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PORTSIDE November 2011, Week 3

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Germany - The Mystery of Invisible Terrorists

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Bulletin No. 34, November 16 2011

The Mystery of Invisible Terrorists

By Victor Grossman,

Berlin

"Ten murders traced to neo-Nazi terrorists!" More and
more ugly facts splashed through the German media, with
echoes around the world. Politicians from the
"respectable" parties expressed shock and surprise. In
2007 a German policewoman had been shot to death and
her colleague badly wounded. The murder weapon was now
found in a partly burned-out building in the East
German town of Zwickau. Nearby lay the corpses of two
men, probably suicides, both guilty of a recent bank
robbery and mostly likely of killing the policewoman.
Nine retail merchants, eight of Turkish, one of Greek
background had also been murdered as far back as 2000,
often with the same weapon.

The two men and a woman accomplice who has since given
herself up to police belonged to a "National Socialist
Underground" with a brutal Nazi program. Why did it
take years to find the culprits? Another group member,
arrested on November 12th in Hannover, was arrested in
2006 for mailing phony explosives - and then freed. Why
was there no checkup on him? Was the group responsible
for 14 bank robberies all over Germany, at least as far
back as 1998, for a bombing in Cologne in 2004 which
wounded 22 people in an immigrant neighborhood, and
perhaps for other acts of violence, sometimes fatal,
against people with immigrant origins? While the list
of mysteries grew, one question kept recurring:  what
took the police so long?

Some answers are breaking through the fog. It is no
secret that the Nazi movement, both its legal
component, the National Democratic Party (NPD) and its
illegal thug element are riddled with secret agents of
the "Constitution Protection Agency"
("VerfassungsschA┬╝tz"), the German FBI. Their number and
because they themselves often wrote Nazi propaganda,
even holding leadership positions, had stymied an
attempt to outlaw the NPD in 2003. The court found that
the indictment was partly based on texts written by the
agents and stated that: "A governmental presence at the
leadership level of a party renders its influence on
decisions and activities inevitable." So it threw the
case out. The winner was the NPD.

Those agents are still in there, preventing new
attempts to ban the organization, at least without risk
of exposing, or having to withdraw, the agents. The
government would not know what the Nazis planned if
they were removed, it was asserted, while a second
mishap in the courts would give the Nazis a big new
propaganda advantage. Remaining legal not only
guarantees the NPD large sums of badly-needed
government money for election purposes, gives it the
chance to elect legislators (now in two states and
three Berlin boroughs), but gives it police protection
for weekly, threateningly reminiscent anti-foreigner
marches all around Germany, which feature fearsome-
looking gangs of the thugs they are closely connected
with.

But now their murderous menace has dramatically come to
light. A video film was found, using the jolly "pink
panther" film and TV cartoon figure to boast of the
crimes already committed and those to come. Once again:
Did the Constitution Protectors, especially in Saxony
and Thuringia, where these three had been hiding out,
know nothing about them?

Now an upsetting new fact has come to light. At the
murder of one of the young Turkish merchants in his
shop in 2006 an agent of the "protectors" from the West
German state of Hesse was present, holding a heavy
object in a paper bag, quite probably a gun. He was
found and arrested. But 24 hours later he was freed.
Some believe they saw the same man at some of the other
murder sites. Who was he, why was he hired - and paid -
by the forces of law and order in Hesse?

New connections have also come to light about
connections between the former chief of the
Constitution Protectors in the state of Thuringia, an
extremely right-wing historian, and a pro-Nazi who was
paid as a secret agent while vice-president of one such
fascist group.

Leading politicians, with worried voices and furrowed
foreheads, are now demanding a "total investigation"!
No stone must be left unturned. Coalition party
leaders, always opposed to a ban on the NPD, now, in
dramatic tones, call for a reevaluation of the
question.

What hypocrisy! What would a true reevaluation reveal?
Historical studies, known for decades but recently
reinforced, supply countless facts on how former Nazis
dominated police, secret police and intelligence-
gathering institutions in the Federal Republic from the
start. The police apparatus was built up by and with SS
officers and Gestapo men with the bloodiest of hands.
At least a thousand ex-Nazi judges and prosecutors
dominated the courts, many of them guilty of death
sentences against opponents of fascism. The same held
true of the military general staff, the diplomatic
corps and the political scene. It has recently been
disclosed that until 1966, in Hesse, a quarter to a
third of Christian Democratic deputies and 60 to 70
percent of their Free Democratic partners had been in
the Nazi Party, some in high positions. In charge of
personnel questions nationally was Adenauer buddy Hans
Globke, in great measure responsible for the
criminalization and easy identification of German Jews.

