neco 
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Re: “Hidden Agenda?

Dear Mr Vanderpool,
It is through a reference to your article in Tucson weekly (Hidden Agenda 31st Dec 2009)) that I was able to read the article and comment on it. The subject of the article, Fethullah Gulen, is not a "scholar". He is an imam, like a priest in one of your churches. He has no formal education but somehow he found his way into the Religious Affairs Administration's payroll in Turkey as an imam. In Turkey imams are responsible of a single mosque and the are paid by the state even though we are a secular society. But somehow this person has been able to promote himself as a scholar and open up schools all around the world with funds from unknown sources. He is not in exile in the USA; may be a self imposed one. His activities had been cause for several legal investigations and somehow these were prosecuted too late or too leniently and in some cases laws were changed for him. Still he is afraid of coming back because I guess he is afraid that the current government, which is an Islamist one (in a secular country) and unfortunately supported by the USA through several mechanisms, might be toppled through elections and then he might again be in legal trouble. He has a hidden agenda but not the one you are afraid of. He is trying and has almost succeeded in establishing in Turkey a Moderate Islamist State to serve as a model for the countries around Turkey including Iraq.This is his agenda. He is first an islamist. His "Turkish goals" are just a front. I wish he would work against what you call the Armenian "Genocide" claims on which I completely disagree with you and could discuss the issue on another occasion. Gulen and his followers are very dangerous and there is almost a Mc Carthyist wind blowing in Turkey against secular and Nationalist Turks, including newspaper people like yourself, writers, academics, 3 University presidents a majority of whom have been jailed. So you have to be very careful. His people have computer headquarters probably in Utah from where they serve falsified information to the prosecutors in Turkey to accuse innocent people. So watch out. They have several schools in New Jersey. Generally the school names involve a reference to light, hope and tolerance. His schools are excellent in science training but then the religious training follows. The most famous are Samanyolu (Milkyway). They have cotrol of several media outlets such as TV stations (again Samanyolu) and newspapers (the most famous is Zaman (Time) and is also published in English as Today's Zaman).
Dear Mr Vanderpool, I have spent time in the US, I like the American people in general, may be not very happy with the US policies around the world but anyway, I want you and the American citizens to open their eyes and see the threat confronting you. It would be best if you were to extradite them just as the Russians and Azerbaijanis and Iranians did. Good luck and kind regards. Neco (Turkey)

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Posted by neco on 01/30/2010 at 3:27 PM

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