Germany intelligence service criticized for allowing neo-Nazi group to terrorize, murder for 10 years

It all started with an explosion in an apartment building in the east German town of Zwickau. Then a woman wanted for a bank robbery turned herself into the police. Soon, German authorities had dug through the charred evidence in the apartment and pieced together a story of xenophobic violence over the past decade, perpetrated by a hitherto unknown group called the National Socialist Underground. Now, two of the group’s members are dead, two are detained, and the whole country’s asking how the German intelligence service allowed these right-wing extremists to operate virtually undetected for more than ten years.

Here’s my story in the LA Times.

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Permit me to gloat

Thanks for indulging me. I’ll try not to do this much.

The Los Angeles Times homepage has been, for the past six hours, more pleasing to the eye (my eye, at least) than usual. Since some other news is likely to occur at some point, I’ll immortalize it with a screenshot:

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