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The structure of the Gulen network
Told by the sources

January 4, 2018

Keleş, who has since left the movement, said the organization was hierarchical, divided into seven levels, with Gülen at the top. Keleş joined “level three”—a senior leadership assembly. “Level two” conducted covert operations (13)

levels In an article published on yedirenkhaber.com published 17.03.2014 there is a pyramid showing this:

1 : People who are connected with the community and are connected with the spiritual foot. These are actual and financial support.(16)

2: Connected to the congregation; Schools, classrooms, dormitories, banks, newspapers, TV, and official institutions.(16)

3: The community is the unofficial organizational member. House associations, district responsibilities, city governors and accident districts, regional imams, inspectors and heads of government. Ideological organization provides these.(16)

4: Gulen is the inspection and supervisory authority where full submission and obedience has risen, and the service supervision mechanism.(16)

71 of the Imams responsible for provinces in Turkey

5: It is the layer that requires high level of confidentiality. These are the organizers of the Parallel organization in the State. Bums are appointed by Gulen personally and few people know one another.(16)

6: It is the top layer of service. Gulen is setting up contact with the lower layers, and these are the changes of duty and the blackout of what should be dismissed and fired.(16)

7: Fethullah Gulen.(16)

In articles published on www.newyorker.com October 17, 2016 and www.euractiv.com/ 16. jan. 2017 we find the same levels. www.euractiv.com wrote:....the members of the movement belong to different layers, according to their proximity to their leder Gülen.

7 Gülen at the top. (13) The layer of the inner circle of Fethullah Gulen. (14)
6 Conducted covert operations (13). The layer of the faitrhful. (14)
5 Senior leadership assembly (13)The organization and control layer. (14)
4 The inspection layer. (14)
3

The ideological organization layer. (14) Finally, teachers operate the schools. (18)

2

The layer of the loyalists. (14)
The journalists of the second tier own one of the leading Turkish dailies, Zaman; its English-language counterpart, Today’s Zaman (which is often not a faithful translation); the Turkish television station STV; the Cihan news service; many magazines and academic journals; several lesser dailies and TV channels; and many Internet-only news outlets. (18)

1

The layer of people. (14)
The first tier, the so-called Anatolian bourgeoisie, provides financial support: it funds private high schools, universities, colleges, dormitories, summer camps, and foundations around the world. (18)

An e-mail message released by WikiLeaks and written by Reva Bahalla, an employee of the private intelligence company Stratfor, details the first two tiers. The e-mail describes “hanging out with hardcore Gülenists” in Istanbul. It begins with a visit to the headquarters of Zaman: (18)

The way they represent their agenda is that this is about democratization in Turkey, human rights, world peace, etc. The guy was actually quoting Western liberal philosophers trying to show how much in common they have with them in respect for these democratic values, and this is what’s essential for Turkey’s candidacy in the EU. The irony, they claim, is that people think because they’re Islamist, they’re fundamentalist and not modern, whereas the authoritarians (in their view) i.e. the military, are the ones who are seen in the West as modern. . . . (my note—what Emre and I noticed is that in all our meetings with Gülenists, they recited almost the same lines verbatim. . . .)(18) (19)

The next day, Emre and I visited a major Gülenist organization that puts together these massive conferences all over the world to promote their agenda, raise funds, recruits, etc. Their office is in a very expensive part of Istanbul. They’ve got the best facilities, this beautiful theater system. In short, they’ve got money. Now you have to ask yourself, where is the money coming from? . . . Their funding comes mainly from co-opting the Anatolian business class. . . .(18) (19)

After getting a very long tour of the entire building, top to bottom, they sat us down for a Gülen propaganda film in their theater. . . . The Gülen guy is so overcome by the speech shown in the video by Fethullah Gülen, that he starts crying. Meanwhile I’m trying really hard not to laugh.(18) (19)

On 16. jan. 2017 www.euractiv.com publisched about the hierarchy in
the Gulen movement/FETÖ and they wrote:

On 16. jan. 2017 www.euractiv.com publisched about the hierarchy in the Gulen movement/FETÖ and they wrote:

FETÖ has a strict hierarchy that ensures its organization effectiveness, with Fethullah Gulen at its head.
Below him is a system of "Imams", categorized by geographical and institi\utional sectors. Imams are the most senior Gülenists at each level, and coordinate donations, schools, outreach activities, and newspaper sales.

