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“In the 1990s Gulen’s Madrasas sheltered 130 CIA agents" in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan”

By Sibel Edmonds, Boiling Frogs Post
January 6, 2011

Yesterday Washington Post’s Jeff Stein published a very interesting but incomplete story regarding a recently published memoir by former Turkish Intelligence Chief Osman Nuri Gundes. Here is the title of his post: Islamic group is CIA front, ex-Turkish Intel chief says.

For those of you familiar with my case and what I’ve been covering here at Boiling Frogs Post, this exposé is ‘old news’ but nonetheless a vindication. As for those who are first-timers here or not that familiar with my case,this is an opportunity for a bit of background and to learn a few important points and facts that you won’t be getting from this ‘half-picture’ presented by the Washington Post.

In his memoir, Gundes claims that Fethullah Gulen’s worldwide Islamic movement based in Pennsylvania has been providing cover for the CIA since the mid-1990s, and that in the 90s, the movement "sheltered 130 CIA agents" at its schools in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan alone.

Now, as I’ve done before, I am going to praise Jeff Stain, whom I know and like, for his solid journalistic talent and background and give him a few credits for actually covering this story (it is one of those ‘thou shall not cover’ areas in an agreement between the US mainstream media and the US government), before I bash the piece, its half-a..  coverage, incomplete background, and it’s incredibly lenient treatment of a shady-dubious-charlatan, a major player in this operation yet a major denier when confronted by Stein; Graham Fuller. Again, as before, I am going to blame it on the unfortunate situation of ‘having to sell your journalistic soul to earn your living.’

Let’s start with Gulen. The only background provided on Gulen is the following with only one link which takes you to Gulen’s marketing site:
…an influential former Turkish imam by the name of Fethullah Gulen, has 600 schools and 4 million followers around the world.

The imam left Turkey in 1998 and settled in Saylorsburg, Pa., where the movement is headquartered. According to Intelligence Online, he obtained a residence permit only in 2008 with the help of Fuller and George Fidas, whom it described as head of the agency’s outreach to universities.


There is no mention of Gulen’s decade-long ‘wanted’ status in Turkey (until recently), no mention of the ban on Gulen and his Madrasas in several Central Asian countries, no mention of various investigations of Gulen by other western countries, no mention of the unknown sources of his billions of dollars…As we all know except for a very few, and by that I mean a number in 100s if that, no one in this country has ever heard of this guy with his billions, with his castle in Pennsylvania, his hundreds of Madrasas, now hundreds of US charter schools, his dubious businesses….Yet, for an article as serious as this (Madrasas and mosques as CIA operation centers in Central Asia), the central figure in the story has been given one sentence; no history, no relevant facts…

Those of you who have not read our previous commentaries and updates on this topic can check them out here,  herehere, and here, and below is a list of a few Gulen related facts totally (mysteriously?) absent from Washington Post piece:
-In 1999 Gulen defected to the US shortly before his scandalous speech, where he is heard calling on his supporters to "work patiently and to creep silently into the institutions in order to seize power in the state", became public. Turkish prosecutors demanded a ten-year sentence for Gülen for having "founded an organization that sought to destroy the secular apparatus of state and establish a theocratic state". Mr. Gulen has not left the United States since.
-The Netherlands has taken major steps to cut funding to all Gülen associated organizations and is investigating his operations. The Turkish Fethullah Gülen movement is really an Islamic fundamentalist group, claims Rotterdam council member Anita Fähmel (Leefbaar Rotterdam) on the basis of her own study of the Turkish movement.
-The Russian government has banned all Gülen schools and the activities of the Nur sect in Russia. Over 20 Turkish followers of Gulen were deported from Russia in 2002-2004.
-In 1999 Uzbekistan closed all Gulen’s Madrasas and shortly afterward arrested eight journalists who were graduates of Gulen schools, and found them guilty of setting up an illegal religious group and of involvement in an extremist organization.
-In Turkmenistan, government authorities have placed Gulen’s schools under close scrutiny and have ordered them to scrap the history of religion from curriculums.
Now, back to the story and its other major short coming:

Apparently Mr. Stein was not able to reach Gulen for comment, so he moved on to his CIA sources with ‘long ties to Central Asia.’ First he quotes his first source, Former CIA operative Robert Baer, chief of the agency’s Central Asia and Caucasus operations from 1995 through 1997, who called the allegations bogus. However, Mr. Baer added: “It’s possible that the CIA turned around this ship after I left.”


I don’t have a problem with Baer’s response. Based on what I personally know, US Islamization Operations in Central Asia via Gulen started in late 1997, early 1998. That brings me to what truly set me off, Stein’s second source and actually a character who is pointed to by the new memoir’s author - Graham Fuller: 
Graham Fuller, a former CIA station chief in Kabul and author of “The Future of Political Islam,” threw cold water on Gundes’s allegations about Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

“I think the story of 130 CIA agents in Gulen schools in Central Asia is pretty wild,” Fuller said by e-mail.

“I should hasten to add that I left CIA in 1987 -- nearly 25 years ago -- and I have absolutely no concrete personal knowledge whatsoever about this. But my instincts tell me the claim is highly improbable.”
Next, Jeff Stein very gently confronts Fuller with the fact that according to the memoir and related media coverage Gulen obtained his US residence permit with his (Fuller’s) help, and Fuller denies it and says that’s ‘wrong,’:
“What I did do,” Fuller explained, “was write a letter to the FBI in early 2006 …at a time when Gulen's enemies were pressing for his extradition to Turkey from the U.S. In the post 9/11 environment, they began spreading the word that he was a dangerous radical. In my statement to the FBI I offered my views…that I did not believe he posed a security threat of any kind to the U.S. I still believe that today, as do a large body of scholars on contemporary Islam.”
First of all, there have been tens if not hundreds of articles establishing Graham Fuller as one of Gulen’s official references to the court for his residency, you can view some of these hereherehere. This quote comes from Foreign Policy Journal:
Fethullah Gulen became a green card holder despite serious opposition from FBI and from Homeland Security Department. Former CIA officers (formally and informally) such as Graham Fuller and Morton Abromovitz were some of the prominent references in Gulen's green card application.
Next is the question of why. Why and in what capacity has Fuller been this active, this supportive, of Gulen? I am talking about this voluntary ‘I wrote a letter to the FBI on Gulen’ line:
…was write a letter to the FBI in early 2006 …at a time when Gulen's enemies were pressing for his extradition to Turkey from the U.S. In the post 9/11 environment, they began spreading the word that he was a dangerous radical. In my statement to the FBI I offered my views…that I did not believe he posed a security threat of any kind to the U.S. I still believe that today, as do a large body of scholars on contemporary Islam.
And Stein let that slide?! I’d quickly ask: ‘how often do you write to the FBI on people you think have been unfairly targeted or treated by them?!’

Last but not least on Graham Fuller is my own on-the-record, more accurately, on-the-album, naming of individuals implicated (criminally) in my case, thus protected via invocation of the State Secrets Privilege:
Coinciding with the publication of the first article in a series in Britain’s Sunday Times covering some of her allegations, former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds posts a gallery of 18 photos of people and three images of question marks on her website, justacitizen.com. The 21 images are divided into three groups, and the page is titled “State Secrets Privilege Gallery.”… “The third group includes people who all appear to work at think tanks—primarily WINEP, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy”: Graham E. Fuller—RAND Corporation, David Makovsky—WINEP, Alan Makovsky—WINEP, ? (box with question mark), ? (box with question mark), Yusuf Turani (president-in-exile, Turkestan), Professor Sabri Sayari (Georgetown, WINEP), and Mehmet Eymur (former head of the Turkish intelligence agency MIT).
I am going to leave you with the following excerpts from my interview with Phil Giraldi for the Am Con Magazine in 2009, on Gulen, CIA Central Asia operations & the use of Islam and Mujahideen there-1997-2001:
GIRALDI: You also have information on al-Qaeda, specifically al-Qaeda in Central Asia and Bosnia. You were privy to conversations that suggested the CIA was supporting al-Qaeda in central Asia and the Balkans, training people to get money, get weapons, and this contact continued until 9/11…
EDMONDS: I don’t know if it was CIA. There were certain forces in the U.S. government who worked with the Turkish paramilitary groups, including Abdullah Çatli’s group,Fethullah Gülen.
GIRALDI: Well, that could be either Joint Special Operations Command or CIA.
EDMONDS: Maybe in a lot of cases when they said State Department, they meant CIA?
GIRALDI: When they said State Department, they probably meant CIA.
EDMONDS: Okay. So these conversations, between 1997 and 2001, had to do with a Central Asia operation that involved bin Laden. Not once did anybody use the word “al-Qaeda.” It was always “mujahideen,” always “bin Laden” and, in fact, not “bin Laden” but “bin Ladens” plural. There were several bin Ladens who were going on private jets to Azerbaijan and Tajikistan. The Turkish ambassador in Azerbaijan worked with them. There were bin Ladens, with the help of Pakistanis or Saudis, under our management. Marc Grossman was leading it, 100 percent, bringing people from East Turkestan into Kyrgyzstan, from Kyrgyzstan to Azerbaijan, from Azerbaijan some of them were being channeled to Chechnya, some of them were being channeled to Bosnia. From Turkey, they were putting all these bin Ladens on NATO planes. People and weapons went one way, drugs came back.
GIRALDI: Was the U.S. government aware of this circular deal?
EDMONDS: 100 percent. A lot of the drugs were going to Belgium on NATO planes. After that, they went to the UK, and a lot came to the U.S. via military planes to distribution centers in Chicago and Paterson, New Jersey. Turkish diplomats who would never be searched were coming with suitcases of heroin.
Wikileaks cables shed some light on the larger picture: Turkey cable:
In response, we will take additional steps to protect local contacts and stay vigilant against regime efforts to track our interactions with them, while redoubling efforts to expand the range of Turkey-based contacts willing to share Iran-related insights.

Turkish-Iranian Business Council cautioned him that the TIBC needs to be more careful in ensuring that its Iranian partners are not given a reason “to doubt our commitment to expanding bilateral commerce while staying out of politics.” This contact pledged to try to help set up a meeting for us with the TIBC executive board, but declined an offer to meet socially in the near-term. U.S. Consul General Sharon Anderholm Wiener.

Second Turkey cable: On missile defense, we will look for the Secretary’s help in advancing our work with Turkey to persuade the Turks to allow a AN/TPY-2 radar system to be based here. The Turks are struggling to define what they will need in terms of NATO political cover to lessen the high cost – both in terms of domestic politics and in relations with Iran – that Erdogan’s government believes it will have to pay should they agree. Our advocacy support for Raytheon and Sikorsky on sales of air defense systems and utility helicopters. http://213.251.145.96/cable/2010/01/10ANKARA126.html

The Gulen Movement’s operations in tandem with the CIA in Central Asia. 

Much has been written about this CIA and Gulen connection in our native Turkiye. Here is an excerpt of what Dr. Mizell a Kurdish writer has to say:

Why does America support Gülen’s missionaries in Central Asia and around the globe and even in the US? After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the balance of power in the world changed and more than 15 countries got their independence from the Soviet Union. There was a gap in power in the region seeking to be filled.

Additionally, most of these newly independent countries such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan were rich with the underground resources of oil, gas, gold, and other materials. 

However, a void for religion developed as well, so there was a competition among an Iranian brand of Islam, a Saudi Arabian version of Islam, and Gülen’s missionaries to fill the void. The US government gave its support to Gülen because it mistakenly believed that Gülen‘s missionaries were less harmful compared to the Iranian Islamic movement Hezbollah, Saudi‘s brand of Islam Wahhbism, or other fundamentalist groups. The US thought that Gülen’s movement could be managed in the right way by using it to suit America’s purposes.

Because many naively believe that Gülen’s preaches nonviolence and dialogue between the Western and Muslim worlds, they let their guard down and fail to see behind his proclaimed agenda. They fail to understand that he is incrementally moving toward a return of the Islamic state such as the Ottoman Empire undertook. 

That is why when Gülen applied for a green card, [but] he could not get it. Then some ex-CIA officers gave him reference letters for his application to demonstrate that he was a safe immigrant. Prior to this attempt, when Gülen could not get a green card the first time, he was looking for a place to go; if the US did not grant him a visa, he would have gone to China to continue his undercover operation. Gülen’s missionaries are trying to build the same platform as he used in Central Asia in the US by opening many NGOS, charter schools…..

Read the entire study at this link: http://www.kurdmedia.com/article.aspx?id=16439
According to the source below, included in these Bosnian and Central Asian Islamic fighters were 11 or more of the alleged 9/11 hijackers. And if  “elements in the US Government” supported these fighters for some agenda, this seems a lot closer to 9/11 than the 80s in Afghanistan. With regard to what the agenda might have been for these “elements” for the NATO Bosnian war, where these fighters fought the same enemies of NATO, was an interview with Prof. Chomsky who says that the justification for this war to “stop a genocide” was wrong, the genocides pointed to by his reading of the media at the time started after the NATO bombing. The real reason for this war in his opinion is that Serbia “was the last corner of Europe which has not subordinated itself to the US-run neoliberal programs, so it had to be eliminated.” A definite alternate agenda seems likely if he is right about the genocide starting after the bombings even if his opinion on the reasoning for the war is wrong.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEhgwdJldeU

http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a96hijackerschechnya#a96hijackerschechnya

Court Documents Shed Light on CIA Illegal Operations in Central Asia Using Islam & Madrassas

Sibel Edmonds State Secrets Gallery Connects Pipeline Politics, Madrassas & the Turkish Proxies

By lukery.blogspot.com
July 10, 2008

In a recent immigration court case involving Turkish Islamic Leader, Fetullah Gulen, US prosecutors exposed an illegal, covert, CIA operation involving the intentional Islamization of Central Asia.This operation has been ongoing since the fall of the Soviet Union in an ongoing Cold War to control the vast energy resources of the region - Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan - estimated to be worth $3 trillion.

Court Case

The scene for these dramatic disclosures was an application for a Green Card in the Eastern District Court in Philadelphia by "controversial Islamic scholar" Fetullah Gulen. Gulen, who has been living in the United States since 1998, argued that he qualified for the Green Card as "an extraordinarily talented academic."

The court case was covered extensively by the Turkish press. Leading Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported:
"Gülen's financial resources were detailed in the public prosecutor's arguments, which claimed that Saudi Arabia, Iran, the Turkish government, and the Central Intelligence Agency, or CIA, were behind the Gülen movement. It stated that some businessmen in Ankara donated 10 to 70 percent of their annual income to the movement and that it corresponded to $20,000 to $300,000 per year per person. It added that one businessman in Istanbul donated $4-5 million each year and that young people graduating from Gülen's schools donated between $2,000 and $5,000 each year."
Another leading Turkish newspaper reported (translated by Rastibini)
Among the reasons given by the US State Department's attorneys as to why Gülen's permanent residence application was refused, is the suspicion of CIA financing of his movement.
[ . . . ]
"There is even CIA suspicion"

"Because of the large amount of money that Gülen's movement uses to finance his projects, there are claims that he has secret agreements with Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkic governments. There are suspicions that the CIA is a co-payer in financing these projects," claimed the attorneys.
[ . . . ]
Among the documents that the state attorneys presented, there are claims about the Gülen movement's financial structure and it was emphasized that the movement's economic power reached $25 billion. "Schools, newspapers, universities, unions, television channels . . . The relationship among these are being debated. There is no transparency in their work," claimed the attorneys."
Who is Gulen?

Fetullah Gulen is "a 67-year-old Turkish Sufi cleric, author and theoretician," according to a recent profile in theUK's Prospect magazine. Prospect ran a public poll last month to find the world's greatest living intellectual. Gulen 'won' the poll after his newspapers alerted readers to the poll's existence. Gulen is also the leader of the so-called 'Gulen Movement' which claims to have seven million followers worldwide. The Gulen Movement has extensive business interests, including "publishing activities (books, newspapers, and magazines), construction, healthcare, and education."

Gulen and the CIA

The fact that the prosecutors in the court cite documents that claim that Gulen has been financed in part by the CIA is remarkable for a number of reasons, even though there have been strong suspicions about the CIA's involvement in the Gulen Movement for years. The Russian intelligence agency, the FSB, has repeatedly taken action against the Gulen movement for acting as a front organization for the CIA. In December 2002, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported:
"Russian secret service claims: Turkish religious brotherhood works for CIA

The FSB, the Russian intelligence organization formerly called the KGB, has claimed that the'Nurcus' religious brotherhood in Turkey has engaged in espionage on behalf of the CIAthrough the companies and foundations it has founded. FSB head Nikolay Patrushev has mentioned the names of these companies and foundations, saying, 'The brotherhood engages in anti-Russian activities via two companies, Serhad and Eflak, as well as foundations such as Toros, Tolerans and Ufuk.' Patrushev has accused the brotherhood of conducting pan-Turkish propaganda, of trying to convert Russian youths to Islam by sowing the seeds of enmity,and of engaging in certain lobbying activities. These companies and foundations have turned up in the internet site of Fethullah Gulen [alleged leader of the Nurcu religious community currently living in the United States who is a defendant in several court cases in Turkey, accused of engaging in anti-secularist activities.]""
Russia has banned all of Gulen's madrassas, and in April of this year, banned the Nurcu Movement completely.

Gulen's Madrassas

The Gulen Movement founded madrassas all over the world in the 1990's, most of them in the newly independent Turkic republics of Central Asia - Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan - and Russia.

These madrassas appear to be used as a front for enabling CIA and State Department officials to operate undercover in the region, with many of the teachers operating under diplomatic passports.

Why Central Asia?

Central Asia, with its vast energy wealth, is of major interest to US oil and gas companies. The region is also of key strategic interest in the 'Great Game' as Russia, China and the US compete for dwindling energy supplies. The US government has been using Turkey as a proxy to gain control over Central Asia via Pan-Turkic nationalism and religion.

