Workers’ Party (İP) leader Doğu Perinçek was visibly tearful during a video presentation he had integrated into his defense testimony at yesterday’s hearing in the trial of Ergenekon, a clandestine terrorist organization nested within the state hierarchy and charged with attempting to overthrow the government.
Initial details about the Ergenekon terrorist organization were published by Can Dündar, a columnist from the Milliyet daily, and journalist Celal Kazdağlı in the book “Ergenekon,” published in 1997. Although Dündar denies the existence of the Ergenekon organization, Kazdağlı argues that the history of this organization can be traced back to the early ’90s.
Speaking to Today’s Zaman, Kazdağlı commented on the emergence of Ergenekon, saying: “Ergenekon, which is not defined as a state within the state or the ‘deep state,’ is an entity set up by the CIA in all NATO-member countries in the aftermath of the Cold War. This was an American invention to fight against communism. The organization, which did not rely on domestic legislation, was referred to as Gladio in many NATO countries, but while measures were taken against this sort of organization in these countries, it remained influential in Turkey.