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

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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 [2], 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. [3]

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. . . .