‘Deep State’ Investigation Rocks Turkey
Written by Jasper Mortimer
Published Wednesday, February 11, 2009
[Ankara, Turkey] The two-story-high bust of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk protruding from the side of the Turkish Navy’s headquarters looks down on a busy intersection outside parliament, as if admonishing: “Don’t you dare!”
But 70 years after the death of the secularist Atatürk – the military and political leader who transformed what was left of the Ottoman Empire into modern Turkey – Turks are daring to challenge the establishment, as the January investigation into the Ergenekon organization has shown.
Named after an old Turkish myth, Ergenekon is a network of ultranationalists who have allegedly conspired to kill and plot coups in the name of “protecting Turkey” from the moderate Islamic government that has been in power since 2002.
More than 80 alleged Ergenekon members, including a retired general, have been standing trial since October, charged with subversion and forming a terrorist organization.