Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution
| Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution |
|Formation||7 November 1950|
|German intelligence agency|
The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (German: Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz or BfV) is the federal domestic intelligence agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. Together with the Landesämter für Verfassungsschutz (LfV) at the state level, the office is tasked with intelligence-gathering on threats concerning the democratic order, the existence and security of the federation or one of its states, and the peaceful coexistence of peoples; with counter-intelligence; and with protective security and counter-sabotage. The BfV reports to the Federal Ministry of the Interior.
In 2022, the Office revealed that it operates hundreds of fake social media accounts that are classified as right-wing extremists. "This is the future of information gathering," said an unnamed head of a relevant state office to the Süddeutsche Zeitung. According to research by the newspaper, the authority has invested heavily in "virtual agents" since 2019, which it finances with taxpayers' money. They also keep an eye on, and presumably also runs fake accounts, of left-wing extremist, Islamist and "conspiracy ideological" scene.
The employees of the Office are likely to conduct "propaganda" for this and sometimes also commit crimes such as "incitement to hatred". "In order to be really credible, it is not enough to share or like what others say, you also have to make statements yourself. That means that the agents also bully and agitate," says the report of an agent who claims to have come to the authority out of idealism. She wanted to "do something against right-wing extremists". Of course she encourages people in their worldview, but it's her job to "feed" the scene. There are now so many fake accounts operated by the authority that nationwide agreements are necessary. Otherwise, they could target each other.
|Prison escape organized by secret services, possibly to arrange a "shot while fleeing"|
|Document:Did German bungling lead to Pan Am 103?||Article||24 September 1989||Gavin Hewitt||The blunders of "Operation Autumn Leaves" didn't end with the case of Marwan Khreesat. One of those arrested in the 26 October 1988 sweep was a Palestinian by the name of "Ramzi Diab" which was not his real name, it turned out. That name had been taken from an Israeli passport stolen in Spain. The German police suspect he may actually have transported the Lockerbie bomb.|