Under the Imam for Turkey, there are five regional Imams (for Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Gaziatep, and Erzurum), with one Imam per province in each region - 81 in total. Each province is divided into sub-regions and neighbourhoods, depending on their size. Beneat the neightbourhood Imams, house Imams operate students residences ("house of light"). (14)

On 14.09.2016 ensonhaber.com published an organizational chart showing the structure of the Gulen movement. The photo to the left. It provides an overview of the legal and illegal activities of Fethullah Gulen, and also the overall management of the Gulen movement. Structure Gulen movement.

On 27 Oct 2015 www.aljazeera.com.tr also publisched about the hierarchy in the Gulen movement/FETÖ and they wrote:

Hierarchical structure

The hierarchical structure of the organization took place in the indictment as follows:

  1. Consultation group
  2. World imam
  3. Imam of the geographical region
  4. Country imam
  5. District imam
  6. Provincial imam
  7. County imam
  8. District imam
  9. Neighborhood imam
  10. Home imams (Light houses)
  11. Personnel Imam
  12. Bellmen
  13. Students and members of the organization (Şakirt and Şakirdeler)

"The hierarchical structure of the group has become much more advanced and complicated nowadays, and it is understood that the present structure of the organization in the expressions and the works done is as shown below" and the following expressions are given:

'İmam' structuring

Gulen movements "12 Wise Men"
Structure Gulen movement
 

FETO / PDY Organization; Has a hierarchical structure and a study consisting of 'geographical', 'sectoral' or 'institutional' sense, and 'imam'. Fethullah GÜLEN, who is considered as "Universe of Universe" and "Mahdi" by the members of FETO / PDY, is the leader of the organization, which consists of Advisor Caddesi, Continent Imams, Country Imams, Region Imams, Provincial Imams, District Imams, Tradesmen Imams, (Ministries and provincial organizations, local governments, universities, state economic enterprises) and the private sector (law firms, information companies, accounting firms, etc.), as well as the national, regional, city, district, Etc.) are assigned to each of the institutions outside the hierarchical structures of the related institutions called "imams" by the organization. (17)

The Gülen movement has two layers.
The first one consists of Fethullah Gülen’s many disciples who more or less believe that he is the Mahdi, the Islamic version of a messiah.

The second layer is the top echelon known to operate as a secret network, nested mainly in the security apparatus and the judiciary, to achieve their goals through Machiavellian methods, especially in Turkey. His followers in the state civil service, judiciary, police and – as we have understood recently - in the army are more loyal to Gülen than the institutions they work for. They take orders from the “brothers” of the movement rather than acting in the lawful chain of command of the state.  (20)

www.euractiv.com www.aljazeera.com.tr hurriyetdailynews.com  
1 Fethulla Gulen Consultation group
('wise men')
The second layer is the top echelon known to operate as a secret network.  
2 Continet Imams World imam  
3 Country Imams Imam of the
geographical region
 
4 Region Imams Country imam  
5 Provincial Imams Region imam  
6 District Imams Provincial imam The first one consists of Fethullah Gülen’s many disciples  
7 Neighborhood Imams County imam  
8 House Imams District imam  
9   Neighborhood imam    
10   Home imams (Light houses)    
11   Personnel Imam    
12   Bellmen    
13   Students and members    

The Gulen community consist of three circles.
At the center of the movementis a core group of belivers who lead the activities (hizmet) in a spirit of full and unconditial loyalty to the Gulen movement.
This core group includes consoderberable numbers of university graduates who specialized in technical subjets and com from rural ares or small towns in Turkey.
The mail core of the movement concist of around 30 elder brothers, and some of them Gulen's closest friends and students, who are highly respected and regularly consulted on major day-to-day policies.

Most of these elder brothers are fulltime activists who work as professionals with salaries at the Gulen movements institutiens. Alarge number in this core group have a Turkish nationalist bacgroun. There are som Kurd's but their number is limited, especially considering that Nursi himself was of Kurdish background.

