Germans Learn Their Taxes Support the Far Right

November 28th, 2011 at 5:26 pm | 18 Comments |

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The German public is in shock as details emerge of a brutal and inhuman neo-Nazi cell that has roamed the country over the past decade.

Current investigations have unveiled that a trio of neo-nazis; Beate Zschäpe, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt have killed ten people, robbed a string of banks and planted numerous “dirty” bombs throughout Germany. More shocking is how German taxpayers have been indirectly supporting their activities.

Many questions need to be answered to explain how the “National Socialist Underground” cell could operate under the radar of the authorities while going on scavenger hunts and killing sprees against foreigners. It seems that many in the German public have underestimated the momentum of a resurgent fascist and neo-Nazi terror movement in Germany.

Most criticism needs to be directed at the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and its use of neo-Nazi informants. It turns out, that the Federal Office has made severe and grave errors in the evaluation of it its informants. New evidence suggesting that the Office has indirectly funded the actions it set out to prevent. In the best case, numerous informants have been diverting their payments directly into neo-Nazi cells while at least providing public information.

The list of examples is long. It includes cases such as in the Free State of Saxony funding “Mirko”, the founder of “Hammerskins Saschen” who amongst others produced the CD, “Notes of hatred”, which openly called for the murder of blacks, Jews and politicians.

German taxpayers money has been used to fund the actions of numerous neo-Nazi groups such as the trio recently arrested. Informant payments have also a revenue stream for the NPD, the National Democratic Party of Germany, which acts as a political collecting pool of German nationalists and neo-Nazis.

Wolfgang Frenz, a former informant employed by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has a confession in Stern about how the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution amongst others has “funded the growth of the NPD in North Rhine-Westphalia.”

Frenz stresses that he only provided, “publically available information” to the office. Frenz and others were able to accumulate and forward large amounts of taxpayer’s money into their organizations and cells whilst going undetected under their informant cover.

A recent publication from the London-based DEMOS think tank (The New Face of Digital Populism) hold some additional worrisome news. DEMOS conducted a survey of over 10,000 followers of 14 far-right parties in 11 European countries.

The study found that rather than economic distress, right-wing voters fear that mass immigration would distort their own culture and heritage and would at large lead to a demographic overhaul of their society.

Most concerning is that 25% agreed to using violence as a means to achieve ones goal. Violence was considered justified if it “served the purpose” as one survey participant noted.

While one should not take the study for face value (especially since it drew its data from Facebook) one should pinpoint the valid point it makes: that there are many places within Europe with a lot of potential for violent action amongst far-right voters.

As the bust of the “National socialist Underground” cell ignites a new round of debate about whether one should ban the NPD, it would be wise to concentrate efforts on the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution. The office clearly must halt its current practices and evaluate its practice and use of informants.

Another step in the right direction would be to once and for all to deny the NPD party status. German taxpayers money should not be invested in a party that openly defiles democracy and employs prominent neo-Nazi figures.

The ultimate the tragic irony is that the issue of informants abusing their role is not a new one, even Adolf Hitler initially served as an informant in the Bavarian Reichswehr before taking over the party he was set to infiltrate.

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18 Comments so far ↓

  • Frumplestiltskin

    What, getting their asses thoroughly whipped twice is not enough for these yahoos?
    How can anyone call for the murder of Jews in Germany, are there even any left?

    • Gypsum Fantastic

      Bizarrely enough, Germany has the only growing Jewish community in Europe.

    • Churl

      “How can anyone call for the murder of Jews in Germany….”

      Doing it in Germany was their mistake. Had they called for (and carried out) murders of Jews in and around Israel, tender hearted progressives all over the world would be whooping for them to be given their own country.

      Location, location, location.

      • jakester

        That is such a mindless pile of trash. Every Jew hating lowlife I ever met resembled you the most in intellect and political inclinations, not the progressives that so many mental midgets like Glenn Beck obsess about.

        • Churl

          Whatever are you yammering about? Did you somehow get get the idea that I hate Jews? I rather admire their behavior in adversity. Have you responded to the wrong comment? Is your irony meter defective? Does your sarcasm detector not work anymore? Did you eat some not-properly-refrigerated leftover turkey? Did you mistake the box wine for the milk you usually pour on your cornflakes? Please try to make some sense.

