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Is Germany’s Domestic Intelligence Agency Protecting neo-Nazis?

Thuringian Nazis robbing a bank, the old way.

COMMENT: Germany’s domestic intelligence service is supposed to fight Nazis, not protect them. Yet Der Spiegel informs us that just such a situation is suspected by observers of a Nazi crime wave implemented over about a decade and a half.

As discussed in a previous Der Spiegel story, collusion between Nazis and elements of German intelligence and law enforcement are not unknown.

Note that two of the suspects were found dead, apparent suicides. In The Turner Diaries, it is made clear that, rather than be captured, participants in Nazi operations [crimes] are to commit suicide, rather than fall into the hands of the authorities.

“The Bomb-Makers of Jena: Suspects in Bizarre Case Identified as neo-Nazis” by Julia Juttnwer, Birger Menke and Christian Teeves; Der Spiegel; 11/10/2011.

EXCERPT: . . . .  Arrest warrants were issued, but none of the suspects were detained. Although they had already been under observation prior to the house searches, Uwe B., Uwe M. and Beate Z. were able to evade capture.

But how, some are now asking? In Thuringia’s left-wing, anti-fascist (or “antifa”) scene, the trio became known as “the Bomb Makers of Jena.” The neo-Nazi pop band Eichenlaub released a song called “Why” that amounted to an homage to the three fugitives.

Some believe they had organized support during their 13 years underground. But from whom? Perhaps the far-right scene, perhaps organized crime; perhaps — most controversially — from Thuringia’s state Office for the Protection of the Constitution (which should be fighting neo-Nazis). Some investigators claim the three were in possession of several fake passports.

In any case, investigators claim to have lost all trace of them after 1998 — that is, until last Saturday, when the bodies of both men were found in a trailer in Eisenach. It appears that Uwe B. and Uwe M. robbed a bank together and then shot each other to death. . . .

. . . On Tuesday, the Thuringia state Office for the Protection of the Constitution released a statement that there was “no evidence (the suspects) received help in their flight from government authorities.” The same went for “intelligence cooperation between the suspects and Thuringia state Office for the Protection of the Constitution.” Thuringia’s state interior minister, Jörg Geibert, said, “There’s no evidence they had any more contact with the far-right scene in Thuringia, or that they were provided with money or weapons.”

Martina Renner, a ranking Left Party member in the state parliament, doubts these findings. “I think it’s quite unlikely that those three lived for 10 years in Germany without having their cover blown.” Even in 1998, she alleged — when the manhunt began — there were hints that the state’s constitutional protection office had helped them disappear.

Renner says their alleged crimes even before 1998 were not just “petty crimes,” but could have involved “explosions” of a “life-threatening magnitude.” She says it’s important to clarify just how deeply the state domestic intelligence office may have been involved. If a regional intelligence agency like that is prepared to “work with” such dangerous criminals, she says, the question arises whether the agency functions as an instrument to protect a democracy. . . .


13 comments for “Is Germany’s Domestic Intelligence Agency Protecting neo-Nazis?”

  1. The Nazi line has continued unbroken, except for the odd death of aged leaders; now slimmed down arrangements for escape still in place; original plans worked out very successfully with Germany now atop the smouldering heap to which they have reduced Europe

    Posted by harry Beckhough | November 13, 2011, 1:50 am
  2. Indeed, Mr. Beckhough! Thanks so much for keeping up with this website.

    Getting across the message that the Third Reich didn’t lose the war(economically and politically) is not easy.

    Some recent posts on that general subject:

    Francois Mitterand’s Fascist Past and the Formation of the European Monetary Union

    Democracy? Nichte! [Not!]

    History Teaches Us that We Learn Nothing from History

    Your input is very much appreciated, sir!

    The greatest respect to you for your work over the years, from Bletchley Park onward!

    Posted by Dave Emory | November 13, 2011, 11:48 am
  3. @Dave: Hey there. I just read all those. Fantastic work as usual.

