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CRAG E-Alert - 15 August 2005

Dear Friends & Supporters:

Did Speaker Hastert Accept Turkish Bribes to Deny Armenian Genocide and Approve Weapons Sales?

Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds is accusing the FBI of covering up improper contacts and financial dealings between certain Turkish nationals and the office of House Speaker Dennis Hastert (USA).

You can read the full rush transcript of an interview by Amy Goodman with Sibel Edmonds & Vanity Fair journalist David Rose of Democracy Now (10 August 2005) on the following web-link: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/08/10/1346254

CRAG reproduces only the three paragraphs of the interview transcript that relate directly to the i9ssue of Armenian Genocide recognition in the USA. Log on for the full story ...

"But the second occasion or second event which is allegedly referred to in these wiretaps is the Armenian genocide resolution which came before the House in 2000. Now, the Armenian lobby has made attempts with some support -- I mean, Senator Bob Dole was a very great supporter of this back in the 1980s. The Armenians have tried to get the Congress to pass a genocide resolution so that - which would basically state that the mass murder of Armenians in Turkey that was carried out after 1915 was a genocide, and some countries have indeed passed such resolutions. Some states have in America. This resolution never really got anywhere until in 2000, Dennis Hastert, as House Speaker, announced he would support it.

Now, at the time, analysts noted that there was a tight congressional race in California, in which the Armenian community might just swing it in favor of the Republican incumbent. But what is significant, the resolution had passed the Human Rights Subcommittee of the House. It passed the International Relations Committee, but on the eve of the House vote, the full House vote, Dennis Hastert withdrew the resolution. Now, at the time, he explained this by saying that he had had a letter from President Clinton asking him to withdraw it, because it wouldn't be in America's interests to have such a resolution, which, of course, was bitterly resisted inside Turkey, pass through the House.

Well, it is slightly curious when you think about it. I mean, Dennis Hastert was not known, as one of the authors of Clinton's impeachment, for deferring to his judgment on many occasions, but on this occasion, he apparently did. Well, whether or not these allegations have substance is not something that I am able to state with any knowledge, but it is said that in the wiretaps that were translated by Sibel Edmonds, reference was made to this very controversial question of the House vote. One of the Turkish targets of these wiretaps claimed that the price for getting Dennis Hastert to withdraw the resolution would be $500,000. Now, I do emphasize there's no evidence at all that he received such a payment, but that is what is said to have been recorded in one of the wiretaps."

New site 'History if Armenia' web-linked with CRAG

CRAG draws the attention of its friends and supporters to another useful and rich web-link that might be of interest.

The new site is an information site about Armenia and its history in both English & Swedish, and covers a variety of topics- including the background of the 1915 Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Turkey during WWI (end of the Ottoman Empire, duration of the Young Turk government and the first years of Mustafa "Ataturk" Kemal's modern Turkey), as well as parallels with the Jewish Holocaust and its aftermath in modern history.

The site collaborates closely with Professor Richard Hovannisian and other historians / scholars and has a wonderful Armenian genocide poster that you can also download via the Internet.

This web-link joins the other 36 web-links that are provided for you by the CRAG website on our site, and you can log on as follows: http://www.armenica.org/

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