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The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution – German: Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz – is the Federal Republic of Germany's domestic intelligence agency. Together with the Landesämter für Verfassungsschutz on state-level it is tasked with intelligence-gathering on threats concerning the democratic order, the existence and security of the federation or one of its states, and the peaceful coexistence of peoples; with counter-intelligence; and with protective security and counter-sabotage. The BfV reports to the Federal Ministry of the Interior. From 2000 to July 2012, Heinz Fromm served as its President. Since 1 August 2012, Hans-Georg Maassen is the president. (via Freebase)