As Turkey prepares to hold a National Security Council (MGK) meeting at the end of October, insiders have said that the Gülen Movement will officially be announced as a national security threat for the country in the Red Book. According to reports, the Gülen Movement, led by Fethullah Gülen who lives in self-imposed exile in rural Pennsylvania, will not be referred to as the "parallel structure." Instead, it will be officially defined along the lines of "civilian elements attempting to take over the state by unlawfully organizing within state institutions" in the Red Book, a legal document that contains the country's security policies and is updated on a five-year basis.
The latest edition of this document was updated in 2010. The movement's inclusion in the Red Book has been on the agenda of the MGK as they have been identified as a national threat for Turkey, even though the movement is identified as a national threat for Turkey, it has not yet been added to Turkey's Red Book, which commonly includes the country's security policies.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had previously said that the Gülen Movement will be added to the Red Book and the fight against the organization through lawful means will be one of the priorities of Turkey. In a TV broadcast on July 20, Erdoğan described more clearly that the Gülen Movement will be added to the Red Book by saying, "An organization that threatens our national security will, of course, take its place in the Red Book. The fight against this organization has become one of the priorities of the state." Turkish government officials have continuously expressed their determination to continue to lawfully fight against the Gülen Movement, whose followers are accused of infiltrating state institutions to gain control of state mechanisms and illegal wiretapping, forgery of official documents and spying.
The Gülen Movement is a transnational movement accused of wiretapping thousands of people including Turkish government officials and encrypted phones and infiltrating state institutions with the aim to overthrow the government. It has over 140 private schools throughout the world including the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Africa and has faced scrutiny in countries including Russia, Azerbaijan, Germany and the U.S.