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German Neo-Nazi Terror Cell Discovered, Targeted Muslims and Immigrants

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In this computer screen shot a Pink Panther figure stands next to a portrait showing murdered Turkish businessman Enver S. in a DVD reportedly produced by neo-Nazis Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boenhardt to document a series of murders they committed over several years on November 15, 2011 in Germany.

In this computer screen shot a Pink Panther figure stands next to a portrait showing murdered Turkish businessman Enver S. in a DVD reportedly produced by neo-Nazis Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boenhardt to document a series of murders they committed over several years on November 15, 2011 in Germany.

German Neo-Nazi Terror Cell Discovered, Targeted Muslims and Immigrants

An interesting title. You never hear such language when Muslim nations take unequivocal stands against violence in their countries. What’s the last time you saw, “Shocked Saudi Arabia Vows to Fight Terrorists.”

The larger story is how little attention this has received outside of Germany. If these were Muslims you could bet that it would be world-wide news, threat levels and suspicions of terrorists sleeper cells would be dominating coverage.

The money quote from this piece:

The Central Council of Muslims in Germany lamented what it described as a chronically neglected chain of violence against Muslims in the last 20 years.

“Obviously right-wing terrorism was rife and went unchallenged because the authorities looked too much in the direction of religiously motivated criminals,” Council chairman Aiman Mazyek told the Osnabruecker Zeitung.

Shocked Germany vows to fight neo-Nazis after murders

(Reuters)

LEIPZIG/BERLIN – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives urged her on Tuesday to step up the fight against right-wing extremists following the chance discovery that a group of neo-Nazis had been murdering immigrants for years.

Merkel has described as a national disgrace the existence of a cell, called the National Socialist Underground, whose members are now suspected of killing between 2000 and 2007 at least nine immigrants, eight Turks and a Greek, and a police woman.

The cell only came to light by chance, raising fears the security services have underplayed the threat from the extreme right and may have been distracted by its use of unreliable informants from the right-wing scene.

Police are reopening all unsolved cases with a possible racist motive since 1998.

The case has topped the national news since the weekend and politicians from all parties have expressed shock, which has also fuelled calls for a renewed effort to ban the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD).

“You cannot help being left with the dreadful impression that the danger of right-wing extremist violence wasn’t taken seriously enough,” Thomas Oppermann, a member of the opposition Social Democrats (SPD), told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily.

Germany’s Nazi past makes right-wing militancy a particularly sensitive subject, yet experts have long warned of extremism among disenchanted young people in eastern regions of the country where unemployment is high and job prospects poor.

At least 3 million people of Turkish origin live in Germany. Many came to fill West Germany’s labour gap after World War Two and helped deliver its “economic miracle”. About 81 million people live in Germany.

“BRUTAL THREAT”

Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) voted unanimously at a congress in Leipzig on Tuesday to push for tough action against what the party called “a serious, brutal threat to our democratic life”.

The CDU urged the government to “intensify the fight against right-wing extremism” and to “find out whether the recent events provide grounds for a prohibition of the NPD”.

Conservative parliamentary leader Volker Kauder said he was in favour of exploring whether it would be possible to “root out this Brown weed” — referring to the brown shirts once worn by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Stormtroopers — by banning the NPD.

A previous attempt to ban the NPD in 2003 collapsed because informants were used as witnesses. Many politicians are wary of trying again, not least because of the fear of pushing NPD supporters underground.

Lorenz Caffier, the CDU’s leader in the northern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, one of the depressed former East German areas plagued by right-wing extremism and where the NPD enjoys support, told the congress “German society has to stand up to the extreme-right NPD with all our might, it is our democratic duty”.

With seats in two regional assemblies, the NPD received 1.06 million euros in taxpayers’ money last year.

The NPD is more radical than populist, anti-immigration parties in the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Sweden.

Germany’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution describes the NPD as racist, anti-Semitic and revisionist and says its statements prove its inspiration comes from the Nazis. The party says the German constitution is a “diktat” imposed by victorious Western powers after World War Two.

Last weekend the NPD appointed Holger Apfel as their leader. He has tried to portray himself as the moderate face of the NPD and distanced himself from the newly-found terror cell, as well as condemning political terrorism and violence.

MISINFORMED

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency monitors far-right extremists but has in the last few years made little of the threat of violence from right-wing groups.

One of the main charges levelled at the agency is that in its efforts to infiltrate right wing groups, it used unreliable informants. Critics even say money paid to the informants went to fund criminal activities.

