Security authorities: more networked against right-wing networks

Horst seehofer speaks of an "ugly trail of blood starting from NSU to halle. Danger from right-wing extremists – not only since today, the federal minister of the interior wants to say with it.

But it wasn’t until this year that politicians and authorities really got their act together, under the impact of the murder of kassel’s president walter lubcke (CDU) and the anti-semitic terrorist attack in halle. On tuesday, the head of the federal criminal police office (BKA), holger munch, and the president of the office for the protection of the constitution, thomas haldenwang, joined seehofer (CSU) in berlin to explain what changes are to be made in their agencies.

"We have to take a much broader stance in the fight against right-wing extremism," says haldenwang – with more personnel, with new content. 600 new jobs approved by the bundestag after the halle attack. Half for the BKA and half for the federal office for the protection of the constitution (bfv). In addition, there are already 500 extra positions planned for the BKA, which are also not intended solely for the fight against right-wing extremism.

BKA chief munch says: "violence on the rise, propaganda crimes on the increase."In addition to foreigners and political opponents, the focus is increasingly on elected officials and advocates of a liberal refugee policy. "Threats on the net and acts of violence are increasingly creating a climate of fear to which it is necessary to respond."

"In the past, we focused very strongly on violence-oriented right-wing extremism, targeting specific individuals," haldenwang explained. "Today we know: a holistic approach is required."In addition to right-wing parties, associations and comradeships, concerts and martial arts events, the new right should also be given more attention: the nationalist identitarian movement, the afd youth organization junge alternative and the right-wing "wing" of the party. It is necessary to better identify networks, to consider contacts of known extremists. Important actors to become topic of discussion at "case conferences" of federal and state security authorities.

At least 12.According to seehofer, 000 people on the right are potentially ready for violence. According to a report in the "tagesspiegel," the office for the protection of the constitution is now investigating a total of 32.200 right-wing extremists for 2019 – in the previous year it was still 24.100. The reason for this is that the afd associations "wing" and "young alternative" are also to be counted.

The problem is recognized, but the perpetrators sometimes seem to come out of nowhere for the authorities. This is how it was with the suspected murderer of lubcke, and this is how it was with the right-wing terrorist assassin of halle. Almost half of all perpetrators of right-wing crimes were not previously known to the police, says munch. Early detection should be improved.

For example, the federal prosecutor general in karlsruhe, who takes over in serious cases such as suspected terrorism, should conduct more structural proceedings, explains munch. The aim is not only to solve individual crimes, such as the lubcke murder, but also to uncover possible networks. The authorities now counted 48 endangerers and 126 relevant persons in the extreme right-wing field. The police use the term "dangerous persons" to describe people who are believed to be capable of committing serious politically motivated acts of violence, including terrorist attacks. The term "relevant persons" also includes, for example, supporters. The numbers are rising.

The right-wing extremism hotline launched by the federal office for the protection of the constitution in october has been a success, according to haldenwang. In the meantime, there are a four-digit number of "valuable indications". In addition, new units and units at the domestic intelligence service are to take care of onlinenetworks, the new right and extremist aspirations among public service employees. At the bfv itself, there was a case of suspicion a few months ago, said haldenwang. "The man was no longer in our house the next day."

In the federal police, there had been a total of 57 suspected cases of racism or right-wing extremism from 2012 to 2019, seehofer added. According to the ministry, they led to 19 dismissals and 13 other sanctions, 23 proceedings are still pending. In the same period, there were four suspected cases of islamism, which led to dismissals in four cases. All cases had been prosecuted under criminal and disciplinary law. "We can talk about individual cases, but the public service, and the police in particular, is dependent on a special relationship of trust with the population."

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