American experts on Wednesday warned of the threat posed by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) in the country,Anadolu Agency reports.
"I believe that the Gulen movement in the U.S. presents a unique and unusual security threat," said Mark Hall, producer, screenwriter and director of the documentary "Killing Ed", which probed the financial practices of FETO-linked charter schools in the U.S.
Speaking at the panel "July 15 Coup attempt: Two Years Later" organized by the Global Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., Hall said FETO threatens the U.S. mainly by bringing in unqualified employees from other countries, especially from Turkey, as well as through money laundering and forgery of documents, deceiving local and federal authorities.
He noted that the terror group has also been financing major public relations firms for ages to convince American society that they are compatible with democratic, moderate American values. But a closer investigation reveals exactly the opposite.
"The Gulen movement has financed over a 19-year period a huge PR movement to provide a story about who they are. But when you look more closely, it is not a group that is democratic or that has the U.S.’ best interests in mind," Hall said.
Emphasizing that FETO's U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen needs to be extradited to Turkey, he added that the U.S. government should also pay attention to the immigration issues related to FETO-linked charter schools.
"The schools should be removed from receiving tax dollars," he said.