Moderate Turkish Islamist Regime Encouraging Citizens to Spy on Each Other


U.S. President Obama shakes hands with Turkey's PM Erdogan after a bilateral meeting in Seoul

Turkey’s Islamist government is really showing that it’s ready to be part of the EU. It’s even building up a domestic informers network in a quixotic bid to recapture the glory days of East Germany.

Last week, police announced plans to install neighborhood informant boxes in cities across Turkey. Dubbed the Confidential Police Notice Point Project, the move will allow residents to submit anonymous written and oral tips on their neighbors. Picture a small black box on the corner where neighbors drop in slips of paper incriminating one another for offenses like banging pots and pans in support of the Gezi Park protesters (a nightly show of solidarity in many urban areas in the weeks following the countrywide protests).

“It’s a crime to disturb neighbors,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reportedly said in July, urging the public to turn in dissenters. “I’m telling you that such acts require punishment.”

The informant boxes follow a government decision to replace private security workers with state police at all state-run universities, the better to keep an eye on protest-prone college students. Meanwhile, anti-government protests that started back in May continued this past weekend.

You can see why so many American and European leaders keep describing Turkey as a model for Islamist democracy. It’s such a shame that the Egyptian military reacted faster than the Turkish military and overthrew Morsi before he could put up his own black boxes.

  • Gee

    If the Turks are smart they would inform on all Erdogan supporters. Giving the Turkish Secret Police so much information that they would be totally overwhelmed.

    Imagine turning in State Police members as reported double agents. Think how much fun would that be.

  • Veracious_one

    Obama uses the NSA and IRS to get the low down on American citizens….

  • PAthena

    Erdogan will have to eliminate all references and pictures of Mustafa Kemal – Ataturk – who knew of and tried to curb the power of Mohammedan fanatics like Erdogan.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “It’s a crime to disturb neighbors,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reportedly said in July, urging the public to turn in dissenters. “I’m telling you that such acts require punishment.”

    So, he’s eliminating the public call to prayer? Great.