Nsu committee: in the dark, but still illuminating

Nsu committee: in the dark, but still illuminating

The former president of the bavarian state office for the protection of the constitution, gerhard forster, was already summoned to appear before the state parliament committee a good month ago, which was investigating the role of the security authorities in the series of murders by the "national socialist underground" (NSU) wants to clear up. The opposition parties from the SPD, the free voters and the greens apparently doubted his first statement that the bavarian constitutional protection agency did not have a V-man "on it" had been involved in the neo-nazi cell, which then became the murderous NSU. This loved forster also yesterday in public meeting in the dark.

But his statement was illuminating in that it explained the closed mindset of the state authorities, which stood in the way of an earlier clarification of the murders. Forster yesterday: "we don’t know the V people of other offices. We did not particularly like having the federal office (for the protection of the constitution) in bavaria."

Gerhard forster is 71 years old and has been retired for eleven years, but it wasn’t so much the memory lurches that kept him yesterday from giving concrete information about the connections between an increasingly violent neo-nazi scene in thuringia and upper franconia, which were already clear during his time in office, and about the V-men deployed there. At least forster counts it a success that the terrorists were prevented from spreading from thuringia to upper franconia.

Here, the deputies were concerned with the role of the terrorist who is known as "kai D". Known neo-nazi from kronach who, as an informer for the bavarian constitutional protection agency, is said to have had connections to an environment from which the NSU emerged. Again and again, forster emphasized that he could not comment publicly on individual persons or actions of his service.

Nevertheless, it became clear that kai D. Zustandig was responsible for one of the four bavarian nodes of a total of up to 18 such central mailbox systems, called thule, which probably connected 500 neo-nazis. According to forster, this network was founded by "mr. Hetzer", a student of computer science from erlangen.

Despite his reluctance to make a statement, which he limited by consulting a representative of the ministry of the interior, forster yesterday made it clear that his bavarian state office was deliberately closing itself off to the services of other federal states and to the federal government. Apparently, forster already had reservations about a central registry for v-people because of the protection of his informants: "we haven’t told the other countries anything."