Tornado deployment on the small official channel

German Defense Minister Jung distressed by deployment of Tornados during G8 summit

Defense Minister Jung can’t get rid of the debate about Tornado missions of the German Armed Forces. While the Federal Constitutional Court has strengthened the back of the Ministry with its decision that the Tornado mission in Afghanistan does not violate the interception, he now comes because of the use of unarmed Tornados of the Bundeswehr in distress. Der Spiegel speaks of a fall into the gray zone.

It is about the Tornados, which were used for the security checks of the G8 summit. and flew low over the camps of the globalization critics. Barely a month later, they occupied the defense committee of the German Bundestag. For the first time, cracks in the hitherto unified stance of the grand coalition on security measures for the G8 summit have become apparent.

Walter Kolbow, a member of the Bundestag for the Social Democratic Party (SPD), demanded a review of the exact command and reporting routes for the aircraft. So far, the opposition from the Green Party, the Left Party and the FDP had already been critical of the Tornado deployment and the information policy of the Federal Ministry of Defense.

The reasons for the SPD’s dismissal of the CDU defense minister lie in new findings about the extent of the deployment. In the meantime, the media have quoted from an internal report of the ministry, which is said to show that the Tornado missions were far more extensive than suspected. While the ministry had authorized two missions, according to the reports seven Tornado missions have taken place. According to the report, Minister Jung was not even informed about the additional missions. The Kavala police command, which was responsible for the security of the G8 summit, had requested and received an additional requirement in the shortest official channels. She had simply communicated by telephone with the Tornado squadron Immelmann, which was responsible for the surveillance.

Pawn victim Wichert?

Jung was thus able to refute the accusation that he had deliberately lied to parliamentarians when he spoke of two missions in response to inquiries. But now the minister will be confronted with the no less serious accusation that he does not have his house in order, if such an important decision is decided without his knowledge. As a pawn, the State Secretary in the Ministry of Defense, Peter Wichert, could perhaps lose his post. Even in the Union faction there is said to be displeasure that he knew about the expansion of tornado operations but did not inform his boss about it.

Tacit habit

This behavior seems particularly strange against the backdrop of the current debate on extending the powers of the German armed forces. Just a few days ago, Chancellor Merkel spoke out in favor of deploying the Bundeswehr in the interior, arguing that the separation between external and internal security is increasingly outdated (Merkel: Separation of internal and external security is no longer necessary) "from yesterday").

Under the headline "The security situation in Germany is no reason for a simulation game with the Bundeswehr", SPD member of parliament Walter Kolbow immediately spoke out against it in a press release. Also Federal Minister of the Interior Wolfgang Schauble appeared in the past repeatedly as a supporter of a federal armed forces employment in the interior. This is why the opposition is now accusing CDU politicians of trying to create a creeping habit of Bundeswehr deployment with the deployment around Heiligendamm. The topic was also allowed to dominate the upcoming election campaign. Christian Strobele, a member of the Bundestag for the Green Party, announced that he would file a complaint against the deployment of Tornado aircraft, which ensured that it would not disappear into oblivion so quickly. Shortly after the G8 summit, Strobele was already looking for witness statements for the deployment of the Bundeswehr.

The Tornado operations had preoccupied not only parliamentarians but also legal and civil society organizations, which had invited to a five-hour hearing with eyewitnesses in Berlin last week under the question "What happened in Heiligendamm?". There, in addition to numerous police raids and the placement of arrestees in kafigs, the federal military deployment was also an ie.

However, only the Tornado mission now seems to be attracting more media attention and perhaps political repercussions. The other accusations against the police in connection with the operations in Rostock (subject to parliamentary repercussions), which are supported by witness statements, should actually be examined just as meticulously by politicians and the media.

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