German Jihadists: Whatever Happened to Paragraph 129b?

Posted by John Rosenthal

In his memoirs, Michael von Wedel, a former agent at Germany’s Federal Bureau for Criminal Investigations (BKA), recalls the frantic activity at the agency following the 9/11 attacks. “…All the investigations, dragnets and other measures that were now gearing up,” he writes, “were accompanied by a certain shame and collective bad conscience concerning the fact [...]

Germany’s Taliban Trail: From Murat Kurnaz to Cüneyt Ciftci

Posted by John Rosenthal

When it emerged in mid-March that the perpetrator of a deadly suicide attack on American troops in Afghanistan had come from Germany, the American media showed little interest. A closer look at the bomber’s itinerary reveals that it bears a remarkable resemblance to that of none other than Murat Kurnaz: the supposed “innocent man” who [...]