New constitutional protection report: Strong increase in right-wing extremists

The AfD finds the new constitution protection report dangerous for the first time and names extreme right-wing dangers. A novelty.

The faces of the AfD “wing”: Björn Höcke and Andreas Kalbitz are observed Photo: Jens Büttner / dpa

It is clear words that Horst Seehofer loses. “Right-wing extremism is the greatest threat to security in Germany,” says the Interior Minister. The number of offenses is high, the rampant anti-Semitism “a shame for our country”. Thomas Haldenwang, the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, also strongly warns against right-wing extremists, the “super spreaders of hatred, radicalization and violence”. These “contaminate social coexistence”, the threat of right-wing violence is high.

Seehofer and Haldenwang present the new annual constitution protection report in Berlin on Thursday. And they have every reason to express themselves. Most recently there were the right-wing extremist attacks in Halle and Hanau, the Kassel government president Walter Lübcke was murdered. In addition, hate comments rage on the Internet. And the AfD continues to drift to the right.

In fact, Seehofer and Haldenwang are now presenting a novelty. The AfD appears in the constitution protection report for the first time, in the form of its now – formally – dissolved wing around Björn Höcke and the party youth. In March the Office for the Protection of the Constitution classified the wing as a full observation object and “proved extremist”. The “Young Alternative” (YES) runs as a suspected case. Now both organizations are ensuring a sharp increase in the right-wing extremists counted from the office: from 24,100 in the previous year to 32,080.

The Office for the Protection of the Constitution sees 7,000 supporters in the wing alone – twice as many as the NPD. The AfD youth are attributed to 1,600 members. With these numbers, he follows the statements of the AfD leadership, says Haldenwang, and his own knowledge. Which? Haldenwang is silent. But: With the classifications, the secret service can now watch the wing and the YES, tap internal information or even recruit spies.

New focus on right-wing extremism

And Seehofer supports the procedure. He is “very much in agreement” with Haldenwang’s statements, explains the CSU man. Both men contest a dissent about the wing and YES suspected by the media. Rather, Seehofer also warns of “intellectual arsonists” in this country.

An empty space for years: Seehofer lacks clarity when it comes to extremism in the ranks of the security authorities

It is the new course for the protection of the constitution that is now reflected. For years, the office, still under Hans-Georg Maassen, had primarily looked at Islamism. At the AfD, Maassen slowed down a decision on how to deal with the far right party. Then the right-wing marches from Chemnitz – and Haldenwang, until then Vice, came into office at the end of 2018.

Even then, the 60-year-old declared right-wing extremism to be a new focus. He doubled the responsible department in the house. Haldenwang sees itself confirmed in its way on Thursday, refers to the recent attacks and 13,000 right-wing extremists classified as violent or the 17 percent increase in anti-Semitic crimes. The head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution calls the perpetrators “hatred that has become real”.

And Haldenwang has also been heating up since he took office. Not only the AfD, which as a whole is a test case, but the entire scene has now been classified: the Institute for State Policy by Götz Kubitschek, the Compact-Jürgen Elsässer magazine, the identities and the “One percent” network. “They all construct scapegoats, stir up hysteria and images of the enemy,” warns Haldenwang. They too “sow our social ruin and provoke hatred, discord and violence”.

Seehofer has to put up with questions

But the path is not without controversy and is not followed by all federal states. In the end, Saxony seemed to be leaving, of all places. At the beginning of July, Interior Minister Roland Wöller (CDU) transferred constitutional protection officer Gordian Meyer-Plath because his state office allegedly illegally saved data from eight AfD MPs and did not want to delete them. AfD party chairman Tino Chrupalla was among the deputies. The transferred constitutional activist Meyer-Plath disagreed, saw his work cut and the observation of the New Right in danger.

Left Extreme Here, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution counts a slight increase to 33,500 people, 9,200 see it as violence-oriented. The number of left offenses rose significantly from 4,622 to 6,449 offenses. The Office for the Protection of the Constitution attests to an increased militancy in the scene: the consensus in the scene not to attack people is eroding. Even homicides are now accepted. A hotspot is now Leipzig.

