Dr. E contributed reporting to this story
(Editor Note: This is Part 4 of an exclusive TWP exposé series on the coordinated media disinformation campaign to incorporate Turkey into the existing Trump-Russia and Ukraine conspiracy theories as first reported by TWP on Oct. 13th 2020)
Let’s recap: In Part 1 of this series we demonstrated how the geniuses in our media were following the exact same pattern of reporting they used in 2016 to roll out the Trump-Russia Collusion Hoax. But some details went unnoticed, which we highlight in this series. The media is rolling out an equally absurd conspiracy theory that Turkey was secretly laundering billions in funds to Iran, its major geopolitical adversary, in order to help Iran build its nuclear weapons program. Iran could then turn around and threaten to nuke Turkey … sure … makes total sense … (morons).
In Part 2, we demonstrated how politicized the Department of Justice Southern District of New York (SDNY) has become, making any investigation into Trump emanating from the district highly questionable, to say the least.
In Part 3, we uncovered the real reason the legacy media and SDNY were pushing this latest elaborate hoax. They are attempting to cover up a scandal referred to as “Operation Cassandra” where the Obama administration obstructed and derailed a DEA led investigation into a massive Hezbollah nacro-terrorism scheme that pours tons of cocaine into the US while at the same time funnels billions of dollars into Iran’s nuclear weapons program and funds terrorist operations across the globe.
In Part 4, TWP will begin to answer the question, “Why is Turkey being incorporated into this latest hoax?”
Throughout the Oct. 29th New York Times article and other articles cited in this TWP exposé series, there’s a name that keeps popping up, Fethullah Gülen along with his organization called the Gülenist Movement or “FETO”. So who is this guy and why is the government of Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan so concerned with him?
On Nov. 8th, 2016 (Election Day in the United States), Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.) penned this Op-Ed in The Hill warning about a reclusive cult leader named Fethullah Gülen, living in a guarded compound in the Pennsylvania Poconos Mountains.
Gülen is a political ally of the Clintons and a major donor to the Clinton Foundation who presents himself as a moderate Islamic Imam and an educator. Gen. Flynn warned it was all a façade and Gülen was,
[I]n fact a radical Islamist” who was operating a “vast global network [with] all the right markings to fit the description of a dangerous sleeper terror network” [based out of the United States and supported by the US government]Quote from the 2016 article in The Hill titled “Our ally Turkey is in crisis and needs our support“
On July 15, 2016, Turkey witnessed the bloodiest coup attempt in its history. Elements of the Turkish military launched a coordinated attack in all major cities aimed at toppling the democratically elected government of Turkey. Soldiers and tanks took to the streets, major infrastructure such as airports were seized while Turkish fighter jets bombed their own parliament building. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs was even kidnapped by his own security detail.
The coup attempt was put down when thousands of ordinary citizens took to the streets armed with makeshift weapons to face tank fire and aerial bombardments. Along with the help of loyalist soldiers and police forces, Turkish citizens were able to put down the coup attempt.
In one night, more than 250 people were killed and thousands more were wounded. The country was thrown into turmoil by a small group of fanatics.
Over the course of the last year, a man named Ekim Alptekin has begun giving media interviews related to Gen. Flynn and Fethullah Gülen. Alptekin is the man accused by the Mueller Office of Special Counsel (SCO) of hiring the Gen. Flynn and the Flynn Intel Group to act as an illegal foreign agents on behalf of Turkey in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). He recently addressed the nature of the contract in an interview with Mike Doran on the Counterbalance podcast.
Based on investigations by various government institutions as well as media reports, Fethullah Gülen and the Gülen Movement (FETO) were identified as the organizers of the violent coup attempt but for some reason this fact has not been widely reported in Western media.
Ekim Alptekin is a private businessman & entrepreneur who holds dual Dutch-Turkish citizenship and has been an outspoken critic of Gülen for years. Alptekin aggressively lobbied the government of Turkey to hire the Flynn Intel Group to objectively investigate Fethullah Gülen’s involvement in the July 2016 Turkish Coup Attempt and to help expose the national security threat Gülenists pose both to Turkey as well as the United States.
Alptekin himself hired the Flynn Intel Group privately in August 2016 in the hopes of producing a “proof of concept” lobbying effort to convince the Turkish government to invest more in the United States on their own lobbying efforts to combat those of the Gülenists. This type of commercial lobbying activity is 100% legal and commonplace in Washington DC.
Over the course of the next month Alptekin had some back discussions that led him to believe there was at least some interest from Turkish cabinet ministers to explore entering into their own contract with the Flynn Intel Group.
