Harmony Science Academy a Gulen Charter School

Harmony Science Academy in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico are under the Cosmos Foundation. The Cosmos Foundation ran by Turkish Nationals who are known members of the Gulen Movement have abused many state and federal laws. Cosmos is the largest abuser of H1-B Visas for foreign teachers than the largest school district in America. Scratch your head and wonder why the Gulen Movement is getting away with reverse discrimination? Texas money crosses over state lines to support the other Gulen Managed charter schools, this is WRONG!! DISCLAIMER: If you find some videos are disabled this is the work of the Gulen censorship which has filed bogus copyright infringement rights to UTUBE







Sunday, February 27, 2011

Harmony Science Academy Gulen Schools "Soner the fish stinks from the top to the bottom"

Soner Tarem Harmony's Superintendent at his last job in Fish Hatchery
(Soner "the Fish stinks from the top to the bottom"



Fethullah Gulen’s Missionary Charter Schools Coming under Increasing Scrutiny in the United States and around the World


Kurdishaspect.com - By Dr. Aland Mizell

Global Outreach

Gulenists’ missionary schools are active from Afghanistan to the Sudan, from
Cambodia to France, and, in the US, from Texas to Alaska. Some people have
already started questioning the movement’s motives, distorted truth, secretive
global agenda, as well as lack of accountability and transparency, so that the
movement itself is coming under increasing scrutiny. In the US many parents have become suspicious of a lack of transparency, false information about the mission of the schools, and adjusted reports on financial resources. In the global
arena, governments as well as many scholars and journalists suspect that the
schools have more that just education on their agenda, especially in Uzbekistan.
Some Central Asian countries’ education authorities have ordered Gulen’s
missionary schools to scrap the history of religion from their curriculum. Many
of his schools that operated under the Slim Corporation in Uzbekistan have been
closed due to their hidden agenda and falsified records because the Uzbek
government is highly suspicious of fundamentalism there.  Another country that
has been concerned is Tajikistan; the government is worried that the schools
spread a brand of Pan Turkism in the vein of the Ottoman Empire. They fear that
Gülen’s missionary schools are promoting the Ottomanist influence in their
country. However, so far only the Uzbek government has taken a firm stance
against Gulen’s movement.

With clarity some authorities see behind the façade. The Uzbek government in
Tashkent has expressed its suspicion that Turkish school graduates have been
embedded in government offices and other crucial institutions and from there use
their positions to weaken the secular government as they did in Turkey. Under
President Islam Karimov, the Uzbek government has arrested some of the graduates from Gulenists’ schools putting them in jails. When the government closed most of the schools in 1994-95, Gulenists were highly nervous because they were afraid this could be replicated in other Central Asian countries. Central Asia was integral to success for the Gülen movement to have economic and social power. When his followers immigrated to Central Asian countries, they considered themselves like the companions of Muhammad (sahabe, followers of Muhammad) going on their Hijrat (migration of Muhammad from Mecca to Yasrib). Such packaging works. By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, a leader can make people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as heaven. As masters of this strategy, Gulenists use the false propaganda that their teachers and schools are the best in the world; however, in reality they are not. Most of the teachers (many of whom did not have teaching certificates), principals, and dorm directors were not qualified, because they were kicked out of the Turkish military since it feared they would try to replace the secular system, or they graduated from theology schools but were unable to find jobs in the secular government in Turkey. Gulenists made the castaways move to Central Asian countries. Because of a lack of accountability since they were newly independent countries from the Soviet Union, these stan-countries did not have any way to check the schools to see if they were legitimate. If they could have assessed them properly, they would have found that most of the teachers, principals, and belletmen (dorm counselors) were subject to deportation back to Turkey, but Central Asian countries, except for the Uzbek government, did not vet them properly. However, a few of these countries became alarmed because Fethullah Gülen opened so many schools and universities, business companies, and language centers that the officials saw this as a massive invasion from Turkey. They are afraid now that Turks have been colonizing them since the Soviets left power and continue to do so today. The success of the program, however, resulted from the organization’s selection of intelligent student, not because they were unrivaled in educational excellence. In addition, they knew that if they were successful in Turkey, they could use the model for a platform globally.

