…the will of the people can be said, albeit disingenuously, to be reflected in the action of those for whom they voted — “the people get the government they deserve” — although the truth is otherwise, for the people know little of the actions taken by their members of Congress and still less of the regulatory maze engineered by the administrative state.
The USA’s Next President
Clearly, 2016 will be a landmark year for the US presidency. Both major-party candidates are so obviously unqualified that the rational US voter must either select the lesser of two evils, or essentially not attempt to exert any influence at all on the electorate’s choice. Meanwhile, the fact is that the nation just might be plunged into a prolonged crisis, threatening the very survival of the West. If a lot goes wrong…well, the horror could be unimaginable.
Historians of the future will agree that The One Leader, while secretive about his background and overall aims, managed to provoke the Republicans into taking drastic steps to restore a measure of good governance. The result, a rejection of normal political practice, has sundered the Republican party and forced dismayed voters of all parties to choose either a candidate who is plagued by incompetence and unprincipled acquisitiveness, or one who promotes the myth of power that tribal leaders always evoke.
Though ethics is the foundation of politics in the USA, Hillary demonstrates just how weak ethical standards have become. Her authoritarian sense of entitlement and her naked greed, along with her consistent failure to resort exclusively to the truth, presage a presidency that already has rotten roots. Her willingness to preoccupy herself as a facilitator of illicit profits (rather than be about the nation’s business) has been documented (watch this film). That does not concern her in the slightest.
With Hillary as president, the USA will face a uniquely powerful nexus of conscienceless corruption and homicidal religious fanaticism. Cursed with deplorable ethics and bereft of credibility as a wartime president, Hillary is unworthy.
That said, one must mention Trump, the amateur who offers daffy dreams and silly solutions. Is this sorcerer a visitor from a separate reality?
What Hillary Has Done To The US Federal Bureau Of Investigation
For much of the twentieth century, the FBI carefully crafted its image as the one police agency in the nation that was above corruption. That involved ignoring claims that J. Edgar Hoover was a homosexual. It was alleged that gangsters threatened Hoover with exposure if he did not denounce the opinion that organized crime was powerful in commerce and politics. Hoover obliged the criminals.
Eventually the iconic FBI chief died, the rumors and allegations about him were consistently ignored, and the FBI’s undeserved reputation was preserved. Many of today’s US citizens have never heard of the allegations directed at Hoover.
Today the FBI must cope with a new challenge to its integrity: Hillary. In sharp contrast to the innuendo and whispers and “exposés” of the past, several developments make this new threat to the FBI’s integrity more severe than the gossip that involved Hoover.
First, today’s facts are public: it is known beyond all possible doubt that Hillary lied repeatedly.
Second, Obama forced the FBI to play a role for which it is neither trained nor ethically suited: the FBI is an investigative rather thanprosecutorial entity. Forcing the FBI to make a decision that can properly be made only by the nation’s attorney general is in itself a toxic distortion. That evasion of responsibility indicates that justice dictated by whim and influence has replaced constitutional and legal procedures. In fine, corruption — political meddling in the administration of justice — has distorted the federal government’s ethics and authority, thereby threatening the nation’s security.
Note well: intent very seldom has anything to do with guilt. While a few laws do mention intent, most do not.
In order to serve the personal political interests of a powerful (that is, connected) figure, the president and the nation’s chief law enforcement official corrupted the justice system by commanding the federal police department to exceed its statutory authority. That’s precisely the behavior of autocrats. It is also precisely what the founders of the nation intended to prevent when they drafted the constitution.
Instead of refusing to accept prosecutorial authority, the nation’s top police officer buckled under pressure. He understands that one does not hamstring Hillary. Yes, of course a better man would have resigned rather than debase his agency.
It is clear that at some point the machinations of Slick Willy and his consort should have been derailed by the criminal justice system; that is to say, when Slick boarded the attorney general’s airplane “to chat”, he should have been prevented from speaking to the nation’s highest prosecutor. He was not. As a consequence, a police officer was tasked with making a decision the tainted attorney general could not make.
The Clintons have circumvented the federal criminal justice system. That demonstration of their influence will serve as an example to their enemies.
Of course there is collateral damage, for the FBI has been exposed as exactly what the old rumors about J. Edgar Hoover claimed it was: an agency that can ignore its foundational purpose at the behest of illegitimate power.
