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Re: [MESA] [OS] TURKEY - Naval forces junta planned to undermineAKParty with non-Muslim assassinations

Released on 2012-03-12 16:00 GMT

Email-ID 1576235
Date 2009-11-20 00:12:53
From [email protected]
To [email protected], [email protected]
It is owned by a publishing house called "Alkim". Not owned by one of the
big media groups. Two senior columnists and general directors:
- Ahmet Altan: A prominent Turkish novelist. Comes from a Altan family.
His father is Cetin Altan (journalist of Milliyet and former deputy). His
brother is Mehmet Altan. He is an economist involved in politics more as
an intellectual.
- Yasemin Congar: Former CNNTURK correspondent to Washington DC.

I don't know their relation with AKP. They don't always write pro-AKP but
of course everything anti-TSK is in favor of AKP. The most important news
of Taraf (at least according to me) was this: PKK attacked a border check
point last year and killed eight soldiers. Taraf published satellite
pictures of terrorists approaching to the check-point eight hours before
the attack and accused the army of failing to take action against them.
Plus, it found out that the most high-ranking soldiers of that unit left
the commandment that day. Gen. Basbug could not give a satisfactory

Kamran Bokhari wrote:

Who owns it and what is its relationship to the AKP? How old is it and
how large of a circulation?


Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network


From: Michael Wilson <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:57:51 -0600
To: <[email protected]>; Middle East AOR<[email protected]>
Subject: Re: [MESA] [OS] TURKEY - Naval forces junta planned to
undermine AKParty with non-Muslim assassinations
This is what Emre's turkey media list had to say about it

Taraf: Liberal-Democrat, anti-TSK. Almost all documents we see in media
about TSK (coup strategies, weaknesses of TSK during PKK operations
etc.) are published by Taraf.

Kamran Bokhari wrote:

Isn't Taraf a pro-AKP paper?


Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network


From: Michael Wilson <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:49:39 -0600
To: Middle East AOR<[email protected]>
Subject: Re: [MESA] [OS] TURKEY - Naval forces junta planned to
undermine AK Party with non-Muslim assassinations
wow, that sounds pretty hardcore, what's the plausibility of this/how
does it coming out now affect what's been going on in Turkey between
the military and the AKP


Emre Dogru wrote:
Naval forces junta planned to undermine AK Party with non-Muslim

An anti-democratic formation within the Naval Forces Command planned
to destroy the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) by
assassinating prominent non-Muslim figures in Turkey and putting the
blame for the killings on the party, Taraf daily reported in its
headline story on Thursday.

The plan was detailed in a CD seized in the office of retired Maj.
Levent Bektas, who was arrested in April for suspected links to a
large cache of munitions unearthed during excavations on land owned
by the Istek Foundation in Istanbul's Poyrazko:y district. That
discovery came as part of the investigation into Ergenekon, a
clandestine gang whose suspected members are currently standing
trial on charges of having plotted to overthrow the government.

Police raided Bektas's office shortly after the discovery and seized
a large number of documents and CDs. A technical analysis showed
that a sinister plan against the country's non-Muslim population was
detailed in one of the CDs, called the "Cage Operation Action Plan."
The plan was signed by Lt. Col. Ercan Kirec,tepe and was planned to
be put into operation by a team of 41 members of the Naval Forces
Command. The hoped-for result from the assassinations of prominent
non-Muslim figures and propaganda and would be an increase in
internal and external pressure on the AK Party, leading to its
demise in politics, according to the plan.

The action plan would be implemented to lend support to the suspects
arrested so far as part of the Ergenekon investigation; render
ineffective so-called psychological warfare waged by the AK Party
and its supporters (against the military); change the course of the
agenda in Turkey; boost the morale of the junta within the Naval
Forces Command; and win the appreciation and support of the public.
The blame for each of the assassinations by the junta would be put
on the AK Party.

The plan was divided into four phases; "Preparation," "Raising
Fear," "Shaping Public Opinion" and "Action."

As part of the "Preparation" phase, the names and addresses of the
country's prominent non-Muslims would be determined. Then it would
be ascertained to which newspapers and magazines they subscribe;
which schools non-Muslims work for or send their children to; which
associations or foundations they are members of; which places of
worship they frequent; and where they hold their religious
celebrations and rituals.

Then the action plan would jump to the second phase, which consisted
of posting the subscribers of a Turkish Armenian biweekly, Agos, on
a number of Web sites, especially the "reactionary" ones. The
editor-in-chief of Agos, Hrant Dink, was shot dead in 2007 by an
ultranationalist Turkish adolescent. Letters that included
threatening messages would be sent to Agos subscribers, and they
would also receive threatening phone calls. Similar messages would
be written on a number of walls of buildings in the Adalar district,
which is home to hundreds of non-Muslim families.

