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Nazis Infiltrating Germany’s Pirate Party

COMMENT: In the long For The Record series on WikiLeaks, Pirate Bay and the Arab Spring, we noted that the Pirate Party milieu in Europe has been the foundation of WikiLeaks’ presence in Sweden and Europe.

Ostensibly “anaarcho/Utopian” in their outlook, the Pirate Bay/Pirate Party milieu has manifested strong fascist and Nazi connections, despite its avowed philosophy.

NPD: Hijacking the Pirate Party?

It now develops that the German Pirate Party itself has been infiltrated by former NPD members. (The NPD is Germany’s top neo-Nazi party.) Both had reached positions of relative influence within the Pirate Party.

It is noteworthy that this comes to light as the “Anonymous” hacking milieu (which overlaps the Pirate Party) has targeted neo-Nazis.

This reinforces the line of inquiry developed in the WikiLeaks series. Far from being the “anarcho/Utopian” entity most of its adherents believe it to be, the Pirate Party/WikiLeaks milieu is far closer to the political outlook dear to Carl Lundstrom, the fascist/Nazi money man who underwrote Pirate Bay.

“Two Pirates Exposed as Former NPD Members”; The Local; 10/12/2011.

EXCERPT: Germany’s upstart Pirate Party is fighting off accusations that right-wing extremists may have infiltrated its ranks, following reports that at least two prominent members once belonged to the far-right National Democratic Party.

Valentin Seipt, a Pirate Party district chairman in Freising, Bavaria resigned earlier this week after the accusation emerged. Matthias Bahner, who is a Pirate Party district council member in Greifswald, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is still in his position, although the party has said it will discuss the issue this month.

The revelations are controversial because the NPD is widely seen as a racist party supporting extreme right-wing stances.

In contrast, the Pirate Party, which recently made big inroads in Berlin’s state elections and is winning increasing support nationwide, portrays itself as a party based on freedom and the protection of civil rights. Recent polls have shown surging figures, with up to nine percent of Germans supporting the Pirates.

According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, Seipt was an NPD member from at least 2007 to 2009 and was, for a time, a deputy district chairman for the NPD. . . .

Discussion

6 comments for “Nazis Infiltrating Germany’s Pirate Party”

  1. Why am I not surprised? The fascists will try to subvert & ruin any movement they touch if they think it’ll benefit them somehow.
    There are, of course, plenty of decent ‘Pirates’ out there, but why can’t more of them speak out, and admit that they’ve got a problem? Same thing has happened with Libertarianism and the New Age movement as well, and many others I can think of.

    Posted by Steven L. | January 5, 2012, 1:29 pm
  2. @Steven L.: You have to wonder if “Operation Blitzkrieg” was some sort of payback for this (one can still hope!)

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | January 5, 2012, 9:34 pm
  3. I would be more impressed how being informed, whether Opus Dei was infiltrating the Pirate Party initiatives. The Opus Dei spy ring, who have the visible political utopia of Christian Democracy as their way of doing politics, are the most powerful political parties in most European governments, while using the Hegelian Dialectic to divide and rule left-wing or right-wing any other political party. In a defense against mainstream propaganda ways, that seem not to be dismantled in the above article, reductionism whether left-wing or right-wing is Jesuitical, dividing our defenses. Hitler was a Socialist, not National because not German but Austrian, but headed the National Socialist Party. Neo-Socialists infiltrating Pirate Bay area? If so, it is out of defense. While Microsoft runs most computers, Linux form Sweden is still an alternative having less spy-ware threats. An attack on Linux? Wouldn’t be the first attempt.

    Posted by Bosgeus | July 11, 2012, 4:33 am
  4. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/new-german-party-has-its-eye-on-the-farright-torch-8430671.html

    New German party has its eye on the far-right torch
    If authorities succeed in banning the neo-Nazi NPD, its successor is ready and waiting

    TONY PATERSON BERLIN MONDAY 24 DECEMBER 2012

    Christian Worch claims to be proud of his family’s far-right credentials. His father was a member of Adolf Hitler’s Waffen SS fighting force. His grandmother is said to have helped the infamous Gestapo torturer Klaus Barbie – “The Butcher of Lyon” – escape capture. His grandfather was a devoted Nazi party member.

    Worch’s own track record is almost as disturbing. He has spent more than five years in jail for incitement to racial hatred and Holocaust denial. He has campaigned for the return of the Nazi party and attended rallies where participants brandished banners with the slogan: “I am such a donkey that I still believe the Jews were gassed in the concentration camps.”

