MEK and FETO in Albania are used by Americans against Iran and Turkey 

MEK and FETO in Albania are used by Americans against Iran and Turkey 

MEK and FETO in Albania are used by Americans against Iran and Turkey Olsi Jazexhi, TRTWorld, July 15 2020:… On July 15, freedom-loving people in the Muslim world will commemorate the fourth anniversary of the failed coup attempt by the FETO terrorist organisation, led by US-based cult leader Fetullah Gulen.The support that European and American politicians give to their network is similar to the support that the Albania-based terrorist Mujahideen e Khalq (People’s Mujahideen of Iran, MEK) receives. Western governments instrumentalise both FETO and MEK against Turkey and Iran, respectively… On July 15, freedom-loving people in the Muslim world will commemorate the fourth anniversary of the failed coup attempt by the FETO terrorist organisation, led by US-based cult leader Fetullah Gulen. MEK and FETO in Albania are used by Americans against Iran and Turkey  

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MEK and FETO in Albania are used by Americans against Iran and Turkey 

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“The support that European and American politicians give to their network is similar to the support that the Albania-based terrorist Mujahideen e Khalq (People’s Mujahideen of Iran, MEK) receives. Western governments instrumentalise both FETO and MEK against Turkey and Iran, respectively.”

Fetullah Gulen’s terrorist organisation has made major inroads in the Balkans where those who oppose them are bullied into silence.

On July 15, freedom-loving people in the Muslim world will commemorate the fourth anniversary of the failed coup attempt by the FETO terrorist organisation, led by US-based cult leader Fetullah Gulen. Turkish state institutions, embassies and other organisations will celebrate the victory of defeating the coup, even across the Balkans.

What happened that night in Turkey is fresh in the memories of Muslims across the world and particularly in the Balkans. The coup that the insidious Gulenist cult tried to execute in Turkey threatened the future not only of the Turks, but of the future of democracy in the Muslim world.

Turkey managed to win its battle with the cultists but in Muslim communities in the Balkans, civil society activists have to struggle with the presence and discrimination the network metes out against anyone who opposes them.

FETO presence in the Balkans is backed by the European Union and the US. While many local Muslims side with Turkey and supported its just war against terrorism and state capture, many European MPs and American politicians have sided with the Gulenists.

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The support that European and American politicians give to their network is similar to the support that the Albania-based terrorist Mujahideen e Khalq (People’s Mujahideen of Iran, MEK) receives. Western governments instrumentalise both FETO and MEK against Turkey and Iran, respectively.

The FETO presence in the Balkans is protected with fanaticism and criticism is not tolerated by Western governments and media. European MP’s like Thierry Mariani and  Zimnok Berhard have gone on the offensive to attack Kosovar and Albanian citizens who are critical of the presence of the Gulenists in their countries by calling them ‘radicals’.

FETO has a huge network of schools, institutions, universities throughout the Balkans: in Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania and even though the Turkish government has asked for their closure, its requests have often been rejected.

European and American politicians have asked Balkan governments to give full support to the Gulenists under the excuse of protecting them from discrimination at home.

However, the presence of Gulenists in Albania is becoming a major headache for the local Muslim community and its imams. The American embassy in Tirana and major Albanian politicians have sided with Gulenists for the last decade.

Under the guise of fighting extremism (which means Arab influence on Islam) FETO has been given control over the Muslim Community in Albania – which is the official state Church of Islam in the country.

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As Fatos Klosi, the Former Head of the State Intelligence Service has indicated, FETO’s coup on taking over institutional Islam in Albania has been made possible through the support of Western embassies. The elections of the head of the Muslim Community of Albania are closely watched and influenced by the US Embassy which works closely with its Gulenist leadership.

While in the West, the picture that we get about relations between Turkey and the Gulenists is one of ‘persecution’, ‘dictatorship’ and ‘innocence’, in Albania the picture is different. The Gulenists run a number of private schools, a private university, most madrassas and the only religious university of the Muslim Community of Albania.

As stated in the pages of the Gulenist run Bedr University, the aim of its leadership is to replace all the imams of mosques of Albania (which were educated in Turkey and the Arab world) with their own members. They have even penetrated public universities in Albania. One case is University Alexander Moisiu of Durres, where ex directors (abilers) of the cult now administer the university. They own a national TV station in the country and even a number of private hospitals.