Islamists The number of Salafists increases slightly to 12,150 people. 650 Islamists are listed as ready to attack. The scene caused 362 crimes last year. However, the threat situation remains high as IS and al-Qaida continue to call for attacks.

Haldenwang moves away from Meyer-Plath on Thursday, however, and indicates that the data storage was actually not in line with the practice of the other offices. He has meanwhile had a conversation with Wöller and the new head of the state office, Dirk-Martin Christian. You now work “absolutely shoulder to shoulder”.

Seehofer also has to put up with questions. Right-wing extremists in the police and armed forces are currently being discussed. It has only recently become known that after the Frankfurt lawyer Seda Başay-Yıldız, the Hessian left-wing faction leader Janine Wissler has also received threatening letters from an “NSU 2.0”. With data that appears to have been previously accessed by a police computer. Seehofer calls the process “completely unacceptable”, it must be “ruthlessly clarified”.

Extremists in the security authorities have been a blank in the security reports for years. This time, three sentences are dedicated to them. Extremists in the public service “shake trust in public places”, their attitude contradicts the “cornerstones of professional civil servants”. Since the staff have access to sensitive information and knowledge of the actions of the security authorities, there is a particular danger, the warning. But it doesn’t get any more detailed.

Security agencies remain a blind spot

For months now, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution has been promising an overview of these extremists in the public service. The state offices, however, find it difficult to collect data: they cannot check the staff members across the board, but only collect extremists who have been blown up. Seehofer speaks of a “Herculean task”. Now, at the end of September, there will be a smaller picture of the situation, initially only to the security authorities, he promises.

Seehofer and Haldenwang face each other and hold the report on the protection of the constitution

No dissent about the “wing” of the AfD: Seehofer and Haldenwang Photo: Hannibal Hanschke / reuters

Seehofer himself also has to justify himself for his latest capers. The Interior Minister was supposed to present the constitutional protection report two and a half weeks ago – he canceled the appointment at the last minute. Because of the riots in Stuttgart, Seehofer now asserts. In fact, it was more likely the debate at that time about Seehofer’s interim report against the taz because of a column about the police.

Seehofer also has to justify his cancellation of a planned study on racial profiling in the police. He wants to proceed step by step, says the CSU man. First the situation should come to the security authorities, then possibly other measures. Rather, Seehofer praises himself and the federal government, referring to a package of measures decided in autumn 2019: Never before has right-wing extremism been dealt with as consistently as today.

In fact, neo-Nazi groups such as Combat 18 have recently been banned, a law against hate postings on the Internet has been passed, which has tightened gun laws. But when it comes to extremism in the ranks of the security authorities, Seehofer lacks this clarity.

Haldenwang is offensive

Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD) is putting pressure on the study on racial profiling, and the Council of Europe is also calling for the investigation. The Federal Cabinet wants to discuss this again.

The AfD in turn wedged against the protection of the constitution on Thursday. As a “political instrument of the old parties”, she expectedly insults the service and complains about an “observation club” against itself. The AfD had even filed a complaint against the mention of the wing and the party youth in the current constitutional protection report. The judges rejected this: there are “important” indications that both groups are unconstitutional. And the Office for the Protection of the Constitution acts as an early warning system.

Haldenwang is therefore offensive on Thursday. Just look closely at how the wing players around Höcke are currently affecting the party as a whole, he threatens the AfD. And one would “not cease to identify and name extremists”. Finally, Haldenwang issues a “warning”: “The state will take decisive action against all forms of violence. No extremist or terrorist can feel safe anymore. “


Wissler: “It is not enough to replace the chief of police” – politics

Hesse’s chief of police has been provisionally retired. The consequence of “a huge structural problem” is not enough for the threatened politician. Cabaret artist Baydar, who is also threatened, makes serious charges to the police.

