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We were supposed to believe that former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn was in bed with the Russians, because Russia is the source of all evil, but it turns out he was in bed with Russia’s rival, Turkey.

It’s almost as if Constantinople is strategically important and thus the locus of Byzantine conspiring. (Cough sibel edmonds Cough.) From the Daily Caller:

As Foreign Agent For Turkey, Flynn Agreed To Form Elite Investigation Team, Make ‘Criminal Referrals’

CHUCK ROSS

11:59 PM 03/11/2017

While serving as a top adviser on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Michael Flynn signed a contract in which he agreed to utilize an “investigative laboratory” made up of elite former intelligence officials, including a former CIA director, to conduct research and make “criminal referrals” on behalf of a Dutch shell company linked to the Turkish government, federal records show.

But Flynn appears to have over-promised on the contract, which was signed on Aug. 9 between his firm, Flynn Intel Group, and Inovo BV, the shell company.

R. James Woolsey, the former CIA director identified by his title in the contract as a member of Flynn Intel’s “investigative laboratory,” says he was not aware of and never agreed to perform any of the work laid out in the contract.

The investigative work promised by Flynn Intel was most likely focused on Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric exiled in the U.S. whose extradition is being sought by the Turkish government.

Gulen … Where’d we ever hear that name before?

The true goal was to present evidence on Gulen’s complicity in the July 15 coup attempt, as well as on a network of charters schools operated in the U.S. by Gulen’s supporters.

Presumably, the American deep state is keeping Gulen on ice in the Poconos in case Turkey one day wakes up missing a government, and the U.S. just happens to have a Turkish-government-in-waiting in exile only a two hour drive from JFK and Dulles airports. In the meantime, the Gulenites are free to rip off the American schoolboard taxpayers through immigration fraud and skimming in their c. 140 American charter schools, with the CIA telling the FBI to back off. The CIA wouldn’t do that for Nixon after the Watergate break-in, but the FBI’s aggressive investigation into Gulen charter school corruption back in 2014 seems to have since vanished.

I don’t think we should turn Gulen over to Erdogan, who has been increasingly megalomaniacal in recent years. But there’s probably plenty of evidence to put Gulen on trial in the U.S. for crimes against the American taxpayers and citizenry. Of course, he might rat out his American Deep State hosts who gave him the go ahead for that.

So that probably will never happen.

 
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  1. Now I know why they call it Royal Dutch Shell.

    No wonder Flynn had to go. He was interfering with the activities of the Devos Group.

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    • Replies: @another fred
    Devos Group?

    http://www.devosgroup.be/en/home/

    Or do you mean De Vos?

    http://www.betsydevos.com/
    , @Olorin
    Now I'm confused.

    Devos Group = Davos group?

    Or do you know something we don't?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGaXiUHI-Og
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  2. Trelane says:

    Why is this even a story? All generals, upon retiring, give aid to the enemy and act as foreign agents while receiving 10s of millions of dollars for their service to foreign powers. Isn’t that normal?

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  3. Lot says:

    My sense of Flynn is he is a good and talented man who was in over his head once he was appointed then fired by Obama at DIA. Taking half a million from the Turkish gov sounds bad, but it is typical of government officials once they hit the private sector.

    If he were truely corrupt and greedy, he would have transitioned from intel to procurement and then enjoyed $5 million no-show jobs from Boeing or Lockheed upon retirement.

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    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein

    My sense of Flynn is he is a good and talented man who was in over his head once he was appointed then fired by Obama at DIA.
     
    My sense of Flynn is that he is a confused and excitable fellow who doesn't know whether to run with the fox or hunt with the hounds, and that he is too high-maintenance for any leader to keep on staff. Trump looked like he lost some face in the Flynn affair, but he probably already knew he had to cut the guy loose.
  4. who is Sibel Edmonds…

    OK https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibel_Edmonds

    I must have missed an episode of this entertaining drama, scripted by Steve, based on a true story.

    House of Cards, Global edition: it’s bigger, it’s even more crazy, the stakes are higher, but there are too many characters, and it’s hard to keep track and care about them all.

