LIKE a Psycho Thriller MOVIE: 4 CIVIL SERVANTS OF THE GERMAN IRS WERE JUDGED PSYCHOLOGICALLY UNSOUND AFTER DOING THEIR JOBS TOO WELL
By Kevin Stoda, State of Hessen, Germany
There have been attempts to stop whistle blowing under the Bush and Obama governments in recent years. However, Hessen (a state in Germany) has an anti-whistle blowing policy of bullying in place that compares with Communist China. Is reform in site for Civil Servants and others in Hessen?
Last summer 2009, while I was struggling with injustices against my wife’s visa application which resulted from the lack of whistle-blowing culture among the civil servants in the Integration Office in Wiesbaden, all the newspapers were reporting a case of criminality and bullying of another group of civil servants in the same state of Hessen.
In that case from last summer, known as the Hessen Tax-Collector Affair, four amazingly diligent civil servants working for the Finance Ministry (i.e. U.S.’s federal Internal Revenue Service counterpart) were treated as insane by others until they were forced to leave their work. Each had been responsible of collecting hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes from various German firms and individuals.
Moreover, each of the 4 civil servants became victims of what German’s call “mobbing” or bullying. The 4 were actually guilty of recovering too much tax money. (Who instigated the mobbing? Why? How was it carried out? Why did these people who instigated the mobbing and mislabeling of civil servants could get away of the crime?)
For this extra-effort beyond the call of duty, these 4 Finance Ministry officials in Hessen were harassed by other civil servants in and out of their ministry until a single Psychiatrist, known as Psychiatrist H. in the media, declared each of them mentally unfit to work as civil servants.
These 4 victims of the lower and unfair [kangaroo] courtroom’s justice in Hessen originally lost their jobs–and in German society today, one who is declared mentally unstable has little chance of new employment. The youngest among the four was in his 30s.
SYSTEMATIC ISSUE IN HESSEN AND GERMAN SOCIETY
To me, if the episode had happened to a single employee, I would have considered the whole affair simply a scandal. However, the fact that it happened to four employees fairly simultaneously leads me to think that the bullying among the civil servant system in Germany is systematic—or at least out of control.
A lot of self-introspection and investigation was what Hessen citizens have awaited in vain since July 2009 when the four Finance Ministry employees won their case in Hessen and had their jobs reinstated. However, little has been done since then by the CDU-FDP government in Hessen, led by Roland Koch.
Koch had actually been in charge of the state of Hessen back in 2001, when the 4 victims were already being labeled “Querulanten“ or whiners or complainers by other officials in Hessen. [Note 2001: that was also the era when CDU leader Koch and his own party in Hessen were under investigation for hiding slush money in Swiss banks.]
Meanwhile all cases in Hessen, in which a Psychiatrist H. [until formally charged with crime the name is withheld] was involved in, are naturally being called into question. Psychiatrist H. had declared all four of the civil servants in Hessen to be more than mentally suspect, but he had done the same in hundreds of other cases around the state, too, over the years.
Typically, it appears that the current Roland Koch-led CDU-FDP government is slowing down the post-trial investigation of the Hessen government, law enforcement, finance, and psychiatry offices in order to prevent all 4 victims from suing the immediately the government.
This trial has been delayed because the 4 victims have agreed–in unity with the political opposition in Hessen–to not file their claims against abusive persons and bullies in the Hessen government until the State Parliament has finished its full investigation.
In short, justice comes slowly in Germany to bully’s and state-financed criminals and/or civil servants. Hopefully, justice will eventually be had in this case. However, a slow investigation by Koch and Co. will not bring any reform to a culture of civil servants in Hessen (or elsewhere in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) who almost never are publicly calling into question the very system, practices, abuses, mismanagement, codes, and rules in which they are working under.
The bottom line is that “mobbing” or bullying of others in Germany must be ended and soon. Too many of the school shootings in Germany in the past decade have resulted after years of bullying and mobbing. The schools in Germany need to create more independent students and groups who can stand up and say something is wrong or unjust—without having to resort to courts and years of prosecution. This public German education would eventually mean that issues, like bullying or other bad government policies, could be brought to the attention of media and electorate faster, too.