Exclusive: FBI Whistleblower and Teacher Expose Islamic Gülen Movement Infiltrating U.S. Through Charter Schools

By: Joshua Cook
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When asked if she considers Gülen a threat to U.S. interests, she responded, “100%, Absolutely.”

What Is The Islamic Gülen Movement?  


In rural Pennsylvania, a Turkish-born Muslim imam lives in self-imposed exile.

The imam, Fethullah Gülen, came to the United States in 1999 due to cited health problems and has stayed in the United States after gaining his visa with help from former CIA officials. The FBI previously resisted granting permanent residency status to Gülen. According to leaked cables, parts of the U.S. government believe that Gülen “is a ‘radical Islamist’ whose moderate message cloaks a more sinister and radical agenda.”

In an interview with 60 Minutes, Gülen followers claim that he does not control or have anything to do with the day-to-day dealings of the massive network of charter schools he helped found. 

Gülen-inspired schools are the largest charter network in the U.S. and receive approximately $150 million a year in taxpayer money. There are about 130 of these charter schools in 26 states where the majority of the teachers are from Turkey, as well as many of the contracts for construction and operation have gone to Turkish businesses. Those actions have raised red flags for the U.S. government.

The schools themselves are considered high quality and are focused on STEM-based learning — something that proponents of the Gülen Movement claim is lacking in U.S. education.

According to 60 Minutes, in Turkey, Gülen schools are everywhere and considered the best. But recently Turkey passed a law to shut down Gulen schools, a main source of the movement’s revenue.

Why Are My Tax Dollars Funding an Islamic Movement?

In the United States, many of the Gülen schools have long waiting lists. But that comes at a price for our American teachers:

“Our tax dollars are paying for them to come over here and take our jobs,” said Mary Addi, a teacher. “They want to give you the impression that they’re just hard-working guys over here to try and educate our kids, because American teachers are just too stupid.”

According to Addi, those Turkish teachers’ visa applicants oddly include English teachers. Gülen brings in foreign teachers and then takes a cut of their salary. She learned this after marrying a Turkish teacher. She said that after he was paid. He’d cash the check and return 40% of his salary back to the school for a secret fund used by the movement.

These allegations have caused the U.S. government to investigate for immigration fraud as well as misuse of taxpayer money. It has also caused many to wonder about the actual intent of the Gülen school.

According to a secret U.S. government document released by Wikileaks, “Deep and widespread doubts remain, however, about his (Gülen) movement’s ultimate intentions.  We have anecdotal evidence of the pressure that the various circles of his  movement put on people they have drawn in, for instance severe pressure on businessmen to continue to give money to support Gülenist schools or other activities.  We have multiple reliable reports that the Gülenists use their school network (including dozens of schools in the U.S.) to cherry-pick students they think are susceptible to being molded as proselytizers and we have steadily heard reports about how the schools indoctrinate boarding students.”

One public school teacher from the South spoke with Benswann.com’s Joshua Cook on condition of anonymity, said her students recently won a free cultural trip to Turkey through an art contest sponsored by a Gülen organization called the Atlantic Institute.

The teacher had a terrible experience. “They take you on this grueling 10-day death march through Turkey,” said the teacher. “It was exhausting.”

“After being food deprived the Gülenist hosts brought us to a building called the Journalist and Writer’s “light house” which was a compound.  This is where we got the cult spiel for 2 hours. The speaker told us, ‘Fethullah Gülen, he is the imam that sheds light on the dark waters of our time,’” said the teacher.

“This trip was not about a moderate message of interfaith dialogue or Turkish culture. The whole purpose was to promote the imam Fethullah Gülen,” said the teacher.

The teacher added, “the Gülen movement’s ultimate goal is to open charter schools in the U.S. to funnel U.S. tax dollars to back into the Gülen movement in Turkey. They skim just enough off the public taxpayers from these charter schools so it won’t look suspicious.”

Gülen schools are among the nation’s largest users of the H1B visas. In 2009, the schools received government approvals for 684 visas – more than Google Inc. (440) but fewer than a technology powerhouse such as Intel Corp. (1,203), reported the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Critics also find it hard to believe that qualified American teachers in math and science are hard to find.

Former president of the parent’s group at the Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School, Ruth Hocker started asking questions when popular, certified American teachers were replaced by uncertified Turkish men who often spoke limited English and were paid higher salaries. Most were placed in math and science classes.

“They would tell us they couldn’t find qualified American teachers,” Hocker told the Philadelphia Inquirer. That made no sense in Pennsylvania State University’s hometown, she said: “They graduate here every year.”

Other school parents described how uncertified teachers on H1B visas were moved from one charter school to another when their “emergency” teaching credentials expired and told of a pattern of sudden turnovers of Turkish business managers, administrators, and board members.

