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James F. Byrnes was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 2, 1882. (He falsified his year of birth in order to become a court reporter-stenographer in 1900. As a result, his birth year is often reported as 1879.) Although his formal education ended at age fourteen, Byrnes became a lawyer and had an influential role in the political careers of presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Richard Nixon.
James F. Byrnes was a first class stenographer whose capacity was vital to his pin point accuracy in his Job and he was assigned many important cases. http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n85213744.html
This clarification for the Library of Congress is a simple misunderstanding for lack of background information.
James Francis Byrnes May 2, 1882 – April 9, 1972) was an American politician from the state of South Carolina. During his career, Byrnes served as a U.S. Representative (1911–1925), a U.S. Senator (1931–1941), a Justice of the Supreme Court (1941–1942), Secretary of State (1945–1947), and 104th governor of South Carolina (1951–1955).
He is one of very few politicians to serve in all three branches of the American federal government while also being active in state government. He was a confidant of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and was one of the most powerful men in American domestic and foreign policy in the mid-1940s. Historian George E. Mowry called Byrnes “the most influential Southern member of Congress between John Calhoun and Lyndon Johnson.”
- For the record: James F. Byrnes court documents that he transcribed were sealed and validated by the authority of United States legal System and his age had nothing to do with the authority and precision of his work as a court reporter-stenographer that validated his work.
- At the time of the case you had to be 18 years of age to work in this field. Everyone Knew him and no one doubted his competency and he was an exception to occupations like this because all of Washington was aware of him and knew he that he was on a his way to greater things.
- Everybody was in agreement about getting him started as a court reporter-stenographer and that was his choice because of his iron trap-mind.
- If he was just going to work as a court reporter-stenographer, it would not have been allowed. The sentiment was, that being a court reporter-stenographer would make him a better Lawyer and legislator. No one expected him to achieve the things that he did.
- Lastly with concern to his age. If there are any arguments to his age as a reason to invalidate his perfect record as court reporter-stenographer it would
- (About his age problem the critics) (perspective) A mature looking child age 14 lies to you an tells you he is an EMT paramedic and you allow him to perform multiple life saving procedures and techniques perfectly and save your life so you can continue working as a Lawyer and then later the same day you choke on a chicken bone and you go to the hospital. So being the Greek Fraternal lawyer you are you going to file charges against the boy or any money the parents have for Lying to You and for performing EMT Life saving techniques and sue him and the parents saying he lied to you to gain your trust, he was unqualified, and did not do it right the first time and was not trained to perform the these live saving techniques? Greek Fraternal Flesh Eating Lawyers are like this and in this example the lawyer cares nothing for the fact the a child genius save his life, This example story whose character portrays a psychological profile of “a-social personality” a cold ruthless and careless lawyer made numb in his moral condition by his religion a Greek Fraternal Murderous Mason sponsored Idol worshipping religion based on the text “The Sacred Fire.” of Moloch.
- So to was James F. Byrnes was a child genius and sent to save and help the United States of America and started at a young age and eventually become an assistant to the US President.
- Even at a young age James F. Byrnes was so good at his job he was even allowed to work on a famous murder case, a case whose ruling cannot be overturned. And his career and place in history cannot be overturned.
- Because the verdict was based on the authority of a Jury of his peers who were of legal age and in good standing in the community,
- The District attorney or Defense nor the Judge at any time questioned his competence because they knew him. For more than a hundred years this was not an issue.
- And lastly the verdict of all cases he worked on as a court reporter are based on the Authority of the Judges final Legal draft and the confirmation of the judgments of the people of the cases he worked on under the auspices and jurisdiction of the United States legal system who back then was a far better system than it had morphed into these last days.
Today the Mason courts and men left over if there are any have legal matters to account for in the legislative record that involve
- abuse of diplomatic immunity
- attempting to conceal a conspiracy of lies for political and financial gain,
- concealing evidence,
- fabricating contraband political videos,
- conspiracy of to conceal Mass Murder through conspiracy of lies,
- Their Denial and observances of their religious rites rituals and sacred observance of their Mason religious secret society who sexually abused trafficked children before sacrificing them mixing satanism with Moloch worship while giving drugs to children.
White Supremacist Masons and their supporters are also guilty of millions of counts of perjury in conspiracy, in murder cases in every degree, allowing
- illegal drugs into the country,
- specialized drug dealing to politicians and selective protection of drugs dealers around the word,
- Facilitating and protecting child trafficking, and racketeering just to name some of their many crimes that as leader swore to uphold moral laws.
- Cruelty and Killing of animals and Children as other parts of their religious rites and infanticide are also added to their charges to every new set of prisoners for supporting this.
What a cheep shot on James F. Byrnes intentionally worded to slander a great American Supreme Court Justice with unethical intentions.
Although his formal education ended at age fourteen, Byrnes became a lawyer and had an influential role in the political careers of presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Richard Nixon.
James F. Byrnes was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 2, 1882. (He his year of birth is listed as 1882, but he was actually born in 1879 that would make him 18 years old so he could become a court reporter-stenographer in 1900.
