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1972 Olympic attack clues 'were ignored'

The Local · 23 Jul 2012, 17:34

Published: 23 Jul 2012 17:34 GMT+02:00

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The revelations came as International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge commemorated the dead with a minute’s silence on Monday when he visited the London 2012 Olympic Village.

Eleven members of the Israeli Olympic delegation were killed during the attack on September 5, along with a German policeman. Of the eight Palestinian terrorists, five were killed.

Just two days later a civil servant at the foreign ministry laid out the line to be taken by the government regarding the disaster. “Blaming each other must be avoided. As must self-criticism,” his note said, according to Der Spiegel.

Thus was born the myth of a perfectly-organised terrorist group, and official documentation of the federal government as well as the Bavarian state authorities talk of the precision with which the group had operated.

But the magazine said they all knew that the group were chaotic and had experienced difficulties with the most basic tasks such as getting hotel rooms in Munich.

An analysis conducted by the Munich criminal police explicitly stated that the attackers had “not conducted any precise reconnaissance before the attack.” But the public never discovered this.

The fact that the Munich public prosecutor at the time launched an investigation against the head of police Manfred Schreiber and his team leader for suspected negligent manslaughter was also hidden from the public.

And there were clues and warnings which the magazine described as “so concrete, that it is barely comprehensible why they were ignored.”

The German embassy in Beirut sent a message on August 14 saying that a source had heard the Palestinians were planning to stage something during Games. Four days later the warning was sent by the foreign ministry to the domestic intelligence service, along with the recommendation that “every possibly security measure be taken.”

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The security forces seemed to ignore things that were written in the press at time, the magazine continued. Three days before the attack, Italian magazine Gente said that terrorists were planning a “spectacular act at the Olympic Games.” Two days after the bloodbath, this warning was put on files by Hamburg police.

Attempts to hide the extent of the authorities’ failure continued, with policeman confiscating the work of Munich police psychologist Georg Sieber, who had written up 26 potential crisis scenarios for the Games – including an attack on the Olympic Village by a group of Palestinian terrorists.

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18:04 July 23, 2012 by William Thirteen
German efficiency at its best.
18:08 July 23, 2012 by wenddiver
Up until the bombing of the World Trade Center, possibly the the most despicable act of the second half of the 20th Century. Overnight, supoort for an independet Palestine disappeared amongst leftist college circles in the US, and never re-appeared. Quite an accomplishment of foisting themselves on their own petard.

I don't think anybody was to blame, except the villians who did it. It was truelly an epic example of why terrorism doesn't work and the damage it does to ones cause.
18:18 July 23, 2012 by IchBinKönig
The Olympic Terrorists trained with the Baader-Meinhof gang. The Herbert Marcuse set.

the lie was only perpetuated for 40 years.
20:33 July 23, 2012 by authun
No surprises here, that's pretty much standard procedure in Germany: Convince yourself that everything you do is "perfect" and move forward.

Great country in so many ways, but that is one of the more serious criticisms to be pointed out.
22:35 July 23, 2012 by Leo Strauss
Black SEPTEMBER + 11 murdered Israelis = 911 ;)
04:15 July 24, 2012 by Lisa Rusbridge
Didn't the German government also help the surviving terrorists to escape. They hijacked a plane, but the plane was nearly empty thus the government gave the terrorists an "out" and did not have to bring them to trial. If I recall one terrorist is still alive and has lived in hiding for these last four decades.

I agree with authun's comment. A great country, but their (sometimes) lack of ability or desire to stand up and do the right thing all the while shrouding the facts in a slew of rationalizations and excuses isn't one of their finer points.
07:19 July 24, 2012 by recon68
I remember the 72 olympics, what a great time we were having, and then with in a few hours it all came crashing down; later all I could think of was the black-power salute from the 68 Mexico olympics that was flashed all over the world, after it had happen a few were talking about after seeing the world wide exposure it had received, how the olympics may now become a another tool for radical groups to use to put them in the world spotlight in the future, they were oh so right.
13:09 July 24, 2012 by Leo Strauss
Who benefits from the use of violence? Cui bono? As many posters have pointed out, the use of terrorist violence by Black September was counterproductive...at least to the Palestinian cause. So we should consider:

Why would the state ignore the warning signs? What were the consequences of the Münich terror attack and the equally important botched rescue attempt by the German police?

The BRD subsequetly established SWAT tactical units, which prior to Münich had been forbidden by the constitution, thus militarizing the police in Germany.

After the Münich attacks the anti-Zionist/pro-Palestinian proponents of the Left were reduced or marginalized, as Wenddiver mentions above.

Similarly, consider the effects that the violent tactics of the Weathermen in the US had on public opinion and how these terrorists co-opted and destroyed the peaceful SDS movement there. What ever happened to Dorn and Ayers? ;) They ain`t in jail, that`s for sure.

Think about the relationship between the peaceful student movement in Germany and the RAF. An MK Ultra shooter takes out Rudi Dutschke. A cop shoots and kills unarmed and peaceful protester Benno Ohnesorg, an act which radicalizes the RAF and sets them on the path to violent confrontation with the state. We find out a couple of years ago that the policeman was a STASI agent.