The second cicle
of people support Gulen's religious-national goals and (in)directly participate in the creation of eser (good work) activies through charities, himmet.
This circle includes esnaf (small and medium-sized merchants) and isasam (businessmen) who constute a board of trustees of the movement's numerous foundations of the movement. They support the movement's activities in their area through founraising organized by local volunteers.

Finallt, there are those sympathizers
who share Gulen's goals but do not participate in their realization. This group is very much involved in the protection of eser, whether the schools, newpapers, or dormitories. This last end biggest group includes many nominal Muslims, including agnostics and nonbelivers. This Gulen's community is less cohesiv in its periphery but has a military-like dicipline at the core. (6)


Level 1

Businessmen, journalists, and teachers. The first tier, the so-called Anatolian bourgeoisie, Provides financial support: it funds private high schools, universities, colleges, dormitories, summer camps, and foundations around the world. (9)

Level 2

The journalist of the second tier own one of the leading Turkish dailies, Zaman; its English-language counterpart, Today's Zaman (wooden often not a faithful translation); the Turkish television station STV; the Cihan news service; many magazines and academic journals; several lesser dailies and TV channels; and many Internet-only news outlets. (9)

Level 3
Finally, teachers operate the schools. (9)



 


Latif Erdogan: ( Formerly top Lieutenant Cult operations and right-hand man for 45 years.)


(07:30)
..... They are specifically inoctrinated into ignoring their family's wishes. Especially if they are enrolled in a military high school, they are completely cut off from their families. This process begins with "cell homes" at the lowest level. These homes house students that numbers from 6-7 at the most and these houses are headed by a house "brother" or "imam," the term "imam" is used."

According to Gülerce, there are only two people around Gülen who have the privilege to know about some of the most confidential information.
"Osman Şimşek and Cevdet Türkyolu know what Gülen has always been up to," he added.

Explaining that Gülen has "strictly confidential henchmen" in Turkey, Gülerce said these men, who are called imams, deal with the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), police and judiciary. "Adil Öksüz and Mustafa Özcan are only two of the imams. There are plenty," he added

Later there's another level for the person that organizes 3 og 5 houses, another level for those that lead all og the "houses" in a neighbourhood or district, and another level for the manager of all of the "houses" in a city, another level for the manager of 3-5 cities, and ultimately a level for the manager of all of Turkey. And this proceeds according to a hierarchical structure in all foreign countries including those outside of Turkey, and this system is implemented.  

(8:34)

Huseyin  Gulerce:
I was whitin this structure for 25 years. Nothing happens without his (Fethulla Gulen) authorization. Only Fethulla Gulen can appoint or change the president of the Zaman newspaper,  can change the editor,  can change the administrators of Samanyolu TV, can change the districts "imams".

As you know, they divided Turkey into 7 regions and each region is headed by a person and  these 7 regional "Imams" , this is very important,  go to the United States meet with Fethullah Gulen 3 times a year. All correspondence takes place in-person, face-to-face......  (7)

(22:17)
Latif Erdogan:
 
The idea of becoming a Khomeini was a constant ides of his. He told me many times. "In Teheran, a million people greeted Khomeini in 1979..." "Someday, if we are greeted by a similar number at the airport, we will also stage a coup."
This sentence, he himself, repeated many times. Let's assume there's a governor in a state.  Somone from

Cevdet Türkyolu, referred to as "Uzun," or "Tall," is known to be the imam in charge of the "Private Affairs" within the Gülen Movement,

the Cult becomes governor. Also, there is an "Imam" making things in the state. The governor obeys that "imam". The police chief obeys that "imam". The highest levels of government in a stat, those that belong to the cult, all directly obey the "imam" that manages that stat.

Leading figures in
the Gulen movement

However, as I said earlier, if these are police, military, or any high level government officials, they have another chain of command directly connected to people running the Cult. Through that channel, they are directly linked to Gulen himself. That is, this structure has many links.
The Gulen Cult's overall structure is not known by anyone but Fethullah Gulen. Everyone just knows a piece of it. To know all of it, and understand it all is an attribute held only by Gulen himself.