This past year further allegations against the schools raise questions about
their students’ performance. In Turkey a Central National Examination, the KPSS,
is required for teacher appointments to public schools; more than 300 people got
a perfect score on 120 questions on the education science section, signaling a
problem with the security of the exam. The case went to court because many
people claimed Gulenists stole the answer key, a charge still under
investigation. Some wanted to close their schools, but the machinery somehow
managed to keep them going. However, last month Gulenists were given notice that they could not be successful in Uzbekistan when the Uzbek government finally decided to close the remaining school, the Tashkent Ulugbek International
School, which has been operating since 1995 under the Slim Corporation. Despite their concerted efforts to portray the Gulenist schools as superlative, some authorities are learning the truth. The Gülen movement, however, solicits famous people to speak on its behalf in advance of charges.

High Profile Personalities as Advocates

Using famous personalities to his advantage even then, in the early 1990s Gülen
was crafty in secretly sending the former Turkish president Turgut Özal to
Central Asia to befriend the head of states to ensure they would not fear the
schools and to claim that these schools were bridges between Turkey and Central Asian countries, indeed sharing a brotherhood. Of course, even President Turgut Özal was secretly affiliated with Gülen. He would not directly communicate with him, but rather had a middleman to deliver messages to his religious leader,
because Gülen knew he had been under surveillance by the Turkish secular
government and the military at that time. Another significant contribution that
President Özal made to legitimize and advance the movement came from his visit to Gülen missionary schools in Central Asia. If the president of Turkey visited
the schools, it meant that the presidents of the countries would visit the
schools as well, presenting themselves in support as a helping brother rather
than decrying the schools as a threat.  Great liars are generally great
magicians as well, so movement activists, then as now, use others with high
profiles to propagate their work. As long as individuals do not take a stand
against Gülen or his cadre, criticize them, or object to their methods, these
personalities enhance the image of the movement and particularly of the schools.
The most dangerous untruth is distorted truth. Now they are using the same
tactic of enlisting glittering personalities in the West and in the US. They
lure academics, politicians, and some religious leaders who have nothing to
declare except their genuine ignorance to declare that Gülen schools are
first-class or that they are tolerant and respectful of others’ views.  The
organization gives conferences, inviting only the supporters and never the
detractors or those who criticize the movement. A quick perusal of any
conference proceedings will demonstrate that opponents are glaringly omitted
from the meetings. Why? The goal of Gulenists’ propaganda is no longer to
transform public opinion but to arouse an active and secret global agenda.
Unfortunately, they lure advocates who unwittingly or ignorantly advance this
agenda.

The greatest ignorance is to reject something when you know nothing about it.
There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. Amazingly, some self-
proclaimed scholars in the US, as well as politicians and businessmen, think the
Gülen movement is committed to promote tolerance and peace and do not accept that it has a goal to raise up another Ottoman Empire of Islamic States. The reason that many Americans have not heard about the Gülen movement is because the members move clandestinely.  Their tactic is to open schools, build Turkish cultural houses, initiate interfaith dialogues, finance trips to Turkey, and
bring graduate students as well as businesses to the US, with only one purpose--
to promote Gulen’s view of Islam which is to bring back a global Ottomanist
Islamic State. To be able to do that requires social, political, economical, and
military power, which is precisely what Gulenists are aiming for.

The Tenets of Gulenists

Three principles are very important for Gulenists; (1) keeping a secret (in
Turkish sir tutmak), (2) practicing prudence (tedbirli olmak), and (3) calling
upon the conspiracy theory (komplo).  Every follower of Gülen must know these
three principles to succeed as a devotee. But, of course, Gulenists believe that
they are the chosen ones and that God is on their side, accounting further, in
their view, for their success. First, the leaders teach how to keep secrets and
not to tell the truth “anywhere or everywhere.” Although also advocating
truth-telling, Islam justifies lying in certain contexts: to settle arguments,
to safeguard a life of either one’s self or another Muslim, to defend one’s
honor, to succeed in combat or jihad, or to spread Islam. To this later end,
Gülen says that his followers “have to know the truth, but do not have to tell
the truth anywhere or everywhere.” Thus, lying and deception ("taqiyya") are
permissible and sometimes obligatory. Gülen teaches that “guarding a secret is
the same as guarding one’s chastity. Those who keep a secret, whether their
personal one or a friend’s, keep themselves chaste. Conversely, those who spread secrets damage their honor and reputation by leaving themselves unguarded. If a follower wants to tell someone a secret, he should be sure that he can trust the recipient with his honor. That person must be as meticulous about keeping the secret as about retaining his or her honor. An unreliable person, one who is ignorant of the value of chastity, should not be entrusted with keeping the
secret.”  How much do Gulenists tell politicians in the US or tell those who
have written articles or books praising his movement?  Gülen continues
propagating these underlying propositions about the importance of keeping secret the details of his many important affairs because they can be protected only if they are undisclosed. Having studied secrecy, he knows the advantages. Often when the involved parties do not keep certain matters secret, no progress is achieved. In addition serious risk might confront those who are involved,
particularly if the matter concerns delicate issues of the entity’s life and its
continuation. If a state cannot protect is secrets from its enemies, it cannot
develop. If any army reveals its strategy to its antagonist, it cannot attain
victory. If key workers are won over by the competitors, their employers cannot
succeed. The secret is the bearer’s slave, but the bearer becomes its slave if
he discloses it. The necessity of secrecy is a tenet of the Gülen movement.
Gülen explains to his followers that they must never give away all of their
secrets. Those who freely publicized the secret of their hearts drag themselves
and their nation, or their organization, toward an inevitable downfall.