The capture of institutional Islam, schools and even universities have made the Gulenists a major force in Albanian politics. Imams who show sympathy for Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood or other democratic movements in the Muslim world face discrimination, interrogation and even expulsion from their mosques by the Gulenists. University professors who show sympathy for Turkey also face discrimination at work by the network.

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While the West tries to portray the Gulenists as victims of Turkey and ignore Turkey’s fight against terrorism, hundreds of Muslim imams, teacher, professors and Muslim believers face discrimination at the hands of the Gulenists network in the Balkans. This network is protected by the West and often discriminates against Muslim activists who do not share their sectarian and cultish ideologies.

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https://iran-interlink.org/wordpress/mek-feto-and-cia-the-united-sects-of-america/mek-feto-and-cia-the-united-sects-of-america/United World International, June 03 2020:… There was also information that MEK was giving money to Rudy Giuliani. MEK and its subsidiary, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, have openly advocated a change of power in Iran, promising to establish democracy and the rule of law. At the same time, inside MEK itself, there is truly totalitarian order, and the members of the sect are under the constant control of the leadership, their whole life is regulated. MEK FETÖ And CIA . The United Sects of America 

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The United States of America was the first country in the world to be built by sects. Representatives of the European persecution of Protestants settled in the New World to build their “city upon a hill”, a millenary Protestant utopia. It was a claim to build a new society, whose principles would extend to other nations in the future.

As time passed, American Protestantism, from Pentecostals to Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, became important tools of American soft power.

Many remember the case of American Evangelical missionary Andrew Brunson, who was arrested in Turkey for espionage. During the investigation, facts emerged about his connection to the Mormon network of influence in Turkey, which was also connected to the American intelligence services.

However, it is not only American sects around the world that can be considered an instrument of influence by the US. The opposite trend has become more and more common: the United States has increasingly been working together with sects and cult groups aimed at overthrowing power in various countries. At the same time, at some point, it becomes difficult to see who is using whom.

FETÖ and the CIA
In July 2016, a coup attempt took place in Turkey. The poutchists who organized the underground structure in the army intended to destroy the country’s leadership, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. However, because the patriots and Kemalists refused to support them, the mutineers’ plot failed.  Turkish authorities, after the investigation started, said that the terrorist movement of Fethullah Gülen FETÖ was behind the attempted coup.

According to Turkish authorities, FETÖ was also behind the assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov in 2016, and action aimed at preventing the normalization of Russian-Turkish relations. The attack was also linked to the terrorist “Kurdistan Workers Party”.

Previously, the Gülen movement was behind the high-profile “Ergenekon” case in the early 2000s. As the New York Times wrote “In 2005, years before the trials, a man affiliated with the Gülen movement approached Eric S.. Edelman, then the American ambassador, at a party in Istanbul and handed him an envelope containing a handwritten document that supposedly laid out a plan for an imminent coup”.

Ergenekon’s goal was to weaken the Turkish army and eliminate its military patriotic orientation, not oriented towards the United States.

Gülen almost came close to intercepting power in Turkey in the early 2000s, acting as an ally of the ruling Justice and Development Party, but his influence waned after 2013. His organization acted as a network of devotees, despite the self-created image of pure religious and humanitarian organization. The 2016 coup showed that under the mask was a “parallel state”.

Despite attempts by Gülen’s supporters to portray his movement as social, educational and democratic, it is in reality based on a cult of devotion to an autocratic leader and resembles a secret network. The organization is recognized as terrorist by Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Pakistan, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

At the time of the coup attempt, FETÖ was being governed from the US. Gülen himself received a green card in 2002. Since then, he has lived in the US. Interestingly, the FBI and the State Department opposed Gülen’s attempts to settle in the United States. But the CIA vouched for him.

CIA National Intelligence Council former vice chairman Graham E. Fuller, former CIA official George Fidas and former US Ambassador to Turkey Morton Abramowitz wrote letters in support of Gülen’s green card. Turkey has now issued an arrest warrant against Füller and is seeking the extradition of Gülen, accusing them of organizing a coup d’état.

