Kılıçdaroğlu: Gestapo-Like Governing Aimed

kemal-kilicdaroglu-chp-cumhuriyet-gazetesiCHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on April 15, addressing a meeting of his party’s parliamentary group said “Turkey is rapidly turning into an intelligence state with the MİT [the National Intelligence Organization] Law,”

The government is seeking to build a Gestapo-like regime through a bill that will turn Turkey’s national spy agency into an intelligence coordination body working directly under the prime minister, according to the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).

Last week, Parliament’s General Assembly began deliberations over the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) bill that will expand the powers of the MİT to encompass additional missions both inside and outside the country. Known as the MİT Law, the proposal was withdrawn in February after President Abdullah Gül demanded major changes to the proposed text.

“The MİT’s blacklisting of CHP deputies has been published in a newspaper. A state cannot be ruled through intelligence [agencies]. It should be ruled with information, morality, merit and the law. In oppressive regimes, intelligence [agencies] give information to ruling party administrations,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.

“In Germany, they founded Gestapo. Was it legal? Yes, it was legal. But it didn’t give intelligence to the state, but rather the party. The same incident is taking place here. A new Gestapo model is underway. All my citizens should be careful,” he added.


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