The main purpose of the Turkish states established throughout history is; Our aim is to establish the welfare of the people of the country in every sense within a fair and tolerant framework. One of the applications used for this purpose is intelligence activities. Intelligence units, which have become institutionalized over time, have become one of the most important organizations of the state mechanism.

Pre-Islamic Turkish Intelligence

In Old Turkish, the words “çaşut” were used for spy and “çaşutlama” was used for denunciation. In Göktürk inscriptions, terms such as sabçı, mavi, tıl and tıgrak are used for messengers and spies. Göktürks also used merchants to observe the movements of the Chinese, Byzantines and Sassanids in their struggle for dominance on the Silk Road.

Although there is no detailed information regarding direct intelligence activities regarding the states established by the pre-Islamic Turks, it is clear that these states had a solid intelligence network. Because, in a sense, a strong state means strong intelligence. For example, Attila, the ruler of the European Hun State, learned about the assassination planned against him by the Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius II through his intelligence activities and managed to survive.

Intelligence Activities in Seljuk Turks

Intelligence activities in the Turkish states established after the adoption of Islam were carried out through the Berid Organization. Although the Berid organization was basically an organization that regulated postal affairs, it also served as an intelligence department.

In Turkish history, works that have the nature of political science and contain rules and recommendations regarding state life have been written. In Kutadgu Bilig, written by Yusuf Has Hacib, and in Siyasetname, written by the Great Seljuk vizier Nizamülmülk, intelligence activities are shown among the qualities that the ruler must have.

Intelligence Organization in the Ottoman Empire

Intelligence information in the Ottoman Empire; It was based on four main elements: voluntary espionage, Ulufeli (paid) espionage, Language Learning method, and news from merchants and travelers. Although intelligence organizations were established during the reigns of Sultan Abdulmecid and later Sultan Abdulaziz, no successful results were achieved. Sultan Abdulhamid evaluated the necessity of a strong intelligence organization as a result of internal and external events and established the Yıldız Intelligence Organization. However, after he was dethroned, this organization was closed on July 29, 1908.

XIX. At the end of the century, the intensification of separatist movements against the Ottoman Empire and the expansion of rebellions increased intelligence efforts.

After the bad results of the Balkan War, it was better understood that a strong intelligence organization was needed for a state like the Ottoman Empire, which ruled over three continents and governed nations of different races and beliefs. An intelligence agency called “Teşkilâtı Mahsûsa” or “Umûru Şarkiye Department” was established by Enver Pasha in order to ensure the protection of the political unity of the Ottoman Empire and to prevent separatist movements. Teşkilâtı Mahsusa, which operated between 1913 and 1918, accomplished important works in this short period of time.

National Intelligence Agency

The National Intelligence Organization, the official intelligence organization of today’s Turkish state, performs a much more difficult task than other foreign intelligence agencies, especially the FBI and CIA, which are one of the most organized organizations in the world, especially due to its geographical location. The biggest supporter of this institution, which tries to function in a country that is at the very center of a troubled geography and the target of almost all known terrorist organizations and global powers, should undoubtedly be Turkey, with all its official and civilian institutions.

MİT, which has achieved significant success both at home and abroad, especially in recent years, attracts the attention of the whole world.

Operational Capacity Increased Abroad

With its cross-border operations, MİT has neutralized many terrorists from the PKK/KCK leadership and destroyed the critical infrastructure facilities of the organization. In addition, within the framework of the operational capabilities gained, many members of the organization were captured abroad and brought to our country.

In the fight against FETO, he exposed the organization’s secret communication methods, secret structures, activities abroad and black propaganda attempts to wear down our country, and brought more than 100 members of the organization from different countries to Turkey.



Agent Networks Dismantled

Israel, the killer who recently murdered thousands of children, stated in a statement that it would target Hamas members living outside Palestine, including Turkey. Turkish intelligence gave the necessary warnings to Israel and stated that an attitude in the opposite direction would have serious consequences, so Israel had to close the issue.

MİT, with its work in the field of countering intelligence, has exposed many attempts targeting our country and collapsed agent networks. Moreover, especially in the recent period, it has reached the level of meeting its technological needs with its own unique possibilities.

The Whole Country Should Stand by MIT

Fighting terrorism is not only the duty of the unsung heroes of MIT or other security forces. Fighting terrorism is the duty of every individual and every institution living in this country. While our security forces are fighting bloodthirsty terrorists, we need to be in this fight together with our politicians, academics, media and non-governmental organizations and make all our efforts against those who encourage terrorism and try to darken the future of our country.

Association for Combating Unfounded Genocide Claims (ASIMED)

President Savaş Eğilmez

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