September 1961. Geneva, Switzerland. A Turkish classmate of mine named Turgut burst into my room, crying, "those bastards just hanged my father!"
The bastards’ in question were Turkey’s generals. They had overthrown the civilian government of Adnan Menderes and hanged my friend’s father. Since, then, the mighty Turkish armed forces has tried to overthrow the government about every ten years.
Last weekend’s military coup in Turkey was the fifth coup since the 1960’s. Many had believed the mighty, 610,000-man Turkish armed forces, backed by 379,000 trained reserves, NATO’s second largest forces after the US, had finally been driven back to its barracks by the popular democratic AK party government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
So it seemed until last Friday when tanks seized the two Bosphorus bridges in Istanbul, and attacks were staged against key targets, like TV stations, the intelligence HQ, and government buildings. Five very senior generals and 25 colonels were reportedly at the core of the uprising.
On Friday July15th, as the national news media were either on vacation or preparing for the opening of the Trump National Convention on Monday the 18th, the long-awaited release of the ‘missing’ 28 pages from the US Senate’s 9/11 report (“DECEMBER 2002: JOINT INQUIRY INTO INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES BEFORE AND AFTER THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001”) occurred. The official title of this document is “PART FOUR – FINDING, DISCUSSION AND NARRATIVE REGARDING CERTAIN SENSITIVE NATIONAL SECURITY MATTERS”, and it constitutes pages 6-34 of a pdf. (Some writers mistakenly call it “29 pages”.)
It ”was kept secret from the public on the orders of former President George W. Bush”, and remained secret under Bush’s successor Barack Obama, until that Friday night late in Obama’s Second Administration, right before a week of Republican National Convention news would be dominating the news (along with any racial incidents, which would be sure to distract the public even more from any indication of Bush’s guilt).
The pdf was of a picture-file so as to be non-searchable by journalists and thus slow to interpret, and thus would impede press-coverage of it. The file was also of a very degraded picture of the pages, so as to make the reading of it even more uninviting and difficult. Well, that was a skillful news-release-and-coverup operation! The Federal Government had plenty of time to do this right, but they evidently had plenty of incentive to do it wrong. They’re not incompetent; the reasonable explanation is something worse than that. (After all, this information has been hidden from the public for all of the 13+ years since that report was published without the 28 pages at the end of 2002.)
Five Minutes Five Issues: Convention Infomercial, ISIS War, Clinton Foundation, VP Pence, Medical Marijuana
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Thursday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.
Milestone: We've Just Dropped Our 50,000th Bomb on ISIS
In August, 2014, the US-led "coalition" began bombing Iraq and Syria to, in the words of President Obama, "degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIS.” For nearly two years -- despite President Obama announcing last November that ISIS was "contained" -- the bombing has continued unabated.
Retaliation for Nice? France Bombs 120 Civilians in Syria Just days after Tunisian-born French resident Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a truck into a crowded Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France, killing at least 84, a French-led bombing attack on the Syrian villages of Tokhar and Hoshariyeh today has reportedly killed more than 120 civilians.
Ron Paul: Currency Destruction Funds Wars
Ron Paul, who regularly challenged Federal Reserve Board chairmen as a member of the US House of Representatives' Financial Services Committee, continues to describe the problems the Federal Reserve causes. In his Monday column “Don’t Reform the Fed, Fed-Exit!” Paul writes that Federal Reserve-promoted inflation is a tax on average Americans, with “crony capitalists and big-spending politicians” the beneficiaries. But that is only part of the story. Paul contended, in an interview last week on the Turning Hard Times into Good Times radio show, that the central bank encourages war.
'Why They Didn't Fire Is A Mystery' - Coup Pilots Had Erdogan's Plane In Their Sights And Did Nothing Looking back at the failed Turkish coup, one question that nobody has been able to answer is why, if the coup was indeed a serious attempt at government overthrow, did the organizers not do the first thing that military coups have done since time immemorial: either capture, or simply eliminate the existing ruler, the vacationing president Erdogan?
The following brief story will only add to the confusion (or maybe not).
As Reuters reports, at the height of the attempt to overthrow Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the rebel pilots of two F-16 fighter jets had Erdogan's plane in their sights. And yet he was able to fly on.