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Germany’s Ongoing Nazi Cover-Up

COMMENT: It comes as less than a shock [1] to learn that Ger­man intel­li­gence has destroyed a sen­si­tive file on a neo-Nazi ter­ror group [2] 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 [3] inex­tri­ca­bly linked with the Third Reich [4], the post­war Ger­man gov­ern­ment has a his­to­ry of being “less than vig­or­ous” in inves­ti­ga­tions of crim­i­nal­i­ty involv­ing “neo” Nazis [5].

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 [6] 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. [7]

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. . . .