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About That Coup: Never Mind! Thousands in Military Detained as Turkey’s Government Goons Reassert Control

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Turkey’s elected government on Saturday rounded up thousands of soldiers, including high-ranking officers, as it moved quickly to reassert control after a failed military coup to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Binaldi Yildirim called the attempted coup a “black stain on Turkish democracy” that left 161 people dead and 1,440 wounded.

He said 2,839 military personnel had been detained as part of a crackdown on coup plotters.

Erdogan was on a seaside vacation when tanks rolled into the streets of Ankara and Istanbul. He flew home early Saturday and declared the coup to have failed.

“They have pointed the people’s guns against the people. The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. This government brought to power by the people is in charge,” Erdogan told large crowds after landing at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. Read the rest of this entry »

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Turkish Military Says It Has Taken Over Country

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President Erdogan calls on people to take to the streets as soldiers storm the state TV studios to declare they’ve seized power.

The Turkish military claims to have “fully seized control” of the country amid reports that at least one explosion has hit parliament in Ankara.

Soldiers stormed Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT, forcing a presenter to read a statement live on air announcing that a military coup is under way.

The statement said the country, a NATO member, is now being run by a “peace council”. It declared that martial law and a nationwide curfew are in place.

Numerous reports of aerial attacks, gunfire and explosions are emerging from Istanbul and the Turkish capital Ankara.

An unconfirmed report from the state-run Anadolu news agency suggests that parliament in Ankara has been hit by at least one bomb.

Lawmakers are currently hiding in shelters inside the building, one member of parliament told news agency Reuters.

Meanwhile, 17 police officers have been killed in a separate helicopter attack on the police headquarters in the capital, according to Anadolu.

Media reports suggest a Turkish F-16 fighter jet has also shot down a military helicopter over the city, although this could not be independently verified.

Turkey’s leaders have confirmed that a coup “attempt” has taken place, but denied that the military is in control. Read the rest of this entry »


Are Conservatives a Little Paranoid? The Obama Administration has ‘Richly Earned Citizens’ Distrust’, says David French

US President Barack Obama attends a military briefing with US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham (L) at Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, May 25, 2014. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

No, the Obama administration isn’t going to invade Texas 

David French writes:

…Let’s not forget that more than half of Democrat voters thought it was “very” or “somewhat” likely that the Bush       administration either “assisted in the 9/11 attacks or took no action to stop the attacks because they wanted the United States to go to war in the Middle East.” Let that sink in: panic-manFor all the elite’s disdain of allegedly gullible conservatives, a majority of the Left believed that an American president was complicit in mass murder.

[Disagreement as Mental Illness]

[Cultural Conservatives Have Barely Begun to Fight]

[The P.C. Thought Police Aren’t Fragile; They’re Vengeful and Malicious]

But extreme paranoia wasn’t limited to the Democratic rank and file. As National Review’s own Rich Lowry pointed out, Naomi Wolf (former campaign consultant to Bill Clinton and Al Gore) actually wrote a book explaining how the Bush administration was mirroring the early actions of dictatorships like those in Germany, Russia, and China. Harper’s Magazine published breathless stories about a barely averted Bush administration “coup” or “military dictatorship.” Even as recently as 2013, the National Journal published an article claiming that military officers were considering “staging a coup” against President Obama — the basis for the claim was a series of statements by a retired non-stop-panic-pearlsgeneral who specifically declared that no coup was being contemplated.

[Democrats Push to Criminalize Dissent]

[The War on the Private Mind]

[The Burdens of Thought Policing]

In this atmosphere of earned distrust, it is appropriate for elected officials to ask questions about even benign and well-meaning military exercises. No, the Obama administration isn’t going to invade Texas or Utah. Yes, there are some bottom-dwelling, opportunistic conspiracy-mongers who’ve done their best to whip up public concern. Read the rest of this entry »