    And to Mr. Beckhough: Thank you for all the good that you have done in your life. I wish you well. =)

    Posted by Steven L. | November 13, 2011, 12:16 pm
  4. Here’s an article from May about another case from the Federal Office for the Proection of the Constitution:

    Germany imposes caveats on terrorist intel flow to the US

    A press report says that the German government has been limiting the flow of intelligence to the CIA following the killing of a German citizen by a US drone. Critics say it is just covering its back.

    The odd, unresolved case of Bünyamin E. is casting a long legal shadow. New signs have emerged that the death last fall of this 20-year-old from a village in western Germany has caused obstructions in the flow of intelligence between Germany and the US.
    Angela Merkel’s government is reluctant to talk about Bünyamin E., but according to a report on Sunday in news magazine Der Spiegel, the Interior Ministry is limiting the amount of intelligence it passes on to the CIA as a direct consequence of his death – described by opposition parties as an extrajudicial assassination.
    Death on a remote mountain
    Bünyamin E. was a Turkish-German 20-year-old who was killed – along with several other suspected Islamists – by a US drone on October 4, 2010, in Waziristan, a remote region on the Afghanistan – Pakistan border.
    Raised in Wuppertal in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, he had been under observation by the BKA, Germany’s equivalent of the FBI, as a terrorist suspect, though there was no arrest warrant out on him. He had reportedly been closely associated with Islamist groups, received combat training in an Islamist camp in Uzbekistan, and had been in Pakistan and northern Afghanistan for several weeks when he was killed.
    Since 2001, Germany has passed all information about such terrorist suspects unfiltered to the US. Accordingly, Der Spiegel claims that after Bünyamin E.’s departure from Germany in the summer of 2010, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution – a German intelligence agency that reports to the Interior Ministry – gave his mobile phone number, the number of a contact in Turkey, and an address of a café in Pakistan to the US.

    The CIA allegedly used this information to locate and kill Bünyamin, but the Interior Ministry denies this. Government spokesman Jens Teschke told Deutsche Welle, “I can only say that the German security authorities did not pass on any information to foreign partners that led in any way to the killing in Waziristan.”

    Intel with a caveat
    Der Spiegel now claims that soon after Bünyamin E.’s death, the German government started to attach a caveat to intelligence it delivered to the US. According to this, German intelligence can only be used to arrest, not kill, suspected terrorists.

    Anthony Dworkin, an international justice expert at the European Council on Foreign Relations, thinks the German government may be trying to cover its back legally. “It seems that the view within the German government is that these drone attacks aren’t legal under their interpretation of international law,” he told Deutsche Welle. “If you take that view, I think you have a legal obligation to make sure any information you use is not part of them.”
    Jelpke agrees, but she thinks the government is more afraid of potential court cases than is concerned about the rule of law. “The limitations on passing data to the US, as reported in Der Spiegel, clearly only serve as legal cover,” she said. “If the German secret services themselves think that people whose data is transferred to the US could become victims of extrajudicial killings, then passing on that information has to be stopped. That is the rule of law.”
    Legal cover for assassination
    Dworkin also thinks the Germans have no intention of limiting cooperation with the US. “It’s not at all surprising,” he says. “I would guess the German authorities are just trying to limit the complications.”

    The case of Bünyamin E. is in effect another illustration of how the American “war on terror” has created awkward legal grey areas in international law.

    Something tells me that these legal complications over the use of military drones for offensive military operations will probably be worked out soon. One might even say it’s “absolutely essential“.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 13, 2011, 8:19 pm
  5. @Harry Beckhough

    It’s marvelous seeing you at almost a hundred years old and still ready to fight Nazism. Your contribution to the comprehension of the events that are unfolding in Europe is priceless. Thank you for the terrific work that you have done in all your life.

