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Sometimes you don’t even have to bother to make the argument. From Today’s Zaman: 

The confiscation of the book titled “İmamın Ordusu” (The Imam’s Army) was portrayed as a violation of freedom of the press. It was brought up at the European Parliament and it attracted the attention of foreign diplomats in Ankara. All this interest about the recent developments put pressure on the court. The investigation into the organization suddenly turned into a violation of freedom of the press. It appears foreign observers have been influenced by the strength of Ergenekon’s propaganda.

The book penned by Şık with the organizational support and under the supervision of Ergenekon, is circulating on social networking sites. I reviewed the text myself. The book defends the argument that the Ergenekon probe is a conspiracy and blames the police for this. The book defends the claim that police officers generated false evidence to turn some of its opponents into Ergenekon suspects. It then claims that behind this organized police activity is the Fethullah Gülen community. There are no original arguments or information in the book. Similar books have been published in the past. The exposure of the text clarifies why the prosecutor’s office seized the book.

Indeed it does. 

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    @OkanAltiparmak

    This is surreal…

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    @Claire

    I’ve just decided to stop struggling to read the thing through myself, because you know, if he couldn’t find evidence of organizational plans for a coup in it, I very much doubt I’ll find them, either.

    The only thing that could top this is for the prosecutor to go after the download sites on grounds of copyright infringement. That would make for the perfect surreal touch.

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    @DouglasPologe

    If Turkey did nothing but produce the word Ergenekon that would be sufficient.

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    @PaulARahe

    The problem is that, in Turkey, there is no credible opposition. If an election were held today, I am confident that Erdogan and the AKP would be re-elected.

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    @Claire
    Paul A. Rahe: The problem is that, in Turkey, there is no credible opposition. If an election were held today, I am confident that Erdogan and the AKP would be re-elected. · Apr 2 at 10:53am

    I’ll write about this sometime soon, but I think the assumption that the AKP will sail to power on June 12 is overblown.

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