Advertisements and invitations were issued to find plaintiffs in the BAV case.
Immediately after the 12 November, 1999, operation against the BAV community, a number of high-ranking Security Department officials issued statements to the newspapers that they were looking for plaintiffs and whistle-blowers. On the first day of the operation the then head of the Istanbul Security Department held a press conference at which he said: “These people are a criminal gang. Let their victims make formal complaints. We will keep their identities secret.” This call was published by many newspapers under banner headlines, and this was how the search for plaintiffs was conducted. Such an invitation of course represented an unmissable opportunity for anyone harbouring resentment against the BAV. It was also a sign that the operation was conducted in the absence of any crime, following the logic of “LET’S CARRY OUT THE OPERATION FIRST, AND THEN FIND A CRIMINAL OFFENCE.” This is one of the techniques of psychological warfare.
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