Skip to comments.Stealth Islamist Charter Schools Under Investigation
Posted on 11/01/2012 8:50:37 AM PDT by CharlesMartelsGhost
The charter school movement associated with Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen is under federal investigation
If one believes that the battle for the nations soul is occurring, not just in Washington, D.C., but in schools across the nation, the steady advance of Turkish-Gulen Charter Schools may be cause for alarm. Fethullah Gulen is a Turkish Islamic cleric who fled his native country in 1998, after being charged with seeking to overthrow the secular Turkish government. He currently lives in exile at a 28-acre mountain complex in the Pocono Mountains, with more than $25 billion of assets at his command. The 135 charter schools associated with the Gulen Movement (GM) enroll more than 45,000 students and comprise the largest charter school network in the United States all of which are fully funded by American taxpayers. Fethullah Gulen has been under investigation by the government since 2011.
That investigation, carried out by FBI and the Departments of Labor and Education, is centered around charter school employees who are allegedly engaged in kicking back part of their salaries to the Muslim movement also known as Hizmet (service to others), founded by Gulen. Gulen initiated his movement in Izmir, a city on Turkeys Aegean coast, more than 40 years ago, preaching impassioned sermons to his followers, who may now number as many as six million. In Turkey, the Gulen Movement has been accused of pushing for a hardline Islamic state. Despite this reality, government officials investigating the kickback scheme are apparently satisfied that there is no religious agenda being disseminated in America. Their investigation is centered around the hundreds of Turkish teachers, administrators, and other staffers employed under the H1B visa program, who may or may not be misusing taxpayer money.
This would appear to be a stunningly naive approach to the issue. H1B visas allow US employers to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations on a temporary basis. Specialty occupations are defined as requiring theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge in a field of human endeavor. Gulen schools are among the nations largest users of the H1B visas. In 2009, they received government approvals for 684 visas. The Harmony School, a Gulen-related institution, has applied for more H1B visas than any educational institution in the country.
GM officials at some of the charter schools that ostensibly specialize in math and science, claim they need to fill teaching spots with Turkish teachers. At the Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School in State College, Ruth Hocker, former president of the parents group, grew suspicious when certified American teachers began to be replaced by uncertified Turks with limited English-speaking skills who, despite that limitation, commanded higher salaries. Parents pointed out that these uncertified teachers were moved from one charter to another when their emergency credentials expired. They also spoke about a pattern of sudden turnovers of Turkish business managers, administrators, and board members.
Similar complaints arose in Texas, where it was revealed that hundreds of Turkish teachers and administrators were also working with H1B visas. In addition, the Harmony School group was using taxpayer money to fund Gulens movement via school construction and renovation projects. Despite assertions that the bidding process on those projects was fair, records showed that virtually all of the work has been done by Turkish-owned contractors, according to the New York Times.
A former teacher from Turkey revealed an ominous development, reportedly telling the FBI that the Gulen Movement had divided the United States into five regions, with a general manager in each who coordinates the activities of the schools, and related foundations and cultural centers.
All of the above raises the obvious question: if these schools are traditional American charter schools that do nothing more than follow the state curriculum, as Tansu Cidav, the acting CEO of the Truebright Science Academy in North Philadelphia contends, why is it necessary to hire foreign teachers and coordinate activities nationwide?
A federal document released in 2011 may provide the answer. It posits that Gulens charter schools may in fact be madrassahs, where students are brain-washed to serve as proponents of the New Islamic World Order Gulen purportedly seeks to create.
Former Muslim Brotherhood member Walid Shoebat illuminates the bigger picture. Shoebat, who was highly critical of a CBS 60 Minutes report on Gulen (who refused to be interviewed for the piece), likens the clerics movement to the leftist Center for American Progress (CAP) And radical billionaire George Soros. Both men are extremely wealthy, use that money to surreptitiously spread their ideologies, and like to operate behind the scenes as much as possible, writes Shoebat.
The American Thinkers Janet Levy takes it one step further. After noting that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan belongs to the AKP political party founded by Gulen upon his arrival in Pennsylvania, she points out that Turkey is reverting to its historical Ottoman Empire-inspired Islamic fundamentalism, even as it is pursuing a stealth or cultural jihad against the West, in large part through the efforts of Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish Islamic theologian. In a 1999 video, Gulen himself spoke of a surreptitious plan for taking over the Turkish government: You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers until the conditions are ripe The time is not yet right. You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it[.]
The movement is well on its way towards achieving that aim. GM is now active in 140 countries. Aside from its charter school empire, other interests including boarding schools, universities, banks, media companies, newspapers, charities, and think tanks.
