In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis

Most disinfonauts will be aware of Operation Paperclip and the United States Government’s recruitment of prominent Nazi German scientists, but now it appears that the CIA was recruiting way more Nazis than previously suspected, revealed in the New York Times:

In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show.

At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, law enforcement and intelligence leaders like J. Edgar Hoover at the F.B.I. and Allen Dulles at the C.I.A. aggressively recruited onetime Nazis of all ranks as secret, anti-Soviet “assets,” declassified records show. They believed the ex-Nazis’ intelligence value against the Russians outweighed what one official called “moral lapses” in their service to the Third Reich.

The agency hired one former SS officer as a spy in the 1950s, for instance, even after concluding he was probably guilty of “minor war crimes.”

And in 1994, a lawyer with the C.I.A. pressured prosecutors to drop an investigation into an ex-spy outside Boston implicated in the Nazis’ massacre of tens of thousands of Jews in Lithuania, according to a government official.

Evidence of the government’s links to Nazi spies began emerging publicly in the 1970s. But thousands of records from declassified files, Freedom of Information Act requests and other sources, together with interviews with scores of current and former government officials, show that the government’s recruitment of Nazis ran far deeper than previously known and that officials sought to conceal those ties for at least a half-century after the war.

In 1980, F.B.I. officials refused to tell even the Justice Department’s own Nazi hunters what they knew about 16 suspected Nazis living in the United States.

The bureau balked at a request from prosecutors for internal records on the Nazi suspects, memos show, because the 16 men had all worked as F.B.I. informants, providing leads on Communist “sympathizers.” Five of the men were still active informants.

Refusing to turn over the records, a bureau official in a memo stressed the need for “protecting the confidentiality of such sources of information to the fullest possible extent.”…

[continues in the New York Times]


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35 Comments on "In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Oct 27, 2014 at 10:52 am |

    ‘Nother fun fact, counter insurgency tactics used after WWII by the US are almost all based on lessons learned by the nazis.

    • mannyfurious | Oct 27, 2014 at 11:12 am |

      Where’d you learn that? I had read that one of the reason why the US hasn’t had much success in Warfare since WWII was that they adopted the Nazi ideal of “Blitzkrieg,” failing to realize that the reason why the Nazi’s lost was because their strategy for warfare–though scary and intense at first–wasn’t effective for long, drawn-out affairs. Basically, I had read we learned all the wrong lessons from the Nazi’s and have kept applying them–e.g. “Shock and Awe.”

      • Liam_McGonagle | Oct 27, 2014 at 11:24 am |

        Agree. America used to win wars by holding back and letting the others pound the sh*t out of each other until we swept in at the last minute.

        Nowadays the policy seems to be chasing failure.

      • Anarchy Pony | Oct 27, 2014 at 12:49 pm |

        Well it was mostly used against the left in countries like Italy and Greece after the war.

      • lastsoldier | Oct 27, 2014 at 2:44 pm |

        Yes. That strategy certainly worked against the US in Vietnam. Facing superior US firepower the Vietnamese employed guerrilla style warfare and it proved to be effective. To overcome this the US turned to Napalm and Agent Orange in a saturated bombing campaign to destroy the jungles which were suited to guerrilla warfare.

      • Woobniggurath | Oct 27, 2014 at 10:54 pm |

        Germany lost because they invaded Russia and idiotically declared war
        on the US when Japan did.

    • misinformation | Oct 29, 2014 at 12:33 am |

      Are you referring to, what is commonly referred to as ‘Gladio’? Or, more like the recruiting of Reinhard Gehlen who was instrumental in the creation of the Green Berets and eventually the German BND?

      I’m interested in the specifics of what you call ‘counter-insurgency’?

  2. UrbanChosunNinja | Oct 27, 2014 at 10:57 am |

    German influences in USA is deep…….

    • Liam_McGonagle | Oct 27, 2014 at 11:13 am |

      This is very true.

      I can’t tell you how often I have been told that “Hitler had the right idea, he just chose the wrong target . . . “. You have to expect some of this when you live in Wisconsin, but honestly, it’s people from all over, including professional types whose education you would have hoped would render them immune to the appeal of such ideas.

      But of course, it is always in private. You mention any of this in public and people pretend to be shocked and feign disbelief.

      What a crock of sh*t.

      • UrbanChosunNinja | Oct 27, 2014 at 11:36 am |

        Well, majority of you guys are German. Not even English or British. What a crock of shit. Would that be? You mention Wisconsin. Isn’t that German state? like North, South Dakota, Minnesota, Mid-West….. Is that crock of shit private or public?

        • Liam_McGonagle | Oct 27, 2014 at 11:48 am |

          I think you may be laying an undue amount of stress on ethnicity. This type of conventional authoritarianism with a quasi-racial twist has appeal for all types of Americans. The incident that impressed me the most was a New England Yankee endorsing Hitler as a model for good management practices.