        • jakester

          No, I don’t think you are an antisemite, but you don’t know what antisemites looks like. The Right has developed this meme that it is the Left that is antisemitic when EVERY real antisemite I ever met was RIGHT. So these days the right, only in America. the Right over compensates for their long tradition of antisemitism by becoming more Zionistic than the Likud. Since about 50% of the Left is Jewish anyways, including the original Zionists, running your mouth about how it’s the progressives hate Jews is about as moronic as you can get

          Don’t get me wrong, even the Right, since WFB, has done a good job of purging itself of most of its native antisemitism, as well as there are Leftists who are antisemites too. Jew hatred was never a big force in America anyways. It is all a matter of perspective anyways, Obama in the Arab world is regarded as a tool of the Zionists while in America, Obama is treated like he is another Hitler to the Israel by the Right.

      • Crime Dog

        What about American Jews who voted overwhelmingly for Obama? They don’t count, right? Or, hell, how about the Israeli Jews who support Obama at a higher rate than Americans in general? Nahhh…I forgot the only people you need to listen to about Jews, Judaism, or Israel are Christians who only support the country because they think its necessary to have a nation of Israel to have their sky king return.

        • Churl

          “What about American Jews who voted overwhelmingly for Obama?”

          You’ve answered you own question: they’re American Jews and they vote according to their wishes in American elections. Israel is a different country from that of their citizenship and the goings-on there are assumedly less of interest to them than the shenanigans in their own.

    • ottovbvs

      Every so often you make some incredibly dim remark Frump. This is one of them.

    • medinnus

      The South shall rise again.

  • ottovbvs

    Alas Mr Weis seems comically unaware that the FBI and prosecutors offices throughout the land in the US are financially supporting and protecting from prosecution large numbers of the American criminal classes. I await a new essay in which he expresses his outrage over this situation.

    • Bingham

      The problem is that we have a political class which is still obsessed with the JFK assassination and the Five Families vs a disempowered 80% of the American population which fears MS-13 and imminent penury. And no, $250K a year is not middle class by any stretch of the imagination. Its disgusting privilege.

  • Churl

    jakester, on Nov 29, 2011 at 1:22 am: “running your mouth about how it’s the progressives hate Jews is about as moronic as you can get….”

    I don’t think that progressives hate Jews, I merely remark on the lefties who want the Jew-haters near Israel to be rewarded for their behavior with their own country.

    • medinnus

      If I belonged to an ethnic group who had done to them by the Israelis what the Palestinians had done to them (and continue to have done unto them)… why are the Palestinians who were unceremoniously ejected by the Israelis any less deserving of their own state than the Israelis?

      • Churl

        “…why are the Palestinians who were unceremoniously ejected by the Israelis any less deserving of their own state than the Israelis?”

        Perhaps the announced intentions of Palestinian leadership and supporting Mideast governments to wipe Israel off the map and the observed behavior of said parties make Israelis justifiably nervous about the Palestinians having their own state.

        “If I belonged to an ethnic group who had done to them by the Israelis what the Palestinians had done to them….”

        And if you belonged to the Jewish ethnic group (which has had plenty done to it in the past) and you lived in a country that was surrounded by neighbors who announced their intention to obliterate you because of your religion….

        You get the point, I think.

        As to the unceremonious ejections, a good many Palestinians ejected themselves from Israel in 1948 when Arab armies invaded Israel having been told by the Arab leaders that they should get out of the way of the bloodshed and return to take over after the anticipated triumphant victory over Zionists. Things did not work out as planned for them. Sorry about that.

  • LauraNo

    “…that there are many places within Europe with a lot of potential for violent action amongst far-right voters.”

    ANY place has a lot of potential for violent action from far-right-wingers. Left ones too, for that matter. We just don’t have any about that would kill in order to save the ecology or the climate or the homeless or abused animals and humans (which are the things that concern them). We do have the frantic-at-losing-their-country-to-non-whites extremists which is where DHS should be setting their sights on. And also too anyone senseless enough to call this president a socialist – those people clearly need watching as they are suffering from group hysteria.

  • Carney

    The study found that rather than economic distress, right-wing voters fear that mass immigration would distort their own culture and heritage and would at large lead to a demographic overhaul of their society.

    This is a perfectly legitimate and indeed crucial concern. If only a non-Nazi party in Germany were willing to address this, it would defuse much of the support for the NPD. Look at the massive positive reception that Thilo Sarrazin, Germany’s equivalent of Alan Greenspan, got with his book “Germany Does Away with Itself”.