To the editor:

A Nov. 10, Newsweek article ( by Jack Moore reveals that retired Lt. General Michael T. Flynn, an adviser to the incoming Trump administration, has recommended that Turkish Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen be extradited.

The Turkish government has asked the Obama administration to extradite Gulen more than once. Gulen operates a worldwide empire from his expansive compound in Saylorsburg, Pa.

International politics is above the pay grade of this post; however, the question arises as to what will happen to the vast business enterprises, including the 150 or so charter schools and their management organizations and allied companies.

Will the Gulen worldwide political/religious/economic empire, part of which is within the territory of the U.S., continue operation if Gulen is returned to Turkey to face charges of masterminding the July 15, 2016 military coup attempt? Will another Gulenist rise up to continue this vast Gulen movement in the U.S.?

Just wondering...are State Board of Education officials, state legislators and Gulen charter school sponsors tuned into the possibility of Gulen being extradited?

William Phillis
Ohio E&A