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The above is more a joke than a question. Now, wipe that smirk off your face and read this proposed amendment to our Staff Regulations;
"8a. The following point shall be added to Article 28:
‘ca) gives a declaration on his honour that he has not in the past worked for the intelligence services of totalitarian
regimes;’


This amendment is based on the best possible intentions, which need not be criticized. What remains to be analyzed is the question of effectiveness.

The least of the problems is that no binding definition for "totalitarian" is available. Most of us agree that Ceausescu was totalitarian and got what he had coming. What about Tito? He got tough at times, but totalitarian? Perhaps the European Parliament is being misled towards the quagmire that certain national Parliaments call home. In terms of constitutional law, it would be better to give a list of organisations and ask specifically whether candidates have ever worked for one of them.

The amendment is spectacularly useless because officials found to have lied about such an important part of their CV are already subject to dismissal.

But being useless does not render the amendment harmless because it opens the door to long catalogues of other questions. "Are you a paedophile?" "Are you an Islamist?" "Have you ever worked in the sex industry?" "When did you stop beating your spouse?" "Have you ever belonged to a cult?" Not one victim of these crimes and abuses is helped. The only sure effect is to intimidate civil servants.

If there were a question that would make at least a little sense, it would be "Have you ever worked for an intelligence service of any kind?" Andreas von Bülow has expertly documented their antics in Im Namen des Staates: CIA, BND und die kriminellen Machenschaften der Geheimdienste. What makes his book so disturbing is the way it illustrates Aphorism 146 (1886) of Nietzsche's "Beyond Good and Evil"; "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you."


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