Sibel Edmonds Case

Twenty six people wrote reference letters supporting Gulen's application for a Green Card - most notably ex-CIA agent George Fidas, former Turkish ambassador Morton Abramowitz, and former CIA Deputy Director Graham Fuller who appears in Sibel Edmonds' State Secrets Privilege Gallery.

I called Sibel Edmonds to comment on the latest revelations. She said:
You've got to look at the big picture. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the super powers began to fight over control of Central Asia, particularly the oil and gas wealth, as well as the strategic value of the region.

Given the history, and the distrust of the West, the US realized that it couldn't get direct control, and therefore would need to use a proxy to gain control quickly and effectively. Turkey was the perfect proxy; a NATO ally and a puppet regime. Turkey shares the same heritage/race as the entire population of Central Asia, the same language (Turkic), the same religion (Sunni Islam), and of course, the strategic location and proximity.

This started more than a decade-long illegal, covert operation in Central Asia by a small group in the US intent on furthering the oil industry and the Military Industrial Complex, using Turkish operatives, Saudi partners and Pakistani allies, furthering this objective in the name of Islam.

This is why I have been saying repeatedly that these illegal covert operations by the Turks and certain US persons dates back to 1996, and involves terrorist activities, narcotics, weapons smuggling and money laundering, converging around the same operations and involving the same actors.

And I want to emphasize that this is "illegal" because most, if not all, of the funding for these operations is not congressionally approved funding, but it comes from illegal activities.

And one last thing, take a look at the people in the State Secrets Privilege Gallery on my website and you will see how these individuals can be traced to the following: Turkey, Central Asia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia - and the activities involving these countries.
Many of the people in Sibel's State Secrets Privilege Gallery are closely connected to Gulen, and each other, as well as the operations that Sibel mentions. Many of them have actively advocated for using Muslims to further their own needs - from Turkistan to Albania and Central Asia.

Marc Grossman, former State Department #3 and former Turkish ambassador, and one of the key named individuals in Sibel's case, is currently receiving $1.2 million per annum from Ihlas Holding, a Gulen-linkedTurkish conglomerate. Sibel has previously referred to Ihlas as 'semi-legitimate' and 'alleged shady' - and emphasized that Grossman's current payoff is a result of services performed while he was in office.

Grossman's predecessor as ambassador in Turkey was Morton Abramowitz - in fact, Grossman actually worked under Abramowitz in Ankara for a number of years. During that period, the US opened an espionage investigation into activities at the embassy involving Major Douglas Dickerson, a weapons procurement specialist for Central Asia. Dickerson and his wife, an FBI translator, later became famous when they tried to recruit Sibel to spy for this criminal network.

Abramowitz, who is not listed in Sibel's State Secrets Privilege Gallery, wrote a letter in support of Gulen for his immigration case. He has long advocated the use of Islamic fighters in furtherance of US interests, including the Afghan mujaheddin against the Soviets and the Kosovo Liberation Armyduring the war in the Balkans, acting as an advisor to the Kosovar Albanians.

Another player from Sibel's Gallery is Enver Yusuf Turani - Prime Minister of East Turkistan, a 'country' recognized by only one country, the United States. East Turkistan, aka Xinjiang, is officially a part of China, and home to the Uyghur people and the "Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement," a UN-nominated terrorist organization "funded mainly by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network and received training, support and personnel from both the al-Qaeda and the Taliban regime of Afghanistan." In fact, the Uyghurs constitute a significant percentage of detainees - at least 22 - at Guantanamo Bay since 2001. Five of those have been set free, and were eventually sent to Albania, amid muchcontroversy.

According to TurkPulse:
"One of the main tools Washington is using in this affair in order to get Turkey involved in the Xinjiang affair is some Turkish Americans, primarily the Fetullah Gulen team who are prosecuted in absentia in Turkey for trying to found a theocratic State order in this country because he runs his activities from the United States, his protégé. Another Turk used in this affair is Enver Yusuf Turani, who is the self styled Foreign and Prime Minister of the East Turkistan Government in exile. He has been an American citizen since 1998. Enver Yusuf is in close cooperation with Fetullah Gulen... Their activities for the government in exile are based on a report entitled “the Xinjiang Project” drafted by Graham Fuller in 1998 for the Rand Corporation and revised in 2003 under the title “the Xinjiang Problem.” It emphasises the importance of the Xinjiang Autonomous region in encircling China and provides a strategy for it."
In fact, Abramowitz and Fuller were key players in the establishment of 'East Turkistan,' 
"proclaiming the government in exile within 4-5 months, starting in May (2004) and completing the proclamation in mid- September. The ceremony was held at Capitol Hill under American flags in Washington."
Two others from Sibel's gallery, Sabri Sayari and Alan Makovsky, have been similarly involved with Gulen, Fuller, and Abramowitz - co-authoring books and articles, making joint appearances, dinners etc.

Illegal Operations

Earlier I quoted Sibel saying 
"And I want to emphasize that this is "illegal" because most, if not all, of the funding for these operations is not congressionally approved funding, but it comes from illegal activities."
Where does this funding come from? Narcotics trafficking, nuclear black market, weapons smuggling, and terrorist activities.  

As Sibel makes clear in her The Highjacking of a Nation article, the management of the heroin industry from the farms in Afghanistan to the streets of London and elsewhere "requires highly sophisticated networks," from the protection of the convoys from Afghanistan through Central Asia to their final destination, to the laundering of the billions of dollars in proceeds in Central Asian casinos and financial institutions in Dubai and Cyprus. "So, who are the real lords of Afghanistan’s poppy fields?" Sibel asks. The heroin trade finances al-Qaeda and the Taliban, but they aren't the real lords of the poppy fields. Journalist Ahmed Rashid, author of "Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia " and other similar books about these issues recently noted on Democracy Now that a "cartel" controls Afghanistan's heroin, which supplies 93% of global heroin supply.

Sibel has been trying to tell us about these operations for years, but has been gagged by the State Secrets Privilege which was invoked citing certain 'sensitive foreign diplomatic and business relationships.'These 'sensitive relationships' have now been exposed to a degree, thanks to the immigration case against Mr Gulen - one of the Turkish operatives who have been fronting for the CIA in the Islamization of Central Asia, incorporating drug trafficking, money laundering, and the nuclear black market, and the convergence with terrorism.

One Last Question

At the end of our interview, Sibel asked me to leave you with this question:
"After 911, the US Government engaged in mock investigations and shut down many small Islamic charities and organizations, giving the appearance of action in the so-called 'War on Terror.' Why did they harbor, support and resource Fethullah Gulen's $25 billion madrassa-and-mosque-establishment efforts throughout the Central Asian region and the Balkans?"
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Re: Gulen movement: Turkey's third power, source: Wikileaks.org Stratfor.com email ... pro-Gulen

 

Released on 2013-03-11 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 1527556
Date 2009-11-18 16:13:59
From emre.dogru@stratfor.com
To reva.bhalla@stratfor.com

Re: Gulen movement: Turkey's third power


thanks much!

Reva Bhalla wrote:

Gulen movement: Turkey's third power

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| Key Points |
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| * Turkey's Islamist Gulen movement, while a powerful political |
| force, is largely an unfamiliar entity to the West. |
| |
| * The movement's extensive operations in various fields, including |
| education and media, give it unique access and influence. |
| |
| * While secular Turks and the military continue to have serious |
| reservations about the movement, its relationship with other |
| Islamists is also complicated. |
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Despite its political influence in Turkey, the Gulen movement has a low
profile in the West. Jane's charts the group's rise to prominence,
examines its current activities and assesses its relationship with
secular Turks, as well as the country's military and other Islamists.

Turkey's Fethullah Gulen Community (FGC), also known as the Gulen
movement after its founder and leader Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Muslim
preacher, often escapes scholarly attention. Yet no analysis of Turkey
is complete without due attention paid to the FGC; a highly co-ordinated
and centralised movement with many well-positioned followers, known as
Gulenists. Some Turks deridingly refer to the movement as 'F-type' or
'Fethullahci' (followers of Fethullah).

According to FGC members, the organisation controls millions of dollars
and has many organisations, including a network of high schools across
the world that serve as signpost FGC institutions. In addition, the FGC
owns universities, banks, non-governmental organisations and television
networks in Turkey, as well as other countries. What is more, the FGC
appears to have influence over the Turkish National Police (Emniyet),
including the police's powerful domestic intelligence wing. The FGC's
political power renders it a taboo topic in Turkey where many people shy
away from discussing the group publicly. The Turks have a polarised view
of Gulen: some see him as a political leader such as Iran's Ayatollah
Khomeini, while others view him as the face of modern, non-violent, even
reformed Islam. This and the FGC's political power makes the
organisation worthy of closer scrutiny in an effort to map out its
structure, global reach, message, political influence and future in
Turkey.

Background

The FGC is considered a modernist off-shoot of Sufi Nurcu tariqat
(religious order) in Turkey. The movement aims to transform Turkey
through conservative social values. Many academics describe the FGC as a
neo-Nurcu movement. Gulen, a spiritual and charismatic preacher who has
been known to cry during interviews and public sermons, is the founder
and leader of his own branch of Nurcu Islam. The movement emerged in the
late 1970s in Izmir, coalescing around Gulen's personality in the late
1980s in big cities. Initially, Gulen espoused a tactical view of
democracy in Turkey, saying that in order to reach the ideal Muslim
society "every method and path is acceptable [including] lying to
people". Gulen added that in reaching the movement's final goal,
"service on behalf of the movement would be discreet and quiet", and
that this stance constituted the "founding philosophy of his movement".

In the late 1990s, Gulen clashed with Turkey's secular democracy. At
this time, Turkey had a brief experience with Islamist government. The
Welfare Party (Refah Partisi: RP) came to power in a short-lived
coalition government in 1996. Subsequently, Turkey's secular forces,
including the military, forced the RP to step down. Following the demise
of the RP government, Turkey cracked down against Islamist movements and
tariqats, including FGC, bringing a court case against Gulen on grounds
that "he was working to overthrow secular government in Turkey".

In 1998, Gulen was forced to leave Turkey to avoid prosecution on
charges he was involved with anti-secular activities. He took refuge in
the United States and starting running his organisation from the suburbs
of New Jersey and then Pennsylvania through senior aides in various
outlets he controlled.

In the US, Gulen's message subsequently went through a significant
transformation. He rejected some of his earlier rhetoric on dismantling
the secular state, turning instead to emphasising tolerance in Islam, as
well as interfaith dialogue with Judaism and Christianity, and shunned
violence. In the late 1990s, he told his male followers their wives
could uncover their hair. While part of the Islamic law, he said this
issue of head covering was futurat (among the details of Islamic
jurisprudence). This stance widened his appeal for the liberal Turks who
thought of the Gulen movement as a more tolerable version of Islamic
fundamentalism. Although the majority of Gulenist women continued to
cover their heads, this verdict has sweetened his appeal for students in
Gulen's network of schools across the world, as well as middle-class
conservatives.

Global network

The precise number of FGC members is difficult to estimate since some
publicly deny affinity or membership with the movement. They do not
mention his name openly, but may refer to him as 'hocaefendi' (master
hodja) or 'he'.

Although the movement emerged from Turkey, today it has a global reach.
Gulen continues to live in the US and obtained US residency in 2008.
Since Gulen's arrival there, FGC is known to have supported the election
campaigns of various US politicians. It has also sought their blessing
by asking them to appear at FGC events. For instance, Hillary Clinton is
known to have attended FGC events in the US, including a September 2007
Ramadan breakfast organised by the Gulenist Turkish Cultural Center in
New York City. The FGC's new found base in the US has earned Washington
enmity inside Turkey, with some secular Turks, including many in the
military, concluding that the movement is backed by the US as a form of
moderate Islam to dilute Turkish secularism. Gulen and other FGC
leaders' freewheeling presence in the US is a major source of anti-US
feeling within the ranks of the Turkish military.

The FGC exerts influence globally through means of modern communication,
including its flagship newspaper and television networks, respectively
Zaman (Time), and Samanyolu (Milky Way) - galactic, cosmic and temporal
names are tell-tale signs of FGC institutions. The organisation has
numerous other media arms, including Ebru TV (Water Marble) in the US,
as well as Mehtap (Moonlight) TV and Cihan (Universe) news agency, and
Today's Zaman, an English language newspaper that mirrors Zaman and
serves as the FGC's window to the English-speaking world. Zaman also
publishes local versions in a number of countries, including the US,
Turkmenistan, Bulgaria and Azerbaijan.

Many organisations fall under the FGC umbrella, including hundreds of
boarding schools in Turkey, as well as the US, Europe, Central Asia, the
Middle East and Africa. These schools provide full scholarships,
excellent facilities and high-quality education, training the children
of the elite in the third world and the children of FGC members in the
West. In Turkey, the schools perform both functions. The movement also
has universities, including Fatih University in Istanbul, and Virginia
International University in the US, a 'Gulen-sourced' school according
to an FGC website. The schools represent the movement's charity arm, an
FGC trademark. Its schools and other public arms are funded by regular
donations from FGC members.

In Turkey, the FGC appeals to students across various educational
institutions. First come high schools, including elite FGC Samanyolu
High School in Ankara, which offer scholarships and stipends. At least
some of these students are known to join the FGC. The movement also runs
cramming schools, such as Turkey-wide FEM and ANAFEN, preparing mostly
poorer high school students and FGC sympathiser students through the
necessary cramming practice for college entrance exams. This is done
often in dormitories and again with full scholarships. Graduates of the
cramming schools usually go on to become lifelong sympathisers, members
or workers of the movement. The FGC also runs boarding homes
(Isikevi-light houses) for poorer college and high school students who
are then provided with stipends and scholarships. The FGC schools,
cramming schools and Isikevis fall under a centralised organisation. The
FGC schools and educational endeavours are academically thriving
environments and also provide a soft passageway into the movement.
Teachers and FGC member students extoll the virtues of Islam in
non-Muslim countries and virtues of the FGC movement in Muslim
countries, pulling in more members.

A number of wealthy Turks, and many mid- and small-sized business owners
organised under the Turkish Industrialists Confederation (TUSKON), form
the FGC's business arm. The movement also has financial institutions,
including Bank Asya that provides interest-free Islamic banking;
insurance company Isik Sigorta (Light Insurance); and investment arms,
including Asya Finans (Asia Finance), a finance firm. FGC has
think-tanks, including Washington-based Rumi Forum, and is known to be
supporting programmes on Turkey at a number of prominent Washington
think-tanks. Finally, the FGC has global charities, such as Kimse Yok mu
(Is Anybody Out There), which provides disaster relief and religious
giving across the world.



It is possible to think of the FGC structure as three concentric circles
comprising of sympathisers, members and workers. The outermost circle
has sympathisers, including people who attend weekly discussion sessions
held at FGC homes and others, such as the high school students, who
receive FGS services and charity benefits. The middle circle has
members, including businessmen whose donations support the outer
circle's activities, as well as pay for the salaries of the inner
circle. This inner circle includes workers, such as teachers,
journalists, lobbyists and executives who work in FGC schools,
think-tanks, lobby and business groups, and media arms, among others.
The workers are mostly committed members of the movement. Some of them
seem to have joined the FGC through the group's cramming schools, high
schools and boarding homes in the 1970s and the 1980s when Gulen was a
preacher in Turkish mosques. Known as the Altin Nesil (Golden
Generation), this group can be considered Gulenist disciples.

The three circles are enmeshed into one another. For example, FGC
businesses advertise heavily on FGC media, while FGC-owned media runs
human interest stories and profiles of FGC sympathisers, businesses and
schools. FGC members and sympathisers take holidays in FGC-owned hotels
and shop at FGC-owned stores and invest in FGC financial institutions.
Graduates of FGC cramming schools funded by FGC businesses often serve
as teachers in FGC schools overseas. Finally, FGC media, funded by FGC
businesses, reacts sharply to any criticism directed at Fethullah Gulen.

One voice, two messages

The FGC rose to global prominence in the aftermath of the 11 September
2001 attacks in the US. The movement takes pride in promoting tolerance
towards and inter-faith dialogue with Christianity and Judaism, which
are considered by Muslims as faiths of the book - religions recognised
by Islam.

The FGC relays its brand of tolerance and ecumenical dialogue through
conferences at prestigious institutions, FGC and non-FGC alike, as well
as coverage in FGC media and through meetings between Gulen and Jewish
and Christian religious leaders. The FGC takes the Islam-wide
characteristic of tolerance towards Christianity and Judaism, marketing
it as an exclusive trademark of the movement.

The FGC's three messages of ecumenism, interfaith dialogue and tolerance
matured after Gulen left Turkey for the US to escape political
persecution. Since then, the movement has explicitly stayed away from
anti-Americanism, a telltale sign of Islamist movements globally. The
movement's three messages, communicated through English language outlets
such as Today's Zaman have been welcome in the West, including in the US
and the UK. The FGC promotes inter-faith dialogue and ecumenism also in
Turkey, sometimes to the ire of hardline Islamists.

However, the movement's English language outlets serving the West, such
as Today's Zaman, and Turkish language press outlets serving Turkey,
such as Zaman, have different editorial lines on the FGC messages. While
Today's Zaman stays loyal to this message, Zaman often strays away from
it. For example, on 15 October 2008, Zaman ran a news story alleging
that the current global economic downturn started when USD40 billion was
transferred from Lehman Brothers to Israel. Although Zaman and Today's
Zaman are twin papers, this important allegation did not find room in
Today's Zaman. In this regard, examples hinting at two FGC voices, an
external one for the West, and an internal one for Turkey, are plenty.
On 8 November 2008, Zaman ran a story about a Jewish family in Istanbul
that has converted to Islam. The story suggested that the family had
been painfully ostracised from the Turkish Jewish community, casting
that community in an unsympathetic light. That story was also not
featured in Today's Zaman read in the West.

Likewise, the two papers diverged in their coverage of the 2008-09
Israel-Gaza war. On 31 December 2008, Zaman ran a story with the
headline: Children hauling garbage are being targeted with missiles,
while this headline or its story was entirely missing from Today's Zaman
on the same day, or subsequent days.