And so it goes...
14:49 July 24, 2012 by SchwabHallRocks
Over the months in the Local, after reading non-stop anti-semitic, holocaust-denying remarks by ChaseV, KosmoNaught, MSlorrya, Szasz, Sayer, Zameenzad, Leo Strauss, et al. I am surprised they are not denying the 1972 attacks took place.

Or at least asserting that they were actually a plot by the CIA and Mossad to tarnish the PLOs name and provoke the 1973 war, or something equally crazy...

Anyhow, London has 18,000 soldiers providing safety because of the fear of Islamic terrorism. They are not worried about Israel, the USA, Russia, or China doing something...
15:49 July 24, 2012 by Leo Strauss

`Over the months in the Local, after reading non-stop anti-semitic, holocaust-denying remarks by ChaseV, KosmoNaught, MSlorrya, Szasz, Sayer, Zameenzad, Leo Strauss, et al`

Nice to see that I have been added to your ever-growing, cut n` paste Hall of Fame (with the same spelling mistakes as the last time you rolled it out). If you don`t show a little more initiative and creativity you are never going to make section leader, my little PSYOP bot.

As for me, I am anti-Zionist. If you wish to conflate that with anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial then that is your leap of logic and let`s call it what it is: a smear campaign.

Yeah, yeah, I know, as you never tire of pointing out, I am going to be put on a list.

As I have written here before, I find your comments to be repulsive, although, yes, I still believe that you have a right to make them.

And finally past your smear and fear red herring rubbish to the point at hand: yes, your above mentioned intelligence agencies do run false flag operations.

Done reading? Copy n` save.

You done earned yourself a smoke, soldier. ;)
16:48 July 24, 2012 by SchwabHallRocks
Tut, tut my dear Leo.

1) I am not sure how you being an admitted anti-Zionist allows you the leeway to be a Holocaust denier. Please explain?

2) If not too much trouble, share a few of the false flag operations run by the Agency with us, would you?

3) Finally, there is a reason Germany, France, Great Britain, etc. passed laws against Holocaust denial. It¦#39;s to disrupt folks like you, from aggregating more folks like you, and then abusing the democratic process to…? quicker than one can say Ku Klux Klan or Neo Nazi.

And, as always, I do enjoy the exercising of free speech.
19:30 July 24, 2012 by ITAMAR
Leo Strauss

You may be anti ZIonist, that is your right

but from that point to the murder of our 11 members of the Olympic games in 1972 , the distance is big.
20:30 July 24, 2012 by Leo Strauss
@ Schwabi

It takes a lot of Chutzpah for you to make such pathetic straw man arguments and then to follow them up with your shameless smears. I guess this is what it looks like when a snake swallows its own tail and then begins a life-and-death struggle with itself. Try not to hurt yourself, Schwabi.

Perhaps the problem lies with your weak English reading comprehension, but I think that there is something much more sinister going on here: You are on the job.

I hope that the other people here recognize you for what you are and what you are doing here.


`You may be anti ZIonist, that is your right

but from that point to the murder of our 11 members of the Olympic games in 1972 , the distance is big.`

ITAMAR...what was your point? Do I really have to deal with another straw man argument? You and Schwabi hot-bunking together somewhere? :) I am an anti-Zionist but of course I condemn the murder of those 11 Israelis athletes.

Shalom, my friend.
20:51 July 24, 2012 by SchwabHallRocks
OK Leo, I'll give you a shot at redemption:

1) Yes, Ohnesorg was shot by a Stasi Agent working as a West Berlin policeman. Yes, his death did inspire "leftists" in West Germany. Not sure how that is relevant to anything.

2) If you are not a Holocaust Denier, then just say how many (very roughly) jewish people do you think died in the Holocaust. (You only need one significant digit, like me when I say between 3,000,000 and 6,000,000.)

Now's your chance hero... get off the watch list, quick!
21:14 July 24, 2012 by Leo Strauss

Are you without shame?
21:54 July 24, 2012 by SchwabHallRocks
@ Leo...

Just give me a number... "How many Jews do you think were killed / exterminated, for simply being Jewish, during what the western world refers to as the Holocaust during WW II?"

It's a simple question that only needs a simple answer.

And I'll never bother you again.

(B.t.w. Regardless of your Holocaust stance - you do some interesting research on cold-war type subjects that I enjoy much. Thanks for that!)

Now, here's your chance... write out a number.
09:14 July 25, 2012 by Leo Strauss

6 million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust.

Only a fool doesn`t know daat.
21:51 July 30, 2012 by friedenstempel
No one expected the Games to turn violent. It is a notorious German habit to blame the police for the crime because the Germans are perfectionists, believe in good governance. We should not follow their totalitarian expectations about what crimes police is able to prevent.
11:47 August 4, 2012 by wenddiver
The only guilty are the triggr pullers and their enablers.
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