In Germany plan to create an early warning system to identify extremists

In Germany plan to create an early warning system to identify extremists

Office of the military counterintelligence intends to explain to the officers and soldiers how to recognize early the manifestations of radicalization colleagues.

BERLIN, may 20. /Offset. TASS Vyacheslav Filippov/. The military counterintelligence service of Germany (DIA) intends to more actively and systematically to combat right-wing extremism in the armed forces. In light of the arrest of Lieutenant A. Franco, who is suspected of planning an attack on refugees, the Agency plans to create an early warning system for the detection of radicals in the army, said the head of MUD Christoph Grams in an interview with Spiegel.

“We must do more to prevent risks,” he said, noting that the MUD will continue to explain to the officers and soldiers how to recognize symptoms of radicalization comrades.

No one is born an extremist, it is a process. We need to help military personnel better understand how it arises.Christophe Grampaw MAD

The head of the DIA stressed that the disclosure of Franco A. should not create the illusion that it was an isolated case in the Bundeswehr. “His case is cause for concern that there is a certain number of extremists, on the trail which we are still not out,” said Grams. According to him, the MUD now gets “lots of messages” about the right radicals in the armed forces that occurred after the arrest, Franco A.

At the same time the head of the DIA warned that one should not overestimate the possibilities of military intelligence when hiring new recruits. “We can’t look into their heads, we can act only when they openly declare their views,” he said. “This man, in light of the arrest of Lieutenant Franco A., which has not been previously convicted, would not fall within the field of view during the first test,” said Grams.

Law enforcement agencies of Germany in late April arrested 28-year-old soldier Franco A. Investigators believe that in 2015, he was posing as a Syrian refugee and has applied for asylum in Bavaria. Subsequently, he left the refugee center, was missing from the field of view of migration authorities and did not appear at the place of registration. The detainee attended Arabic language courses and actively participated in the correspondence of one of extreme right-wing groups in the mobile app WhatsApp.

According to one version, the young man stuck to extreme right-wing views and was going to commit a terrorist attack to cast aspersions on refugees. On the other — he could enter the territory of the refugee center, which was registered and to have a shooting there.