Complete transcript of the video


The FGC is perhaps the best organised grass roots movement in Turkey. Moreover, the group has a vast social and economic organisation, intelligence assets, a global network and a message that appeals to the West, even if that message appears to be mostly for international consumption. The FGC is effectively a third force in Turkish politics, and the world will hear a lot about it in the years to come.  (2)

Gulen adviser Aslandogan, who advises Gulen on media issues
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.........................Hurriyet guy used to have (maybe he still does) good contacts within Gulen Movement (called Community). Then he got out of the community. He says that the hierarchy within the comm is extremely rigid. They work like in cell-organization. I am responsible for five persons. Another guy is responsible for five persons like me and so on. They are all asked about our "protegee"s financial and health situation by senior Gulenists. (3)

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Gülenist imams find sanctuaries around the world

.........................He described how each city in Turkey is responsible for certain countries. So, the Gulen in Ankara for example, are in charge of Azerbaijan, Turkemnistan, etc. The businessmen in that Turkish city are then responsible for funding initiatives in those countries. There were literally suitcases of cash being transferred to these countries, but later, through organizations like Tuskon, they've legitimized the process a lot more. (4)


Keleş, who has since left the movement, said that while Gülen presented himself as a humble, self-denying cleric, in private he was entirely different: vain, megalomaniacal, demanding total obedience. The organization was hierarchical, divided into seven levels, with Gülen at the top. Keleş joined “level three”—a senior leadership assembly. “Level two” conducted covert operations, which he said he was never informed of. (Aslandoğan, the manager of Gülen’s Manhattan office, says that this characterization is misleading.)


Orhan Sipahioğlu was allegedly the “imam” of the movement of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen in the Naval Forces and was detained in the probe launched by the Gebze Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office after the July 15 failed coup attempt. 

Orhan Sipahioğlu hit the headlines after former Gülenist-turned-confessor and writer Nurettin Veren named him as an “imam” during a live TV program. Sipahioğlu was brought to police headquarters after being detained. (8)


Gülen divides the U.S. in 11 administrative divisionsThe Colorado imam [leader] of the terror group told investigators that Gülen led his network in the U.S. by dividing the country into 11 regions. The FETÖ member said he lived with Gülen for 10 days in order to get special training, as well as secret information from the leader himself. The suspect said he had been working in several ranks of the organization in the U.S. According to his statement, Gülen had also divided Turkey into seven states. Fugitive FETÖ suspect Mustafa Özcan was the leader of these seven regions' imams, he said.


Gülen divides the U.S. in 11 administrative divisions

The Colorado imam [leader] of the terror group told investigators that Gülen led his network in the U.S. by dividing the country into 11 regions. The FETÖ member said he lived with Gülen for 10 days in order to get special training, as well as secret information from the leader himself.
The suspect said he had been working in several ranks of the organization in the U.S.

According to his statement, Gülen had also divided Turkey into seven states.
Fugitive FETÖ suspect Mustafa Özcan was the leader of these seven regions' imams, he said.



"Around 100 imams travel to Pennsylvania three times a year to get orders from Gülen.
Does the U.S. not follow closely the periodical travels of 100 imams? Does Washington have nothing to say about this?" Gülerce asked.

......................Yet no analysis of Turkey is complete without due attention paid to the FGC; a highly co-ordinated and centralised movement with many well-positioned followers, known as Gulenists. Some Turks deridingly refer to the movement as 'F-type' or 'Fethullahci' (followers of Fethullah).

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF GULEN’S MOVEMENT

A discussion of the significance of Gulen’s movement requires considering both the organizational structure of the movement itself, the movement’s place in Turkey’s political and economic system, and its influence beyond Turkey.

First, the organizational structure of the movement is seen as hierarchical and somewhat non-democratic, which is somewhat unexpected given the community’s liberal attitudes and tolerance of differences. Gulen is the sole leader of the movement and the hierarchical order extends from the top to the bottom through an increasing number of abiler (elder brothers).

Structure of Turkey's
'parallel state' revealed

The ranking is very strict and each rank’s abi (elder brother) obtains only a certain amount of knowledge of the activities occurring or under discussion while agreeing to refrain from asking questions or seeking more knowledge about the higher ranks. An abi or someone under his supervision may, however, talk to other abi‘s informally and also talk to those assigned to overseeing the activities. (5)

Öksüz, originally a theology lecturer, is in the "red" category on the most wanted terrorists list of the Interior Ministry, which includes terror suspects with the highest rewards for their capture. He is considered an "army imam," one of the point men in a higher rank than "brother", ....................