    The 56-year-old, the educated son of a doctor, is described in Germany’s authoritative “Far Right Handbook” as one of the “most experienced neo-fascists in Germany”. Yet although he has been written off as a figure without a following, Worch could experience his long hoped-for political breakthrough in 2013.

    He is the founder and leader of Germany’s latest far-right political party, Die Rechte (“The Right”). The name is a deliberate play on the socialist Die Linke (“The Left”) party, which is an established feature of the reunified Germany’s political scene. Launched in the summer, “Die Rechte” threatens to become the outright political winner of a new legal battle to impose a nationwide ban on the vociferously racist and anti-immigrant National Democratic Party (NPD), which has been around for the best part of 40 years.

    Germany’s upper house of parliament, which represents the leaders of the country’s 16 federal states, has begun legal proceedings to ban the NPD at the constitutional court following the emergence of new data which allegedly exposes the party as fundamentally unconstitutional, overtly racist and a threat to German democracy.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has said it will decide in March whether to back the federal states. Legal experts have said, however, that the states can go ahead and attempt to ban the NPD without federal government approval. If the ban is implemented by the constitutional court it could be effective ahead of Germany’s September 2013 general election. Opinion polls show that about 70 per cent of Germans are in favour of the ban.

    But experts on the far right have little doubt that if the 6,000-member NPD is eventually banned, its membership will immediately see Mr Worch’s Die Rechte as their new home. A foretaste was provided by a regional NPD party near Frankfurt, which in early November simply switched allegiance to Die Rechte.

    Bernd Wagner, a former police officer and one of Germany’s most experienced observers of the far right, told The Independent: “Die Rechte is simply waiting in the wings. If the NPD ban goes ahead, then it is a virtual certainty that the party will step in to replace it.”

    Mr Wagner maintains that in a democratic society, the outlawing of one extremist party almost automatically means a replacement will form in its wake. “In this case Die Rechte has been set up before any ban has been imposed,” he said. “This makes it even more problematic. The only answer would be another ban.”

    Mr Worch himself has cautiously admitted that any eventual NPD ban could be “useful”. However, he has deliberately sought to distance his party from the NPD.

    Die Rechte claims on its website to be “less radical” than its far-right sister party. It claims to fully adhere to the constitution and insists that its core concern is the “preservation of German identity”.

    Critics say such language is merely an attempt to lend the party’s essentially racist manifesto a veneer of middle-class respectability. Although Die Rechte casts itself as a rallying point for all conservatives to the right of Ms Merkel’s governing Christian Democrats, it is strongly supported by more radical, militant neo-Nazi groups which Mr Worch himself set up in the mid-1990s.

    Unlike the neo-Nazi NPD, which has won parliamentary seats in two east German states, Die Rechte has not had enough time to notch up any election successes since its founding in May this year.

    The party would need to overcome Germany’s 5 per cent voter popularity hurdle if it were to stand any chance of running in a general or regional state election.

    But the same rule does not apply in elections to the European parliament which are due in 2014. Mr Worch says that the run-off will be Die Rechte’s first major popularity test. If Germany goes ahead and bans its NPD bedfellow, Die Rechte may have enough willing canvassers on hand to easily replace its condemned political predecessor.

    A legal challenge: The National Democratic Party

    Germany’s largest neo-Nazi party has 6,000 members, seats in parliament in two east German states and more than 2,020 members on local councils. Founded in the 1960s, it was partially funded by donations from members of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party who went into exile in South America after the Second World War. Its programme is overtly racist but the party takes care to avoid displaying banned Nazi symbols to escape prosecution.

    Government attempts to outlaw the NDP backfired in 2003. The constitutional court ruled that evidence against the party was inadmissible because it had been collected by “agent provocateurs” from the intelligence service.

    Germany’s 16 federal states have now launched a second attempt to ban the party. Politicians are under pressure to take action because of a series of immigrant murders uncovered last year, carried out by a far-right terrorist group.

    However, several leading government members oppose the ban. They argue that it could fail a second time at the constitutional court or in the European Court of Human Rights and hand the NPD a major propaganda victory.

    Posted by R. Wilson | December 25, 2012, 12:41 am
  5. @R. Wilson:
    Here’s a blast from the past regarding Christian Worch…he’s been trying to replace the NDP for quite a while(note the publication year….also note the focus on economic collapse for recruitment purposes):

    The Washington Post
    April 22, 1979, Sunday, Final Edition
    Hitler’s Grandchildren

    By Michael Getler; Michael Getler is The Washington Post’s Bonn correspondent.