FGC, AKP and the military

Traditionally, the FGC has supported many political parties and stayed
non-partisan. However, since 2001, following the establishment of the
Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi: AKP), the
movement has provided solid support to the AKP. While this has led many
people to associate the movement with the AKP, that appears to be a
false premise. Although the AKP and FGC both stand for socially
conservative values and mix Islam and politics, they are competing
political organisations. Moreover, there seems to be at least some
ideological competition between the AKP and FGC. The AKP cadres view the
FGC's singular emphasis of ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue as
insincere, while FGC members view the AKP as a coarse movement.

Still, the goal of holding political power in Turkey unites the FGC and
the AKP in an alliance of convenience. For analytical purposes, it could
be said that currently the AKP and the FGC are in a symbiotic
co-existence. The AKP provides the FGC with an important asset, a ruling
party that facilitates the appointment of FGC members to key
bureaucratic positions, as well as the sheltering of FGC institutions.
For example, during his term as Turkey's foreign minister, President
Abdullah Gul issued a classified circular to Turkish diplomatic posts,
encouraging them to attend events at FGC institutions and help such
organisations. Meanwhile, the FGC provides the AKP with money, media
support and voter mobilisation.

Since the AKP came to power in 2002, FGC members and sympathisers are
known to have been appointed to a number of important positions in
Turkish government, including ministries, as well as key positions in
the Turkish police, while many lower level and non-strategic positions
in Emniyet remain in the hands of non-FGC people. In this regard, some
in Turkey believe the FGC controls the technologically apt intelligence
branch of the police, as well as the strategic personnel and overseas
relations departments. The FGC's influence in the Emniyet and a
significant part of Turkish domestic intelligence apparatus is a
contentious issue, challenging the movement's claim to be a spiritual
organisation. Critics and opponents of the FGC and the AKP, even some
top brass in the Turkish military, fear that they are under surveillance
by the FGC through the Turkish police. Giving credit to such claims,
intelligence leaks involving the Turkish military often start in
FGC-owned newspapers, such as Zaman. Meanwhile, some alarmist secular
Turks assert without proof that the FGC is funded by the CIA to promote
moderate Islam in Turkey as well as in Central Eurasia - it is
interesting to note that in 2007, Russia started a crackdown on FGC
infrastructure for its 'extremist' nature.

The FGC has a tense relationship with the Turkish military. Despite its
presence in the Emniyet and across the Turkish bureaucracy, the FGC
lacks representation in the Turkish armed forces. This is because the
Turkish military bi-annually reviews its staff, discharging personnel
associated with Islamist groups and tariqats, most notably the FGC. The
military's hardnosed attitude to FGC members has turned the FGC into its
critic. Since 2007, FGC-owned media has been lambasting the Turkish
military. This media has been prominently featuring allegations against
the military, as well as leaks from Emniyet about the likely involvement
of retired and active duty military personnel in a coup plot against the
AKP government in the Ergenekon case, an investigation of the
clandestine nationalist Ergenekon organisation that is currently being
reviewed in a Turkish court. In July 2008, using intelligence files
leaked from Emniyet, Zaman and other FGC-owned media gave prominent
coverage to Ergenekon-related news, implicating the military's hand in
the alleged coup plot.

Turkey's third force

Lately, while pro-AKP newspapers have shunned criticising the military,
the FGC-owned media continues to take issue with it. This suggests
diverging views of the Turkish military between the AKP and FGC. Whereas
common wisdom suggests thinking of Turkey as a bipolar world of the
'Islamist block' led by the AKP and the 'secularist block' led by the
military, it might be useful to think of Turkey as a three-pronged
country composed of the military, the AKP and the FGC.

The consolidation of political and economic power in the FGC's hands and
the movement's evolving relationship with the AKP and the Turkish
military make such an analytical view more plausible. With its own
growing base, the FGC might soon feel comfortable to rethink its
seven-year symbiotic relationship with the AKP. The FGC seems to want a
bigger share of Turkey. The movement will keep confronting the military
more vigorously until it manages to get its members and sympathisers
into the military.

On the other hand, there are at least some signs that on the eve of
Turkey's nationwide local elections to be held in March 2009, the FGC
might extend limited support to parties other than the AKP in an effort
to re-diversify its political base as a choice political strategy should
the AKP slip politically. However, this does not mean the FGC will burn
bridges with the AKP. Rather, looking at the benefits of a symbiotic
relationship with a powerful political party, the movement will continue
to support the AKP. In fact, in the unlikely event of a future showdown
between the military and the AKP, the FGC would quickly close ranks with
the AKP as it did in 2007 when the military issued a warning against the
AKP on its website.

The FGC is perhaps the best organised grass roots movement in Turkey.
Moreover, the group has a vast social and economic organisation,
intelligence assets, a global network and a message that appeals to the
West, even if that message appears to be mostly for international
consumption. The FGC is effectively a third force in Turkish politics,
and the world will hear a lot about it in the years to come. 

--
C. Emre Dogru
STRATFOR Intern
emre.dogru@stratfor.com
+1 512 226 3111

 

 

tWayne Madsen Report: Erdogan behind "false flag" coup

July 16-18, 2016 -- SPECIAL REPORT. Turkish sources: Erdogan behind "false flag" coup

WMR has been informed by Turkish and foreign intelligence sources inside Turkey that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan staged the July 15 military coup in order to determine what sections of the military would support it. Erdogan, who was never in any real danger of being overthrown by the small group of mid- and lower-ranking military officers who rallied to support the coup, will use the incident as a way to flush out supporters of exiled Turkish charismatic Islamic leader Fethulleh Gulen. 

Turkish sources report that the coup was limited by Erdogan's design from the very start. Although the coup began as a classic military overthrow of a civilian government, with strategic points -- the two cross-Bosporus bridges, the Istanbul international airport, the state broadcast network TRT, and the General Staff headquarters in Ankara -- all being taken by the coup leaders, it was doomed to failure. 

It is still a mystery how the coup leaders, who limited their actions to seizing a few but not all strategic centers, could shut down all social media in Turkey, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. In fact, after Erdogan left his holiday hotel in Marmaris on the Aegean Sea, his plane was reportedly refused landing at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, which was in rebel hands. Erdogan's propaganda operation then began to put out false information that Erdogan, who was in the air on his presidential plane, was seeking asylum in Germany. WMR's sources report that Erdogan's plane never strayed far from Turkish airspace. Although major social media was shut down, Erdogan appeared on FaceTime from his iPhone on CNN Turk, which had not yet been seized by the rebel military forces.

If the coup had been a serious attempt, FaceTime would have been cut off and CNN Turk would have been seized at the same time that TRT was taken over. Also, the state-run Anadolu news agency continued to issue statements from Prime Minister Binali Yildirim claiming that the coup had been put down just after it started. An actual coup would have seen the news agency also shut down.

Erdogan instructed his supporters to take to the streets, in addition to seizing Ataturk airport from the pro-coup military forces. After Erdogan supporters took over the airport, Erdogan landed at the airport during the early morning hours of July 16 to be met by cheering crowds. Generating even more sympathy for himself, Erdogan claimed that his hotel in Marmaris was bombed after he left it for his plane. It would also be in Erdogan's interest to order the bombing of his massive presidential palace in Ankara, again, as a way to garner popular sympathy and support.

Erdogan also held a news conference in which he not only threatened Gulen but his host state of Pennsylvania: "I have a message for Pennsylvania: You have engaged in enough treason against this nation. If you dare, come back to your country." Erdogan substituted Pennsylvania for the name Gulen. However, it is clear that Erdogan, who is used to threatening political leaders in his own country, was referring to Pennsylvania politicians who support Gulen, including senators Bob Casey, a Democrat, and Pat Toomey, a Republican. 

Gulen denied any involvement in the coup. Erdogan has issued an arrest warrant for Gulen and a request to the Obama administration to extradite the cleric to Turkey. An attempt by the U.S. Justice Department to pull Gulen's permanent residency status was forcibly opposed in the U.S. appellate court in Philadelphia by the Central Intelligence Agency. As WMR reported in 2008, "the appeals court ruled that Gulen was 'an alien of extraordinary ability,' a decision that saw approval of Gulen's residency status. Observers of the case suspect the CIA intervened with the court on Gulen's behalf."

Erdogan has already begun a purge of the military and intelligence services. Apparently, the police opted to side with Erdogan. Almost 2000 military officers and conscripts have been arrested by Erdogan's government and the president and Prime Minister Yildirim both stated that the coup participants will be dealt with harshly. Most of the coup participants were from the air force, Army armored units, and military police. It appears that in rounding up coup participants, Erdogan's government is involved in a fish net operation, using the coup as an excuse to also arrest Erdogan critics. The coup attempt was a standard "fly paper" operation, with Erdogan and his allies now seeing which officers attached themselves to the coup.


An actual professional coup would have shut down all social media, including Instagram and FaceTime.

Our sources in Turkey claim that the coup attempt was a false flag operation for a number of reasons:

  • The coup attempt started out as a textbook overthrow but rapidly fell apart. Many in Turkey believe that if such a coup was a serious operation, it would not have dissipated so rapidly.
  • After first claiming they had total control of Turkey, the coup leaders gave up with only token resistance.
  • By closing all lanes on the cross-Bosporus bridges and not keeping one lane open so people could get home from work, the population grew angry at the "coup" and its "leaders."
  • Erdogan's plane landed without incident. In an actual coup, his plane would have been surrounded by the military and he would have been placed under arrest. Or, if the presidential plane insisted on landing against the military's orders, it could have been shot down.
  • Erdogan was met at the airport by a crowd waving brand new Turkish flags, the folds still visible. This is always a sign of George Soros's involvement in themed revolutions, with protesters always waving factory-fresh flags. Some Erdogan supporters were also seen waving brand new flags representing the Muslim separatist group of East Turkestan in western China, a group supported by Soros. Soros's Open Society Institute operates freely in Istanbul and Soros is on friendly terms with Erdogan.
  • Erdogan's government ordered the imams to begin using the minarets to urge people into the streets. In an actual military coup, the minaret speaker systems would have been ordered to remain silent or power would have been cut off to the mosques. Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) supporters were marching in the streets hand-in-hand with imams and other Muslim officials shouting "Allahu Akbar."
  • The Pentagon claims it was surprised by the coup. However, U.S. military officers are attached as NATO liaison officers to the Turkish Defense Ministry and Turkish officers work inside the Pentagon. It is doubtful that such a coup could have been planned by a small group of Turkish officers without the Turkish General Staff and U.S. liaison officers knowing about it.
  • Erdogan's government, on the morning after the coup attempt, ordered the sacking of 2,745 judges.
There were also three military attacks on the Turkish parliament in Ankara. It is very possible that these were carried out by pro-Erdogan military units. Erdogan has been trying to force through a new Constitution for Turkey that would confer even more powers on the president. Erdogan has also seized control of Gulen-owned media, including the newspaper Zaman and he recently suggested that Syrian refugees in Turkey, including a number of jihadists, be granted Turkish citizenship. These moves were met with hostility by Turkey's opposition parties in parliament. By ordering an attack on parliament, Erdogan was sending a not-so-subtle message to the opposition. In the wake of the coup, Erdogan has silenced the political opposition while having messages of support from U.S. president Barack Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel, British prime minister Theresa May, and EU President Donald Tusk, among others.

In orchestrating the coup, Erdogan combined a bit of Adolf Hitler's strategy. Hitler ordered the burning of the Reichstag, blaming it on "Communists," in order to abrogate the German Weimar constitution and grant more powers to himself. By waiting to see who joined the false flag coup, Erdogan also borrowed a page from Hitler after the Operation Valkyrie attempt to kill the fuehrer in a remote control bombing. Hitler waited to address the nation until all the supporters of Valkyrie made themselves known. It was then that Hitler ordered their arrests and executions. Erdogan is now operating as Hitler did in 1944 from East Prussia. Erdogan is ordering the arrests of all those involved in or suspected to have been involved in the coup that was destined to fail. And that makes Erdogan infinitely more dangerous than any actual military junta that would have taken over Turkey to restore secular rule and steer the country away from Erdogan's delusion of Ottoman grandeur.
WMR DC sources: U.S. will never extradite Turkish billionaire to Turkey
January 27-28, 2015 -- DC sources: U.S. will never extradite Turkish billionaire to Turkey

WMR's sources in the Washington, DC foreign press and Congress have informed us that the threat by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to have the United States extradite the self-exiled Pennsylvania-based Turkish billionaire and moderate Islamic religious leader Fethullah Gulen to Turkey is a non-starter.

Although Erdogan intends to have INTERPOL issue an international "Red Notice," or arrest warrant, for Gulen and then seek to have the U.S. Justice Department arrest the Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania resident and extradite him to Turkey, Gulen reportedly has the firm support of "50 members of Congress" who stand ready to fight any attempt by the Obama administration to send the exiled religious and business leader back to Turkey. Among Gulen's chief supporters are Pennsylvania's two Senators, Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Pat Toomey. Also in Gulen's court are Democratic Senators Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Mark Warner of Virginia, and Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Republicans Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Daniel Coats of Indiana. Representatives supporting Gulen include Democrats Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida and Loretta Sanchez of California and Republicans Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Dana Rohrabacher of California.


An emphatic U.S. "no" to Erdogan's request for Fethullah Gulen's [above] extradition

Gulen and Erdogan had been political allies of convenience before Gulen-owned newspapers in Turkey, including Zaman, began criticizing Erdogan's authoritarian and fundamentalist Islamist ways.
 
 
WMR Gulen charges Ergenekon tied to Afghan heroin smuggling and Cheney

April 6-7, 2010 -- Gulen charges Ergenekon tied to Afghan heroin smuggling and Cheney

Dateline Istanbul -- WMR was told by representatives of the charismatic Turkish Islamic leader Fethullah Gulen, currently living in exile in Pennsylvania in the United States, that the wide-ranging Ergenekon "deep state" in Turkey that has permeated the military, media, and judiciary, has funded itself through the trade in heroin from Afghanistan, through Turkey, to the West. The drug smuggling operation, according to the Gulen circles, has been carried out with the participation of the Turkish Worker's Party (PKK), the Kurdish insurgent group often credited with carrying out terrorist attacks in Turkey that were actually, in many cases, done by Turkish intelligence and military agents in the Ergenekon operation.

The Gulen representatives also revealed that it was not possible for the PKK to smuggle drugs from Afghanistan without the active help of the Turkish "police and bureaucracy."

Gulen, who WMR has reported to have had his own close dealings with American intelligence and players in the Turkish bureaucracy, is the leader of an Islamic group that is a hybrid of U.S.-style charismatic evangelism in the mold of Billy Graham but with the extensive media and business holdings in the mode of Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church. Gulen, who preaches love, interfaith dialogue, and non-violence, is a popular figure among the rank-and-file of Turkey.

Gulen fled to the United States in 1997 and was later charged by the Turkish government with running a terrorist network. Gulen denied the charge and the case was dismissed in 2007. The President, Prime Minister, and Justice Minister cleared Gulen of all charges brought against him.

However, Gulen has chosen to remain in the United States. His supporters claim that Gulen has made a concordat with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) and both Gulen and Erdogan realize that any return of Gulen to Turkey will take attention away from the AKP's agenda. Part of that agenda is to eliminate the last vestiges of Ergenekon, a leftover from what the Gulen representatives claim is the Gladio network in Turkey. Gladio was a NATO operation designed to leave armed "stay behind" networks in NATO and neutral European states in the event of a Soviet invasion and occupation. In Italy, West Germany, Belgium and other nations, Gladio networks were discovered to have been involved in several "false flag" terrorist attacks that were later blamed on leftist elements.

On April 5, Turkish police arrested 86 people suspected of being involved in Ergenekon's 2003 plot, code named Operation Sledgehammer, to overthrow Erdogan's government by staging false flag attacks on mosques and shooting down a Turkish jet fighter and blaming the incident on Greece. WMR has learned that Mossad elements were involved heavily in the operation to overthrow Erdogan.

Gulen also believes if he were to return to Turkey, his supporters would be targeted by Ergenekon. Relations between Gulen and Erdogan were not always so close. For example, early in his political career, Erdogan was said by the Gulen representatives to have embraced the Islamic concept of suffering of the oppressed rather than freedom. The Gulen camp believes that the suffering of the oppressed is a concept originating in Saudi Arabia among the Wahhabist branch of Islam. However, Erdogan and Gulen now find themselves on the same page politically and in matters of religious tenets. Gulen believes that the AKP is the only party that defends democratic values and that there is no alternative and that the AKP, which Gulen believes has gravitated to his ideas, now stands alone in defending democratic values.

On August 6, 2009, WMR reported on the deposition of former FBI Turkish translator Sibel Edmonds. In her testimony, Edmonds described Turkey's "Deep State" intelligence apparatus in the United States. WMR reported, "The Turkish Deep State involves shadowy organizations, including the Fetullah Gulen Islamic movement, which was linked to the CIA by Justice Department prosecutors; Ergenekon, a Turkish intelligence operation that is accused of carrying out false flag terrorist attacks in Turkey and which has been linked to Israel's Mossad, and the right-wing Grey Wolves, a group that, along with Ergenekon, appears to have grown out of America's 'Gladio' Cold War-era 'stay behind' network."

There is some background that suggests that the Gulen movement was involved to some degree with the Turkish Deep State. The Gulenists are an outgrowth of the Said Nursi movement. Nursi was another charismatic Islamic figure who preached against materialism but also against communism. During the Cold War, the Nursi sect attracted the attention of the CIA, which found an ally in pushing for Turkey's membership in NATO, CENTO, and participation in the Korean War.

