By Santiago Alvarez
Every year the German government proudly promotes its persecution of peaceful dissidents, which it lumps together with violent criminals as “enemies of the [German] constitution.” Never mind that Germany doesn’t even have a constitution.
On July 18 of this year, the German government released the figures of government persecution for the year 2011 as printed in its “Report on the Protection of the Constitution.” According to the report, 13,865 criminal investigations were launched in 2011 against individuals for either committing “propaganda offenses” (11,401 cases) or for saying or writing something that was deemed capable of “stirring up the people” (2,464 cases). That is a 1.5% increase in cases compared to the previous year (13,663 cases total in 2010). All of these offenses are grouped under “right-wing extremism.” The lists of offenses committed by left-wing extremists or foreign extremists do not have these categories, which means that only patriots, nationalists and the like can commit such “thought crimes” in Germany. The German penal law implicitly states that only right-wingers can commit “thought crimes.”
This makes Germany the only country in history where expressions of love for one’s country have become illegal.
Since 1994, 250,000 criminal investigations for “thought crimes” have been launched in Germany.
Many nations hide the number of prosecuted dissidents, or even the very fact that such things occur, but not Germany. The entire nation has been instilled with the idea that aggressively defending “democracy” is a worthwhile enterprise, morally justifying the relentless suppression of those tagged as “enemies of the Constitution.” The zeal with which many, if not most, Germans ostracize individuals and organizations listed by the German government as enemies in its yearly report is mind-boggling.
Germany’s legal system has also contributed to this, starting with the fact that German courts of law do not prepare verbatim records of their proceedings, which enables the judges to claim just about anything about what happened in court, with no legal recourse for the defense against any distortion or lie written down in the verdict. Even defending oneself can be a criminal act in Germany, if a defendant is accused of a “thought crime.” Any attempt to introduce evidence that disproves a fundamental statement that led to the prosecution in the first place is itself deemed illegal. After all—as the politicians, mass media and prosecution argue—the defendants are trying to “misuse” a public government event—their own trial—to spread their evil views in broad view of the public.
Therefore Germany is the only country in the civilized world where defending oneself has become illegal in certain cases, punishable by law with imprisonment of up to five years. Even defense lawyers, acting in the best interest of their clients, have been sentenced for filing a motion to introduce evidence meant to support the views of their clients.
And that’s not the end of it: Since some defense lawyers then resorted to publicly decrying these scandalous conditions during trials, the government has passed a law that permits courts to gag lawyers during a trial if they make statements “not pertinent to the case.” So now the defense keeps mum in Germany during trials against dissidents.
Santiago Alvarez is a Holocaust Revisionist, researcher, historian and writer. He is the co-author of The Gas Vans: A Critical Investigation. See also Chelmno: A German Camp in History and Propaganda, a complementary volume to The Gas Vans. Both books were edited in parallel to make sure they are consistent with each other and are not repetitive.