What means most brutal clarification of the facts imaginable?
“The most brutal clarification of the facts imaginable” is a technique sui generis. Roland Koch invented it during the CDU campaign-funding scandal, back when he was premier minister of Hessia, a German Land. After the series of murders perpetrated by the network calling itself the “National-Socialist Underground” (NSU), many politicians have once again promised full clarification of the facts. What they failed to mention was that they, too, had “the most brutal clarification of the facts imaginable” in mind.
What does “the most brutal clarification of the facts imaginable” mean?
“The most brutal clarification of the facts imaginable” does not mean clarification of a scandalous state of affairs. It means that the way a state of affairs is clarified provides brutal insights into a society that makes such clarification possible. Roland Koch has demonstrated that he is capable of exempting not only his party’s financial shenanigans from democratic control, but entire government agencies as well. “Clarification” of the NSU murders has shown that an official of the Hessian Agency for Protection of the Constitution (German secret service) could be standing by when, on April 6, 2006, Halit Yozgat, who ran an internet cafe in the city of Kassel, was murdered. And that forty-two undercover agents could be active in the NSU milieu and pump hundreds of thousands of euros (if not more) into it in the form of informers’ salaries. And that agencies supposed to protect the constitution could conspire to make clarification impossible by shredding documents and hushing things up.
The consequences? The operatives who held, at the time, responsible posts in the Hessian Agency for Protection of the Constitution have been promoted to leadership positions. The national Agency for Protection of the Constitution has been granted additional rights, its budget has been increased by 17 million euros, and a planned three hundred more posts will be created in the agency, including that of a handsomely paid second vice-president. Impunity for crimes committed in the line of duty has been legalized. Have the perverse activities of underground agents found an end? Has parliamentary control over the agency’s operations been reinforced? Perish the thought! Involved here is, unmistakably, the most brutal clarification of the facts imaginable.[/columns]