Secondly, prudence and safety measures are important resources for reaching the goal, according to the Gülen tenets. It is a serious error to be careless
because eventually recklessness might cause the individual to fail or to be
accused of indiscretions by others. Clever people envisage all possible
drawbacks and problems before determining a solution or a way to deal with them when they arise. As a traditional maxim expresses it, “It is better to catch a
burglar before he or she breaks in to your house.”  Gülen reasons that, like
many other bad habits, trying to manipulate the masses with deceitful
crowd-control techniques is a gift to us from abroad. “We reject such practices
because they remind us of a hen announcing loudly that it has laid an egg.
Instead we prefer the slow peaceful road even it if means a longer travail
affected by more sorrow“ (Gülen, Pearl Wisdom). Gülen also believes that
premature acts could cost them dearly. Instead he teaches his devotees that if
they act prematurely without total power --social, political and military
might., the enemy could crush them down, and they will look like Pakistan,
Algeria, and other Muslim countries. That is why Gulen’s second most important
principle is “tedbir” or prudence, in other words, being cautious.

Part of their prudence is dictated in outward appearance. They dress
fashionably, go to the parties, look secular, listen to secular music, and even
do not pray all the five daily prayers but only the farz.  Retaining the farz is
important so as not to alienate their base, so that they can be accepted by the
community and slowly they can get power outside of it. They move wisely, slowly,
and cautiously, believing that they who run fast stumble. Avoiding conflict
guards against controversy, so that the organization never lets anyone speak
against it, but instead, uses the conspiracy theory to discredit the critic.

Thus, the third tactic is not letting people speak against the movement and
threatening to sue them if they do. A little homework will reveal that, for
example, in Turkey, the consequences for those who speak against Gulen and his movement often is a jail sentence. This charge, using the worn technique of
defaming the critic, has been constantly trotted out in Turkey. There, if a
brave individual denounces them, they label it slander and put him or her in
prison, but they cannot do that in the West. Even in the US, however, they
threaten to sue those who expose them.  Now in the US a rising wave of criticism
of the charter schools receives the same treatment: threat of law suits,
expulsion of students or teachers, or labels of conspirators. If one group
charges the organization with tax evasion, the leaders cry conspiracy. If
another faction is alarmed at the presence of Turkish Islamic curricula and the
omission of historical content such as the holocaust, the charter school leaders
shout conspiracy.  If yet another contingent marches for union options, they
hire the best union-busting attorney to break up “the plot.”