A month later in September during regularly scheduled annual meetings at the United Nations, Alptekin arranged an impromptu “meet and greet” in the margins of the UN Headquarters since the parties happened to already be present. At Alptekin’ insistence, some Turkish government officials and the Flynn Intel Group agreed to the introduction, more to placate Alptekin than anything. But their engagement never went beyond there, and the existing commercial contract the Flynn Intel Group had with Alptekin’s Dutch company INOVO BV was never discussed.
There are many private intelligence companies operating inside the United States and elsewhere. As with a lot of industries, but particularly in intel gathering, there are going to be good actors like the Flynn Intel Group and bad actors like Fusion GPS and (at the time) the Podesta Group.
Suspicions about Fethullah Gülen and the Gülenists are not a recent revelation dreamt up by the Erdoğan government. This story had been reported on before the Trump Presidency by The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and even the New York Times itself as far back as at least 2011.
Check out excerpts below from a May 2012 CBS News 60 Minutes story (over 4 years before the July 2016 coup attempt) showing there were serious concerns about Gülen and his movement in the US Media and US State Dept before both went mysteriously silent.
The 2016 Turkish Coup occurred right in the middle of the Republican National Convention (RNC) when Donald Trump was nominated for his first term as US President. That same evening, Flynn gave a speech to an RNC gathering where he praised the coup. At the time of the speech, Flynn mistakenly believed Erdoğan and Gülen remained allied; unaware they had previously broken ties and become political adversaries.
After being hired by Alptekin and conducting the investigation, Flynn was surprised when he found how integrated the Gülenists were into the Clinton Machine, both as major contributors to the Clinton Foundation and the Hillary Clinton campaign. He was equally stunned to find that Gülenist charter schools were receiving more than $750 Million annually from US taxpayers and is what led Flynn to publish the November 2016 Op-Ed in The Hill.
The nearly complete reversal in Flynn’s position about the Turkish Coup from July 2016 to November 2016 without any further context has been used repeatedly by Leftist partisan media hacks like Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow to smear Flynn as a “secret foreign agent for the government of Turkey”; which was then used by corrupt Dept. of Justice officials to target Flynn, Alptekin, and Flynn’s longtime business partner Bijan Kian for putative FARA related criminal charges.
The fact Maddow calls Gülen a “bogeyman” who could not have possibly been involved in the 2016 Turkish Coup all but proves he was behind it.
The notion that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.) would risk his reputation as one of the most highly decorated US Army Intel Officers ever, built during his 33 year career, most of which was spent in combat out in the field, and his position as National Security Advisor (NSA) to President Donald J. Trump for a share of about $500,000 (less taxes, expenses, salaries, and his business partners’ share) to work illegally as a secret foreign agent of Turkey is patently absurd.
The November 2016 Op-Ed in The Hill was outside the scope of the Flynn Intel Group commercial engagement, and in fact published over the objections of Alptekin. The Op-Ed compared the Gülenists unfavorably with the Muslim Brotherhood (with whom the Erdoğan government is associated). Alptekin felt the article “would resonate negatively in Turkey”. Nevertheless, Flynn personally felt he needed to call out the national security threat the Gülenists posed to the United States and decided to publish the Op-Ed over the objections.
It can be reasonably assumed the Gülenists were in full panic mode by the end of Election Night 2016 having been exposed as an radical Islamist cult and seeing their preferred candidate Hillary Clinton defeated.
Fethullah Gülen and his so-called Gülenist Movement have amassed a multi-billion dollar global business empire including interests in multimedia, construction, banking, and trade. But their largest business is a worldwide chain of charter schools. Gülen-inspired schools are the largest charter network in the US with over 160 schools in at least 26 states and on US Air Force bases.
The Gülenists are able to obtain lucrative government contracts to build and maintain the schools. They also use the schools to import Gülen followers from Turkey to work as math, science, and even English teachers by way of H1B visas. Gülen schools are among the nation’s largest users of H1B visas, even more than Google.
Credible accusations have been made in lawsuits in Ohio, Texas, and elsewhere that teachers brought in from Turkey are forced to kickback up to 40% of their (US taxpayer funded) salaries to the Gülenist Movement which is a federal crime.
Flynn, Alptekin, and others have referred to Fethullah Gülen and his followers such as NBA player Enes Kanter as a “Radical Islamist Cult”. I would personally emphasize “Cult” over “Islamist” as some of Gülen’s underground sermons and teachings are bizarre and seem to depart significantly from the teachings of mainstream Islam. For example, Gülenists are known to eat scraps of leftover food off the plate of Fethullah Gülen as if he’s divine figure. That is behavior much more reminiscent of groups like David Koresh’s Branch Davidians or Bhagwan Rajneesh’s Rajneesh Movement, but in stark contrast to anything taught in mainstream Islam.