    @Dave Emory

    Yes it is hard to get accross the message that the Third Reich has survived and continued its activities underground. I have tried a few times with friends and acquaintances, and reactions range from denial, incomprehension, psychological block, sublimation, short-term memory problems, refusal, etc. In short, either they refuse to accept the idea that it can be true, or they accept it for a few minutes before the information is repressed and buried somewhere in the unconscious. In a way, it is understandable. Because once somebody has accepted this, it is not something that you can put aside easily. For myself, I live with it everyday when I wake up and I think about it before falling asleep at night. That element is now part of my world. I wonder if the acceptation of this has something to do with strength of character or honesty toward the facts.

    Anyway, thanks again to Mr Beckhough. I join a video presentation of his, quite exceptional in fact, on the mess in Europe. I urge all listeners to watch that. The overlap with Dave’s research is quite remarkable.


    Continue the fight.

    Posted by Claude | November 15, 2011, 11:45 am
  6. To Claude and Harry Beckhough;

    We’ve just uploaded a new weapon for this fight:


    This book, along with others in the “Books for Download” section of the website may prove educational for the sincerely motivated.

    In particular, the disclosures that followed British intel’s disruption of the Naumann coup may help to educate people.

    Don’t despair Claude–it’s an easy thing to do, particularly when you’re young.

    You may use Mr. Beckhough’s example of perseverance to motivate and inspire you.

    Keep Up the Fight;

    Dave Emory

    Posted by Dave Emory | November 15, 2011, 12:25 pm
  7. Thanks, Dave, you have just made my day. I will download that.

    By the way, for the listeners who would be interested, I have posted a book review of Martin Bormann Nazi in Exile at this URL:


    Like a famous baseball manager said: “It’s not over until it not over”.

    Let’s everybody keep up the fight.

    Posted by Claude | November 15, 2011, 1:34 pm
  8. @Dave: Great! Will try to download ASAP, this book sounds interesting indeed. =)

    @Claude: That’s a good idea. More people need to know about ‘Herr’ Bormann and his little world domination scheme.

    Posted by Steven l. | November 15, 2011, 7:56 pm
  9. kinda ok PBS last night that touched on this subject

    …but it seems to me that most of these documentaries kinda miss the economic war that was going on, i.e. fascism
    thanks for all your work Dave.

    Posted by leif | November 16, 2011, 8:41 am
  10. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/15/germany-neo-nazi-terror-cell-doner-killings?newsfeed=true

    Germany shocked by secret service link to rightwing terror cell

    EXCERPT: “… But so much of what has emerged so far does not quite make sense. Here are some questions ordinary Germans would like answering:

    1. Why did Beate Zschäpe decide to turn herself in to the police? Is she hoping to turn supergrass and give state’s evidence in return for a shorter sentence?

    2. Did Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt really kill themselves? One man was shot in the head; another in the chest (the latter is an unusual form of suicide). Could Zschäpe have murdered them both? Did they set fire to their campervan before killing themselves or did someone else light the match afterwards?

    3. Why did the two men burn the money they had apparently stolen from a Zwickauer bank that day rather than give it to Zschäpe?

    4. How did the Pink Panther confession DVDs survive flames in the trio’s Zwickau flat despite temperatures being so hot that investigators say they found melted guns?

    5. How did the National Socialist Underground choose their victims? Were they all chosen at random?

    6. Can the group be linked to any other unsolved crimes?

    7. Did the authorities have any contact with the group during their 13 years on the run?

    8. Why did investigators looking into the nine so-called Doner Killings blame foreign mafia rather than properly investigating rightwing hatred as a motive, considering that all the victims were immigrants?”

    Posted by R. Wilson | November 19, 2011, 1:11 am
  11. More on this case:


    It seems domestic German intelligence agencies are founding neo-nazi groups to use them as “informants”. But isn’t there any other agenda?

    Posted by Claude | November 20, 2011, 8:17 pm
  12. Oh look, far-right lunatics of different religious persuasions are grasping for the attention they crave while engaging in a mutual beneficial recruitment campaign fighting:

    Salafists and right-wingers fight it out

    A radical German-born Islamist has called on Muslims to kill German politicians. The threats are aimed at the far-right party Pro NRW, a regional right-wing group in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

    The Pro NRW party, which has been classified as anti-constitutional because of its extremist, right-wing tendencies, has been railing against non-Germans and Muslims for years. The party “rejects foreigners because of their background or faith and portrays them as criminals,” according to a court ruling in the western German city of Münster.

