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FTR #549 The Pan-Turkist Movement, the Underground Reich and the Earth Island

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Introduction: Further analyzing the fascist covert action structure to which the Dalai Lama and his milieu belong, the broadcast explores the Pan-Turkist movement. Born after the First World War, this movement sought to restore the lost “glory” of the Ottoman Empire by uniting the large number of Turks outside of Turkey proper into a “Greater Turkestan.” Many of these “Outside Turks” were in the former Soviet Union. For this reason, the Pan-Turkists have historically allied with anti-communist networks, including those maintained by Nazi Germany and the institutions that absorbed the residua of the Third Reich’s intelligence system. The Pan-Turkists are a major element of the separatist movement in Xinjiang province—a movement actively supported by the Dalai Lama. Much of the broadcast consists of excerpts from AFA#’s 14 [5] and 21 [6], recorded in 1986. These programs highlight prominent features of the Pan-Turkist movement, including its association with Nazi Germany, elements of Western intelligence and its involvement in the events surrounding the shooting of Pope John Paul II.

Program Highlights Include: Review of the operational links between Islamist separatist elements in Xinjiang, Pan-Turkist separatist elements in that province, and the milieu of the Dalai Lama; discussion of the Bush administration’s classification of the Xinjiang separatist movement as terrorist—one of the few things it has done right in the “war on terror”; analysis of the UNPO, an apparent covert action front masquerading as a human rights organization; the Pan-Turkist movement’s association with Nazi intelligence; Pan-Turkist Ruzy Nazar’s service as a Waffen SS officer in World II; Nazar’s representation of the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations at a 1984 WACL conference in Dallas; Nazar’s association with the CIA; Nazar’s service with Radio Free Europe (which also employed Pan-Turkist Erkin Alptekin of the UNPO and the Dalai Lama Foundation); the role of the Pan-Turkist (and fascist) Grey Wolves in the shooting of Pope John Paul II.

1. The program begins with review of a relevant quote from Christopher Hitchens. Addressing a cognitive consideration central to grasping the enormous gap between the public perception of the Dalai Lama and the unsavory reality of his political connections and religious practices, the broadcast opens with a telling, relevant quote from Christopher Hitchens. Indeed, the Dalai Lama has his words and actions judged by his reputation, not the other way around.

“ . . . The greatest triumph that modern PR can offer is the transcendent success of having your words and actions judged by your reputation, rather than the other way about. The ‘spiritual leader’ of Tibet has enjoyed this unassailable status for some time now, becoming a byword and synonym for saintly and ethereal values. Why this doesn’t put people on their guard I’ll never know. . . .”

(“His Material Highness” by Christopher Hitchens; Salon.com; 7/13/1998.) [7]

2. The program reviews the links of the Dalai Lama and his milieu to various intelligence agencies and some of the groups that they sponsor. Reviewing information presented in FTR #547 [8], we note that the Dalai Lama himself is no stranger to elements of U.S. intelligence, specifically the CIA.

“ . . . However, throughout the 1960’s, the Tibetan exile community was secretly pocketing $1.7 million from the CIA, according to documents released by the State Department in 1998. Once this fact was publicized, the Dalai Lama’s organization itself issued a statement admitting that it had received millions of dollars from the CIA during the 1960’s to send armed squads of exiles into Tibet to undermine the Maoist revolution. The Dalai Llama’s annual payment from the CIA was $186,000. Indian intelligence also financed both him and other Tibetan exiles. He has refused to say whether he or his brothers worked for the CIA. The agency has also declined to comment. . . .”

(“Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth” by Michael Parenti; 7/04.) [9]

3. Gaining a broader view of the political milieu to which the Dalai Lama belongs, the broadcast reviews the fact that the Dalai Lama has collaborated with Islamists from among the Uighur population of Xinjiang province of China. The Uighurs–a largely Muslim population who speak a Turkic language—have been agitating for independence from China. (The Uighurs refer to Xinjiang as East or Eastern “Turkestan.”) With Xinjiang province being rich in petroleum, the Uighurs have had little trouble obtaining support from foreign intelligence services. For additional information about Uighur involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood/Al Qaeda milieu, see FTR#348 [10] as well as FTR#550 [11]. It should be noted that we are a long way from dealing with “Buddhists” here!! The Dalai Lama’s milieu is part of a larger Underground Reich virtual state. It is also important to bear in mind that the milieu to which the Dalai Lama belongs appears to focus on Central Asia—that part of the “Earth Island” seen by geopoliticians as key to controlling that land mass and, as a consequence, the world. Note that the Uighurs are counted by the Pan-Turkists as among the “outside Turks” to be included in a “Greater Turkestan”.

