Furkan Dogan was U.S., not dual American-Turkish, citizen

By Wayne Madsen

Funeral of Furkan Dogan

June 14-15, 2010 — ISTANBUL (Last Dispatch) —There is a reason why the Obama White House supports an Israeli-run internal investigation of the massacre of international aid workers on the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara in international waters.

The White House has said that an Israeli investigation of the deadly Israeli commando assault on the vessel will be led by by retired Israeli Supreme Court judge Yaacov Tirkel and that the only international participation will include two non-voting observers, former Northern Ireland first minister David Trimble and Canadian judge Ken Watkin.

Israel and the Israeli-dominated media in the United States have been exposed in carrying out a dastardly disinformation campaign concerning one of the Mavi Marmara passengers killed in the attack on Turkish aid ship, which was part of a flotilla bound not for Gaza but for Egypt. After setting sail from Antalya, Turkey, the Mavi Marmara was supposedly instructed to change course for Gaza. The Turkish government and the MIT intelligence service subsequently discovered that Israel’s Mossad had placed an agent within the Mavi Marmara ranks of the main Turkish organizer of the aid flotilla, the Humanitarian Relief Organization, or IHH.

Earlier, the Turkish government told IHH organizers that their flotilla would be intercepted by Israel based on intelligence coming from Turkish assets inside Israel. The Mavi Marmara and the other ships apparently decided to heed the Turkish government’s advice and off-load its humanitarian supplies for Gaza in Egypt. However, because the flotilla was intercepted by Israeli commandos in international waters, it is not known whether the ship’s were bound for Egypt or Gaza. The IHH also owns the Mavi Marmara.

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What is known is that 19-year od Furkan Dogan, described by many pro-Israeli U.S. and international media sources as a “dual U.S.-Turkish” citizen, was not. Dogan was a U.S. citizen, born in Troy, New York while his father was obtaining his MBA in accounting from Renselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dogan carried a U.S. passport and a Turkish permanent resident blue card.

The U.S. embassy only phoned Dogan’s parents to offer condolences after the Turkish media announced that one of the nine dead passengers was a U.S. passport holder. The other eight were all Turkish citizens. Israeli authorities never notified either the Turkish government or the U.S. government through their respective embassies in Tel Aviv about Dogan’s nationality. Dogan’s father only found out about his son’s death when he traveled to Istanbul to welcome his son’s return and then was told that he should go the Istanbul’s morgue instead.

Neither the U.S. embassy in Ankara or the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul sent a representative to witness the Istanbul coroner’s autopsy on Dogan’s body, an autopsy that showed that Dogan was shot five times, including twice in the head, once in the chest, and twice in the lower legs from a distance of 45 centimeters. The coroner also reported that Dogan appeared to have been shot after he was actually dead.

The FBI and Department of Justice maintain personnel at the U.S. embassies in Ankara and Tel Aviv to interface with local authorities when U.S. citizens die abroad. While such assistance has been rendered for other U.S. citizens killed abroad by terrorists, it was not done in Dogan’s case when the terrorists were Israeli commandos. There is no indication that the U.S. diplomatic missions in Ankara or Istanbul requested the help of the U.S. Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany to witness the autopsy of Dogan in Istanbul.

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In addition, Dogan, as with many other Americans on board the aid flotilla, has been subjected to a vicious attack by Israeli and foreign Jewish media interests. Reports have been planted in Turkish and foreign media that Dogan was a jihadist sympathizer who wanted to be a martyr. In fact, Dogan was preparing to enter college for a pre-med program and, as an avid basketball player, was interested in a possible future career with the National Basketball Association in the United States. Dogan responded to a billboard advertising the flotilla in his home town in Turkey and applied to join on the IHH website. Dogan was not political and was not involved in any extremist causes.

The Obama administration appears to be more interested in covering up for its lack of interest in the fact that an American citizen was killed in cold blood by the Israelis and even, according to the coroner, was shot after he was dead. The White House has defrayed totally to Israel. The question must also be asked whether White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who is a dual citizen of Israel and the United States, knew from his Israeli sources about Dogan’s citizenship. Emanuel was in Israel for his son’s bar mitzvah while Furkan Dogan was in a morgue at the Israeli naval base at Ashdod. Emanuel has shown his true colors as someone who places Israel’s propaganda interests ahead of those of a grieving Turkish father who is mourning the loss of his son at the hands of brutal Israeli commandos.

Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. He has written for several renowned papers and blogs.

Madsen is a regular contributor on Russia Today. He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. Madsen has taken on Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity on their television shows.  He has been invited to testifty as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. Now Madsen is also contributing to www.oly.com.pk .

As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. He subsequently worked for the National Security Agency, the Naval Data Automation Command, Department of State, RCA Corporation, and Computer Sciences Corporation.

Madsen is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Association for Intelligence Officers (AFIO), and the National Press Club.