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The Susurluk car crash, the event which lead to the coining of the phrase "deep state".
An important year in the exposure of the deep state, both in US and especially in Turkey.

1996 was an important year in the exposure of the deep state. In USA, Gary Webb was the first person to establish just how effective the WWW would be in circumventing the deep state controled commercially-controlled media. In Turkey the Susurluk car crash clearly confirmed a lot of people's suspicions about a high level nexus of government and criminal leaders, and gave a word to describe this: the 'deep state'.

Dark alliance

Full article: Stub class article Dark Alliance

In 1996 USA journalist Gary Webb published Dark Alliance, a series of articles which clearly detailed CIA involvement in the illegal drug trade. More importantly still, it proved the effectiveness of the emerging World Wide Web as a means of circumventing traditional commercially-controlled media. By posting a lot of evidence online, he had answers to those critics who attempted to discredit him. Having checked the details, his newspaper initially stood by him, before caving to pressure from the establishment, which initially ignored the expose, then said they were old news.

Other Internet activism


The vintage leak site, Cryptome (an inspiration for Wikispooks[1]) was set up in 1996. Over 20 years on, it remains extremely useful.

Susurluk car crash

Full article: Susurluk car crash
Susurluck other angle.jpg

On 3 November 1996, an assassination was carried out by means of a car crash in Susurluk, Turkey. Three passengers were killed: Abdullah Çatlı (a drug trafficking assassin), his girlfriend (a beauty queen) & Huseyin Kocadağ (a former Istanbul Deputy police Chief), while the 4th passenger, Sedat Bucak MP, was injured. What is more, Çatlı was found carrying not only guns, a gun license, drugs, cash, a fake passport and apparently genuine diplomatic credentials issued by the Turkish government.

This proved too much for the deep state to conceal, and "for weeks on end the press and the TV channels were dominated by the scandal and the newest revelations of the corrupt 'Susurluk state'. Nearly 100,000 workers marched in protest in the Turkish capital demanding the truth about the stay-behind soldiers while people on the streets in opinion polls expressed their belief that the Turkish judicial system was not working properly and that the government was corrupt, declaring that they were sick and tired of all the violence and secret operations."[2] This top level corruption network was termed "'Derin devlet" in Turkish which translates into English as the "deep state".  


The Troubles
Al-Yamamah arms deal
Dunblane school massacre
1996 Croatia USAF CT-43 crash
TWA Flight 800
Susurluk car crash

New Groups

Neocon EuropeGroup.png1996 - PresentThink tank
Loyalist Volunteer ForceGroup.png1996 - Present
Palestinian Media WatchPalestinian Media Watch.jpg1996 - PresentNGO
Frontiers of FreedomGroup.png1996 - PresentThink tank
International Institute for Counter-TerrorismInternational Institute for Counter-Terrorism.png1996 - Present
Democracy Now!Democracy Now!.png1996 - Present
S. Rajaratnam School of International StudiesGroup.png1996 - PresentPublic
StratforStratfor.jpg1996 - Present
Terrorism Research CenterTRCLogo.jpg1996 - Present
New Local Government NetworkGroup.png1996 - PresentThink tank

New Websites

CryptomeCryptome.png1996 - Presenthttp://cryptome.org/Cryptome is the grand-daddy of anti-authoritarian whistleblower, leak, publish-and-be-damned sites. It was a major source of both content and inspiration when setting up the WikiSpooks site. It is highly recommended when researching anything concerning WikiSpooks articles.
Serendipity.liSerendipity.jpgApril 1996 - Presenthttp://serendipity.liA lot of information from Peter Meyer on a range of topics (9/11 to Ganesh Baba the psychedelic swami) plus selected writings of other authors. For sale on a CD.
ThiemeworksThiemeworksLogo.png19 June 1996 - Presenthttp://www.thiemeworks.com/The website of Richard Thieme



  1. WikiSpooks:Acknowledgments
  2. 2005, Daniele Ganser, 'NATO's Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe', pp. 89-90.