Arrest warrants issued by Turkey against 1100+ supporters of Gulen

February 12, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Arrest warrants issued by Turkey against 1100+ supporters of Gulen: Brainwave Science

SITUATION

Turkey ordered arrests of 1,112 people who are alleged supporters of U.S. based Muslim cleric accused of an attempted coup on the 15th of July, 2016. This is the largest operation yet against such supporters. In 2016, rogue soldiers used warplanes, helicopters, and tanks in a bid to seize power. The authorities are not willing to forget and forgive the perpetrators. In this failed coup,  more than 250 people were killed. Preacher Fethullah Gulen, a former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has denied involvement in this coup. Gulen has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999.

Tuesday’s operation was related to a police force examination which happened in 2010 for those seeking to become deputy inspectors. There were allegations that some of those taking part had received the questions in advance. So far 124 suspects have been arrested. This operation has extended across 76 provinces. It was not clear how many, if any, of the suspects, were serving police officers.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Sunday that they are determined to ‘finish’ off the supporters.’ The government says Gulen’s network over decades infiltrated state institutions including the security forces, judiciary and ministries, often helped by cheating in exams, to create a “parallel state”.

CHALLENGE

The Turkish government has carried out a strong cleansing of state institutions, ever since the coup attempt. At the same time, the prosecutors have launched a continuing investigation against the persons suspected of links to Gulen. However, Turkey’s Western allies have criticized the actions against the supporters. This crackdown was pursued mainly under a state of emergency which was declared after the coup and remained in effect until July last year.

The critics of Erdoğan accuse him of using the failed coup as an excuse to suppress dissent. Whereas, the Turkish authorities say that the measures are essential to fight threats to national security.

Remarkably, more than 77,000 people have been jailed pending trial since the coup and widespread arrests are common. Also, a staggering 150,000 civil servants and military personnel have been suspended or sacked by the authorities. More than 15,000 military personnel have been dismissed since the coup, including 150 generals and admirals, as said by Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, who served as the former chief of staff. Authorities have taken control of hundreds of firms accused of links to Gulen and his supporters and shut down more than 130 media outlets as part of the purge.

Ankara has also increasingly targeted alleged supporters of the movement abroad, seeking the extradition of Gulen himself and many others across Europe, Asia and the United States.

In 2013, law enforcement efforts to fight corruption, which had led to the 2013 corruption scandal in Turkey, were faulted by Erdogan. The incidence of corruption was reported to be “rife” in Turkey. Some coup leaders cited corruption as a reason for their actions.

Believe it or not, there is a Fethullah Gulen movement. It is a transnational Islamic social movement that professes advocation of universal access to education, civil society, and peace, inspired by the religious teachings of Fethullah Gulen himself. This movement is outlawed in Turkey.

The Turkish authorities are trying their best to identify the rogue officials, soldiers, and coup sympathizers so that such a brazen attempt is never made again. The Turkish authorities will be interested in interrogating the thousands of persons who have either been detained or sacked, in order to get to the root of the problem and uncovering high-ranking individuals who might be behind this coup, including foreign links. However, they desperately need a systematic and a quick and inexpensive way to sift through the huge number of arrested suspects, for their links to Gulen, other coup organizers, and for possession of useful information, which can help the authorities prevent another coup.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

Brainwave Science is a company based in the United States whose sole aim is to overhaul the field of forensic and investigative science. It is common knowledge that it is uncovering DNA and fingerprints in a case is uncommon. They are uncovered in only 1-2% of the cases. Moreover, the process of gathering, preserving, and analyzing these evidence is not only cost-intensive but also time-consuming. The Turkish authorities would not be interested in dedicating their entire investigative workforce to this mission. Surely, they have other pressing matters to deal with.

Brainwave Science has come to the rescue of the Turkish authorities, by introducing a revolutionary technology called iCognative. It will help in increasing the clearance rate/solution rate of the investigative agency. iCognative is a sophisticated and scientific technology, but it does not require advanced skills to operate it. It is easy to deploy and easy to learn. The hardware required to conduct a iCognative test is a headset and a portable computer.

The beauty of a iCognative test is that it does not involve any torture or coercion. The test subject is not forced in any way. On the other hand, he or she is merely made to observe pictures, images, words or phrases (also called stimuli) on a computer screen. He or she do not exchange any words with the test administrator. The test subject has to wear the specialized headset which records the brain response to each stimulus. These have been carefully gathered after the investigation of the specific crime. The brain responses are measured and transmitted to the computer where they are instantaneously analyzed. At the end of a usually 45-minute long iCognative test, the computer tells if the suspect was familiar with the crime-related information he or she was exposed to, or not.

This is extremely useful to the investigators in order to determine if they should pursue interrogating the suspect or not. The iCognative system reports its results with 99.9% accuracy. It is very reliable and reports no false negatives or false positives.

iCognative is not only applicable to national security but also the border security, immigration, human and drug trafficking, law enforcement, and counter-terrorism.

The stimuli which the investigators can use in the investigation of the thousands of arrested suspects and suspended officials can be incriminating details about the coup, confidential details about the leak of police examination papers, propaganda material related to Gulen, etc. This will help the agencies to focus their efforts on suspects who are more likely to be the perpetrators, thus saving time and effort.

The Turkish authorities can use iCognative in order to screen individual suspects, and also to detect their links to the larger organization behind the coup, to detect their rank and stature in the parallel state, and in order to determine the level of their contribution to the failed coup attempt.

Main Source: Reuters

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