The name of Fetullah Gulen, a 75-year-old US-based Turkish cult leader, has frequently been heard since he was charged with orchestrating the 15 July failed coup attempt in Turkey. Gulen started his movement with sermons and establishing student houses in the city of Izmir where he worked as an imam in the early 1970s. Educational institutions, prep-schools, foundations, newspapers and television stations followed. The movement expanded its activities to a total of 160 countries as of the 2000s. Today, Gulen remains the head of a vast network of media institutions, schools, non-governmental organizations, television channels, hospitals, banks and insurance companies. He has turned into a powerful business and political figure from his beginnings as a humble imam.
Gulen encouraged his followers in his sermons in the 1990s to infiltrate state institutions and fill in whereever there is an empty slot. Several investigations showed that Gulen’s followers indeed infiltrated important state institutions such as the judiciary, the police, the public sector and the military. Their suspected involvement in some of the assassinations that took place in the 2000s is also being investigated. Following a National Security Council meeting in May 2016, the Turkish government officially designated the movement as a terrorist organization, naming it the Fetullah Terror Organization, better known by its Turkish acronym FETO.
This website presents the structure and the past of the Gulenist Terror network whose actions they claim to be based on “peace, tolerance and interfaith dialogue”. Gulen and his followers appear docile with no worldly ambitions. Yet, the infiltration of its members into state institutions and the intricate structure of the movement that has vastly expanded for over forty years with large amounts of money contradict its publicly stated ideals.
The Turkish public has witnessed the incredible expansion of the group and political involvement of group members, which became particularly clear after 17 December 2013, when followers of Gulen tried to overthrow the democratically elected government. However, there is a lack of information available to an international audience, and much of the information is produced and spread by Gulenists themselves. This project is an attempt to provide the English speaking audience with factual information about the covert activities of “the Gulen Movement”. For Turkish, please visit fetogercekleri.com.
Who is Fetullah Gulen? presents information about Gulen including details that go unmentioned on many sources.
Behind Coups provides evidence on Gulen and his followers’ involvement in the failed coup attempt of July 15. This section also documents Gulen’s support and praise for the 1980 coup and the 1997 post-modern coup in Turkish history.
FETO Network identifies the institutions established by the group in education, media, finance and non-governmental organizations.
Lobbying provides a list of all-expense-covered trips and political donations of Gulenists.
FETO Deep State gives information on various plots Gulenists set up to infiltrate state institutions and overthrow the democratically elected government.
FETO Murders provides information on the suspected involvement of Gulenists working in the posts of judiciary, police force and gendarmarie in assassinations. Armenian journalist Hrant Dink and Turkish writer Necip Hablemitoglu, a critic of Gulen, are among these murders.
Videos section offers Fetullah Gulen’s sermons with English subtitles.