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Minister: we need some neo-Nazi informants

Published: 22 Mar 2012 09:03 GMT+01:00

“I think we can’t completely avoid [using informants]. Otherwise we will have too little information from the circles surrounding the NPD,” Friedrich said in an interview with the radio station Deutschlandfunk.

Moves have been made by state intelligence agencies to informants from operating in their regional NPD party as part of preparations for a possible attempt to ban the party. Previous attempts to do so foundered on evidence that NPD leaders on whose anti-constitutional statements and actions the ban application was based, were being paid by the state.

The uproar over the use of informants in neo-Nazi circles re-started after a neo-Nazi group in Thuringia was discovered last November. Authorities believe the group is responsible for nine racially-motivated killings and the murder of a policewoman.

Friedrich, a member of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), part of the ruling coalition, does want to get rid of some informants.

“We’re at least removing the informants from the top echelons of the party at state and federal levels,” he told the radio station.

He said informants were an important tool to fight organized crime as well as political extremism. Friedrich warned about endangering such sources of information.

“Therefore we must find a way that allows us in the future to maintain such information sources in the criminal and extremist areas so that we don’t destroy anything that will hurt us more in the long-run.”

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15:30 March 22, 2012 by tommy2shoes
The Fourth Reich is coming on....copy and paste this info.....http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/21/anti-semitism-rise-europe_n_1371313.html
18:14 March 22, 2012 by klaus stoiber
Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, please dont pay attention to the article that tommy2shoes wants u to read.

The anti defamation league is a pro-israeli/zionist organisation. Anyone that questions the acts of jews and israel, even though valid, will get u labelled as anti-semitic, something which doesnt bother me, as i believe in free speech. Without free speech, conspiracy theories arise such as if for example the extent of the holocaust. In germany today and austria, denying or even questioning the holocaust will make u end up in jail. Free speech is a basic human right as it leads to debate and then consensus amongst opposing factions, and when u deny this basic human right to people, they start questioning the opposing factions motives, such as: are they covering something up, why is free speech not allowed and so forth.

Regarding this article, it is well known that lots of muslims reside in Europe and yes, u have neo nazis as well. But by focusing on racially motivated such as these, it paints a skewed picture of the entire country as a whole.

Germany is a peaceful country, ask any foreigner or children of foreigners living here and they will tell u that they get on well with germans.

We as Germans have a certain manner when we speak. Its part of our culture. If you are an englishman and come here, we might be seen as being rude,but we are not. German is a powerful language,while English is a softer language, and when we speak to you, this doesnt mean that we dont like you or that we are racist. I dont know why im explaining myself to people, as this is our land, and when you live here, you need to adapt to german way of life, otherwise, feel free to leave.

But to use nine racially motivated attacks as a valid reason to label an entire country or state as anti-semitic/racist is simply UNACCEPTABLE to me and the rest of Germany.

Why does the SPD and CDU want to ban the NPD? Are they really scared of antisemitism? Or are they afraid that many will vote for the NPD, knowing that the NPD will hardlu get the 5% needed to enter national or regional parliament, taking votes away from the mainstream parties, and then forcing the likes of the SPD and CDU into uncomfortable coalitions with other parties.

One really needs to analyse the reasons behind these, because the NPD is really a very small party, to small to be bothered with.
21:17 March 22, 2012 by DinhoPilot
I have to disagree with you pal. Even a small party can be a problem... Every cancer starts small.

White on black racism has to be adress. Black on white racism has well. Islamic terrorism, neo nazism, gang violence, etc... all those things must be adress has soon we understand it. Closing the eyes to these problems is the reason why europe and us are experiencing I raise in social tension.
22:01 March 22, 2012 by tommy2shoes
Germany, in history, was known as Ancient Assyria....Look it up, They were always the country that all nations feared. When Israel and Judah would thumb their noses at God, He would use Ancient Assyria (Germany) to conquer them and take them captive. So it will be again after the third reich. The modern Israeli nations are the UK and USA where most of the lost ten tribes disappeared. Judah (Jews) mostly still remain in Israel....
07:02 March 23, 2012 by Englishted
Two of the commentators on here are writing complete and utter rubbish from opposite ends of the spectrum.
08:24 March 23, 2012 by klaus stoiber
@tommy2shoes

What utter rubbish u speak.Most jews alive today are not of hebrew descent so that alone nullifies your statement about the UK and USA being the place where most of the lost 10 tribes disappeared to. Genetic research has shown that afghanis are of hebrew descent even though they're all muslims except for one jew. The majority of jews alive today are ashkenazi who are of asian kazah descent. Go do your research. They have NO historic claim to land in Israel and Palestine
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