Turkey's Deep State: A Conspiracy That's Actually True

Friday, June 07, 2013


Historically, Prime Minister Erdogan has consolidated much of his power by raising fears about the threat of domestic terrorism and the so-called “deep state,” a covert network of military and civilian elites who for decades have stifled any perceived threat to a secular Turkey. It’s a kind of cabal of unseen hands, often violent, that smacks of conspiracy theory. Except, as The New Yorker staff writer Dexter Filkins tells Bob, it actually exists. 


Dexter Filkins

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Comments [2]

Dave Nuttycombe

All very interesting, but really: NOTHING on the Sun-Times firing its entire photo staff? Better have something next week or I'm gonna be all over here with disgruntled comments. Harrumph!

Jun. 10 2013 07:00 PM
REZA Bamdad from NYC

I am shocked and puzzled that your guest has just discovered "deep state" . I am from that part of the world, we all know about "Nationalist Movement Party" that were involved in many assassinations during 1970's and 1980's and later formed as "Conservative Party". From the time of "Kemal Ataturk" to the present; there has been a movement in Turkey to maintain secularism as desired by Ataturk. Lastly, during Mr. Erdogan regime, there has been a shift to dismantle these "Shadow" groups as he did, not many years ago by purging all old army generals. Some of those generals were member of this group. Secularism will remain in Turkey and Mr. Erdogan moves will not survive.

Jun. 09 2013 02:29 PM

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