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For decades, the CIA and the FBI reportedly employed and protected at least 1,000 Nazis, using them as spies and later shielding them from prosecution, the New York Times reports.
According to Eric Lichtblau,who reviewed declassified reports and documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the two intelligence agencies recruited at least 1,000 Nazis to operate as spies and informants—a number experts say is probably a lowball estimate.
Historians say they were recruited under a "cold war mentality" that the Nazis' ability to gather intel on the Russians outweighed their war crimes.
But shockingly enough, many of the Nazis proved to be unreliable:
But many Nazi spies proved inept or worse, declassified security reviews show. Some were deemed habitual liars, confidence men or embezzlers, and a few even turned out to be Soviet double agents, the records show.
Even so, the CIA and the FBI reportedly protected many of them well into the 1990's. Reports Lichtblau:
When the Justice Department was preparing in 1994 to prosecute a senior Nazi collaborator in Boston named Aleksandras Lileikis, the C.I.A. tried to intervene.
The agency's own files linked Mr. Lileikis to the machine-gun massacres of 60,000 Jews in Lithuania. He worked "under the control of the Gestapo during the war," his C.I.A. file noted, and "was possibly connected with the shooting of Jews in Vilna."
Even so, the agency hired him in 1952 as a spy in East Germany — paying him $1,700 a year, plus two cartons of cigarettes a month — and cleared the way for him to immigrate to America four years later, records show. Mr. Lileikis lived quietly for nearly 40 years, until prosecutors discovered his Nazi past and prepared to seek his deportation in 1994.
When C.I.A. officials learned of the plans, a lawyer there called Eli Rosenbaum at the Justice Department's Nazi-hunting unit and told him "you can't file this case," Mr. Rosenbaum said in an interview. The agency did not want to risk divulging classified records about its ex-spy, he said.
Lilekis was ultimately deported despite the CIA's intervention, the Times reports. But the FBI also tried to prevent prosecution from other agencies.
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.
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The US government has paid dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals millions of dollars in Social Security benefits after forcing them to leave the US. The payments, funded by taxpayers, were made through a legal loophole, an Associated Press investigation has uncovered. Some are still being paid. One Source
Link: It’s not known exactly how many ex-Nazis were brought to Argentina during the late 1940s and early 1950s. One researcher identified 300, but there easily could have been more. What is known is that they included Josef Mengele, Adolf Eichmann and his adjutant Franz Stangl, Erich Priebke (a former Captain in the Waffen SS), Klaus Barbie – also known as ‘the Butcher of Lyon’ (a former Captain in the SS and a member of the Gestapo), Ustasha Dinko Šakić (former commandant of the concentration camp that was nicknamed ‘the Auschwitz of the Balkans’) and many, many others.
plea bargain that included the stipulation that 'none of his relatives in perpetuity would ever be allowed to hold office...'
originally posted by: signalfire
Prescott Bush, father of GHWB and grandfather of GWB, was found guilty of financing the Nazis during WWII; he was spared the punishment he so richly deserved by a plea bargain that included the stipulation that 'none of his relatives in perpetuity would ever be allowed to hold office...'
We can see how well THAT worked out.
Ask yourself how a small time offshore oil company exec manages to become head of the CIA, then VP, then President, and eight years later, his son manages to steal the office of the Presidency once again through an unprecedented act of the Supreme Court? Both GHWB and William Jefferson Clinton were running drugs, Bush out of his offshore oil company 'Zapata Oil' and Clinton out of Arkansas.
There's your 'elder statesmen' for you.