The affair of threatening emails to public figures, in which internal data from Hessian police computers were used, has led to an initial personal consequence: On Tuesday, Hessian State Police President Udo Münch was temporarily suspended.

Hessian Minister of the Interior Peter Beuth said that Münch had admitted to being informed by the State Criminal Police Office in March that information about Janine Wissler, the Hessian parliamentary group leader of the Left, had been called up by a Wiesbaden police computer. However, he “did not consciously perceive the content of the relevant protocol” and declared to him that he had only received the information from the State Criminal Police Office last week. Münch thus assumes the “responsibility for omissions that he is not responsible for alone”. The Interior Minister nevertheless renewed his harsh criticism of the State Criminal Police Office – the authority had not informed him sufficiently when asked.

Beuth also confirmed that the police and prosecutors are investigating threats to another public figure – the cabaret artist İdil Baydar. Here, too, personal data were retrieved from a police computer. Beuth called the events “outrageous”; in the past few days he had to get a “completely new picture of the problem of threatening letters”.

The threatened cabaret artist Baydar in turn made serious charges against the police. She would like to feel safe again “and would not have the feeling that I have to be afraid of the police,” she told the ARD noon magazine. “It’s an obscure situation.” Baydar said that she had only heard of the query in the police computer, not from the police, but from a journalist. “It doesn’t exactly help to build trust.” Her life has changed dramatically: “I don’t know from which corner someone is going to do something to me. And furthermore I don’t even know whether the police will clear it up, even if something would happen to me.”

The threatened left-wing faction leader Janine Wissler said that the high number of extreme right-wing threats, at least from the environment of the Hessian police, was a result of the “failures of the past years”, in which numerous relevant suspected cases had been insufficiently investigated. “It is no longer enough to replace the police chief,” said the politician, “we have a huge structural problem with the security authorities – not just in Hesse.”


Data obtained from Idil Baydar from police computer – politics

In addition to a lawyer and a left-wing politician, a cabaret artist hostile to right-wing extremists is said to have been researched. The “Frankfurter Rundschau” quotes from a note that their data from Hesse was accessed.

According to a newspaper report, the Hessian police are investigating another case in their own ranks in connection with far-right threats. The personal data of the German cabaret artist İdil Baydar was retrieved from a computer of the Hessian police, and right-wing extremists had been covering them with abusive and threatening letters for months, the reported Frankfurter Rundschau. This emerges from an internal police note, which is available to the newspaper.

Baydar, born in 1975 in Celle, was the third celebrity to be announced that there had been an unauthorized request for data from a Hessian police computer.

It had previously emerged that right-wing extremist threatening letters to the Frankfurt lawyer Seda Başay-Yıldız and the Hessian left-wing faction leader Janine Wissler had been preceded by requests for their personal data from the police query system.

The spokeswoman for the Frankfurt public prosecutor’s office commissioned by the Hessian Ministry of the Interior, Nadja Niesen, has confirmed to the newspaper that there are other victims in the proceedings, the report said. However, they neither named nor confirmed names.

Baydar said a few days ago that she had filed eight complaints about death threats in 2019, but the police had hired them all. The news came to her cell phone from an internet platform. “The platform was ready to move the data out, but the police apparently didn’t even request it,” said Baydar time. The police even “asked how my number could be made public”.

Whether that of the FR Reported polling of their data on police computers in connection with the threats has not yet been proven.

Hessian Interior Minister Peter Beuth (CDU) had deployed a special investigator in the Hessian police affair over death threats against Başay-Yıldız and Wissler last week. In addition to the lawyer and Wissler received a report from the Berlin daily newspaper two other left-wing politicians with “NSU 2.0” letters with death threats.

Lawyer Başay-Yıldız has received threats since representing a victim of a murder in the NSU trial.


Right-wing extremists in the KSK: Last chance for elite troops

Due to problems of right-wing extremism, the command of special forces is to be comprehensively reformed – “a probation chance” according to the Defense Minister.

