FBI investigating Gülen schools in US

Investigating Ayatollah Gülen?

Long overdue, but better late than never.

Meanwhile, “Ground Zero Mosque  imam”  Feisal Rauf drops a bucket of taqiyya slime at Yale, where eager Slifka Rabbi James Ponet laps it all up like a good dhimmi does, pathetic!

“We reject attempts by outsiders to inject hateful ideas to our campus discourse,”

Don’t you dare burst our groovy little interfaith bubble, you haters!

Previously reported:

Growing concern in U.S. government over Gulen’s Islamic movement

More on that little slice of insanity based in Pennsylvania, which Roland Shirk discussed at length here. “Meet ‘the Most Dangerous Islamist on Planet Earth’ He lives in Pennsylvania,” from Canada Free Press, March 21:

ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News

The FBI and other U.S. federal agencies have been investigating whether a Turkish religious community operating hundreds of schools worldwide is involved in visa fraud to bring teachers from Turkey to the United States.

The claim was made in a broad analysis by the Philadelphia Enquirer on religious leader Fethullah Gülen, who the paper describes as “a major Islamic political figure in Turkey,” and the more than 120 charter schools in the United States that are linked to his movement.

“Religious scholars consider the Gülen strain of Islam moderate, and the investigation has no link to terrorism. Rather, it [the investigation] is focused on whether hundreds of Turkish teachers, administrators and other staffers employed under the ‘H1B visa program’ are misusing taxpayer money,” the newspaper wrote. H1B visas are meant to be reserved for workers with highly specialized skill sets.

The charter schools are funded with millions of taxpayer dollars, according to the daily. “Truebright [Science Academy in Pennsylvania] alone receives more than $3 million from the Philadelphia School District for its 348 pupils,” said the newspaper.


The Departments of Labor and Education are also involved in investigating the claims of kickbacks to the Muslim movement founded by Gülen, known as “Hizmet” (Service), according to the paper.

Gülen, who has been living in the United States since 1999, is a Turkish religious leader whose movement is considered one of the strongest fronts in the civilian struggle for power in Turkey, especially because of its influence over state structures in the country.

Worldwide, the Gülen movement is known mostly for the schools it has established in Turkey and in more than 80 countries.

FBI investigation

Federal officials declined to comment on the nationwide inquiry, which is being coordinated by prosecutors in Pennsylvania’s Middle District in Scranton, the Philadelphia Enquirer wrote. A former leader of the parents’ group at a Gülen-founded charter school in State College, Pennsylvania, confirmed that federal authorities had interviewed her.

Although many have posited links between the Gülen movement and the charity schools around the world, followers deny the links.

The newspaper wrote that Bekir Aksoy, who acts as Gülen’s spokesman, said last Friday that he knew nothing about charter schools or an investigation.

Gülen schools were among the nation’s largest users of the H1B visas, the newspaper said. In 2009, the schools received government approvals for 684 visas – more than Google Inc. (440) but fewer than technology powerhouse Intel Corp. (1,203).

The newspaper drew attention to the fact that the visas were used to attract foreign workers with math, science, and technology skills to jobs for which there are shortages of qualified American workers. Officials at some of the charter schools, which specialize in math and science, have said they needed to fill teaching spots with Turks, according to parents and former staffers.

School parents described “how uncertified teachers on H1B visas were moved from one charter school to another when their ‘emergency’ teaching credentials expired and told of a pattern of sudden turnovers of Turkish business managers, administrators and board members,” according to the daily.

“The charter school application that Truebright filed with the Philadelphia School District in 2005 mentioned that its founders helped start similar schools in Ohio, California and Paterson, N.J.”, said the newspaper.

Ohio, California, and Texas have the largest numbers of Gülen-related schools. Ohio has 19, which are operated by Concept Schools Inc., and most are known as Horizon Science Academies. There are 14 in California operated by the Magnolia Foundation. Texas has 33 known as Harmony schools, run by the Cosmos Foundation.

“In their investigation, federal authorities have obtained copies of several emails that indicate the charter schools are tied to Hizmet and may be controlled by it,” the newspaper said.

New York Times on Gülen

In 2008, The New York Times wrote a story on the Gülen movement in Pakistan under the headline “Turkish Schools Offer Pakistan a Gentler Vision of Islam.” There rarely have been other stories about the movement in major U.S. papers.

The Philadelphia Enquirer said Gülen had gained his green card by convincing a federal judge in Philadelphia that he was an influential educational figure in the United States.

According to the newspaper, Gülen’s lawyer pointed to the 125 charter schools that his followers, including Turkish scientists, engineers and businessmen, have opened in 25 states.

This is what we’re dealing with:

Hailed as an outstanding educator by Graham Fuller and other CIA officials, the reclusive Gulen is semi-literate and lacks a high school diploma.

In 1999, he was driven from his native Turkey because of his attempts to overthrow the secular Turkish government.

