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The "infamous" Hellenbroich brothers

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HERIBERTANNO
1937 born in Koln (Cologne) 
 1947 born in Dormagen
1957 study on Law and political sciences at the Universities of Cologne and Göttingen. 
1966 entrance into the "Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution" (= counter-intelligence, Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz aka BfV)? student in medicine
1972-1973: NATO Defense College (Rome)1972: class by Uwe Henke v. Parpart (with Helga Zepp) in Germany. First visit of German delegation from Rhineland in NYC.
 1973: Munchrath meetings where Larouche recruits his first German cadre (M. Liebig, H. Zepp, U. Frieseke, Anno?...) + Manifesto of the Düsseldorf congress about foundation of "ICLC in europe“
 1974-5?: Anno is founding member of the European Labor Party (Europäische Arbeiter-Partei - EAP), member of the party's Executive Committee, and responsible editor of the party's newspaper, Neue Solidaritat.
1975: Founded "Industry and Trade GmbH" (IHS - Industrie und Handelsschutz GmbH) with Claus Wisser.1975: ELC ("European Labor Comittee") is founded by Helga Zepp-Lustina, Anno Hellenbroich and Dr Rolf Pauls. The core founding group of the ELC came out of a commune of German medical students. Its European address/HQs is in Wiesbaden.
 1977 : First known article : „So Denken Wie Beethoven“(in German Neue Solidaritat). Anno is fined (with Juergen Spahn) for defamation against Willy Brandt (branding him "CIA agent"). Source: European Labor Party Leaders In First Brandt Trial Appeal Fined $10,000. By Summer, Larouche believed he was the second name on a Baader-Meinhof "hit list" otherwise including the late Jurgen Porito and Hanns-Martin Schleyer...
 1980: founding Director of "Executive Intelligence Review News Agency GmbH". Until then, the EAP/ELC was under watch by counter intelligence and security services in Germany. This surveillance stopped after Dec. 30, 1979.
1981 Vice-president of the BfV 
May 1983 – July 1985 President of the BfV 
August 1, 1985: Fired from the BfV after the Hans-Joachim Tiedge affair. Government sources had said Chancellor Helmut Kohl decided to dismiss Hellenbroich because he permitted Hans-Joachim Tiedge, the head of West Germany's counterespionage against East Germany, to keep his job despite a serious drinking problem and debts. Heribert Hellenbroich became President of the "Federal Intelligence Service", the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst). 
August 27, 1985: was "retired" and became the shortest-serving BND chief in the agency's history. 
1998: Retired as "private security consultant" at IHS. 
 2006: leaves the Larouche organization
Died: 10 July 2014 

Notes:

