martes, junio 06, 2006

The CIA and the Nazis

We all know that the Bush clan was cozy to the Nazi regime until the very end.

We know that Eisenhower never lived up to his promise of removing extreme right fascism from Europe when he decided to go to bed with Francisco Franco, who was placed in power by the Nazis. Thanks to that, Spain became a haven for Nazis wanting to start a new life.

But what the bulk of the US public learned today is going to leave some people wondering if all that talk about how evil those Nazis were was not of top interest for the CIA.

The bottom line is, when it came to their own goals, the big wigs in the USA did not care about the Nazis murdering millions of Jews, Roma and Slavs.

In doing so, the USA in general and the CIA in particular became partners of the Nazi era crimes.

And that would help to understand the CIA's role in all the political assasinations in Latin America and how the agency helped a number of Latin American dictators to rise to power, and to stay there. Fine examples are Fulgencio Batista, Augusto Pinochet, Anastasio Somoza, Edurado Noriega, Rafael Trujillo, José Ríos Montt.

Now, try to imagine all the money and time that the Israeli Mossad spent looking for Eichmann. I bet not a whole lot of people will be happy in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem when they read this:

Papers: CIA knew of Eichmann whereabouts

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer

Tue Jun 6, 6:03 PM ET

Determined to win the Cold War, the CIA kept quiet about the whereabouts of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in the 1950s for fear he might expose undercover anticommunist efforts in West Germany, according to documents released Tuesday.

The 27,000 pages released by the National Archives are among the largest post-World War II declassifications by the CIA. They offer a window into the shadowy world of U.S. intelligence — and the efforts to use former Nazi war criminals as spies, sometimes to detrimental effect.

The war criminals "peddled hearsay and gossip, whether to escape retribution for past crimes, or for mercenary gain, or for political agendas not necessarily compatible with American national interests," Robert Wolfe, an expert on German history and former archivist at the National Archives, said at a news briefing announcing the document release.

In a March 19, 1958, memo to the CIA, West German intelligence officials wrote that they knew where Eichmann was hiding. Eichmann played a key role in transporting Jews to death camps during World War II. "He is reported to have lived in Argentina under the alias 'Clemens' since 1952," authorities wrote.

But neither side acted on that information because they worried what he might say about Hans Globke, a highly placed former Nazi and a chief adviser in West Germany helping the U.S. coordinate anticommunist initiatives in that country.

Two years later, when Jewish authorities captured Eichmann, the CIA pressured journalists to delete references to Globke.

"Entire material has been read. One obscure mention of Globke which Life omitting at our request," CIA Director Allen Dulles wrote in a Sept. 20, 1960, internal memorandum, after Life magazine purchased Eichmann's memoir.

Among the other findings:

_Former Nazi officers such as Heinz Felfe, who served in the "Gehlen organization" — the West German intelligence service which in its early years was sponsored by the U.S. Army and then the CIA — were typically hired by the Soviet Union to be double agents.

_The CIA routinely misled U.S. immigration officials in the mid-1970s about the role of CIA agent Tscherim Soobzokov and his connection to Nazi war crimes.

The documents were among the latest released under a 1999 law — resisted by the CIA — that called for disclosure of government records related to war crimes committed by the Nazi and Japanese governments.

"CIA has been struggling with the nettlesome problem of how to balance the public's interest in the historical record of CIA's connections to Nazis, and an intelligence agency's need ... to protect the identities of sources," said Stanley Moskowitz, a former CIA official who is now a consultant to the agency.

"The passage of time has shifted the balance," he said.

Material relating to Japanese war crimes were scheduled to be released later this summer.

Now, lest go a step further. The USA is supposed to be Israel's only real friend. So if Israel did not know about this issue, then Israel and the international Jewish community do not need enemies, with friends like the USA they have more than enough.

But if the did know about it, then Israel was also willing to overlook the whereabout of Nazi criminals in behalf of the USA campaign "against communism", which means that those who call the shots in Israel were happy with allowing Nazi scum to live easy lives because it was convenient for the USA, despite the millions of Jews murdered by the Nazi regime.

May this be the reason why the USA supports and keeps quiet about Israel's rape of Palestine?

To atone for the CIA-Nazi sins?

Scary, indeed.

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