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Excerpt: "Central Intelligence Agency officials are said to have turned to the country's former enemies to help beat the Soviet Union during the Cold War."

Former FBI Director J Edgar Hoover (left) is said to have approved of the Nazi recruitment practice. (photo: AP)
Former FBI Director J Edgar Hoover (left) is said to have approved of the Nazi recruitment practice. (photo: AP)

J. Edgar Hoover Used Nazis as Cold War Spies, Dismissed Their Horrific Acts as "Soviet Propaganda"

By BBC News

29 October 14


Declassified US records reveal the nation's intelligence chiefs used hundreds of Nazis as spies and informants after World War Two.

entral Intelligence Agency officials are said to have turned to the country's former enemies to help beat the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Academics studying the documents say America used at least 1,000 ex-Nazis.

Some had served at the highest levels of the Nazi Party, and were recruited to work as spies for the US in Europe.

Former SS officer Otto von Bolschwing reportedly wrote policy papers on how to terrorise Jews, but was hired by the CIA to spy in Europe after World War Two.

The agency is said to have relocated him and his family to New York in the 1950s as a reward for loyal service.

Nazi collaborator Aleksandras Lileikis - linked to the massacres of tens of thousands of Jews in Lithuania - was recruited by the US as a spy in East Germany and later brought over to Boston.

There is evidence the CIA even tried to intervene when Mr Lileikis became the subject of a war crimes investigation.

The recruitment of Nazi assets occurred against the backdrop of Cold War paranoia and panic.

But records indicate long-time FBI director J Edgar Hoover not only approved of the use of ex-Nazis as spies, he also dismissed the horrific acts they had been involved in during the war as Soviet propaganda.

The revelations come one week after an Associated Press investigation found the US government had paid dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals millions of dollars in Social Security benefits after forcing them to leave the US.

The payments were made through a legal loophole. The US justice department later said benefits are paid to individuals who renounce US citizenship and leave voluntarily. your social media marketing partner


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+28 # tedrey 2014-10-29 08:56
As recent events in Ukraine show, the CIA still has no reluctance to work with Nazis.
+1 # Walter J Smith 2014-10-30 09:54
Yes, and they prefer nazis who offer addictive, illicit drug supply lines.
+14 # Texas Aggie 2014-10-29 08:58
There have been some changes since J. Edgar's time in the FBI, but nothing substantial. The changes have been more cosmetic than integral.
+7 # John Mortl 2014-10-29 10:46
What this shows is that atrocity propaganda is only intended to manipulate the hoi polloi. It stands to reason that those who are doing the manipulating are pragmatists and ignore their creation when it's in their interest to do so.
+7 # fdawei 2014-10-29 10:46
Are we surprised by this? Evil is always at the centers of secret services, spy networks, secret detentions, summary executions and the like. Similar circumstances can be found in the bible, in other holy books and religions.
we haven't progressed in thousands of years of history. Only, now, however, we wear suits.
To quote the opening of an old radio program..."Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of man? The SHADOW knows."
+15 # dick 2014-10-29 11:00
These stories are TOTALLY WRONG! These thousands of former Nazi & Gestapo officials had virtually NO intelligence utility. They killed Jews, didn't spy on Russians! A US Army Lt. assigned to providing security for Klaus Barby, the US captured Butcher of Lyon (slayer of French Jews), has testified to this.Their so called anti-Soviet "spy" value was the COVER STORY. Along with hundreds of thousands of European Nazi enthusiasts, they were aggressively recruited & imposted to the US & Canada after WWII, and spread across Latin America. They were brought here to oppose Leftists, liberals, Labor, & blacks seeking to end Segregation. Recall, MLKing was first opposed as a "Communist." The orchestrated anti-communist hysteria was designed to squelch anti-Nazi feelings from WWII & Holocaust revelations. The plan was to preserve fascism in a somewhat more subtle form to protect capitalists the way Hitler had protected German & foreign, including US, capitalists, like Henry Ford, Hitler's fav. "Negroes" seeking to get "out of their place" were to be like the Jews of Europe, useful scapegoats, targets for mobilizing right wing zealots. US blacks had served in the military, & were hailed as liberators, equals, in parts of Europe. There needed to be a plan for controlling them back home. Hoover was NOTORIOUS for this, said he "wanted Negroes leaderless, powerless." Spying on Soviets had NOTHING to do with this, just a propaganda BIG LIE. Goal was crushing the left, Labor, liberationists.
+8 # 2014-10-29 11:58
While growing up in the Soviet block, the US and western capitalsm were often referred to as "fascists" and "nazis" by the ever present propaganda machine. Who knew that there was more than a grain of truth to that?
+8 # reiverpacific 2014-10-29 11:59
Duh! How d'you think the US acquired the baseline knowledge to develop the atom bomb and full nuclear death apparatus -and is still the only nation to actually use it?!
And other Nazi scientists were granted amnesty and safe passage to the new "Homeland" to work in the same death industry which still flourishes and swallows up such a large % of our taxes to this day under an out-of-control "Defense" Department and Spy agency headed by those of the same mentality that our fathers fought and died in a world war to save us from.
Many others like Dr Mengele were given safe passage to Paraguay, Argentina and other S. American refuges to live in comparative security under US -armed and sanctioned dictators; many heavily influencing regimes like Stroessner in Paraguay -where the Dimwits Bush family now ironically owns 98,000 acres over the Guarani Aquifer.
As a "furrier", there has always seemed to me to be an obvious link between Nazi militarism and US military-worshi p.
Remember IBM the grandpa' Bush dynasty and many other oligarchs of the era did business with Hitler's arms industry build-up and would have been quite OK with a Fascist victory, which they're still trying to bring home. I mean, look at the names of acts we get stuck with: "Homeland Security", "The Patriot Act", you name it, it has a Nazi ring to it.
When I first came here in the still Hoover-influenc ed 70's there was a severe stricture clause for a visa on association with Communists but NOT Fascists!
+5 # PABLO DIABLO 2014-10-29 14:30
Hitler was financially backed by (Grandpa) Prescott Bush's bank while he was a U.S. Senator. IBM did the tattooing of jews and the Rockefellers gave synthetic rubber to the Nazis and not to the U.S.A. All believing Hitler would win. It's always about money. Still is. Get the neocons out of "our" government.
0 # Walter J Smith 2014-10-30 09:52
Neocons & neolibs!
+3 # RMDC 2014-10-29 19:12
This article really soft pedals the story. Operation Paperclip is pretty well known and the number is more like 10,000 than 1,000. Ex-Nazis filled the US national security apparatus both inside the US and outside. NASA and the space program that landed (or said it landed) a man on the moon was run by Nazis. Frontline did a documentary back in the 80s on this and showed a photo of about 30 NASA scientists in a group just after the moon landing. About 20 of the 30 were ex-Nazis -- if anyone who participated in the crimes of the Nazis could ever be an "ex."