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) threatens the KSK with dissolution Photo: Fabrizio Bensch / reuters

BERLIN taz | The Secretary of Defense begins with a few positive words about how to do this as a leader. The Special Forces Command has delivered top military performance in all operations and needs such a unit, says Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU). It refers to the history of the KSK, which was founded in 1996 because two years earlier the Bundeswehr had failed to bring Germans home from Rwanda on its own. “The majority of the soldiers in the KSK and in the entire Bundeswehr stand without ifs and buts on the basis of the Basic Law.”

But the minister did not go to the press on Wednesday to issue a certificate of convenience. On the contrary: “The KSK cannot remain in its current state,” she says. Because there is an “unhealthy elite understanding of some executives” – and problems with right-wing extremism as well as a “way too loose handling” of ammunition.

It had previously been leaked that the KSK should be strongly reformed. This is the result of a working group that the minister set up in late May. The KSK is given an ultimatum: if the reforms do not take effect by the end of October, unity may be completely dissolved. “The measures are not a punishment for the KSK, they are an opportunity, a probation opportunity.”

The second of four command companies of the KSK in Calw is dissolved, it was particularly noticeable with extreme right-wing incidents. But there is still a “wall of silence” out of loyalty or fear, the minister said. The soldiers are said to be distributed in part to the other companies. The Bundeswehr intelligence agency MAD recently spoke of a total of 30 suspected right-wing extremism cases in the KSK.

Bundeswehr soldiers of the KSK.

Bundeswehr soldiers of the Command Special Forces (KSK) during an exercise Photo: Thomas Kienzle / ap

For the time being, the KSK should no longer participate in exercises and international assignments. The 30 KSK solates currently in use abroad should remain in Afghanistan until September. They trained the Afghan special police there, said Bundeswehr Inspector General, Eberhard Zorn. Unusually open information.

New level of security review

Since the area of ​​training at the KSK is too isolated, the training should in future be subordinated to the Army Infantry School. Managers must have gained experience outside of the KSK beforehand. In addition, there should be a maximum usage period for certain items and a new level 4 of the security check.

The 60 points of the report can be summarized as follows: The KSK should lose its independence and be more integrated into the structures of the Bundeswehr.

If reforms do not take effect until the end of October, the KSK may be completely dissolved

Defense against extremism must also be improved, said Kramp-Karrenbauer. “It has to be ensured that the cooperation with the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution works better than has been the case up to now.” MAD sent internal information to a KSK soldier. The entire staff of the MAD should now be checked and “all contacts of MAD and KSK at all levels”.

When asked about right-wing networks in the Bundeswehr, Kramp-Karrenbauer said that nothing could be said conclusively about this, that they would investigate further. In any case, it is obvious that it is not a question of isolated cases.

The measures presented were evaluated differently in the ranks of the opposition. The reform proposals were going in the right direction, said the vice-chairwoman of the Greens, Agnieszka Brugger. “Whether the long overdue measures now take effect depends on how consistently the announcements are now being implemented.” Alexander Neu of the left faction demanded that the KSK be completely dissolved. Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann from the FDP would have liked to have brought together all of the Bundeswehr special forces directly under the Ministry of Defense.

There has been a whole series of events recently showing how serious the situation between Calw, Bonn and Berlin is. A letter caused a stir, which a captain, who was relatively new to the KSK, sent to the minister. He did not necessarily mention new things, but found clear words and described a fundamental structural problem: “Prospective commandos are currently being brought up complacently with a ban on criticism and largely unwanted contradiction.” Infiltrates right-wing extremists. The result: “A culture of acceptance that can simply be called democratic”. This can also be seen in the supposedly small things like the paging name “Y-88”. 88 stands for “Heil Hitler”.

The captain was then allowed to work in the working group that the KSK examined. That had a signal effect.

The KSK commander, Markus Kreitmayr, had previously written to his soldiers. “Our reputation” is at stake, “the reputation of our association and the reputation of the Bundeswehr”. He ended with the somewhat helpless request that right-wing extremists should voluntarily leave the unit.

