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Turkish Deep State-Derin Devlet
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Deep state



The Deep state (Turkish: derin devlet) is said to be a group of influential anti-democratic coalitions within the Turkish political system, composed of high-level elements within the intelligence services (domestic and foreign), Turkish military, security, judiciary, and mafia.[1][2] The notion of deep state is similar to that of a "state within the state". For those who believe in its existence, the political agenda of the deep state involves an allegiance to nationalism, corporatism, and state interests. Violence and other means of pressure have historically been employed in a largely covert manner to manipulate political and economic elites and ensure specific interests are met within the seemingly democratic framework of the political landscape.[3][4] Former president Süleyman Demirel says that the outlook and behavior of the (predominantly military) elites who constitute the deep state, and work to uphold national interests, are shaped by an entrenched belief, dating to the fall of the Ottoman Empire, that the country is always "on the brink".[5]
The ideology of the deep state is seen by leftists as being anti-worker or ultra-nationalist; by Islamists as being anti-Islamic and secularist; and by ethnic Kurds as being anti-Kurdish.[6] As pointed out by former prime minister Bülent Ecevit, the diversity of opinion reflects a disagreement over what constitutes the deep state.[7] One explanation is that the "deep state" is not an alliance, but the sum of several groups that antagonistically work behind the scenes, each in pursuit of its own agenda.[8][9][10] Rumours of the deep state have been widespread in Turkey since Ecevit's term as prime minister in the 1970s, after his revelation of the existence of a Turkish branch of Operation Gladio, the "Counter-Guerrilla".[11][12]
To the foreign observer, the Turkish belief in the deep state is an interesting social phenomenon, seemingly based on a confluence of fact and conspiracy theories.[2] Many Turks, including elected politicians, have stated their belief that the "deep state" exists.[13][14]

Background

Further information: Counter-Guerrilla
Turkish secret societies can be traced back to the Ottoman Empire.[15][16] Sultan Selim III, for example, founded a secret army to protect himself since he had been attacked following the wars against Russian and Austria. Even his second-in-command, the Grand Vizier, was unaware.[17]:594
Conspiratorial coalitions were particularly active during the Committee of Union and Progress era, when they were involved in planning the deposition of the Sultan.[18] One infamous hitman, Yakup Cemil, was employed by the state, and shot on Enver Pasha's command after he was no longer needed.[19] Some say that these societies were instrumental in Turkification following the demise of the Ottoman Empire. The secret policy of Turkification was allegedly carried out by covert groups in order for its instigators not to be discovered.[20]
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk himself availed of secret societies (e.g., Sentinel Association) that today would be considered special forces units to further the republican cause. Some hold that today's alleged deep state is a continuation of these societies.[1][21][22]
After World War II, an organized and institutionalized form of the deep state was set up with American guidance to counter a possible Soviet invasion, under the Special Warfare Department (Turkish: Özel Harp Dairesi, or ÖHD). The ÖHD, termed the "Turkish Gladio" by some,[12] was described by its former leader Kemal Yamak as a stay-behind resistance group.[23]
Speaking to Derya Sazak of the daily Milliyet, former Republican People's Party representative Süleyman Genç said that the ÖHD exerted such influence that it hampered the Turkish Armed Forces, and identified the ÖHD as the core of the deep state. Genç pressed for a parliamentary inquiry on the phenomenon in 1978, but party chairman and prime minister Bulent Ecevit insisted he drop the matter, after talking to the ÖHD chief, Kemal Yamak, who said that the ÖHD would not interfere in civilian affairs and that politicians should not probe further. Genç's house in Karyağdı Street, Ankara was subsequently bombed on 5 January 1979.[12]
Murat Belge of Istanbul Bilgi University says that the deep state became increasingly active during the multi-party period, as factions within the state vied for power.[24]
Kendal Nezan of the Kurdish Institute of Paris said that Abdullah Çatlı, a Grey Wolves leader who was killed during the Susurluk car crash, "is reckoned to have been one of the main perpetrators of underground operations carried out by the Turkish branch of the Gladio organisation and had played a key role in the bloody events of the period 1976–1980 which paved the way for the military coup d’état of September 1980. As the young head of the far-right Grey Wolves militia, he had been accused, among other things, of the murder of seven left-wing students."[25] Çatlı was seen in the company of Avanguardia Nazionale founder Stefano Delle Chiaie, while touring Latin America and on a visit to Miami in September 1982.
Apart from Çatlı, ultra-nationalists used by the Turkish intelligence agencies included Mehmet Ali Ağca (who attempted to assassinate the Pope), Haluk Kırcı, İbrahim Çiftçi, Tugay Maraşlı, Yahya Efe, Oral Çelik, Mehmet Şener, Alaattin Çakıcı, Tevfik Ağansoy, Ali Yasak, Abuzer Uğurlu, and Bekir Çelenk.[26] In the 1990s, these people, who maintained contacts among security forces, were involved in various illegal activities (including gambling, drug trafficking, and money laundering) which were uncovered during the 1996 Susurluk scandal.[26]
In 1992, the commander of the ÖHD, General Kemal Yilmaz declared that the special department was still active in the conflict against the PKK.[27]
In 2008, dozens were indicted and arrested in the Ergenekon investigation for conspiring to oust the Justice and Development Party in 2009.[24]