The Full Ramifications Of Intent
Here are some examples of the events that make the present times truly amazing: first, a North Carolina voter identification law is struck down by judges who can divine the unconstitutional thoughts in the minds of the legislators who imposed the law. Next, note that Hillary’s intent simply fascinated the FBI; that agency’s consideration of her mindset when she compromised national security, misrepresented her illegal malfeasance, and repeatedly lied about her acts, allowed the FBI to protect her from the just consequences of her elitist contempt for the law.
Yes, the telepathic talents of the government are expanding, and law enforcement is undergoing seismic changes. This newsletter expects fully-fledged “thoughtcrimes” will eventually emerge. That means — among other things — that you will be utterly unable to prove that you were not thinking naughty thoughts.
Well. As much fun as this contemporary medicine show is, some cynics can be depended on to ask how the current dystopian trend canpossibly be supportive of constitutional governance.
The Coup Attempted In Turkey
A note from The Tramp Abroad: This text was provided by one of my sources. In this day and age, things change very rapidly. My correspondent has reassessed the situation that led up to the failed coup. The title, by the way, is a Turkish expression.
A Stick With Shit At Both Ends
My dear friends, I just wanted to rectify an earlier post. I outlined the reasons why I thought this was an autocoup by Erdoğan based on arguments that I had assembled. I acted emotionally. After reading articles and statements by secular Kemalist intellectuals and retired generals, it has become clear that what we witnessed on Friday was a genuine coup attempt by Fethullah Gülen’s Islamist movement.
The coup had been arranged for later at night, however as their plot started to unfold, the events were moved forward. Those who know me well know exactly what my feelings towards Erdoğan are. However, unlike his blind supporters, I have no problem in changing my mind, even if the truth, in this very particular situation, means in fact agreeing with Erdoğan — that he was genuinely the victim of a botched coup attempt, which fortunately failed. Had the coup been successful, even darker clouds would have hung over Turkey.
The Gülenist Terrorist Organisation (FETÖ) has been the worst threat to the secular republic founded on Atatürk’s ideals. They are real hardline Islamists who hide under their Western appearance but whose ultimate aim is to install a theocratic regime like that in Iran. Fethullah Gülen is a self-exiled (Pennsylvania) Islamic cleric and scholar who promoted a new brand of ‘mild’ political Islam that attached a great importance to education. He realised that he could not defeat the established order from the outside, so he encouraged the infiltration of his followers into all state organs to achieve his goal from the inside.
The main tactic he used was to brainwash children at an early age. This started decades ago. At first, the easiest targets were orphans, which his movement lodged and schooled. Then they created chains of after-school classes to prepare teenagers for their university entrance exam. Unfortunately this was not the only thing that they were teaching. Growing bigger and more confident, they would eventually directly target the brightest students, at school or in their dormitories, trying to lure them into their organisation.
Education was the key to the movement’s success because they wanted to place their own people in the best and highest positions. From there, the Gülenists would return 10-20% of their annual income back to the organisation, which, in this way, could keep expanding. Eventually, they would get enough people into key positions so that they could easily implement nepotism and clientilism on a large scale. It even got to the point where they would steal answers to the university or civil service entrance exams to secure a beneficial outcome.
Furthermore, the Gülenists expanded their activities around the world until they controlled a network of schools in over a hundred countries. They particularly focused on the Balkans (where they could play on the local Muslims’ traditional affinity towards Turkey based on common historical, cultural and religious ties) and on central Asia, taking advantage of the vacuum created in the education sector following the collapse of Soviet rule in those Turkic republics. These Gülenist schools were particularly sought-after and considered as elite schools. Even the high-ranking officials would send their kids there.
This movement became so powerful that people would join it with a view of furthering their own careers and interests — but naturally the same rule of “unconditional loyalty” and “return of income” would still apply. The key targets were the judiciary, the police and the education system, but also the civil service in general. They managed to infiltrate many political parties and, as we saw on Friday, the military.
It is thanks to this movement that Erdoğan managed to consolidate his power. Without FETÖ, he could never have been able to dismantle the secular state. Gülen and Erdoğan worked relentlessly together for a whole decade to weaken any opposition, as well as discrediting, infiltrating and weakening the Turkish Armed Forces, which, up to that point, had been seen as the guardian of secularism. Two alleged coup plots, Ergenekon (2007) and Balyoz (2010), were fabricated by the Gülenists with backing from Erdoğan in order to purge the secular and Kemalist opposition, such as journalists, academics, jurists, politicians and officers, including generals and two former Chiefs of the General Staff. In these two operations a total of 745 people were indicted, with many receiving life sentences. The newspaper that brought forward these allegations was at the time the highest circulating daily — Zaman — (belonging to the Gülen movement), whilst the state prosecutor and judges used for the cases were members of FETÖ. At one point even Erdoğan publicly proclaimed himself the prosecutor of these cases.
