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US constitution and the latest Turkish-US crisis

SEDAT ERGİN writes:

In front of me I have a Washington Post article from March 26, 1988, titled “Ruling arouses security worry at embassies.”

Comment(s) 6/21/2017

Turkey’s struggle against Gülen requires great care

SEDAT ERGİN writes:

The owner of daily newspaper Sözcü, Burak Akbay, its website manager Mediha Olgun, and its İzmir correspondent Gökmen Ulu are all accused of “aiding a terror organization while not being a member of it.”

Comment(s) 6/19/2017

The journal of a journalist whose friends have been jailed

SEDAT ERGİN writes:

Since 1985, 32 years ago, I have been friends with the arrested Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul deputy and journalist Enis Berberoğlu and his wife, Oya Berberoğlu. Enis joined daily Cumhuriyet’s Ankara bureau that year, and I remember attending their wedding at Ankara’s Gençlik Park on June 7, 1985, and taking a wonderful photo with all our friends

Comment(s) 6/17/2017

How a live broadcast with Akar was canceled

SEDAT ERGİN writes:

On the night of the coup attempt on July 15, 2016, movement was observed at the Akıncı Air Base, which was used by the coup plotters as a headquarters, particularly in the VIP lounge, just across from the commander room.

Comment(s) 6/16/2017

Security footage tells undisputable truth on coup night

SEDAT ERGİN writes:

In the coup attempt case regarding the General Staff Headquarters, the defendants have denied everything to the judge. But they could not explain the camera records, and they answered some questions illogically and quite strangely, triggering reactions from the public.

Comment(s) 6/15/2017

Strategy department as a putschist laboratory

SEDAT ERGİN writes:

One of the key figures in the July 15, 2016, coup attempt was the head of the Strategic Transformation Department of the General Staff, Maj. Gen. Mehmet Dişli. While defending himself in a statement to the prosecutor on July 18, 2016, he said: “I have worked with the commander for 16 years at several levels. I regard the commander as a part of my family.”

Comment(s) 6/14/2017

Comedy at the army aviation base on July 15

SEDAT ERGİN writes:

The Turkish public still does not have an answer to the question on whether or not the tip off provided by pilot Major O.K. in the early afternoon of July 15, 2016, by personally visiting the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) headquarters, was properly assessed.

Comment(s) 6/10/2017

Questions on intelligence gathering, sharing and assessment

SEDAT ERGİN writes:

First question that stands out in the debate on the tipoff to the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) headquarters on the day of the coup attempt on July 15 is whether it was “an exact warning” of a coup.

Comment(s) 6/9/2017

Three orders to prevent the coup attempt

SEDAT ERGİN writes:

Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar spent most of his office hours on July 15, 2016 in preparations for the upcoming Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) meeting, due to convene at the beginning of August. Together with Commander of the Land Forces Gen. Salih Zeki Çolak, Akar went through the lists, reviewing names one by one.

Comment(s) 6/8/2017

Was the tipoff about a coup or a kidnapping?

SEDAT ERGİN writes:

The stances of Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan on the night of the coup attempt on July 15, 2016 were the hottest debate last week.

Comment(s) 6/7/2017

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