The school is part of the charter school network of Fethullah Gulen, a powerful Turkish Islamist who resides in Pennsylvania.
The Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School, part of the Gulen network, which was raided by the FBI. (Photo: Google Maps)
The FBI raided a Turkish-run charter school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana yesterday. No information has been given to the public except that there is no threat to public safety. The school is part of the network of Fethullah Gulen, a powerful Turkish Islamist residing in Pennsylvania.
The search took place at Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School, which had been under investigation since 2011 due to evidence of violations at another Gulen school in the state. Both Gulen-linked schools are part of the Pelican Educational Foundation.
The other school is the Abramson Science and Technology Center. Its charter was revoked by the state after an investigation found multiple disturbing incidents, including sexual abuses including an accusation of rape.
“We cannot afford to have a charter school operator in Louisiana that is putting our kids in a potentially unsafe and unstable learning environment,” said Ollie Tyler, the Acting State Superintendent of Education.
Inci Akpinar, a business associate of the Abramson Center even tried to bribe an official of the Louisiana Department of Education after the probe started.
“I have $25,000 to fix this problem: $20,000 for you and $5,000 for me,” the official recalled being told.
The findings at the Abramson Center led to an investigation of the Kenilworth School.
Kenilworth was accused of misconduct in two lawsuits, one by a parent and the other by two terminated teachers. The parent stated that her child urinated on herself after she was repeatedly denied permission to go to the bathroom. The teachers argue that they were fired because of discrimination.
Gulen is ranked as the most influential Muslim in the U.S. and the 11th most influential Muslim in the world. He fled to the U.S. in 1998 after the Turkish government charged him with trying to overthrow its secularism.
He has erected a parallel state in Turkey and was instrumental in enabling the Islamist takeover of the country. Gulen has since had a falling out with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan. Leaked documents show Erdogan’s government planned to act against Gulen’s network in Turkey.
Glen resides in a 28-acre compound in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania and has a reported net worth of $25 billion. He set up his first charter school in the U.S. in 1999 and now has 135 of them, making it the largest charter school network in the country.
Sharon Higgins, a researcher who closely follows the Gulen network, wrote a thoroughly referenced article about the network in the Washington Post in March 2012. The article states that “the United States is the only country where the Gulen Movement has been able to establish schools which are fully funded with public money.”
Philly.com spoke with Ruth Hocker, the former president of the parents' group at the Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School in State College because of her experience with a Gulen school. Hocker’s statements substantiate the accusations of discrimination in staffing.
Hocker said that she learned that unqualified Turkish teachers were replacing the well-qualified American teachers that were originally hired. When questioned, the Gulen school officials claimed that the Turks were more qualified even though some of them weren’t even fluent in English.
The FBI is investigating whether the schools have a kickback scheme to fund the Gulen movement as a whole. The Abramson Center is known to have sponsored teachers’ trips to Turkey, where they were given literature about the Gulen movement. However, no proof has surfaced of the curriculum indoctrinating students with his ideological teachings.
Gulen preaches the doctrine of gradualism, an incremental and non-violent approach towards implementing Sharia (Islamic) law. In 1999, Turkish television showed a private speech he gave to supporters outlining this strategy towards changing the secular identity of Turkey. He preached:
“You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers … If they [Muslim allies] do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads … 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.”
He emphasized that his listeners must not share what he has told them:
“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.”
Gulen’s network was the subject of a 60 Minutes investigation in May 2012. Reporter Leslie Stahl was mostly favorable to Gulen but conceded that his group “does lack transparency — its funding, hierarchy and ambitions remain hidden — leading our State Department to wonder in cables between Ankara and Washington if Gulen has an ‘insidious political agenda.’”
The problem goes well beyond Gulen. The Islamist Turkish government is building a $100 million mega-mosque in Maryland and is reaching out to Native American tribes. While the British government plans to officially classifying “Islamist extremism” as an ideology, it continues to spread in the U.S.
www.clarionproject.org/media.radicalislam.org/files/11-2012/85x109x..."/>Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on top-tier TV stations as an expert on counterterrorism and Islamic extremism.
All mooslimes are demon possessed terrorist.
When the Hell is the American People going to wake up to the Danger they bring into Our Country. This has to be stopped as this scumbag is out to teach our children the wrong things about this world and Our Country. He has NO Business owning ANY Schools in America . There are enough threats in America as it is and we do not need these schools or the Turkish Teacher teaching in America . WAKE UP AMERICANS !
Twanna, your last statement is soooooo on target!!!!!!!!!!
The People in OKC better wake the Hell up Now before it is to late Twana. I can not believe the American People are so blind and dumb to what is going on. They better pull their kids out of those schools now. Just can't believe the people are this stupid in America to let this happen. God Help us when all Hell breaks open in America because of the stupidity of the American People.
Until we are allowed to see the full details of this raid I find nothing but mild interest. I do not trust our Government to conduct a raid for the reasons an American Patriot ought. The teaching of Islam in my estimation is anti-American-- and foments terrorism. And I fear our Government is perfectly fine with enemies --even within the White House. There seems No safe way for any to teach the overthrow of our Society But our Government --led by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Communist Barack Hussein Obama seems intent upon a Muslim America and this raid seen as nothing more than the age old struggle inIslam between Shia and Sunni.
This is what kills me about all of this. We allow people to come into our nation, set up their own cultural centers, communities and schools and then coddle them to the point of suffocating the freedoms and heritage that supposedly attracted them (whether for positive or negative intentions) in the firsts place.
People, we all know what corruptions is. We don't support it, but yes, we have it rooted in our politicians and in may professions across our nation. But for these people, it is a way of life. Here in Afghanistan, the locals that work for me, though they are learning, use deception, corruption, bribery and flat out lying as a part of every day life. Ask anyone who knows... I am not making that up. This has become a means of survival for them since the Spice and Lapiz caravans crossed the sands to Egypt, thousands of years ago. So, that we find it rooted in any business that a foreigner from these parts of the world starts, within our borders... and are somehow surprised? either makes us the most ignorant culture in the world (and that goes for Europe and Canada too) or, it means we are in a coma of tolerance.
Whatever happened to this thought? When you immigrate to the US, we welcome you... we assist you to show that we are not bigots nor villains, so that you may contribute to society and enjoy the freedoms that brought you here in the first place. But most of all, we will be watching you, with prudent scrutiny. You can call it profiling... but guess what? The burden of proof is upon you. Our laws and most importantly, the Constitution, were instilled to protect our people, not to alienate them so others could deprive us of live, liberty and happiness. So, if one can not accept that, the I suggest they seek life elsewhere. These actions will only carryon for so long. The flame of tolerance only holds so much oil. And I for one, tell all my "friends" from this part of the world who immigrate to the US, should they step outside the box of acceptable behavior and make a fool out of me for having vouched for their visa process... I will use that torch, to beat them back to hole they came from.
IF THEY ARE THE RELIGION OF PEACE WHAT DOZE THE RELIGION OF EVIL LOOK LIKE ( I DON'T WANT TO BE AROUND TO MEET THEM ) DO YOU ????
Remember how proud Ob was about these schools. Should have known back then. I removed mine and Home School, but a warning that I was given by a Police Chief in OK. He said that they were aware that there was a warning, that the children in the schools would be a way that they would do great harm to America. To go after our children. In any way, I would presume. Scared me out of school 4 years ago.
These Muslims/Islamists must be evicted from America - our Constitution and our religious (Judeo-Christian) heritage and founding is being attacked daily by these women-hating, American-hating, Jew-hating, freedom-hating barbarians. They've got to go.
And everyone who feels sorry for them can join the exodus !!!