          But yes, it is true, there are a lot of German Catholics in Wisconsin–their ancestors most likely came from the parts of Germany that supported Hitler most strongly. They are not “as careful” as English types about hiding their appreciation of Nazism, but nowhere will you be able to approach a stranger and make these comments without eliciting phoney outrage.

          But that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

          • UrbanChosunNinja | Oct 27, 2014 at 11:55 am |

            Americans ( Anglo, Catholic, Jewish) need to accept German influences on USA has been deep for couple hundred of years. Ethnicity, Food, Culture, Language, State or City make up, there are so many German town names, German this or German that names in America. German WWII, German Nazism is whole different story and ball game….. Even today even German descent Americans don’t support KKK, Hitler, Neo-Nazi… funny thing it has been Catholic Irish or Irish-German. Not German (both parents) per se……

          • Liam_McGonagle | Oct 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm |

            Your observation of Catholic affinity for nazism is true, but I think the nazism of Anglo Americans deserves far more attention than it is getting. Especially Mormons.

          • Cortacespedes | Oct 27, 2014 at 7:23 pm |

            But Liam, “It Can’t Happen Here”!

            Remember last presidential “election” cycle, Berzelius “Mitt” Windrip lost.

          • Woobniggurath | Oct 27, 2014 at 10:51 pm |

            I have no Idea what you are trying to say. Really. Do you think it is somehow revelatory of something to point out German migration to the US? Perhaps unexpected to a Korean, but no news to anyone on this continent.

          • Liam_McGonagle | Oct 28, 2014 at 9:35 am |

            Someone once cited some US Census figures to me to the effect that “German” is now the majority white ethnic group in the country–though that is self-reported, so take it for what it’s worth.

          • Ok, you need to leave the Oktoberfest party as soon as you can.

            Of course Nazi and German are two different things. But what you are not noticing is that Nazi-ism is alive and well.
            It wasn’t defeated and ground into dust as Churchill said it would be. It was moved to North and South America on a wholesale basis by Allen Dulles and his ratlines along with it’s money, much of which had been invested by Americans at Dulles’ urging.

            What most people do not know is that the MAX network – A Jewish Spy network set up during the war – used blackmail on the Dulles’ gang and the Vatican in order to use the same infamous ratlines to move the Jewish survivors out of post-war Europe and into Israel. That’s right, the survivors of the death camps actually used the same system as their persecutors were using.

            As for the Nazi ratline riders, everyone got new identities and everything got a coat of red white and blue paint, but the so called American Corporations were goose-stepping long before the war and happily welcomed fascism because it was good for business. Add to that what we know about South America being the Rockefeller playground for at least 4 decades after the war and we have confirmation of the previous sentence, as if the behavior of international corporations today left any room for doubt.

            So now I have to ask an unrelated question that comes to mind. Why and how did they make history such a boring subject in high school with such interesting stories?

            How; Simple, avoid the interesting stories and condition people to have an aversion to the word history. For those stubborn or smart enough to see through such a ploy and recognize the value of not repeating history we will put up a History Channel, but only broadcast the palatable information, avoiding, or changing, the truth whenever necessary.

            Why; They obviously wish to be free to repeat past misdeeds with impunity.

            History should be seen as a flow of one story with a million factors, all inter-related through cause and effect, and should not be reduced to it’s gelding version of names, dates and places.

          • Don’t forget the Lutherans, Garrison Keillor never does.

            As well, those with more than a high school acquaintance with history know that when King George’s brother abdicated the throne to him before WWII, it was as much for his sympathies with “cousin Adolph” as it was because he was diddling a divorced, commoner Yank. I cannot remember who, during Churchill’s vote of confidence – tip of my tongue – proposed that he take over as Supreme Military Commander from PM Winston Churchill. The suggestion brought a roar of laughter from the House of Commons and effectively ended the impetus of that same vote of confidence.

            Hitler, himself, fully expected his English cousins to join him after the fall of France, and blamed Churchill for stopping this expected result.

          • Liam_McGonagle | Oct 30, 2014 at 12:11 pm |

            Yeah, that Keillor thing is getting a bit old and farty. But that’s pretty much the expected trajectory.

            I’m interested in the vast difference between the German Lutheran and Scandinavian Lutheran legacies. There really is a kind of left-leaning yet conservative populism in the legacy of Scandinavian Lutherans in the Midwest. It’s the German ones that you have to watch out for–they’re only marginally less authoritarian than their Catholic cousins from the Schwarzwald.

        • Jin The Ninja | Oct 30, 2014 at 4:09 pm |

          people of anglo descent in places with british colonial history are really not much better. specifically i am referring to places with an entrenched ‘wasp’ culture. look at toronto, regardless of the cities demographics, the people in gov’t look the same as they did 40 years ago, the people who head major corporations the same. perhaps the HK chinese and now the mainland chinese have made some inroads in wealth building, but the demographics of power still look and feel the same. toronto the good, where most people silently believe immigrants are taking over. i am sure the iroquois felt the same.

      • misinformation | Oct 29, 2014 at 12:18 am |

        “…including professional types whose education you would have hoped would render them immune to the appeal of such ideas.”