Most relevant to the coup attempt on Friday is the fact that these two operations cleansed the Army of hundreds of officers, who in turn were replaced by the Gülenist traitors who initiated the coup attempt. For more information on how this information took place, please read the newspaper article that I translated yesterday.
After ten years of honeymoon, this fairy tale partnership had to come to an end. The event that triggered this was the Gezi Park Protests in 2013. Erdoğan’s heavy-handed crackdown of the peaceful protests led to a split with his long-term ally and also marked a shift in his international standing. Up until that moment, Erdoğan had been the darling of the West: European and American politicians, journalists and intellectuals had all lined up to support him blindly and pumped up his ego for the past decade. Now, everyone woke up. Even Fethullah Gülen who resides in the USA…. Whether it was due to the international reaction or that the Gülenists realised that Erdoğan had become too strong, they decided that the time had come to try to topple him.
On December 17, 2013, the Gülenists launched their biggest attack yet on the AKP with the view of defaming and weakening the party in the public eye. They threw in all of their resources. Still in control of the judiciary and the police, they detained 91 people on grounds of large-scale corruption. All of these figures were connected in various ways with the ruling party and included three sons of cabinet ministers. A secret audio recording between Erdoğan and his son Bilal was released where Erdoğan told his son to urgently get rid of tens of millions of dollars. A second wave of arrests was to follow involving Erdoğan’s two sons, however the police refused to carry out the orders of the state prosecutor.
It was following this event that the Gülen movement was branded a terrorist organisation and named FETÖ (FEthullahçı Terrör Örgütü, or “Gülenist Terrorist Organisation”) by Erdoğan, who then proceeded with a wide crackdown of the Gülenists by dismissing and reassigning thousands of police officers and hundreds of judges and state prosecutors.
Since this corruption scandal, these two factions had been in a constant power struggle. You can just imagine the chaos: Erdoğan declaring war on the Gülenists who are hiding behind the immunity offered by their high positions in the judiciary and the various state organs that they still control. From there, they are attacking Erdoğan with the support of their media. In return, Erdoğan is fighting back by revising the laws, dismissing people and forcing a state takeover of media outlets…. What we saw on Friday was in fact the culmination of this infighting. During this time, the secular Kemalists could only observe from the sidelines. The coup attempt was a final all-or-nothing act of desperation from the Gülenists who saw their lifework slip before their hands. They knew that they were doomed if they did not act in response to Erdoğan’s witch-hunt. Some rumours even highlight that this intended change-of-guard took place only days after the increasingly isolated Erdoğan decided to make peace with Russia, Iran and Syria, in essence completely frustrating the USA’s regional strategy in the Middle East. The fact that the leader of FETÖ, Fethullah Gülen, resides in Pennsylvania helps to fuel the allegations that this event was a proxy-war between the two world powers.
We are very fortunate that the Turkish nation, from left to right in the political spectrum, from secular to conservative Muslims, opposed this coup attempt and made it fail. The result could have been a lot worse than what we are currently witnessing. In one sentence: the Machiavellian Erdoğan uses religion for political gains, the Gülenists are the real Islamists. Even their magazine published since 1979 is called ‘Sızıntı’, which can mean ‘infiltration’ by one of its definitions. (I might translate another article explaining the workings of this organisation.) Their sinister plan was always to topple the secular and Kemalist foundations of the Republic of Turkey. They had a perverse sense of patience, stubbornness and secrecy to follow through with this plan for four long decades…. Had their coup attempt been successful, Fethullah Gülen would have returned to Turkey as the new Ayatollah to establish a theocracy suited to his teachings. For the time being, this threat seems to have been crushed. Erdoğan has now embarked on a crusade to purge the state and society from its Gülenists elements in their thousands, with currently over 50,000 affected in all sectors, such as education, the judiciary, the police, the army and the civil service. This may seem like a ridiculous number but, truth be told, this is really the scale of which this infiltration has taken place in Turkey over the past 40 years. After the botched coup attempt, the Army needs a review, and the closing down of all the Gülen-affiliated schools is a necessity. I must admit to a certain pleasure in seeing all the state prosecutors, judges and police officers involved in the set up of the ‘Ergenekon’ and ‘Balyoz’ operations now themselves being led around in handcuffs. Let us not forget that these people are genuinely guilty of high treason, not only for supporting the coup attempt, but also for dismantling the secular and Kemalist identity of the Turkish state in the previous years through fabricated allegations and evidence. However, the problem now is that the Gülenists have handed Erdoğan dictatorial-like powers and only increased his already existing paranoia. There is a real fear that Erdoğan could use this opportunity to cleanse other political opponents and further cement his position by paving the way for the constitutional changes needed to move from a parliamentary to a presidential system. Innocent people could fall victim to the purges. All remains to be seen.