Leaked communications from a diplomatic cable suggests that some Gülen teachers maybe using the school as cover to get to the U.S.

From Wikileaks: “…we are concerned by the link with charter schools in the U.S. that have petitioned for marginally-qualified H1B candidates (The Kentucky Consular Center and our posts in Turkey have started compiling a list of these Gülenist charter schools in the US for use in visa adjudication). These applicants were simply not convincing, did not seem as fully in tune with Gülen’s approach to education and might be using the reputation of the school as a cover to get to the U.S.”

Recently, FBI agents carried out raids at 19 Gülen Charter schools in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio as part of an “ongoing white-collar crime matter.”

Many oppose the Gülen movement due to their lack of transparency, the cloud of suspicion regarding their funding, hierarchy, their pursuit of buying political influence, and their true purposes, and leaving U.S. taxpayers in the dark.

Tax payers being forced to indirectly support Islamist movements is one thing but is there something more insidious planned by the Gülen movement?

 While Gülen followers and some U.S. officials claim Gülen teaches a moderate version of Islam, some believe it is only part of a strategy to infiltrate the U.S.

According to The Middle East Quarterly, in 1999, Turkish television aired footage of Gülen delivering sermons which revealed his plan to implement Shari‘a law and use controversial tactics to achieve those goals.

In the sermon, he said:

“You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers … until the conditions are ripe, they [the followers] must continue like this. If they do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads, and Muslims will suffer everywhere, like in the tragedies in Algeria, like in 1982 [in] Syria … like in the yearly disasters and tragedies in Egypt. The time is not yet right. You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it … You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey … Until that time, any step taken would be too early—like breaking an egg without waiting the full forty days for it to hatch. It would be like killing the chick inside. The work to be done is [in] confronting the world. Now, I have expressed my feelings and thoughts to you all—in confidence … trusting your loyalty and secrecy. I know that when you leave here—[just] as you discard your empty juice boxes, you must discard the thoughts and the feelings that I expressed here.”

 Is Gulen a Front for the CIA?

A classified communication reveals that many secularists in Turkey are convinced that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is the creation of the United States Government (USG), and that Washington bolsters and funds the Fethullah Gülen movement.

Is the CIA or another agency in the USG using the Gülen movement to fund “cold war” operations overseas? Is the USG using the Gülen Islamic schools to influence Central Asia with a more “moderate” version of Islam to rival more racial Islamic sects?

Some claim that Gulen is a front for the CIA. See here and here.

If there is anyone who knows the truth about the inner workings of U.S. and Turkey relations it is FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds. 

 Edmonds is considered the “the most gagged person in American history.” The USG invoked “state secrets privilege” in her case and she is prevented from revealing government corruption  and cannot discuss certain aspects of her knowledge regarding her case. The DOJ’s Inspector General stated her claims are credible and Edmonds says her claims can be backed up by FBI files.

Benswann.com’s Joshua Cook asked Edmonds via email about her thoughts regarding Gülen. Edmonds has been covering the Gülen movement for years and has extensive research on her website.

Cook asked Edmonds, is Gülen a threat to US interests?

This has to do with Gülen’s role in terrorism,” said Edmonds. “Under the guise of schools [Madrasas] in Central Asia & Caucasus his network is involved in training terrorists [from Chechens to other Islamic Jihadis in the area]. The bureau had him under investigations since 1998. However, they were prevented from pursuing the cases [despite all evidence collected] due to direct pressure from the CIA/State Deptment. How do I know? Some of the case files were under the division where I worked [counterintelligence]. Other investigations were being conducted under the FBI’s crime & terrorism division.”

Cook asked, “Is the CIA using the Gülen network to fund CIA ops in Turkey?”

“They did,” said Edmonds. “It was also a channel for money laundering for their $20 billion worth network. They bring teachers from Turkey. They provide them with decent/high salaries, but then, they force them to voluntarily and individually contribute over 50% of their income to their various front charity organizations … I met with several ex-teachers and spoke with them in 2006-2008; however, because of overt and covert threats from Gülen’s network to their families in Turkey, they were not willing to come forward or go on record.”

While under oath during a legal disposition, Edmonds, was asked if she had any information regarding Fethullah Gülen.

“He landed on the Turkish government’s wanted list and was going to be persecuted for wanting to replace Turkey’s secular government with an Islamic/Sharia-type of government. When he was wanted in Turkey for that and was going to go jail, he actually got on a plane and came to the United States, and was given immediately a visa to stay in the United States,” said Edmonds.

Edmonds states that Gülen has close ties to training militant Muslims.

Edmonds claims in her testimony that “Gülen established more than 300 Madrasahs in Central Asia and what he calls universities that have a front that is called Moderate Islam, but he is closely involved in training Mujahideen (Al-Qaeda) – like militia Islam who are brought from Pakistan and Afghanistan into Central Asia where his Madrasahs operate, and his organization’s network is estimated to be around $25 billion, and that he has close ties to training militant Muslims.”

