Judgement in Berlin

These true events occurred in 1979, and they are detailed in the US v. Tiede, US Federal Court of Berlin.



Judgement in Berlin by Judge Stern

Judgement from the past - lessons for the future, May 21, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from Great Britain
Judgement in Berlin tells the true story of the United States Federal Court for Berlin - a court specially created to try one man for one crime. The story takes place at the height of the Cold War - Berlin is still a divided city and East German citizens are willing to risk all to escape and begin a new life in the west. When 3 East German citizens hijack a civilian airline and land at the US Air Force’s base at Templehof, authorities are in a quandry - West German law encourages such escapes, and automatically confers citizenship on the refugees. But the International treaties on air piracy have just been signed, and the government can’t be seen to condone terrorism. Because Berlin is still, technically, an “occupied city” the West German govenment turns to “the Occupiers” for help - the United States government. And so the United States Occupation Court for Berlin is convened, for the first time in the 35 years since the war ended and occupation began. What follows is a fascinating journey as Herbert Stern, the young Federal Judge appointed to hear the case, tries to separate political expediency from the course of justice and protect the rights of the Defendants, only recently escaped from a world where justice was an alien concept. Stern struggles to untangle the political and legal complextites in order to bring a sense of right to a world turned upside down. This is a fascinating book for lawyers, historians, and all those with an interest in how society governs itself, and how justice struggles to triumph. It also has the added bonus of being well-written, and exciting, so that anyone who loves spy-thrillers will find it impossible to put down. And the most remarkable thing about the book - IT’S ALL TRUE!

Exactly my point, ts – the WEST GERMAN government turned to the US for help.

Not Richard Hartzell or any other unofficial private individual or group.

What are the chances of the Taiwan government turning to the US and saying: “You own us and have sovereignty over us, so help us…”


No, the Berlin case was actually built upon three other SFPT federal court cases for the Okinawa cession and Saipan cession. By the way, Stern did an excellent job with civil rights which are not by any invitation only. These were the result of federal court orders on the authority of SFPT.

Pigs do fly.

But it states clearly in your post that the West German authorities turned to the US for help. That seems to be the crucial part – the “occupied” party requested help from the “occupier.”

Either you’re asking the government and people of Taiwan to completely lose all their face, and that is NEVER going to happen, or you’re asking the Taiwan people to rise up and rebel against the government in order to be put under US military control, and if that happens, I’ll eat your hat.

Its a nice pipedream and an interesting academic discussion, but that’s all, and if you think otherwise, then “delusional” would perhaps be the least insulting description for you.

Actually, the reviewer is British. The military agency of the occupational authority for Berlin rested with the US Ambassador to West Germany. The federal court documents of US v. Tiede have stated that the USA asserted occupational jurisdiction so to prevent future encouragements by West German refugee and citizenship laws.

Makes one wonder about the “other” job titles of the AIT Chairman.

It is already to way too late to undo the SFPT conquest of Taiwan. The Taiwan Question has three major cornerstones of the One China policies, Taiwan Relations Act, and SFPT status. These have proven to be remarkably consistent in their minutest details for their officially supporting the WTO effect on Taiwan in the real world.

In reality, these created the resulting WTO effect which also serves as legally irrefutable evidence of just how these three cornerstones work together for any further Taiwan security enhancements.