  • The BfV, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (German: Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz or BfV),is primarily a domestic intelligence-gathering service concerned with espionage, treason, and sedition. It has no powers of arrest and cannot use force, but it carries out surveillance and supplies the BKA and other police agencies with information on international crime, drug trafficking, terrorism, and other illegal activities. The BfV is based in Cologne.
    Main concerns of the BfV are:
    • Left-wing political extremists, platforms, movements and parties, notably certain factions within Die Linke, as well as other smaller parties and groups preaching communism
    • Right-wing political extremists (mainly Neo-Nazis, including the NPD, DVU political parties and smaller groups preaching Nazism, fascism, racism and xenophobia).
    • Extremist organisations of foreigners living in Germany (most prominently Islamist terrorists).
    • Scientology (considered by the German government an authoritarian, anti-democratic commercial organisation rather than a religion).
    • Organised crime is also mentioned as a threat to democracy, law and order, and free enterprise in the country's business economic system. However, organized crime is only marginally, if at all, actively combated by the BfV, as it falls into the responsibility of the normal police, especially the BKA.
      The agency came under fire regarding the destruction of files related to the National Socialist Underground, a Neo-Nazi terror group which led to the resignation of its president Heinz Fromm in 2012. ("German Spy Chief Quits over Botched Terror Probe"| Der Spiegel| July 02, 2012).
      Source: wikipedia
      "In 1984 a Green Party Member of Parliament asked a question to the Federal Government about the LaRouche organisation in Germany and why it was not considered as “extremist group”? He received the following reply: there were no safety concerns. The BfV President at the time Heribert Hellenbroich is reported to have told Der Spiegel in 1984 why his own brother, Anno Hellenbroich’s Organisation was not listed in the BfV report: the reason given was that there was no “excessive Nationalism” (uebersteigerte Nationalismus) with respect to the LaRouche cult. One of the BfV’s missions is indeed to watch extremist groups such as the LaRouche organization." Source: "LaRouche’s European (German) security" By Yves Messer (2015).
  • Based at Pullach, near Munich, the BND performs its operation in the foreign countries only. The agency is similar to American CIA in this regard because it cannot conduct domestic espionage. It depends heavily on wiretapping and other surveillance techniques applied to international communications. The BND is successor to Gehlen Org (this group was soon to be given the nickname the "Gehlen Organization" or simply "the Org.") Reinhard Gehlen, Hitler’s chief of military intelligence on the Eastern Front, was recruited by American intelligence. The Org was for many years the only eyes and ears of the CIA on the ground in the Soviet Bloc nations during the Cold War. At least 100 officers within the Gehlen organization were former Nazis or Gestapo officers. By the summer of 1949, about 400 employees of the BND, most of them in senior positions, originated from the Nazis’ security apparatus. In an internal investigation in the early 1960s, approximately 200 BND staff were identified as former members of the Nazi security agencies, some of them involved in war crimes. An estimated 25 to 30 percent of BND staff had Nazi backgrounds even into the early 1970s. Gehlen himself headed the BND until his retirement in May 1968. (Source: here). There was Alois Brunner in Syria, alleged to be an Org operative, who was responsible for the Drancy internment camp near Paris, for the death of 140,000 Jews, and is believed to be still alive as of 2007; the CIA turned a blind eye, and indeed actively participated in some cases, because of the exigencies of the Cold War. (From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gehlen_Organization. Klaus Barbie, the Nazi war criminal infamously known as the “Butcher of Lyon”, was also an agent of the BND in the 1960s (Source: here).
  • Industrie- und Handelsschutz GmbH (IHS) in Frankfurt am Main (formely WISAG in 1965 by Claus Wisser) was founded by Heribert Hellenbroich in 1975 when he was still working at the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV.) It has 2,500 employees and is considered as one of the largest companies in this security business in Germany offering security, surveillance and reception services; a common practice in the US. H. Hellenbroich took over the executive committee presidency of IHS in Berlin.
    IHS is now part of WISAG and is called “WISAG Security Services” (WISAG Sicherheitsdienste). The WISAG Service Holding GmbH & Co. KG. with over 46,000 employees in 120 offices in Germany and had a turnover of more than € 1.7 billion in 2014, is one of Germany's leading service companies. Its services include: protection & prevention, security consulting & engineering.
  • The Hans-Joachim Tiedge affair: Tiedge is a former head of West Germany's counter-intelligence in the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) in Cologne. He was revealed to be an East German spy when he defected to the East on August 19, 1985. He had been recruited by Markus Wolf. In the four years prior to his defection, he was responsible for tracking down East German spies, but with little success. His treachery was called the most damaging of the Cold War for the Federal Republic of Germany, resulting in the recall of numerous West German agents still in the field and plunging the West German counterespionage service into ruins.
    Questions were raised as to how Tiedge managed to hold on to his position despite serious debts, family issues and a drinking problem. It was suspected that his superior, H. Hellenbroich may have assisted him to hold his position. H. Hellenbroich resigned within weeks of the defection. (From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Tiedge ) Despite complaints from co-workers that Tiedge was a security risk because of his heavy drinking and mounting debts, H. Hellenbroich had refused to move or suspend him, an action that Kohl called "totally incomprehensible." Even so, H. Hellenbroich insisted that he had not made a mistake. "I'd do it again," he said after his dismissal. H. Hellenbroich was replaced by Hans-Georg Wieck, 57, an experienced diplomat who has served since 1980 as West German ambassador to NATO.
  • Executive Intelligence Review News Agency GmbH : Commercial register Wiesbaden HRB 4882
    Original incorporation on 2 Jul 1980
    Initial founding Director:
    • Anno Hellenbroich, Editor, Wiesbaden;
    • Michael Liebig, Editor, Berlin.
    • Capital: 50.000 DM:
      • Anno Hellenbroich: 20.000.- DM
      • Michael Liebig: 10.000.- DM
      • Elisabeth Böttiger: 10.000 DM
      • Josef Stalleicher: 10.000 DM