Gülen’s extradition is a major issue that is poisoning US-Turkey relations. However, the Americans refuse to extradite the ringleader of the Islamist structure. Many advocates of Gülen, including Graham E. Fuller himself, vehemently oppose the very possibility of reconciliation between the US and current Turkish leadership.

The Gülen organization has 156 charter schools in the US. He has ties with the US establishment, including Bill and Hillary Clinton. Gülenists heavily invest in the US, predominantly Democrats.

Falun Gong: Anti-Chinese propaganda

The Epoch Times Conservative media outlet has become very popular in the US over the past few years. For the average American, it looks like another pro-Trump media outlet: conservative, fervently supporting the current US president and all his policies, especially his criticism of China, its headquarters located in New York.

Recently, it actively spread the conspiracy theory that the new Coronavirus was created in biological laboratories in China. Last week, the media even began distributing a free issue of the Epoch Times newspaper, consisting of anti-Chinese propaganda of various kinds, in the United States and Canada.

However, there are no white protestant or conservative representatives of the Jewish community behind this media source as is the case with sources such as Breitbart News. The Epoch Times is the media arm of Falun Gong sect – a guru-centred movement with political ambitions banned in China. Its media empire in 2003 became the largest Chinese news system outside mainland China.

After Donald Trump came to power in the US with his fervent anti-Chinese rhetoric, the sect’s adherents began to aggressively influence the English-speaking audience. Today Epoch Media Group includes The Epoch Times newspaper and NTD TV channels (New Tang Dynasty Television).

NBC News reported in 2019 that former Falun Gong cult members believe the end of the world is coming. They believe that “communists” will be sent to a kind of hell, and that President Trump is an ally in the fight against communism.

In 1999, the Chinese government banned Falun Gong. By then, the cult had thousands of adherents all over China, united in faith in the coming apocalypse, the coming of aliens, special spiritual techniques and unconditional submission to its leader, Li Hongzhi.

Falun Gong has all the signs of a totalitarian sectarian movement and is very similar to Aum Shinrikyo, another Asian (Japanese doomsday cult), whose followers carried out the deadly Tokyo subway sarin attack in 1995.

Former Chief Strategist of White House Steve Bannon teamed up with Falun Gong filming the propagandist movie “Claws of The Red Dragon”.

The MEK: the ‘good terrorists’

A description of the US administration’s ties to sects would not have been complete without reference to The People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran, or the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). Formally, it is a left-wing political movement. In fact, it has long since degenerated into the personality cult of the leader – Maryam Rajavi.

The MEK was created back in the 1960s. In the 1970s, its members organized several terrorist acts against Americans in Iran. They supported the Islamic Revolution in 1979, but then disagreed with the Islamic clergy, and began a campaign of terror.

The victims of MEK’s terror were Iran’s second president Mohammad-Ali Rajai and Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar in 1980. In all, several dozen high-ranking Iranians were killed at the hands of MEK members.

During the Iran-Iraq war, MEK members betrayed Iran and took the side of Saddam Hussein. After the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, MEK members who were on the base in Iraq were “inherited” by the US.

From 1997 to 2012, the US listed MEK as a terrorist organization. Back in 2009 RAND Corporation in the report ordered by the US government said MEK has “many of the typical characteristics of a cult, such as authoritarian control, confiscation of assets, sexual control (including mandatory divorce and celibacy), emotional isolation, forced labor, sleep deprivation, physical abuse and limited exit options.

In 2012, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh revealed the scheme of how US Joint Special Operations Command trained MEK militants in 2005-2009. At that time the structure was considered a terrorist organization in the US.

In 2016, the US paid for the relocation of 3,000 MEK members from Iraq to Albania, a Balkan country absolutely loyal to Washington.

At various times, former National Security Adviser to President Trump John Bolton and Trump’s close friend and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani addressed MEK leadership.

The Iranian “mujahideen” are waging an active information war against Iran and possibly used for intelligence by the United States. However, MEK propaganda is aimed not only at Iran, but also at the United States. This structure lobbies the most harsh policies towards Iran.

This is how “Heshmat Alavi” appeared, a group of MEK activists that wrote texts under a pseudonym for Forbes, The Diplomat, The Hill, The Daily Caller, The Federalist and the English edition of Al Arabiya’s website. One of the articles written by this team of authors was used by the White House to justify the imposition of new anti-Iranian sanctions.