On December 2, 2008, WMR reported: "In polls, some one-third of the Turkish public believe Islamist Nurcu sect charismatic leader Grand Hodja Fethullah Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, is part of a movement that aims to seize control of the Turkish state and a little over a third believe that Gulen is funded by 'international powers.' After he was acquitted in Turkey of attempting to overthrow the secular state with his religious organization, Gulen was first denied a Permanent Resident Card or 'Green Card' to remain in the United States by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania but then an appeals court granted Gulen a Green Card. In October of this year, a federal appellate court found that U.S. immigration authorities improperly rejected Gulen's request for a Green Card. The appeals court ruled that Gulen was 'an alien of extraordinary ability'" a decision that saw approval of Gulen's residency status. Observers of the case suspect the CIA intervened with the court on Gulen's behalf. Gulen's support for the AKP government may be an insurance policy by the CIA to maintain a close relationship with the 'Islamist tendency' AKP government in Ankara. The Bush administration, after seven years of trying to deport Gulen to Turkey, suddenly dropped its opposition to his permanent residency status.The public prosecutor in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) case against Gulen's permanent residency status argued in filed documents that Gulen's movement was financially supported by Saudi Arabia, Iran, the Turkish government, and the 'Central Intelligence Agency.'  The deposition stated that some Ankara businessmen donated up to 70 percent of their income to Gulen's movement."

In discussions in Istanbul on April 5 with members of the Gulen organization, it was revealed that Gulen blames his U.S. green card rejection squarely on then-Vice President Dick Cheney and the Department of Homeland Security, then headed by the pro-Israeli Michael Chertoff. Gulen believes that Cheney, because of his own ties to Ergenekon, put pressure on Homeland Security to reject Gulen's application for the extraordinary talent residency permit. Apparently, Gulen still has enemies in the United States. Since Erdogan's rift with Israel, Gulen has stated that the "neocons and Ergenekon" are giving him trouble.

Gulen appears to have a point. Based on seized Ergenekon documents, Gulen and his movement, since their concordat with Erdogan and the AKP, has figured high on the Ergenekon hit list.

WMR has obtained an English translation of an article that appeared in the Istanbul daily Tarafon June 12, 2009 that outlines Ergenekon's plans to disrupt the Gulen movement (and includes textbook examples of media disinformation and psychological warfare operations campaigns):

APPENDIX III

PLAN TO FINISH OFF AKP AND GÜLEN

Taraf has uncovered a new “Action Plan to Combat Reactionaryism”, which belongs to the Office of the Chief of Staff. According to the plan, emphasis would be made that the officers arrested as part of Ergenekon investigation were “innocent” and propaganda would be staged that AKP has eventually aimed at introducing “a regime taking religious principles as a basis”.

 It is uncovered that the Office of the Chief of Staff has prepared a new action plan titled, “combating reactionaryism”. The plan prepared by Naval Infantry Staff Senior Colonel Dursun Çiçek in April 2009 clearly voices concern over Ergenekon investigation. A call is made to stage actions “before the agenda of Ergenekon investigation is changed” as it is aimed at giving high profile to those news articles that the active and retired officers arrested under Ergenekon have been put in jail just because they were fighting reactionary Islam.

The new plan belonging to the Office of the Chief of Staff, that was seized in the office of Lawyer Serdar Öztürk, a former officer now practicing as a lawyer, who was arrested as part of Ergenekon investigation, were taken down under minutes and are now expected to incorporated into the third indictment on Ergenekon. At the same time, Öztürk was acting as the attorney for Colonel Levent Göktaş, a member of the Special Forces, who was also arrested under Ergenekon.

Support Section Directorate No 3 of the Operations Department in the Office of the Chief of Staff is the new title of the Psychological Warfare Department. Any planning made for the Office of the Chief of is now being executed by this section. The new plan belonging to the Office of the Chief of Staff, that was seized in the office of Lawyer Serdar Öztürk, a former officer now practicing as a lawyer, who was arrested as part of Ergenekon investigation, were taken down under minutes and are now expected to incorporated into the third indictment on Ergenekon.

THE NAME OF THE MILITARY BEING BLACKENED

The part, “Current Status”, of “the Action Plan To Combat Reactionaryism”, which comprises four pages criticizes Ergenekon investigation: “Intensive activities are carried out by the religiously reactionary groups to erode the image of the official institutions of the state, particularly TSK (Turkish Armed Forces) as efforts are under way to blacken the names of retired and active military staff, who have made substantial contributions to TSK, by charging unfounded allegations against them as part of Ergenekon.”

“UNFRIENDLY ELEMENTS” ERODING TSK

The part, “Unfriendly Elements”, of the plan claims that it is aimed at having “a regime based on religious principles” by eroding TSK:

-          TSK is regarded as the sole institution that would prevent their aim of establishing a regime based on religious principles by disbanding Atatürk’s Principles and Revolutions and toppling the secular, democratic and social state of law;

-          They publish any information and documents seized, which erode TSK through the media which support them;

-           They attempt to prove that the meetings of unity and solidarity in which the public has shown intensive interest have been intentionally planned by Ergenekon;

-          It is claimed that TSK cooperates with various terror networks including PKK terror network under Ergenekon roof.

-          False news articles are developed that the top level commanders are Jewish, Armenian, pro-Sebatay, etc.;

-          They broadcast audio and video recordings which they claim belong to TSK staff in order to keep the public opinion pre-occupied and cause information pollution.

“FRIENDLY ELEMENTS” TO BE USED ACCORDING TO A PLAN

The plan prepared by Colonel Çiçek also refers to “the Friendly Elements”, which would be used against reactionary Islam. Here are those “friends”:

-          Propaganda efforts revealing the actual faces of the religiously reactionary groups are carried out via the press and publication organs in an orchestrated manner.

-          Information activities are executed for TSK staff and their members.

-          Those members of the staff, who are believed to have been infiltrated into TSK, and their families are followed and placed under control.

-          Measures are introduced on the issue of computer and document security.

MEDIA ACTION PLAN

TSK ‘INNOCENT’, ALL THE BLAME ON THE RELIGIOUSLY REACTIONARY STAFF MEMBERS

In reference to Ergenekon operation under the part, “Media Activities”, a call is made for preparation of news articles that TSK members are “innocent”:

-          Persons such as İskender Evrenseloğlu and Ömer Öngüt we keep on hold ready for action will be ordered to stage actions and speeches catching public interest and these persons will be identified with other reactionary Islamist groups, particularly FG followers so that the public opinion may establish analogy between any such groups.

-          It will be ensured that any TSK staff members seized or agreeing to disclose would make statements in line with the themes determined by us and that such disclosure would have wide coverage in the press.

-          News articles will be fabricated that TSK staff members arrested under Ergenekon investigation are innocent and that they are slandered just because they effectively fight reactionary Islam. – It will be ensured that figures such as Nurettin Veren would make statements about FG group on TV programs in line with the themes determined by us.

-          By commissioning news articles that as TSK staff members belonging to other religious societies such as Kurdoğlu, etc., are disassociated with TSK, they have been expelled on ground of their affiliation with FG group so that there would be public opinion that FG group  suffered substantial damage.

-          News articles will be commissioned that no action being staged by PKK terrorist organization against any schools, classrooms and hostels in the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia regions as well as in the north of Iraq, which are owned by FG followers is a clear sign of a link between the two networks and also of an agreement between them.

“KURTLAR VADİSİ” MUST BE WRITTEN OFF

-          Series such as “Kurtlar Vadisi” (The Valley of the Wolves), “Kollama” (Protection) and “Tek Türkiye” (The Only Turkey), which are popularly viewed by the public, misleading the public opinion on the current events must suffer loss of reliability by commissioning adverse news articles on them.

-          By ensuring an intensive coverage of images and news articles showing the school students belonging to the National Education Ministry as they practice worshipping, the public image of the National Education Ministry will be degraded.

-          News articles will be commissioned that AKP followers have not given up on their luxurious life styles at a time when the impact of the economic crisis is acutely felt in our country so that the public opinion would be informed of the fact that this situation “conflicts with the Islamic understanding” and further that their approach, “man of the people”, never reflects the reality.

-          By constantly keeping current any news articles about Armenia and Greece, which would lead to public reaction, expansion of the base of the nationalist parties will be ensured. 

PLAN TO FINISH OFF AKP

“WE’VE GOT A DUTY UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, SO LET’S TAKE ACTION NOW”

Noting that a “duty” must be undertaken under the circumstances, the plan says: “to put an end to the hesitancy over this issue by revealing the internal face of the religiously reactionary elements and eradicate public support for such networks. To minimize the impact of the erosive campaigns staged under Ergenekon, to put an end to the negative propagandas carried out against TSK”.

This is followed by the part, “execution”, of the plan and these phrases are used: “Information support activities will be executed to bring out to light the facts on the radical religious groups, particularly AKP government promoting the idea of establishing an Islamic state based on Islamic Law by overthrowing the secular and democratic order and various groups and Fetullah Güven group supporting it, to break the public support and put an end to their activities”.

-          By causing the key communication specialists, who are AKP followers, to make contradictory statements publicly, it will be ensured that there would be public perception that AKP internally experienced serious disagreement and divisions.

THE AGENDA FOR ERGENEKON TO BE CHANGED

According to the plan, there is a requirement that the activities be put into motion in three parts synchronously with each other. The items required to be done are listed by the part, “Planning and General Activities” as follows:

-          The propagandas to be executed will focus on the theme that there is no opposition to religion.

-          Actions: the agenda for Ergenekon case is being changed.  

PART ON FETULLAH GÜLEN

LET’S CONNECT TO LIVE BROADCASTS

-          It will be ensured that by getting connected to any radio and television programs having a high audience under a different identity during live broadcasting, speeches are made under the disguise of a FG follower, commenting like a teased TG follower: “Yes, brother, anybody causing trouble to us is an Ergenekon sympathizer. It is a big duty for us to cause trouble to them. Nobody would be capable of dealing with us”.

LET’S DO “BLACK PROPAGANDA”

The conclusive part of the plan covers “Black Propaganda Activities”. Here is that part:

-          Voice recordings which would be identified as having been broadcast by the religiously reactionary elements and cause listeners to find us justifiable will be arranged in order to create information pollution over the issue of voice recordings which have recently led to considerable repercussions.

-          It shall be ensured that any staff members captured by fabricating cause publicly in connection with various information and documents would provide statements that they were FG followers and once such staff members were made public by the press, news articles shall be ordered about their morally negative aspects.

-          It will be ensured with regard to the staff members as identified above that by identifying as their closest associates the most negative person in their circle of friends no matter that person is an ordinary figure, there would be a belief that this was actually the internal face of FG followers.

-          It will be ensured that any objects associated with any elements (Jews, CIA, MOSSAD, Moon Sect, Houmeini, etc.) through which a link is intended to be established with FG followers, apart from any weapons and munitions there, would be on the same location  by causing house raids to be staged on the basis of tips.

-          It will be ensured that information and documents rekindling the Anti-Alawite feelings would be present in such houses as part of house raids.

-          It will be ensured that there would be public opinion that FG group suffered substantial damage by commissioning news articles that any TSK members having association with religious societies such as Kurdoğlu, etc., have been expelled from service solely on ground of their association with FG group at the time when they would be disassociated with TSK.

The theme, “Fettullah Güven (FG) followers have gotten out of control, directly attacking TSK”, will be covered; in this scope, campaigns will be staged causing the citizens to comment: “This is beyond the limit! We are Muslim like them but FG followers are obviously making provocation to attack TSK”.

-          Campaigns will be staged tipping on any religiously reactionary officers and non commissioned officers carrying out reactionary activities, who are in the category of objectionable / suspicious staff members and consequently, news articles will be commissioned about their morally negative aspects.

-          By developing frightening propaganda against any other reactionary TSK staff members who could not be identified under the operation made against reactionary TSK staff members, it will be ensured that such persons would be uncovered by forcing them to make mistakes or would give in voluntarily.

-          By ensuring that material such as weapons, munitions, plans, etc., would be found as part of the “Işık Evleri” raids to be made under military offenses in line with forming an armed terror network, FG group would be categorized under an “Armed Terror Network” or “Pro-Fettullah Armed Terror Network” (FSTÖ), with any investigation thereof being carried out under the military judiciary.

-          The issue of moderate Islamist will be particularly emphasized, with the fact that FG followers act under the US guidance and that they aim to degrade the core of Islam being voiced intensively.  

PLAN TO FINISH OFF FETTULLAH GÜLEN

It is now uncovered that the Office of the Chief of Staff has prepared a new action plan titled, “combat reactionaryism”.  The new plan belonging to the Office of the Chief of Staff, that was seized in the office of Lawyer Serdar Öztürk, a former officer now practicing as a lawyer, who was arrested as part of Ergenekon investigation, were taken down under minutes and are now expected to incorporated into the third indictment on Ergenekon. At the same time, Öztürk was acting as the attorney for Colonel Levent Göktaş, a member of the Special Forces, who was also arrested under Ergenekon.

The conclusive part of the plan covers “Black Propaganda Activities”. Here is that part:

-          Voice recordings which would be identified as having been broadcast by the religiously reactionary elements and cause listeners to find us justifiable will be arranged in order to create information pollution over the issue of voice recordings which have recently led to considerable repercussions.

-          It shall be ensured that any staff members captured by fabricating cause publicly in connection with various information and documents would provide statements that they were FG followers and once such staff members were made public by the press, news articles shall be ordered about their morally negative aspects.

-          It will be ensured with regard to the staff members as identified above that by identifying as their closest associates the most negative person in their circle of friends no matter that person is an ordinary figure, there would be a belief that this was actually the internal face of FG followers.

-          It will be ensured that any objects associated with any elements (Jews, CIA, MOSSAD, Moon Sect, Houmeini, etc.) through which a link is intended to be established with FG followers, apart from any weapons and munitions there, would be on the same location  by causing house raids to be staged on the basis of tips.

-          It will be ensured that information and documents rekindling the Anti-Alawite feelings would be present in such houses as part of house raids.

-          It will be ensured that there would be public opinion that FG group suffered substantial damage by commissioning news articles that any TSK members having association with religious societies such as Kurdoğlu, etc., have been expelled from service solely on ground of their association with FG group at the time when they would be disassociated with TSK.

The theme, “Fettullah Güven (FG) followers have gotten out of control, directly attacking TSK”, will be covered; in this scope, campaigns will be staged causing the citizens to comment: “This is beyond the limit! We are Muslim like them but FG followers are obviously making provocation to attack TSK”.

-          Campaigns will be staged tipping on any religiously reactionary officers and non commissioned officers carrying out reactionary activities, who are in the category of objectionable / suspicious staff members and consequently, news articles will be commissioned about their morally negative aspects.

-          By developing frightening propaganda against any other reactionary TSK staff members who could not be identified under the operation made against reactionary TSK staff members, it will be ensured that such persons would be uncovered by forcing them to make mistakes or would give in voluntarily.

-          By ensuring that material such as weapons, munitions, plans, etc., would be found as part of the “Işık Evleri” raids to be made under military offenses in line with forming an armed terror network, FG group would be categorized under an “Armed Terror Network” or “Pro-Fettullah Armed Terror Network” (FSTÖ), with any investigation thereof being carried out under the military judiciary.

-          The issue of moderate Islamist will be particularly emphasized, with the fact that FG followers act under the US guidance and that they aim to degrade the core of Islam being voiced intensively. The religiously fundamentalist media will not be allowed to cover this subject.

LET’S CONNECT TO LIVE BROADCASTS

-          It will be ensured that by getting connected to any radio and television programs having a high audience under a different identity during live broadcasting, speeches are made under the disguise of a FG follower, commenting like a teased TG follower: “Yes, brother, anybody causing trouble to us is an Ergenekon sympathizer. It is a big duty for us to cause trouble to them. Nobody would be capable of dealing with us”. 

HERE IS THE “PLAN TO FINISH OFF AKP”

“WE’VE GOT A DUTY UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, SO LET’S TAKE ACTION NOW”

Noting that a “duty” must be undertaken under the circumstances, the plan says: “to put an end to the hesitancy over this issue by revealing the internal face of the religiously reactionary elements and eradicate public support for such networks. To minimize the impact of the erosive campaigns staged under Ergenekon, to put an end to the negative propagandas carried out against TSK”.

This is followed by the part, “execution”, of the plan and these phrases are used: “Information support activities will be executed to bring out to light the facts on the radical religious groups, particularly AKP government promoting the idea of establishing an Islamic state based on Islamic Law by overthrowing the secular and democratic order and various groups and Fetullah Güven group supporting it, to break the public support and put an end to their activities”.

-          By causing the key communication specialists, who are AKP followers, to make contradictory statements publicly, it will be ensured that there would be public perception that AKP internally experienced serious disagreement and divisions.

AGENDA FOR ERGENEKON TO BE CHANGED

According to the plan, there is a requirement that the activities be put into motion in three parts synchronously with each other. The items required to be done are listed by the part, “Planning and General Activities” as follows:

-          The propagandas to be executed will focus on the theme that there is no opposition to religion.

-          Actions: the agenda for Ergenekon case is being changed.

-          News articles will be commissioned that AKP followers have not given up on their luxurious life styles at a time when the impact of the economic crisis is acutely felt in our country so that the public opinion would be informed of the fact that this situation “conflicts with the Islamic understanding” and further that their approach, “man of the people”, never reflects the reality.

 

 

HERE IS THE ACTION PLAN FOR MEDIA UNDER THE PLAN

TSK INNOCENT, ALL THE BLAME ON THE REACTIONARY STAFF MEMBERS

In reference to Ergenekon operation under the part, “Media Activities”, a call is made for preparation of news articles that TSK members are “innocent”:

-          Persons such as İskender Evrenseloğlu and Ömer Öngüt we keep on hold ready for action will be ordered to stage actions and speeches catching public interest and these persons will be identified with other reactionary Islamist groups, particularly FG followers so that the public opinion may establish analogy between any such groups.

-          It will be ensured that any TSK staff members seized or agreeing to disclose would make statements in line with the themes determined by us and that such disclosure would have wide coverage in the press.

-          News articles will be fabricated that TSK staff members arrested under Ergenekon investigation are innocent and that they are slandered just because they effectively fight reactionary Islam. – It will be ensured that figures such as Nurettin Veren would make statements about FG group on TV programs in line with the themes determined by us.

-          By commissioning news articles that as TSK staff members belonging to other religious societies such as Kurdoğlu, etc., are disassociated with TSK, they have been expelled on ground of their affiliation with FG group so that there would be public opinion that FG group  suffered substantial damage.

