Show Details for the week of May 14th, 2012

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KPFT is in pledge drive this week and next.

The Monitor has a goal of $1000 per show. Last week’s show did well and we thank everyone who helped us reach our goal. We do have to do it again this week however and we will have the help of our guest – Sibel Edmonds who just released a new memoir called Classified Woman

Please call 713 526 5738 during the show and support The Monitor. You can also donate securely online – just make sure you pick The Monitor from the list of shows. Our guest last week was Richard Wolff. You can get a copy of Wolff’s Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It by pledging $100 to the show or you can get the book and a DVD or CD of the speech by Richard Wolff for $150.

About this week’s guest:

Sibel Edmonds is the editor of Boiling Frogs Post and founder- director of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award, and has appeared on national radio and TV as a commentator on matters related to whistleblowers, national security and excessive government secrecy, and has been featured on 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC,  NPR, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The American Conservative, and others.

Ms. Edmonds worked as a language specialist for the FBI where she reported serious acts of security breaches and cover-ups, and for that she was retaliated against and ultimately fired. Court proceedings were blocked by the assertion of the State Secrets Privilege, and the U.S. Congress has been gagged and prevented from taking up or even discussing her case through retroactive classification issued by the Department of Justice.

Ms. Edmonds began her career in 1993 as Project Director for the Rostropovich Foundation, a non-profit humanitarian organization providing medical and food aid to children of the former Soviet Union. She re-located to St. Petersburg, Russia and managed correspondence, shipments, inventory and security precautions in the largest children’s hospital in St. Petersburg. Later, she worked as the Executive Director & Co-Founder of Edmonds Industries, a Consulting and Holding Company, investing in international business and residential real estate development. Ms. Edmonds also worked as a volunteer for the Alexandria CASA program (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused children, and as an instructor for the Alexandria Office on Women’s Domestic Violence Program.

Ms. Edmonds has an MA in Public Policy and International Commerce from George Mason University and a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University. She is certified as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and as an instructor for the Women’s Domestic Violence Program, and is fluent in English, Turkish, Farsi and Azerbaijani.

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Please call 713 526 5738 during the show and support The Monitor. You can also donate securely online – just make sure you pick The Monitor from the list of shows. Our guest last week was Richard Wolff. You can get a copy of Wolff’s Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It by pledging $100 to the show or you can get the book and a DVD or CD of the speech by Richard Wolff for $150.

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