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June 09, 2008

The Deep State Is Back in Action

Several Turkish prime ministers tried to eliminate the Deep State. An informal, hard right-wing, secularist group composed of military and intelligence officers, judges, corporatists and organized crime groups.

The Deep State was part of NATO's Operation Gladio during the cold war and, applying a strategy of tension, was responsible for the killing of several thousand people. Several military coups de état were done under its directions.

It is back in action:

An entity established by a former military general has been working to influence the political and social atmosphere in Turkey, the Taraf daily reported in its weekend editions.

Called the Republican Work Group (CÇG), the organization is similar to the Western Work Group, which was known to be active in most of the events that led up to the unarmed military intervention of Feb. 28, 1997 that overthrew the government.

The Deep State, of which the CÇG is the silent lobbying part, is alleged to have prepared another coup in 2004 when the AK Party won local elections. But the plotters were not put on trial. Instead the editor of the magazine that published proof in form of a diary of one of the plotting generals was investigated and the magazine temporarily shut down.

The reappearance of the group points to new activities and is seen as the direct threat to the government.

The mildly Islamic AKP of Prime Minister Erdogan is already in trouble. It passed a constitutional amendment to allow for headscarves to be worn in universities. The Turkish Constitutional Court, in a 9 to 2 vote, declared the amendment unconstitutional and a "threat" to the country's secular order.

With this vote the court put itself firmly into the Deep State camp of the conflict and against the popular government. Additionally public prosecutors are trying to ban the AKP.

The party won 48% of the popular vote in the last election and it is ruling quite successfully. It is now considering another snap election to confirm that it has the support of the people.

While the Deep State is secular and nominally liberal, it is also rightwing and anti-democratic. Internationally it has support from the neocon AEI and Israel. AEI's Michael Rubin a few day's ago called Erdogan Turkey's Putin and demanded his prosecution. 

A coup against Erdogan, with guns or by partisan judges, would likely lead to a radicalisation of the followers of his party.

That again would heat up the cauldron in the Middle East by several hundred degrees.

Posted by b on June 9, 2008 at 16:39 UTC | Permalink


Not to mention seriously derailing any hopes of Turkey ever joining the EU.

Posted by: ralphieboy | Jun 9 2008 16:44 utc | 1

Joining the EU?

Any thoughts here on the Lisbon Treaty?

Ireland is carrying the weight of 26 other democracies (yeah right!) on Thursday!!

Posted by: Cloned_Poster | Jun 9 2008 19:14 utc | 2


yes, the EU is conducting negotiations to recognize Turkey's de facto membership status in the EU and even looking towards establishing a target date.

Eurpe is in no great need of a treaty. What is more important is simply harmonizing national legislation on matters of work, residency, educational standards, criminal and commercial law, etc.

Moving one's place of work and residence from Warsaw to Madrid (or from anywhere else to anywhere else in Europe) should be as much an uncomplicated matter of course as resettling from New Jersey to New Mexico.

Posted by: ralphieboy | Jun 9 2008 20:11 utc | 3

The reaction by the so-called white Turks (the wealthy urbanites) to Turkey's first truly representational government is predictable and could be bloody as the rural poor are unlikely to accept attempts to re-disenfranchise it. As far as the EU goes, well I wouldn't hold my breath there. EC functionaries will be cheering for the whiteys under their breaths, while they do the gruff uncle routine pretending to tell them off.

I wonder how many Irish people understand that a 'yes' vote will probably mean it is the last time the Irish will be troubled by one of these seemingly distant and irrelevant 'europe referendums'.
The Treaty of Lisbon seems to be a naked grab for power by the already meglomaniacal european pols and technocrats who figure pushing this through in europe will be easy after a win in Ireland which is claimed to be the EU's greatest success story. A rags to riches tale of neo-liberal alliances with corrupt pols exploiting a too trusting public who imagined that 'the boys' (their elected representatives) were still looking out for them while they had a couple of 'small drinks' on the side.
Those Irish pols must be desperate to remove a chunk of political power from the electorate before the shit hits the fan. That is before much of Ireland's new found wealth disappears down the gurgler, leaving the Irish people searching for culprits. The disadvantages of trans-national financial entanglements become revealed when the reality of being in hock to a plethora of foreign financiers takes shape.

If much of Ireland's power has been handballed to 'europe' then the local pols can blame them and say they would love to help but 'you people' went and voted our ability to do much across to Brussels.
In the meantime as Harry Browne explains the threat of economic doom and gloom arising from the 'no' vote getting up, is being used by these same pols to bludgeon the electorate into voting 'yes'.

As a fatalistic Celt myself, I can't but feel that the worst of both worlds will come to pass. That is the yes vote will win by a narrow margin and then Ireland's miracle will fade away completely to become another story to be passed on to future generations like all the other 'when we were once great' tales which sustain the ethos of being Irish no matter how many generations ago it was anyone from yer family set foot in the place. Leaving the Irish as powerless to deal with the underlying issues which oppress their population as they were before they kicked out the english.
Imperialism has a different face is all.

As a globalist at heart, but before anyone reels back in horror I should say I prefer the Internationalist label. Like the Wobblies of old, I have always believed the breaking down of national borders is a vital step towards global peace.

Of course at the same time as that happens major decison-making powers have to be brought down to community level so that individual communities can make the laws fit their needs.
The globalism practised by neo-libs is the reverse of that, borders are maintained while real political power is moved further and further away from the people and consolidated in the hands of distant elites. The absentee landlords return.

It is going to take a lot of blood split to get back those powers which were given away with a tick on a ballot paper. I used to think that would take a couple of generations to develop, but the beneficiaries of this consolidation of power have been too greedy, too fast.
The uprising around our planet as ordinary people express their anger at the 300% increase in basic food prices in 12 months may provide an opportunity to reverse this power shift before the elites have time to consolidate their new armies, or rather the milatarised police forces who unlike traditional police are recruited because they have no ties to the communities they are to police. Who needs criminal informants when you have CCTV on every lamp post and unlimited powers to intercept private communications?.

This is particularly true in Europe where the GWOT has provided the leadership with the perfect excuse to militarise what was meant to be a peaceful trading co-operative.

Posted by: Debs is dead | Jun 9 2008 20:29 utc | 4

The polls have been showing a significant surge against the treaty in ireland. but the media has now taken to facilitating absolute wall to wall scaremongering by government about possible effects of a no. Hard to know how it will go.

Posted by: drunk as a rule | Jun 9 2008 21:58 utc | 5

A British newspaper reported that many Irish are voting against the constitution because they simply don't understand it.

But I find that a fine litmus test: if they can't keep it simple enough for the Irish to grasp, then the rest of Europe won't get it, either.

Posted by: ralphieboy | Jun 10 2008 10:51 utc | 6

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