Admissions of its existence

[Image: Hurriyet_1990-11-26.jpg] Hürriyet, 26 November 1990.


The first to publicly point at the existence of an influential, secret coalition, was Prime Minister Bülent Ecevit, who in 1974 revealed the "Counter-Guerrilla". Until then, the United States had been funding the Special Warfare Department (Turkish: Özel Harp Dairesi, or ÖHD) under Joint United States Military Mission for Aid to Turkey (JUSMMAT) program; a Truman Doctrine-based initiative. When annual aid negotiations fell through, the commander of the ÖHD, General Kemal Yamak, asked General Semih Sancar, then the Chief of General Staff to ask Ecevit for a slush fund of 1 million dollars.[28] It was at that point Ecevit learned of its existence, and demanded a briefing.[29] His inquisitiveness and attempt to rein in the organization resulted in an assassination attempt at Izmir airport in 1977.[23][30] In his memoirs, Yamak said that Ecevit's party itself contained ÖHD operatives, who were selected and educated at a young age by the chief of staff.[23] When Ecevit obliquely asked Yamak about the extent of the party's infiltration Yamak told him not to worry, as the "boys were upright and specially educated...does that not make them better members of parliament? Besides, have any of them been implicated in a scandal?"[29]
Former President and General Kenan Evren, who led the 1980 military coup related in his memoirs a meeting with the then-Prime Minister Süleyman Demirel on May 5, 1980, stating that Demirel asked him to use the staff of the ÖHD in the fight with the terrorists apparently hinting at the incident in Kizildere village on March 30, 1972. Kenan Evren refused stating that he would not allow renewed rumours about counter-guerrillas.[31][23] Kenan Evren made similar remarks in the daily Hürriyet of November 26, 1990.[32] Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Tansu Çiller embraced both "those who died for the state, and those who killed for the state" as heroes.[33]
Former President Süleyman Demirel described the deep state as synonymous with the military,[33][34] and capable of subordinating the legitimate state in times of turbulence.[35] Kenan Evren himself confirmed the suspicions, in an interview with journalist Yavuz Donat.[36]
The newest allegation comes from the current Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In the television show İskele Sancak on Turkish TV channel Kanal 7 on 26 January 2007, he stated his belief in the existence of the deep state: "I don't agree with those who say the deep state does not exist. It does exist. It has always has - and it did not start with the Republic; it dates back to Ottoman times. It's simply a tradition. It must be minimized, and if possible even annihilated."[33][37][38] Some see the Ergenekon investigations, under Erdogan's watch, as the execution of this purge.[39]

Organizations

The following clandestine organizations, some of which may be defunct, are sometimes associated with the deep state:

Incidents

Further information: Counter-Guerrilla#Incidents
A number of incidents have fueled the discussion on the deep state. Some of them have since been traced to the Counter-Guerrilla, which led a covert war against Communism. A few of the rest are:[40]

