February 1, 2013
U.S. officials would like to blame al-Qaeda for Friday’s suicide bombing at the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey, but the country’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has placed blame squarely on the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP/C.
“Turkish media identified the bomber as Ecevit Şanli, allegedly a 30-year-old member of the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C),” the Washington Post reported after Erdogan’s comment.
DHKP/C is described as Marxist-Leninist and until recently considered a relic of a bygone era. The group is officially described as a splinter group of a splinter group going back to the Revolutionary Youth Federation, a communist organization that emerged out of Turkey’s Federation of Idea Clubs. It is said to oppose the Turkish establishment, NATO and the U.S. and stands accused of killing retired generals, a former justice minister and a businessman.
In January, the Turkish government carried a number of sensationalistic arrests of people allegedly connected to the outlawed group officially listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, Europe and the United States.
Despite news coverage of the arrests and today’s suicide bombing at the embassy killing a security guard and the suspected bomber, few news organizations and journalists have bothered to report the fact there is plenty of evidence indicating the DHKP/C is a Gladio-like “strategy of tension” black op.
Like the CIA’s Gladio in Italy, Turkey’s clandestine and neo-fascist Ergenekon organization engaged in widespread terrorism subsequently blamed on leftist groups. Maureen Freely writes that following a military coup in Turkey, the “deep state” – described as a group of influential fascist coalitions within Turkey’s intelligence services and organized crime syndicates – funded and armed left and rightwing paramilitary groups that fought pitched battles in the streets and destabilized the country’s fragile political system.
Like its Italian counterpart, Ergenekon enjoyed the support of the CIA and the Pentagon, according to sources inside the Turkish military.
Bülent Ecevit, the four-time Prime Minister of Turkey, provided details on the Turkish version of Gladio and its strategy of tension. He said its operations were responsible for killing 38 people and injuring hundreds during the May 1, 1977, Taksim Square massacre in Istanbul.
Legal proceedings against Ergenekon revealed a number of terrorist attacks, including an armed attack on the Turkish Council of State in 2006 that resulted in the murder of a judge, a bombing of a secularist newspaper, attacks carried out against people accused of being unpatriotic, the-called Susurluk incident in 1996 (involving the Turkish government, the military and organized crime), and efforts by groups within the Turkish Armed Force to overthrow the government.
In addition to instigating hatred and exacerbating sectarian violence between Turks and Kurds, Ergenekon stood accused of close ties to DHKP/C during the legal proceedings.
In 2012, Asuman Akça, a former member of DHKP/C was shot in the head before she could testify and make public the ties between the DHKP/C and Ergenekon. The man accused of shooting Akça was a member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. He told police the DHKP/C and the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party wanted to kill Akça and prevent her from revealing the group’s links to Ergenekon.
Corporate media reports on the suspected suicide bombing in Turkey have yet to mention the documented ties between Turkey’s “deep state” and the DHKP/C, instead characterizing the shadowy group as merely the product of wild-eye Marxist hatred for NATO, the United States and the ruling elite in Turkey.