Worst of all was the espionage apparatus directed
against the Soviet bloc. Nazi spy General Reinhard
Gehlen, first used by US intelligence after 1945 to
build up its secret network, was then switched to the
new West German government. A study by historian Martin
A. Lee described how "Gehlen proceeded to enlist
thousands of Gestapo, Wehrmacht, and SS veterans. Even
the vilest of the vile - the senior bureaucrats who ran
the central administrative apparatus of the Holocaust -
were welcome in the `Gehlen Org,' as it was called,
including Alois Brunner, Adolf Eichmann's chief deputy.
SS major Emil Augsburg and Gestapo captain Klaus
Barbie, otherwise known as the "Butcher of Lyon," were
among those who did double duty for Gehlen and U.S.
intelligence (San Francisco Bay Guardian, May 7, 2001).
Lee also quoted the Frankfurter Rundschau: "It seems
that in the Gehlen headquarters one SS man paved the
way for the next and Himmler's elite were having happy
reunion ceremonies".

Nearly all these men have died. But their disciples
remained, and so did their inclinations. The Gehlen
gang and their friends in top army and government
offices used the Cold War to justify their return to
strong positions. In the twenty-one years since Germany
was unified the main device has been a constant stress
on the "totalitarianism" theory: one nasty dictatorship
in Germany was replaced, in the East, by another one,
equally bad or, to judge by the amount of propaganda,
really far worse. The constant attacks on the system in
the GDR and anyone who can be linked with it as being
as bad or worse than Nazis, and a similar denunciation
of "both right-wing and left-wing terrorism", again
stressing the latter, have permitted most politicians
and Constitution Protectors to concentrate on attacking
those on the left.

This reflects fears that uncertain economic conditions,
like a recession or worse, might cause Germans,
especially in the East, to reflect that despite the bad
features in the old German Democratic Republic, the
limits on travel, far fewer high-quality consumer goods
and the other pressures and defects, there were good
features as well, like job security, women's rights, no
financial burdens with child care, medical care or
education. Maybe socialism.?

Faced by fears of any such reflection (and possible
growth of The Left), some leaders felt that Nazis,
though not pleasant folk, are good to have around as a
preferable, perhaps useful means of channeling
dissatisfaction if things get rough. This was the same
philosophy which led their grandfathers in politics and
the economy to support Hitler.

Is such a stand really possible in today's Germany?
Luckily, neither the NPD nor other openly racist
(usually anti-Muslim) parties win nearly as many votes
as similar parties in many other countries - most
dangerously in Hungary, Austria and possibly even
France. And while there is always potential support
among racists, nationalists and economically hopeless
groups, wherever Nazis demonstrate there is almost
always a rally of anti-fascists to stop and usually to
outnumber them. "No Nazis in Our Town" is a simple but
common statement. But while there are still many good
exceptions, all too frequently it is the city
governments or the courts which not only protect the
Nazis but harass and often arrest their opponents.

Last February, like every year, the Nazis wanted to
misuse for their own purposes ceremonies in Dresden
mourning those killed in the air raid of February 1945,
largely to counterbalance recollections of the
holocaust. 18,000 anti-fascists gathered to prevent
their march and their rally for the second year in a
row and, with no violence, sent them home in helpless
rage. But after most Nazis and anti-Nazis had left the
city one group of "anti-fascist" youngsters, their
faces covered and almost certainly led by provocateurs,
as on past occasions -skirmished with the police. This
is always meat  for the mass media; it has been tried
recently against Occupy groups. During the day
thousands of cell-phones were hacked by the police. At
night the skirmish was used to justify a brutal, fully
illegal raid on The Left headquarters and to remove the
legal immunity as legislators of the leaders of The
Left in Saxony, Dresden's state, and neighboring
Thuringia. They are to be brought to court for
sponsoring "illegal blockades". Voting against them
were the Christian Democrats, Free Democrats and neo-
Nazi National Democratic Party, the NPD. Once again it
was: "When in doubt support the far right."

Until last week the media was full of angry articles
about "right-wing terrorism and left-wing terrorism",
with Angela Merkel joining the chorus. As ever, it was
hinted, both were much the same but the latter were
possibly worse, as proved by the burning of luxury cars
in Berlin, presumably by "left-wing terrorists"? Even
when an unemployed, very distressed young man with no
political ties was caught in the act the chorus hardly
let up. Now, with increasingly frightening details
about genuine right-wing terror, strong indications
that government spies were involved and the mysterious
failure of Constitution Protectors to find the culprits 
in fifteen long years, they may decide to be just a 
little quieter, at least for a while. Protectors to 
find the culprits in fifteen long years, they may decide 
to be just a little quieter, at least for a while.

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