This Sunday, the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has announced a huge demonstration in favour of democracy and against the coup attempt. All the opposition parties and their media have rallied together for democracy and have been allowed to be outspoken critics not only of the attempted coup, but also of the AKP government for its failings in leading us into this current mess by bedding with the Gülenists. Maybe in the long run this failed coup attempt could convince Erdoğan to run a more inclusive style of government which can hopefully allow us to overcome this national tragedy and turn this dark page as quickly and as smoothly as possible and, most importantly, in a united manner. We can only hope. Finally, it is worth noting that the unsung and real heroes leading to the failure of the coup attempt on Friday was the glorious and magnificent Turkish Army, not the people Erdoğan sent to the streets, as he would like you to believe. The latter group sure did seem to have some effect against a few rebellious tanks and helicopters but they particularly served the purpose of a great propaganda tool for Erdoğan by becoming political martyrs. Sending your extremist paramilitaries onto the streets only reminds me of one historical figure… I also find it hard to reconcile the tenets of democracy with how those thugs were torturing and slicing the throats of innocent young conscript soldiers while shouting democracy.
Anyway, what really prevented the coup were those remaining secular and Kemalist generals and officers within the army who refused to obey when threatened by the coup plotters, instead trying to prevent them. The Turkish Armed Forces is NATO’s second largest army with 640,000 active personnel. Had the army command been convinced to partake in the coup attempt, then thousands and thousands of armoured vehicles and aircraft would have been in play — with failure of the coup highly unlikely. Let us also not forget the young conscript soldiers, who were deceived into taking part; they were told they were assisting in training drills, and they surrendered peacefully when they realised what was going on.
On Friday, we showed the world that the entire Turkish nation stands firmly united against military coups. We, the Kemalists, yearn for peace, for stability…and for TRUE democracy. Erdoğan is guilty of longterm collaboration with these Gülenists whom he now brands as terrorists and he has been implicated in a corruption scandal.
Time to go!
Links Courtesy Of The Tramp Abroad
Gülen and his movement have been on the radar of the US Government for some time. This book is available at Amazon, both in printed form and as an e-book for Kindle. But has Fethullah Gülen misled the Western establishment all along? Or did that establishment use Gülen to destabilize Turkey? Is it suspicious that Gülen has had a number of high ranking US diplomats and officers in the intelligence agenciesvouching for him? For more on this Turkish expatriate, see this.
Here’s a comment on Wikileaks’s recent statement regarding Turkey’s suspension of the European Convention on Human Rights from our friend, Eden Tunbach. He is, by the way, a lawyer by training.
REGARDING TURKEY’S SUSPENSION OF THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
I must express my great disappointment in Wikileaks for making such a misleading and fraudulent statement (I will analyse the law further below). I think that this organisation had better refrain from choosing sides by commenting on political issues, and stick to its original purpose, which is to make public documents that can then be used for interpretation.
As much as I dislike Erdoğan, spreading lies to denigrate him — at any cost — is harmful and only serves to create more confusion. I, more than others, want to see him gone, and just as in the past, I will not hesitate to use my democratic right and take to the streets again to show my disapproval of his autocratic rule.
Western commentators and self-proclaimed connoisseurs, who are guilty of creating the myth of Erdoğan in the past decade, are now committing the same mistake again by blindly throwing out allegations and making statements which refuse to consider the situation in its entirety. If you are only telling one side of the story, then you are not exactly telling the truth. The situation is extremely complex and painting it simply as black and white when there is a lot of grey area is frankly poor journalism. It almost feels as if Western media will go as far as to acquit the coup plotters just to discredit Erdoğ and more strongly. Well, let me tell you, if you finally decide to lend an ear (after fourteen years) to the secular and Kemalist opposition, you will realise that both Fethullah Gülen and his secretive movement and Erdoğan are equally as bad. This was the culmination of a power struggle between two islamist camps. There is no good or bad. They are both bad.
Now let us get back to the Wikileaks statement. If you analyse it with more care, you will see that Turkey did not in fact withdraw from the European Court of Human Rights as Wikileaks claims; instead Turkey only partially suspended the European Convention of Human Rights for the duration of three months. As regrettable as this outcome is, it was done by a vote in the Turkish parliament, with support from opposition MPs, by invoking the legal procedure provided by the Convention itself!