In mid-May, weapons, ammunition and Nazi devotional goods were found from a KSK soldier in northern Saxony. Investigators dug his garden for days. It is not clear whether Philipp Sch., Who is known as “Schäfchen” in the KSK, has connections to the actors in the Hannibal network.

What is now known: A lot of ammunition and explosives have apparently disappeared from the KSK. The whereabouts of around 85,000 rounds of ammunition and 62 kilograms of explosives have not been clarified. Kramp-Karrenbauer said it could be a matter of sloppy bookkeeping, of ammunition left behind in use or one that was branched off. “We cannot rule out any of these options.”

And the Inspector General adds: “It is not a small thing, it worries me a lot.”


Left-wing politician received extreme right-wing threatening emails – politics

According to a media report, personal data that is not publicly available is used in the letters to the Hessian state parliament member. That brings back memories of another case.

The group leader of the left in the Hessian state parliament, Janine Wissler, has received threatening emails signed with “NSU 2.0”. “It was a clear threat to my life,” said the deputy federal party chairwoman on Friday evening to the news agency dpa. At first she had Frankfurter Rundschau reported about this.

According to the FR, the two emails to Wissler come from February. They contained bad insults and threats and were “peppered with right-wing extremist references” such as “Sieg Heil” and “Heil Hitler”. The sender (s) threaten Wissler with a “day X” on which the police cannot protect them. According to the paper, personal data from Wissler that is not publicly accessible are also used in the threatening emails. The Frankfurt prosecutor did not want to comment on the letters to Wissler “for tactical reasons”.

The case is strongly reminiscent of that of the Frankfurt lawyer Seda Başay-Yıldız. She too had received threatening letters signed with “NSU 2.0”. Başay-Yıldız had represented co-plaintiffs from the families of the victims of the right-wing extremist series in the NSU trial. In the letters, she and her relatives were threatened with death.

It was particularly alarming that the investigation revealed that the lawyer’s personal data had been retrieved from a computer in the office of the 1st police station in Frankfurt. A chat group of several officials with suspected right-wing extremist content was also discovered.

According to the FR, the perpetrator (s) in the letter to Wissler also give the impression that he belongs to the police apparatus by using phrases such as “internal findings”. It is not clear whether this is actually the case.


Bundeswehr KSK: elite force with right-wing spin – politics

The KSK Special Forces Command has proven itself in risky military operations, but there have always been scandals in its history. Now 20 right-wing extremists are said to belong to him.

The area on the edge of the Black Forest looks like a normal barracks, but only a few have ever seen it from the inside. The base of the Special Forces Command (KSK) in Calw is a high-security zone, shielded not only from the public and curious reporters, but also from the rest of the Bundeswehr itself. If the Bundeswehr otherwise complains about tired material – that is not the problem with the KSK. Almost everything here is state of the art, as it is called in the military, up to date. The fight in and under water, all scenarios of a firefight can be practiced here. Inside, on the way to the canteen, memorabilia from the operational areas are displayed.

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who had previously announced that she would sweep “with the iron broom”, came here on Monday of this week. The state of the art of the 1,600-strong force, founded in 1996 in the early phase of foreign missions, is less state of the art. A series of scandals have shaken the unit, mostly with a far-right background. The long-time commander of the early days, Reinhard Günzel, made inglorious headlines with right statements and was fired without notice by Defense Minister Peter Struck (SPD) in 2003. Even then, the federal government had to enforce the “primacy of politics” over the military, which is essential for the Bundeswehr.

A few weeks ago, a young KSK captain wrote to Kramp-Karrenbauer “that a toxic association culture had arisen due to serious deficiencies in the area of ​​training”. He complained of extreme right-wing tendencies and “collectively frustrating dependency of the trainees on the arbitrariness of trainers and superiors, which lead to a kind of cadaver obedience”. Unlike the Bundeswehr, KSK soldiers are usually in their unit for many years. This makes the dependence on the group and the goodwill of the superiors much greater.