-          News articles will be commissioned that no action being staged by PKK terrorist organization against any schools, classrooms and hostels in the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia regions as well as in the north of Iraq, which are owned by FG followers is a clear sign of a link between the two networks and also of an agreement between them.

“KURTLAR VADİSİ” MUST BE WRITTEN OFF

-          Series such as “Kurtlar Vadisi” (The Valley of the Wolves), “Kollama” (Protection) and “Tek Türkiye” (The Only Turkey), which are popularly viewed by the public, misleading the public opinion on the current events must suffer loss of reliability by commissioning adverse news articles on them.

-          By ensuring an intensive coverage of images and news articles showing the school students belonging to the National Education Ministry as they practice worshipping, the public image of the National Education Ministry will be degraded.

-          News articles will be commissioned that AKP followers have not given up on their luxurious life styles at a time when the impact of the economic crisis is acutely felt in our country so that the public opinion would be informed of the fact that this situation “conflicts with the Islamic understanding” and further that their approach, “man of the people”, never reflects the reality.

-          By constantly keeping current any news articles about Armenia and Greece, which would lead to public reaction, expansion of the base of the nationalist parties will be ensured.


WMR Gulen movement backing East Turkestanis

September 22-23, 2009 -- Gulen movement backing East Turkestanis

U.S. and Asian intelligence sources report on close ties between the Uighur separatist movement and U.S. intelligence, including the CIA-supported Turkish Islamist charismatic leader Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based leader of an Islamist business and educational empire that extends from Turkey through central Asia.

A U.S. intelligence source reports that in 1998, Gulen, who fled Turkey that year for exile in the United States, and Anwar Yusuf Turani, set up the East Turkestan government-in-exile at the U.S. State Department with the support of the CIA, as well as the State Department. The East Turkestan movement wants the Chinese Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) to be an independent Muslim state.

The detention of 22 Uighur separatists by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and their transfer to Guantanamo Bay was a political and intelligence embarassment for the CIA and State Department, which covertly support the Uighur independence movement. The State Department and CIA put pressure on Albania, Palau, Bermuda, and Switzerland to accept the Uighurs from detention in Guantanamo.

WMR has also learned that Rebiya Kadeer, a former member of the Chinese Communist Party Politburo who now lives in exile in McLean, Virginia in the shadow of the CIA headquarters, has been padding her CIA-supplied payroll with non-existent Uighurs. The CIA launders its financial support for Kadeer, known as the "mother of all Uighurs," through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which is funded by the Congress with taxpayers' money.

The Uighurs and their friends in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and in U.S. and Israeli intelligence are also reportedly using the volatile Burmese-Chinese border to funnel poppy resin into China for opium production. The operation is designed to fund covert East Turkestani operations in China and, as a side benefit, set the stage for a "Third Opium War."

The CIA has also apparently borrowed a page from the Mossad's playbook. WMR has been told by our intelligence sources in Beijing that a number of CIA covert operatives are flooding the Chinese capital posing as "art experts" selling fake art. In the months prior to 9/11, Israeli Mossad agents, posing as "art students" selling art door-to-door, were involved in casing a number of government and business facilities throughout the United States and appeared to be coordinating their efforts with some of the 9/11 hijackers. Other CIA operatives in Beijing are reportedly posing as professional photographers and even journalists.

WMR Mossad unleashed: Implicated in a coup plot in Turkey, a NATO country; CIA fingerprints also found on attempt.

December 2, 2008 -- Mossad unleashed: Implicated in a coup plot in Turkey, a NATO country; CIA fingerprints also found on attempt.

Fresh from revelations, reported by WMR, that Israel's Mossad and Chabad House-based criminal syndicates were targets in a criminal gangland retribution attack by a notorious Muslim gang in Mumbai, comes word that Mossad has, once again, been implicated in an intelligence and criminal network, this time in Turkey. What makes this latest example of Israel's failure to stem the criminal activities of its intelligence service and criminal syndicates worse is that Turkey, unlike Israel, is a NATO ally of the United States and, therefore, the United States is bound by treaty to protect NATO allies from aggression by non-NATO states, including Israel.

The Turkish and other Middle East media is reporting that the Mossad has been fingered in connection with a right-wing Turkish criminal and intelligence gang known as Ergenekon that stands accused of attempting to overthrow Turkey's democratically-elected Justice and Development (AKP) Party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul. Several Turkish papers have named a Turkish rabbi, Tuncay Guney, aka Daniel T. Guney and Daniel Levi and code-named "Ipek" or "Silk," as having served as a double agent for the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) tasked with infiltrating the shadowy but powerful "state within a state" group Ergenekon. Guney had been arrested by Turkish authorities in 2001 for distributing fake drivers' licenses and phony license plates for luxury cars. A document recently uncovered by the Turkish press revealed that Guney had also infiltrated a police intelligence unit (JITEM) working with Ergenekon to destabilize Turkey. Guney was exfiltrated to the United States and he now heads up the B'nai Yaakov Synagogue and Community Center in Toronto, Canada. Guney has denied that he has been an agent for Israel, Turkey or the United States but the MIT has confirmed the document identifying Guney as an agent for MIT is authentic.

The Turkish daily Hurriyethas reported that Guney served in MIT's Counter-terrorism Unit (CTU) and in the MIT unit that monitors Iran. Hurriyet also reported that Guney had developed a contact at the Iranian consulate in Istanbul, Muhsin Karger, the consulate's political affairs undersecretary.

Guney also has claimed to be a journalist and it is also alleged that he was a member of the PKK. Silvyo Ovaydo, the leader of the Turkish Jewish community, called Guney a fraudulent rabbi and said he was not even registered as a rabbi at the B'nai Yaakov synagogue in Toronto. Guney is said to have once worked for Islamist media organizations in Turkey but suddenly converted to Judaism and became an "instant rabbi" in Toronto.

At the heart of the Ergenekon story lies Mossad and its reported attempts to turn Turkey into another Lebanon or West Bank/Gaza, a country wracked by internal strife and constant warfare that would usher into power a strong right-wing military dictatorship. In the trial of one of the accused murderers of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, the lawyer for one of the accused murderers asked another accused murderer, Erhan Tuncel, a one-time police informer like Guney,  if he had an Israeli girlfriend. Tuncel refused to answer the question, citing an invasion of his privacy. However, it was clear that what the lawyer was driving at was a Mossad connection to the murder of Dink, a murder that was being pinned on Turkish anti-Armenian nationalists by the corporate and heavy Israeli Lobby-influenced media in the West.

When 89 suspects were named in a 2455-page indictment by a criminal court in Istanbul last July, many retired Turkish army officers, the neocon network, especially in Washington, which is their major citadel, along with Jerusalem and London, began to throw cold water and the term "conspiracy theory" around charges in the Turkish indictment that Ergenekon played a major role in the formation of several Turkish terrorist groups to disrupt Turkish politics, including the illegal Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Turkish Hizbollah (Party of God), the Marxist-Leninist People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C), and the little-known Islamic Great East Raiders Front (IBDA-C). The neocon Jamestown Foundation in Washington called the indictment's links between Turkish military elements and radical terrorists a "conspiracy theory." Organizations like Jamestown have no other choice. If it was also proven, as it was in Turkey, that various terrorist groups like "Al Qaeda," "Deccan Mujaheddin," and others exist courtesy of the nurturing and support by American, Israeli, and other Western military-intelligence structures, groups like Jamestown would lose their reasons for existence -- to make propaganda and receive funding in order to keep the terrorist bogeymen, the actual "Emmanuel Godsteins," alive.

Guney is reported to be the 86th suspect in the indictment of Ergenekon. Guney is believed to have revealed the initial detaled information on the existence of Ergenekon in order to avoid being charged in the case.

The involvement of extreme right-wing Turkish military and intelligence officials and Turkish organized crime networks, with Mossad and, possibly, CIA agents acting in concert with a suspected CIA-funded Turkish Islamic charismatic madrassaand Islamic centers chief named Fethullah Gulen -- whose activities parallel to pan-Turkic/Eurasianist (re: George Soros) goals of Ergenekon -- is similar to the scenario now playing out in India where a little known group called "Deccan Mujaheddin" may have been created as a ruse by Indian right-wing military and intelligence officers, allied with Mossad and CIA agents, to sow discord in India and bring about a right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena Hindu government.

Gulen owns a number of media and business interests in Turkey and runs Islamic centers throughout central Asia and even in Russia.

In polls, some one-third of the Turkish public believe Islamist Nurcu sect charismatic leader Grand Hodja Fethullah Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, is part of a movement that aims to seize control of the Turkish state and a little over a third believe that Gulen is funded by "international powers." After he was acquitted in Turkey of attempting to overthrow the secular state with his religious organization, Gulen was first denied a Permanent Resident Card or "Green Card" to remain in the United States by the U.S. Distrrict Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania but then an appeals court granted Gulen a Green Card. In October of this year, a federal appellate court found that U.S. immigration authorities improperly rejected Gulen's request for a Green Card. The appeals court ruled that Gulen was "an alien of extraordinary ability," a decision that saw approval of Gulen's residency status. Observers of the case suspect the CIA intervened with the court on Gulen's behalf. Gulen's support for the AKP government may be an insurance policy by the CIA to maintain a close relationship with the "Islamist tendency" AKP government in Ankara. The Bush administration, after seven years of trying to deport Gulen to Turkey, suddenly dropped its opposition to his permanent residency status.

The public prosecutor in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) case against Gulen's permanent residency status argued in filed documents that Gulen's movement was financially supported by Saudi Arabia, Iran, the Turkish government, and the "Central Intelligence Agency."  The deposition stated that some Ankara businessmen donated up to 70 percent of their income to Gulen's movement.

If Gulen's operations are funded by the CIA that means the "Agency" may be linked to Ergenekon. With the U.S. having a mutual defense treaty with Turkey's recognized government that puts the CIA potentially in violation of U.S. law. And Israel's connections with Ergenekon means that the United States is bound by treaty to protect its ally Turkey from Israeli covert or overt aggression.

There is an element of "McCarthyism" in the Ergenekon case. Some well-meaning officials have been subjected to being tainted by the broad brush of being associated with Ergenekon. One is Asil Serdar Sacan, the former head of the Istanbul organized crime department who was the first to confiscate documents on Ergenekon in 2001 and broadened his investigation to include both Ergenekon and the Gulen organization. Sacan, who investigated the murder of Turkey's "King of Casinos" Omer Lutfu Topol, successfully beat attempts to smear him, being acquitted of 36 criminal charges brought against him and being reinstated six times to his police position. Sacan is currently in jail as an Ergenekon suspect but his only "crime" appears to have exposed Guney as a possible triple agent for the MIT, Mossad, and CIA. In 2001, Guney was spirited out of Turkey thanks to an agreement between MIT's undersecretary Senkal Atasagun and the CIA. Guney was given a 10-year U.S. visa thanks to the CIA's intervention.

In fact, Ergenekon and its "deep state" players in Turkey and Shiv Sena and its extremist Hindu "deep state" allies in India, backed by elements of Mossad and the CIA, appears to be a replay of the CIA's secret "Gladio" network in Europe that placed weapons caches in the hands of fascists and neo-Nazis groups to take up arms in the event of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe.

The use of "false flag" terrorist attacks in Western Europe by Gladio units were blamed on Communists in an effort to forestall Communist-Socialist coalition governments in Western Europe, particularly in Italy and France.

Similarly, Ergenekon stands accused of inciting conflicts between Turks and Kurds to create anarchy in the country with the aim of having Ergenekon seizing control of the Turkish government and re-cementing close ties with the United States and Israel.

In 2004, Ergenekon attempted three military coups against the AKP govenment They were code-named Eldiven (The Glove"), Sarikiz ("The Blond Girl"), and Ayisigi ("Moonlight').

Ergenekon has been cagily kept off the newspaper pages and TV news screens in the United States. To investigate Ergenekon and Gulen in Turkey is to peel away at an onion that could expose some other "unpleasantness" for certain quarters.

On January 10, 2007, WMR reported: "According to Federal law enforcement sources, two influential businessmen -- Turkish Sunni Muslim Fetullahci charismatic leader Fetullah Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania after being acquitted in Turkey in 2006 of plotting against the secular republic, and Saudi BMI Islamic investment chief investor Yasin Qadi, a major investor in Turkey who was named in October 2001 by President Bush as a Special Designated Global Terrorist -- were both involved with the CIA in the late 1990s in funneling weapons and other support to the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), an Albanian terrorist group operating in the former Yugoslavia. The KLA was allied with the Clinton administration and supported by leading neo-cons such as Richard Perle, whose lobbying firm, International Advisers, Inc., counts Turkey as its major client. Gulen's books have been translated into Albanian. BMI's founder, Soliman Biheiri, also helped to start PTech, a Braintree, Massachusetts-based firm that had active software contracts with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Pentagon on 9/11. PTech's offices were raided by Federal authorities in December 2002 after it came under suspicion for terrorist financing.  Qadi is suspected of using a series of northern Virginia-based businesses and charities to fund 'Al Qaeda' activities in Bosnia. Osama Bin Laden was granted a special passport by the Bosnian government in 1993. Qadi was reportedly a business partner of Turkish businessman Cuneyd Zapsu, an adviser to the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's Justice and Reconciliation Party (Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi, AKP)."

The dramatic revelations about Ergenekon coming out of Turkey also points to the reasons why the neocons in Washington were keen to stymie the work of FBI Turkish translator Sibel Edmonds and the CIA's non-official cover agent Valerie Plame Wilson, both of whom had smuggling and other activities in Turkey high on their priority lists. On January 18, 2008, WMR reported: "WMR has learned that former CIA covert agent Valerie Plame Wilson, whose covert status was leaked by the Bush White House, and former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, who was focused on a major covert network involving Turkish, Israeli, and key members of the Bush administration and Republican Party and weapons and drug smuggling, were essentially looking at the same network. The nexus of Turkey with both the covert CIA Brewster Jennings and Associates operations and the Turkish-Israeli network of influence active within the Defense and State Departments, is the key factor in understanding the complicated counter-espionage operation conducted by both the FBI and CIA." It now appears that the Washington-connected criminal network being looked at by Edmonds and Plame was, in fact, closely linked to the Ergenekon network in Turkey.

WMR's January 18, 2008 report continued: "Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald was also, according to our sources, well aware of the massive conspiracy to cover-up the smuggling of weapons of mass destruction components from former Soviet Central Asian states, as well as Ukraine, Moldova, and Ukraine, to the international weapons bazaar. The Abdul Qadeer Khan (A Q Khan) network based in Pakistan was a major beneficiary of the weapons smuggling operation that used Turkey as a pass-through. Rather than expand his investigation, Fitzgerald demurred on looking at the activities of the American Turkish Council, Turkey's influential lobbying group in Washington, and its parallel symbiotic organization, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Turkey and Israel are close military and intelligence partners."

Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin has called on President-elect Barack Obama to re-appoint Fitzgerald as U.S. Attorney for Northern Ilinois. If Obama does so, it means that the network being investigated by Edmonds and Plame, one that stretches to Ergenekon and the Gulen network in Turkey, has its hooks deep into the future Obama administration.

 
 

 

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  • Antiwar "Edmonds draws a picture of a three-sided alliance consisting of Turkish, Pakistani, and Israeli agents who coordinated efforts to milk U.S. nuclear secrets and technology, funneling the intelligence stream to the black market nuclear network set up by the Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan. The multi-millionaire Pakistani nuclear scientist then turned around and sold his nuclear assets to North Korea, Libya, and Iran.
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  • notes: Nuclear black market smuggling ring:  Sibel Edmonds has broken the photos into three different groups. The first group contains current and former Pentagon and State Department officials. Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Eric Edelman, Marc Grossman, Brent Scowcroft, Larry Franklin, The second group is current and former congressmen, Dennis Hastert - Ex-House Speaker (R-Il), Roy Blunt - ( R, Mo), Dan Burton - (R - IN), Tom Lantos - (D- CA), Bob Livingston - ex-Speaker of the House (R-LA), Stephen Solarz (D-Ny), The 3rd group includes people who all appear to work at think tanks - primarily WINEP, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Graham E. Fuller - RAND, David Makovsky - WINEP, Alan Makovsky - WINEP, Yusuf Turani (President-in-exile, Turkistan), Professor Sabri Sayari (Institute of Turkish Studies, Georgetown, WINEP), Mehmet Eymur (Former head Turkish counter-terrorism, MIT) source: LetSibelEdmondsSpeak