Article 15 ECHR allows signatory states to derogate from certain rights guaranteed by the Convention in time of “war or other public emergency threatening the life of the nation” provided that strict conditions are met. This article has been invoked previously by other signatories, notably France in November 2015 following the Paris attacks.
The key here is paragraph 2 of Article 15 which states that: ‘No derogation from Article 2, except in respect of deaths resulting from lawful acts of war, or from Articles 3, 4 (paragraph 1) and 7 shall be made under this provision.’ In other words, even by suspending the ECHR, Turkey still has a duty to uphold and cannot derogate from the fundamental human rights protected in Articles 2, 3, 4(1) and 7 of said Convention. Article 2 regards the ‘right to life’, Article 3 ‘torture’, Article 4(1) ‘slavery’ and Article 7 ‘retroactivity of laws’.
I will post all of the four abovementioned articles in full below, however, in light of the allegation thrown by Wikileaks, I will start with Article 7, which completely rebuts (or shall I say destroys) their claim.
Article 7(1) holds that ‘No one shall be held guilty of any criminal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a criminal offence under national or international law at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the criminal offence was committed.’ Put differently, this means that those found guilty of instigating the coup cannot be executed, since Turkey had already abolished the death penalty at the time of the failed coup attempt. Now, whether Erdoğan respects these four articles and his other international obligations, is a whole other question. Maybe he will decide to fully withdraw from the European Convention of Human Rights. But until that happens, spreading such rumors based on false statements, as witnessed here, can only serve to cause more harm and confusion!
1. In time of war or other public emergency threatening the life of the nation any High Contracting Party may take measures derogating from its obligations under this Convention to the extent strictly required by the exigencies of the situation, provided that such measures are not inconsistent with its other obligations under international law.
2. No derogation from Article 2, except in respect of deaths resulting from lawful acts of war, or from Articles 3, 4 (paragraph 1) and 7 shall be made under this provision.
3. Any High Contracting Party availing itself of this right of derogation shall keep the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe fully informed of the measures which it has taken and the reasons therefor. It shall also inform the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe when such measures have ceased to operate and the provisions of the Convention are again being fully executed.
1. Everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law. No one shall be deprived of his life intentionally save in the execution of a sentence of a court following his conviction of a crime for which this penalty is provided by law.
2. Deprivation of life shall not be regarded as inflicted in contravention of this article when it results from the use of force which is no more than absolutely necessary:
(a) in defence of any person from unlawful violence;
(b) in order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent escape of a person lawfully detained;
(c) in action lawfully taken for the purpose of quelling a riot or insurrection.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
1. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude.
2. No one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour.
3. For the purpose of this article the term forced or compulsory labour’ shall not include: (a) any work required to be done in the ordinary course of detention imposed according to the provisions of Article 5 of this Convention or during conditional release from such detention; (b) any service of a military character or, in case of conscientious objectors in countries where they are recognized, service exacted instead of compulsory military service; (c) any service exacted in case of an emergency or calamity threatening the life or well-being of the community; (d) any work or service which forms part of normal civic obligations.
1. No one shall be held guilty of any criminal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a criminal offence under national or international law at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the criminal offence was committed.
2. This article shall not prejudice the trial and punishment of any person for any act or omission which, at the time when it was committed, was criminal according the general principles of law recognized by civilized nations.
Global warming on Jupiter? Yes. The planet’s atmosphere is amazingly hot.
The US voter does not understand what money is, where it comes from, and what the consequences of “Progressive” fiscal policy actually are. Here’s evidence supporting that contention.
A reminder: when you try to pin a congenital liar down, you undertake a prolonged, frustrating, and infuriating task. Here’s a non-trivialexample.
There is an excellent case to be made for the proposition that prescriptivists have the correct attitude toward written English.
Hillary has long been adamantly opposed to the case law that grants unions and corporations the right to use media to air their opinions. Why ever? After all, she has parlayed the intimate relationship between politics and money into immense personal wealth, and she certainly understands how the public’s views can be influenced by expensive advertising. This article outlines the background of the “Progressive” struggle to silence some, but not all, citizens. This issue is so important to Hillary that she favors altering the first amendment to the constitution. Now that’s fervor!
This idiot really is an idiot. Fortunately he was never a US president.
Once again, it’s the pioneers versus the establishment. This time the fuss is over earthquake prediction.
Thank Goodness the US government is truthful, forthcoming, and responsive. (Choke)
The masthead includes a quote from the works of Mark R. Levin.