“India should have reasons to be concerned over the Dalai Lama’s hobnobbing with the pan- Islamic elements in Xinjiang. One cannot avoid suspecting that the influence of these elements must have been behind his participation in a conference organized in Chennai last year by some elements, which have been acting as apologists for Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani military dictator, which was attended by a representative of the Huryiat of J&K and a large number of Pakistanis, some of them retired Pakistani military officers. The Dalai Lama’s set-up subsequently denied or played down some of the controversial remarks attributed to him at the conference. The Government of India should consider conveying to the Dalai Lama its unhappiness and concern over his association with pan-Islamic elements in Xinjiang.”

(“US & Terrorism in Xinjiang” by B. Raman; From the website of the South Asia Analysis Group [an Indian intelligence/national security think tank]; 7/02) [12]

4. More on the Uighur involvement with Al Qaeda:

“10. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Abu Sayyaf of the southern Philippines have been designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations under the US law of 1996, but not the Eastern Turkestan Islamic Party, though all the three are members of Osama bin Laden’s International Islamic Front For Jehad Against the USA and Israel. In initiating action, either for designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization or for action under the UN Security Council Resolution No, 1373 in respect of bank accounts, the US and the European Union have focused essentially on terrorist organizations, which are perceived by them as international in nature or which are seen as posing a threat to their nationals and interests. Terrorist organizations viewed by them as purely indigenous have been excluded. These multiple yardsticks have been used vis- a-vis China as well as India.”


5. Note that both the Islamist element of the Uighur independence movement and its more secular Pan-Turkist allies have collaborated with the Dalai Lama.

“7. Uighurs were found fighting with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. We are aware of credible reports that some Uighurs who were trained by al-Qaeda have returned to China. . . .24. The second similarity relates to the external causes of aggravation of the terrorist violence in Xinjiang. Just as in J & K, in Xinjiang too, there are two distinct terrorist/extremist movements- -one resorting to violence on ethnic grounds to assert the Uighur ethnic identity against the perceived Han Chinese domination and the other using religious and pan-Islamic arguments to justify violence for the establishment of an independent Islamic State. While the ethnic separatist elements have been the beneficiaries of sympathy and support from the Dalai Lama’s set-up and the Tibetan diaspora abroad, and the US, Taiwanese and Turkish intelligence agencies, the religious fundamentalist elements have been in receipt of support from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)-backed jehadi organizations in Pakistan, the Taliban and bin Laden’s International Islamic Front For Jehad Against the USA and Israel.”


6. According to the Raman paper, the CIA had close connections to Erkin Alptekin, a member of the board of the Dalai Lama foundation and a functionary of the movement to establish Xinjiang province of China as an independent (Muslim) Uighur state—East Turkestan. It should be noted that Alptekin is an operative of the Pan-Turkist movement, which is distinct from the Islamist element in the Uighur independence movement. The Pan-Turkist movement is discussed at length in AFA#’s 14 [5] and 21 [6].

“25. In the 1970s and the 1980s, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the USA had built up a network of contacts with the Uighur separatist elements and some of those, who had in the past worked for the Munich-based Radio Liberty of the CIA such as Erkin Alptekin, chairman of the Europe-based Eastern Turkestani Union and a close Uighur associate of the Dalai Lama, are now in the forefront of the ethnic separatist movement. . . .”


7. In addition to his background with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty—both closely connected to U.S. intelligence—Erkin Alptekin is a founder and key member of the UNPO, about which we will have more to say in weeks to come. Alptekin is also on the board of the Dalai Lama Foundation.

“ERKIN ALPTEKIN is one of the foremost human rights advocates for the Uighur people of Eastern Turkestan, also known as the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. Mr. Alptekin was employed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty from 1971 to 1994. He is one of the founders of the Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organization (UNPO), and currently serves as its general secretary.”

(Excerpt from the list of the board of the Dalai Lama Foundation.) [13]

8. Another board member of the Dalai Lama Foundation is a member of the UNPO. Again, the UNPO will be discussed at greater length in FTR#550 [14].

