In "Not Guilty at Nuremberg" (1988), I wrote, "'Sonderbehandlung' is an example of the ugly jargon used in all bureaucracies, and is probably best translated as 'treatment on a case-by-case basis'."
Evidence of the truth of this claim may be found in a public call for tenders for an explosives detection system at Cologne-Bonn airport issued by the Beschaffungsamt des BMI [Procurement Office of the Federal Ministry of the Interior] in February 2001, containing the following sentence:
auch das Kontrollstrufe-3A-Gerät Sprengstoff im Gepäckstück erkennen, wird
das betroffene Gepäckstück einer Sonderbehandlung zugeführt (Polizeitaktische
"If the Control Level 3A device detects explosives in the baggage, the piece of baggage concerned is taken for special treatment (police tactical measures)."
Just imagine what the Hoaxoco$t con-artists would say if it the above sentence were found in a war-time German document relating to the deportation of the Jews! Note that the sentence contains not just one -- but two -- highly suspicious, yet totally undefined, terms: "Special treatment", and "police tactical measures".
Presumably this means that your luggage will be vaporized in a gas or steam chamber, disappear without a trace, and then reappear in Israel or New York under a different name tag some months or years later.
CARLOS W. PORTER
MARCH 20, 2001
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