The sprawling, chaotic, all-consuming ?Ergenekon? investigation into the activities of Turkey?s so-called derin devlet (?deep state?) shows no sign of abating. Indeed, its tentacles are spreading ever further as it moves from enveloping its politicians and public to polarising the state?s core institutions.
‘Neo-nationalist group wiretapped PM’s house’
The VKGB is suspected of close ties with Ergenekon, a clandestine criminal organization accused of working to overthrow the government.
Three significant developments happened this week in line with the Ergenekon investigation:
If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. Although government must be enabled to control the governed, it must be obliged to control itself as well.
Plot drafter worked with Erzincan prosecutor
Cihaner and Berk are accused of membership in Ergenekon, a clandestine organization charged with plotting to overthrow the government
Latest bullshit from S.C: Soner Cagaptay: Turkey’s Republic of Fear – WSJ.com
The latest MetroPOLL survey, covered in our headline story on Saturday, has put an end to the debates, showing clearly that there are serious problems with the judicial system in Turkey and there is a strong popular demand for change in this regard.
We have so internalized the place and role of the military in the country?s politics that everyone harbors the hope or fear that the military may make an unexpected move at any time.
Deniz Baykal even denied the reason why he is against changing the Constitution. ?This Parliament cannot change laws?? OK, but why? Can this Parliament declare war?
Prosecutor Ilhan Cihaner?s arrest has created a deep judiciary crisis. Cihaner had launched an investigation into the Ismailağa religious sect in Erzincan in 2007. He was arrested Wednesday on charges of being linked to the suspected anti-government gang Ergenekon, which allegedly sought to topple the government. Osman Şanal, chief prosecutor in Erzurum, had ordered Cihaner detained. But now Şanal?s authority has been revoked by the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK).
The agenda in Ankara is judicial reform. The government is determined. The package will include around 10 to 15 items. Opposition parties have objections to the constitutional amendments, which foresee reforming the judiciary.
[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News] Something very important happened last Monday. A short statement from the Turkish General Staff noted that its investigators had gathered “evidence that might prove the existence of the document in question.” “The document in question” was quite a terrible one. It was a military plan to overthrow the AKP government and suppress the popular Islamic movement led by Fethullah GÃ¼len, a retired preacher who lives in the U.S. One idea was to “find” weapons in the homes of people from the GÃ¼len movement by planting them there first and thus portraying the peaceful community as a terrorist group. At a time when the world is understandably sensitive about Islamist terrorism, this certainly would be a good sell. And even a good justification for the Turkish military to roll its tanks once again — against its own people. Just a Bad Apple?