When asked if she considers Gülen a threat to U.S. interests, she responded, “100%, Absolutely.”

 

Watch Sibel Edmonds’s testimony regarding Gülen Schools and U.S. Foreign Policy Connections.

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  • Jose Rivera

    Nothing against education, but when you can finance outsiders to profit in education while the cuts are for our education, I do have an issue.

  • rnot

    It isn’t only the Gulen movement – most mosques, most sects, of islam should be monitored, restricted (in where zakat goes), and in other avenues of our society such as in sharia finance and halal processing. the message of islam – ALL of them – is traitorous. When they only claim peace, or we don’t understand, or we are racists/islamophobes, or they only quote the somewhat peaceful verses – that is a sign they are NOT moderates but just taqiyya dribbling traitors following the exact things that moe taught – to lie, to advance islam. Oh and acting like a victim is just a strategy, just like terror, is to advance islam.

    • rnot

      I should add that the sect of islam that is behind the Gulen schools – sufism – shows us that all the moslems who try to claim sufism is about peace are just lying to us some more. Many of them are the faces of the Muslim Brotherhood, are in these interfaith dialogs with their taqiyya dribble, etc. sufi doesn’t mean peace – it is about mysticism. Sheik Gilani tells his bunch of brainwashed ones that he spies on them in the form of little animals, etc.

      • SerpicoWasRight

        Too crazy for me.

      • Joel

        What a bunch of useless drivel.

        • rnot

          David Gabautz has already reported on over 84% of the mosques teaching hate and intolerance. If you crack open a crapran, oh er I mean koran, you will find out that those peaceful verses are only used for taqiyya and those peaceful verses were abrogated by the violent verses. You don’t like the message so you cannot explicitly state what part is useless and why so you just bash it all. Do you even know about abrogation, or even what is in the koran with such things as allah and mohammed bashing non-moslems to desensitize them so jihad is ok to them? And do you even know that 97% of the time jihad is mentioned it is to do violence against the non-moslems with Sharia spelling it out very clearly – ‘…to war against the non-moslems…’?

          Crazy or drivel – yes, that is what islam is – crazy, evil, and a death cult.

          SHOCKING! The Quran “admits” Allah is Satan!
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbxr4495Lj8

  • Clarke

    Rand Paul recently said when asked about the Gulen charter schools, (paraphrased), First you must remember this is not the governments money, but your money. If you are to have school choice, which I believe you should, there will have to be tolerance for groups that operate schools who you do not agree with.
    Wise words. Now if these Gulen schools are defrauding the taxpayer by skiming funds and funneling it outside the US then by all means investigate and prosecute. As far as the claims of extremist teaching we must remember that religious freedom is for all religions not just Christianity.

    • Christopher Michael Moore

      The teaching of Islam is not the point made in this article. The point of this article is that these schools take our tax-payer money to fund our enemies.

      • SerpicoWasRight

        They don’t take “our” tax payer money. They take the tax payer money of anyone that want’s to have their child attend the school.

        • denise0513

          “Gülen-inspired schools are the largest charter network in the U.S. and receive approximately $150 million a year in taxpayer money. ”
          These funds come from ALL U.S. taxpayers, not just those who send their children to the schools.

          • Ozgur Cengiz

            read my post above, your estimate is very low. its the money they receive around the ADA that is huge.

          • denise0513

            Not my estimate but if you read the article, you will notice the quote I mentioned in my post!

      • Alec Jonston

        You mean the so called enemies that the American gov’t funds?

        • Freedom

          No. He means the enemies of us American people. We are the ones whom the Jihardists have sworn to eliminate from the face of this earth unless we choose to convert to Islam. Any school system which sends money to our sworn enemies should not be supported by our hard-earned taxed dollar.

      • Ozgur Cengiz

        Mr. Moore is correct, unfortunately it isn’t against the law to be involved with a controversial religious cult. But it is against the law to defraud taxpayers with grants, and lying to IRS as well as to USCIS formerly known as DHS. Stay away from the religion part, and focus on the organized crime part and you Americans will win.

    • http://foehammer.com Foehammer

      Islam is a cult. Islam is also a political ideology. Religious freedom in the United States does not mean that a religion is allowed to subvert our schools, abuse our tax systems and work to overturn our government. From what I’ve read here, Gulen fancies himself a ‘true believer’ and he’s working slowly to drive the stake into the heart of the Republic. This would make him a true Muslim in the eyes of many like him.

