General Douglas MacArthur who was one of the distinguished admirers of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, the Great Leader, had an eloquent statement: "Even the most complicated issues can be expressed in one or two pages." With this in mind, as a lavvyer, I will try to explain to you, shortly and in good faith, some of the covert operations of USA intelligence services involved in Turkish domestic politics.
You will know that, the Turkish Army—vvhich is the apple of Turkish Nation’s eye—in the early 1950s in Korea, when surrounded in Kunuri, displaying its superior combatant qualities fought bravely and prevented the annihilation of the USA 8th Army and gave a perfect example of brotherhood in arms, vvritten in gold letters in history. Then, despite their limited resources, Turkey and the Turkish Army, as a NATO member and out of respect to the notion of being an ‘ally’, did their best to fulfill the obligations of the alliance solidarity in good faith throughout the Cold War.
Turkish Nation and the Turkish Army never stipulate that the country with vvhich it displayed strong solidarity and regarded a friend vvould be involved in activities vvhich vvould do harm to it. Hovvever, if such a thing does happen, they vvill not put up vvith it, nor accept this hostility.
If I am allovved to further elaborate vvithin this scope, there are concrete facts indicating that some civilian and military intelligence services affiliated to USA government have provided support to PKK terrorist organization in the form of covert operations since 1991 when the USA invaded lraq. The perception is well formed in the Turkish public opinion that the USA has provided assistance to PKK terrorist organization and this perception naturally led to an increase in opposition to American polices and in anti-Americanism in general in Turkey.
İn addition to this already vvell-established perception, in recent years, intensive poliçe investigations and large scale legal proceedings, carried out against the alleged criminal netvvork ‘Ergenekon’, cause grave concern. These ever-broadening ‘legal’ cases have turned into a vvitch-hunt and they offer some concrete evidence that they are linked to covert operations carried out by the officers of Pentagon, TTIC and CIA. Several journalists, politicians, authors, lavvyers who are knovvn to be real democrats—as well as hundreds of flag officers and other high ranking army officers, active and retired alike— admittedly opposing aggressive policies of USA have been arrested based on fabricated, false documents originated from USA intelligence services (John Kunstadter, the officer of CIA) and they are now mostly imprisoned in Silivri prison near İstanbul vvhich came to be knovvn as the Turkish "GUANTANAMO". I am one of these officers, a veteran of the Turkish army These operations are being carried out by poliçe officers and public prosecutors vvho are actually loyal follovvers of "Fethullah Gülen netvvork" and supported by some ‘journalists’ and media outlets, ali affiliated to the very same organization. This global-scale project of CIA was executed in Turkey, until recently, under the protection and monitoring of the legitimate Turkish governments since mid-2000s. Some of these poliçe officers vvere trained in USA in 2006 shortly before the launching of the above-mentioned operation.
On the other hand, some American intelligence officers also provided support, to this (novv hardly) covert operation, in person, under the masquerade of "judicial process", inside the country. Paul L. VVilliams vvho vvas a retired FBI officer explained the connection betvveen the "Fethullah Gülen netvvork" and "CIA" as "CIA uses the community. There are nearly 800 schools in 112 countries. Annual expenses of these schools are 1 billion 200 million dollars. CIA has financing this money by a drug trade". Therefore certain Turkish citizens vvhose only guilt is to believe that USA has been providing support to PKK terrorist organization— therefore oppose the policies of USA which do harm the world peace—and who do not support the anti-democratic stance of the existing Turkish government—are deprived of their freedoms. This ‘operation’ is conducted by depending on the false documents produced— thanks to the active cooperation and contribution of USA intelligence services—and by relying on a netvvork with a ‘religious’ mask acting as a subcontractor. Since those under arrest, for years now, include several high ranking officers in active duty, the European Parliament in its last report on Turkey, indicated that this situation not only led the Turkish democracy to retrogress irrevocably, but also began harming the "operational capability of the Turkish Army" in a way that would hinder carrying out its NATO tasks and responsibilities.