  • WMR  March 15-16, 2012 -- Stratfor emails confirm WMR report on PKK-Mossad alliance    ....   In a Stratfor email released by WikiLeaks on March 14, the private intelligence company is found confirming a WMR report made the same month that Israel's was supprting activities in Turkey by the terrorist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).   ...  The Stratfor report was made by Yerevan Saeed, Stratfor's Turkish source, in an email dated June 5, 2010.   ...   The Stratfor report states: Source: PKK close associate and advisor    ...  Source credibility: Really new ...   Distribution: Mesa, Analysts    ...  Source handler: Yerevan    ...   Last night, I met a close PKK associate who is from Iraq, but works for the PKK as advisor. we had a chat about the current situaion in Turkey and the Flotilla in Gaza. He said some interesting staff about PKK and Israel role in the recent demonstrations in Southeast Turkey.    ...   He told me that Israel is doing everything possible to make noises in Turkey via Kurdish channels to bring up Kurdish issue to the eyes of the international community in the hope of reducing the public relation cam paign agianst [sic] it by Turkey. He said that the Kurds are Israel's only option at the moment to put pressure on Turkey.    ...   The source said, there will be more dmonstrations [sic] and protests in Turkey at the present time.    ...   But linking Israel to the PKK's propaganda efforts was as far as the Stratfor report went. There was nothing to indicate that Stratfor picked up or was willing to report WMR's first-hand reports from Turkish intelligence sources that the Mossad was directly supporting PKK terrorist activities in Turkey. Saeed followed up his initial report about Israeli-PKK propaganda coordination with the following about his conversation with his PKK source:    ...   "I asked him [the PKK source] if there is a real relations between PKK and Israel. he said he does not know, but PKK is happy about the current situation happening between Israel and the PKK."    ...   Stratfor was either skittish about reporting on Mossad involvement with terrorism because it feared alienating its customer base, including its several pro-Israel corporate media customers, or because Stratfor's founder and CEO, George Friedman, boasts that bhis children are graduates of yeshiva schools and that he is the son of Holocaust survivoirs from Hungary and Stratfor's intelligence assets are loathe to criticize Israel in their intelligence drops. In a February 18, 2010 issue of the Jewish on-line magazine Tablet, Friedman says he views the world through the prism of his Jewishness, adding, "We lost two temples.”    ...   With such tainted intelligence that leaves Israel off the hook for all of its dubious intelligence activities, it is clear that Stratfor's customers were being fed "Made in Israel" intelligence. Biased intelligence that was salt and peppered by Israeli propaganda is what landed the United States in protracted and bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.    ...   A few days after the Stratfor report on Israel and the PKK, WMR reported the following on June 11, 2010: "Turkish military officials also suspect that Mossad has been assisting Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) guerillas in attacks on Turkish military units inside Turkey. On May 31, almost simultaneous to the Israeli attack on the [Gaza] aid flotilla, PKK guerillas, using RPG-7 rockets and more sophisticated long-range weapons, attacked a vehicle carrying Turkish navy personnel to the naval base at Iskenderun in Hatay province in southeastern Turkey. Six Turkish sailors were killed in the attack.    ...   Hours earlier, the PKK attacked a Turkish unit in the town of Cukurca in Hakkari province, along the border with Iraq. The PKK guerrillas are supported by Israeli covert operations teams in Iraqi Kurdistan, which Israel considers is safe haven from which to operate.    ...   PKK-Mossad operations have long been suspected by Turkey. One staunch believer is the Deputy Chief of the Turkish General Staff, General Aslan Guner. WMR has also learned that after the Israeli attack on the aid flotilla and suspicions that Israel is behind recent PKK attacks on Turkish military units inside Turkey, the percentage of anti-Israeli sentiment in the Turkish military is higher than that of the general public, which itself is at an all-time high."    ...   Professional intelligence reports, just like news reports, cannot afford to be slanted or tainted by religious beliefs. WMR reported the actual PKK-Mossad ties because its editor has not "lost two temples," and even if he had, would certainly not obsess over it.
  • wmr January 5, 2010 -- Judge's order to seize COSMIC documents sends Turkey's "Deep State" into crisis   ...   WayneMadsenReport January 5, 2010 -- Judge's order to seize COSMIC documents sends Turkey's "Deep State" into crisis Turkey's "Deep State" of military, intelligence, and law enforcement officers, linked to the CIA and Israel's Mossad through the Ergenekon network of spies and "false flag" operatives, has been shaken over the decision of Ankara Judge Kadir Kayan to order NATO COSMIC Top Secret rooms at the Turkish Special Forces Command's Tactical Mobilization Group in Ankara to be searched by civilian prosecutors and police. "COSMIC" is a NATO classification and the investigation of the shadowy Ergenekon network has turned up evidence that COSMIC documents may contain proof that Turkey's Special Operations forces were planning to assassinate top Turkish political leaders, including Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc. There are also reports that the Turkish military, with the support of the United States and Israel, was planning a military coup against President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish leaders have been highly critical of Israel's bloody invasion of Gaza, code named "Cast Lead," and Washington's call for increased sanctions on Iran. The documents seized by prosecutors and police may also show that the CIA's "Gladio" networks, so-called "stay behind networks" established in NATO and neutral countries during the Cold War to coordinate sabotage in the event of a Soviet invasion and occupation, may have continued in Turkey and serves as the core component of Ergenekon. Some of the seized NATO COSMIC Top Secret documents involve the operations of Gendarmarie Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism Organization (JITEM), which was composed of Turkish special operations forces and police who carried out assassinations of academics, Kurdish politicians, and even fellow military personnel in terrorist attacks that were blamed on the Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK), deemed a "terrorist" organization by Turkey and the United States. What dark secrets of false flag terrorist attacks and assassinations are contained in Turkish NATO Cosmic documents? The documents may also reveal the involvement of the CIA, as well as top Turkish military and MIT intelligence personnel in the 1978 assassination of Turkish prosecutor Dogan Oz. Oz was the first prosecutor to investigate the CIA's Gladio operations in Turkey. Since the investigation of the NATO COSMIC Top Secret documents began, prosecutor Mustafa Bilgili and Judge Kayan have received death threats. WMR has also learned that some of the COSMIC Top Secret documents seized in Turkey point to an American "Deep State" Pentagon counterpart to the Turkish Ergenekon network. Former FBI Turkish translator Sibel Edmonds spoke of this network being uncovered by wiretaps of U.S. political leaders and Turkish lobbyists in the United States.
  • Just a Citizen, Sibel Edmonds: "... the same qualities and characteristics which make Turkey an important ally and strategic partner for the nation states, make it extremely crucial and attractive to global criminal networks active in transferring illegal arms and nuclear technology to rogue states; in transporting Eastern Narcotics, mainly from Afghanistan through the Central Asian states into Turkey, where it is processed, and then through the Balkan states into Western Europe and the U.S.; and in laundering the proceeds of these illegal operations via its banks and those on the neighboring island of Cyprus.
  • WayneMadsenReport "Turkish spy ring also intersects with Israeli espionage ring  ....   The Sunday Times of London featured a recent article about a link between the Turkish espionage ring in the US State and Defense Departments and the outing in 2001 of former CIA covert agent Valerie Plame Wilson's Brewster Jennings & Associates non-official cover energy consultancy by the very same Turkish intelligence and influence-peddling ring that also involved former US ambassador to Turkey and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Marc Grossman. This was first reported in 2006 by WMR. Based on information WMR has received from knowledgeable Pentagon sources, this Turkish espionage ring also included the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) espionage ring and convicted former Defense Intelligence Agency officer Larry Franklin.   .....    Not only was Franklin convicted of passing classified information, including Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), to two AIPAC officials who then passed the information to a Mossad officer assigned to the Israeli embassy in Washington, but Franklin was also closely linked to then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. It was Rumsfeld's closest ally in the Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney, who, after Grossman reportedly leaked Brewster Jennings' cover to Turkish intelligence operatives in 2001, ordered the "work up" on Plame's husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson. Cheney's order ultimately resulted in Grossman preparing a report on Plame and Wilson and Plame's covert role within the CIA.   .......   On August 10, 2006, WMR reported: "Larry Franklin, the Pentagon Office of Special Plans Iran and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) analyst and reserve Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who was temporarily posted at the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, served as a virtual personal liaison for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, according to U.S. intelligence sources who have spoken to WMR. Franklin, who pleaded guilty to passing classified information, including CIA Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), to two America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) officials who passed the information to an Israeli embassy Mossad agent, was sentenced to twelve years and seven months in prison and a $10,000 fine in January. The two AIPAC employees, Steven Rosen and Keith Weisman, were indicted for illegally receiving classified information. Franklin and other neo-con cell members -- Harold Rhode and Michael Ledeen -- conducted secret negotiations with the knowledge of Rumsfeld and Pentagon policy chief Douglas Feith -- with the Iranian government through the offices of Iran-Contra co-conspirator Manucher Ghorbanifar."
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  •  History Commons "The Sunday Times runs a series of articles about FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, detailing allegations made by Edmonds about Turkish and US involvement in the A. Q. Khan nuclear smuggling ring, as well as money laundering, drugs, and conventional weapons. Some allegations made by Edmonds were previously discussed in the press, but many remained secret; she divulges more to Sunday Times now because, after having unsuccessfully attempted to pursue her case through the courts and Congress, she has become “disillusioned with the US authorities’ failure to act.” Allegations against State Department and Pentagon Officials - The allegations center on an unnamed former high-ranking State Department official, who is said to have received money from Turkish nuclear smugglers, and on other household names who served at the Pentagon. Edmonds says, “He [the State Department official] was aiding foreign operatives against US interests by passing them highly classified information, not only from the State Department but also from the Pentagon, in exchange for money, position and political objectives.” She adds, “If you made public all the information that the FBI have on this case, you will see very high-level people going through criminal trials.” The former State Department official says: “If you are calling me to say somebody said that I took money, that’s outrageous… I do not have anything to say about such stupid ridiculous things as this.” "Overlapping Corroboration" - The Sunday Times says that it spoke to two FBI agents and two CIA officers who worked on nuclear proliferation while researching the story, and, “While none was aware of specific allegations against officials she names, they did provide overlapping corroboration of Edmonds’s story.” One of the CIA sources confirms that Turkey did acquire nuclear secrets from the US and shared them with Pakistan and Israel, saying: “We have no indication that Turkey has its own nuclear ambitions. But the Turks are traders. To my knowledge they became big players in the late 1990s.” [Sunday Times (London), 1/6/2008; Sunday Times (London), 1/20/2008; Sunday Times (London), 1/27/2008] Official Said to be Marc Grossman - The high-ranking State Department official who is not named in the Sunday Times articles, possibly due to libel law considerations, is said to be Marc Grossman by both Larisa Alexandrovna of Raw Story and former CIA officer Phillip Giraldi, writing in the American Conservative. [Raw Story, 1/20/2008; American Conservative, 1/28/2008] Entity Tags: Philip Giraldi, Marc Grossman, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Department of State, Larisa Alexandrovna,..."
  •  History Commons  "A human rights organization called the Liberty Coalition receives an anonymous letter regarding the involvement of high-ranking US officials in an FBI-monitored nuclear smuggling ring linked to Pakistani nuclear scientist A. Q. Khan. The letter makes a number of allegations about the ring, some of which corroborate similar allegations previously made by FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds. For example, the letter names a high-ranking State Department official, who it says was recorded speaking to a counterpart at the Turkish embassy between August and December 2001. During this time the official passed on a warning that the smuggling ring should not deal with Brewster Jennings & Associates, as it was a CIA front (see Summer-Autumn 2001). The letter also says that Turkish FBI surveillance targets talked to agents of Pakistan’s ISI based at the Pakistani embassy in Washington, and that “operatives” at the American-Turkish Council (ATC) were also monitored. The tip-off instructs the Coalition to submit a Freedom of Information Request for the specific file number, but the FBI will say that the file does not exist (see January 20, 2008). [Sunday Times (London), 1/20/2008] The high-ranking State Department official who is not named in the Sunday Times is said to be Marc Grossman by both Larisa Alexandrovna of Raw Story and former CIA officer Philip Giraldi, writing in the American Conservative. [Raw Story, 1/20/2008; American Conservative, 1/28/2008]"
  • Wikipedia American Turkish Council  "ATC's advisory board also includes representatives of a number of high-powered defense, pharmaceutical, consulting, and technology firms, including General Atomics, BAE Systems, Motorola, and the Cohen Group. Daniel Pipes is a former ATC board member.  Growing media scrutiny of the ATC is a result of allegations made by FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds regarding suspect activities of council members in an article in the September 2005 Vanity Fair.  The ATC is where former Ambassador Joseph Wilson met his future wife and CIA operative, Valerie Plame, leading some to speculate Plame's CIA front company, Brewster-Jennings & Associates, was monitoring the same alleged nuclear trafficking of the ATC as Sibel Edmonds."  American Turkish Council, board members: Brent Scowcroft, chairman, George Perlman of Lockheed Martin, Elizabeth Avery of Pepsico, Ozer Baysal of Pfizer, Andy Button of Boeing, Richard K. Douglas of General Electric, Sherry Grandjean of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, John R. Miller of Raytheon, Selig A. Taubenblatt of Bechtel
Zaman "International Strategic Research Organization (ISRO, Turkey) released an “Iranian nuclear crisis” report, which deals with the possibility of a US attack on Iran... advised to be an “active mediator” to resolve the nuclear crisis between Iran and the West through diplomacy ....
 
 
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  • WOTisitgood4 blog:  Sibel Edmonds, the Turkish FBI translator turned whistleblower who has been subjected to a gag order could provide a major insight into how neoconservatives distort US foreign policy and enrich themselves at the same time. On one level, her story appears straightforward: several Turkish lobbying groups allegedly bribed congressmen to support policies favourable to Ankara. But beyond that, the Edmonds revelations become more serpentine and appear to involve AIPAC, Israel and a number of leading neoconservatives who have profited from the Turkish connection. Israel has long cultivated a close relationship with Turkey since Ankara's neighbours and historic enemies - Iran, Syria and Iraq - are also hostile to Tel Aviv. Islamic Turkey has also had considerable symbolic value for Israel, demonstrating that hostility to Muslim neighbours is not a sine qua non for the Jewish state.     ....   Turkey benefits from the relationship by securing general benevolence and increased aid from the US Congress - as well as access to otherwise unattainable military technology. The Turkish General Staff has a particular interest because much of the military spending is channeled through companies in which the generals have a financial stake, making for a very cozy and comfortable business arrangement. The commercial interest has also fostered close political ties, with the American Turkish Council, American Turkish Cultural Alliance and the Assembly of Turkish American Associations all developing warm relationships with AIPAC and other Jewish and Israel advocacy groups throughout the US.    ...    Someone has to be in the middle to keep the happy affair going, so enter the neocons, intent on securing Israel against all comers and also keen to turn a dollar. In fact the neocons seem to have a deep and abiding interest in Turkey, which, under other circumstances, might be difficult to explain. Doug Feith's International Advisors Inc, a registered agent for Turkey in 1989 - 1994, netted $600,000 per year from Turkey, with Richard Perle taking $48,000 annually as a consultant. Other noted neoconservatives linked to Turkey are former State Department number three, Marc Grossman, current Pentagon Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Eric Edelman, Paul Wolfowitz and former congressman Stephen Solarz. The money involved does not appear to come from the Turkish government, and FBI investigators are trying to determine its source and how it is distributed. Some of it may come from criminal activity, possibly drug trafficking, but much more might come from arms dealing. Contracts in the hundreds of millions, or even billions of dollars provide considerable fat for those well placed to benefit. Investigators are also looking at Israel's particular expertise in the illegal sale of US military technology to countries like China and India. Fraudulent end-user certificates produced by Defense Ministries in Israel and Turkey are all that is needed to divert military technology to other, less benign, consumers. The military-industrial-complex/neocon network is also well attested. Doug Feith has been associated with Northrup Grumman for years, while defense contractors fund many neocon-linked think tanks and "information" services. Feith, Perle and a number of other neocons have long had beneficial relationships with various Israeli defense contractors.
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  •  History Commons "The FBI is accused of covering up a key case file containing evidence against corrupt government officials involved in a nuclear smuggling ring. The case file’s number is allegedly 203A-WF-210023, but the FBI denies it exists in response to a Freedom of Information Act request specifically for a file with that number. The request was made by the Liberty Coalition, a human rights group, based on an anonymous tip-off (see Before January 20, 2008). However, the Sunday Times obtains a document signed by an FBI official saying that the case file does exist. FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds also says that the file exists, that she previously discussed its contents with Congressional committees, and that the denial by the FBI is an “outright lie.” According to Edmonds, the file “refers to the counterintelligence program that the [Justice Department] has declared to be a state secret to protect sensitive diplomatic relations.” An FBI spokesman contacted by the Sunday Times is not familiar with the case file but comments, “if the FBI says it doesn’t exist, it doesn’t exist.” [Sunday Times (London), 1/20/2008]"
  • Zaman Online:     International Strategic Research Organization (ISRO)  An Arab-Israeli War Can Start * Israel and Syria can enter the potential war in Iran. An “Arab-Israeli War” can break out with the intervention of Israel.  * Some radical organizations in the Middle East and other regions will launch suicide attacks against US and its allies.  * Natural gas flow from Iran to Turkey can be halted due to the war and the insecurity of the region and Turkey can experience a serious energy shortage.  * An attack to Iran will strengthen the support of the masses of the regime in this country.  * Iran can harm the interests of US, its allies and Britain.  * Hizbullah in Lebanon can open attacks on Israel.  * Palestine, HAMAS and Islamic jihad organizations can increase its attacks against Israel. * Shiites in Afghanistan can attack Kabul and US military bases.  * The possibility of Islam strengthening and spreading faster in the region will grow.  * Oil prices can reach over $100 and strain the world economy. 
  • Khaleej Times:  Talking Turkey: Sovereign meltdown on the Bosphorus? By Matein Khalid  28 May 2006  LIFE imitates art all too often on the ancient shores of the Bosphorus.  Orhan Pamuk, the Turkish novelist who was castigated by the Kemalist establishment because he dared to question the historical whitewash of the Armenian genocide, wrote a beautiful novel, Snow, about the passions and ideological hatreds in a provincial Anatolian town. In Snow, an Islamist assassinates the principal of a Turkish college because he enforced the secular state’s ban against girls wearing headscarves. Istanbul lawyer Alparslan Arslan might well have read Pamuk’s Snow. Last week, Arslan walked into Turkey’s highest courtroom and shot five judges, declaring he was a "soldier of Allah" who sought to punish the judges who ruled against a woman teacher who wore a headscarf in violation of laws dating back to the establishment of the secular Turkish Republic by Mustafa Kemal Pasha in 1924.   ...   The killings in the Istanbul courtroom awakened the demons of the post-Kemalist past, triggering demonstrations against the government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and a public spat with General Hilmi, the Army chief. The military’s rebuke is ominous because the armed forces are passionate guardians of the state’s secular Kemalist legacy. After all, a Turkish military court sentenced Prime Minister Adnan Menderes to death in 1957 (ignoring a plea for the doomed leader’s life from a young Pakistani diplomat named Z A Bhutto, himself destined to face his own tryst with destiny and a Praetorian dictator’s vengeance twenty years later) and removed Islamist Prime Minister Nuruddin Erbakan from office in the 1990’s. A confrontation between the Army and a non-secular civilian government in Turkey can have only one endgame. A military coup d’etat.

