On December 19, 2014, the Turkish courts ordered an arrest warrant for US Permanent Resident, and Turkish national, Fetullah Gulen. The Turkish government is accusing Gulen of plotting to overtake President Erdogan’s government through a series of underhanded treasonous maneuvers – subversive acts orchestrated from Erdogan’s hideout in the Pennsylvania Poconos.
Gulen who fled Turkey in 1998 under the guise of seeking medical treatment for diabetes, has undoubtedly overstayed his welcome in the United States, especially since his original excuse for seeking “exile” in the United States was to receive medical treatment. But instead of returning back to Turkey (where at that time he was also being investigated for treason against Turkey), he applied for permanent residency in the United States and was initially denied a green card. However, due to many “letters of support,” about his “extraordinary abilities,” Gulen was granted permanent residency on appeal.
Sure this is all old news – as is the fact that this man with “extraordinary abilities” has managed to orchestrate the kidnapping of 140 American tax-funded charter schools – placing his Turkish cronies in fake “highly-qualified” H1-B visa positions, and in the process usurping American educators and administrators.
It’s also old news that for the past 10 years Gulen’s crooks have padded the pockets of many of America’s politicians who in turn stroll the streets of Istanbul (gratis the Gulenists), and conveniently turn a blind eye to the Gulenists’ shenanigans (money-laundering, extortion, discrimination, business cronyism, and H1-B visa fraud).
How many American politicians truly want to be associated with an accused “terrorist,” which is exactly what the Turkish government is accusing Gulen of? Terrorism is a pretty serious accusation, especially when the ringleader – Gulen – is sitting comfortably on American soil.
With an outstanding Turkish warrant, it only stands to reason that the Gulenist- paid American politicians (at least those with some remaining good sense) will walk away from their Gulenist benefactors and let the United States finally do its job – which is to extradite Gulen back to Turkey to deal with the accusations lobbied against him.
As a side note, and one that might be of interest to the United States Internal Revenue Service, Gulen claims to be a “retired preacher,” who lives a fairly monastic life in his gigantic compound in the Poconos (a bit of an oxymoron indeed). Yet, in 2011 when Gulen was deposed by a newspaper that he was suing for libel (Gulen loves to sue people for libel and slander), he was required to produce his income from a publishing company that sold his books.
According to the deposition document from Isik Publishing, Gulen grossed almost $299,000 USD in book sales in 2011, netting $208,000 USD after donating $40,000 USD and paying $52,000 USD in taxes. That’s just one source of income located (and only under deposition) that Gulen admitted to. Even so, a net profit of $208,000 is certainly nothing to sneeze at, and it begs the issue whether or not Gulen reported this income (and any other) to the United States Internal Revenue Service. As a United States’ permanent resident (green card holder), Gulen is required to pay taxes on all of his “worldwide” income.
Below is the translation to the Turkish deposition snippet detailing Gulen’s income from Isik Publishing, as well as news articles about Gulen’s legal troubles in Turkey:
Translation from the Isik Publishing invoice pictured above:
To Whom It May Concern:
It is calculated 499,510.47 TL ($298,857.11) gross progress payment (billing) for copyrights to one of our authors, Fethullah Gulen and 85,488.25 TL ($51,147.62) of tax cut.
Per our author, 67,244.84 TL ($40,232.59) is donated.
His receivable is 346,777.48 TL ($207,476.96).
For your information
ISIK YAYINCILIK (ISIK PUBLISHING)
(Note: the currency exchange rate in 2011 was: 1 TL = 0.5983 USD)
Gülen’s green card under microscope as arrest warrant is issued for him By SENA ALKAN and published on December 31, 2014
As the first official step was taken by a Turkish court to have a Red Notice issued for Fethullah Gülen, the head of the Gülen Movement, which is accused of infiltrating key state institutions to allegedly overthrow the government, the U.S. decision over what his extradition will be is currently being discussed in Turkey.
Over the weekend, the Council of State found that the decision by the Erzurum province governorate to cancel Fethullah Gülen's green passport was justified.
The Council of State said: "In order to obtain a green passport, Gülen gave false information and misled government officials." Gülen has now become an illegal immigrant with no passport in the U.S. where he currently resides.
According to the Council of State, Gülen gave false information on his retirement in order to receive a green passport. His misinformation paved the way for the passport, which would not otherwise have been possible.
In 1998, Gülen left Turkey for the U.S., reportedly to receive medical treatment for diabetes. Gülen's application to obtain a green card was refused by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service in 2008. The department contended that Gülen did not meet the definition of an "alien of extraordinary ability" with which he petitioned the department to grant him permanent residency in the country. Gülen brought a lawsuit against Michael Chertoff, then secretary of Homeland Security in a federal court in eastern Pennsylvania. Later, with 29 letters of reference that he filed with his motion from theologians and some politicians linked with the movement, Gülen managed to obtain a green card when the judge ruled in his favor.
The verdict of the Council of State raised questions in Turkey on whether Gülen's green card would be cancelled and if he were to be arrested by U.S. authorities for providing false information to the U.S.
December 19, 2014
Turkish Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant for Fethullah Gulen ISTANBUL - Turkey moved a step closer to issuing an arrest warrant for U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen Friday. Prosecutors asked a court to issue the warrant for Gulen, who President Tayyip Erdogan accuses of trying to overthrow him.
Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, has been in open conflict with Erdogan since graft investigations targeting the then-prime minister's inner circle a year ago. Erdogan blamed the investigation on Gulen, but the cleric denied involvement. The report could not immediately be confirmed, but if such a step were taken it would be Erdogan's most decisive move against Gulen.
Turkish courts have dropped the corruption cases and Erdogan has purged the state apparatus of suspected Gulen supporters, removing from their posts thousands of police officers and hundreds of judges and prosecutors.
Erdogan said in April he would ask the United States to extradite Gulen, but such a move could only be made after an arrest warrant was issued and evidence of a crime produced. A Turkish court on Friday kept a media executive close to Gulen and three other people in custody pending trial on accusations of belonging to a terrorist group, in a case which Erdogan has defended as a response to "dirty operations" by his enemies.