“MICHAEL VAN WALT currently serves as Executive President of the Peace Action Council, and Legal Advisor to the Office of H.H. The Dalai Lama. From 1991 to 1998 Dr. Van Walt was General Secretary of UNPO, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. Dr. Van Walt holds law degrees from Europe and America, and is currently Adjunct Professor of International Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco.”


9. Next, the program presents an uninformed (and unintentionally informing) article by Wayne Madsen, a former intelligence agent himself. Madsen notes that the Bush administration classified the Uighur independence movement as terrorist. As can be seen above, this is an accurate designation. This classification, like the Bush administration’s classification of the Bank Al Taqwa as terrorist, is one of the relatively few things the Bush administration has done right in the war on terror. In the case of the Uighur independence movement, the impetus to classify the movement as terrorist may well have come from State Department intelligence elements. In this context, one should note that the national security establishment is not monolithic. It appears that in the case of the Uighur independence movement and Al Taqwa, some elements of U.S. intelligence were functioning with effectiveness and accuracy. As we saw in FTRs 513 [15] and 514 [16], Bank Al Taqwa was eventually let off the hook when the United States refused to provide information to the Swiss, who then dropped much of their investigation of Bank Al Taqwa.

“Superman comic book fans will fondly recall the topsy-turvy Bizarro world, a planet shaped like a cube where everything happened backwards and nothing made any sense. Welcome now to the Bush world, where the revered Dalai Lama of Tibet may now be branded by the United States as a ‘fellow traveler’ of terrorists or, worse yet, an ‘enemy combatant.’ On August 27, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, a shadowy ex-Special Forces officer who has been linked to everything from heroin smuggling in Burma’s Golden Triangle to smuggling weapons to the Iranian regime of Ayatollah Khomeini, met with senior Chinese officials in Beijing. According to Reuters, Armitage, representing the world’s second largest totalitarian regime, told the leadership of the world’s largest one that the State Department had added a new group to its list of foreign terrorist organizations: the movement seeking independence for western China’s Sinkiang region, an area that Chinese Uighur (pronounced ‘wee-ger’) Muslims regard as East Turkestan or Uighurstan. The only problem with this designation, obviously designed to please the Chinese regime prior to the upcoming October summit in Washington between Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao and President Bush, is that the new ‘terrorist group’ is a member of the same non-government organization as the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan government-in-exile, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), officially recognized by the United Nations as an international human rights organization. . . .”

(“Bush’s Bizarro World” by Wayne Madsen; Counterpunch; 8/29/2002.) [17]

10. Madsen’s striking naivete (if that’s what it is) concerning Alptekin, the Dalai Lama and the UNPO exemplifies the dynamic noted by Christopher Hitchens in paragraph #1.

“ . . . In fact, Erkin Alptekin, East Turkestan’s exiled leader serves as Secretary General of UNPO, and thus, represents the Dalai Lama and other ethnic and tribal leaders of 52 members of the organization. The Director General of UNPO, hardly a terrorist, is Karl von Habsburg of the former Austro-Hungarian royal family. Last September 12, Alptekin, America’s newest ‘terrorist,’ stated in a letter to President Bush, ‘UNPO is greatly shocked and saddened by the immense destruction, injury, and loss of life which have occurred in New York, Washington DC and elsewhere in the United States, as a result of deadly acts of terrorism.’ But now Alptekin’s movement has been tossed into the same category as Al Qaeda and Hamas and its Tibetan and Chechen allies now risk similar treatment at the hands of a U.S. administration that could be legitimately ruled by any psychiatrist as clinically insane.”


11. Note that Madsen himself (for whatever reason) gave money to the UNPO!! Another important point to note here is the fact that the Lakota are among the “unrepresented” peoples championed by the UNPO. In FTR#550, we will examine the possibility that the Lakota may be targeted for some type of covert operation, perhaps even the destabilization and/or geographical dissolution of the United States itself!!