Elisabeth Hellenbroich (nee Henke)

Hellenbroich: Brothers in the News Business
The married couple of Hellenbroich occupied key positions in the LaRouche-Cult institutions.
The Name Hellenbroich will still be remembered by some from Press coverage. At the age of 48 Heribert Hellenbroich was President of the Federal Office for the protection of the Constitution when his brother Anno Hellenbroich, then 36, was an important functionary of the LaRouche Cult.
In that same year the Green Party Member of Parliament asked a question to the Federal Government about the LaRouche Schiller Institute and received the following reply. There are no safety concerns lying before the Federal Government (concerning the Schiller Institute) Der Spiegel also reported as follows: "The President is reported to have told Der Spiegel in 1984, why his own brother’s Organisation was not listed in the Verfassungsschutz report. The reason given was that there was no excessive Nationalism in respect of the LaRouche cult." This is quoted in the book page 166.
Heribert was retired from the Bundesverfassungsschutz on the grounds of neglect of duties but this did not mention that this was related to his brother’s activities in the LaRouche cult. It was attributed to his failure with respect of his co-worker Tidge also working for the German Democratic Republic.
Heribert Hellenbraoch later became the President of another secret service; the Federal News Services [Bundesnachrichtendienstes] in Pullach. From 1986 he then directed the Cologne office of Prognos AG, which was also connected to the Defence Industry (according to Lorscheid-Müller, page 172).
At any rate, the brothers were active in the same area of interest namely in the Intelligence and Information. Since 1980 Anno Hellenbroich was co-founder and Director of the (LaRouche's) Executive Intelligence Review News Agency GmbH.
(From: "The German Patriots of Lyndon LaRouche" By Helmut Lorscheid and Leo A. Mueller)

The referred 1984 article from Der Spiegel can be found here (pdf - 5.6 Mb).

  • "Marychurch had spent decades at GCHQ and knew more about the hazards of working with the West Germans. Only a month later, Odom's close friend, Eberhard Blum, retired as president of the BND and was succeeded by Heribert Hellenbroich, the long-serving and respected head of Germany's domestic security service, known as the BfV. At forty-eight years old, Hellenbroich seemed set to follow an upward path, not dissimilar to Britain's famed spymaster Dick White, who had successfully headed MI5 and then SIS. Alas, this was not to be. On August 27, 1985, Hellenbroich's old service, the BfV, was hit by an extraordinary spy scandal. One of his immediate subordinates in the BfV, and a close friend, defected to East Germany. This triggered a general panic, with some of the West's most valuable agents in East Germany hurriedly defecting westward for fear that their identities had been compromised and their lives were in danger. The West German premier ordered an inquiry and discovered that Heribert Hellenbroich had kept his friend in his post despite his notoriously heavy drinking and personal problems. Hellenbroich was summarily dismissed and became the shortest-serving BND chief in the agency's history."
Source: 1. "Studying Religion with William Donovan and the Office of Strategic Services" By Michaael Graziano
Spy Chiefs: Volume 1: Intelligence Leaders in the United States and United Kingdom
By Christopher Moran, Mark Stout, Ioanna Iordanou, Paul Maddrell
1 February 2018
Georgetown University Press.

Here is a not so disguised defense of Heribert, Anno's brother in LaRouche newspaper New Solidarity:

DER SPIEGEL 35/1985

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