    HAMBURG – In a small, red-lighted basement bar here called the “Endstation”, a half-dozen young men, mostly 18-and-19-year-olds, drink beer, strut around, laugh and swap stories.
    They look like neighborhood kids, some with soft faces, others a bit tougher – except they all wear black jackboots, black leather overcoats and black caps. Their shirts are black, too, and emblazoned with close facsimiles of the old Nazi SS double-lightning-bolt and death-head insignia.
    They are members of “The Action Front of National Socialists,” one of 20 to 50 small bands of neo-Nazis that have sprung up in West Germany in the past few years – a tiny, ostracized, politically insignificant but uncomfortable blip on the horizon of this country’s stable postwar democracy. They are, in effect, Hitler’s grandchildren.

    One 19-year-old leans a plastic shopping bag next to the bar and takes off his coat. In the bag is an axe and on his arm is a real swastika. An older man, a sort of secret leader out of uniform, orders him to get rid of the axe and armband, both of which can be grounds for arrest. The leader, paradoxically, has a small pistol in his coat pocket.
    “Some of the young ones are dangerous and stupid,” the older man says. “you can takt that from me. They are nut cases. If you give them an order, even a stupid order, they will carry it out. That’s why leadership is so important. It would be dangerous to get the wrong man at the top.”
    The man, who is about 40 and will not give his name, claims there is a secret “Fuehrer,” or leader, of all the neo-Nazi groups in Germany but that his identity must remain secret or he will be arrested. Police, and in fact other neo-Nazis, dispute this, some saying there is more rivalry than cohesion in and between these groups.
    Christian Lochte, a director of the federal security police in Hamburg , estimates there are now about 20 such groups, an increase from the 17 reported last year, with about 1,000 members altogether, up from 900 in last year’s estimate. Of these, he says, about 200 are militant, hard-core fanatics.

    Warner Poelchau, a German journalist, puts the membership at closer to 2,000.He believes there are more groups, still unknown to police, in small towns. February’s discovery, in two small villages near Dortmund, of an armed, 13-man “Battle Group East Westphalia,” which police described as the best equipped group yet uncovered, suggests the higher estimate may prove correct.
    An Action Front leader here puts the figure at under 1,000 nationwide, but with perhaps 45 to 50 groups averaging about 15 persons each. The largest group of 80 to 90, he says, operates in the Hannover-Braunschweig area, with about 70 here in Hamburg .
    Watever the precise figure, the total is tiny in a country of 60 million. And, while the neo-Nazi movement is important simply because this is Germany , it would be grossly unfair to portray West Germany today as sympathetic to such extremism or on the brink of some neo-Nazi renaissance.
    But the membership, though tiny, is growing slowly, and the gangs are becoming more brazen. The number of criminal incidents in 1977-such as the smearing of swastikas on government buildings and Jewish graves – doubled to 616 from the year before and will be up again when the 1978 police figures are released soon. Major incidents of violence now number more than 40 a year.
    Most ominously, the neo-Nazis are young, mostly between 14 and 25, with a few older ones serving as “bridges” to the aging and dwinding Hitlerites of the World War II era.

    A thirst for “action”

    Thirty-four years after the end of World War II, why is there any neo-Nazi youth movement in West Germany – no matter how small? Germany is prosperous. Nothing like the economic chaos that allowed Hitler to frourish exists. There are no Versailles treaties to humilate Germans and not many Jews left here to blame things on.

    The police and the neo-Nazis agree on some of the answers. Youth unemployment and a thirst for “action” are part of the problem. Linked to this is a feeling among the young storm troopers that they can succeed by being far more radical than their older relatives in the National Democratic Party.

    The NPD is the oldest postwar repository for the quieter ultranationalists who once supported Hitler’s party. In 1969, the party threw a scare into Germany and the West when it captured 1.2 million votes – 4.3 percent of the total-and came within a hair of being represented in the federal parliament. Since then, the NPD has virtually disappeared, with membership dropping from 30,000 in 1974 to 9,000 today. The neo-Nazis regard the NPD as hopelessly passive.

    “The neo-Nazis are much more directly connected to the real Nazi ways than the old NPD,” says Lochte. “They cheer Hitler directly, are outspokenly anti-Semitic and are fascinated with the paraphernalia and uniforms,” an obervation easy to confirm in the fantasy-land world of the bar here.

    “Most of our group doesn’t have work or they haven’t finished their apprenticeship,” says an Action Front Leader. “A lot of them have nothing better to do. We know that. So they are easy for us to get. Perhaps half of them are not committed to the cause. But they know they can get action with us, busting up Communist Party propaganda stands and things like that. History shows what happens if you give unemployed people something to believe in. So we tell them we are not guilty of anything, that the whole world sat on its hands and did nothing for the Jews, but only we are condemned.”

