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Germany’s Ongoing Nazi Cover-Up

[1]COMMENT: It comes as less than a shock [2] to learn that German intelligence has destroyed a sensitive file on a neo-Nazi terror group [3] that had eluded capture for many years, despite the commission of many serious crimes, including bank robbery and the murder of a policewoman. (Tip of the hat to R. Wilson on this story.)

Evolved from personnel and institutions [4] inextricably linked with the Third Reich [5], the postwar German government has a history of being “less than vigorous” in investigations of criminality involving “neo” Nazis [6].

Note that the files were destroyed immediately before they were to be turned over to prosecutors! Previously, it had been reported that German domestic intelligence may have helped to fund the group.

“Nobody here but us chickens!”

It is against this background that we examined the acknowledgement of Nazi participation [7] in the Olympics Massacre of 1972. Who provided the  false passports obtained by the Nazi element for the Palestinian killers? 

“Ger­man Secret Ser­vice Destroys Files on neo-Nazi Ter­ror­ist Gang the National Social­ist Underground: Vital Infor­ma­tion Was Shred­ded on the Day It Was Due to Be Handed to Fed­eral Prosecutors” by Tony Patterson; The Independent [UK]; 6/29/2012. [8]

EXCERPT: Germany’s equiv­a­lent of MI5 has found itself at the cen­tre of a deep­en­ing intel­li­gence ser­vice scan­dal after it was con­firmed yes­ter­day that its agents had destroyed files con­tain­ing vital infor­ma­tion about a neo-Nazi ter­ror­ist gang hours before the mate­r­ial was due to be handed to fed­eral prosecutors.

The case con­cerns the National Social­ist Under­ground, a neo-Nazi group respon­si­ble for Germany’s worst acts of far-right vio­lence since the Sec­ond World War. Its mem­bers mur­dered a police­woman, shot dead nine immi­grants, mounted two bomb attacks and robbed 14 banks to finance their operations.

Police dis­cov­ered the bod­ies of the gang’s two ring­lead­ers, Uwe Mund­los and Uwe Böhn­hardt, in a burned-out car­a­van in east­ern Ger­many last Novem­ber. Inves­ti­ga­tors estab­lished that they had com­mit­ted sui­cide after rob­bing a bank. A third mem­ber of the gang, Beate Zschäpe, was caught and arrested. She is still being questioned.

Details of the scan­dal were leaked to the Ger­man news agency DPA yes­ter­day, prompt­ing Ger­man Inte­rior Min­istry offi­cials to admit that domes­tic intel­li­gence ser­vice agents, who had been keep­ing the gang under sur­veil­lance for more than a decade, had destroyed files con­tain­ing infor­ma­tion about the group.

They revealed to a par­lia­men­tary inquiry that the agents had shred­ded the doc­u­ments on Novem­ber 11 – the day they were due to be handed to Germany’s Fed­eral Pros­e­cu­tor, who had taken over the investigation. . . .