Civangate scandal

The former manager of Emlakbank, Engin Civan, was attacked in 1994 over a matter of unpaid loans and "services" not rendered. It continued with a series of trials and murders which concluded with the assassination of mafia boss Nurullah Tevfik Ağansoy in September 1996. A salient allegation was the involvement of the late President Turgut Ozal's family in the affair.[41]

Agansoy assassination

Agansoy, who was the hitman of one of the ülkücü ("idealist") mafia leaders, Alaattin Cakici, had made statements claiming the involvement of Ozal family in the Civangate scandal which led to a war of words between himself and Cakici. The duel was concluded in September this year in Bebek, Istanbul with Agansoy's assassination but the hitman's death only to lead more scandalous question marks. Two special protection officers of Deputy Prime Minister Ciller, who were with Agansoy during the incident were also killed in the shooting. Their presence has not been explained.[41]

Susurluk scandal

Main article: Susurluk scandal
The Susurluk scandal developed after a car accident on 3 November 1996 near Susurluk in Balıkesir province. In this accident, former Deputy Chief of Istanbul Police Hüseyin Kocadağ, the leader of the Grey Wolves (Nationalist Action Party’s youth organization) Abdullah Çatlı, and a woman named Gonca Us died; DYP Şanlıurfa MP Sedat Bucak, who was also the leader of a large group of village guards in Siverek, was injured. Curiously, Çatlı was carrying a fake passport under the alias Mehmet Özbay; the very same alias used by Mehmet Ali Ağca; the assassin who had shot Pope John Paul II. This coalition exposed the connections between the security forces, politicians and organized crime, and led to the resignation of interior minister Mehmet Ağar of the True Path Party.
A parliamentary investigation commission established after the accident published a 350-page Susurluk Report in April 1997. The Commission’s report maintained that the state organs used the Grey Wolves and that some state forces initiated the right-left conflicts in the 1970s.[42]

Şemdinli incident

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On 9 November 2005 a bookshop was bombed in Şemdinli district, Hakkari province killing one man and injuring others. Passersby managed to apprehend three suspects. Afterwards it was revealed that two men were members of the security services. The alleged bomber was a PKK informant. All three were later charged, tried and convicted. Prosecutor Ferhat Sarıkaya has tried to find links between high-ranking military officers and suspects Gendarmerie Sergeants Ali Kaya, Özcan İldeniz and Veysel Ateş, the PKK informer; however his investigation was cut short. As a result of his indictment[43] not only was he forced out of his post by almost unanimous decision by the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors in the Ministry of Justice but he was also disbarred. Ergenekon detainee Muzaffer Tekin's lawyer, Engin Çelik Kadıgil, alleges that Sarıkaya is under CIA protection.[44]

Hrant Dink assassination

Hrant Dink, an ethnic Armenian newspaper editor was killed on 19 January 2007 outside the office of his journal Agos. The juvenile killer Ogün Samast was later arrested with the weapon in Samsun. After his arrest, a video clip was released showing him posing with two police officers in front of and holding the Turkish flag. Among the suspects believed to have assisted Ogün Samast was Erhan Tuncel. On 7 February 2007 the Anka news agency reported on the ties of Tuncel to nationalist circles and the fact that he had been working as a police informer and staff member of the Gendarmerie's intelligence service, JITEM.[45]

Assaults on Cumhuriyet and the Council of State

Further information: Turkish Council of State#2006 Shootings and Ergenekon (organization)#Allegations
In 2006, a secularist judge in the Turkish Council of State was shot dead, and the Istanbul office of the Cumhuriyet newspaper was attack by grenade. Appearing before court, a president of a chapter of the nationalist Ülkü Ocakları named Alparslan Arslan said he had committed both crimes. Arslan added that the next targets were well-known journalist Mehmet Ali Birand and popular game show host Mehmet Ali Erbil.[46]
Arslan claimed to have planned the assaults himself, however this was cast into doubt in 2007, when a gang allegedly conspiring to overthrow the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party was uncovered. A year later, prosecutors indicted 86 high-ranking suspects—and Alparslan Arslan, who was said to be working for the gang. The charges range from possession of firearms to running an armed terrorist organisation, including both of Arslan's attacks. The bombing of the newspaper was previously thought to be the work of Islamic fundamentalists, but is now described as part of the first stage of Ergenekon's campaign to stoke division and unrest. The group's motives are currently unclear, but it has been said that they sought to sever Turkey's ties with the West; Russian ideologue Aleksandr Dugin described them as "pro-Russian".[47]

