The Turkish National Intelligence Organization (Milli İstihbarat Teşkilatı, MİT) has been around since 1965, but has done a surprisingly effective job of flying below the radar. The organization, originally founded and operated by the military, is now made up of mostly civil employees.
In recent months, MIT has moved into the mainstream with an effort to take over the telecommunications authority after bugs were discovered in the prime ministers office. Law enforcement is not thrilled with the idea, but looks unlikely to stop the initiative.
A recent investigation into MIT’s involvement with PKK, the Kurdish Workers Party, has stirred strident resolve among current and past MIT leadership. They have not appeared in court to testify as ordered. And since this began, several lawmakers have sought to limit the courts’ ability to investigate MIT.
And the execution-style murders of three PKK militant leaders in Paris has the MIT playing the role of international investigators. The three women killed were in leadership positions within the outlawed PKK. Their murders does not help the MIT’s initiative to negotiate with PKK leaders, which is just underway.