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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 a very important year in the exposure of the deep state. 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 phrase to describe this: the "deep state", which was popularised in US over 20 years later.

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. The US establishment first ignored his revelations, then when public pressure was mounting for a response, dismissed them with the claim that they contained nothing new.

Stratesec, a security company with connections to the Bush Family acquired an $8.3 million contract to help provide security at the World Trade Center.[1]

Exposure of CIA Drug Trafficking

Full article: CIA/Drug trafficking/Exposure
The pioneering series from Gary Webb

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[2]) was set up in 1996. Over 20 years on, it remains extremely useful.

Susurluk car crash

Full article: Susurluk car crash
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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 guns, drugs, cash, a fake passport and apparently genuine diplomatic credentials issued by the Turkish government, facts which exceeded the deep state could not conceal. "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."[3] This top level corruption network was termed "'Derin devlet" in Turkish which translates into English as the "deep state".

Related Plane Crashes?

Full articles: 1996 Croatia USAF CT-43 crash, TWA Flight 800

On April 3, US Commerce Secretary, Ron Brown, was killed on a trade mission to Bosnia. On July 17, TWA Flight 800 exploded about 30 minutes out of New York. Among the 230 people on board was Mohammed Samir Ferrat, a business deal of whose Ron Brown had witnessed on a trade mission to the Ivory Coast in February.[4] Ferrat is also rumoured to have been invited to accompany Brown on his ill fated trip to Bosnia, but who withdrew at the last minute.[5]



The Troubles1966 - 1998
Al-Yamamah arms dealSeptember 1985 - August 2006
Operation Mass Appeal1990 - 2003
Dunblane school massacre13 March 1996 09:35:00 - 13 March 1996 09:40:00
1996 Croatia USAF CT-43 crash3 April 1996
Bilderberg/199630 May 1996 - 2 June 1996
TWA Flight 80017 July 1996
Le Cercle/1996 (Amman)October 1996
Susurluk car crash3 November 1996

New Groups

International Commission on Missing PersonsIcmp.svg1996 - PresentIGO
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
James Randi Educational FoundationGroup.png1996 - Present
Terrorism Research CenterTRCLogo.jpg1996 - Present
New Local Government NetworkGroup.png1996 - PresentThink tank
Neocon EuropeGroup.png1996 - PresentThink tank
Loyalist Volunteer ForceGroup.png1996 - Present
Palestinian Media WatchPalestinian Media Watch.jpg1996 - PresentNGO
Frontiers of FreedomGroup.png1996 - PresentThink tank
Office for National StatisticsGroup.png1 April 1996 - Present

New Websites

Ask.comAsk.png1996 - Presenthttps://ask.com
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