Hans-Georg Maaßen is the president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, BfV), Germany’s domestic intelligence agency. During the recent controversy over anti-migrant street demonstrations in Chemnitz, Mr. Maaßen determined that media reports about “neo-Nazis” and “manhunts” of migrants in Chemnitz were utterly without foundation. Law enforcement agencies plus the political leadership of Saxony agreed with him.
The only source for the spurious assertion of a “manhunt” was an Antifa propaganda video. On the basis of this video — and without consulting her security services — Chancellor Angela Merkel made her own assertions about “manhunts” by “xenophobes” in Chemnitz.
Mrs. Merkel’s coalition partners in the SPD (Social Democratic Party, specifically Martin Schulz, if I am not mistaken) have said that the chancellor will soon fire Mr. Maaßen from his position as head of the BfV, for contradicting his chancellor about the “manhunts”. If she really does give him the boot, it will set a devastating precedent, and signal the complete politicization of the German intelligence services.
Just think about the ramifications: Mrs. Merkel’s intelligence chief gives her an accurate assessment of the domestic situation, so she fires him. Such an action makes certain that whoever succeeds him will NEVER tell the chancelloress anything she doesn’t want to hear.
It reminds me of the way Stalin handled his underlings in the USSR (except, of course, that Mr. Maaßen is unlikely to end up neckshot in the basement of the Bundeskanzleramt). No commissar would dare tell the General Secretary that only 300 tanks had actually been produced by the factory in Novosibirsk, rather than the 5,000 listed in the Defense Ministry’s report*. Comrade Stalin did not want to hear such facts, and telling them to him could end one’s career, and most likely one’s life. As a result, Stalin made important strategic decisions using bad intel, sometimes with disastrous consequences.
Bad intel was one of the things that helped bring down the USSR. Mrs. Merkel would be wise to remember that fact.
The following video discusses remarks by Alice Weidel, the leader of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) about the possible firing of Hans-Georg Maaßen.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
For those who read German, more information is available at Politically Incorrect.
|00:00||The AfD deputy parliamentary leader Alice Weidel declared that|
|00:05||the discussion circulating about the dismissal of secret service chief Hans-Georg Maaßen|
|00:09||was a punishment for his blatant criticism of Chancellor Merkel’s refugee policy.|
|00:13||“Anyone who dares to criticize Merkel’s illegal immigration policy is mercilessly|
|00:17||put through the wringer by the establishment parties. Now, right in the|
|00:21||middle of the Bavarian election campaign, President Maaßen is being shot down over|
|00:25||CSU Interior Minister [Horst] Seehofer’s head,” wrote Weidel on her Facebook page.|
|00:30||AfD Party Chairman Jorg Meuthen explained that if the CSU had a glimmer|
|00:34||of dignity and self respect, then Seehofer would resign. The CSU should terminate|
|00:38||their party association with the CDU instead of following Merkel down her far-left path.|
|00:44||The SPD has demanded the dismissal of the Constitutional Protection Agency Chief.|
|00:50||The reason behind the demand is a statement made by the agency chief|
|00:54||during an interview in which he questioned the authenticity of the video claimed to be|
|00:58||a xenophobic attack in Chemnitz in Saxon.
|*||This is a made-up example. Don’t take it literally.