    Political risk is rising dangerously fast in Turkey. Three years ago, Erdogan was hailed as a hero in the Middle East for his moderate religious agenda, for refusing to join Blair and Bush in the invasion of Iraq, for accelerating the EU accession agenda, for epic banking reforms, agreements with the IMF, for the plunge in inflation and interest rates, the resurrection of the lira from the 2001 currency meltdown, for defusing the geopolitical time bombs in Cyprus and Kurdistan, for triggering a spectacular bull market on the Istanbul Stock Exchange.

    Yet Prime Minister Erdogan now faces a grim summer of discontent. Despite his parliamentary majority, his Justice and Development Party (AKP) is assailed by corruption scandals, the outbreak of secessionist Kurdish violence in Anatolia and a global emerging markets panic that eviscerated 25 per cent from the market capitalisation of the ISE. Ankara’s relationship with Washington never really recovered from Erdogan’s refusal to send Turkish troops into Iraq and his policy to engage Syria and Iran was derailed by the assassination of Rafik Hariri and the looming nuclear crisis with Teheran.

    Nato, the EU, IMF, the PKK, the Turkish general staff, London and Washington are formidable adversaries for any Turkish Prime Minister to have to confront. In fact, Erdogan’s insistence on an executive from a Sharia compliant finance house to succeed the incumbent governor of the Central Bank outraged the offshore money managers who own Turkish shares and Eurobonds, triggering a panic sell-off on the ISE even worse than India’s Sensex trauma. When the Turkish President, a secular stalwart, vetoed Erdogan’s central bank nominee, a constitutional crisis ensued. Moreover, AKP mayors amplified the crisis by enforcing alcohol free red zones even in the cosmopolitan, tourist dependent Istanbul and the sun-drenched playgrounds of the Aegean coast.

    Erdogan is no Khoemini, even if his enemies portray him as a backward foe of the Kemalist ethos. He is merely trying to mobilise his constituency in rural Turkey to win the 2007 election in a landslide, to succeed Ahmed Nezer as President and preempt a military coup against an Islamist head of state. His effort to promote his Islamist agenda backfired because it coincided with an embryonic political economic and financial crisis in Turkey reminiscent of the Mexican meltdown in 1994. Wall Street was horrified by the tequila crisis in the Latin American financial markets twelve years ago. Is history setting the stage for the next global emerging market blow up — the baklava crisis on the Bosphorus?

    It is such a pity that a moderate Islamist government in Turkey could well fall victim to global financial hurricanes, a leveraged daisy chain of hedge fund hot money that once crippled Southeast Asia in 1998. Erdogan’s election ended a generation of unstable coalition governments, a cold war with Greece over Cyprus, a secessionist war in Eastern Anatolia waged by "mountain Turks" (Kemalist doublespeak for Kurds), hyperinflation and capital markets chaos. Yet with its current account deficit and colossal Eurobond borrowing programme, Turkey is hostage to the ebb and flow of hot capital that literally moves across the world’s financial markets at the speed of light.

    Turkey offered the perfect synthesis between a moderate Islamist ethos and the democratic ideal. It could so easily have morphed into a Muslim version of Catholic Ireland or Chile, a parliamentary democracy where religion and freedom could coexist. If Erdogan falls, it would mean the loss of the West’s natural strategic ally in the Islamic world at a time when Iraq has degenerated into civil war and Tomahawk cruise missiles and Stealth bombers could soon streak across the skies of Iran. A world on the brink of Armageddon cannot afford yet another sanguinary "clash of civilisations".

    Matein Khalid is a Dubai-based investment banker

     

Sibel Edmonds, tells her whole story no matter what the consequences
Sibel Edmonds, the FBI whistle-blower who has been gagged for years by the Bush administration over intercepts she translated while at the bureau, was willing to go to prison to get her story told. She spent years trying to get her day in court, but the State Secrets gag against her prohibited her from telling her story even to a FISA judge. After years of trying to fight her way to through the maze of the US court system, Sibel Edmonds finally decided to tell her story no matter the consequences and offered to do so to any interested US media outlets.

Today, part of that story runs, but not in the United States, where not a single corporate outlet was willing to displease the White House and give Edmonds a platform. The Sunday Times Online, however, proved up to the task - somewhat. Here are the snips from that article: Sibel Edmonds, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator for the FBI, listened into hundreds of sensitive intercepted conversations while based at the agency's Washington field office.  She approached The Sunday Times last month after reading about an Al-Qaeda terrorist who had revealed his role in training some of the 9/11 hijackers while he was in Turkey.   ...   

However, Edmonds said: "He was aiding foreign operatives against US interests by passing them highly classified information, not only from the State Department but also from the Pentagon, in exchange for money, position and political objectives."   Her story shows just how much the West was infiltrated by foreign states seeking nuclear secrets. It illustrates how western government officials turned a blind eye to, or were even helping, countries such as Pakistan acquire bomb technology."  Those senior DOD officials who are not mentioned in the Times article, all but one are no longer in government. They are alleged to be Doug Feith, Richard Perle, among others. There is also one person who is part of these allegations, still serving in a high level position at the DOD. His last name begins with an E.

I have tried getting someone in broadcast and print media to run this story. My sources did not include Edmonds, but because of the sensitive nature of the information, I was concerned that she would go to jail anyway, unless I proved she was not a source - which would require me to reveal my sources.

I thought if I approached a big enough news outlet, the pressure generated by the public response would spare Edmonds jail time and I would not be pressured to reveal sources - something I would not have done anyway. Even a former high ranking CIA officer offered to byline the article with me if that would help sell a broadcaster/publication on running the story. No one was interested.

That the Times ran these allegations (she is under a state secrets gag folks, so it is not like she is gagged for lying) is encouraging. But that they omitted all names from the allegations is unethical. The point of a free press is not to protect the powerful against the weak, but to protect the public from the powerful. The Times was willing to stick a toe in, but was not willing to risk upsetting a foreign government (This is, after all, a British paper).

There are more names, including members of Congress and people serving in the FBI. This is what happens when basic government services as well as the most sensitive government functions are outsourced to the global marketplace.

Back to the Times article, which toward the end illustrates that someone in the editorial offices located a backbone, even if temporarily:

"She has given evidence to closed sessions of Congress and the 9/11 commission, but many of the key points of her testimony have remained secret. She has now decided to divulge some of that information after becoming disillusioned with the US authorities' failure to act.

One of Edmonds's main roles in the FBI was to translate thousands of hours of conversations by Turkish diplomatic and political targets that had been covertly recorded by the agency.

The Turks and Israelis had planted "moles" in military and academic institutions which handled nuclear technology. Edmonds says there were several transactions of nuclear material every month, with the Pakistanis being among the eventual buyers. "The network appeared to be obtaining information from every nuclear agency in the United States," she said.

They were helped, she says, by the high-ranking State Department official who provided some of their moles - mainly PhD students - with security clearance to work in sensitive nuclear research facilities. These included the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory in New Mexico, which is responsible for the security of the US nuclear deterrent.

In one conversation Edmonds heard the official arranging to pick up a $15,000 cash bribe. The package was to be dropped off at an agreed location by someone in the Turkish diplomatic community who was working for the network.

Let me again offer help to the good folks at the Times. The person in question is a Turkish military official who at that time also happened to sit on the board of a particular defense contracting firm.

"The Turks, she says, often acted as a conduit for the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's spy agency, because they were less likely to attract suspicion. Venues such as the American Turkish Council in Washington were used to drop off the cash, which was picked up by the official.

Edmonds said: "I heard at least three transactions like this over a period of 2½ years. There are almost certainly more."

The Pakistani operation was led by General Mahmoud Ahmad, then the ISI chief."

Now, who is General Mahmoud Ahmad?

"Intelligence analysts say that members of the ISI were close to Al-Qaeda before and after 9/11. Indeed, Ahmad was accused of sanctioning a $100,000 wire payment to Mohammed Atta, one of the 9/11 hijackers, immediately before the attacks."

You can see why Edmonds had to be silenced for "diplomatic reasons." As though diplomatic (read: business) relationships are more important than national security. Let me give you one more snip from this incredible article (minus the censorship):

"Khan was close to Ahmad and the ISI. While running Pakistan's nuclear programme, he became a millionaire by selling atomic secrets to Libya, Iran and North Korea. He also used a network of companies in America and Britain to obtain components for a nuclear programme.  Khan caused an alert among western intelligence agencies when his aides met Osama Bin Laden. "We were aware of contact between A Q Khan's people and Al-Qaeda," a former CIA officer said last week. "There was absolute panic when we initially discovered this, but it kind of panned out in the end."  It is likely that the nuclear secrets stolen from the United States would have been sold to a number of rogue states by Khan.  Edmonds was later to see the scope of the Pakistani connections when it was revealed that one of her fellow translators at the FBI was the daughter of a Pakistani embassy official who worked for Ahmad. The translator was given top secret clearance despite protests from FBI investigators.  Edmonds says packages containing nuclear secrets were delivered by Turkish operatives, using their cover as members of the diplomatic and military community, to contacts at the Pakistani embassy in Washington.

Following 9/11, a number of the foreign operatives were taken in for questioning by the FBI on suspicion that they knew about or somehow aided the attacks.