  • rebekah26

    My child attends one of these charter schools. The principle is Turkish, but the teachers aren’t. The school is really hardcore on education and requires intersession courses and tutoring, which is fine. I heard about this Turkish system a few years ago and did some research. Needless to say I was blown away. I do not think all of the Turkish people involved in the schools over here, and in the movement in general, know what his sinister plans are. I say this because my research showed he is not open about his goals and preaches the notion that girls need to be educated too.
    I asked my daughter if she is taught anything about Islam at school and her response was confusion. So, they don’t. At least at the one she attends. However, I learned that it isn’t during school hours that they teach about Islam, it’s at outside events. I realized that the charity organization associated with the school, Turkish Raindrop House, was the connection to outside events being held. I was invited to them several times, but declined. So, while the school is good during school hours, I am now quietly monitoring the Gulen situation. Also, they have adult international trips every summer. Turkey is always an option, but it isn’t free.

    • Ozgur Cengiz

      Ms. Rebekah;
      Did you know that Turkey is below standard on OECD Country education rankings? Out of 34 Countries they are like 32nd just above Chile and Mexico. We also have the highest illiteracy rate at 10% of the population. Gulen Schools are known for their good teaching because their wasn’t much options before that. However their Hocaefendi Gulen only has a 5th grade formal education himself. They do cheat on tests, give out a lot of awards at their own science festivals, they also use the same science experiments throughout their schools worldwide. More than likely your kid attends Harmony Science Academies which were very locked in political with Sheila Jackson Lee and the Defense contractors in Texas. http://www.harmonyparenttruth.blogspot.com

      • rebekah26

        Wow, that’s interesting. They do give out a lot of awards. She attends one of the Dove Science Academies, which I am assuming is simiar to the Harmony schools?

        • Ozgur Cengiz

          Dove Science Academy is in Oklahoma and is linked to Harmony hierarchy. Dove Science Academy in Tulsa lost their charter rights about 3 years ago due to a rape on campus and financial mismanagement (surprise surprise) They then ran to Langston University for support. Oklahoma legistlatures have all gone to Turkey. One of their schools they renamed Discovery School in Oklahoma but all share teachers, etc., with the Texas schools. Good luck. keep your eyes open. They may have American teachers at your kids school but the upper level and control of all money is always in the hands of the Gulen Movement and always male.

        • Ozgur Cengiz

          Here is the news cast about the rape at Dove Science Academy in Tulsa. They did a good job at burying the information and in pre trial paid the girl off https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zd0mCYQU_4

      • http://foehammer.com Foehammer

        Well, well. Why am I not surprised to see Sheila Jackson Lee’s name mentioned. Thanks for that info.

    • Freedom

      Please continue to monitor your daughter’s school. If they aren’t promoting islam during school hours at the moment, that doesn’t mean they won’t do so at some future time. Also, you might not have thought about this: Do you mind if part of your tuition money goes to support the sworn enemies of your country?

      • imp

        Isn’t the main concern skimming salaries of teachers, who are paid with US tax dollars ? At the very least let’s lower salaries.
        Also any school that has no elected school board is suspect. Representation is circumvented. Decentralize our schools, yes, but let’s be careful about charter schools. Wow. How can taxpayers refuse to pay for this (and much more ).

      • rebekah26

        Well, we do not pay a tuition. While I understand your point and agree, my options are limited due to the horrid nature of the public schools in the district in which I live.

    • http://foehammer.com Foehammer

      Most likely they are using it as a fund generator to funnel to various covert operations both real-time and future and also as a recruitment tool. Islam is a political ideology bent on dominating every region. This is not a gray area in the Quran. I know the Mass Media likes to wash over things like this, but you can find all this out for yourself with a bit of research. Of course, as you have said, not all of the people involved are going to know or be bad folks, but that’s exactly the cover the Gulen is looking for and perpetuating by the sound of things in comments like yours and the above article.

    • Ozgur Cengiz

      Here is the rape information (From the Tulsa News) about Dove Science Academy. They did a good job in bury the information. To avoid public trial they paid the little girl off in mediation pre trial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zd0mCYQU_4

  • annebeck58

    I am very disappointed in this fear-factor sort of reporting. To receive such trash from Ben Swann? Just ridiculous.

    • Ozgur Cengiz

      Then do your own research. it’s not hard. lots of official documents online, government 990 tax returns, even a copy of their search warrant from last month’s FBI raid here it is http://www.horizonparentstruth.blogspot.com

    • The Dude Abides

      Just think about how disappointed you will be when you are told to get on your knees, convert or die… like they have been doing to Christians in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the world, you may re think your position on “this fear factor sort of reporting”… unless you are one that has converted and/or infiltrated…

    • http://foehammer.com Foehammer

      The world is not flat.