Problems occurred particularly in the second of the four operations companies. In 2017 there was a wild farewell party for an officer, there were litters with real pig heads, Nazi music is said to have been played there, and some drunk participants are said to have shown the Hitler salute. A participating woman informed the police, but none of the supposedly 70 guests at the celebration wanted to have noticed anything of the sort. Investigators spoke of a “wall of silence”.

Philipp Sch was also at the celebration. who was visited by the police in May this year. The officers found two kilos of explosives, thousands of cartridges, firearms, weapon parts, a silencer and Nazi documents on the 45-year-old’s private property in Collm, Saxony. The man is in custody and is silent. Where the weapons came from, what he intended to do with them, whether there is a network is unclear. As the minister now said, the KSK even lacks 62 kilos of explosives and 48,000 rounds of ammunition, at least; this would have resulted in checks.

Military intelligence MAD recently stated that it had identified 20 suspected right-wing extremists in the KSK. However, the definition is so narrow that only the clear cases are included; others who were not quantified were said to be in part not based on the Basic Law – the constitution they are supposed to defend. There have been layoffs and transfers, but proceedings before military service courts are painfully slow. In June, an Islamist in the ranks of the KSK was also exposed, who is said to have radicalized during the UN mission in Mali.

The KSK experienced dangerous missions, especially in the first few years. His soldiers took Serb war criminals and torturers, who were sought by the UN tribunal, from their hiding places, and in 2001/2002 took part in the hunt for the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and in battles with the Taliban in Afghanistan’s mountains. Several soldiers were seriously injured, a KSK man died near the Baghlan outpost in 2013 when his squad came to the aid of Afghan police officers who were attacked by the Islamists. Most recently, the KSK was put on standby several times when hostages were taken by German citizens abroad, but the situation was resolved without violence.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer set up a working group in May, which has now developed a concept to combat extremism in the elite force, which the Minister of Defense is now talking about publicly. The captain, who had informed them about the conditions in the association, should now help with the practical implementation of the concept.


KSK: An Interview with Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer – Politics

The grievances at the Bundeswehr KSK have recently become more blatant. Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer talks about a reorganization of the troops, the search for missing explosives and the question of whether women could be part of the special forces in the future.

You enter the extensive grounds at the Bendler Block with a mask, pass the entrance controls and feel unusually lost in the hallways. Many employees are also in the home office here. The interview with the minister takes place in an old conference room, the four people sit far apart. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has just returned from Calw after visiting troops at the KSK.


Obscure right-wing extremist organization: neo-Nazi northern eagle banned

Seehofer smashes another right-wing troop. Nordadler was marginalized in the extreme right-wing scene and had a bizarre leader.

“Right-wing extremism has no place on the Internet either.” Seehofer bans neo-Nazi troops Northern Eagle Photo: Fabrizio Bensch, dpa

BERLIN taz | After Combat 18 and the Reich Citizens’ Troop “United German Peoples and Tribes”, Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) has the next extreme right group banned: Northern eagles. On Tuesday morning, the police searched objects in Göttingen and Hanover Lower Saxony, in Vlotho, Sprockhövel and Wuppertal in North Rhine-Westphalia, in Brandenburg / Havel and Doberlug-Kirchhain in Brandenburg as well as in Dresden and Pirna in Saxony and handed over the prohibition order.

The group is marginalized in the extreme right-wing scene and came together in late 2016. Nordadler communicated primarily via chat groups on Telegram or Discord, also via Facebook or Instagram. The company also operated under the names “Völkische Revolution”, “Völkische Jugend”, “Völkischegemeinschaft” or “Völkische Renaissance”. Around 30 members are attributed to the group, and seven right-wing extremists count as leading figures.

They said that the German would perish, would rush against the left and the Jews. National Socialism was openly paid homage to, and the SS named as a model. Internally, the group is said to have created lists of political opponents – which one wanted to be held accountable in the event of a state collapse.

A current website said that they were aiming for a “national movement”. The goal is “the rescue of Germany” and “overcoming the hostile idols”. And: “The ethnic renaissance will not move away from its worldview or make compromises.”

