| Ulla Jelpke |
|Born||June 19, 1951|
|Party||The Left, (Die Linke) Formerly:, Alliance 90/The Greens|
Marxist German journalist and politician asking inconvenient questions
Ursula "Ulla" Jelpke (born 9 June 1951 in Hamburg) is a Marxist German journalist and politician. From 1981 to 1989 she belonged to the Hamburg City Council, from 1990 to 2002 to the Federal Parliament. From 2002 to 2005 she was editor in the leftist paper Junge Welt. Since 2005 she has been a member of the Bundestag again for the PDS and the Left.
Jelpke rejects surveillance and data retention, and is against an internal or foreign deployment of the German armed forces. She also advocates the dissolution of the Federal Intelligence Service and secret services in general.
"Danger to the security of Germany"
The news magazine Focus reported in the four-page article "Spy Attack in Parliament?" in January 2014, citing "Police and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Berlin" that the members of the left-wing parliamentary group Ulla Jelpke, Jan van Aken, Jan Korte and Andrej Hunko were a "danger to the security of Germany" because they were said to pass on "insider knowledge" to "militant anti-militarists. What was meant was the parliamentary right of the opposition to ask difficult or embarrassing questions - all the answers of the federal government are published and by the Bundestag administration posted on the Parliament's website for documentation purposes and used and disseminated by the media. It can be safely assumed the government ever gave these leftists have access to any actual insider knowledge.
German Democratic Republic
In 2010, she criticized the unison condemnation of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and the East German security services in corporate media, saying the criticism wasn't an attempt at "coming to terms with the past, the search for historical truth or the impartial analysis of the failure of the first attempt at socialism. Rather, the purpose was that every positive memory of social achievements of the GDR as well as every current criticism of capitalism should be discredited."
“While anti-communists of all stripes are foaming at their mouths on the further demonization of East Germany and in particular of the Stasi, extensive sober scientific studies and documentation of its Foreign Intelligence Directorate (HVA) have emerged in recent years. One does not have to share each of HVA's assessments. But it must be recognized that hardly any other secret service has been so comprehensively dealt with historically by its own former employees and spies as the GDR's foreign intelligence. Many of you were sentenced to imprisonment for your courageous work for peace after the end of East Germany. The spies of the BND - an aggressive imperialist service built up by old Nazis -, on the other hand, went unpunished for their operations against socialism. This unequal treatment is an outrageous injustice to this day, which also throws a significant understanding of the so-called "democratic constitutional state", which the informers from the BND and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution allegedly defend.”
Ulla Jelpke (2010)