The Gülenist organization has gone mad

Published 03.06.2015 23:49
Updated 04.06.2015 01:51

Earlier in the week, Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet published a headline asserting that the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) sent weapons to Syria to support the terrorist groups in the country. It also published some photos, which claimed to show those weapons. Indeed, this is neither a fresh claim, nor have the photos that were included in the news report become a topical issue for the first time, considering that the same headline, along with the same photos, was published in another newspaper on Jan. 21, 2014. As a newspaper that is known for its rigid opposition to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and for its ties to the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Daily Cumhuriyet has resurrected this news ahead of the June 7 general elections.

Well, what is the source of those claims and photos that were used in the news report? Former imam Fethullah Gülen's organization, which has acted autonomously in the Turkish security bureaucracy, has turned the MİT into a target for four years. This is because the MİT initiated talks with the separatist and illegal PKK with the objective of ending the covert civil war that has been ongoing for 35 years. The Gülenist organization, which has ultra-nationalistic motivations hidden under an Islamic cloak, launched judicial operations and detained the MİT head with the aim of ending this process. When it fell short of its goal, the Gülenist organization started a surveillance operation of the MİT in an illegal way, and by using its technical surveillance power within the state. Despite the absence of criminal elements, the organization continued this audio surveillance for months by using its power within the police and judiciary and by violating the basic principles of the law to create evidence. Finally, it learned that MİT would send a convoy of trucks to Syria. In a sensational operation, it sabotaged MİT's secret operation. Months after the operation, which was conducted in MİT trucks and recorded by cameras, it released some photos and footage, the reliability of which is questionable, to the media.

This operation was problematic in all aspects for the following reasons:

1. In any institutionalized rule of law, the judiciary is not authorized to supervise the practices of the administration. This is called "juristocracy" in all languages.

2. The judiciary has the authority to initiate a process only if it finds a criminal element. It is not a judicial practice but a witch hunt to await the availability of acts that are the subject of an investigation by pursuing illegal technical surveillance against individuals or the administration.

3. The activities of the state's secret intelligence service are defined by law. There are evident rules regarding the judicial review of activities that are subject to national security. The legal and political responsibility for the actions of this institution belongs to the state.

4. If there is evidence that the judiciary cannot use due to the fact that the evidence is illegal, it goes against the norms of the rule of law to leak that evidence through the media in order to manipulate public opinon.

5. It is an act of espionage to collect and disclose evidence, which cannot be used in the judicial process, with the intention of obtaining information that constitutes a secret for the state's national security. International conventions bear a certain sanction for such acts.

There is no secret

It is no secret that U.S. and European laws stipulate severe and unyielding sanctions in the case of such incidents that threaten national security. As a country that deems international law superior to its domestic law in line with Article 90 of its Constitution, Turkey has initiated a legal process in the situation it is experiencing. However, the issue has an aspect that cannot be explained with logic and goes beyond the law: The opposition groups that battle against the dictatorial regime of Bashar Assad in Syria are justified by the whole world and all countries provide assistance to these groups.

The Gülenist organization, whose record is full of notorious photo montages and video montages, wants to present Turkey as a promoter of terrorism by using photos, the reliability of which is questionable. Yet, in front of the whole world, Turkey is training a moderate opposition group of 2,000 Syrians as part of a train-and-equip plan initiated with the U.S in the province of Kırşehir. Turkey's support for Syrian opposition groups is as evident, legal and legitimate as that of the U.S. and other countries and it can be a subject of international cooperation agreements. Do not be surprised if Gülenist police officers and prosecutors raid that training camp and say "here are terror camps" in the upcoming days. In fact, this is not different from what they are currently asserting. Although they have many newspapers and TV channels, they give such materials to other media outlets so that their manipulations create an impact on U.S. and European people. The media outlets that support the opposition are ready to take part in this crime by violating all journalistic principles ahead of the June 7 elections.

Oddly enough, although Turkey's people laugh away such claims, some circles in Europe take them seriously. If they can put aside their orientalist prejudices for a while, they will remember that their own countries provide assistance to moderate Syrian rebels, instead of deeming the act of assistance a crime. However, thinking serves nobody's purpose these days.

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