“I am a very privileged individual. have seen how it works. They [Rwandan Security Services] made STASI and KGB look like amateurs. “
These are the words that Prof Erlinder, an American lawyer who spent 21 days in notorious Rwandan dungeons told journalists with emotion bordering to tears, upon his arrival at the Dulles Airport in Washington DC Metro Area on June 21, 2010.
STASI, the German Ministry for State Security (German: Ministerium für Staatssicherheit or MfS), was the East Germany official state security service. The MfS was headquartered in East Berlin, with an extensive complex in Berlin-Lichtenberg and several smaller facilities throughout the city. Its brutal and bloody repression earned it the title of one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies in the World.
The old KGB (КГБ) or Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti or Committee for State Security, was perhaps the most lethal secret police and dominated the lives of the people of the Soviet Union from 1954 to 1991.
Before the demise of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Block, the STASI and KGB names brought chill down the spine of people both in the East and the West.
Now, according the Peter Erlinder who just relived in Rwanda dungeons and torture chambers the nightmare of the communist regimes, Rwanda has mastered the torture, repression and assassination game to beat the STASI and KGB.
He affirms that, although the Rwandan intelligence services tortured him , the common people cared for him, and he owes them his life. He also said that initially, the Rwandan security services had planned to assassinate him.”My conclusion was