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February 2006

"Let the people know the truth and the country is safe."
- Abraham Lincoln



The Schutzhaftbefehl -

A Gestapo document declaring that the person desired to be imprisoned. Normally this signature was forced by beatings and torture

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Schutzhaftbefehl

As Mark Twain once observed, "While history may not repeat itself it sure does rhyme a lot."

Schutzhaftbefehl was a Gestapo document declaring that the person desired to be imprisoned. Normally this signature was forced by beatings and torture.

A little history can do wonders!

In April of 1934, German Nazi's Goering and Himmler agreed to put aside all differences (due in large part to a combined hatred of the Sturmabteilung) and Goering handed over full command of the Gestapo to the authority of the SS. At that point, the Gestapo was combined into the Sicherheitspolizei and considered a sister organization to the Sicherheitsdienst or SD.

The role of the Gestapo was to investigate and combat "all tendencies dangerous to the State." It had the authority to investigate treason, espionage and sabotage cases, and cases of criminal attacks on the Nazi Party and on Germany.

The law had been changed in such a way that the Gestapo's actions were not subject to judicial review. Nazi jurist Dr. Werner best stated, "As long as the [Gestapo] ... carries out the will of the leadership, it is acting legally." The Gestapo was specifically exempted from responsibility to administrative courts, where citizens normally could sue the state to conform to laws.

The power of the Gestapo most open to misuse was "Schutzhaft" or "protective custody" a euphemism for the power to imprison people without judicial proceedings, typically in concentration camps. The person imprisoned even had to sign his or her own Schutzhaftbefehl,
the document declaring that the person desired to be imprisoned. Normally this signature was forced by beatings and torture.

Re-read carefully the above. Then think about the following statements:

  • Investigate and combat all tendencies dangerous to the State
  • As long as the [Gestapo] ... carries out the will of the leadership, it is acting legally.
  • The Gestapo was specifically exempted from responsibility to administrative courts, where citizens normally could sue the state to conform to laws
  • The power of the Gestapo most open to misuse was "Schutzhaft" or "protective custody" a euphemism for the power to imprison people without judicial proceedings, typically in concentration camps.

Does any or the entire above ring any bells for you? It sure does to us.

We're not saying that the US or UK government are exactly like the Gestapo. But if you read the above carefully all that is missing in today's US and UK is the Schutzhaftbefehl

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