I suddenly remembered the private who was asked the question, "What is electricity?" by his commander, to which he answered, "It is unknown in nature, but known through its actions."
Had this commander instead asked, "What is the Gülen Movement, which calls itself the 'Hizmet [Service] Movement'?" he would probably have received the same answer defining electricity.
American authorities have been in constant pursuit for an answer to this question. There is substantial information in Wikileaks files regarding these inquiries.
For instance, a document signed in 2003 by U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson was published by Taraf daily in March 2011 it is stated: "[Members of the Gülen Movement] have become mysterious under the pressure of the state. It is difficult to read their intentions."
In these documents signed by U.S.
Embassy officials, the following sentence is particularly interesting: "We have not encountered anyone who opposes the claim that Gülenists are in control of the Turkish Police Force."
The relationship between Gülenists and the police force is explained in detail in two documents dated 2005 and 2009. The document from 2005 indicates that three senior officials from the police force had a meeting with FBI representatives at the American consulate in Istanbul regarding [movement leader Fethullah] Gülen's residence in the United States. According to this document, the police force asked the FBI for "some sort of a 'clearance' paper" for Gülen, who at that time had difficulty obtaining a residence permit for the United States.
The second document from 2009 is signed by Ambassador James Jeffrey. In the document, Jeffrey touches on the role of the movement in the Ergenekon investigation. The statement, "We have not encountered anyone who opposes the claim that Gülenists are in control of the Turkish Police Force," is found in this document from 2009.
In another document, Ambassador Jeffrey wrote his observations, "[Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan is so determined to stay outside of the Gülen front, that they perceive him as a burden."
One other Wikileaks document reveals the United States has been long skeptical about the U.S. visas obtained by members of the Gülen Movement. In the document signed by U.S. Istanbul Consul General Deborah Jones on May 23, 2006, it is emphasized that the common characteristic of Gülen Movement members who frequently applied for U.S. visas, is their evasiveness in answering questions concerning their "purpose of travel and financial resources." An FBI report from 2004 states, "We received numerous accounts on how students at the Gülenist schools are being brainwashed."
Replacing Baykal You know how we are still discussing who is behind the tape conspiracy against Deniz Baykal? In telegraph number 12 958 sent by Ambassador Wilson on April 18, 2008, it is said: "Baykal's worn-out leadership is weakening the argument that the country's strings are pulled by the deep state. Getting rid of Baykal and replacing him with a more presentable opposition leader will be a more effectual weapon against Erdoğan's AK Party than the military and judiciary."
What do you say to all this? Do you think the CEO of the Movement Holding received "clearance" from the FBI for the "Baykal Tape?" We might have read and forgotten about these documents, but the cosmic memory called Google will store
them all forever.