is credible. As one commenter noted, her account is true-to-life spy fiction, and it deserves widespread circulation. Sadly, in today's corporate media world, the high point of her story happened way back in 2002 when 60 Minutes interviewed her. Lucky for her she started her journey then and not under the current Administration ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a book! and Wow what a woman! Sibel is a new hero of mine and I have a new-found sense of what makes America great... It's women like her and her persistence of exposing corruption at the highest levels of our intelligence agencies, even after being fired, targeted for retaliation, and fought every step of the way by the same government she just wanted to help after the tragedy of 9/11. I have listened to many of her interviews and feel that if more people had a backbone like her in our ...more
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a well written and eye-opening book. If you ever had doubts about the truthfulness and honesty of your government and their departments, you will be confirmed in your worst fears. Sibel Edmonds is a courageous lady that never got her day in court, but was a whistle blower anyway. See her blogs, for updates on things the major media will black out and not tell you about!
Bruno de Maremma
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-reads, memoir
I frankly don't know where to begin to comment on this book. I only hope that enough U.S. citizens read it and become so outraged at that they will start a movement to recover the liberties lost to them over the last 12 years. Please read this book America.
Cyrus Carter
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As well-written as any piece of spy-fiction, except this one is real. A whistleblower proves that even in the strongest democracies of the world, base human nature can overwhelm principles. Greed, corruption and incompetence exposed. Required reading if you have a stomach for disappointment.
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: womanism, history
This is a memoir, and that in itself stands as an act of defiance. (Give her all the stars! jk) Sibel Edmonds takes us on her roller-coaster journey from her days as a translator to her battles in the courts and before Congress. Her story made headlines in the U.S., as well as in Turkey, where she was accused of being a U.S. spy, an enemy of the state, and even an agent working for the Armenians. Her true struggle, however, was within U.S. government bodies. When Attorney General John Ashcroft i ...more
Mike Trapp
Jan 06, 2013 is currently reading it
Wow. This book has me on the edge of my seat. Sibel was a Turkish linguist with the FBI immediately after 9/11. She began having trouble with her superiors as she tried to perform her duties the way they should be done. Having worked for the government I feel an affinity for Sibel - and the incredible stand she took in the face of her superiors insisting that she stand down. This is a book of courage and intelligence.
Jonathan Reynolds
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a very powerful story. I am amazed by this woman's courage and determination in defense of the U.S. Constitution.
Andy Kurzweil
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Whistle blowers, conspiracy theorists and boiling frogs.
Shelves: political
This is a remarkably good read considering the gravity of the subject matter. Sibel Edmonds' courageousness in the face of tyranny is positively uplifting.
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am left speechless after reading this book.
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I knew about much of this, but the more I read, the angrier I got. The depth of the fraud and the profligate, dissolute actions of those who are supposed to be making decisions on behalf of the people is sickening. This proves there are no Heros. If we want our country back, we have to do it ourselves. Does this mean revolution? I can't see any other way to right the ship. The judges were the most disgusting of all. They cannot be fired or voted out, they are supposed to protect us. But instead ...more
Excellent close up view of the Middle East, and many stats to document any claims made.
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Imagine the following: A secret is a secret but why it's a secret is a secret or who says it's a secret is a secret. That's what Sibel Edmonds, a recruited translator for the FBI, faced in the years following 9/11. Her memoir takes you on a dark journey through the US government - from their unprecedented use of the State Secrets Privilege to their attempts to cover up espionage within the FBI, CIA, etc. Her story as a FBI whistleblower is explosive and compelling, hence why she is the most clas ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, biography
This may very well be the most important book you will ever read. The light shone on the dark and putrid corridors of power inside our own US government is truly disturbing. There is no need to go looking for the terrorists who seek to destroy America, they are right here amongst us. They are our fellow citizens who would sacrifice freedom for the illusion of safety. Read this book, investigate Sibel and her claims on your own, come to your own conclusions about whether her story is believable.
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Truly an amazing book, it is so very well written and straight to the point.
I am glad Sibel is able to tell her side of the story. I admire her courage and continued desire to uncover what power-influence-money can do especially amongst institutions that are meant up to uphold the law and national security!
Richard Lowe
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever wondered who is blowing the whistle on our corrupt government agencies, you would do well to start with this book.
G. L.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The long journey of disclosure begins here. Donald Trump was asked to run for POTUS and fund the members of the U.S. military who have decided to return the country to its originally intended constitutional purpose of true freedom.

Recognizing that the country is too valuable to be run by a politician, they chose a businessman--and that has made all the difference!

WHISTLEBLOWERS have made it all possible--and the long journey to freedom has finally
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Sibel Edmonds is editor of Boiling Frogs Post, founder-director of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, author of the acclaimed book Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story, and a new novel The Lone Gladio. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award. Ms. Edmonds has been subjected to several government-asserted State Secrets Privilege orders, and the U.S. ...more

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