Here’s one of the more bizarre conspiracy theories you’ll ever hear. Apparently some prominent people in Turkey are convinced that the United States is using telepathy to control their minds and make them say things that will get them in trouble. This is evidently not a joke.
The most recent proponent is Salih Izzet Erdis, a militant Islamist who was once sentenced to death for leading a terrorist organization called the Great Eastern Islamic Raiders Front and trying to overthrow the government. A Turkish court gave him a retrial earlier this year and released him, citing new witnesses and evidence.
Erdis appeared in public last week after a closed-door meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and reiterated his long-held claims that outside powers were trying to control his mind and make him do evil things. “While I am speaking you today, they are trying to wield influence on me through the ‘telegram method,’” he told an audience of thousands of people in a conference hall in Istanbul. “As you know, this means mind control.”Erdis doesn’t speak to the media, but he’s written several books on telepathy as a form of political control, and his lawyer, Hasan Olcer, supports his client’s claims. “This has been going on for 13 years now,” Olcer says. “I saw it: He is forced or manipulated to say bad things that could implicate him [in crimes].”
It is not clear what Erdis and Erdogan talked about before he appeared on stage. But the president is familiar with mind control. The pro-government papers these days are full of stories making similar claims as Erdis. And last year, Yigit Bulut, a newscaster at a pro-government channel, said foreign governments were trying to kill Erdogan using the power of telepathy. A few weeks after his comments, Bulut landed a job as Erdogan’s chief economic adviser.
Well okey dokey. Interesting that this mind-control couldn’t keep him from exposing the fact that his mind is controlled.