This is indispensable reading about the Stasi, East Germany's Ministry of State State Security, as Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security is considered for the Presidency of the University of California.
Interestingly, as part of the healing of East Germany, the Stasi was forced to reveal all its files on the people and its activities. "
"Soon after the opening of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the East German legislature passed a law to reconstitute the
Ministry of State Security as the Office for National Security (Amt für
Nationale Sicherheit); however, because of public outcry, the office was never established, and the Stasi was formally disbanded in February
1990. Concerned that Stasi officials were destroying the organization’s
files, East German citizens occupied its main headquarters in Berlin on
January 15, 1990. In 1991, after considerable debate, the unified German parliament (Bundestag) passed the Stasi Records Law, which granted to Germans and foreigners the right to view their Stasi
files. By the early 21st century, nearly two million people had done so."