“We all have to be courageous, despite all of this, and defend the freedom of the press and the freedom to information.”
Can Dündar, May 2016 ( a lone voice)
If any doubts still existed about the allegation that our „churnalists“ have lost their capacity (or will) to think for themselves, the recent reporting about the conviction of two courageous Turkish journalists is the proof that you no longer need a functioning brain to work for the media.
I am referring here to the Guardian but you might pick any other more or less reputable newspaper or TV-News in Europe (including RT), it does not really matter since they all „report“ the same story anyway.
So what are the facts?
- Two Turkish journalists were sentenced to several years in prison last week
- One of them is Can Dündar, editor-in-chief of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet (5 years and 10 month); the other is Erdem Gül, chief of Cumhurriyet’s Ankara bureau (5 years)
- The court ruled that their crime was: „procuring and revealing state secrets that could harm the security of the state or its domestic or foreign interests“ (both were acquitted on espionage and terrorism charges)
- The greatest joke of it all is that wannabe Sultan Erdogan joined the trial with the complaint that (reporting the inconvenient truth about a criminal state) amounts to „an attempt to undermine Turkey’s global standing / international reputation“.
If you take a closer look how the Guardian has presented the story you might note the following:
The last paragraph is supposed to be evidence for the Guardian’s „balanced“ reporting which works like this:
First you mention the „revelations“ of Cumhurriyet which „PURPORTED to show Turkey’s state intelligence agency ferrying weapons into Syria in 2014“. This phrasing implies of course that there is no proof for these allegations. They might or might not be true.
Then you dutifully „report“ what the accused has to say (in this case of course President Erdogan):
„Regarding the video, the president has acknowledged that the lorries, which were stopped by Turkish paramilitary forces and police officers en route to the Syrian border, belonged to the intelligence agency, but he said they were CARRYING AID to Turkmen rebels in Syria. Turkmen fighters are battling against the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, and Isis.“
But this is not quite accurate.
THE CHANGING DENIALS
The fact of the matter is that the official response to the revelations by Cumhurriyet changed several times and this inconsistency is (as every criminal investigator knows) a clear sign that someone is lying.
„Turkish government officials have often provided conflicting accounts on the contents of intercepted Syria-bound trucks.
When the news broke in January 2014 that the Turkish military intercepted three trucks and searched their contents under the order of the lead and district prosecutors in Adana province, the government immediately dismissed the claims that the trucks were carrying arms. Prime Minister Davutoğlu, who was foreign minister at the time of the incident, asserted that the cargo was humanitarian aid destined for the embattled Syrian Turkmens on the other side of the border.
Then-Prime Minister and now President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on television programs as well as during his public speeches that the trucks were carrying aid to Turkmens. Then-Interior Minister Efkan Ala also said the aid was for Turkmens and a public statement by MİT also claimed the same.
Testimonials by gendarmerie intelligence officers who were involved in the interception confirmed, however, that the shipment’s destination was not an area that included any Turkmen group. The destination on the Syrian side of the border, as disclosed by the drivers, was often a target of reconnaissance by Turkish military personnel who secured the border.
However, the gendarmes said the area was populated by radical groups including al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Syrian Turkmens also refuted claims that they had received either arms or humanitarian aid from Turkey at the time. Syrian-Turkmen Assembly Vice Chairman Hussein al-Abdullah said in January 2014 that no such trucks arrived from Turkey.
Earlier this month, Yasin Aktay, the AK Party’s deputy chairman responsible for foreign affairs, admitted that the trucks were in fact transporting arms, but said that the receiver was the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which is fighting against the Syrian government, not ISIL.
On the other hand, İbrahim Kalın, spokesman and adviser to President Erdoğan, claimed Turkey has never sent any weaponry to Syria.“
TELEGRAM-STYLE SUMMARY OF STATEMENTS
- GOVERNMENT (#1): NO ARMS IN TRUCKS – ONLY „AID“ – FOR TURKMEN TRIBE
- GOVERNMENT (#2): YES, ARMS IN TRUCKS BUT FOR TURKMEN ONLY (DAVUTOĞLU )
- GOVERNMENT (#3): YES, ARMS IN TRUCKS BUT FOR FSA ONLY (AK party chairman)
- GOVERNMENT (#4): NO, NEVER ANY WEAPONS SENT TO SYRIA (Erdogan spokesman)
- GENDARMERIE (which searched the trucks): DESTINATION OF CARGO AN AREA WHERE NO TURKMEN ARE FOUND – AREA UNDER CONTROL OF JIHADIS (IS and Al Nusra)
- TURKMEN LEADER: NO AID OR ARMS RECEIVED AT THAT TIME („NO SUCH TRUCKS ARRIVED“) FROM TURKEY
So the editors of the Guardian conveniently ignored these conflicting assertions. It makes life as a journalist so much easier.
