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Common Defense Richard Falknor on 25 Oct 2012 11:55 am

UPDATED! The Intense Outreach of Agents of Turkish Islamist Influence

UPDATES NOVEMBER 3! Arnold Ahlert reports (FrontPageMag) “Stealth Islamist Charter Schools Under Investigation” – – “The charter school movement associated with Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen is under federal investigation. If one believes that the battle for the nation’s soul is occurring, not just in Washington, D.C., but in schools across the nation, the steady advance of Turkish-Gulen Charter Schools may be cause for alarm. Fethullah Gulen is a Turkish Islamic cleric who fled his native country in 1998, after being charged with seeking to overthrow the secular Turkish government. He currently lives in exile at a 28-acre mountain complex in the Pocono Mountains, with more than $25 billion of assets at his command. The 135 charter schools associated with the Gulen Movement (GM) enroll more than 45,000 students and comprise the largest charter school network in the United States — all of which are fully funded by American taxpayers.  Fethullah Gulen has been under investigation by the government since 2011.” . . . .“That investigation, carried out by FBI and the Departments of Labor and Education, is centered around charter school employees who are allegedly engaged in kicking back part of their salaries to the Muslim movement also known as Hizmet (service to others), founded by Gulen.” This is an in-depth article you can read right here. ||October 25! A Maryland state lawmaker talked up to Delaware legislators (click here and here) her travel in Turkey (also click here): “Having visited Turkey in December 2010, Delegate [Gail] Bates spoke very highly of her experience in Turkey and invited all the members of the House to visit Turkey with the trips organized by TAA. [Turkic American Alliance]. Ms. Bates said ‘I had the opportunity this year [2011] to go on a trip to Turkey. This incredibly well planned trip was a very exciting opportunity and such a good experience for myself. One of my goals on the trip was to focus on topics that unite us rather than divide us. As a practicing Christian, going to a Muslim country helped me to begin to see the commonalities we have and the things that we share.’” We wonder whether Maryland delegate Bates had a chance to discuss with her Turkish friends here topics the prime minister of Turkey has recently addressed: the limits of free speech, ‘moderate Muslims’, or Muslim assimilation in the U. S. Perhaps she was able to ask her hosts in Turkey how they might help halt the slaughter of Christians throughout the Muslim world? (Click on the two foregoing links.) In view of the good delegate’s endorsement of TAA-organized travel to Turkey, perhaps this conservative Christian appropriations panel member could identify for us “the commonalities we have and the things that we share” with an Islamist polity?

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The Intense Outreach of Agents of Turkish Islamist Influence

Concerns continue to spread about whether some proposed charter schools have Turkey-and-Islamist-oriented Gulen Movement ties (click here and here).

And just last Tuesday James Lafferty of the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force and Frank Gaffney chief of the Center for Security Policy explained their reservations about a proposed charter school (the Loudoun Math & IT Academy) before the Loudoun County Board of Education (click here to listen).

But several other reports of national and international consequence concerning the activities of Islamist Turkey are also quite troubling. First, however, some  background:

Fethullah Gulen and Prime Minister Erdogan

Rachel Sharon-Krespin back in 2009 in the scholarly Middle East Quarterly detailed the connections between the openly Islamist Turkish Prime Minister and Fethullah Gulen.  She wrote in her “Fethullah Gülen’s Grand Ambition: Turkey’s Islamist Danger” –

“Today[2009], despite the rhetoric of European Union accession, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has turned Turkey away from Europe and toward Russia and Iran and reoriented Turkish policy in the Middle East away from sympathy toward Israel and much more toward friendship with Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria. Anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-Semitic sentiments have increased. Behind Turkey’s transformation has been not only the impressive AKP political machine but also a shadowy Islamist sect led by the mysterious hocaefendi (master lord) Fethullah Gülen; the sect often bills itself as a proponent of tolerance and dialogue but works toward purposes quite the opposite. Today, Gülen and his backers (Fethullahcilar, Fethullahists) not only seek to influence government but also to become the government.”

Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan: No “Such Thing As ‘Moderate Islam’”

Former Federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy (PJMedia) explained last month –

“The Wall Street Journal reports that, with respect to the anti-American rioting, Obama has sought help from his good friend Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Islamist prime minister of Turkey. As [McCarthy’s book ] Spring Fever recounts, Erdogan denies there is any such thing as ‘moderate Islam’ (he says such a suggestion is an insult to Muslims), and he regards efforts to get Muslims to assimilate in Western societies as ‘a crime against humanity.’ According to a report in the Turkish press today, Erdogan also says ‘Islamophobia’ should also be prosecuted as a ‘crime against humanity,’ and in that regard, he plans to speak out against the video when he appears at the UN General Assembly meeting later this month. Exactly what kind of help Obama expects to get from Erdogan is unclear.”

Islamist Turkey and American Indian Tribes

“Congress finds that — the public and private sectors in the Republic of Turkey have demonstrated a unique interest in bolstering cultural, political, and economic relationships with Indian tribes and tribal members. . . .” pending H.R. 2362. (Highlighting Forum’s.)

On September 30, Marc J. Fink (PJMedia) in his Stunner: Turkey Infiltrating Native American Tribes — and May Get Congressional Help reported —

“Congressman [Tom ] Cole [link supplied] freely admitted the following on the House floor:

‘There’s no question that I was approached by the Turkish American Coalition (properly the Turkish Coalition of America), who have a deep interest in Turkey and American Indians.’

‘Deep interest’ indeed. The bill was the culmination of a multi-year effort by Turkey to ingratiate itself with Native American tribes: tribal students now study in Turkey with full scholarships; Turkish officials regularly appear at Native American economic summits; and dozens of tribal leaders have gone to Turkey on lavish all-expense-paid trips.

Why the intense interest in business and cultural ties with Native American tribes now, when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist Justice and Development party (AKP) have taken Turkey down a path of aggressive and dangerous Islamism?

Evidence from Uzbekistan points to a possible motive: infiltration and Islamization. The government of Uzbekistan is claiming that private Turkish business interests in the Central Asian country have been acting as a front for banned Islamist extremists. According to Agence France-Presse:

 ‘[The Uzbek government has accused] Turkish companies of creating a shadow economy, using double accounting and propagating nationalistic and extremist ideology. . . . Long wary of the influence of Islamic fundamentalism … secular authorities appear to be linking Turkish private business to the activities of the Nurcus, an Islamic group that is banned in the country.’”

Read all of analyst Fink’s post here.

Last Saturday Daniel Greenfield (FrontPageMag) declared in “Islamist Turkey Using Indian Tribes to Infiltrate the US”

“Islamists. If they can’t get in the front door, they’ll try the back door. If they can’t get through the back door, they’ll try the kitchen window, the doggie door or the chimney.

AINA has the strange and troubling story of Turkey’s infiltration of Native American tribes where they can get access to semi-autonomous territories at low cost. Turkey is ruled by AKP Islamists who are linked to all sorts of Islamic terrorist groups from Al Qaeda to Hamas.”

See the House roll-call  vote here on the ‘Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act of 2011’ (H.R. 2362) which failed to gain the required 2/3 vote. Even some members otherwise vigilant about the Islamist threat allowed this questionable measure to slip under their radar. Virginia’s Frank Wolf and New York’s Peter King head of the Homeland Security Committee were among the (only) 42 Republicans who opposed this questionable measure.    Errant GOP members may well have another chance to mend their position – – but conservatives should be in touch with them during the lame duck session of the 112th Congress.

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