You may be asking yourself, “How can all this be true?”. The story sounds unbelievably wild; like something out of a Dan Brown novel. If true, then why the ____ would the US government protect this guy and his followers, and allow them to remain in the United States and operate this cabal out of the Pennsylvania Poconos Mountains?
There’s really two reasons.
First as mentioned at the beginning of this article, the Gülenists are a major funding cog in the Clinton Machine donating heavily to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Clinton Foundation as well to many people close to the Clintons and other Establishment figures.
Just the US charter schools alone are receiving the average of $750 million in US taxpayer funding each year, and that doesn’t include all their other worldwide business interests.
Right before he was set-up by the FBI, Gen. Flynn was warning about the danger these schools posed to American national security and that they were being used as a funding mechanism for the Clinton Machine and radical Islamic terrorism. The Trump administration has recently considered cutting off funding for the schools at the urging of advisors close to the President such as Rudi Giuliani, but the funding remains in place due to resistance from elements inside the US State and Education Departments.
The Clintons have a long history of corruption and selling out US interests to enrich themselves. The FBI, DOJ, US Media, and Deep State Establishment, who worked to cover up and obfuscate investigations into the Clinton’s corrupt arrangements, are the exact same actors who set-up and framed Flynn, Alptekin, and the other Mueller Investigation victims.
There is little doubt Fethullah Gülen and the Gülenists rely on the same type of corrupt career bureaucrats inside the US State Department (which Secretary Clinton ran under President Obama from 2009 to 2013) and other federal agencies to both shield “Turkey’s Osama bin Laden” from extradition for his alleged role in the July 2016 coup attempt of a NATO ally, but also to aid in their alleged H1B visa fraud scheme. This despite repeated cables from US embassy officials in Ankara to Washington DC as far back as 2003 warning Gülen could have a “sinister and radical agenda“.
The second reason, the charter schools the Gülenists operate inside the United States are not their only ones. As Alptekin explained in a recent interview with Tracy Beanz, there are thousands of Gülenist schools across the globe; many of which are located in regions the CIA has problems penetrating into. The CIA for years has been able to use the Gülen schools to plant operatives where they otherwise could not.
It is highly doubtful the CIA was not aware of the planned 2016 Turkish Coup Attempt given the size and scope of the operation inside a NATO ally with a significant US Military presence on the edge of a war zone. The amount of “chatter” and intercepts that would have been picked up by US Intel almost assuredly means the Obama administration gave at least tacit approval to it.
When Alptekin asked former CIA Director Jim Woolsey in a meeting with the Flynn Intel Group why the US continues to protect Fethullah Gülen, Woolsey called the Gülenist organization (FETO),
A wet dream for any intelligence organizationQuote by former CIA Director Jim Woolsey as recalled by Elim Alptekin
Woolsey later went on to make wild-eyed claims that in the same meeting, Flynn and representatives from Turkey had discussed a plot to kidnap Fethullah Gülen from his fortified compound in Pennsylvania and presumably attempt to smuggle him out of the country to be extradited back to Turkey to stand trial.
What’s so odd is the FBI never seemed to bother to interview the former head of the CIA who claimed to be an eyewitness to such a brazen kidnapping plot. They simply relied on media interviews he had done instead as a predicate for their investigation into the Flynn Intel Group. There were no executive privilege hurdles to jump over to question Woolsey; he was a private citizen at the time of the meeting. It would have required minimal effort to arrange an FBI interview with him and he was already speaking publicly about the allegations.
The documents attached to a recent letter sent by Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson letter to Attorney General William Barr mentioned Ekim Alptekin and the alleged scheme to hire Flynn to carry out the kidnapping plot.
Alptekin went on in his interview with Tracy Beanz to discuss Woolsey’s cockamamie version of events and shed some light on the FBI’s failure to interview the former CIA Director.
The most likely reason the FBI did not bother to interview Woolsey was because his story was so blatantly absurd and easily debunked that they knew he would either have to recant his story or possibly face charges for lying to the federal investigators if he were interviewed.
