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On the whole I think you are correct in what you state particularly with regard to the 'Sledgehammer' case and anything beyond the original Ergenekon case but to be honest I have always wondered about your motives. I understand that your FIL is a defendant and this must put you in an unimaginable position but why just focus on these cases and not on the system itself. It is the 'judicial' system that seems to be the problem. There seems to be no concept of justice in Turkey and as long as I've been here (since 1995) there never has been. Instead the courts are used to silence those that the powers that be (whoever they may be at any particular time) disagree with. And rather ironically it is the military (and by extension many of those military officers on trial today) that created these 'institutions' that allow for their detention. Essentially they are being hoist by their own petard. As such, I truly wonder about your position on the 28 Şubat process where it is likely that your FIL will again be a defendant and in this instance may actually have a case to answer. I would have thought that your energies, had they been spent on tackling the system, would have reaped greater reward because even if your FIL is cleared all the problems still exist.

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How do you fight the system if not by documenting the abuses taking place in it? When I began to write this stuff, most in Turkey and abroad were under the illusion that the judiciary had finally taken a new path and was going after the deep state -- many still think that. I wouldn't be writing if these issues were widely recognized in Turkey and abroad. And for the record, I abhor military coups of all kind.

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hey danny, is your daddy, the father of your fil, not a former top general who is in jail because he tried to stage a coup (the fifth in 30 years) against a democratic elected goverment? Is your democratic daddy as integer as the putschist in guinea bissau or mali? Are you angry, because your daddy is guilty? Do you think that writing biased articles about the "bad world" will free you from the sins of your daddy? DO YOU WANT TO TAKE REVENGE FOR YOUR DADDY, mr. Cetin Dogan, general a.d. and soon stripped of his titles and honors for high treason? Did your daddy really worked with ISRAEL? ARE YOU THE CONNECTION TO ISRAEL? SPEAK OUT LOUD, I cannot hear you, danny...

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Hello Dani,

Thanks for working so hard to expose the shocking truth about the Sledgehammer sham trial. My father in law was also framed in this case and it is so frustrating that he might be convicted of a crime he did not commit based on forged documents. Your work is making a difference and giving us hope.

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How do you fight the system if not by documenting the abuses taking place in it? When I began to write this stuff, most in Turkey and abroad were under the illusion that the judiciary had finally taken a new path and was going after the deep state -- many still think that. I wouldn't be writing if these issues .

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Thanks for explaining what really is happening with Turkish Judicial system these days. But this is another symptom of the bigger issue in the region which is created by American politics. As a registered democrat I do not support Barack Obama this November only because his support to this tragic comedy in Turkey. The great idea of creating “easy going Islamic society” in the region and making Turkey the role model for this formation is a BAD idea. It will not work. In long run it will threaten the security of the region more. The recent developments in Middle East show that the “easy going Muslim group” can easily turn against to us. I am so dissapointed that Barack Obama is so quite about the journalist and innocent people jailed in Turkey.

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Dear Mr Dani Rodrik,
It is appreciable that you love your wife and her father. This is also very understandable that as an academician you point the awkwardness of the so said Hammer trial. But, the real democrats and real academicians will never understand:
1 - How can you be so sure that the awkwardness (which is basically due to the fact that the CD's are modified and the scripts are forged) must be created by the prosecutors? Isn't there a 50% chance that this can be as well put in place by the defendants themselves to create blur and disorientation? (as rightly pointed by Mr Etyen Mahcupyam)
2 - Even without these awkward modifications and forgings, there is very strong evidence for a coup organisation such as voice tapes, other generals and some journalists tapes. Why you never elaborate on these?
3 - Again, there are lots of documents found within the army barracks. You can believe that this is again a conspiracy. So why you never question your beliefs and ask yourself why any of these attackers, big and powerful enough to dig tons of documents under the ground of the military barracks, can't find by the army? Why you don't ask why the army does even not investigate these digging action anymore?
4 - How can you be so sure that an army authority who had been retarding Turkish Democracy for 80 years, would miraculously stop this approach at 2003? How? So you believe that this notorious tendency of 80 years has just disappeared with the arrival of good hearted general Cetin Dogan?
5 - How are you going to comment on the obvious non-democratic behaviors of Cetin Dogan during the 28 February process?
6 - Isn't this position of yourself so much opinionated and one-sided for a respectable academician?
7 - I have been rejected from Harvard Business School. If I got there, would you be my Professor? Than we would not be in peace in the class, you and I :)
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