Top-selling Bild newspaper reported that a security agent had been very close to the scene of crime in six of the cases.

“There is much to indicate that the intelligence services did not fulfil their task of protecting society. They failed,” veteran Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele said.

“Not only did they let huge risks develop but probably 10 or more people have been murdered. Post-war Germany has not known this kind of drama until now,” he told N-TV television.

Families of some of the victims have said they thought all along the murderers were right-wing radicals.

The Central Council of Muslims in Germany lamented what it described as a chronically neglected chain of violence against Muslims in the last 20 years.

“Obviously right-wing terrorism was rife and went unchallenged because the authorities looked too much in the direction of religiously motivated criminals,” Council chairman Aiman Mazyek told the Osnabruecker Zeitung.

Police discovered the neo-Nazi group, known to the Thuringia regional intelligence service in the 1990s but then forgotten, earlier this month when two of its members apparently committed suicide in a caravan in Eisenach in eastern Germany.

Weapons involved in the murders were later found at a burned out house nearby in Zwickau that had been used both by them and by a woman called Beate Zschaepe, who has given herself up. A male suspected accomplice was arrested on Sunday.

Other evidence uncovered included graphic DVDs prepared for sending to media and Islamic cultural organisations. They show a Pink Panther cartoon figure pointing out the scenes of the killings. Police say this indicates the group had inside knowledge of the attacks.

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12 Comments »

  1. “The larger story is how little attention this has received outside of Germany. If these were Muslims you could bet that it would be world-wide news,” do any of the contributors to this site even read the news?

  2. m2, did you even read the article you posted? “According to one recent study, hundreds of people are killed each year for falling in love or marrying outside their caste or against their families’ wishes.” Note the word CASTE…these men were Hindu, not Muslim.

  3. Criley,

    I hope you could comment on this one. you had commented in an another article that Muslims are killing Christians every where. I guess you would call this a backlash.
    As m2 said is there were Muslims, then God help us we would never hear the end of it.
    Let s wait and see what you will have to say!

    Later.

  4. Democracy and free society need to protect itself … and ban these “political parties” is in order. We only need to remember the last time Germany had violent “political parties.”

    This is NOT “free speech” and there should be NO absolute “free speech.” When some speakers that hold political positions engage in “speech” that is intended to spread hateful myths about a group in society – that “speaker” should face some type of social rebuke.

    Germany does have, unlike the Netherlands, laws to protect itself and its constutional order from these types of “political parties.” We could have a real disaster if such a “political party” got real power in Germany or the Netherlands.

  5. Salim!,
    Stop taking Criley 401’s comments out of context.

  6. Bennett, Well I do not as a matter or fact!

  7. S,

    yes i read the article. yes i know they are hindu. yes i’m familiar with the caste system and it’s totally discrimatory nature. it’s a terrible system for trying to build a just society. as is the abrahamic traditions and all the non-sense in the bible and koran. i often try to help out the “if they where muslim” guys. here’s one for them
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15871386
    in fact i posted a link to the neo-nazi article 3 or 4 days before this article.

    as for this article i think the author is wrong. that’s why i question weather they even read the news? i saw several news outlets carry this story, and for several days. this was world wide news.

  8. srry for the multiple link but i find if you post two in one article it gets held up in moderation. looks like even a fox affiliate picked it up. a bite late though.

    http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/16116107/germany-arrests-another-neo-nazi-group-suspect

  9. http://onespot.wsj.com/health/2011/11/14/eeee9/new-german-neo-nazi-probe-arrest

    and i won’t bother reposting the bbc article i originally posted. but if you want good world news i would suggest the bbc over any american outlet. but wsj and cnn aren’t too bad. or check out al-jassera, i image they ran with this story like crazy.

  10. salim,

    “then God help us we would never hear the end of it” yeah like the crusades. so let me see if i got the rules right. no bringing up muslim actions from what the last twenty years? once a news artilce is 3 days old, no more mentioning it? but if you leapfrog back 20 years, then all history is relevent to the debate? you might want to let the people running the site know. i see them rehash articles all the time. just had the brit stopped for his weight vest article on again. how many times is that 3? and no one even died. but he was slightly inconvenienced. and what where the comments. omg the horror this man had to endure. i guess that’s why it warrents so much attention.

    but yeah criley,

    just because some churches are burnt in ethiopia, the copts bombed in egypt, a church destroyed in senagel, christians attacked by boko haram in nigeria, of the 1 million christians in iraq there are only a couple hundred thousand left….the list goes on and on. don’t be implying muslims are in any way violent or not tolerant of others’ religion.

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