Is it really in America's national security interests to have thousands of Turkish contractors and their families flooding into America's heartland and settling in semi-autonomous zones out of the reach of American authorities?
Islamists. If they can't get in the front door, they'll try the back door. If they can't get through the back door, they'll try the kitchen window, the doggie door or the chimney.
AINA has the strange and troubling story of Turkey's infiltration of Native American tribes where they can get access to semi-autonomous territories at low cost. Turkey is ruled by AKP Islamists who are linked to all sorts of Islamic terrorist groups from Al Qaeda to Hamas.
The bill was the culmination of a curious multi-year effort by Turkey to ingratiate itself with Native American tribes: tribal students now study in Turkey with full scholarships; Turkish high officials regularly appear at Native American economic summits; and dozens of tribal leaders have gone to Turkey on lavish all-expense paid trips.
Is it really in America's national security interests to have thousands of Turkish contractors and their families flooding into America's heartland and settling in semi-autonomous zones out of the reach of American authorities? Especially if their intent is to form intimate business and social ties with a long-aggrieved minority group?
In the original version of H.R. 2362, the stated purpose was to "encourage increased levels of commerce and economic investment [with Native American tribes] by private entities incorporated in or emanating from the Republic of Turkey." It allowed for select Native American tribes to lease land held in trust by the United States for "a project or activity … in furtherance of a commercial partnership involving one or more private entities incorporated in or emanating from the Republic of Turkey."
The bill, in both its forms, severely limits federal oversight of the investment projects, and does not even require the Department of the Interior to approve the leases. The term of the leases could stretch 75 years, effectively tying the hands of future Administrations.
Islamists see American minorities, whether Blacks, Latinos or Indians, as weak links who can be exploited as fifth columns. They're not alone in that assessment.
Imperial Japan fantasized about an African America army acting as a fifth column to help the Emperor conquer America. That fantasy never came to pass, but the Japanese missions did invent sizable amounts of money into transporting black leaders to Japan.
The Islamists have already gotten a man in the White House who was elected on the strength of his minority identity, and who has served the interests, not of the black community, but that of the Islamist agenda.
The Native American angle isn't Turkey's only angle, but it's one of them, and they have invested some serious prestige into pushing it.
In November 2010, the TCA organized and led the first Native American Business Cooperation Trip to Turkey, attracting 20 leaders from 17 Native American tribes. The tribal leaders met with Turkish high officials, including Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. "The meeting in Turkey marked the tribal leaders' first significant overseas trade meeting," reported the Associated Press.
In March 2011, the TCA engineered the appearance of the Turkish Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade at the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) and American Indian Business Trade Fair in Las Vegas. The Turkish Minister was the "first foreign government official to ever deliver remarks" in the event's history.
In February 2012, the Turkish Deputy Economy Minister and the Turkish Ambassador to Washington joined the TCA at the RES.
And does this come with attempts to implant Islam into Native American tribes? You might as well ask whether a Muslim bear uses his lota in the woods.