 
  • Plamegate, Leakgate, Treasongate, Cheneygate...(Just a Citizen, Sibel Edmonds)    It's just a minor story mixed into the decades-long run-up to the Iraq invasion / occupation / Iran attack justification manipulation  ....   and covering up  nuclear arms secrets  peddling by Bush neo-cons that Brewster Jennings Associates (Plame) and Sibel Edmonds discovered. (MORE),  & Aug 08 OpedNews... It's about the neo-con push to the Iraq War versus the 'old guard' CIA that wouldn't go along with the Bush administration intelligence manipulation...and see Judith Miller / WMD (Herbert L. Abrams)  & . ... CounterPunch search Woodward,  Antiwar Woodward quotes ...  and see:   Sibel 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 and Israeli-run intelligence network that paid high-ranking American officials to steal nuclear weapons secrets.  ... search terms: Marc Grossman, ... Turkey .... more  and .(Edmonds tells all despite consequences of gag order)..  The Sunday Times  file ...  "SibelEdmonds blog, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator for the FBI, listened into hundreds of sensitive intercepted conversations while based at the agency’s Washington field office. She approached The Sunday Times last month after reading about an Al-Qaeda terrorist who had revealed his role in training some of the 9/11 hijackers while he was in Turkey. Edmonds described how foreign intelligence agents had enlisted the support of US officials to acquire a network of moles in sensitive military and nuclear institutions. Among the hours of covert tape recordings, she says she heard evidence that one well-known senior official (Marc Grossman) in the US State Department was being paid by Turkish agents in Washington who were selling the information on to black market buyers, including Pakistan...file ... runs a series of articles about FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, detailing allegations made by Edmonds about Turkish and US involvement in the A. Q. Khan nuclear smuggling ring, as well as money laundering, drugs, and conventional weapons. ..  History Commons  file
  • It's about the neocon / Israeli push for regime change in Iran and influence in the Middle East.  See  Wilson's "What I Didn't Find in Africa",   Common Dreams..... Wilson's "Politics of Truth" How does all this fit into the replacement of the 'communist' boogeyman with a 'Islamofascist boogeyman, and perpetual war, oil hegemony? Ledeen fascism,  and Waxman letter on Fitzgerald Dec. 2007 after McClellan revelations. ... and BradBlog  Cheney targeting Plame a month before Wilson's oped article.... and  See WMR. on  Scott McCellan: "It’s ... clear to me that Scooter Libby was guilty of the perjury and obstruction crimes for which he was convicted. When the president commuted Libby’s prison sentence and thereby protected him from serving even one day behind bars, I was disappointed. This kind of special treatment undermines our system of justice."  and  "But the other defining moment was in early April 2006, when I learned that the President had secretly declassified the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq for the Vice President and Scooter Libby to anonymously disclose to reporters. And we had been out there talking about how seriously the President took the selective leaking of classified information. And here we were, learning that the President had authorized the very same thing we had criticized."  
  • Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Marc Grossman ... the three most important people on the ground in the Turkey, Pakistan, nuclear secrets, drug smuggling, push to war, neo-con plan. SibelEdmonds
  • Just a Citizen "Since the 1950s Turkey has played a key role in channeling into Europe and the U.S. heroin produced in the "Golden Triangle" comprised of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. These operations are run by mafia groups closely controlled by the MIT (Turkish Intelligence Agency) and the military. According to statistics compiled in 1998, Turkey’s heroin trafficking brought in $25 billion in 1995 and $37.5 billion in 1996. That amount makes up nearly a quarter of Turkey’s GDP. Only criminal networks working in close cooperation with the police and the army could possibly organize trafficking on such a scale. The Turkish government, MIT and the Turkish military, not only sanctions, but also actively participates in and oversees the narcotics activities and networks.
  • Wikipedia American Turkish Council  "ATC's advisory board also includes representatives of a number of high-powered defense, pharmaceutical, consulting, and technology firms, including General Atomics, BAE Systems, Motorola, and the Cohen Group. Daniel Pipes is a former ATC board member.  Growing media scrutiny of the ATC is a result of allegations made by FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds regarding suspect activities of council members in an article in the September 2005 Vanity Fair.  The ATC is where former Ambassador Joseph Wilson met his future wife and CIA operative, Valerie Plame, leading some to speculate Plame's CIA front company, Brewster-Jennings & Associates, was monitoring the same alleged nuclear trafficking of the ATC as Sibel Edmonds."  American Turkish Council, board members: Brent Scowcroft, chairman, George Perlman of Lockheed Martin, Elizabeth Avery of Pepsico, Ozer Baysal of Pfizer, Andy Button of Boeing, Richard K. Douglas of General Electric, Sherry Grandjean of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, John R. Miller of Raytheon, Selig A. Taubenblatt of Bechtel    Vanity Fair interview with Sibel Edmonds, September 2005 reprinted in Antiwar  and file
  • CounterPunch "Grossman arranged for Turkish and Israeli Ph.D. students to acquire security clearances to Los Alamos and other nuclear facilities; and that nuclear secrets they acquired were transmitted to Pakistan and to Abdul Qadeer Khan, the "father of the Islamic bomb," who in turn was selling nuclear technology to Libya and other nations. She links Grossman to the former Pakistani military intelligence chief Mahmoud Ahmad, a patron of the Taliban who reportedly arranged for a payment of $ 100,000 to 9/11 ringleader Atta via Pakistani terrorist Saeed Sheikh before the attacks. She suggests that he warned Pakistani and Turkish contacts against dealings with the Brewster Jennings Corp., the CIA front company that Valerie Plame was involved in as part of an effort to infiltrate a nuclear smuggling ring. All very heady stuff, published this month in the Times of London (and largely ignored by the U.S. media).
  • American Conservative "Senators Grassley and Leahy, a Republican and a Democrat, who interviewed her at length in 2002, attest to Edmonds’s believability. The Department of Justice inspector general investigation into her claims about the translations unit and an internal FBI review confirmed most of her allegations.
  • Washington Post, Depiction of Threat Outgrew Supporting Evidence file, Global Exchange, search terms: WHIG, White House Iraq Group, hype lies in push to war, Joe, classified slides, nuclear threat, Vienna,  aluminum tubes, for Medusa 81, 81 mm rocket, Tenet said they could be used for centrifuges, weak evidence, Iraq nuclear program, contradicted NIE, Iraqi Survey Group, mortal threat, German centrifuge designs, implosion device, not enough enriched uranium, or plutonium, Hussein Kamel, enrichment program halted  1991, hype the mushroom cloud, on Meet the Press, Russert, Face the Nation, Franks, Card, uranium oxide, UNSCOM, no hard evidence, 
  • WMR  "Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds revealed had accepted bribes from Turkish principals close to the American Turkish Council, joined Dickstein Shapiro after resigning his House seat. FBI wiretaps also revealed that Turkey, along with Israel, were major players in the nuclear smuggling ring involving Pakistani nuclear scientist A Q Khan. It was this ring that was also being targeted by Brewster Jennings and Plame before they were outed by Libby and other senior White House officials." full story
  • Wayne Madsen Report  July 31, 2005/August 1, 2005 **** Plame leak damaged a major CIA investigation linking senior Bush administration officials to WMD proliferation. U.S. intelligence insiders have pointed out that the White House is using "Rovegate" and "Who in the White House said what to whom?" as a smoke screen to divert attention away from the actual counter-proliferation work Mrs. Wilson and her Brewster Jennings & Associates team were engaged in. The arrival of Timothy Flanigan as Patrick J. Fitzgerald's boss is likely related to the mountains of evidence Fitzgerald has now collected to indict senior White House officials, particularly, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, for criminal conspiracy in exposing a sensitive U.S. intelligence operation that was targeting some of their closest political and business associates. Libby, it will be recalled, was the attorney for fugitive global smuggler and Clinton-pardoned multi-billionaire Marc Rich, someone who has close ties to the Sharon government and Israeli intelligence. full story
  • Seymour Hersh, on Woodward's Chain of Command  NYTimes
  • What was John Bolton's role?  and Bush ordered declassification of secrets Washington Post  file
  • Damage assessment from Plamegate   911Research
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  • AfterDowningStreet quotes Truthout  "In mid-June 2003, when former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's criticism against the White House's use of pre-war Iraq intelligence started to make national headlines, Vice President Dick Cheney told his former chief of staff and close confidant I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to leak classified intelligence data on Iraq's nuclear ambitions to a legendary Washington journalist (Bob Woodward) in order to undercut the charges made against the Bush administration by the former ambassador."
  • Politico  new book by the author Ron Suskind claims that the White House ordered the CIA to forge a back-dated, handwritten letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein.   ...   Suskind writes in “The Way of the World,” to be published Tuesday, that the alleged forgery – adamantly denied by the White House – was designed to portray a false link between Hussein’s regime and al Qaeda as a justification for the Iraq war.  The letter’s existence has been reported before, and it had been written about as if it were genuine. It was passed in Baghdad to a reporter for The (London) Sunday Telegraph who wrote about it on the front page of Dec. 14, 2003, under the headline, “Terrorist behind September 11 strike ‘was trained by Saddam.’” The Telegraph story by Con Coughlin (which, coincidentally, ran the day Hussein was captured in his “spider hole”) was touted in the U.S. media by supporters of the war, and he was interviewed on NBC's "Meet the Press."   more below
  • A Q Khan, Pakistan, nuclear black market, scapegoat for Germans, French, South Africans, 70 countries supply Pakistan nuclear program.
  • WMR In A Q Khan's refutation of his previous confession, he states that it was European nations and South Africa, not him, that arranged for the smuggling of nuclear technology to Libya and Iran. He told McClatchy in an interview from house arrest in Islamabad: "The Germans, the South Africans and the French all have those drawings. They were the suppliers. You can’t blame me for it. They were selling and making money. Why put the blame on me?"
  • Mark Grossman: Wikipedia Ambassador Grossman was U.S. Ambassador to Turkey from 1994 to 1997. In Turkey, he promoted security cooperation, human rights and democracy, and a vibrant U.S.-Turkish economic relationship. Ambassador Grossman had previously served as the U.S. Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission from 1989 to 1992.   ...    Grossman played a peripheral role in the Plame Affair, at least in terms of what is currently known.  ...   On 10 June 2003, an analyst at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) sent a memo to Ambassador Grossman outlining Ambassador Joseph Wilson's trip to Niger and mentioning that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA. Reportedly, Grossman wanted the memo as background to use at a White House meeting on criticism of President Bush for using the Niger claim in his State of the Union speech.   ...  In Patrick Fitzgerald's indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby on October 28, 2005, Grossman is the Under Secretary of State mentioned as giving information about Plame to Libby.  
  • Antiwar "Edmonds draws a picture of a three-sided alliance consisting of Turkish, Pakistani, and Israeli agents who coordinated efforts to milk U.S. nuclear secrets and technology, funneling the intelligence stream to the black market nuclear network set up by the Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan. The multi-millionaire Pakistani nuclear scientist then turned around and sold his nuclear assets to North Korea, Libya, and Iran  and AfterDowningStreet
  • Sibel Edmonds  Wikipedia  Sibel Deniz Edmonds (born 1970) is a Turkish-American[1][2][3] former FBI translator and founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC). Edmonds was fired from her position as a language specialist at the FBI's Washington Field Office in March, 2002, after she accused a colleague of covering up illicit activity involving foreign nationals, alleging serious acts of security breaches, cover-ups, and intentional blocking of intelligence which, she contended, presented a danger to the United States' security. Since that time, court proceedings on her whistleblower claims have been blocked by the assertion of State Secrets Privilege. On March 29, 2006, she was awarded the PEN/Newman's Own First Amendment Award in recognition of her defense of free speech as it applies to the written word.[4]  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 and Israeli-run intelligence network that paid high-ranking American officials to steal nuclear weapons secrets.[7] In addition, she claims that the FBI received information in April 2001, from a reliable Iranian intelligence asset, that Osama Bin Laden was planning attacks on 4-5 cities with planes, some of the people were already in the country and the attacks would happen in a few months.[8][9] She also accused members of the FBI's translation unit of sabotage, intimidation, corruption and incompetence.[10][11] Edmonds and government watchdog groups contend the State Department's invocation of the State Secrets Privilege barring her testimony on these subjects is not in the interests of the general public, but is instead designed to protect Bush administration and Department of Justice officials
  • WMR "Plame leak damaged a major CIA investigation linking senior Bush administration officials to WMD proliferation. U.S. intelligence insiders have pointed out that the White House is using "Rovegate" and "Who in the White House said what to whom?" as a smoke screen to divert attention away from the actual counter-proliferation work Mrs. Wilson and her Brewster Jennings & Associates team were engaged in." and WMR Plame and Edmonds were looking at the same covert network  and Sibel Edmonds Blog  and Huffington Post  and file
  •  History Commons  "A human rights organization called the Liberty Coalition receives an anonymous letter regarding the involvement of high-ranking US officials in an FBI-monitored nuclear smuggling ring linked to Pakistani nuclear scientist A. Q. Khan. The letter makes a number of allegations about the ring, some of which corroborate similar allegations previously made by FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds. For example, the letter names a high-ranking State Department official, who it says was recorded speaking to a counterpart at the Turkish embassy between August and December 2001. During this time the official passed on a warning that the smuggling ring should not deal with Brewster Jennings & Associates, as it was a CIA front (see Summer-Autumn 2001). The letter also says that Turkish FBI surveillance targets talked to agents of Pakistan’s ISI based at the Pakistani embassy in Washington, and that “operatives” at the American-Turkish Council (ATC) were also monitored. The tip-off instructs the Coalition to submit a Freedom of Information Request for the specific file number, but the FBI will say that the file does not exist (see January 20, 2008). [Sunday Times (London), 1/20/2008] The high-ranking State Department official who is not named in the Sunday Times is said to be Marc Grossman by both Larisa Alexandrovna of Raw Story and former CIA officer Philip Giraldi, writing in the American Conservative. [Raw Story, 1/20/2008; American Conservative, 1/28/2008]"
  • OpedNews "What Sibel revealed to us, and has been revealing little by little since January, is that she has heard that there was a nuclear procurement ring operating inside the US to procure nuclear designs and parts for the AQ Khan network, and it was done not through Pakistani intelligence directly, but through the Turkish embassy.   ...   Turkish businessmen who got the information and gave it to Turkish military attaches, who then turned it over to the ISI, and from there went on to the nuclear black market. To procure these parts and designs, high government US officials helped facilitate Turkish-Israeli PhD students to get into nuclear facilities in the US, they worked with the RAND corporation as well, some moles with RAND to help get this information. There was at least one American company, Giza Technologies, that was helping with parts, probably there were others, and this thing went on from 1995 at least until 2002, and it could still be going on - when this operation was shut down by the Dept of Defense and the State Dept.   ...   Now, Sibel tells us that high government officials inside those two departments - Defense and State - were involved in this ring. She has named them on her website - at least, she has not named them, she has photographs of people - other bloggers have named them."  
  • Kenneth Adelman involved in Plame outing  more below  Luke Ryland
  • Truthout "In mid-June 2003, when former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's criticism against the White House's use of pre-war Iraq intelligence started to make national headlines, Vice President Dick Cheney told his former chief of staff and close confidant I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to leak classified intelligence data on Iraq's nuclear ambitions to a legendary Washington journalist in order to undercut the charges made against the Bush administration by the former ambassador."  ...   June 2003 
  • Washington Post In a startling development reported in today's Washington Post, it now appears that Bob Woodward was the first reporter to whom a senior administration official leaked the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.  file  Libby indictment Washington Post  June 2003 
  • LA Times 2007  Libby's credibility, "The closest thing to a smoking gun in the case so far are notes handwritten by Libby during a phone conversation with Cheney on June 12, 2003. Cheney told Libby, according to the notes, that Wilson's wife was a counter-proliferation specialist at the CIA."  more
  • On June 27, 2003, Bob Woodward, the Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, became the first journalist to whom Libby leaked a portion of the classified National Intelligence Estimate that purportedly showed how Iraq tried to acquire yellowcake uranium from Niger.   Truthout
  • Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff has testified that President Bush authorized him to disclose the contents of a highly classified intelligence assessment to the media to defend the Bush administration's decision to go to war with Iraq, according to papers filed in federal court [PDF] on Wednesday by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the CIA leak case.
  • Radar Online July 08 story: "Did Scott McClellan Give Jeff Gannon Special Access? FRIEND OF SCOTTY'S? Gannon/Guckert James Guckert, who prefers the nom de plume of Jeff Gannon, is the ex-hooker and sometime White House "reporter " who got rejected for press credentials by Congress but somehow enjoyed extraordinary access to the Bush White House, where he was given daily passes to enter the White House press center on more than 200 occasions. Secret Service records released after a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by Reps. Louise Slaughter and John Conyers showed that Guckert appeared at the White House on 24 days when no press briefings occurred; on 14 occasions, his entry or exit time was missing from the logs, and on one day, he actually checked in twice but never checked out."   MORE on White House Schedule, Secret Service access control logs.    and go to Gannon  Blackmail  page
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  • Flowchart   &   Libby indictment text   Judge Reggie Walton Watch   file NYT Judith Miller Grand Jury article
  • Richard Dunham, who sponsored Jeff Gannon (National Press Club member) is no relation to Obama's mother  Ann Dunham of Kansas who met Barack Obama, Sr. at the University of Hawaii and married on February 2, 1961.  see Power and Pedophilia, sexual abuse of children, GOP, conservatism
  • Bush / Suadi financing of 911  Senate Intelligence Committee final report IIb
  • INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ANALYSIS OF IRAQ'S BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS PROGRAM  text file
  • 2007 articles:  LA Times Cheney role in leak Jan, 2007 copy and LA Times copy Cheney, Russert, Rove, Libby, Martin press manipulation. .. nfu visitor: 87-224-124-59spitfireuk.net (The-duchess-kent-14371-lan)
  • Bush, Cheney, Rove, Novak and Libby all lied about their roles in 'outing' Plame before the 2004 elections, Guardian July 2006, but the mainstream press did not report this until the fall of 2005. Mail & Guardian ... "The cover-up worked".   Washington Post (file)   The Libby indictment says he learned of Plame's id from Cheney in June 2003, but Cheney went on national TV in September of 2003 and said that he didn't know Wilson or who sent him to Niger. Mail & Guardian
  • Bradblog  "Existence of FBI Case Number, Described in Anonymous Letter Obtained by The BRAD BLOG, Corroborated by Paper Letter Describes Senior State Dept. Official Marc Grossman as Tipping off Turkish Embassy to Valerie Plame Wilson's 'Brewster Jennings' Counter-Proliferation Operation..."
  • AP missing tapes, CIA, investigation, Plame, Cheney Jan 2008
  • Curveball is Rafid Ahmed Alwan AP more at NFU and more
  • The journalism source id issue is just a smokescreen (although extremely important in free press issues).  Who (Libby?) was Judith Miller protecting and what facts are not (now) being revealed by her being in jail and released? Why was so much effort put into limiting Fitzgerald's questions to Miller to just her conversations with Libby? ..and ... See David Fiderer and "Abort the Plame
  •    Go to U. S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Phase II, final report, searchable text file and pdf. "Sadly, the Bush Administration led the nation into war under false pretenses.". nfu vistor: 205.161.216.97 (Gteld/dia) Irving Texas.
  • Continued Introduction, go to Timeline
  • New York Sun Apr 2006 "Bush Said to Have Cleared Early Release of Iraq Intelligence to Times ...I. Lewis Libby, testified to a grand jury that he gave information from a closely-guarded "National Intelligence Estimate" on Iraq to a New York Times reporter (Judith Miller) in 2003 with the specific permission of President Bush,  ...  the new disclosure could be awkward for the president because it places him, for the first time, directly in a chain of events that led to a meeting where prosecutors contend the identity of a CIA employee, Valerie Plame, was provided to a reporter ...and file
  • Bush ok's Libby leak: “Third Motion of I. Lewis Libby to Compel Discovery Under Rule 16 and Brady.” UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ) ) CR. NO 05-394 (RBW) v. )) I. LEWIS LIBBY, ) also known as “Scooter Libby” Case 1:05-cr-00394-RBW Document 80 Filed 04/05/2006 Page 1 of 39 file pdf
  • Drumheller, CIA, on Bush cherrypicking Iraq intelligence, CBS 60 minutes Apr 06
  • TruthDig "Alleged Armitage Leak is Biggest Irony of Plamegate from Aug 2006
  • see latest research on Ledeen / Fascism page.  Influence of Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss on neo-cons, GOP, Iraq War, Iran, Plamegate....how it all ties together. 
  • Cooperative Research "An unnamed high-ranking State Department official tips off members of a nuclear smuggling ring about a CIA operation to penetrate it, according to FBI translator Sibel Edmonds. Blog   Edmonds will later leave the FBI, becoming a whistleblower, and will say she knows this based on telephone conversations she translated. The ring is headed by Pakistani nuclear scientist A. Q. Khan, and includes Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency, as well as Turkish and Israeli representatives. The official is said to tell a member of the ring that a company the ring wants to do business with, Brewster Jennings & Associates, is a CIA front company. Brewster Jennings & Associates is a front for Valerie Plame Wilson, who will later be outed as a CIA officer in 2003, and possibly other operatives. A group of Turkish agents come to the US on the pretext of researching alternative energy sources and are introduced to Brewster Jennings through a lobby group, the American Turkish Council (ATC). The Turks apparently believe Brewster Jennings are energy consultants and plan to hire them. According to Edmonds, the State Department official finds out about this and contacts a foreign target under FBI surveillance, telling him, “[Y]ou need to stay away from Brewster Jennings because they are a cover for the government.” The FBI target then warns several people about Brewster Jennings, including a person at the ATC and an ISI agent, and Plame Wilson is moved to another operation."
  • HistoryCommons "US District Judge Reggie B. Walton, appointed by George W. Bush, dismisses Sibel Edmonds’ lawsuit (see June 2002) against the Justice Department, accepting the government’s argument that allowing the case to proceed would jeopardize national security (Bridis 7/6/2004; Bohn 7/7/2004) and infringe upon its October 2002 declaration (see October 18, 2002) that classified everything related to Edmonds’ case. Walton refuses to explain his ruling, insisting that to do so would expose sensitive secrets. “The Court finds that the plaintiff is unable to establish her First Amendment, Fifth Amendment, and Privacy Act claims without the disclosure of privileged information, nor would the defendants be able to defend against these claims without the same disclosures… the plaintiff’s case must be dismissed, albeit with great consternation, in the interests of national security,” Walton says in his ruling. (Bohn 7/7/2004) Walton never heard evidence from Edmonds’ lawyers. (Bridis 7/6/2004; Associated Press 7/7/2004"
  • click for Plamegate / AIPAC connections
  • WMR  "July 31, 2005/August 1, 2005 **** Plame leak damaged a major CIA investigation linking senior Bush administration officials to WMD proliferation. U.S. intelligence insiders have pointed out that the White House is using "Rovegate" and "Who in the White House said what to whom?" as a smoke screen to divert attention away from the actual counter-proliferation work Mrs. Wilson and her Brewster Jennings & Associates team were engaged in. The arrival of Timothy Flanigan as Patrick J. Fitzgerald's boss is likely related to the mountains of evidence Fitzgerald has now collected to indict senior White House officials, particularly, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, for criminal conspiracy in exposing a sensitive U.S. intelligence operation that was targeting some of their closest political and business associates. Libby, it will be recalled, was the attorney for fugitive global smuggler and Clinton-pardoned multi-billionaire Marc Rich, someone who has close ties to the Sharon government and Israeli intelligence. It is no coincidence that FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds uncovered nuclear material and narcotics trafficking involving Turkish intermediaries with ties to Israel at the same time Brewster Jennings and the CIA's Counter Proliferation Division was hot on the trail of nuclear proliferators tied to the Israeli government of Ariel Sharon and the A Q Khan network of Pakistan." and "November 11, 2005 -- New aspect of Valerie Plame/Brewster Jennings exposure revealed. According to U.S. intelligence sources, the White House exposure of Valerie Plame and her Brewster Jennings & Associates was intended to retaliate against the CIA's work in limiting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. WMR has reported in the past on this aspect of the scandal. In addition to identifying the involvement of individuals in the White House who were close to key players in nuclear proliferation, the CIA Counter-Proliferation Division prevented the shipment of binary VX nerve gas from Turkey into Iraq in November 2002. The Brewster Jennings network in Turkey was able to intercept this shipment which was intended to be hidden in Iraq and later used as evidence that Saddam Hussein was in possession of weapons of mass destruction. U.S. intelligence sources revealed that this was a major reason the Bush White House targeted Plame and her network." WMR
  • Jerusalem Post  How is this related? "...the arrest of Ben-Ami Kadish, the 84-year-old former US army engineer arrested in New York City on Tuesday (April 2008) on charges of passing classified information to Israel. Even assuming the charges have substance, the circumstances, and especially the timing of his arrest - 23 years after he allegedly last committed an act of espionage on behalf of Israel - raises puzzling and troubling questions" search terms: Israel denies spying after 1985, Kadish, former US Army engineer, passing nuclear weapons information, air defense, fighter jets, Patriot missile, 50-100 documents, (Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal) between 1979 and 1985, contact with Israeli official, reported to same official (CC-1 Co-conspirator) as Jonathan Pollard, Olmert office silent, Danny Yatom, head of Mossad, DOE, Israeli Aircraft Industries. CC-1an Israeli attache to the NY consolate, possibly Yossi Yagur, science attache, they talked in March of 2008, Israeli Aerospace Industry, ... and see Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County, all shows that Israel did not come clean about spies in 80s, dual loyalty,
  • Washington Post Feb 2007, Journalism on Trial, Russert, Libby, Judith Miller, lies.. file and AP Libby Trial final arguments file and San Francisco Chronicle and CBS / AP closing arguments. file  and  RawStory, National Journal Libby/Cheney connection, and Northern Star on John Hannah, El Paso Times: Plame Congressional testimony file. Truthout Libby Trial transcripts article and  NIE 2003, from FAS, Media Matters Plame was covert.
  • Huffington Post "In February, Circuit Judge David Tatel joined his colleagues’ order to Cooper and Miller... to testify to grand juries and give up sources. He based his finding on Rule 501 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, which authorizes federal courts to develop new privileges “in the light of reason and experience.” Tatel actually found that reason and experience “support recognition of a privilege for reporters’ confidential sources.” But Tatel still ordered Cooper and Miller to testify because he found that the privilege had to give way to “the gravity of the suspected crime.”  ...   Judge Tatel’s opinion has eight blank pages in the middle of it where he discusses the secret information the prosecutor has supplied only to the judges to convince them that the testimony he is demanding is worth sending reporters to jail to get. The gravity of the suspected crime is presumably very well developed in those redacted pages. 

 

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