    In recent weeks, Pro NRW has been concentrating its efforts on Salafists, Muslims who want to see a world-wide Islamist theocracy. As part of its recent state election campaign in North Rhine-Westphalia, the party displayed posters showing the prophet Muhammad as a terrorist.

    Death threats serve as propaganda

    The murder threat came from a young man who grew up in the western German city of Bonn and who is now believed to live somewhere near the Pakistani-Afghan border. He acts on behalf of the “Islam Movement of Uzbekistan,” which is not known as a Salafist organization, but it is obvious that his video has to do with the dispute between the Salafists in Germany and Pro NRW.

    Islam expert Claudia Dentschke argues this aggressive reaction is in fact helping Pro NRW. It is only through the confrontation with the Salafists, she says, that Pro NRW is now in the focus of public attention.

    Yet the Salafists also profit from Pro NRW’s provocations, as the confrontation gives them the opportunity to portray themselves as the true fighters for Islam. Pro NRW on the other hand can depict itself as protecting “western” or “German” values.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | May 23, 2012, 7:28 am
  13. http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-police-may-have-to-sharply-revise-figures-in-far-right-killings-a-937169.html

    Cold Cases: Germany May Revise Up Statistics in Far-Right Killings
    Skinheads in Germany: Officials may radically revise the number of people murdered in the country by extremists since 1990. Zoom

    Skinheads in Germany: Officials may radically revise the number of people murdered in the country by extremists since 1990.

    German authorities may have to sharply revise statistics for the number of people killed by right-wing extremists since 1990. The official figure is around 60, but police combing through unsolved cases have identified a further 746 suspicious slayings or attacks.

    Statistics for the number of people killed by right-wing extremists in Germany since 1990 may have to be increased dramatically, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

    Officially, authorities currently say neo-Nazis have killed around 60 people, including the 10 mostly Turkish immigrants shot dead by the National Socialist Underground (NSU) terrorist group between 2000 and 2007.

    Anti-racism groups and analysts have long put the figure much higher, at close to 200. But even that may grossly understate the true number of victims, the Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper reported.

    It cited the German Interior Ministry as saying police had re-examined a total of 3,300 unsolved killings and attempted murders between 1990 and 2011 and had concluded that there could be far-right involvement in 746 open cases with 849 victims. The checks were ordered after the NSU case came to light in 2011. For years, police had ruled out right-wing extremism as the motive behind those killings.

    The case was only solved by chance following the suicide of two NSU members, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt, after a bank robbery in 2011. DVDs claiming responsibility for the crimes, and a pistol used in the murders, were found in the apartment used by the NSU in the eastern city of Zwickau.

    Cases to Be Re-Opened

    The NSU case exposed deficiencies in Germany’s security services, such as a lack of coordination between police and the domestic intelligence agencies.

    A parliamentary report released in August made dozens of recommendations for reforms, including more racial diversity among police and security forces. But it stopped short of stating that Germany has institutional racism in its security services — a problem anti-racism campaigners frequently refer to.

    The Interior Ministry could not immediately be reached for comment. It was not clear how many of the 746 cases and 849 victims referred to killings and how many to attempted killings. The cases will now be sent back to regional police forces for re-investigation.

    The ministry will decide next year whether to re-examine other categories of unsolved crimes such as bomb attacks and bank robberies to determine whether there might be a far-right link to them.

    Germany’s federal states on Tuesday launched a fresh attempt to outlaw the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NDP) on the grounds that its ideology is similar to that of Hitler’s Nazi party and that it is seeking the militant overthrow of Germany’s democratic order. One analyst told SPIEGEL ONLINE on Tuesday that the NPD was a “center of gravity for violent right-wing extremism.”

    Posted by Vanfield | December 5, 2013, 1:16 pm

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