Daniele Ganser ames that the covert warfare is still going on
In an interview with Telepolis, Swiss historian and peace researcher Daniele Ganser discusses current developments on the Oktoberfest attack, the image of Islam as an enemy, and the conflict between the West and Russia. Ganser argues that Ukraine should remain neutral and not seek to join NATO. Daniel Ganser is director of the Swiss Institute for Peace and Energy Research.
Mr. Ganser, new investigations into the Oktoberfest attack began at the end of 2014. What do you think about it? Daniele Ganser: I think it is right and valuable that the Attorney General is re-investigating the Oktoberfest attack, because in my opinion this crime has not been comprehensively clarified. A press release from the Federal Prosecutor General states: "Most recently, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office has followed up on a tip about the involvement of an intelligence agency "stay behind"-Organization pursued. However, no promising leads have emerged for the involvement of persons still alive in the attack." Oktoberfest attack and stay-behind: What comes to mind? Daniele Ganser: In Germany, the existence of a stay-behind secret army was confirmed by the Kohl government in 1990. That is a fact. But when the Oktoberfest attack was investigated in the 1980s, the existence of stay-behind was not yet known. Therefore, it could not be investigated at that time, or at least this trail was very much in the dark. Today we are in a better situation. It is possible to investigate specifically whether the secret army was involved in the attack, for example whether explosives from Stay-behind weapons depots were used or whether the deceased Heinz Lembke was a member of the Stay-behind secret army. Shortly after the attack, members of the German Action Groups had declared that Lembke had repeatedly supplied them with weapons and explosives. It was essential to compare the explosives found at Lembke with those found at the Oktoberfest.