In 1989, the Wall Street Journal reported that Richard Perle and Douglas Feith had set up a lobbying company called International Advisors Inc [IAI] to lobby for “appropriation of U.S. military and economic assistance’ to Turkey.”” When news of the $600,000 per annum contract got too hot to handle, Perle and Feith folded IAI and helped establish the American Turkish Council (ATC) to accomplish the same goals, but with a more respectable veneer.
Now, nineteen years later, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Richard Perle is “exploring going into the oil business in Iraq and Kazakhstan” with a “consortium founded by Turkish company AK Group International… Potential backers include two Turkish companies as well as Kazakhstan.”
Richard Perle issued a strange-sounding denial to the Wall Street Journal that he is involved with these latest oil projects, although he also issued a similarly “bizarre” denial to the 1989 WSJ article which reported on his consulting company IAI.
The WSJ continues:
“AK’s chief executive is Aydan Kodaloglu, who, like Mr. Perle, has been involved with the American Turkish Council, an advocacy group in Washington.”
In fact, according to her bio on the AK Group website, Kodaloglu “serves as a Board Member of the American Turkish Council.” The ATC, established by Perle et al as a “sister organization” to AIPAC, was often caught on wiretaps heard by former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds. She described the ATC as a “front for criminal activity.”
The ATC has been under surveillance by both the FBI and the CIA since at least 1996, in part because of suspected involvement in drug trafficking, public corruption and involvement in a nuclear black market procurement ring, but more importantly because of involvement in the ‘great game’ of the vast energy fields in Central Asia including Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
Investigative journalist John Stanton has written extensively about the connections between Central Asia and many of the ‘associations’ in the US, including the ATC, and others such as the American Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (AACC) and the US Kazakhstan Business Association (UKBA). Stanton argues that:
“While the ATC is an Association in name and in charter, the reality is that it and other affiliated Associations are the US government.” (emphasis in original)
Perle’s partner in this enterprise, the AK Group is an “international consulting” group whose two other directors are Murat Akay who works “Turkish companies interested in establishing joint ventures with U.S. and Israeli enterprises” and Fehmi Sait Hurol who is “involved in various cultural activities and exchange programs between Turkey and the U.S.”
Interestingly, Sibel Edmonds has previously referred to “organization(s) supposed to be promoting the cultural affairs of a certain country within another country” as front groups for organized crime networks. Given the connections here, it would not be surprising if Mr. Hurol and the AK Group are one such front group.
In my recent article “The Central Asia Islamization Cocktail: Mosques, Madrassas, Heroin & Terrorism” I quoted former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds describing the use of Turkish operatives and front groups to gain “control of Central Asia, particularly the oil and gas wealth, as well as the strategic value of the region.” Sibel said:
“This started more than a decade-long illegal, covert operation in Central Asia by a small group in the US intent on furthering the oil industry and the Military Industrial Complex, using Turkish operatives, Saudi partners and Pakistani allies, furthering this objective in the name of Islam.
This is why I have been saying repeatedly that these illegal covert operations by the Turks and certain US persons dates back to 1996, and involves terrorist activities, narcotics, weapons smuggling and money laundering, converging around the same operations and involving the same actors.
And I want to emphasize that this is “illegal” because most, if not all, of the funding for these operations is not congressionally approved funding, but it comes from illegal activities.
And one last thing, take a look at the people in the State Secrets Privilege Gallery on my website and you will see how these individuals can be traced to the following; Turkey, Central Asia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia – and the activities involving these countries.”
Richard Perle is listed in Sibel’s State Secrets Privilege Gallery, and now we see him attempting to profit from his ATC connections by entering into an oil deal in Kazakhstan and Iraq, two decades after the WSJ first reported on the early phases of this criminal enterprise.
Meanwhile, the US media is mostly silent on the key issues again. Despite even the most mainstream WSJ reporting on Perle’s recent dealings, including the importance of Turkey and the American Turkish Council, the rest of the media is asleep at the wheel, completely ignoring, or whitewashing, these important elements of the story.
Perhaps investigative reporter Joe Lauria said it best last week.
“Centrism is the philosophy of the American media – and that essentially backs the status quo, when you’re a centrist, and this game of objectivity that they play is really limited by parameters that you’re allowed to ask questions and to investigate and in a sense then you’re transmitting these assumptions, and reinforcing every day that the US is really a functioning democracy, not even a representative democracy. And as we know of course there are oligarchic interests that buy off Congress, that puts the person in the White House that they need…”