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More Shredding of Neo-Nazi Files by German Intelligence

COMMENT: We have exam­ined the unsa­vory rela­tion­ship between Ger­many’s domes­tic intel­li­gence ser­vice and neo-Nazi cadres. Anoth­er inci­dence of shred­ding of files on neo-Nazis has emerged, lead­ing to the res­ig­na­tion of Clau­dia Schmid, the agen­cy’s top Berlin offi­cial. 

After the shred­ding of files on the Nation­al Social­ist Union (which may well have been in cahoots with Ger­many’s domes­tic intel­li­gence ser­vice), it emerges that files on Blood and Hon­or, anoth­er neo-Nazi orga­ni­za­tion, were shred­ded by an offi­cial of the Ver­fas­sungschutz.

Of pos­si­ble sig­nif­i­cance is the fact that Clau­dia Schmid was friend­ly with “Landser” a Ger­man Nazi band.

The BND–the for­eign intel­li­gence ser­vice that evolved from Rein­hard Gehlen’s Nazi East­ern Front spy out­fit–shred­ded its files on Alois Brun­ner, Adolf Eich­man­n’s deputy. Brun­ner worked for the BND.

“Fifth Head Rolls in NSU Inves­ti­ga­tion Affair”; The Local; 11/14/2012.

EXCERPT: None of the files appeared to be relat­ed to the Nation­al Social­ist Under­ground, which is sus­pect­ed of killing 10 peo­ple between 2000 and 2007. Four oth­er top Ger­many secu­ri­ty offi­cials have resigned this year due to blun­ders in the NSU inves­ti­ga­tion.

Clau­dia Schmid, head of the Berlin Office for the Pro­tec­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion, request­ed a trans­fer to anoth­er job the day after she announced that her office had ille­gal­ly destroyed files on the far-right “Blood & Hon­our” organ­i­sa­tion rather than pre­sent­ing them to the Berlin state archive. She described the action as a “regret­table mis­take.”

The head of the author­i­ty’s depart­ment on extrem­ism, respon­si­ble for the most recent case of ille­gal file shred­ding, has also stepped down from his post. Fur­ther employ­ees are sub­jects of an inter­nal inves­ti­ga­tion for their role in destroy­ing the files.

It is still unclear whether the destroyed files were con­nect­ed to the case of the Nation­al Social­ist Under­ground ter­ror­ist organ­i­sa­tion, which went unde­tect­ed for over a decade. How­ev­er, the files did con­tain infor­ma­tion on “Landser,” a neo-Nazi band with whom an author­i­ty employ­ee was once friend­ly.


One comment for “More Shredding of Neo-Nazi Files by German Intelligence”

  1. The thing is, the shred­ded file thing is actu­al­ly irrel­e­vant and clear­ly being used as an excuse.

    It does­n’t mat­ter if they were shred­ded.

    Read out lat­est post;


    Posted by GW | November 22, 2012, 12:39 pm

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