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Between Fact and Fiction: Turkey’s Ergenekon Investigation 53 the Restructuring of the State”, which was dated November 25, 1999 and included a blueprint for the restructuring of the state itself. The police also found a chart in Güney’s handwriting which appeared to name Veli Küçük as the leader of Ergenekon and suggest that other members included former Prime Minister Tansu Çiller, several prominent Jewish businessmen, leading journalists and various serving and retired the members of the Turkish military.

It seems rather that, having been long convinced of the existence of a nefarious conspiracy, he believed that he had finally found some conspirators. On January 21, 2008, a wave of police raids in Istanbul and Izmir resulted in the formal arrest of 27 people on allegations of membership of the same organization as those already in custody. They ranged from retired military personnel to lawyers, journalists and a known member of the Turkish underworld. Some of those who were arrested were already familiar to the Turkish public.

Over the months that followed, the Turkish press regaled its readers with the “revelations” about how the “same grenades” had been used in numerous terrorist attacks dating back to 1999 and stretching from Istanbul to Antalya, Ankara, Trabzon and the town of Cizre, close to the Iraqi border; as if a vast organization, which by early 2008 was being characterized by the pro-AKP media as being responsible for virtually every act of political violence over the previous 20 years,36 was working its way through a single crate of grenades.

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