Andreas von Bülow

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Andreas von Bülow
Andreas Von Bülow Axis for Peace 2005-11-17.jpg
Bülow at the 2005 Axis for Peace conference
Secretary of State in the German Federal Ministry of Defence
In office
ChancellorHelmut Schmidt
Preceded byKarl Wilhelm Berkhan
Succeeded byWillfried Penner
Minister for Research and Technology
In office
ChancellorHelmut Schmidt
Preceded byHans Matthöfer
Personal details
Born (1937-06-17) 17 June 1937 (age 84)
Dresden, Nazi Germany
Political partySocial Democratic Party of Germany
Known forThe CIA and 11 September

Andreas von Bülow (born 17 July 1937) is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and writer. A former government minister, he has authored books about intelligence agencies, including In the Name of the State. CIA, BND and the criminal machinations of secret services. (German: Im Namen des Staates. CIA, BND und die kriminellen Machenschaften der Geheimdienste.) and The CIA and 11 September (Die CIA und der 11. September). He holds a doctorate degree in Jurisprudence.[1]

Political career[edit]

Bülow, a member of the Bülow family, served as secretary of state in the German Federal Ministry of Defence (1976–1980) and Minister for Research and Technology (1980–1982), both during the Chancellor Helmut Schmidt administration, and was regarded as a "rising star" of German politics at the time.[1] He served for 25 years as an SPD member of the German parliament (1969–1994). In the late eighties and early nineties, he served on the parliamentary committee on intelligence services ("Parlamentarischer Kontrollausschuss").[1] This committee supervises German intelligence agencies and has access to classified information. In the early nineties, Bülow also served as SPD ranking member of the Schalck-Golodkowski investigation committee, a task that first led him to inquire into white collar crime in connection with Eastern intelligence services, and later also into what he labels "criminal activities" of Western intelligence services.[2] His first major publication dealing with this realm, In the Name of the State (German: Im Namen des Staates) is a heavily referenced and extensive study focusing mostly on the CIA. Since leaving the Bundestag, he has largely left the SPD's political loop.[2]


Bülow wrote a book called The CIA and 11 September (German: Die CIA und der 11. September), in which he implies US government complicity in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Planning the attacks was a master deed, in technical and organizational terms. To hijack four big airliners within a few minutes and fly them into targets within a single hour and doing so on complicated flight routes! That is unthinkable, without backing from the secret apparatuses of state and industry. Tagesspiegel, 13. Jan. 2002 [1]

At his home in Bonn, he told an interviewer for The Daily Telegraph : "If what I say is right, the whole US government should end up behind bars" and '"They have hidden behind a veil of secrecy and destroyed the evidence - that they invented the story of 19 Muslims working within Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'eda - in order to hide the truth of their own covert operation." [2].


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  1. ^ a b c Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 9 September 2003
  2. ^ a b Tagesspiegel, 13 January 2002, contained an interview in which Bülow was asked whether he still kept in contact with old SPD companions like Egon Bahr and Helmut Schmidt, and replied "There are no close contacts anymore. I wanted to go to the last SPD party congress, but I was sick."