POCONOS – Fetullah Gulen, a self-proclaimed Turkish cleric, was subject of an alleged break-in. One of the guards patrolling his multi-million dollar compound, fired a warning shot. State Police swarmed Gulen’s home early Thursday morning. The intruder was never found, but guards report him to be a caucasian male dressed in dark clothing.
A spokesperson for Gulen attributed the intruder to a likely attempt at kidnapping by the Turkish government. Recently the turkish presidential media spokesperson, Ibrhaim Kalin, proclaimed that Turkey would be launching oversees operations against supporters of Gulen.
This past year, Gulen’s brother was sentenced to over ten years in Turkish prisons for activities related to terrorism. CITATION
“It is well-known that the Turkish government under (Turkish President) Recep Tayyip Erdogan has devised kidnapping plots against Mr. Gulen, as well as executed successful kidnappings of his supporters around the world,” said Alliance officials in a prepared statement Wednesday afternoon.
Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan has long accused Gulen of plotting to overthrow the officially secular government from the safety of his Poconos compound.
Despite this Gulen has remained a resident of the United States for over 20 years, even as rumors swirled on the heels of 9/11 that Gulen was running terroristic training camps prior to the attacks. The people back home in Pennsylvania are finally getting wise to the FETO/Turkish Terrorist Fethullah Gulen who has been holed up in the Poconos since the rumors of terrorist training camps in Saylorsburg were rolling around in the lead-up to 9-1-1. So hopefully John Favere didn’t use his real name or he might be in need of some protection at this point. -CITATION: Stacy Walters, Poconos resident
Gulen’s presence has been controversial to say the least. Though he professes unity among Christianity and Islamic religions, he also has ties to a dubious event in 2016, where he conspired in a Turkish Coup to overthrow Turkey’s president Recep Tayip Erdogan. In 2016, a group of Rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and fighter jets and bombed the Turkish parliament. There were 251 killed, and thousands injured.
Gulen remains a politically protected exile in the United States despite Turkey’s outstanding warrant to arrest him, and Turkey’s stance that Gulen is threat to democracy.
Among other complaints, local residents in the Poconos complain he has managed to exert control over local county government by making massive donations to individuals in power. This has allowed him perks that make it very easy for him to obtain building permits, while nearly impossible for others.
03.07.2018 NEW YORK – “Pennsylvania natives living near the U.S.-based leader of FETO, the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, complain that the terror group head dominates local politics, making things easy for himself, while ordinary people suffer.
“If you have a close relationship with Fetullah Gulen, you can easily get a [building] permit. If you aren’t, you’ll have a hard time getting it because Fetullah Gulen is controlling the town’s administration,” says John Favere, a resident of nearby Wind Gap.
Fetullah Gulen, leader of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and a fugitive from Turkish justice, has lived in the U.S. for decades.
“This is unjust to people just trying to survive in hard conditions every day,” added Favere.
-CITATION: NEW YORK TIMES, March 7, 2018
Local residents also report being alarmed as “FETO is taking control of town by buying land. And here’s the main point: What is FETO doing to America and its politicians, what do they pay them? Where is this money coming from to control our leaders?”
Gulen has been subject of frequent protests in his residential town of Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania and Harrisburg.
The shooting on Gulen’s property comes shortly after the mysterious Allentown car bombing, which remains under FBI investigation, despite local officials vehemently denying the car explosion was unrelated to any terror attack.
Today, the local police chief in Lehigh County released information saying they were in possession of video that depicted one of the male victims enter the car just prior to the explosion. The car door shut, and seconds later the car violently exploded with another man and an toddler inside.
Online social media has been skeptical that the Allentown car bombing was not terrorist related, and rumors of Gulen (whether true or not) have flooded social media chats speculating that Gulen may have conspired in the local terrorist attacks.
These rumors appear far fetched considering the far more elaborate overseas attacks that Gulen has been accused by the government of masterminding from the safety of his compound in the Poconos.