There was also information that MEK was giving money to Rudy Giuliani.

MEK and its subsidiary, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, have openly advocated a change of power in Iran, promising to establish democracy and the rule of law. At the same time, inside MEK itself, there is truly totalitarian order, and the members of the sect are under the constant control of the leadership, their whole life is regulated.

The tail wags the dog

FETÖ, Falun Gong and MEK are working with the US to fight against legitimate governments around the world. At the same time, the US is not ashamed to use organizations whose structure does not comply with any principles of democracy or human dignity, hypocritically claiming to fight for human rights.

The fact that the US has found best friends in the three most important areas in the face of totalitarian sects says a lot about the US leadership itself. It understands that only sectarians with brainwashed minds can confront sovereign Turkey or Iran and China. On the other hand, sectarians are usually willing to do anything, and asking Americans for their help is a dangerous sign.

But cooperation with sects is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they are an instrument of American imperialism. On the other hand, lobbying, bribery of officials, frantic activity in the media, promotion of their “experts” shape American policy in line with these cults’ strategies.

How will US policy toward Iran be built if the voices of MEK’s allies are loudest? Will Washington be able to come to a truce with Beijing if Falun Gong forms a negative image of China among Trump supporters? If Fethullah Gülen’s friends and devoted activists of his sect constantly appear in the American media and bombard them with the ideas of their CIA friends, what will be the American policy towards Turkey?

The answers to these questions are obvious. By working with cults, Washington may soon become a dog being wagged by its own tail.

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The Many Faces of the MEK, Explained By Its Former Top Spy Massoud Khodabandeh

Ty Joplin, Albawaba, November 18 2018:… Khodabandeh admits that he had a difficult time reintegrating into society, as he struggled to rid himself of the constraints the MEK forces upon its members. He forbade himself from watching television, and did not know the extent of Iraq’s crimes against Iranians during the Iran-Iraq War. But Khodabandeh considers himself lucky; he was able to leave the group while thousands are still trapped inside … 

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Before Massoud Khodabandeh settled into his life as a consultant living quietly in the middle of England, he was directing the intelligence operations of a group that’s been labelled as a terrorist cult.

The group is called the Mujahideen al-Khalq (MEK), and Khodabandeh had, for decades, witnessed its changing of faces: from radical student group opposed to the rule of the Shah in Iran, to anti-Ayatollah guerrilla group, to pro-Saddam militia, to what it is now, an inward-looking and reclusive group with no clear identity beyond its obedience to its leader, Maryam Rajavi.

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Massoud Khodabandeh left the group and granted Al Bawaba an exclusive interview, where he documents his smuggling of radio equipment into Iran, his spying on Iranian leaders and MEK defectors and his eventual departure from the group.

Khodabandeh details to Al Bawaba his founding of an MEK cell in London and his imprisonment for participating in a sit-in of the Iranian embassy during the 1979 Iran revolution. After that, he began operating covertly in Europe, traversing the continent with secret funding and passports, looking over all of the MEK’s cells working in Europe at the time, slowing becoming one of its most senior and trusted members.

After the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war and the MEK’s falling out with the Iranian regime, Khodabandeh began smuggling radio equipment into Iran via Baghdad, taking powerful radio technology into a secluded station in the mountains of Iranian Kurdistan and surviving attacks by Iranian forces in the process.

As well as helping the MEK cement an international presence, Khodabandeh also remembers helping the MEK’s former leader, Massoud Rajavi, with a particular request. Rajavi asked Khodabandeh to send him dozens of books on cults and psychological manipulation; a request Khodabandeh did not hesitate to fulfill. Decades later, he learned that each book he was smuggling to Massoud was being translated into Farsi and used as a guide on how to transform the MEK into a personalist cult dedicated to serving the will of its leader, Massoud.

After leaving the group, Khodabandeh admits that he had a difficult time reintegrating into society, as he struggled to rid himself of the constraints the MEK forces upon its members.

He forbade himself from watching television, and did not know the extent of Iraq’s crimes against Iranians during the Iran-Iraq War. But Khodabandeh considers himself lucky; he was able to leave the group while thousands are still trapped inside its confines, doomed to be associated with an opposition group many consider a terrorist cult.

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