Senior German Social Democrat Breaks Silence on CCD Blacklist
In remarks to a party event on Nov. 5, the chairman of the SPD’s parliamentary group, Rolf Mützenich, noted that he had been put on the “terror list” of Kiev’s CCD (Center for Countering Disinformation), for “advocating a cease-fire in Ukraine”. Being targeted, he added, led to “secondary threats” against those named. Our readers are well aware of the existence of two such hit lists posted by the CCD, which include many members and associates of the Schiller Institute, including Helga Zepp-LaRouche right on top (cf. SAS 31-42/22). The German government and the SPD have also known about it for months, but chose not to make an issue of it before this.
The media did feel compelled to cover Mützenich’s remarks. But most of them gave even more prominence to the offical denial of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, which claimed the government had no such list – although it is firmly established that the CCD is under the responsibility of the National Security and Defense Council (and also receives funding from the U.S. State Department and British official agencies). Note that shortly after this news broke, the second list also disappeared from the CCD website, following on the suppression of the first list after an international campaign launched by the Schiller Institute.
ARD, Germany’s Channel One TV, played down the role of the CCD in its coverage, and other mainstream media also defended the need for Kiev to counter “Russian disinformation” — presumably by whatever means, including threatening foreigners who call for a negotiated end to the war.
But this is certainly not the end of the affair, since Mützenich is a long-standing personal ally of Chancellor Scholz, and has intervened several times in public to counter aggressive statements by the Greens criticizing his policies. In a Nov. 4 interview with the national public radio Deutschlandfunk, he defended the Chancellor’s visit to China (cf. above). As for remarks by Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (of the Greens), who had reminded Scholz of the coalition agreement to work out new restrictive guidelines for China policies, Mützenich called them “rude” and “unprecedented”. Note that Scholz also overrode the loud objections of the Greens, by approving the investment of China’s shipping company COSCO in the seaport of Hamburg (cf. SAS 44/22).