Broad investigation into FETÖ's state infiltration
by Hasan Ay
ANKARASep 12, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Hasan Ay
Sep 12, 2016 12:00 am
According to the investigation into Gülenist terror cult moles' infiltration of state institutions, the group inserted 93,000 operatives
The four-decade long subversion by the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) allowed the cult to insert almost 93,000 of its operatives into key state institutions, including the judiciary, military and the Police Department. The terror cult is responsible for the attempt to topple the democratically elected government on Dec. 17 and Dec. 25, 2013 through tampered evidence exploited by its operatives within the judiciary and police. After failing to topple the government in 2013, the same group instigated a bloody coup on July 15 this year, once again failing in its nefarious aims after the Turkish people mobilized in defense of democracy. Two-hundred and forty-one people were killed during the failed coup attempt, which once again showed the extent to which the cult had infiltrated the state.
Investigations showed that approximately 93,000 FETÖ moles infiltrated the state over the decades. The state of emergency declared after the July 15 coup attempt has allowed judicial and executive authorities to cleanse the state of subversive personnel once and for all. The governmental decrees released have allowed the firing of almost 53,000 state personnel directly implicated in subversive activities tied to the Gülenist terror cult. The largest mass dismissal to date was the one that was published in the Official Gazette on Sept. 1, which involved 50,857 state employees in the police department, Gendarmerie Command, Coast Guard and many other departments. With 28,163 firings, the Education Ministry was at the top of the list. Exploiting education was one of the top priorities of FETÖ, which used its educational institutions as recruitment and indoctrination purposes.
The remaining 40,000 state employees with suspected Gülenist ties are currently under investigation, with any direct ties to lead to their dismissal.
The broadening of the anti-Gülen investigations has created a fear that innocents may be victimized in the process to remove Gülenists from state institutions. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, speaking to journalists last week while flying back from China after the conclusion of the G20 summit, warned the authorities against victimization, calling on investigators to be vigilant but just. According to information received, the remaining 40,000 suspected Gülenists within the state will be assessed through several criteria to reveal their links.Of the 40,000 suspected Gülenists, those occupying critical posts will be closely watched and that any future investigations revealing their FETÖ links will lead to their immediate dismissal.