  • jollyroger

    Something really smells here and the FBI needs to use all its resources to investigate this bunch.
    I don’t like the idea of any religious group attempting shove its beliefs down anybody else’s throats let alone Islam. The same goes for Judaism of Christianity.
    This dude sounds very suspicious to me. Most Muslims have no interest in attempting to force this awful Sharia law onto anybody. Obviously there is something very wrong with this clown or the CIA wouldn’t be involved with him as any time the CIA gets involved with someone or something you gotta know that rotting fish are not too far behind.
    This is just another reason why we need to tighten up on immigration or stop it all together.
    As far as I’m concerned we should shut down immigration into America for at least fifty years.

  • Truth

    Can I stop paying for other people’s kids to be indoctrinated now? Turkish or normal-public-schoolish, I really can’t understand why the government thinks I should be paying for it.

  • Ozgur Cengiz

    Good Job Mr. Cook;
    One thing, the $150 million is very low. They make $500 Million off of ADA (Average Daily Attendance) on the 138 schools and approximately 45,000 students- each states pay different per year per student. Most charter schools barely come out even on this unless they have over 300 students they don’t even pay expenses/overhead. The ADA is not where the big payouts come from they are merely in place to keep the doors open for the bigger winfalls…….
    These schools are great money makers for the bonds, grants, and construction loans they receive from the county, state and federal government. Their California chain Magnolia just received a $6 million Facilities grant to build a new school. The movement then creates businesses around the schools they can bill or win the bids on: Janitorial service, catering, construction, even the uniforms are supplied by the TUSKON businessmen that have many textile mills throughout the world. They also largely bring in teachers on H1-b Visas and all of these businesses, teachers “tuzuk” (donate) up to 40% back to the movement via their front groups like: Turquoise Council, Niagara Foundation, Pacifica Institute and more they also sponsor Science Olympiads, Turkish Cultural Events, Dialog Dinners, and those “Famous” free trips to Turkey for US lawmakers. They keep the American Tax money within their family, but are very sloppy with financial mismanagement.
    Its probably another $600 million in all of these extra monies associated with education. Closer to $1.1 billion a year into the bank account of the Movement.
    A Brillant plan!!! How much longer their stay will be in the USA is hard to determine. They have had a FBI raid on 19 of their Horizon Science academies last money over E Rate Technology grants money (surprise surprise) and their California schools just received a temporary injunction to freeze the closure of their 2 schools pending ongoing investigation and financial constraints. It takes Americans like you to speak up, and educate others. They are closed in Azerbaijan, Gambia, Turkey, and evacuated their Iraq schools 3 days before ISIS broke out.
    The saga continues…………….
    http://www.gulenschoolsworldwide.blogspot.com

  • boydconklin

    Well I’m glad someone is offering a quality education in the United States. Most Christian schools are just that Christian, 10,000 year old earth and such. Private enterprise schools should have been the norm in this country long ago, it’s just the lock the unions and government has had on the system that keeps it heading in the direction of Detroit. Every teachers head is on the block every year in the private sector.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/12/03/american-high-school-students-slip-in-global-education-rankings/

    “Money is not a predictor of performance in the study. America spends more per student than all but five countries in the world. Neither is childhood poverty, diversity or high levels of immigration. Many countries featuring those attributes also scored high.

    Education experts tell Fox News it comes down to high standards, a will to improve, and especially an elevation of the teaching profession. “We really have to decide as a country it is important for all kids to master rigorous concepts and learn to think,” education author Ripley told Fox.”

    • Ozgur Cengiz

      your argumentation is stupid, charter schools are public schools. publicly funded and privately managed. Christians or Catholic schools are funded by tuition.
      Charter schools and the Gulen Movement are largely funded by your tax dollars. They don’t have high standards, their most recent FBI bust in OHIO, IL, IN besides the E-RATE Technology grant money the ex teachers coming forward all witnessed cheating and fabricating of their successes. http://www.horizonparentstruth.blogspot.com

      • boydconklin

        Publicly funded, funded by tuition, vouchers, whatever, the State takes the money by property taxes, and you should be able to educate your children as you please with that taken money, the public school system is broken. I’ve been to the website link you posted (disgruntled Gulen teachers) certainly there are problems of one sort or another (standardized test cheating, student sexual activity, racism, sexism, intolerance, unsafe building conditions, and preference given in hiring in most schools. Still, I get the impression the Gulen schools are giving a better education.

        • Ozgur Cengiz

          Because that is exactly the impression their marketing wants you to have. Their marketing, public relations and advertising is savvy and very misleading.

          • boydconklin

            Their marketing is backed by their results.

            http://www.texastribune.org/2010/09/27/what-drives-high-achievement-at-harmony-charters-/

            “Tarim, the superintendent, seems to be learning the art of public relations as his burgeoning operation gets more attention. In a recent sit-down with the The Texas Tribune, he showed an extended slide show and raved in great depth about the schools for more than two hours. He noted that his demographics aren’t much different than those of non-charter schools: Harmony educates almost the same racial mix as public schools statewide — the difference is that it serves fewer white students and more Asian students — and the percentage of economically disadvantaged children enrolled matches the state average of 56 percent, according to state data. Yet success rates on the state TAKS test, Tarim points out, are much higher at Harmony: In the third grade, 95 percent passed compared to 76 percent statewide; in the fifth grade, 92 percent versus 69 percent; and in the ninth grade, 95 percent versus 56 percent.”