I am an active lawyer. During my legal work for defending one of my clients involved in Ergenekon case, I reached concrete evidence vvhich indicated that a certain group vvithin the poliçe department were committing "military espionage in favor of USA" and then started preparing a criminal complaint. Hovvever, I was arrested on 07 June 2009 based on the ‘evidence’ left in my law-office by a poliçe team vvhich broke into it at night, on 03 June 2009.
Since that time I have been in Silivri prison, our local "GUANTANAMO", as an ‘accused’ under arrest. Nevertheless, I have now done that and hovv these operations are being conducted and who are employed in these operations, the roles and functions of American officers in this covert operation are detailed in the petition submitted to the Supreme Court of Appeals of Turkey, a copy of vvhich is also attached.
Undoubtedly, USA is an important and strong country in terms of economy, politics and the military provvess. İt is vvidely knovvn that some VVestern countries including the USA follovv the methods such as supporting the leaders of some states, sometimes by selecting them beforehand; providing support to candidates by indirectly intervening in election systems and increasing their vote shares, bringing them to povver, and benefitting from those leaders to further national interests of USA, sometimes by making use of the vveaknesses of those leaders. ‘Ergenekon’ is a typical example of such operations, recklessly planned, executed
and stili on. Hovvever, with such unvvise but ‘successful’ operations the opposition to USA in Turkey and elsevvhere is simply being ever-increased. Presumably, American tax-payers do not finance "TTIC, Pentagon and CIA" to have these intelligence services make ali peoples of the world turn against the USA". These types of vveird practices may undoubtedly provide benefit in the short term for gaining those vvho rule the countries—and benefit from their ‘services’.
Hovvever it is also undeniable that covert operations conducted by rough methods that border the state of ‘insanity’ make peoples become more and more opposing to USA policies and that it may not suffice to coopt leaders vvho rule countries in the medium to long term. VVinning a place in the hearts of vvorld peoples, as vvell as in that of the Turkish Nation shall require more meaningful and sincere efforts rather than symbolic actions such as the participation of your ambassador in the svvimming races in the Bosphorus, organizing picnics, or supporting basketball courses. After a vvhile, the people vvould force its own national policy and preferences on those vvho rule the country. I mean that your current policy shall only delay the inevitable failure that vvould be suffered naturally.
As long as these covert operations continue and hundreds of innocent Turkish citizens from every walk of life are framed and detained by false accusations based on fabricated indictments for vvhich supporting ‘evidence’ were produced by the help and assistance of American intelligence services, the hostility in Turkey against the USA will ever increase in the foreseeable future.
Hovvever those vvho are responsible for this result will not be the heroic and hospitable Turkish nation vvho did not hesitate to shed their blood for American soldiers and saved the day in Korea; but the USA intelligence services and Fethullah Gülen netvvork vvhich is used as a cat’s paw by these services in such covert operations stili ongoing in Turkey in a manner that is not befit to the spirit of alliance and ali but in a hostile manner. The lion’s share of primary responsibility also goes to the Turkish government that, until recently, failed to act timely to stop these illegal activities constituting grave crimes according to the Turkish Lavvs, and that now cannot become effective despite ali its belated efforts.
İn this respect, it is clear that "Project Ergenekon" carried out by the follovver agents of "Fethullah Gülen netvvork", planted in the Turkish state institutions and throughout the Turkish media, vvhich is also, stili, used as a cat’s pavv in Turkey by American intelligence services will increase the opposition against USA in Turkey and ali över the vvorld. İt vvill harm and cause permanent damage to the Turkish-American relations. Therefore, vve expect you, like the European Council, the European Parliament and other EU authorities and institutions, to adopt a policy that vvould side vvith democracy, human rights and freedoms in Turkey and to support the struggle of the Turkish Government against this USAbased illicit Fethullah Gülen netvvork, and to stop the support of USA intelligence services to illegal activities of this organization.
Lavvyer Serdar ÖZTÜRK
Silivri Penal Institution No. 1