Travelers Alert Germany
"Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death."
Travelers to and from Germany are now being arrested at German airports if they have expressed themselves, even in the remote past, in speech or in writing which is construed as "illegal" according to the German Federal Penal Code 130 Article 3 regarding "defamation." This retroactive statute does not define this crime explicitly or exactly and leaves its interpretation to the whims and biases of German prosecutors.
Before You Enter Germany
Play it safe by calling the German Embassy at (202) 298-4000, the U.S. State Department (202) 647-5225, airlines and travel agents for a list of words, thoughts and literature now forbidden in Germany. Demand posting of the forbidden words and beliefs at all airports with departures to Germany. The penalty for importing printed material containing illegal words and subjects is three months to five years imprisonment. The "Book Burners" have returned!!!!
Although Harry Wu was released by Communist China, there is no realistic chance that our President, Bill Clinton, will intercede on your behalf in other countries. Americans are now being imprisoned in foreign countries for speaking or writing in America on politically incorrect topics. Remember, there is no bail or pardon in Germany for Free Speech perpetrators.
Last year, Hans Schmidt's name was entered in Western Europes's airport computers because of his use of two proscribed adjectives. That's right – illegal adjectives! – in a letter of November 1994, which he wrote while in America and which subsequently ended up in the hands of government authorities in Germany. A U.S. citizen since 1955, retired businessman Hans Schmidt from Pensacola, Florida, while returning from a visit to his 93 year old mother in Germany, was arrested at the Frankfurt Airport on August 9, 1995 and will remain in jail without bail until his trial in Schwerin, Germany. In recent months, at least four foreign citizens were ambushed and arrested in Germany, among them three Americans, and renowned British historian David Irving, a best-selling author in America.
Travel agents and airlines can be sued for failure to provide forbidden speech warnings to Americans who are accustomed to freedom of speech rights.
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|Title:||Travelers Alert Germany|
|First posted on CODOH:||June 29, 1996, 7 p.m.|