This video says about itself:
24 August 2016
As of Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, in a recent NBC report, Germany has debated whether or not to deploy their military onto the streets, in order to combat the threats of “terror” — in what they call counterterrorism operations. Such a move would enforce the deployment of military troops in Germany… The first time since World War II.
Wolfgang Bosbach, lawmaker from Merkel’s CDU party, dismissed claims that this would be “totalitarian,” but did say that German armed forces and military polices “were put on alert… They have been deployed in other crises, so why should the military not help with domestic security as well?”
Mind you, this isn’t the only alert Germany has recently received. As of Sunday, August 21st, 2016, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAZ), which is a German-based newspaper, discussed a 69-page strategy entitled “Concept for Civil Defence” — which calls for German citizens to stockpile enough food and water for ten days, in case of an alleged “terrorist attack.” Such measures could also mean the further deployment of troops in not only Germany, but also the rest of Europe.
But should this really surprise us? Considering how France has been under a national state of emergency for well over 9 months now — a state of emergency issued for a grand total of 14 months… Supposedly ending in January 2017. Under this state of emergency alone, tens of thousands of military troops have been deployed in the country alone, in order to combat “terrorism.” As we can see, the militarization has only spread throughout Europe.
However, the question remains: Is This Coming To America TOO?
By Peter Schwarz:
German armed forces prepare for domestic operations
3 September 2016
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière announced somewhat casually on Wednesday that the police and Bundeswehr (armed forces) will conduct joint domestic operations in February 2017 for the first time. This represents a political turning point and is a clear breach of the German constitution.
Domestic military operations were formerly a strict taboo in post-war Germany. That was one of the lessons that had been drawn from the role of the army in the Weimar Republic in the 1920s and 30s. As a state within the state, the Reichswehr (German military from 1919 to 1935) contributed decisively to establishing an authoritarian regime and to the rise of Hitler.
The decision to undertake the joint exercises is a bipartisan one. The critical meeting was attended by De Maizière and Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (both Christian Democratic Union, CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) state interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Ralf Jäger, and his CDU counterparts from Saarland and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
The exercises will initially take place in four states: Bavaria, governed by the CDU’s sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU); in the SPD-Green Party-governed North Rhine-Westphalia and Bremen; as well as in Baden-Württemberg, run by a coalition of the Greens and CDU under Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Green Party). Other states have also expressed an interest.
All parties are keen to avoid any public debate on the domestic use of the Bundeswehr because they fear massive opposition. For this reason, they are trying to downplay the political importance and historical implications of this step.
They have cited Article 35 of the constitution, which governs so-called “official and disaster relief” between the federal and state governments. According to this, “in cases of a natural disaster or an especially grave accident” the states can call on the Bundeswehr for support. It was on this basis that German soldiers were used to secure dikes during the devastating Elbe river floods in 2013.
The Green Kretschmann and the Social Democrat Jäger, in whose parties there are some reservations, have cited the same article to support the joint exercises.
Jäger asserted that discussions and joint exercises between the police and Bundeswehr were important because the various official channels have to work in an emergency. However, the exercise scenarios had to take into account the fact “that domestic security is the responsibility of the police, in the first place.”
However, the planned exercises are not about disaster relief, but constitute an anti-terrorism operation. It is conceivable, Maizière said, “that we could face complicated, days-long and difficult terrorist cases.” The exercises involved “a wise provision for an unlikely but possible situation.”
What is meant by such anti-terrorism operations was seen three years ago in Boston in the US and, more recently, in France.
In Boston, the security forces used the hunt for a 19-year-old who had carried out an attack on the city’s annual marathon as an excuse to put the entire city on a state of emergency for 24 hours. The authorities imposed a curfew, while thousands of heavily armed National Guardsmen and police combed the city and ransacked homes without a court order. The measures were wildly disproportionate to the actual threat. They served to accustom the population to a police state, in which constant monitoring, surveillance and intimidation are commonplace.
“Behind these and other assaults on civil liberties is fear of the buildup of class tensions on the domestic front, fueled by declining living standards and burgeoning social inequality,” the WSWS commented. “Under conditions where the system has nothing to offer the vast majority of the American population but poverty and war, the ruling elite is amassing the repressive forces of the police-military apparatus to confront the social explosions that must inevitably arise.”
In France, heavily armed elite soldiers have been a regular sight on the streets ever since the government imposed a state of emergency following the Paris attacks in November 2015. Here, too, it is a matter of accustoming the population to the constant presence of soldiers, to curfews and arbitrary house searches, and their use to tackle social resistance. The state of emergency has already been used to suppress demonstrations against the hated new labour law.
In Germany, the government’s domestic deployment of the Bundeswehr is directed against its own people. The return of German militarism is inevitably connected to a return to the police state.
German Luftwaffe begin NATO patrols over the Baltic: here.
Just weeks before the Berlin state election, the German armed forces [Bundeswehr] has stepped up its odious campaign for new recruits. Large format posters have been plastered all over the city’s subway stations, bus stops and pedestrian zones. The aim of the campaign is to solve the recruitment problem of the Bundeswehr and win over young people for Germany’s current war drive: here.
In the German state of Baden-Württemberg, the first state government led by a coalition of the Greens and conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has agreed to a joint exercise involving the German army (Bundeswehr) and police in February 2017. Five months after coming to power, the coalition under the leadership of Winfried Kretschmann is proving itself to be a spearhead for militarism, austerity and attacks on refugees: here.
German military builds training ground for civil war: here.
There’s nothing new about any of this. What about the US role?
Thanks for posting.
This police-armed forces cooperation in Germany did not happen until recently.
As for the USA, see eg:
Until recently? You’ve got to be kidding!
As the article by Peter Schwarz says:
“This represents a political turning point and is a clear breach of the German constitution.
Domestic military operations were formerly a strict taboo in post-war Germany.”
Yes, the Allies imposed this stricture upon what became the West Germany. constitution. But disregarding 70 years is a weird way of looking at history.
The remark by Peter Schwarz refers only to the role of the military in the Federal Republic of Germany from 1949 to recently. Not including the role of the military in the earlier Kaiser Wilhelm II, Weimar and Hitler eras. Schwarz says the recent change is a reversal to these pre-1945 times.
Schwarz writes, about the post-1949 policy:
“That was one of the lessons that had been drawn from the role of the army in the Weimar Republic in the 1920s and 30s. As a state within the state, the Reichswehr (German military from 1919 to 1935) contributed decisively to establishing an authoritarian regime and to the rise of Hitler.”
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