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    • Replies: @ic1000
    Carlos Slim, Fethullah Gulen, Sibel Edmonds, Graham Fuller... who are these boring non-entities, and why does Steve keep talking about them? It's not like their stories are interesting, much less important.
  5. another Turkish delight: Dutch government being called Nazi and sexist for repressing, in Holland, Turkish pro-Erdogan demonstrations and Turkish ministers wanting to address them…

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  6. ic1000 says:
    @European-American
    who is Sibel Edmonds...

    OK https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibel_Edmonds

    I must have missed an episode of this entertaining drama, scripted by Steve, based on a true story.

    House of Cards, Global edition: it's bigger, it's even more crazy, the stakes are higher, but there are too many characters, and it's hard to keep track and care about them all.

    Carlos Slim, Fethullah Gulen, Sibel Edmonds, Graham Fuller… who are these boring non-entities, and why does Steve keep talking about them? It’s not like their stories are interesting, much less important.

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  7. @Buzz Mohawk
    Now I know why they call it Royal Dutch Shell.

    No wonder Flynn had to go. He was interfering with the activities of the Devos Group.
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  8. anonymous says:

    The Turks had Dennis Hastert working for them. They also tried to blackmail Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (spouse of infamous Robert Creamer) by setting her up with a female in a bisexual affair, according to Edmonds. Not very aboveboard behavior on their part considering we’re a friendly nation to fellow NATO member Turkey.

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    • Replies: @VainSaints
    This Robert Creamer would happen to be the Robert Creamer of the Chicago Mafia and 350 unofficial visits to the Obama White House.
  9. Remember how Mr. Air-dough-won demanded that the German Chancelor put a TV entertainer in jail, according to an obscure law instituted in reaction to those awful 12 years, for claiming that the leader of Turkey has relations with goats?

    Poor guy, the U.S. has its First Amendment, where this description of the Turkish leader is reasonably interpreted as a politically protected metaphor of a very public figure and not a damaging slander of the Turkish leader’s reputation regarding how he releases tension and satisfies his impulses.

    For example, being a NATO ally under the “one-for-all, all-for-one” provision encumbering the U.S. when he took military action taking the lives of Russian service personnel in combat against Syrian rebels, a legally defined “reasonable person” would accept such actions as linked metaphorically to having relations with barnyard animals in the degree to which they create problems in polite circles.

    In U.K., they do not have any protection remotely like the First Amendment, but famously, the defense case against a charge of slander is truth, that is, Mr. Erdogan indeed has relation with goats. Perhaps before a Queen’s Bench, when a leader of a NATO member needlessly and dangerously provokes Russia, there is no way to disprove that a person of that moral character does not also have relations with goats?

    Finally, were that entertainer in Turkey or other Near Eastern country, the safe course of action to avoid immediate arrest would be to quickly add, “Not that there is anything wrong with that!”

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  10. @Lot
    My sense of Flynn is he is a good and talented man who was in over his head once he was appointed then fired by Obama at DIA. Taking half a million from the Turkish gov sounds bad, but it is typical of government officials once they hit the private sector.

    If he were truely corrupt and greedy, he would have transitioned from intel to procurement and then enjoyed $5 million no-show jobs from Boeing or Lockheed upon retirement.

    My sense of Flynn is he is a good and talented man who was in over his head once he was appointed then fired by Obama at DIA.

    My sense of Flynn is that he is a confused and excitable fellow who doesn’t know whether to run with the fox or hunt with the hounds, and that he is too high-maintenance for any leader to keep on staff. Trump looked like he lost some face in the Flynn affair, but he probably already knew he had to cut the guy loose.

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  11. Thea says:

    Its depressing because it doesn’t look Trump can ever truly drain the swamp. The elites who hate us & reward themselves at our expense are just too entrenched.

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  12. … but it turns out he was in bed with Russia’s rival, Turkey.

    Yeah, but Erdogan was subverted by ROG on July 15, 2016.

