Sunday, August 21, 2016
Report: Turkey's 'Stasi' apparatus menacing 'German Turks'.
Report: Turkey's 'Stasi' apparatus menacing 'German Turks'. (DW).
The Sunday edition of "Die Welt" said Bundestag intelligence oversight committee members were demanding answers from Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on MIT activities in Germany in the wake of Turkey's failed 15 July coup.
Ankara had 6,000 informants of its Milli Istihbarat Teskilati (MIT) national intelligence agency in Germany who were putting pressure on "German Turks," the newspaper claimed.
Some 3.7 million of Germany's 81-million population are either German nationals of Turkish origin or Turks who reside long-term in the Federal Republic. Their diverse organizations are planning or have staged rallies, including one in support of strongman Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan .
Veteran opposition Greens parliamentarian Hans-Christian Ströbele told the "Die Welt am Sonntag" that there was an "unbelievable" level of "secret activities" in Germany by Turkey's MIT agency, which in English calls itself the National Intelligence Organization.
"Welt am Sonntag" quoted an unnamed "security politician" as saying that the MIT had at its disposition a "large number" of regular agents in Germany, as well as a network of 6,000 informants - far more than previously known.
That meant one MIT informant for every 500 citizens of Turkish origin, according to the unnamed politician quoted by the newspaper.
German intelligence service expert observer Erich Schmidt-Eenboom said MIT's surveillance reach in post-reunification Germany was "enormous."
"For many Turks national pride is so strongly pronounced that they regard it as an honor to be allowed to work for MIT," he said.
Not even the former communist East German Stasi secret police had managed to run such a large "army of agents" in the former West Germany, Schmidt-Eenboom said.
"Here, it's not just about intelligence gathering, but increasingly about intelligence service repression," he said, adding that Germany should not allow such behavior by a NATO partner. Hmmmm.....Intelligence gathering or......Fifth Column of a hostile state? Read the full story here.