by Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.
[Editor’s Note: This article first ran in a Gazette publication in July 2015.]
Money buys everything, including, it would seem, the allegiance of Senator Robert (“Bob”) Casey (D-PA) to militant Islam.
Casey, a member of the National Security Working Group and the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee overseeing the Middle East, has received windfalls of cash from individuals and corporations affiliated with Fethullah Gulen.
Gulen, dubbed “the most dangerous Islamist on planet earth,” has amassed a fortune estimated to exceed $50 billion to bring about a New Islamic World Order. Much of the money, according to informed sources, comes from the heroin trade.
“The Guide to Gulen’s Activities in the United States” (produced “with volunteer effort of citizens who became concerned about the growing infl uence of a secretive foreign movement in our public education system”) reveals this sampling of contributions to Casey from known Gulenists:
• Omer Alici of Ceren Delivery in Bethlehem — $4,000
• Ugar Akyildiz of Bethlehem — $1,000
• Metin Bor of the West Penn Cultural Center in Pittsburgh — $1,300
• Suleyman Eris of the Lehigh Dialogue Center in Bethlehem — $2,350
• Murat M. Guzel of Nimeks, Inc. in Bethlehem — $2,500
• Remzlye Isikgov of the Brooklyn Amity School in Brooklyn, New York — $2,400
• Sukru Kilic of Information Technology Services in Cherry Hill, New Jersey — $3,500
• Furkan Kosar of the Turkish American Association in West Paterson, New Jersey — $700
• Mahmut Muncusunluar of the Nile Foundation in Winter Park, Florida — $1,500
• Yasemin Peker of the Nile Foundation of Orlando, Florida — $1,000
• Ahmet Sarac of the Genesys Corporation in Saylorsburg, PA — $4,500
In addition, Casey has received regular infusions of cash for his political campaigns from the Turkish American Heritage Political Action Committee (Turkish PAC), a lobbyist group controlled by Gulen and his henchmen.
The Pennsylvania Senator has been an honored guest at Turkish PAC gatherings.
Calls from the Independent Gazette to Casey’s headquarters regarding his involvement with the radical Muslim movement went unanswered.
The Independent Gazette also sent a note to Casey, requesting him to answer the following questions:
1. Why are you receiving contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations affiliated with the Gulen movement?
2. Why would the Nile Foundation of Florida provide ongoing support for your political campaigns?
3. What accounts for the contributions to your campaign committee from the Brooklyn Amity School?
4. Have your trips to Turkey been financed by the Turkish American Heritage Political Action Committee or other Turkish PACs?
5. How much do you receive in contributions from such PACs?
6. Are you aware that Mr. Gulen espouses the creation of a New Islamic World Order?
7. Were you ever a guest at Gulen’s mountain fortress in Saylorsburg, PA?
The questions, at this writing, remain unanswered.
Casey is not the lone political recipient of largesse from the Gulen movement. Bill and Hillary Clinton, former Republican congressman Robert Livingston and Democratic senator Richard Gephardt, along with Republican strategist and former White House senior advisor Karl Rove and former Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert, have all pocketed millions from Gulen’s political action groups.
Other Washington politicos who have been on the take from Gulen include U.S. senators Mark Warner, Richard Lugar, Frank Lautenberg, Jeff Bingaman, Roger Wicker, Kay Hagen, and Kristen Gillibrand and over 49 members of the House of Representatives, most notably Jean Schmidt (R-OH), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Dan Burton (R-IN), Tom Lantos (D-CA), Bob Livingston (R-LA), Stephen Solarz (D-NY), and Matthew Cartwright (D-PA), who represents the Seventeenth Congressional district (a vast swath of Northeastern Pennsylvania, including Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Easton).
Topping the list of politicos who have squirreled away a fortune in cash from the Hocaefendi (or “supreme leader,” as Gulen is called by his followers) is Marc Grossman, the former U.S. ambassador to Turkey. Grossman appeared in federal court to endorse Fethullah Gulen’s application for permanent residency in the United States — an application that was opposed by the Department of Homeland Security. The former ambassador reportedly receives a yearly stipend of $1.2 million from Ihlas Holding, a Gulen company.
The imam’s application was approved.