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  13. LondonBob says:

    I get the impression that foreign powers have learnt from the Israelis and realised the most cost effective foreign policy is just to bribe the DC establishment. Funny how this is now an issue, except it is only aimed at Trump and never are the Israelis mentioned. Of course Trump isn’t bought and payed for, except by small donations and his own money, and ultimately no foreign power matches the Israeli penetration of the US. Of course Sheldon Adelson donated to Trump but this is never mentioned and I get the impression this was a clear hedge rather than any thing meaningful to actually help Trump win, something Trump is well aware of.

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  14. Mr. Anon says:

    All this talk of Gulen and Charter Schools makes me wonder if Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is tied up in any of this. Maybe not. Although it is interesting that Betsy DeVos married the heir to the Amway fortune, and is the sister of Erik Prince, the international mercenary and founder of Blackwater – the John Hawkwood of the 21st century.

    I don’t know if there is anything there – but it is an interesting cast of strange-os.

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    • Replies: @Olorin
    A year ago:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/274675-why-should-turkish-cleric-fethullah-gulen-operate-charter

    Whole thing's worth reading. IIRC it was discussed last year here in our host's rec room.

  15. I remain skeptical about the supposedly Gulen-orchestrated coup attempt being what the Erdogan regime claims it was. It looked to me like Erdogan-aligned elements in the Turkish military stampeded Gulen-aligned elements into a panicky, ill-conceived and confused “coup” that was bound to fail and thus provide Erdogan with the excuse to “witch-hunt” the Gulenists out of their positions in the govt./judiciary/police/intel/academia, etc.

    There was, indeed, a Gulenist “parallel structure” within the Deep State and various institutions, but it was one that Erdogan and the AKP had sanctioned and utilized to help decapitate the Kemalist military who were protectors of the secular Turkish order.

    When Gulen began to realize that Erdogan was heading things toward a corrupt nepotistic dictatorship, his parallel structure started a crackdown on the corruption in Erdogan’s circle (including his family). One could call that a peaceful coup attempt, but it was one that Erdogan was prepared for and able to squelch. However, to really feel secure and to continue his path to total power, Erdogan had to trigger a non-peaceful coup attempt that was doomed from the start and took innocent lives in the process. The rest is history.

    I’m no expert, but this is the simplest Occam’s Razor explanation that I’ve been able to come up with for the Turkish drama of the past couple years.

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  16. NOTA says:

    It’s not like there’s some *limit* to the number of people Flynn may have been cashing checks from. Maybe that’s just how he planned to build his retirement fund.

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  17. Dahlia says:

    Also interesting from a journalist point-of-view: Chuck stands way out from the pack in focusing on Erdogan and Gulen with respect to Flynn while for the others it’s “Russia!”. Frankly “Russia!” provides an angle to every topic for the MSM.

    It’s been manifestly clear that the CIA works the Washington Post, the MSM… I’d love for a look at the guys who are unhindered, incorrupted by the Deep State. What’s it like to be swimming in a sea where so many are? Easier/harder professionally? Are there recriminations? Mostly, do you feel left out of some sort of club?

    BTW, I suspect most of the MSM wants to be used today by the Deep State. No, they will totally lie (by omission) to their readers about how in bed they are with each other; this is why I’d Steve to interview Chuck. Chuck of all conservative writers seems the closest to this club while being outside it.

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  18. @anonymous
    The Turks had Dennis Hastert working for them. They also tried to blackmail Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (spouse of infamous Robert Creamer) by setting her up with a female in a bisexual affair, according to Edmonds. Not very aboveboard behavior on their part considering we're a friendly nation to fellow NATO member Turkey.

    This Robert Creamer would happen to be the Robert Creamer of the Chicago Mafia and 350 unofficial visits to the Obama White House.

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  19. Olorin says:
    @Buzz Mohawk
    Now I know why they call it Royal Dutch Shell.

    No wonder Flynn had to go. He was interfering with the activities of the Devos Group.

    Now I’m confused.

    Devos Group = Davos group?

    Or do you know something we don’t?

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    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    OMG you got me. That album was a friend to me during freshman year at college. Still own it and love it. Those guys are smart. I still know someone back there who does certain art-related work for one of them.

    Betsy DeVos is our new czar of charter schools. She will make sure our property tax dollars go to Fethullah Gulen's charter school company, so he can hire more Turkish teachers and get kickbacks from their salaries.