Besides, the material Cumhurriyet published on May 29 clearly demonstrates that these lorries DID actually CARRY weapons for war (and lots of them): It showed gendarmerie and police officers opening crates on the back of the trucks on the way to Syria in January 2014. The officials first opened cardboard boxes marked as “fragile” and full of antibiotics. But what did they find hidden under those boxes?
„According to the paper, the trucks were carrying six steel containers, with 1,000 artillery shells, 50,000 machine gun rounds, 30,000 heavy machine gun rounds and 1,000 mortar shells. The arms were reportedly delivered to extremist groups fighting against the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad, whom Ankara wants ousted from power.“ (Source: RT)
How did the Erdogan Government react to the „accusation“? (sending weapons to brutal Jihadis in Syria)
„The Turkish government has vehemently denied claims that it is arming rebels fighting in Syria and accused dozens of prosecutors, soldiers and security officers involved in searching the trucks of attempting to bring it down through such claims.
[Why is the stigma-word „crazy conspiracy theory“ not used for Erdogan here when it is perfectly applicable ?]
Earlier this month, Turkey arrested four prosecutors who ordered the search of the vehicles near the Syrian border in January 2014 and they are now in prison pending trial.
More than 30 security officers involved in the interception also face charges including military espionage and attempting to overthrow the government. The footage published on the opposition Cumhuriyet daily’s website on Friday shows inspectors searching a metallic container watched by security officers, a prosecutor and sniffer dogs.“ (Daily Mail)
That the megalomaniac Erdogan („a great friend“ of the US according to Joe Biden) would harass journalists who exposed his crimes comes as no surprise. That the abuse of power of this narcissistic wannabe „Sultan“ goes so far that even prosecutors and police officers will be gagged and threatened with ridiculous charges is even more scandalous but apparently our press does not care …(they just focus on the journalists).
THERE IS MASSIVE EVIDENCE FOR TURKEYS ROLE IN SUPPORTING TERRORIST GANGS IN SYRIA
Two reports from German media (2014) show that hundreds of lorries cross the border between Turkey and Syria every day and a truck driver confirmed: „most of the freight here does go to the regions under IS control“ („to Ahmed in Raqqa“). Conclusion of the German journalists: „It seems Islamic state does not have to worry about its supply lines“ (Deutsche Welle).
The second video clip (How Turkey arms and sends Wahabi Jihadis to Syria) is even more explicit, among its key findings:
Turkish locals confirm that their government provides medical treatment for the Jihadis, allows them to enter Syria freely, and that there are direct weapons deliveries to Syria
- Turkish opposition in parlament also condemns Erdogan for „bringing thousands of foreign fighters from 40 countries to Syria“. (Erdogan’s response : „Spreading lies will be punished“)
- „German soldiers are there (with Patriot missiles – in the meantime they have been removed) to protect a state* which is fuelling the conflict in Syria.“ Does the German government know this? (Of course, they do … Sykes-Picot 2.0 has apparently become Sykes-Merkel-Picot)
- ( * the „analysis“ of Turkey’s intention by the ICC shown in the video is BS as was the absurd notion that the aggressor Turkey needs protection from Syria )
There are hundreds of other reports corroborating the „allegation“ that Turkey plays a key role in supporting Al Nusra, IS and other artificial Jihadis (see LINKS at the end of this article) so the material Cumhurriyet published fits perfectly into this political context.
Even Vice-President Joe Biden confirmed in his Harvard speech (lamenting the problems with US-allies in the region) that „his great friends“ in Turkey (aided and abetted by the insufferable Saudis and of course with Washington „leading -to the slaughter- from behind“)
„were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war – what did they do?“
They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens, THOUSANDS OF TONS OF WEAPONS into anyone who would fight gainst Assad — except THAT THE PEOPLE WHO WERE BEING SUPPLIED, WERE AL-NUSRA, AND AL-QAEDA, and the extremist elements of jihadis who were coming from other parts of the world.“
So there is no doubt at all that the „allegations“ of Cumhurriyet are in fact revelations based on facts. Are our journalists suffering from political autism or do they just not care? (People are dying because the press covers-up for crimes against humanity in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, etc.)
Even more bizarre is the zigzag line of argumentation used by Erdogan to justify his crackdown on the two journalists who are not under his control:
- „Slander“: claim that footage and information published by Dündar are „not factual“: „fabricated evidence“
- „Illegitimate operation against the MIT“ = espionage and „violating confidentiality“ (!)
- Clandestine collaboration with (former ally and CIA protegé) Fetullah Gülen to „create the impression“ that Turkey helps terrorist organisations
- Original charges: Espionage and Treason
„The Turkish authorities denied the allegations, saying that the trucks were carrying aid to Syrian ethnic Turkmen tribespeople and labeled their interception an act of “treason” and “espionage“. (RT)
This is of course practically the same silly „refutation“ the Guardian published as context for the recent verdict (see my comments above). But if the trucks carried only „aid“ why is there a need for secrecy?
