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


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 [1], 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. [2]

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. . . .