In the "Shaping Public Opinion" phase, the list of Agos subscribers
would make its way into some newspapers, and fabricated reports on
the list would feature in those newspapers. TV debates would focus
on the reports and columnists would be urged to write columns on
them. The AK Party government would be accused of ignoring the
"approaching threat" to the country's non-Muslim population in the
debates. Media would recall the Sept. 6-7, 1955 incidents, a
state-sponsored campaign designed to transfer capital from minority
businessmen to Muslim Turks and to intimidate non-Turkish
communities into leaving their homeland to clear the way for a
homogeneous Turkish state. Several Web sites would be established to
disseminate propaganda against the AK Party and criticize its
domestic policies. The Web sites would have such names as
"" (We are under threat) and
"" (Let's protect Agos).

The most appalling phase of the plan, "Action," would include the
assassination of prominent non-Muslim figures. As part of this
phase, bomb attacks would be launched in Adalar; figures who defend
the rights of non-Muslims would be assassinated; percussion bombs
would be planted in places close to Agos; boats carrying passengers
to the Adalar district would be bombed; prominent non-Muslim
businessmen and artists would be kidnapped; and their homes and
offices would be set on fire. Individuals would claim responsibility
for the incidents on behalf of "reactionary terrorist

At that point, propaganda would step in, pointing to the AK Party as
the cause of the incidents. The party would be accused of falling
short of ensuring the security of non-Muslims in the country. The
action plan defined Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as an

The action plan called the killings of Armenian-Turkish journalist
Hrant Dink, Catholic priest Andrea Santoro and three Christians in
Malatya an "operation." The group aimed at fomenting chaos in
society with those killings, but complained that the plan failed
when large groups protested the killings in mass demonstrations.
"The operations created a large public outcry that non-Muslims in
the country were the target of reactionary groups. But society stood
by non-Muslims with a `We are all Armenians' campaign. Now, we will
continue the propaganda, showing that the cause behind the killings
was the AK Party and reactionary organizations," read the plan.

The plan also revealed that the anti-democratic formation within the
Naval Forces Command was being led by three admirals, identified
with their initials F.O:., K.S. and M.F.I. Retired Maj. Levent
Bektas, Lt. Col. Ercan Kirec,tepe, retired Col. Levent Go:ktas and
Maj. Emre Onat also worked for the junta. All of them were arrested
as part of the ongoing Ergenekon probe.

Among other members of the formation were sergeant majors Halil
Cura, Saddetin Dogan, Feridun Arslan; Maj. Emre Sezenler; and Maj.
Emre Gu:nay. All of them were employed at the Marmara Regional
Command. Other members at the same command were identified by their
initials, sergeant majors D.E, T.V.A., H.D. and I.B.

Among the members of the group at the Marmara Regional Command were
Col. M.S., Col. Levent Gu:lmen, Maj. Erbay C,olakoglu, Maj. A.A.S.,
Capt. B.A., Lt. Gen. B.C,., Sgt. Maj. M.A., Sgt. Maj. M.A., Maj.
G.Y., Capt. U:.O:., Capt. B.K., Sgt. Maj. D.M., Sgt. Maj. H.E., Sgt.
Maj. M.I. and Sgt. Maj. A.B.

The group also had members from the Black Sea Regional Command,
including Capt. I.Z.T., Capt. I.L.O., Maj. O:.E., Sgt. Maj. T.D.,
Sgt. Maj. M.A. and Sgt. Maj. M.K.
Ammunition excavated in Poyrazko:y

Ten light anti-tank weapons, 20 percussion bombs, three other bombs,
250 grams of C4 explosives, 19 emergency flares, 10 hand grenades,
800 G3 bullets and a large number of cartridges for revolvers were
found on the Istek Foundation land. The discovery followed the
unearthing of similar underground weapons caches in January during
digs based on maps found in the homes of two suspects -- former
Deputy Police Chief Ibrahim Sahin and Mustafa Do:nmez, a lieutenant
colonel who turned himself in a few days after a warrant for his
arrest was issued.

19 November 2009

C. Emre Dogru
[email protected]
+1 512 226 3111

Michael Wilson
Austin, Texas
[email protected]
(512) 744-4300 ex. 4112

Michael Wilson
Austin, Texas
[email protected]
(512) 744-4300 ex. 4112

C. Emre Dogru
[email protected]
+1 512 226 3111