Most of the US corporate class was interlinked with prominent nazis. The whole Marshall Plan was not to feed germans but to put the German capitalists who backed Hitler back in power and to restore US investment in Germany industry.

the US has continued the Nazi regime of Hitler without missing a beat. It has been smarter in not being so extreme and burning itself out so fast. But it is just as criminal and murderous.
+2 # lewagner 2014-10-29 19:49
I remember when this collaboration between the US and Nazis, reported by Mae Brussell back in the 1970's and 1980's was called a "wild conspiracy theory", and she was laughed to scorn.
+2 # RMDC 2014-10-29 20:36
lew -- how could anyone call this a wild conspiracy theory. Werner von Braun was Hitler's top rocket scientist and then he became the top rocket scientist for NASA. He brought about 20 other nazi scientists with him.

And then there was Reinhart Gehlen, Hitler's commander for the eastern front. He went to work for the CIA advising them on the cold war operations against Russia. there were thousands of others working in the cold war.

I guess laughting and scorn is a method of denial. Don't consider the evidence right in front of your nose. Just laugh and say scornful things.
0 # Walter J Smith 2014-10-30 09:49
I was many times called a kook for listening to her! Most of her broadcasts are available on line at maebrussell dot com and can be listened to or purchased.

It is astonishing how prophetic she has proven, in spite of the few lapses in her observations.

It is equally astonishing how stupid, ignorant, perversely malfeasant, & ill-informed everyone in the US Congress, Juduciary & White House, decade-after-de cade, remains with all the material she read from the Congressional Record.
0 # RMDC 2014-10-30 08:14
A book on Area 51 that came out a few years ago presented the argument that the "aliens" who were widely reported to be at Area 51 were not from outer space but in fact were high ranking Nazis who were being trained and conditioned to working in the American national security apparatus.

The case is quite plausible. Area 51 was top secret. It did not appear on any maps and the US regime denied its existence. But very many people knew it was there and saw a steady stream of plane going in and out of the base.

Thousands of former Nazis were trained at this camp and then sent all over the world to perform work for the cold war or the many hot wars being started by the US after 1945. Many went to South America where they connected with ex-Nazi refugees.

There's still a lot to learn about this program. but the key point is that the US was never really against Hitler or Nazism. Hitler was a useful idiot. He attacked the Soviet Union just as the US and UK wanted him to do. His vengeance against England and France meant that he could not join the team which planned to run the world. He was confined to inflicting maximum punishment on Russia -- some 25 million people killed.

But the ideology of Nazism was just fine with the Americans and British. These are racial supremacist and imperialist nations. They are run by their corporate elite. They do worship the nation and the white anglo race. They are Nazis in every way. Just check out the symbols of the Navy Seals. Nazis.
0 # Walter J Smith 2014-10-30 09:34
J Edgar Hoover must have taught John Ashcroft & Eric Holder all their tricks.

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