…by Gordon Duff, VT Senior Editor
General Michael Flynn wants a deal, a “get out of jail free” card and has more to hide than anyone yet imagines. Flynn may well be able to avoid prosecution and a “deal” that will end the Trump presidency, according to our sources, if the game put in motion by Trump and key House leaders works, a deal that, in itself, constitutes both conspiracy and obstruction of justice, according to legal experts.
Flynn’s testimony has nothing to do with Russia or the election. Flynn was lead in a White House deal with Turkey and other nations to allow rendition and assassination programs inside the US, not just against dissidents but American journalists and possibly political leaders including members of congress. This is why Trump is risking prison in a desperate attempt to silence Flynn, who is facing life in prison.
Rep. Devin Nunes is working to, we are told, get Flynn before his committee, to discredit Flynn as a witness, getting contradictions on the record that could poison any possible prosecution and delay or derail the FBI’s ongoing investigation of the White House.
President Trump’s cryptic tweet today, supposedly approving of Flynn’s request for immunity was a pre-arranged signal. Trump and Congressman Devin Nunes believe they can protect Flynn from prosecution by giving him broad immunity to “testify” at the rigged House hearings, immunity they are told will keep Flynn from the hand of the FBI.
Sources tell us that Nunes is supporting an interpretation of legislative immunity that allows a congressional committee to essentially pardon crimes in return for what now looks to be silence.
The second legal stage to this is a broadened version of “executive privilege,” one that can create an inter-locking network that will conceal not only deals cut with Russian mobsters but the deal also cut with Turkey to kidnap Muhammed Fethullah Gülen. This would establish a precedent that would enable foreign governments to operate rendition programs inside the US.
VT in a major investigation of financial interrelationships between Russian and Turkish “oligarchs,” really gangsters running the world’s largest criminal underground have identified many of those connected with Trump’s “rise from the ashes” after his financial collapse in the late 1980s as fronting for Turkey’s Erdogan family. VT has identified Erdogan himself as one of the biggest criminal forces in the world.
General Flynn, who as White House Security Advisor, was paid $530k by Turkish intelligence, is said to have agreed to aid Turkey’s secret police in “eliminating” political enemies inside the US, not just Gulen but Armenians as well. From Michael Rubin at Newsweek:
Turkey has never been known for its respect for human rights, but one of the most troubling aspects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule has been Turkey’s increasing aggressiveness toward dissidents and political opponents, not only within Turkey’s borders but also abroad.
Related: Michael Rubin: Why is Turkey spying on the U.S.?
There was, of course, the 2013 assassination of three Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) activists on French soil, the responsibility for which appears to lie with Turkey’s intelligence service.
Turkish officials may dismiss the matter based on the identity of the victims—not only Turkey but also the United States considers the PKK to be a terrorist group—but that’s neither here nor there: The women murdered were unarmed and had not been implicated directly in any acts of violence.
Regardless, on French soil their apprehension is the responsibility of the French police. It is not the job of Turkish agents to conduct murder at will.
Now it appears that the Turkish intelligence services may have been contemplating a similar incident in Germany. Two German broadcasters have reported that German prosecutors have opened a case against a Turkish agent spying on two Kurds in Germany and plotting to murder them for their political activities. Kurdish political activists in Belgium fear they are next, especially as Erdogan singles them out for opprobrium.
There is no longer any doubt that Turkey conducts operations in the United States against Turks and Kurds with whom Erdogan disagrees. That problem will likely get worse as Erdogan digs in his heels and demands the extradition of exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen, a one-time ally turned adversary, whom Erdogan accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt.
While Turkish officials have turned over reams of papers detailing why Turkey believes Gülen is a malign influence, none of the evidence Turkey has provided actually implicates Gülen in the events of July 15.
More recently, the case of the New York–based Turkish Heritage Organization should raise alarms. Leaked emails show that Erdogan’s son-in-law was instructing THO President Halil Danismaz in whom and what to attack verbally and in print.
Rather than promote Turkish heritage, the organization basically acted as an unregistered wing of the Turkish government and its ruling political party. Of greater concern has been evidence that the THO was engaged in espionage against the Turkish community in the United States.
According to sources familiar with the case, the THO was allegedly reporting home on the political perspectives and ethnicity of ethnic Turkish and Kurdish owned business in the United States. To create a database of such information has chilling implications.
Turks living abroad aren’t yet drinking polonium tea, but as Erdogan looks toward Putin for inspiration and as the Turkish leader grows more erratic and intolerant of any dissent, that time may not be too far off.
The question is whether not only European countries are ready to conduct counterintelligence against Turkish operatives, but whether U.S. law enforcement will understand that what now occurs aren’t simply violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act out of ignorance, but a sign of far greater and perhaps in the near future more violent Turkish operations on U.S. soil. Erdogan is testing the waters.
