Hagia Sophia – Istanbul
… by Gwenyth Todd, … with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow
The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg
[ Editor’s note: Gwenyth weighs in on the Erdogan scandal of leaks that someone doing intercepts has decided to have fun releasing. Erdogan’s response is typical of when all of these guys get caught. They scream national security and try to hammer the door shut.
The balance of powers does not work as well as many think, because the organizational structure for it never conceived of the technology being used now, or all the outside subcontracting of top security clearance work. Just in the US alone 500,000 have top security clearances.
And as people move into and out of government after they have been trained on how they do “special things,” they can sell that knowledge to the highest bidder, and they do. These even include some of our top brass, who anticipate a very cushy and rewarding post-government retirement.
One of the ways they earn that is during their years of active duty where they are useful to their future employers, which gives them a leg up on the competition.
They don’t feel bad about it, as they see plenty before them doing it, including high ranking ex-politicians and brass. For them it is the smart play, something that “winners” do and whiners complain about.
No one is ever prosecuted for doing this… never… if they are up the ladder high enough. Welcome to the real world. That is the ugly reality… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published April 8, 2014 –
Inner circle leaks
In the run-up to the 30 elections, many scandals were publicly leaked in Turkey indicating criminal activity by Mr. Erdogan, his ministers and their families.
Clearly, Mr. Erdogan’s government has a serious security problem, but who could have possibly had access to so many secure communications inside Mr. Erdogan’s inner circle? And what are the methods and motive behind the leaks?
The steady stream of embarrassing scandals has led to a frantic, effort by Mr. Erdogan to quash the source of the leaks. In his panic, he appears to be playing the political equivalent of “Whack-A-Mole”, an arcade game popular throughout the world. In this game, the player is presented with 5-10 holes and a hammer.
Objects pop-up randomly out of the holes and the player must hammer them back down as quickly as possible. It is never ending: the faster the player hammers the objects, the faster they pop-up from other holes, until the player gets tired and stops playing.