Turkish paper views alleged ties of security service with Kurdish rebels

Tuesday, Feb 14,2012, 9:09:26 PM

The government will either let the operation against MIT [National Intelligence Agency] run its course, or it will place MIT under its protection and repulse the police and judiciary forces.

The traffic is head-spinning...

After what was experienced yesterday on the Ankara-Istanbul line, even Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc supposedly said: "I cannot find a logical way to explain how these three individuals can be in the KCK [Assembly of Communities of Kurdistan] and be called suspects."

How can we, the journalists, explain something for which the deputy prime minister cannot find a logical explanation?

I guess we will be able to do that through the identities of these three figures and the backstage of the issue...

But everything is under a cloud of dust!

The three persons who are expected to give a deposition as "suspects" to the special prosecutor today in Istanbul are highest-ranking key figures of the intelligence: MIT Undersecretary Hakan Fidan, former Undersecretary Emre Taner, and former Deputy Undersecretary Afet Gunes.

At a time when even former force commanders and former chiefs of staff are tried under arrest within the framework of the Ergenekon trial, the summoning of MIT undersecretaries to give depositions as suspects may be considered normal from an exclusively legal point of view. From the political point of view, however, the truth of the matter is very different.

It is different in two aspects...

First, the Oslo talks and the negotiations MIT has been conducting with the PKK for quite some time are the result of the political will, in other words, the will of the government. Consequently, the summons of MIT undersecretaries to testify as suspects will have political consequences even if the issue seems to be a legal one. That is because the KCK operations may seem to have confronted two institutions related to security, but in fact, it has confronted two different approaches concerning the solution of the Kurdish problem.

The problem is that both approaches have been put to practice by the AKP government.

First overture policies were used and then came security.

As a result, MIT's confrontation with the police and the judiciary indicates that the government has reached within itself a political crossroads, something that is beyond a bureaucratic rift.

Second, the prosecutors conducting the KCK operation believe that MIT and the PKK have complex ties that go beyond intelligence matters. That, in turn, brings the police and judiciary that conduct the KCK operation in confrontation with MIT.

Based on what do they believe that?

Based particularly on striking confessions made by certain suspects taken into custody in the KCK operation concerning the relation between MIT and the PKK...

Based on the fact that certain suspects who were detained as KCK members turned out to be MIT officials...

There are even allegations that certain operations to be conducted by the security forces were reported to the organization members by certain forces within MIT.

As you can see, the crisis within the police force and the judiciary concerning the trust on MIT is at its peak.

The verity of all these allegations will of course be brought to light at the end of the investigation.

This investigation, however, is not like any other...

The swords are out...

The allegations are serious...

The events are, to put it mildly, grave from the political stand.

Nobody knows where all this will lead to!

The day the undersecretaries were summoned to give depositions, an operation was launched by the Security Directorate against two police commanders who had conducted the KCK operation. Intelligence Branch Commander Erol Demirhan, and Counterterrorism Branch Commander Yurt Atayun were removed from office.

That is why, even Arinc says that he "cannot find a logical explanation for the goings-on."

As a matter of fact there is an intelligent explanation, but as I said we are all under a cloud of dust...

Under the circumstances, the government will either let the operation against MIT run its course, or it will place MIT under its protection and repulse the police and judiciary members.

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