Seehofer said of the ban: “I will prohibit associations and groups that spread hatred and hate speech and long for the re-establishment of a National Socialist state. Right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism have no place with us, neither in the real nor in the virtual world. ”The group is directed against the constitution and the idea of ​​international understanding and aims at criminal offenses.

According to taz information, there were also real meetings in addition to the chats. And also a property in the Thuringian Hohenstein, in the Mackenrode district. According to the group, the group wanted to set up a “self-sufficient opposition project” there, a “real community of Germanic belief, Artamans and National Socialists based on ethnic consciousness”. According to the Thuringian Ministry of the Interior, “several” people who moved to the region from northern Germany still used the house in 2019. However, no searches were carried out in Thuringia on Tuesday. The local left-wing expert Katharina König-Preuss called this incomprehensible. In security circles, it was said that the property was now unused and had decayed.

Headstrong leader with gun affinity

Strangely, no searches were carried out in Thuringia on Tuesday. The local left-wing expert Katharina König-Preuss called this incomprehensible.

According to taz, the leader is 24-year-old Wladislav S. His political behavior is strange. On the one hand, S. openly recognized himself as a National Socialist. On the other hand, S. was convicted in 2017 for accompanying an IS sympathizer and ex-neo-Nazi in a test explosion in Northeim, Lower Saxony, and filming the explosion. The defected Islamist was later sentenced to a good three years in prison for planning an explosive attack on police officers and soldiers.

The Federal Ministry of the Interior accuses Wladislav S. of specifically targeting younger users on the Internet in order to “indoctrinate them and thus create enemies of the constitution”. He is also said to have supported the attack on the synagogue in Halle in a public telegram group.

In April 2018, the federal prosecutor’s office had four northern eagle members and one other person searched the accommodation – on suspicion of right-wing terrorism. At that time, the group should have considered attacks on political opponents internally and searched for weapons and explosives. At that time, firearms and stabbing weapons were found, as well as a large number of fireworks and militaria. No one was arrested.

In November 2018, there were further searches after a group member posed on the Internet with real-looking firearms, which turned out to be soft-air weapons.

In the raids on Tuesday, the investigators initially found no weapons, but Nazi literature, Reich War flags, steel helmets and a baseball bat. There were no arrests. Those affected had mostly shown themselves to be cooperative, security circles said.

After the far-right terrorist acts against Walter Lübcke and the attack in Halle, Seehofer announced more harshness against the far-right scene and examined six bans by neo-Nazi groups. Combat 18 was banned in January and the Reichsbürger group banned in March. Number three now follows with Northern Eagle.


MAD sees “new dimension” of right-wing extremism – politics

The President of the Military Shield Service says: “Such false patriots have definitely lost nothing with us.” In the case of a unit in particular, many soldiers are in focus.

The Military Shield Service (MAD) sees a “new dimension” in the problem of right-wing extremism in the Bundeswehr. The president of the authority, Christof Gramm, said on Monday in Berlin at a public hearing of the parliamentary control body for the intelligence services. The suspected cases of right-wing extremists and so-called Reich citizens have increased to more than 600.

“We take a closer look at extremists and also at people who lack constitutional compliance. We find what we are looking for,” said Gramm. The MAD’s work focuses on countering extremism, although the vast majority of soldiers are in line with the constitution.

Excessive patriotism without a commitment to the Basic Law, the State of the Basic Law and open society will not be tolerated in the Bundeswehr, said Gramm. “Such false patriots have definitely not lost anything with us.”

Not just individual cases in the Special Forces Command

The focus in the fight against extremism is the Special Forces Command (KSK), which focuses on around twenty people, said Gramm. It was possible to gradually bring more light into the dark there. In the KSK in particular, one could not only assume isolated cases, although the shielding service had not discovered any underground army. Cooperation with positions in the Bundeswehr, which could also take disciplinary measures, has improved.

There is a pronounced corps spirit with the Special Forces Command, said Gramm, who also spoke of a “wall of silence”. However, his authority succeeded in creating cracks here.