    Our non-white children need school choice, you see.

    If Flynn hadn't been eliminated, he might have helped stop CIA asset Gulen.

  20. Olorin says:
    @Mr. Anon
    All this talk of Gulen and Charter Schools makes me wonder if Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is tied up in any of this. Maybe not. Although it is interesting that Betsy DeVos married the heir to the Amway fortune, and is the sister of Erik Prince, the international mercenary and founder of Blackwater - the John Hawkwood of the 21st century.

    I don't know if there is anything there - but it is an interesting cast of strange-os.

    A year ago:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/274675-why-should-turkish-cleric-fethullah-gulen-operate-charter

    Whole thing’s worth reading. IIRC it was discussed last year here in our host’s rec room.

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  21. @Olorin
    Now I'm confused.

    Devos Group = Davos group?

    Or do you know something we don't?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGaXiUHI-Og

    OMG you got me. That album was a friend to me during freshman year at college. Still own it and love it. Those guys are smart. I still know someone back there who does certain art-related work for one of them.

    Betsy DeVos is our new czar of charter schools. She will make sure our property tax dollars go to Fethullah Gulen’s charter school company, so he can hire more Turkish teachers and get kickbacks from their salaries.

    Our non-white children need school choice, you see.

    If Flynn hadn’t been eliminated, he might have helped stop CIA asset Gulen.

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    • Replies: @Olorin
    Yes.

    Didn't mean to confuse or torque with my any-excuse-to-link-to-DEVO.

    Multiculturalism took US public education out to the woodshed and shot it daid in the 1980s. Public schools as agents of assimilation don't function well with Massively Diverse populations.

    Old buddy from my state ed agency days sent me the WaPo piece below. I found it interesting for the fact that some lib writing for WaPo was suddenly concerned about jihadis. In this case running schools on tax dollars (albeit a minor part of column):

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/12/22/under-trump-will-the-marketplace-be-the-only-regulator-of-school-choice/

    Apparently jihadis are OK to have in the country, you just don't want them profiting from McCharterSchools. Or maybe it's more like if you go ahead and let Muslims have massive tax funded school systems, it could lead to something worse. Like some Southern Baptists setting up a school somewhere.

    But anyway, it leads one to imagine that there might be SOME agency people who'd like to rein in this invasion...and WaPo is where you'd expect to find their narratives emplaced.

    FWIW, when I was in state ed, charter schools were hated as competition...but the policymakers I worked with by and large were not bright enough to understand the bigger (we would say HBD) issues.


    Five CMOs dominate the American market in terms of the number of schools governed: KIPP, Gulen-linked schools, IDEA, Aspire and Uncommon Schools.

    Of the big five, none are more controversial than the Gulen-linked charter schools, which educate more than 72,000 students in 167 schools in 26 states and the District of Columbia. While the schools are under the umbrella of different CMOs, such as Harmony, Magnolia, Horizon and Sonoran, they all share common characteristics that identify them as Gulen-linked or, as the Gulen movement likes to say, Gulen-“inspired” schools. Gulen refers to Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic preacher who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania and who has inspired a network of charter schools in the United States. Turkey’s leadership accused him of being behind a failed coup attempt this year, which Gulen denied.

    Sharon Higgins is a longtime public-school supporter who lives in Oakland, Calif. She has been keeping a careful watch of the Gulen charter-school world for nearly seven years. According to Higgins, Gulen-linked schools share a constellation of characteristics that include founding boards and school leadership composed of nearly all Turkish men; curriculum that includes the Turkish language and Turkish cultural instruction; extensive use of the H-1B visa program to employ Turkish and Turkic nationals; and an emphasis on teaching math and science. Another characteristic is the participation of students in numerous “competitions,” including ones that promote Turkish culture and the philosophy of the Gulenist movement, which Higgins and others have described as “cultlike.”

    “Gulen-linked schools around the world used to participate in what they called the Turkish Olympiad, featuring students who competed at regional events,” Higgins told me. “That pageant has morphed into a traveling show, the International Festival of Language and Culture.” One of the regional festivals/competitions took place in Las Vegas in 2014.