    Though there is little ideological understand among the neo-Nazi rank and file, and the numbers are very small, the leader says he is not pessimistic. “How did the Third Reich get started?” he asks. “Right now, we don’t have much of a chance, because conditions are too good. But when the economic collapse comes, we’ll be ready, and at that moment the people will come.


    A new Fuehrer?

    If the neo-Nazis have no intellectuals, they do have some leaders, and police now are cracking down on those leaders, apparently operating on the correct assumption that neo-Nazis, like old Nazis, remain transfixed by what Germans call the Fuehrer-Prinzip – the need for a strong leader.
    The young storm troopers in the bar this night are waiting for their deptuy leader, 22-year-old Christian Worch, to arrive. But instead news comes that he and four other Nazis have just been arrested in Kiel , allegedly for planning to assassinate the governor. The Nazis don’t believe the charge. They say it’s the police using excuses to pick them up.

    Their real leader, the man who comes closest to a new Fuehrer in the minds of young and old alike in the movement, is 23-year-old Michael Kuehnen. He was dishonorably discharged from the West German army’s officer corps in 1977 and has become perhaps the most dangerous neo-Nazi demagogue and anti-semite of the postwar era. Police arrested him last summer, charging him with inciting violence and racial hatred and with masterminding a raid on a NATO weapons depot. He is still in jail, but his followers get misty-eyed talking of his powers.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | December 26, 2012, 1:32 am
  6. Germany’s federal court just changed its rules for the upcoming EU parliamentary elections. Smaller parties now have a much bigger chance at getting into the parliament:

    Germany rules to abolish 3% threshold quota on European elections
    Andreas Vosskuhle says entry hurdle violated constitution and had prevented parties from getting a fair hearing

    Philip Oltermann in Berlin
    theguardian.com, Wednesday 26 February 2014 14.39 EST

    The European parliament could become a squabbling ground for “loonies and lobbyists”, observers warned after a German court on Wednesday ruled against a voting threshold at European elections.

    The president of the federal court, Andreas Vosskuhle, ruled on Wednesday that the 3% entry hurdle violated the constitution and had stopped parties from getting a fair hearing. The ruling will come into effect immediately and apply to the European elections in May, where Germany will elect 96 MEPs for the next parliamentary term – the highest number of seats of all member states.

    Sixteen out of 29 EU countries, including Britain, have no threshold quotas for European elections, but the issue is an unusually politically loaded one in Germany: a 5% hurdle was introduced for the national parliament in 1949 with a view to making the raucous parliamentary squabbles of the Weimar Republic a thing of the past.

    Germany’s proportional system has encouraged the creation of an unusually high number of smaller parties. While the Pirate party, the anti-euro Alternative für Deutschland and the far-right NPD are the three most prominent parties likely to gain from the changes, a number of smaller splinter groups and single-issue parties will be hoping for seats in Strasbourg and Brussels too.

    The head of the Pirate party, which is currently represented in the European Parliament via its Swedish branch, said the decision would guarantee that citizens’ votes “wouldn’t again fall under the table”.

    The NPD, over whom the upper body of the Germany parliament is currently seeking a ban, called the court’s decision a “phenomenal victory” and confidently announced on its website that its entry into the European parliament was now “not just likely, but a certainty”.

    At previous European elections, German parties had to overcome a 5% hurdle, which the federal court had ruled unlawful in 2011. Last year, the German parliament had proposed replacing the 5% hurdle with 3%, but after complaints by 19 smaller parties this compromise too has been dismissed by the courts.

    The party that will be affected most directly by the decision to scrap the 3% hurdle is Angela Merkel’s CDU. Until now, the Christian Democrats have tried to counter the threat posed by the anti-euro party Alternative für Deutschland by allowing their Bavarian sister party, the CSU, to opt for a more eurosceptic tone. But with the AfD feeling emboldened by the court’s decision, the chancellor’s party may have to readjust its European strategy.

    “We have to live with the judgment and the fact that splinter parties and radical elements from Germany will be represented in the EU parliament,” said CDU MEP Markus Ferber. “That’s not a very pleasant situation.”

    A rise in the euro-skeptic contingent of the EU parliament isn’t necessarily a bad thing given what a mess of the EU has become in recent years. The EU could use some new thinking. But given how things go these days that new thinking probably won’t be very thoughtful.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 29, 2014, 4:51 pm

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