The Danger

“The man who fights dragons too long, then becomes a dragon himself,” Nietzsche claims. It is always good to fight for injustice, intolerance, hate, and
prejudice, but if the fighter does not apply the counterparts of those principles behind closed door but rather applies a hidden agenda until he accomplishes his goals, then he has become unjust, intolerant, and evil himself. It is often the case that the Gulenists use the same methods against their enemies that the enemies used to fight them. When an opponent stretches the truth, they will snap back. A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future. People no longer believe their games and that is the source of their trouble today. The Salt Lake Tribune published an article that first exposed Gulen’s missionary charter schools and said, however, that principals of the charter schools denied any connection with Gülen, and that later parents of students in the schools became suspicious of their motives and lack of accountability, which led them to investigate the schools.  However, when I started writing about Gulen’s secret agenda and his activities in the US and around the world a couple of years ago, not one site or commenter knew of Gülen, especially in the US. One time I asked Robert Gates, since he was a former CIA agent, what he thought about Gulen’s movement and Gülen. He replied that it seems they look like saints.  Observers all see the mask but not the spirit behind them. Now when a searcher types “charter schools and Gülen,” he will see a grass root movement asking to close the schools and not to renew the licenses because of their lack of professionalism and accountability, and their enigmatic agenda. Gülen knows that the danger  of truth is coming to the schools and that is why he used some members of the Texas Senate to pass a resolution honoring him. However, no voice of opposition was heard from the other Senators in Austin. The Gulenists know that Americans are now pursuing the truth about them and are demanding transparency and disclosure of their hidden agenda. Now, they can think that it is not a danger to be affiliated with him, pointing to the
honor he received from the Texas legislature.  Their goal is not to be honored
just in the State of Texas but in all the states of the US; soon other states
will follow. Because many Turks somehow believe that there are numerous enemies with power in the world and in their own society who play tricks in order to
weaken the organization (or the nation),  they discredit the truth and move away
from it. Since the idea of conspiracies is embedded in the Turkish culture,
Gulenists very often charge the detractors of being in collusion whenever
something comes against them.  However, to be successful in the West, they will
use the label of “Islamophobia” as a subset of their conspiracy theory. Anyone
who sounds the clarion call is labeled “an Islamophobe.” Fear of being branded
that silences truth-tellers as they fall into the movement’s trap.  Yet, today
across the US many with courage and conviction are researching the missionary
charter schools and finding their raison d’être: arming the next generation with
a Turkish brand of Islam to rise up a new global Ottoman state.

The following is a brief list of some of the sites that raise concerns about the
Gülen movement in the US.

Harmony Science Academy students with the Turkish Ambassador to the USA Namik Tan

Harmony Science Academy- Gulen operated and controlled "Gulen's Texas"

This list of Cosmos officials showcases one of the main problems with charter schools:  We are sending public tax
dollars to foundations whose officers are NOT elected officials -- as are local school trustees - but who are instead
appointees about whom we know little or nothing; the ballot box has a way of vetting folks' backgrounds.  And just
where are these 8 individuals' names on either the Harmony Schools or the Cosmos Foundation websites?  The only
place I've been able to find their names are on the required IRS 990 filings.  Do any of these 8 have any US education
credentials or ties to Fetullah Gulen and/or his movement?   Do the Turkish names of 7 of the 8 listed individuals  
reflect the racial and ideological makeup of Cosmos and Harmony schools?  

PLEASE LEARN MORE FROM TEXAS EDUCATION RESEARCHER PEYTON WOLCOTT
http://www.peytonwolcott.com/

Friday, February 25, 2011

Harmony Science Academy, A Gulen School and it's mini Texas Empire "They Live"

GULEN ORGANIZATIONS - AUSTIN/HOUSTON, TEXAS

Austin Gulen Organizations - (all office at 12400 Amherst Dr, Suite 108, Austin, Texas 78727):
- Raindrop Foundation (Austin, Texas) - Mehmet Okumus operates this location. 7 locations in Texas. I believe the main office is the Houston branch. Locations in AR, MS, NM, LA, KS and OK
- Institute for Interfaith Dialog (Austin Branch of Houston office) - Dr. Yetkin Yildirim (Vice President) and Dr. Guner Arslan is "Founding Member"
- Turkish American Women's Association (Austin, Texas)
- Austin-Antalya Sister City Committee - the Chair is Prof. Burhanettin Kuruscu (a professor of economics at University of Texas a Austin) and seems to be managed by Dr. Yetkin Yildirim
WhirlingDervishes.org - evidently a site run by the Raindrop Foundation of Texas. I understand their performances are booked through Austin.

- Bluebonnet Learning Center of Austin. 3-5 year olds. Summer programs at Harmony School of Science.
- Harmony Science Academy of Austin, 930 E. Rundberg Lane, Austin, Texas 78753 (K through 8)
- Harmony School of Excellence of Austin.  2100 E. St. Elmo Rd. Austin, Texas 78744 (K through 8)
- Harmony School of Science, Austin. 11800 Stonehollow Drive, Austin, Texas 78758 (K through 8)
- Harmony Science Academy of North Austin, 1421 Wells Branch Pkwy, Pfluegerville, Texas 78660 (5 through 12)
(All of the "Harmony" schools have a website at http://hssaustin.org/)