“East Turkestan is represented internationally by a number of organizations, now being linked by Armitage to terrorism. They include the Eastern Turkestan National Congress, based in Munich, Germany, and affiliated groups in Istanbul, Turkey; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and New York. With Armitage’s announcement, all these Uighur groups face sanctions and deportation. Under the terms of the USA Patriot Act and other U.S. criminal statutes, the State Department’s arbitrary designation of a group as a ‘foreign terrorist organization’ has severe ramifications. People who contribute to such organizations and financial institutions who handle transactions for such organizations can face criminal prosecution. Anyone who contributes money, lodging, expert assistance, transportation or other ‘material support’ to such organizations can face long prison terms and seizure of their assets. Resident aliens in the United States can be deported, or worse, be declared enemy combatants and wind up on a one-way flight to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In fact, this writer once contributed money to UNPO. [Emphasis added.] . . . . Even native Americans are no longer safe from renewed Federal subjugation. One of the members of UNPO is the Sioux Lakota Nation, the scene of past bloody battles between encroaching Federal troops and FBI agent and the Sioux. [Emphasis added.] . . .”


12. Alptekin is part of the Pan-Turkist movement. The fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I saw the birth of a revanchist movement that sought to unite Turks and “Turkic-speaking” people living outside of Turkey proper into a “Greater Turkestan.” [Mr. Emory mispronounced the Uighur term for Xinjiang as “East Turkmenistan.” Turkmenistan is the country that evolved from a former Soviet republic. “Turkestan” is the mythical state envisioned by the Pan-Turkists. Many of the so-called “Outside Turks” lived in the former Soviet Union. For this reason, anti-communist networks such as the pre-World War II Promethean League enlisted the cooperation of these “Outside Turks” in order to defeat and dissolve the former Soviet Union. In this regard, anti-communist confederations—including those working for Nazi Germany and Cold War networks that absorbed the residua of the Third Reich intelligence apparatus—looked to the “basmachi” uprising of “Outside Turks” as inspiration. (One should note that these Turks were Muslims. This is not to say that the Pan-Turkist movement is Islamist. Both Islamist and [relatively] secular separatist elements are present in the milieu working for the secession of Xinjiang province of China. Again, it is this milieu of which the Dalai Lama is part. This same milieu is a major element of the UNPO, discussed at greater length in FTR #550 [14], as is the “basmachi” uprising.)

13. Next, the program excerpts AFA#14 [18], recorded in January of 1986. AFA#14 is the first of two broadcasts about the former World Anti-Communist League or WACL [19]. One of WACL’s central elements, the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations (ABN) was essentially a re-naming of the Committee of Subjugated Nations, formed by Hitler in 1943. Comprised of fascist organizations allied with Hitler, such as the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists/Bandera or OUN/B and Hungarian Arrow Cross, the ABN advocated an anti-communist approach that not only favored the rolling back of Soviet influence from Eastern Europe, but the dissolution of the Soviet Union into its constituent republics. A political goal of the Third Reich, the eventual resolution of events in the manner favored by ABN wasn’t accidental. (AFAs 36 [20] and 37 [21] document the role of ABN elements in the destabilization of the former Soviet Union.) One of the elements represented in the ABN is the Pan-Turkist movement. Allied with Nazi Germany in World War II and fascist in nature, the Pan-Turkists had long sought to carve up the Soviet Union and restore the glory of the Ottoman Empire. The main contemporary vehicle of pan-Turkism is the National Action Party and its youth wing, the Grey Wolves. Founded by Alparslan Turkes (who advocated a war-time alliance between Turkey and Nazi Germany), its best-known member is Mehmet Ali Agca, convicted of shooting the Pope. An associate of the National Action Party, Ruzy Nazar, represented the ABN at a WACL conference in Dallas in 1984.

14. In an excerpt from AFA 21 [22] from 5/29/86, Nazar’s service as an officer in a Waffen SS unit during World War II. Nazar is alleged (by the late Turkish journalist Ugur Mumcu) to have worked for the CIA. Nazar was very close to former CIA station chief [in Istanbul] Paul Henze, with whom he worked at Radio Free Europe. NOTE THAT NAZAR’S BACKGROUND IS SIMILAR TO THAT OF THE DALAI LAMA’S CLOSE ASSOCIATE ERKIN ALPTEKIN, WHO ALSO WORKED FOR RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY! AFA#’s 17-21 [6] deal with the events in and around the shooting of Pope John Paul II. Pan-Turkist elements figured prominently in that event. Listeners who would like to know more about this event should order AFAs 17-21 [6] from Spitfire. References to “Stibam” and “Bekir Celenk” can be explored at length in AFA#20 [6]. Bekir Celenk—a Turk—was the alleged paymaster for the shooting of the Pope. He was part of the Stibam arms-for-drugs ring, which also involved many Turks.