TWP recently reached out to Alptekin for comment about Woolsey’s kidnapping plot allegations and he responded by saying,
Legal counsel believes that it is likely the FBI knew Woolsey was lying and didn’t want him under oath because the [FBI Form] 302 would become our biggest exculpatory weapon. But if the FBI knew Woolsey was lying then why did they leverage his public statements internally to deepen the investigation? And if the FBI did not know he was lying, why did they not interview him despite the allegations he made?Ekim Alptekin in response to TWP questions about the Grassley & Johnson letter to AG Barr
The targeting of Gen. Flynn, Alptekin, and Bijan Kian on the manufactured FARA violations was a proverbial “Two Birds with One Stone” tactic. By carrying out a well-coordinated (dis)information campaign to “dirty up” Flynn & Kian as “secret illegal agents of Turkey” and Alptekin as a “Shadowy Turkish Businessman”, the Mueller Team succeeded both in protecting a major Clinton political ally & donor, as well as having another option to investigate and prosecute Flynn; knowing how flimsy their Russian Ambassador – Logan Act case truly was.
In President Trump’s Full Pardon of Gen. Michael Flynn, it should be noted Flynn was not only pardoned for the charges of lying to federal investigators in the District of Columbia, but also for,
[A]ny and all possible offenses within the investigatory authority or jurisdiction of the Special Counsel [Robert Mueller] appointed on May 17, 2017 … any grand jury proceedings in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia or the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.From the Full and Unconditional Pardon granted to Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (Ret.) from President Donald J. Trump on November 25th, 2020
This refers to the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) case that Flynn agreed to testify in as part of his cooperation agreement with the DOJ; part of the Flynn’s plea deal on charges of lying to federal investigators about his Dec. 29, 2016 call with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn later withdrew from the cooperation agreement because he refused to lie when pressed to do so by Mueller Special Counsel prosecutors.
The judge in the EDVA case against Bijan Kian eventually threw out the case when he made an extraordinary ruling stating,
[T]he Government failed to present substantial evidence for a rational juror to find beyond a reasonable doubt that Rafiekian knowingly participated in a conspiracy.US District Judge Anthony J. Trenga in his July 2019 ruling setting aside the guilty verdicts in Bijan Kian’s trial
The DOJ inexplicably chose to appeal Trenga’s ruling to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. The hearing of the appeal to place last Friday (December 11th, 2020) and has not yet been ruled on.
Flynn attorney Sidney Powell blasted the DOJ decision to press the case as,
[A]wrongful and wasteful use of scarce taxpayer resourcesSidney Powell as quoted in the June 2020 Politico article “Feds Press Criminal Case Against Flynn Partner”
Unlike Flynn, Ekim Alptekin and Bijan Kian are still not out of the woods as far as the EDVA case goes until and unless President Trump chooses to issue full and unconditional pardons for them too. So the Deep State needs a new way to target General Flynn to get him back under federal indictment in the hopes to gag him again as they’ve been able to do for most of the last four years.
It should be of note, at the time of the contract with the Flynn Intel Group, Ekim Alptekin was the chairman of the Turkey-U.S. Business Council (TAİK) and still sits on their Executive Board. There’s another prominent Turkish citizen the NY Times led hoax seems to be fixated on; Mehmet Yalçındağ, Alptekin’s successor as chairman of TAiK, .
In the lead up to the Oct. 29th NY Times article, stories were being planted by Soros funded publications such as OCCRP, which were cited by other articles or re-reported almost verbatim by news outlets such as NBC News attempting to tie Ekim Alptekin to the SDNY Halkbank case.
So the pattern is pretty clear. They have to “dirty up” Alptekin as a “Shadowy Turkish Businessman”, along organizations he’s connected to, and (real and/or completely fabricated) associations he has to other individuals also caught up in the hoax. They then use Alptekin to connect to Flynn to the “scandal”, and use Flynn to help get at President Trump. All in one neat little package with an SDNY bow on top … all in time for Christmas.
One thing that is noticeably absent from President Trump’s full and unconditional pardon of Flynn is any reference to the SDNY, and the Halkbank case is not part of the Mueller Office of Special Counsel Investigation, so Flynn could be prosecuted as part of this case and that appears what the Deep State is going to attempt to do whether Trump wins reelection or not.
Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) chairman of the powerful House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Oversight which is being setup to become the new House Impeachment Committee in any possible Trump second term since no one will take Congressmen Adam Schiff or Jerry Nadler seriously anymore.
But there’s still something missing in explaining the full context of this hoax. As badly as the Deep State wants to get Trump and Flynn, does that really explain why they would potentially plunge a critical NATO ally like Turkey into an economic depression and possibly topple its government?
Not really, so there’s got to be more to the story which TWP will lay out in our next article in this exclusive exposé series; Trump-Turkey Collusion Hoax – Part 5: Biden Ukraine 2.0