60 Minutes reporter Leslie Stahl took the typically leftist, see-no-Islamist-evil approach towards complaints about the Gulen schools advancing an Islamic agenda in America, assuring viewers that he promotes tolerance, inter-faith dialogue and, above all, he promotes education. Yet even Stahl was forced to acknowledge that while Gulen invites conspiracy theories that hes running Turkey from the Poconos and is bent on global Muslim domination, his movement does lack transparency: its funding, hierarchy, and ambitions remain hiddenleading our State Department to wonder in cables between Ankara and Washington if Gulen has an insidious political agenda.
This is not the first investigation conducted of Gulens empire. In 2008, members of the Netherlands Christian Democrat, Labor, and Conservative parties agreed to cut several million euros in government funding for organizations affiliated with Gulen. An investigation ensued when Erik Jan Zürcher, director of the Amsterdam-based International Institute for Social History, along with five former followers who had worked for Gulen, told Dutch television that the Gulen community was moving step-by-step to topple the secular order.
In Pennsylvania, neighbors of Gulens fortress retreat complain of hearing automatic gunfire and the drone of a surveillance helicopter that constantly searches for intruders. 100 Turkish guards stand watch over the property as well. If this man and his movementwhich continues to expandhave nothing to hide, they have a remarkable way of showing it.
As a Turkish observer speaking to the New Republic noted, No society would tolerate this big of an organization being this untransparent. The FBIs new investigation against Gulens organization brings us one step closer to exposing what goes on behind the closed doors of Gulens empire.
STOP THE ISLAMIZATION of AMERICA
In a sermon that was aired on Turkish television, Gulen said:
You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers ... until the conditions are ripe, they [the followers] must continue like this. If they do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads, and Muslims will suffer everywhere, like in the tragedies in Algeria, like in 1982 [in] Syria ... like in the yearly disasters and tragedies in Egypt. The time is not yet right. You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it ... You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey ... Until that time, any step taken would be too earlylike breaking an egg without waiting the full forty days for it to hatch. It would be like killing the chick inside. The work to be done is [in] confronting the world. Now, I have expressed my feelings and thoughts to you allin confidence ... trusting your loyalty and secrecy. I know that when you leave here[just] as you discard your empty juice boxes, you must discard the thoughts and the feelings that I expressed here.
Another threat from from the parasitic disease of Islam, attacking us from within our own borders and using taxpayer dollars to do so.
bttt - thanks for the post
They import Turkish language teachers on green cards. Their website hides the school address - a couple of years ago there were pics of hijab girls only. A cancer.
I dont know if this is true or not... just passing it on FYI.
Here is a note I just received from a friend.
I'd like to remain anonymous in what I'm about to tell u but I welcome u to share this thru email.
I'm returning now from being in Gatlinburg. I was shocked to notice that many of the shops are replaced by new ones. The owners have foreign accents. I would guess 80% are now run by Indians Pakistanis and now Ukrainians! I asked one lady where she was from and she said Ukraine. I asked 2 other shop owners where they were from: Ukraine. I jokingly asked "Did you folks buy up the whole left side of Gatlinburg? She with barely veiled hatred and disdain said, "Yeah, pretty much."
I tried to ask a vendor whom I asked first if he was American, about what was happening with all the foreigners. He refused to even talk about it. I asked another group and they seemed afraid but one woman spoke up with an attitude of careless determination and told us that the chamber of commerce was Iranians. That there was nothing they could do but try to stand. The others looked at her and each other nervously.
I spoke to a young lady in a busy shop and she carefully began to open up a little. She said the town was being bought up by a rich lawyer called Joe Baker and that he is renting the shops out to foreigners because they can afford higher rent since they don't have to pay taxes for 5 years. She said the foreigners change the business name and sell it to a relative and it continues tax free for 5 more years.
It's destroying Gatlinburg. It feels creepy. I asked what the religious affiliation of most of the foreigners was--they said: MUSLIM!!!!
A Muslim foothold in the mountains of Tennessee!
Very scary and poignant!
“You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers ...
“The time is not yet right.
“You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it ... You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power...”
. . . . Also, check out # 6 ; [you won’t sleep well tonight.]
Thanks for the ping, anonymous.
One of these “schools” popped up in Plano, Texas about 6 months back. It is called, fairly innocuously, “The Harmony School of Business” Charter School. The only way you would even look twice at the building is the windows. All of them are in the Turkish pointy style (for lack of a better word). I’d never heard of them and did some digging on my own. What I read in the mainstream media papers is frightening. And who knows how much they are not reporting.
Here’s a blog site with a story about some Texas legislators taking “fact-finding” trips to Turkey. Makes me sick.
Hopefully all the scrutiny over the past year or so on the visa and construction contract abuses and moving money around, aka: money laundering, (just to name a couple of issues) will shine a light on the corruption before the muzzies gain a bigger foothold in the education arena.
They need to erase these turds.