Suspicions and reservations about the Gulen organization include: fears in Central Asian republics that the group is Islamist and/or pan-Turkic in nature; convictions among journalists like the estimable Sibel Edmonds and intelligence and military officers in Turkey and elsewhere that the Gulenists are fronting for CIA agents; that the Gulenist cadre engage as a matter of course in illegal acts to destroy their opponents, including numerous incidents of forgery and perjury, as well as libel and propaganda.
In Gulen’s native country of Turkey, the organization has become a key ally of the supposedly “moderate” Islamist government of Tayyip Erdogan. A significant and growing body of documentation suggests that the Gulenists have been instrumental in forging evidence used by the Erdogan government to stage trials of military officers allegdly involved in a coup plot against the government.
(Historically, the military has served as a bulwark in modern Turkey against Islamization, preserving with the gun the secular tradition established by Kemal Attaturk following the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I. Far from being “moderate,” the Erdogan government is, as we have seen in FTR #737, derived from the Islamofascist al-Taqwa milieu.)
It is worth noting that the Erdogan government’s “moderate” Islamist nature is belied by the fact that Turkey currently has more journalists in prison than China and Iran combined! Hey, that is SOME moderation, no?!
Of even greater significance is the fact that the Erdogan government is seen as an appropriate template for “moderate” Islamist regimes currently taking form in places like Egypt, where the clit-cutters of the Muslim Brotherhood are ascendant. The Brotherhood, of course, was allied with the Axis in World War II and has been used by numerous intelligence services, including elements of CIA, as a vehicle for covert action and repression in the postwar period.
In addition to supporting Muslim Brotherhood, elements of CIA have also supported the Pan-Turkist movement in the past. Pan-Turkists have also allied historically with the Third Reich, as we have seen in FTR #720, among other programs