An answer to those, like the misguided pundit Michael Rubin, who claim Ergenekon is a fiction, can be found in a recent declaration signed by three hundred of Turkey’s top intellectuals (professors, jurists, artists, writers and journalists) urging a full investigation of Ergenekon and its links to the state. I’m familiar with many of these names and they are not, as Rubin would like to believe, pawns — or even supporters– of the AKP. They are independent thinkers across the political spectrum. The declaration urges a clean sweep and calls upon all the institutions, whether civil or military, to show the necessary determination to keep the case alive and deepen it to reveal the rest of the connections. (click for article)
Ergenekon is a hydra-headed crime syndicate similar to the Gladio organizations in Europe, with links to the state and security services. It has existed for many years and, in a 2500-page indictment submitted to the court, has been accused of trying to create chaos in Turkish society through assassinations and other means, in order to create conditions under which the population would welcome a military coup. Ergenekon members who are retired high-level military officers have been accused of plotting several coups over the past few years.