.................Past investigations have revealed that FETÖ picked the infiltrators at early ages and most were cadets when they were first recruited. They were instructed to attach importance to secrecy in order to not to draw attention to their links to the group. After 2009, FETÖ stepped up the secrecy of its "brothers" who command officers of all ranks, from lieutenant to generals. (11)


Gülenist imams find sanctuaries around the world
FETO revises its senior
managers abroad
.
Management restructuring*
Structure of Turkey's 'parallel state' revealed
 

According to the details gathered by Anadolu Agency from security sources, the organization's structure consists of several top-level units, some of which are responsible for collecting money, others for appointing members to key positions within the state. 

Decisions taken by these units are reportedly communicated to other members through religious leaders that the organization calls “imams”. Whether the members obey the decisions taken by the units or not is monitored by dedicated “supervisors”.

A separate set of teams are reportedly in charge of selecting members for the organization and allegedly arranging where they will stay, appointing them to high positions in state institutions and organizing their social life.

In addition, other groups are allegedly set up to interfere in court trials.

Members of the organization, who take up high positions in the police and judiciary, are involved in illegal wiretapping activities and work to fabricate digital evidence in order to eliminate those who could be a threat to the "parallel state", the sources said. 

The security records related to the investigation show that Cevdet Turkyolu is the number two of the FETO/PDY organization. He is apparently in control of the organization's purse strings. He also apparently works as a bodyguard for the organization's leader Fethullah Gulen. (12)

The Gülen movement has two layers. The first one consists of Fethullah Gülen’s many disciples who more or less believe that he is the Mahdi, the Islamic version of a messiah.

The second layer is the top echelon known to operate as a secret network, nested mainly in the security apparatus and the judiciary, to achieve their goals through Machiavellian methods, especially in Turkey. His followers in the state civil service, judiciary, police and – as we have understood recently - in the army are more loyal to Gülen than the institutions they work for. They take orders from the “brothers” of the movement rather than acting in the lawful chain of command of the state. (15)  




(1) https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/65/65501_insight-more-turkey-uighur-reaction-and-eu-membership-.html

(2) https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/15/1532300_gulen-movement-turkey-s-third-power-.html

(3) https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/15/1520604_re-insight-gulen-dogan-media-group-akp-.html

(4) https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/11/1119378_re-insight-turkey-more-on-gulen-movement-.html

(5) www.rubincenter.org/2000/12/aras-and-caha-2000-12-04/

(6) Islamic Political Identity in Turkey- https://books.google.se/books?id=zNwJCAAAQBAJ&pg=PT11&hl=no&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false

(7) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb5K-_0XgMk

(8) www.hurriyetdailynews.com/one-of-top-coup-attempt-suspects-detained-in-istanbul-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103602&NewsCatID=509

(9) http://www.city-journal.org/html/who-fethullah-g%C3%BClen-13504.html

(10)

(11) www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2016/12/21/fetos-point-men-infiltrators-in-the-army-face-new-crackdown

(12) http://aa.com.tr/en/turkey/structure-of-turkeys-parallel-state-revealed/491482

(13) www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/17/turkeys-thirty-year-coup

(14) www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/infographic/fethullah-gulen-terrorist-organisation-fto-structure-and-activities/-
Published 16. jan. 2017
 (updated: 16. jan. 2017)

(15) http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/thinking-gulen-is-a-peaceful-scholar-is-a-huge-mischaracterization.aspx?pageID=449&nID=102173&NewsCatID=548 - Publish July/28/2016

(16) www.yedirenkhaber.com/guncel/iste-gulen-cemaatin-buyuk-piramidi-ve-hiyerarsisi/haber-177555

(17) www.aljazeera.com.tr/al-jazeera-ozel/cemaatin-imam-gucu

(18) www.city-journal.org/html/who-fethullah-g%C3%BClen-13504.html

(19) https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/11/1127660_re-insight-turkey-some-notes-so-far-.html

(20) http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/thinking-gulen-is-a-peaceful-scholar-is-a-huge-mischaracterization.aspx?pageID=449&nID=102173&NewsCatID=548

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