Houston Gulen organizations (most office at 9301 West Bellfort, Houston, Texas 77031):
- Cosmos Foundation, Houston - operates all Gulen-organized "Harmony" charter schools in Texas. Located in same office park at Bluebonnet Learning Center, Gulf Language School and Texas Gulf Institute. As of March, 2010 the President of Cosmos is "Oner Ulvi Celepcikay." http://www.harmonytx.org/
- Texas Turkish Chamber of Commerce, Houston - linked to Raindrop Foundation and TUSKON;
- Houston-Baku Sister City Committee (?) - linked to Raindrop Foundation which is listed as a 'Sponsor' on site;
- Gulen Institute, Houston - a venture between the University of Houston and the Institute for Interfaith Dialog; located at the UH Graduate College of Social Work, Houston;
- Houston-Istanbul Sister City Committee - President is M. Ruhi Ozgel (offices are located at 9301 W. Bellfort which also houses the Institute for Interfaith Dialog);
- Alumni of Turkey Trips (http://www.alumniofturkey.org/) - Houston? Evidently a new website created by Institute for Interfaith Dialog and Raindrop Foundation both of Houston.

- Institute for Interfaith Dialog, Houston - President is Dr. Y. Alp Aslandogan (?)
- Turqouise Center, Houston - cultural center located at 9301 W. Bellfort with IID, Houston-Instanbul, Raindrop, etc.)
StudyTurkish.org - based at Raindrop House, Houston. Affiliated with University of Houston;
- Houston Blue Mosque - (http://www.houstonbluemosque.org/) connected to "Citadel Foundation"(?). Islamic mosque offering daily prayers and religious events. Both operate at 9301 W. Bellfort;
- Azerbaijanian American Cultural Alliance, Houston - located at 9301 W. Bellfort.
- Turkic Fest, Houston. Annual Turkic "Cultures and Children's Festival" evidently organized by the Raindrop Turkish Houston of Houston;
- Turkish Cultural Center, Houston (?) - mentioned as being housed with Raindrop and Institute for Interfaith Dialog in 2007 Texas Monthly article. Now Turquoise Center?
- Bosniaks Cultural Community of Houston - organized by Miralem Turkic?
- Citadel Foundation, Houston - Islamic charity located at 9301 W. Bellfort (see: Houston Blue Mosque, supra).
- Turkmen Young Scholars Association (Houston?)

- Harmony Science Academy, Houston
- Harmony Science Academy of NW Houston
- Harmony School of Excellence, Houston
- Harmony School of Endeavor, Houston
- Harmony School of Ingenuity, Houston
- Harmony School of Innovation, Houston
- Harmony School of Science, Houston
(Besides the Harmony Schools in Austin and Houston, there are 14 other locations (for a total of 25, not including vocational and pre-school - 4 more than my last count in early '09) in Texas as listed on their website at http://www.harmonytx.org/schools/)

- Helix Design & Production (produces many of the Gulen websites in Houston). Located at 10700 Kingston Street, Houston, Texas 77099. Same address as Texas Turkish American Chamber of Commerce
- Rainbow Painting (http://www.rainbow-painting.com/index.html). Listed as "Rainbow Construction" on Cosmos Foundation 2006 IRS Form 990 - Cosmos paid over $2.3M that year for 'construction' services yet Rainbow Painting's website shows that it did no work in Houston until 2007. Operated from a single family residence at 12722 Ashford Meadow Drive, Houston, Texas 77082;
- Ege Construction Company of Turkey (Houston office) http://egeconstruction.org/;
- Atlas Construction Company of Turkey (Houston office) - provided construction services of over a $1M to Harmony Schools
- Karagan Law Firm, Houston. Small 2-5 person firm run by Yalcin Karagan who was licensed to practice in Texas in 2000. Although website indicates personal injury focus, did he handle labor certifications for Gulen H1B's? Received $178, 520 on 2006 Cosmos IRS Form 990 for legal work. 

Louisiana Gulen organizations (not a complete listing)
Atlas Foundation of Louisiana - locations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans (http://www.atlaslouisiana.org/)
Baton Rouge-Malatya, Turkey Sister City Committee

Gulen-affiliated Educational Institutions (not a complete listing):
Texas Gulf Institute (vocational, computer training) Houston, Texas  - located at http://www.tgicareer.com/
Gulf Language School (located with Texas Gulf Institute), Houston, Texas - http://www.gulfesl.org/
Bluebonnet Learning Center, Houston, Texas (also locations in Dallas and El Paso). For children 3-5 years of age. Located in same office park as Texas Gulf Institute and Gulf Language School (?). http://www.bluebonnetlearningcenter.com/

- ISWEEEP - Annual Cosmos Foundation science fair in Houston. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gulen Schools under Federal Investigation "Somebody's watching Me"


An article exposing a federal investigation into the Gulen Movement's involvement in charter schools (>30,000 students) has just been published in Il Sole 24 Ore (considered to be The Wall Street Journal of Italian newspapers): Un imam alla conquista degli Usa.

