"The prime minister (of Turkey) defines who is a journalist and who is a terrorist."
3/20/12, "Turkish Reporters Struggle Against Repression," Der Speigel, Daniel Steinvorth
"Turkey has sparked international criticism over its treatment of journalists who dare to criticize the government, with many jailed on terrorism charges. The recent release of prominent reporters may signal change, but more than 100 journalists are still imprisoned in the country, more than in China or Iran....
Was the administration of Prime Minister Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) trying to silence two men after finding them useful at first but then changing its mind when their revelations became too embarrassing? After all, the two reporters had not just poked around among members of the old government elite, but had also dared to investigate the Islamists, the new people in power and their networks....
Shortly before his arrest, Sik was working on a book about the influential Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen. According to his research, Gülen has successfully built his movement into one of the most powerful institutions in Turkey. In particular, Gülen's supporters had systematically infiltrated the police force, the journalist wrote. According to Sik, the movement makes a show of being charitable and apolitical, though its long-term goal is to achieve absolute power.
"The prime minister defines who is a journalist and who is a terrorist, and that's our biggest problem," says Sik. He plans to start working again soon, saying that he refuses to be intimidated, although he knows that the feeling of freedom can be deceptive. "If the government wants to get someone, they'll get him."" via Lucianne
Obama names Turkey prime minister to chair US-UN-Mid East anti-terror group (leaves out Israel):
Sept. 2011, 9/11/11, "The latest from the most anti-Israel President in American history," American Thinker, Ed Lasky
"Now the latest outrage comes to me courtesy of William Katz , the blogger behind the superb Urgent Agenda: Hillary Clinton, in New York, just announced something called the Global Terrorism Forum. Here is the State Department fact sheet:
This "forum" is presumably set up to fight terrorism. It will initially be chaired by...and get this...the United States and TURKEY, a country becoming increasingly hostile and slipping behind the Islamic curtain.
There are 30 founding members, including such anti-terrorist worthies as Saudi Arabia, Russia, and South Africa.
One country is left out: Israel."
7/27/11, "No prizes for Erdogan," Caroline Glick.com
9/11/11, "U.S. Considers Basing Predators in Turkey," Fox News, via Lucianne
"The U.S. currently is sharing Predator surveillance data with Turkey as part of a joint effort to combat the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which the U.S. considers a terrorist group and whose fighters have launched cross-border attacks into Turkey from northern Iraq. The Predators, capable of transmitting full-motion video, are flow from bases in Iraq....
The Washington Post was first to report Sunday that the Obama administration is considering a request from Turkey to base Predators on its territory.
The Post also cited classified diplomatic reports, obtained by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, which reveal that Turkey has repeatedly pressed Washington to escalate their involvement in the fight against the PKK and to eliminate the group before U.S. forces leave Iraq."...