Ahmet Yayla: Assassination in Turkey – A Few Thoughts

Ahmet Sait Yayla

Anxiety in Ankara: Assassination, Geopolitics, and Democracy in Turkey

The assassination itself still has many unanswered questions: was the assassin acting alone or on someone’s behalf or with the assistance of others; why did Turkish intelligence and law enforcement forces not provide sufficient security for the ambassador; what was the motive behind the attack and why was the assassin killed rather than captured? Additionally, a Turkish judge issued a media ban on the attack, making it more difficult to understand and reveal facts about the assassination. In order to inform the international community and reduce the chances of such an attack happening against other diplomatic dignitaries in Turkey, the Turkish government needs to be transparent about the findings of the investigation, demonstrating it has solid, objective evidence provided in a timely manner.

Phi Beta Iota: A blockbuster of a read from a PhD former counterterrorism officer in Turkey.

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Jan 8

The Trump “Intelligence” Briefing Has No Proof Russians Hacked (or Leaked) Anything: Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections UPDATE 8

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Best line = ZERO proof:

“Judgments are not intended to imply that we have proof that shows something to be a fact. Assessments are based on collected information, which is often incomplete or fragmentary, as well as logic, argumentation, and precedents.”

We do not make this stuff up. The DNI just committed suicide.

In three parts.

01: The raw document as a pdf with no registration required (link below).

IC 2017 on Russians Hacking US Election

02: Evaluative and contextual comments by Robert Steele.

03: Evaluative and contextual comments by others as they are obtained.

Final appraisal: Trump right, IC wrong, 5 strikes itemized below. Only 3 agencies (CIA, FBI, NSA) signed this report, not “all seventeen.” DHS notable for its absence.

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Jan 6

CIA Training Handbook: How to Fake Intelligence Plus Case Study on Faking Russians Hacking US Election

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WARNING NOTICE: Exclusively for Directorate of Operations Covert Action Staff (DO/CAS) Employees Identified by Name within Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) List FKTRUMP.

EXTRACT

It is sometimes necessary to fabricate intelligence — to lie to our customer — in order to achieve a necessary strategic effect. There are two general justifications for this form of covert influence operation:

01 When we are pretty sure it is the truth and cannot prove it

02 When we know it is a lie but it is a lie that serves our internal ends

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Jan 6