The former head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution is now himself a case for the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. The authority he previously headed has now given him this in writing upon request.
The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) has stored data on its former president Hans-Georg Maaßen in the authority’s information system in the area of right-wing extremism. On Wednesday, Maaßen posted a letter dated January 16th to his lawyer online, in which the Office for the Protection of the Constitution gave him relevant information about information stored about Maaßen. The ARD political magazine Contrasts and the news portal t-online had previously reported that the former head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution had become the focus of the domestic intelligence service.
The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution did not want to comment on the report or the letter upon request. A spokeswoman said: “The BfV does not comment on individuals due to the protection of personal rights.”
However, if the person concerned believes that they have come into the focus of the intelligence service, they can request information from the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution as to whether their personal data has been stored. According to the letter that has now been published, Maaßen did this last August.
Resigned from the CDU a few days ago
The observations listed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in the letter to Maaßen’s lawyer include, for example, that Maaßen described the measures against suspected members of the “Reich Citizens’ Association around Heinrich XIII Prince Reuss as “disproportionate”. Several of Maaßen’s statements on migration policy are also listed.
Maaßen commented on the letter published on platform He wrote to Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) about an “abuse of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution to combat political opponents.”
The former President of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution resigned from the CDU a few days ago. With the ultra-conservative values union, he set the course for the founding of his own party. Maaßen distributed his resignation letter dated January 25th to CDU party leader Friedrich Merz on Saturday on the X platform (formerly Twitter). In it he accused the CDU of “betraying classic values”. The CDU is “a variant of the socialist parties and not an alternative to them.”
The domestic politician Martina Renner (Left) demanded: “After the latest developments regarding the former President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Hans Georg Maaßen, a parliamentary investigative committee in the Bundestag must examine his activities during his time of service.” Even during his time in office, Maaßen was a “cool anti-democrat who despised parliament and posed a danger to democracy.”
Maaßen at X
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