See also


References


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  31. ^ Kenan Evren'in Anıları. Istanbul 1990, p. 431: "Başbakan Süleyman Demirel, Özel Harp Dairesi'ndeki personeli teröristlerle mücadelede kullanmamızı ve onlarla çete savaşı yaparak öldürmemizi, vaktiyle de bu teşkilatın böyle kullanılmış olduğunu söyledi. 1971 sıkıyönetim dönemindeki Kızıldere olayında kullanılan personeli kastediyordu. Bu hal tarzına şiddetle karşı çıktım. Genelkurmay Başkanı olduktan sonra bu daireyi esas görevine yönelttiğimi tekrar kontrgerilla söylentileri istemediğimi söyledim."[verification needed]
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    Derin devlet şu anda devrede değil. Derin devlet, kanaatlerine göre, devleti yıkılma sınırına getirmediğiniz sürece hareket halinde değildir. Onlar ayrı bir devlet değil, ama devlete el koydukları zaman derin devlet olurlar."
  35. ^ "Süleyman Demirel: İki devlet var" (in Turkish). NTV-MSNBC. 2005-11-16. http://www.ntvmsnbc.com/news/349780.asp. Retrieved on 2008-08-14. "Ufak bir zorlukla karşılaşınca sivil devlet devreden çıkıyor, derin devlet devreye giriyor...Devletin tekliği esastır, iki devlet olmaz. Bizim ülkemizde iki devlet var. Bir derin devlet var, bir devlet var. Asıl olması gereken devlet yedek, yedek olması gereken devlet asıldır."
  36. ^ Donat, Yavuz (2005-04-04). "Kenan Evren: Derin devlet... Evet... Var... Bir realite..." (in Turkish). Sabah. http://arsiv.sabah.com.tr/2005/04/04/donat.html. Retrieved on 2008-08-14. "Sayın Demirel çok doğru söylüyor... Derin devlet bir realite... Devletin, devlet hakimiyetini kuramadığını gördü... Yönetimin zaaf sergilediği yerde derin devletin kendiliğinden devreye girmiş olduğunu anladı."
  37. ^ Barlas, Mehmet (2007-01-29). "Osmanlı'da oyun bitmez – Derin Devlet" (in Turkish). Sabah. http://arsiv.sabah.com.tr/2007/01/29/yaz09-40-105.html. Retrieved on 2007-01-29. "Derin devletin varlığına katılmıyorum diye bir şey yok, katılmıyorum olur mu, neden olmasın. O her zaman olmuş. Türkiye Cumhuriyeti döneminde başlamış bir şey de değil. Ta Osmanlı'dan. Bu gelenekten gelen bir şey zaten. Ama bunu minimize etmek, mümkünse yok etmek, bunu başarmak gerek."
  38. ^ How deep is the deep state?, soL.
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  47. ^ "Турция вскрыла пророссийское подполье" (in Russian). Kommersant 191: 9. 2008-10-21. http://www.kommersant.ru/doc.aspx?DocsID=1044775. Retrieved on 2008-11-07. (Turkey uncovers a pro-Russian underground. English translation courtesy Emil Lazarian)


Further reading

  • Turhan, Talat (June 1999) (in Turkish). Çeteleşme: Kontrgerilla • Gladio • Susurluk • Telekulak. Akyüz. ISBN 975-7350-67-2.
  • Turhan, Talat (April 2006) (in Turkish). Derin Devlet. İleri. ISBN 975-6288-67-1.

External links

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