Unless the Justice Department is willing to respond with the full weight of the law and without prejudice to Turkey’s status as a NATO partner, Turkey’s operations in America will get far worse and potentially more violent.
As of the report above, it wasn’t known that Flynn had been on the Turkish payroll nor that he had been in discussions with Turkey to violate American law. Here, former CIA director James Woosley, says exactly this in a CNN interview:
Former Central Intelligence Agency Director James Woolsey told CNN Friday that former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn met with representatives of the Turkish government in 2016 and discussed potential ways to send a foe of Turkey’s president back to face charges in that country,
As a representative of his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, Flynn met with senior representatives of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government in September 2016, Woolsey said. Woolsey was a Trump campaign adviser at the time and attended the meeting, but said he arrived after it was already well underway.Woolsey claims that those present discussed sending Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim leader who Erdogan has accused of being behind a failed military coup to overthrow him, back to Turkey to face charges — possibly outside the legal US extradition system.
The idea of Trump allowing foreign deaths squads to operate in the US with White House approval is only being spoken of in the broadest terms. The idea of Trump putting dissidents living in the US on the auction block, allowing brutal regimes to silence critics and intimidate the media with full complicity of the White House and key congressional leaders, is beyond Orwellian.
What Trump is opening the door to, of course, is not just interference with elections. Once the door is open to collusion by an American political party with a foreign government operating a parallel extra-judicial organization inside the US, we are saying partnering with terrorists, we can expect a flurry of “little 9/11’s” every time Trump has a bad week, which thus far has been every week.
Here, Rubin continues on Erdogan’s operations with Flynn:
In the aftermath of the abortive coup which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called “a gift from God,” the Turkish leader vowed to weed out dissenters from the civil service and civil society and consolidate control even further.
In the Milli Istihbarat Teşkilatı (MIT), Turkey’s national intelligence service, this has meant the establishment of six new undersecretariats, each appointed by Erdogan. Reorganization is not the problem.
The most significant change, however, is what Tremblay calls “special operations.” This new unit has been discussed openly in the Turkish press. This signals not only continued Turkish covert operations in Syria and Iraq but, according to Turkish sources, in Europe and the United States as well. Indeed, what Tremblay does not discuss is that one of the reasons for the new special operations undersecretariat has been Erdogan’s frustration at push-back from MIT veterans about his plans to be more active in the United States. The MIT veterans argue—correctly—that Erdogan risks their long-term relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency by running operations in the United States. Rather than heed their advice, Erdogan’s response has just been to transfer, reorganize, and purge in order to put political loyalists in place.
The first question then becomes, what sort of operations is Erdogan planning to run–or already running–in the United States? There have been several diplomatic pouches delivered to the Turkish embassy filled with cash, according to people who heard some of the couriers and Turkish diplomats brag. More cash was reportedly delivered when Erdogan last visited the United States. The second question then becomes what is the purpose of the cash transfers? Are some of the law firms and registered foreign agents acting on behalf of the government of Turkey receiving more money than they declare? Or is money going to support organizations that are acting as un-registered foreign agents or channeling cash into campaigns?
There’s more to Turkey’s US operations. Put aside actions by Sabah and Anadolu Agency employees that seem to go beyond journalism. And put aside intelligence reporting on the local Turkish community which Turkish-funded mosques transmit back to Ankara. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other US law enforcement agencies should be concerned by the growing incidents of those who have criticized Erdogan—be they followers of Gülen or traditional secularists and liberals—being photographed by those reporting to the Turkish embassy or its various consulates. More troubling have been growing reports of Turks whose loyalty is in doubt being followed home and having their houses photographed.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence may declare it is the Trump administration’s intention to improve relations with Turkey. That is all well and good, but let us hope that Pence and others ask their intelligence briefers some very specific questions about not only what the Turkish government is doing behind-the-scenes with regard to the Islamic State, but also what it is doing in its embassy just down the street from the Vice President’s residence.
What we have evidenced is that the massive Turkish secret police, the MIT, has been loading up with cash here in the US, buying help in Washington, like with the $530k spent on General Flynn who agreed to help them with a kidnapping and what else?
Remember, this is the same organization that channels hundreds of millions to ISIS, that sells ISIS oil and that brought Sarin gas into Syria from Georgia and killed thousands.
Now Trump and his team are welcoming them here and have a strategy to protect them by using “executive privilege” and congressional immunity ploys to protect their plan to run foreign death squads inside the US.
The Turkish MIT is the heart of ISIS. Earlier this month, according to Syrian sources on the scene, the MIT transferred 950 Turkish fighters, pretending to be ISIS, from al Bab to Raqqah, in what was described as a massive Turkish victory. The ISIS forces in al Bab had, according to our sources, always been working for the MIT, looting Syria, factories, antiquities and oil.
Is Trump going to give them an office in the West Wing?
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.
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