          • Ozgur Cengiz

            Education News reports on the below average standards of Harmony Science Academies aka Harmony Public Schools http://www.educationviews.org/gulen-turkish-harmony-charters-not-superior-academically/ What you are posting (Boydconklin) is biased information from Soner Tarim the Superintendent of Harmony Schools. Go to the State of Texas for the information not to Harmony. They also say they have 20,000 on a waiting list when their student body is $16,000 their marketing is blatant lying.

    • http://foehammer.com Foehammer

      Catholic schools have been providing quality education for two centuries in the United States. Your implication that this is not the case is disingenuous at best and bigoted at worst.

      • boydconklin

        big·ot: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)
        My opinion is if you teach the world as 10,000 years old it’s not a quality education. Nothing against Catholics, Christians, Muslims and the rest, I just think current scientific theory should be taught and not religious dogma. But it’s a “free” country and you can indoctrinate your children as you please. I’ve heard that a lot of Catholic schools do a great job teaching reading, writing and arithmetic.

  • bill coleman

    Thanks Mr. Cook. Islam = Islam = Islam. The ideology of Islam found in the written doctrine of Islam is the driving force behind all that is Islam. It is both strange and suspicious that the ideology of Islam is disconnected from the actions of Muslims in nearly all media reporting. The surrender of the USA to Islam is ongoing and will not stop until after there is a new political organization of constitutional conservatives and people (counter jihadists) who believe that the political and legal battle to stop the advance of Islam in the USA must be fought and won before the issue becomes another bloody civil war. To learn more about the ideology of Islam, google/search for “political Islam Warner”. To learn more about the actions of Muslims, google/search for “jihadwatch Spencer”. To learn what the lying Muslims want you to believe about Islam, listen to them or read their comments or google/search for Islam.

  • Undecider

    Interesting write up but I don’t see how they are a “threat” to America. Sounds like they have their own education plan and a scheme with the U.S. government to fund it. Maybe the Gülen folks are a threat to the tyrants in the Turkish government. That I don’t know.

    However, they are a people unto themselves and are of no threat to Hispanic gangbangers, the Chinese mafia and good ole’ boys from the South. Similar articles could be written making Christian academies just as dangerous. If people don’t want Islamic faith, they aren’t forced to comply. That’s the beauty of America.

    If you really have a problem, use the tools the founders provided. Re-read the Bill of Rights. They’ll still apply no matter what. And that also means to never turn them in. If you know what I mean.

    We can’t expect people is Islamic faith to drop their religion and become Christians. Why should Christians surrender their faith for Islam. If you do you’re spineless and worthless anyways. There’s simply way too much hyperventilating going on about Islam since the U.S. government’s false flag attack on 9-11. Islam. Get over it!

    “From my cold dead hands!”

    • Ozgur Cengiz

      “Gulen is 100% threat to American Security” watch the deposition above. Hopefully you are not a Gulen Shill that patrols comments boards trying to hijack the comments as pro Gulen. The Gulen Movement is organized crime and sophisticated using American tax dollars. http://www.turkishinvitations.weebly.com

      • Karolyn

        Look at Undecider’s picture; if you know that picture you know is almost 100% troll.

    • http://foehammer.com Foehammer

      You don’t know enough about Islam or you wouldn’t state such fallacious things.

  • Les Gov=Mo Free

    Government has no business giving one penny to any private business. Cut out all the funding and see if they survive. Bet they won’t. As a matter of fact cut out all public education, let the free market flourish and see what a wonderful world we can create. All monopolies lead to poorer qualities and higher prices.

    • bill coleman

      Agreed, except I would add “and charties” after “private business” and after “free market” above. The federal and states’s role in this includes the prevention of unconstitutional monopolies (including those imposed by the government). However that alone does not address the proper constitutional defense of the U.S. Constitution and the states’ constitutions. The proper defense of these constitutions must include (1) electing politicians who believe the U.S. Constitution, not the U.S. Supreme Court, is the supreme law of the USA and (2) using or admending the constitutions so as to provide for better defense of them.

    • http://foehammer.com Foehammer

      The Feds shouldn’t be involved with Education. Period.

