Andreas von Bülow
|Andreas von Bülow|
Bülow at the 2005 Axis for Peace conference
|Secretary of State in the German Federal Ministry of Defence|
|Preceded by||Karl-Wilhelm Berkhan|
|Succeeded by||Willfried Penner|
|Minister for Research and Technology|
|Preceded by||Hans Matthöfer|
June 17, 1937 |
|Political party||Social Democratic Party of Germany|
|Known for||The CIA and September 11|
Andreas von Bülow is a German SPD politician 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 September 11 (Die CIA und der 11. September). He holds a doctorate degree in Jurisprudence.
Bülow 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. 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"). 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. 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.
- 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 
He told The Daily Telegraph at his home in Bonn: "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." .
He is a member of:
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, September 9, 2003
- Tagesspiegel, January 13, 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."