2013 September 14 Saturday
Turkey Government Fabricates Evidence To Lock Up Secularists

Dani Rodrik on how the Islamic government in Turkey frames its opponents. It isn't just Erdogan's govenrment but a separate Islamic Gülen movement that is a state within a state that is challenging Erdogan and trying even harder to lock up and silence secularists. Turkey is supposed to be a NATO "ally". An ally against what?

The evidence in this case, as in so many others, consists of Microsoft Word documents found on a computer that belonged to Saylan’s foundation. When American experts recently examined the forensic image of the hard drive, they made a startling – but for Turkey all too familiar – discovery. The incriminating files had been placed on the hard drive sometime after the computer’s last use at the foundation. Because the computer had been seized by the police, the finding pointed rather directly to official malfeasance.

Fabricated evidence, secret witnesses, and flights of investigative fancy are the foundation of the show trials that Turkish police and prosecutors have mounted since 2007. In the infamous Sledgehammer case, a military-coup plot was found to contain glaring anachronisms, including the use of Microsoft Office 2007 in documents supposedly last saved in 2003. (My father-in-law is among the more than 300 officers who were locked up, and my wife and I have been active in documenting the case’s fabrications.)

This illustrates why I think overthrowing Assad in Syria or opposing the military government in Egypt is a bad idea. The Islamists won't give up power once they get their hands on the top level control knobs of government.

The guy who created the Islamic movement which is snuffing out freedom in Turkey is living in Pennsylvania spreading his ideas via schools in the United States:

Gülen lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, where he presides over a huge informal network of schools, think tanks, businesses, and media across five continents. His devotees have established roughly 100 charter schools in the United States alone, and the movement has gained traction in Europe since the first Gülen school was founded in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1995.

The West needs to send these people back to Turkey.

Gülen's advice sounds like what communists were instructed to do in the 1930s and 1940s in American.

You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers. . . . Until the conditions are ripe, they [the followers] must continue like this. If they do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads, and Muslims will suffer everywhere, like in the tragedies in Algeria, like in 1982 [in] Syria, . . . like in the yearly disasters and tragedies in Egypt. . . . The time is not yet right. You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it. . . . You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey

Gülen schools by state.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 September 14 07:28 PM 


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Wolf-Dog said at September 15, 2013 6:52 AM:

Randall Parker wrote: " Turkey is supposed to be a NATO "ally". An ally against what? "
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An ally against losing access to the oil in Saudi Arabia. Without American support, Saudi Royal Family would be overthrown by the Jihadi groups. I don't know how efficient and sufficient the newly discovered fracking methods will be in extracting oil in the Western world. I suspect that in the long run fracking will not be enough, and any serious war in the Middle East that disrupts the Saudi oil will be catastrophic.

Toddy Cat said at September 17, 2013 11:02 AM:

"You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers. . . . Until the conditions are ripe, they [the followers] must continue like this"

Well, it worked for American Communists...

gcochran9 said at September 25, 2013 7:07 PM:

Since the Turkish military has overthrown elected governments four times before, it's just barely conceivable that Erdogan is the one telling the truth about this.

Wolf-Dog said at September 27, 2013 5:03 AM:

gcochran9: "Since the Turkish military has overthrown elected governments four times before, it's just barely conceivable that Erdogan is the one telling the truth about this."


When you used the word "this" above, did you mean that 1) there is circumstantial evidence (i.e. according to the Turkish history of military coups) that in 2003 the army was preparing a coup? Or did you mean that 2) the incriminating evidence in the CD that the prosecution used was not fake? Please note carefully that according to the same Turkish history, 1) and 2) can be totally unrelated.

For the record, after the military coup that overthrew the Turkish prime minister Menderes in 1960, the subsequent political trial actually used some fraudulent evidence against him, and he was hanged. But on the other hand, even though it is very likely that the Turkish military had a dim view of the current Islamist government, it also appears that the recent trial of the Turkish officers involved fabricated evidence that was used to to crack down on the military, in what we can call "a preemptive counter-coup", and also "a certain measure of revenge by the Islamists who were harassed by the military in the past".

Thus, your analysis is incomplete. The situation is more complex because in this case it appears that the cure is becoming even worse than the original disease. The previous victim is gradually becoming the new victimizer.


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