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Turkish Military Defies Civilian
by Michael Collins
On July 24, an Istanbul Court ordered the arrest of 102 current and
former high ranking Turkish military officers. The military responded
by shielding the officers in locations that made arrests difficult, if
not impossible. This provoked the current conflict between Turkey's
constitutionally independent judiciary and the military.
The officers charged were allegedly part of Sledgehammer, the latest
plan in a series of military plots and coups by the Turkish high
command. The military and its allies were to blow up mosques, churches,
and synagogues; then blame these acts on terrorists, Kurdish
separatists, for example. In addition, the military planned to provoke
the shoot down a Turkish aircraft by the Greek military and down a
civilian airliner blaming it on terrorists.
In the midst of the chaos, the military planned to assume total control
of the government, chase off the ruling AK Party, and end democracy in
Turkey. The Turkish Constitution gives the military the option to step
in to restore order if the civilian government fails in this regard.
The elaborate Sledgehammer false flag operation was designed to make
the ruling AK Party government look "weak" and promote public
acceptance for military rule. The full plot was to be hatched in 2003,
shortly after the refusal of the Turkish parliament to provide a
launching area for the United States invasion of Iraq.
The conflict in Turkey is not between the military, supposed guardians
of secular democracy, and the government of the AK Party. It is a
conflict between the Turkish people and their independent judiciary
versus what is widely regarded as the Turkish deep state. The secret
arm of the Turkish state was acknowledged by various factions in
Turkey. It consists of elements of the military, media, civil
government that conduct terror in behalf of their vision of the Turkish
state. Over 14,000 individual were murdered through 1998 by deep state
In addition to Sledgehammer prosecutions, there are over 150 senior
military officials and civilians under indictment for the Ergenekon
coup plot dating back to 1980. Operation Cage was exposed after
Sledgehammer. Hatched in 2009 by the military, this plot involved
attacks on citizens by the military posing as Kurdish or other
"radical" elements. The main goal of "Cage" was outlined in the
"To increase pressure by both local and
foreign communities on AKP Government, to keep the public opinion
pre-occupied and change the agenda, particularly Ergenekon Case."
Operation Cage Action Plan
There are three elements of this crisis that are coming to a head right
The military is preventing arrests by allowing the accused Sledgehammer
plotters refuge on military bases where they are shielded from arrest.
This defies the civil authority represented by Turkish prosecutors and
The military is proposing to promote officers, many of whom are among
the 102 subject to arrest, in defiance of tradition and law preventing
promotions of those accused of committing crimes against the state.
Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan is refusing to ratify the promotions if
Finally, on September 12, the nation will vote on a constitutional
amendment that will strip the military of their previously granted
right to intervene with coups when, in their opinion, the state is
The outcome of this most recent crisis will determine the direction
that Turkey takes in the quest for full democracy absent the shadow of
the military deep state.
The virtual silence of Western governments and media regarding the
crisis in democracy in Turkey betrays a casual indifference, perhaps
even endorsement, of the various crimes planned for and inflicted upon
the Turkish people.
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