Objectives of transforming Turkey into an Islam republic and of creating a New Islamic World Order

In his sermons, Gulen has stated his objectives of transforming Turkey into an Islam republic and of creating a New Islamic World Order. In one sermon, he said:

“You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers … until the conditions are ripe, they [the followers] must continue like this. If they do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads, and Muslims will suffer everywhere, like in the tragedies in Algeria, like in 1982 [in] Syria … like in the yearly disasters and tragedies in Egypt. The time is not yet right. You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it … You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power,until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey … Until that time, any step taken would be too early—like breaking an egg without waiting the full forty days for it to hatch. It would be like killing the chick inside. The work to be done is [in] confronting the world. Now, I have expressed my feelings and thoughts to you all—in confidence … trusting your loyalty and secrecy. I know that when you leave here—[just] as you discard your empty juice boxes, you must discard the thoughts and the feelings that I expressed here….

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  1. Turkey: Police seize manuscript about the Gulen Islamic community

    Apologists for Fethullah Gulen such as Mustafa Akyol insist that the Gulen movement is benign. But the contrary evidence continues to mount.

    Islamization of Turkey Update: “Manuscript raid in Turkey draws international criticism,” by Sera De Vor for Hürriyet Daily News, March 25 (thanks to JW):

    ANKARA – International and domestic press organizations condemned Friday recent police raids in Turkey targeting the manuscripts of an unpublished book, incidents that Turkish organizations described as “censorship.”
    “Preventing a published book from being distributed is one thing, but forbidding the very possession of a draft book that has not been published sets a very dangerous precedent,” Johann Bihr from Reporters Without Borders told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review.

    A week after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan said the issue of press freedom in Turkey was being blown out of proportion, Istanbul police raided a printing house and a daily newspaper in search of an unpublished book, confiscating print copies and destroying all digital traces of the manuscript.

    The book in question is by jailed journalist Ahmet Şık and deals with the alleged organization founded within the Turkish police by the Fethullah Gülen Islamic community.

    Reporters Without Borders is “really astonished” by the police confiscation of Şık’s manuscript, Bihr said.

    “Whatever its content, Şık’s draft book represents a piece of work by a writer and journalist, not a weapon or drugs. Seizing all private copies of it and threatening those who don’t hand it over with prosecution is in complete contradiction with the principle of freedom of expression,” he said.

    “Reporters Without Borders is really worried by these searches and the associated threats, which unfortunately take the Turkish judiciary one more step away from European and international standards,” Bihr added….

    From the comments section:

    There is another aspect to this, not commented on yet: the influence of Gulen money in tertiary institutions in the West. Very topical in light of disclosures of Libyan money and influence at the LSE in the UK. Not to mention Arab money in Western universities generally. From The Australian of 16 January 2008:

    Catholic Hits Islamic Chair

    A Catholic scholar of Islam has attacked the new chair of Islamic studies at the Australian Catholic University’s Melbourne campus.

    Father Paul Stenhouse suggested ACU had been naive in establishing the new Fethullah Gulen chair in the study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic relations, named for a Turkish Sufi leader now living in the US.

    In last month’s edition of Quadrant Father Stenhouse said Gulen was a disciple of another Sufi leader, Said Nursi, and alleged Nursi’s goal was Islamic supremacy.

    “Is one being over-cautious in recommending prudence on the part of Catholic and other Christian, Jewish and non-Islamic bodies generally, when they are invited to give moral support to, and to engage formally and publicly in dialogue with (Sufi) groups promoting the teachings of Said Nursi and his disciple Fethullah Gulen?” Father Stenhouse asked.

    But another scholar of Islam, Monash University professor Greg Barton, who has also made a special study of Gulen, has dismissed Father Stenhouse’s objections.

    Dismissing the article as poorly written and “not particularly well-argued”, Professor Barton said the Gulen movement was marked by the commitment of its members to work hard, live modestly and to serve others, which often meant donating money to worthy causes, such as education and interfaith initiatives.

    “Father Stenhouse conflates this quiescent Sufism with some of the rare examples of Sufi militantism,” Professor Barton said. “For the most part, Sufis are accommodationists rather than confrontational.”

    “(The Gulen movement) is the antithesis of Islamist movements.”

    Father Stenhouse used quotes from sermons by Gulen, including this one: “You must move in the arteries of the system, without anyone noticing your existence, until you reach all the power centres, until the conditions are ripe.” The launch of the chair was supported by Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart and attended by Victorian Governor David de Kretser.

    The non-profit Australian Intercultural Society has made the first donation of five instalments of $586,000 to fund the initiative. The first chairman is Turkish scholar Ismail Albayrak, from Sakarya University’s divinity school.

    According to AIS spokesman Orhan Cicek, about half the money came from the Australian Turkish community and the rest from overseas donations through AIS contacts.

    AIS was established in 2000 by Australian Muslims devoted to interfaith work and to giving second and third-generation Australian Muslims a sound education in the faith.

    Cicek said Gulen, who was granted a private audience with pope John Paul II at the Vatican in 1998, was an inspirational figure. “In the Muslim world he is like the Dalai Lama or Nelson Mandela,” Mr Cicek said. He said the chair was not set up to spread the views of Gulen and as far as he knew Dr Albayrak was not a follower.

    ACU pro vice-chancellor Gabrielle McMullen was unavailable for comment yesterday and Dr Albayrak could not be reached.

  2. We like our charter schools. We get good money from the states and can send it to our leader Mr. Gulen. He enjoys himself very much in his Pennsylvania compound with his dancing girls and drinks diet c0kes. What is the problem with that ? Are you jealous ? If you haven’t tried it don’t knock it. We get more green cards to hire more teachers so we make more money

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