Eğitim Sen: MIT is targeting children

Turkish Intelligence Agency asked children to write letters and draw pictures with the words "intelligence" and "secret agent".

On the occasion of 23 April (Turkish Children's day), the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) asked children to write the words "security", "intelligence" and "secret agent" on paper with pictures or letters. In the announcement on MIT's website, children between the ages of 5 and 14 were "invited" to use their imagination. Children were asked to draw pictures or write letters using the words "security", "intelligence" and "secret agent", which define the field of duty of MIT. Families were asked to send pictures or letters prepared by their children to the MIT address by e-mail.

Making a statement on the issue, the Education and Science Workers' Union (Eğitim Sen), affiliated with the Confederation of Public Employees' Unions (KESK), protested, stating that institutions such as Diyanet and MIT had gone beyond their scope of duty with such requests.

The trade union said in a statement that "such concepts are not compatible with children's reality, and such activities are not the duty of MIT. Has MIT asked the Ministry of National Education about organizing such an event? If not, this is a problem. If it asked and the Ministry of Education gave permission, this would be a much bigger problem."