And if the evidence is allegedly „fabricated“ (the original claim by Erdogan and the state prosecutor in Istanbul) then how can you justify a verdict of „revealing a state secret“?
The fact that members of the local gendarmerie (who had been involved in the operation and were therefore eyewitnesses) were also charged with „espionage“ and even four district attorneys were deposed (put into custody) to stop any independent investigation in Adana province tells the whole story …(What has happened to them? Does anybody care?) …
In fact everybody with half a brain (and basic knowledge of geopolitics) has figured out by now that Turkey DOES support “Islamist” terror-gangs (not only) in Syria (Russia has provided additional evidence) but the Guardian editors prefer to look the other way. This shameful behaviour by our journalists is not new and one could rant for hours about it but my point here is the following:
If you use basic logic you will see that the verdict actually PROVES that the story Cumhurriyet published is TRUE. Why?
By charging them for „revealing state secrets“ they inadvertently admit that the story about transporting weapons clandestinely to Syria (under the protection of the MIT, Turkish intelligence and under the guise of „humanitarian relief“ ) must be true.
This is precisely the „state secret“ the world was not supposed to know.
If the lorries had only transported „aid“ then how could that be a „state secret“ in the first place? The whole thing is completely absurd.
In order to divert attention from this logical conclusion the Erdogan cabal arranged for a „shooting“ outside the court shortly before the verdict was announced.
This way they could be sure that all „news“ would concentrate on the spectacular violent event instead of understanding what the verdict really confirmed: the guilt of the Erdogan government as a major supporter of terrorist gangs in Syria.
So wordings like these are no longer justified
„The journalists were prosecuted over a report ALLEGING Turkey had tried to ship arms to Islamists in Syria.“ (CPJ)
„The case, which is widely viewed as a test for press freedom in Turkey, relates to the pair’s reports on ALLEGED government arms smuggling to Syria.“ (AP
but the „churnalists“ use them because they do not have the courage to print the truth while lamenting the loss of „press freedom“ in Turkey.
They do not have the guts to show real solidarity with Cumhuriyet journalists by insisting on the truth (although they do not have to go to jail for it).
It makes you sick.
LINKS to more Information about
- Erdogan’s autocratic rule
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SwQsAcRMF8 (Dr. Caliskan)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hzyl8TXgu0&feature=youtu.be&list=PLbZsVFe0OMEbmjMPkedX-wfxbvpwu1uko (MEI discussion – Erdogan „wins“ Election)
2. The criminal role of Turkey in the destruction of Syria
https://youtu.be/uOSUh87WA20 (Plundering Syrian factories)
through artifical „Islamist“ terror (the ludicrous distinction between „moderate rebels“ and the head-choppers is of course a complete farce):
“Most of the fighters who joined us in the beginning of the war came via Turkey, and so did our equipment and supplies.”
ISIS-Commander to Washington Post, August 2014; here is an excerpt from this article:
REYHANLI, Turkey — Before their blitz into Iraq earned them the title of the Middle East’s most feared insurgency, the jihadists of the Islamic State treated this Turkish town near the Syrian border as their own personal shopping mall.
And eager to aid any and all enemies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Turkey rolled out the red carpet.
In dusty market stalls, among the baklava shops and kebab stands, locals talk of Islamist fighters openly stocking up on uniforms and the latest Samsung smartphones. Wounded jihadists from the Islamic State and the al-Nusra Front — an al-Qaeda offshoot also fighting the Syrian government — were treated at Turkish hospitals. Most important, the Turks winked as Reyhanli and other Turkish towns became way stations for moving foreign fighters and arms across the border.”
- http://www.globalresearch.ca/turkey-a-criminal-state-a-nato-state/5497885 (Eric Draitser)
- https://www.danieleganser.ch/assets/files/Inhalte/Publikationen/Fachzeitschriften/DanieleGanser_Terrorism_in_Western_Europe.pdf (Summary of Turkey’s role in the „Gladio“ network – go to page 5)
- http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/51/017.html Serdar Celik (1994) – VERY IMPORTANT ANALYSIS
- http://agora-dialogue.com/2015/01/09/research-paper-isis-turkey-list-2 (David L. Philips, Columbia) >
- Turkey Provides Military Equipment to ISIS / Turkey Provided Training to ISIS Fighters
- Turkey Offers Medical Care to ISIS Fighters / Turkey Supports ISIS Financially Through Purchase of Oil
- Turkish Forces Are Fighting Alongside ISIS / Turkey Helped ISIS in Battle for Kobani
- Turkey and ISIS Share a Worldview / Turkey Provided Transport and Logistical Assistance to ISIS Fighters
(Next: Part 2 of „What is Zionism“?)