+++ 22. August 2012 +++
Zepp-LaRouche Denounces Karlsruhe Decision on Domestic Deployment of Army
In an article written Aug. 18, Helga Zepp-LaRouche spoke out against the ruling by the German Constitutional Court, announced the day before, authorizing the use of military force during Army deployments on federal soil in the event of "emergencies of catastrophic proportions". We excerpt that part of Zepp-LaRouche's article below.
"It was certainly an irony of history that the ruling against Pussy Riot [in Russia] and the ruling by the German Federal Constitutional Court on the use of the Armed Forces domestically were announced on the same day, because nothing makes clearer the hypocrisy and contrived nature of the media reporting. The authors of Germany's Constitution deliberately established a strict separation between the use of the police to respond to domestic threats and the Armed Forces to deal with external threats, in light of the experience of the use of the Army in the Weimar Republic. There were, after all, mass protests in the streets by millions of people against the loosening of this separation by the Emergency Laws of 1968. The 16 judges of the Plenum of the Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe have now ruled that domestic deployment of the Armed Forces with military force of arms should not be totally ruled out - and so far there has been no resistance at all. Karlsruhe has thereby in effect amended the Constitution - which is the prerogative of parliament and not of the court - an aspect of the Constitution that, given Germany's 20th Century history, was put there for a very good reason.
"The only dissenting opinion came from Justice Reinhard Gaier: 'The attempt to contain the use of the Armed Forces [as stated in the majority opinion of the Plenum] by requiring the 'imminent' occurrence of damage 'of catastrophic dimension' lacks the necessary clarity and calculability. These categories are entirely vague and scarcely effectively controllable by the courts, and provide in daily practice - such as in the case of anti-government mass demonstrations - great latitude for subjective interpretation, if not even rash predictions. This is unacceptable for domestic use of Armed Forces with military weapons. It is difficult for freedom of expression to flourish in the shadow of an arsenal of military weapons.'
"The deployment of troops domestically is supposed to remain the ultima ratio, the last resort, yet this decision comes at a time when the collapse of the euro and the disintegration of the entire trans-Atlantic financial system are imminent. And how will a population respond that has been criminally left in the dark by politicians and the media about the true situation - that literally overnight the whole system could come crashing down - and that for some time has lost confidence in politics and the banks? One can only agree with Gaier's opinion, that this decision means it is no longer assured "that the Armed Forces are never deployed as a domestic political instrument of power."
Helga Zepp-LaRouche's entire article in German is at http://www.solidaritaet.com/neuesol/2012/34/hzl.htm
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