        Why? How many of those Nazi’s were shuffled into the University system in order to school those ‘professional’ types?

  3. Tchoutoye | Oct 27, 2014 at 11:03 am |

    Not under direct threat from Germany compared to its allies in Europe, for the US Nazism was not the enemy but the coveted prize.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Oct 27, 2014 at 1:19 pm |

    Nazis & the CIA
    who woulda thunk it

    before & during WW2
    Prescott Bush was the Nazi bankster in the US
    he was forced by Congress to hide his activities
    his son Poppy became involved with CIA during WW2
    all the CIA top guys were Skull & Bones
    as were Prescott & Poppy
    you’d have to be a conspiracy nut
    to notice the S&B>Bush>Nazi>CIA connetion

  5. PJ Superior | Oct 27, 2014 at 1:42 pm |

    You might want to compose or at least edit your articles NOT on a cell phone. Your links open mobile site accounts on desktops, while if you had the authentic urls, they would auto open as m. sites on a cellular device. Because of this, I was not able to share this information adequately. Man, Disinfo’s work is getting so sloppy on many fronts, from that bullshit “my great sex night proves magic” utter drivel (and I am a ritual craft advocate) to these unnecessary and careless nuisances of shoddy links.
    How do you expect others to care when you’re not interjecting actual attentive energy? You do supposedly believe in energetic transference, right? Do you need a new writer? I’m for hire.

  6. “Minor war crimes.”

  7. sveltesvengali | Oct 27, 2014 at 7:12 pm |

    “Minor war crimes.”

  8. Cortacespedes | Oct 27, 2014 at 7:34 pm |

    But where would our space/missile program be without Nazis?

    You know it would have been more truthful had they planted a swastika on the moon instead of the “stars and stripes”.

    • Jin The Ninja | Oct 30, 2014 at 4:01 pm |

      i am sure in the thin atmosphere of a space suit, they have a certain resemblance to each other.

    • lastsoldier | Oct 30, 2014 at 5:06 pm |

      The US using Nazi technology and science is nothing new in the context of human events. Throughout history this has been a common practice. Some would call it progress, but that’s a matter of opinion.

      The Romans assimilated Greek philosophy and culture just like the Greeks probably did with Persia, Egypt and India, and so on.

      • Cortacespedes | Oct 31, 2014 at 8:27 pm |

        Yes, I totally agree with you, empires are extremely co-optive. But, in this case, it was a bit different.

        The mastermind behind the V2 rocket is the very same person who is considered the primary architect of the Saturn V(Apollo moonshot booster).

        Wernher von Braun had been a member of the NSDAP since 1937 and was also bestowed with a rank in the Allgemeine SS.

        The only thing that kept him from the “swinging after-party” at Nuremberg was an impressive portfolio. I imagine the U.S. government thought, “He may be a Nazi, but he’s our kind of Nazi, a moderate”. Nothing a little whitewash couldn’t fix.

        Oh, how did that old comedic paraphrase of Braun go… something like:

        “I aim at the stars, but sometimes I hit London.”

  9. gustave courbet | Oct 28, 2014 at 5:03 pm |

    Two words: Reinhard Gehlen.

  10. And this is what I am on about…

    The whole story of this is unfolded completely in Aarons’ and Loftus’ book “The Secret War Against The Jews”. The amount of war criminals that we prosecuted compared to those that Russia prosecuted tells much. The ones we didn’t prosecute were later welcomed into the Republican Party on a permanent basis. They had been temporarily mobilized for each election to get out the German-American vote in order to counter the votes of Jews in the States, who nearly always voted Democratic. Nixon began the process of giving them a permanent place in the Party, but as he moved in to the WH he passed the job on to his good buddy Poppy Bush who in fact completed it.

    “And in 1994, a lawyer with the C.I.A. pressured prosecutors to drop an investigation into an ex-spy outside Boston implicated in the Nazis’ massacre of tens of thousands of Jews in Lithuania, according to a government official.”

    I believe refers to the story of Saul Schnidow who was a barber in Lithuania and who literally escaped with his life several times, only to end up living with in blocks of this same ex spy who was in fact the leading character in his entire story. I would be more precise and provide the name of him, but after reading the book three times I finally gave it away. However, classifying him as an ex-spy, while true enough, is misleading since he would be better seen as a war criminal.

    After reading The Secret War Against The Jews, Naomi Klien’s book comparing conditions in the US now to pre-WWII conditions in Germany is a book that appears to have written itself.

    According to Aarons and Loftus the Jews of Israel had to agree to stop chasing the war criminals in exchange for their country coming into being, but only after they blackmailed Rockefeller to get the South American vote that surprised everyone on the world stage. Simon Wiesenthal? Well, he just wouldn’t play ball and quit chasing them, and the Israelis were not happy about that fact. In fact he never received any support from the Jewish leaders.

    Operation Paperclip was only the visible part of this iceberg.

    As always, nothing is as it seems

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