  • Ozgur Cengiz

    Turkish news on Gulen operated Charter Schools in USA, scroll down we have included one of the American (in English) newscasts http://haber.rotahaber.com/fbi-gulen-hareketinin-okuluna-baskin-duzenledi_465676.html

  • Ozgur Cengiz

    Better explanation about these schools by Ex Teacher at Ohio Horizon Science Academy. NO this school didn’t get approved in Virgina because the public outrage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DReAWz1mSZo

  • http://foehammer.com Foehammer

    I’m very interested in the possible CIA connection. We have to be very careful to look for Globalist connections to Islamist causes because they have definitely been used and continue to be used as both willing and unwitting pawns in a much larger and more dangerous scheme.

    • Ozgur Cengiz

      We have a winner!!!!! Look into CIA Gladio B project. Or “Who is Graham Fuller” this links even to the Tsarnov Brothers (Boston Bombers) Amazing.

  • Tammy

    I would be interested in a named list of the schools associated with this group.

    • Yarbles

      The Gülen movement in the United States has 139 schools in 26 different states full.

      Here is a list of those schools:

      Arizona State (7 schools)

      Management organization: Sonoran Schools
      De facto management organization: Accord Institute for Education Research
      Charter holder: Daisy Education Corporation
      Sonoran Science Academy – Tucson
      Sonoran Science Academy – Broadway
      Sonoran Science Academy – Phoenix
      Sonoran Science Academy – Davis Monthan Air Force Base
      Sonoran Science Academy – Ahwatukee
      Sonoran Science Academy – Peoria
      Paragon Science Academy

      Arkansas State (2 schools)

      Lisa Academy
      Lisa Academy-North

      State of California (12 schools)

      De facto management organization: Accord Institute for Education Research

      Charter holder: Magnolia Foundation
      1 Magnolia Science Academy – Reseda
      Magnolia Science Academy 2 – Valley
      Magnolia Science Academy 3 – Carson
      Magnolia Science Academy 4 – Venice
      Magnolia Science Academy 5 – Hollywood
      Magnolia Science Academy 6 – Palms
      Magnolia Science Academy 7 – Van Nuys
      Magnolia Science Academy 8 – Bell
      Magnolia Science Academy – San Diego
      Magnolia Science Academy – Santa Clara
      Pacific Technology School – Orange County
      Charter holder: Willow Education
      Bay Area Technology School (Oakland)

      Colorado State (1 school)

      Lotus School for Excellence – Aurora

      Florida State (8 schools)

      Organization: Grace Institute for Educational Research and Resources, aka Charter Educational Services & Resources
      Discovery Academy of Science
      Orlando Science Middle / High School
      Orlando Science Elementary School
      New Springs Middle School, Tampa
      River City Science Academy Middle School, Jacksonville
      River City Science Academy Innovation
      River City Science Academy Elementary
      Stars Middle School, Tallahassee

      Georgia State (2 schools)

      Fulton Science Academy High School
      Fulton Sunshine Academy Elementary School

      Illinois State (4 schools)

      Organization: Concept Schools
      Chicago Math and Science Academy
      Horizon Science Academy in Belmont
      Horizon Science Academy McKinley Park
      Quest Charter Academy

      Indiana State (3 schools)

      Indiana Math and Science Academy – West
      Indiana Math and Science Academy – North
      Indiana Math and Science Academy – South

      State of Louisiana (1 school)

      Kenilworth Science and Technology, Baton Rouge

      Maryland (2 schools)

      Chesapeake Math and IT Academy
      Chesapeake Science Point, Hanover

      The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (3 schools)

      Pioneer Charter School of Science
      Pioneer Charter School of Science II
      Hampden Charter School of Science

      Michigan State (1 school)

      Michigan Math and Science Academy

      Missouri State (4 schools)

      Charter holder: Frontier Schools

      Frontier School of Excellence aka Brookside-Frontier Math and Science School
      Frontier School of Innovation
      Gateway Science Academy of St.. Louis
      Gateway Science Academy of South

      The State of Nevada (2 schools)

      Coral Academy of Science – Elementary Reno
      Coral Academy of Science – Las Vegas

      New Jersey (6 schools)

      Central Jersey College Prep
      Paterson Charter School For Science And Technology
      Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School

      Bergen Arts and Science Charter School
      Passaic Arts and Science Charter School
      Paterson Charter School of Arts and Science

      New Mexico State (1 school)

      Albuquerque School of Excellence

      New York State (4 schools)

      Syracuse Academy of Science
      Buffalo Academy of Science
      Rochester Academy Charter School
      Utica Academy of Science

      North Carolina State (2 schools)

      Triad Math and Science Academy
      Triangle Math and Science Academy

      The state of Ohio (19 schools)

      Horizon Science Academy Cincinnati
      Horizon Science Academy in Cleveland
      Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School
      Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Elementary School
      Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School
      Horizon Science Academy Columbus Middle School
      Horizon Science Academy Columbus Elementary School
      Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary School
      Horizon Science Academy Dayton
      Horizon Science Academy Dayton Downtown
      Horizon Science Academy Denison Middle School
      Horizon Science Academy Denison Elementary School
      Horizon Science Academy Lorain
      Horizon Science Academy Springfield
      Horizon Science Academy Toledo
      Horizon Science Academy Toledo Downtown
      Horizon Science Academy Youngstown
      Noble Academy-Columbus
      Noble Academy-Cleveland