    Nowhere are charter chains more prevalent than they are in Texas, a state where the authorization process favors charter chains. With 54 Gulen-affiliated charters, 48 of which are associated with the CMO known as the Cosmos Foundation (doing business as Harmony Public Schools), Texas has the greatest number of Gulen-inspired charter schools in the nation. The Harmony schools boast a “100 percent” college acceptance rate.
     

  22. Olorin says:
    @Buzz Mohawk
    OMG you got me. That album was a friend to me during freshman year at college. Still own it and love it. Those guys are smart. I still know someone back there who does certain art-related work for one of them.

    Betsy DeVos is our new czar of charter schools. She will make sure our property tax dollars go to Fethullah Gulen's charter school company, so he can hire more Turkish teachers and get kickbacks from their salaries.

    Our non-white children need school choice, you see.

    If Flynn hadn't been eliminated, he might have helped stop CIA asset Gulen.

    Yes.

    Didn’t mean to confuse or torque with my any-excuse-to-link-to-DEVO.

    Multiculturalism took US public education out to the woodshed and shot it daid in the 1980s. Public schools as agents of assimilation don’t function well with Massively Diverse populations.

    Old buddy from my state ed agency days sent me the WaPo piece below. I found it interesting for the fact that some lib writing for WaPo was suddenly concerned about jihadis. In this case running schools on tax dollars (albeit a minor part of column):

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/12/22/under-trump-will-the-marketplace-be-the-only-regulator-of-school-choice/

    Apparently jihadis are OK to have in the country, you just don’t want them profiting from McCharterSchools. Or maybe it’s more like if you go ahead and let Muslims have massive tax funded school systems, it could lead to something worse. Like some Southern Baptists setting up a school somewhere.

    But anyway, it leads one to imagine that there might be SOME agency people who’d like to rein in this invasion…and WaPo is where you’d expect to find their narratives emplaced.

    FWIW, when I was in state ed, charter schools were hated as competition…but the policymakers I worked with by and large were not bright enough to understand the bigger (we would say HBD) issues.

    Five CMOs dominate the American market in terms of the number of schools governed: KIPP, Gulen-linked schools, IDEA, Aspire and Uncommon Schools.

    Of the big five, none are more controversial than the Gulen-linked charter schools, which educate more than 72,000 students in 167 schools in 26 states and the District of Columbia. While the schools are under the umbrella of different CMOs, such as Harmony, Magnolia, Horizon and Sonoran, they all share common characteristics that identify them as Gulen-linked or, as the Gulen movement likes to say, Gulen-“inspired” schools. Gulen refers to Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic preacher who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania and who has inspired a network of charter schools in the United States. Turkey’s leadership accused him of being behind a failed coup attempt this year, which Gulen denied.

    Sharon Higgins is a longtime public-school supporter who lives in Oakland, Calif. She has been keeping a careful watch of the Gulen charter-school world for nearly seven years. According to Higgins, Gulen-linked schools share a constellation of characteristics that include founding boards and school leadership composed of nearly all Turkish men; curriculum that includes the Turkish language and Turkish cultural instruction; extensive use of the H-1B visa program to employ Turkish and Turkic nationals; and an emphasis on teaching math and science. Another characteristic is the participation of students in numerous “competitions,” including ones that promote Turkish culture and the philosophy of the Gulenist movement, which Higgins and others have described as “cultlike.”

    “Gulen-linked schools around the world used to participate in what they called the Turkish Olympiad, featuring students who competed at regional events,” Higgins told me. “That pageant has morphed into a traveling show, the International Festival of Language and Culture.” One of the regional festivals/competitions took place in Las Vegas in 2014.

    Nowhere are charter chains more prevalent than they are in Texas, a state where the authorization process favors charter chains. With 54 Gulen-affiliated charters, 48 of which are associated with the CMO known as the Cosmos Foundation (doing business as Harmony Public Schools), Texas has the greatest number of Gulen-inspired charter schools in the nation. The Harmony schools boast a “100 percent” college acceptance rate.

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