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In case you missed it: US Gov. Hired Nazi War Criminals

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Adding insult to injury is this statement from Democracy Underground:

 Richard Ben-Veniste, (Jewish, he also served on the 9/11 commission, so I have to be a little wary that his opinion matches mine in that what did the Nazis contribute to the cold war effort? Nothing. In fact I think it was just white men feeling sorry for white men down on their luck) another group member, said in the report that some of the latest documents, which were declassified in late 2006, show that the CIA had no clear policy about hiring former Nazis.The Gehlen Org

He cited a November 1960 CIA document quoting an agency official as saying: “We have no strong feelings against the use of a convicted Nazi today, provided he has something tangible to offer and is kept under close control. The question remains — what has he to offer?”

Read more: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N28422574.htm

The key figure on the German side of the CIA-Nazi tryst was General Reinhard Gehlen, who had served as Adolf Hitler’s top anti-Soviet spy. During World War II, Gehlen oversaw all German military-intelligence operations in Eastern Europe and the USSR.As the war drew to a close, Gehlen surmised that the U.S.-Soviet alliance would soon break down. Realizing that the United States did not have a viable cloak-and-dagger apparatus in Eastern Europe, Gehlen surrendered to the Americans and pitched himself as someone who could make a vital contribution to the forthcoming struggle against the Communists. In addition to sharing his vast espionage archive on the USSR, Gehlen promised that he could resurrect an underground network of battle-hardened anti-Communist assets who were well placed to wreak havoc throughout the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.Although the Yalta Treaty stipulated that the United States must give the Soviets all captured German officers who had been involved in “eastern area activities,” Gehlen was quickly spirited off to Fort Hunt, Va. The image he projected during 10 months of negotiations at Fort Hunt was, to use a bit of espionage parlance, a “legend” – one that hinged on Gehlen’s false claim that he was never really a Nazi, but was dedicated, above all, to fighting Communism. Those who bit the bait included future CIA director Allen Dulles, who became Gehlen’s biggest supporter among American policy wonks.

Source: http://www.commondreams.org/views01/0508-05.htm

 

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History Flashback to Eva Braun and Hitler (newly discovered photos) Life link

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Link to Life Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler newly discovered photos.