Racist chats and ammunition for enemies of the Constitution: More than 300 right-wing extremists and “citizens” in security agencies – Panorama – Society

The phenomenon irritates and damages confidence in the state. Officers from the police and other security agencies participate in right-wing extremist chat groups or even redirect ammunition to enemies of the Constitution. Such scandals have shaken the Federal Republic several times, and the Federal Office for Constitutional Protection (BfV) has now written a comprehensive analysis.

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Many individual cases paint a worrying picture, although the vast majority of the approximately 355,000 employees of the security authorities and the Bundeswehr are clearly not susceptible to extremism. This is the result of the three-year study that BfV summarized in the new “Status report on right-wing extremists, citizens and self-government in security authorities”. “Self-governors” are extremists who declare their property their own state and often refuse to pay taxes and fines.

Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) and BfV President Thomas Haldenwang presented the more than 150-page paper on Friday in Berlin.

According to this, the police, intelligence services and other authorities at the federal and state level have a pile of several hundred employees with a disturbed relationship with democracy. For the period July 2018 to June 2021, the Constitutional Association assessed a total of 860 cases where there were references to right-wing extremism and “citizens” – or at least the suspicion.

Federal Secretary of the Interior Nancy Faeser and the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Thomas Haldenwang.Photo: Britta Pedersen / dpa

For 327 employees of the security authorities and the Bundeswehr, the information was so serious that it was “further processed by the intelligence service”. The federal authorities found anti-constitutional efforts in 138 cases, including 101 cases in the Bundeswehr. At the level of state authorities, there were 189.

“Reichsbürger” did not appear in the first report

As a result of the cases, 500 work and disciplinary measures were taken. “We will not allow our democratic constitutional state to be sabotaged from within by right-wing extremists,” Faeser said. She announced she would submit a bill amending the federal disciplinary law later this year. The enemies of the Constitution must be removed from public service faster than before. Haldenwang stressed that such incidents are “a slap in the face to those employees who have both legs on the ground of the free democratic basic order”.

The Federal Police, the Federal Criminal Police, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the Federal Parliament, the Federal Intelligence Service, the Federal Office of Federal Armed Forces and their military counterintelligence service, the customs administration and constitutional protection authorities and police forces in the federal states.

The newspaper is a continuation of a first situation report from 2020, which named a couple of very problematic cases in police and intelligence services, a total of 34. However, the Reichsbürger and self-government did not show up and less data was generally collected. The Conference of Ministers of the Interior then commissioned the new situation report, which was methodically further developed. All authorities received the same questionnaires. Haldenwang stressed on Friday that work on the situation report had already “increased the attention” of the authorities. However, there were regional differences. North Rhine-Westphalia provided plenty of data, while participation in eastern Germany was sometimes quite low.

Nationwide outrage over “NSU 2.0”

One reason for the investigation of right-wing activities in the security authorities was the nationwide outrage over the alleged involvement of officers from Frankfurt (Main) police headquarters to the anonymous threats from “NSU 2.0” against Frankfurt lawyer Seda Basay-Yildiz as well as politicians and other celebrities . The investigation revealed that Hessian police officers belonged to a racist chat group. Further cases followed in Berlin and other federal states.

In the current report, in most cases, a total of 152 right-wing extremists or “citizens” in security agencies are certified as members of unconstitutional chat groups. Contacts with right-wing extremist organizations such as the NPD and the AfD internal group “Der Flügel” were found among 143 employees of the security authorities. The Office of Constitutional Protection also specifically investigated networks of government officials and right-wing extremist organizations.

In addition, according to the report, politically motivated insults were found in 141 cases. Mentioned are “human dignity-infringing, exclusive, contemptuous, derogatory or otherwise degrading statements towards persons with a migrant background or persons of Islamic and Jewish faith as well as sending messages with insulting and threatening content to political dissidents”. Participation in right-wing extremist events was reported for 74 people by the security authorities.

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