      Oklahoma State (4 schools)

      Discovery School of Tulsa
      Dove Science Academy Oklahoma City
      Dove Science Academy Elementary School
      Dove Science Academy-Tulsa

      State of Pennsylvania (3 schools)

      Truebright Science Academy, Philadelphia
      Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania
      Young Scholars of Western Pennsylvania

      South Carolina State (1 school)

      Greenville Renewable Energy Education (“GREEN”) Charter School

      State of Tennessee (1 school)

      Memphis School of Excellence

      Texas (44 schools)

      Austin area
      Harmony School of Science – Austin
      Harmony Science Academy – North Austin
      Harmony School of Excellence – Austin
      Harmony Science Academy – Austin
      Harmony School of Political Science and Communication

      Brownsville
      Harmony Science Academy – Brownsville

      Dallas area
      Harmony Science Academy – Waco
      Harmony Science Academy – Garland
      Harmony Science Academy – Dallas-Elementary-Middle School
      Harmony School of Innovation – Dallas
      Harmony School of Business

      El Paso
      Harmony Science Academy – El Paso
      Harmony School of Innovation – El Paso

      Fort Worth area
      Harmony Science Academy – Fort Worth
      Harmony School of Innovation – Fort Worth
      Harmony Science Academy – Grand Prairie
      Harmony Science Academy – Euless
      Harmony School of Nature and Athletics
      Harmony School of Innovation in Euless

      North Houston area
      Harmony School of Endeavor – Houston
      Harmony Science Academy – Bryan / College Station
      Harmony Science Academy – Houston Northwest
      Harmony School of Excellence – Houston
      Harmony School of Advancement High
      Harmony School of Discovery
      Harmony School of Exploration

      Houston area south
      Harmony School of Ingenuity
      Harmony Science Academy – Beaumont
      Harmony Science Academy – Houston
      Harmony Science Academy High School – Houston
      Harmony School of Innovation – Houston
      Harmony School of Art (and Technology)

      West Houston area
      Harmony School of Science – Houston
      Harmony Science Academy – West Houston
      Harmony School of Science High – Sugarland

      Laredo
      Harmony Science Academy – Laredo

      Lubbock area
      Harmony Science Academy – Lubbock
      Harmony Science Academy – Odessa

      San Antonio area
      Harmony Science Academy – San Antonio
      Harmony School of Innovation – San Antonio

      School of Science and Technology Discovery
      School of Science and Technology – San Antonio
      School of Science and Technology – Corpus Christi
      School of Science and Technology – Alamo

      State of Utah (1 school)

      Beehive Academy of Science and Technology

      State of Wisconsin (1 school)

      Milwaukee Math and Science Academy

      Earlier in the hands of the Gülen community and the schools closed or transferred:

      California (2)

      Pacific Technology School – Orangevale http://ov.ptscharter.org/

      Florida (1)
      Sweetwater Branch Academy Middle School, Gainesville

      Georgia (1)
      Fulton Science Academy Middle School

      Louisiana (1)
      Abramson Science and Technology. New Orleans

      Maryland (1)
      Baltimore IT Academy

      Minnesota (1)
      Management organization: Concept Schools
      Minnesota School of Science

      Wisconsin (1)
      Wisconsin Career Academy

  • bill coleman

    The Gulen schools are an open door for the advancement of Islam into the U.S. education system. Among many other such advances, two that are most promient were the building of mosques (Islamic forts) and twice electing a muslim POTUS. Islam is not qualified as a religion because of its (tyrannical) political content and also is not simply a secular organization, but should be recogized as a political religion (not a “constitutional” religion) that is 100% tyranny to the constitution and constitutional freedom. Is our culture of freedom suicidal beyond all hope? I am repeating an earlier comment here:  ” Thanks Mr. Cook. Islam = Islam = Islam. The ideology of Islam found in the written doctrine of Islam is the driving force behind all that is Islam. It is both strange and suspicious that the ideology of Islam is disconnected from the actions of Muslims in nearly all media reporting. The surrender of the USA to Islam is ongoing and will not stop until after there is a new political organization of constitutional conservatives” (or constitutionists) “and people (counter jihadists) who believe that the political and legal battle to stop the advance of Islam in the USA must be fought and won before the issue becomes another bloody civil war. To learn more about the ideology and history of Islam, google/search for “political Islam Warner”. To learn more about the actions of Muslims, google/search for “jihadwatch Spencer”. To learn what the lying Muslims want you to believe about Islam, listen to them or read their comments or google/search for Islam.”