In the past few years, the KSK had repeatedly hit the headlines because of right-wing extremist incidents. Around 1400 commandos and support personnel belong to the secretly operating unit. Her duties include rescuing Germans from war and crisis areas, arresting war criminals and terrorists, gaining information in crisis areas, training allied forces and fighting strategically important positions of an opponent.

Of the Spiegel is currently reporting on a list of data from top politicians, which the MAD found in a Bundeswehr reservist classified as right-wing. A uniform ban on uniform wear and service was immediately imposed on the non-commissioned officer from Lower Saxony, the magazine writes, citing security circles. The man was taken out of an ongoing reserve exercise on Friday. A MAD spokeswoman said no information could be given about any ongoing operations. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution declined to comment. Of the Spiegel reports that the list of 17 politicians and celebrities was discovered on the reservist’s computer. The list was apparently distributed among participants in an extreme right-wing chat. It is not yet clear who created it, when and for what purpose.


Right-wing reservists: refuge in the Bundestag

A frat boy with a connection to right-wing prepper group is working for the AfD group. A member wanted a Job there.

Camouflage in the Bundestag Photo: imago

BERLIN taz/dpa | A military Reservist and is a member of chat groups of right-wing frat boy from Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt has found in the case of the AfD parliamentary group connection. According to information from the German press Agency, the member of the Leipziger Burschenschaft Germania became employees of the group and was working there this week. In may, he was involved in the creation of a position paper of the group in dealing with the Corona pandemic. Two weeks ago, the taz had discovered the extreme right-wing activities.

To not external “matters relating to employees, I am open to the public,” said group Vice-Sebastian coins Maier on the question of whether the former employees of the AfD parliamentary group in the Saxony-Anhalt working group for the Bundestag.

According to research by the taz, the members of a 2015 founded group wanted to seek refuge in a day of X “” in a village in the North of Saxony, and according to the Chats under throw. The men of the group are reservists of the armed forces, was recently at the Corona-crisis staff of the County used.

In your Facebook-chat group, you have discussed, among other things, on private armament and a possible “race war”. The members are trained, also shoot in a shooting range hall at that time had no operating permit. The Prosecutor’s office in Leipzig is now, whether the recording of the investigation.

Subversive Reflections

In the case of the employees of the AfD group in the Bundestag, it should be Hannes R.. He was a member of the “refuge”-group, but closely associated with it. He also has contact with the new puppet master, Götz Kubitschek. In a chat group of the fraternity R. wrote in the autumn of 2015 Kubitschek: “Götz builds already working on a para-military associations.” This denied this, and further evidence could not be found.

Hannes R. himself wrote in the Chat of the idea, “a new time-volunteer regiment to build”. The model of this roll-over romance the time is volunteer regiment of Leipzig, fought in 1920 against the Communists.

Michael S. from the extreme right-wing “refuge”-a prepper group – also a Reservist and frat boy – is supposed to have, according to the dpa, an activity in the Bundestag tried. According to information from the AfD-party circles, he is not employed but currently there. Until the fall of 2019 he also worked for the AfD parliamentary group in Saxony-Anhalt.

The MAD deals with the incidents

Also, the Military counterintelligence service (MAD) is involved in the incidents. “We have perceived the reporting and checking the facts set out together with the Federal office for the protection of the Constitution of the Association of reservists,” said a spokesman for the dpa. “Some of the addressed people are already planning to permanently out. All other identifiable persons will not be used, as long as the examination continues, to reserve services.“

Several times In the past, staff of the AfD parliamentary group had not provided for public debates. The best-known example of the extreme-right German army officer Maximilian T., is noticed as a result of Links to because of the terror accused, Franco A., and as a temporary member of a prepper group of “Hannibal” – network. Maximilian T., in Saxony-Anhalt, member of the Board of the protection of the Constitution observed “young Alternative”, in the Bundestag in addition to employment as an employee of the AfD-defense politician Jan Nolte.