Yet still, the U.S. public remains uninformed about this whole situation because the American press has revealed very little to them.


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Here is the translation.

An imam in the conquest of the United States -
by Claudio Gatti  -  Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy)
February 20, 2011

NEW YORK -  A Muslim religious movement wants to conquer America. In fact, in a sense it has already conquered and no one has yet noticed.  Nothing to do with al-Qaeda, terrorism or Islamic fundamentalism. We speak of a sect that is rather mysterious - so much so that it has been called the Muslim Opus Dei - founded in Turkey in the 1970s by an imam named Fethullah Gülen. And noted rather for its moderation.

After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Gulen’s followers opened dozens of schools in Central Asia. From there, the network of “Gulenist” schools has spread across all of Asia and in many African countries with the aim of forming a new ruling class tied to Turkey and the Gulen movement. Eleven years ago, to escape the military, Gulen relocated from Turkey to a spiritual center in Pennsylvania that is two hours from New York. Since then, his movement, known among followers simply as "the Service" - Hizmet in Turkish – have opened a flurry of schools in the U.S.. The difference is that it is being done at the expense of American taxpayers.

Il Sole 24 Ore has been able to determine that for months, the FBI, Department of Justice and Department of Education have been investigating the possible illegal use of these education funds, a criminal conspiracy, extortion, and violation of immigration laws. "The suspicion is that, behind an educational effort, there is a giant conspiracy" a federal officer, requesting anonymity, explained to our newspaper. "The plan is as simple as it is brilliant: to use public funding for schools to educate a new generation of Americans favorably inclined to Turkey and thus indirectly to the Gulen movement, and also to spend some of that money to fund foundations and cultural centers."

Federal authorities have identified at least 120 schools opened in recent years by the movement in some twenty U.S. states, all charter schools, which are outside the loop of public education but financed by states and the federal government. Since each of these schools receives from 1.5 to 3 million dollars each year in public funds, it is a matter of hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

Those funds also serve to give employment to thousands of followers of the movement brought in specially from Turkey to teach scientific subjects. An analysis of work permits for teachers reveals that between just 2007 and 2009,  the "Gulen" schools requested and were granted 1,851 visas in three years, more than some major American corporations such as Motorola and Google.

Part of the public funds also ends up in the coffers of companies founded by Gulen to provide services to schools. Il Sole 24 Ore has identified two such companies, Concept Schools and Breeze Inc., which in various documents appear to have contracted for over 100 thousand dollars a month with each of six schools in Ohio suspected of being affiliated to Hizmet.

Gulen declined to answer our questions, but when Il Sole 24 Ore asked Beksir [sic- should read Bekir] Aksoy, chairman of the spiritual center of Pennsylvania where the onetime imam lives, if the founder has any relationship with these schools, the response was an emphatic no. And the school administrators themselves have always denied any formal relationship with the movement.

But federal authorities have documents and emails that prove the link. Not only that, they show that the Hizmet would split the U.S. territory into five regions, assigning each of these to a single responsible individual, and that each teacher "imported" from Turkey would be required to return a percentage of their salary to the movement.

The region including Ohio was to be entrusted to a Turkish imam named Veli Aslan, better known as "brother Veli.”  An email sent in June 2008 with regard to teachers who were late in making the paybacks reads: "Brother Veli wants to have all the “salary returns."  And he says to withhold future salaries from those who have not made them."

More incriminating still is an email dated June 13, 2007 and sent to the principal of a school in Ohio and copied to the CEO of Concept Schools, a board member of Breeze, and the Executive Director of the Niagara Foundation, a foundation personally headed by Fethullah Gulen. The email recommends "increasing the number of teachers from Turkey ... to acquire more money."

Federal investigators believe that proves the involvement of all the various branches of Hizmet - schools, service organizations, and the most important Gulenist foundation in the U.S. - in what they call "the Tuzuk conspiracy", namely the illegal financing of the movement at the expense of taxpayers.


The man
From Izmir to Washington


Fethullah Gulen, born in 1941 in Erzurum, Turkey, was in his youth a disciple of the Muslim leader Said Nursi. In 1966 he moved to Izmir, where the audience of faithful who attended his sermons began to widen.  In the 70s he founded the Gulen Movement, which takes its name, known to his followers as Hizmet, "the service:" an organization in no time very active in establishing schools, first in Asia and Africa, and today in the United States, with  the goal of creating a ruling class tied to Turkey and the movement.
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