In 1900, when Byrnes’s cousin Governor Miles B. McSweeney appointed him as a clerk for Judge Robert Aldrich of Aiken, he needed to be 21. Byrnes, his mother, and Governor McSweeney just changed his date of birth to that of his older sister Leonora this was legal strategy that the Records Department could say it was just a up and not intentional. Despite, his work and importance made this a trivial matter . He later apprenticed to a lawyer – a not uncommon practice then – read for the law, and was admitted to the bar in 1903.
In 1908, he was appointed solicitor for the second circuit of South Carolina, serving until 1910. Byrnes was a protégé of Benjamin Tillman (who was known as “Pitchfork Ben”) and often had a moderating influence on the fiery segregationist Senator.
His history and accomplishments had an influential role in the careers of presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Richard M. Nixon who where obvious students of his work.
Because of this Special legislation should be made for kid prodigies who might encounter a similar situation in the future. If they have graduated University at age 14 they should be allowed to work if they want in the field they studied even as an assistant to a University Professor.
Children in other countries legally can work at age 14 with or without education. The more education they have at age fourteen in these countries the better their prospects.
Because of the inflammatory remark at our beloved Library meant to be seen in your beloved rss of your beloved Transitional Government website. I am reminded of Williams James Sidis and other Child Genius who were frustrated for lack of support so as the Queen Presidents advisor as the world crown at La Couronne Modes Chateau Versailles France and special agent in Charge of the United States of America, I am proposing new legislation be drafted.
Young Adults have rights. It may not have great application, but it will save our new legal system should they encounter a similar situation from having to lie.
As a friend and Adviser I dedicate this legislation to carry her name as she in spirit and friendship is still and as much a part of me as I her, and I can never leave her or forsake her. Catching on to my inquisitive nature, She once said to me early in our marriage “I read into things to much my response to her was “Thats what I do best”
The Queen Mary’s Williams James Siddis Act whose legislation is now in the Hands of providence is a failsafe for Genius Children of the age of 14 that allows them to work if they have met the criteria. It is not expected to apply to alot of children maybe 1 in every 10,000,000 cases of exceptional children, but it keeps the legal system from having to suffer any sort of criticism.
The new act is based on the small trivial poorly worded statement that occurred at the Library of Congress that inferred a criminal act on Supreme Court Justice and Presidential Advisor James F. Byrnes a Criminal saying he He falsified his year of birth in order to become a court reporter-stenographer in 1900. He was a man of great Integrity.
In the light of his accomplishments To say at this point and time that He falsified his record would be irrelevant slanderous inflammatory but forgivable. This would is poor wording if it was ever used in the public record of the Library of Congress. And derogatory opening will not undo his accomplishments and an amazing life as a mover and a shaker in Legislation and Politics.
Queen Mary’s Williams James Siddis Act is based on the suffering of Child Geniuses and so our courts do not ever have to lie again in order to advance the life of a very special and gifted child who qualifies for its protection and rights. The name is poetic to the cause and merciful to and should be there so we can take advantage of great souls when they are sent to us and so we do not have to forge any kind of deceit and mix it in with our legal system. http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n85213744.html
Williams james Sidis was born to Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine on April 1, 1898, in New York City. His father, Boris Sidis, Ph.D., M.D., had emigrated in 1887 to escape political persecution.
He was born May 2, 1882 – died April 9, 1972)
William James Sidis was a genius. He was by far the most precocious intellectual child of his generation.
1: exceptionally early in development or occurrence precocious puberty
2: exhibiting mature qualities at an unusually early age a precocious child
Obituary of a Child Genius and Dry Cleaner
His death in 1944 as an undistinguished figure was made the occasion for reawakening the old wives tales about nervous breakdowns, burned out prodigies and insanity among geniuses.
This was caused by his home environment and jealousies of his Father a decent and good man to achieve what he had achieved, but had obvious problems with nurturing his son.
Young Sidis was truly an intellectual phenomenon.
- His childhood achievements ranked with those of John Stuart Mill, Thomas Macaulay, and Johann Goethe. By the time William Sidis was two he could read English and, at four he was typing original work in French.
- At the age of five he had devised a formula whereby he could name the day of the week for any given historical date. At eight he projected a new logarithms table based on the number twelve.
- He entered Harvard at the age of twelve and graduated cum laude before he was sixteen.
- Mathematics was not his only forte. At this age he could speak and read fluently French, German, Russian, Greek, Latin, Armenian and Turkish.
- During his first year at Harvard University the boy astounded students and scientists with his theories on “Fourth Dimensional Bodies.” https://www.sidis.net/Sperling.htm
Bibliography American National Biography; Byrnes, James Francis. All in One Lifetime. New York: Harper, 1958; Robertson, David. Sly and Able: A Political Biography of James F. Byrnes. New York: W.W. Norton Co., 1994.
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The United States Senate Credit https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/VP_Harry_Truman.htm …There was no shortage of candidates: Majority Leader Alben Barkley, presidential assistant James F.Byrnes,
Assistant President of the United States – James F. Byrnes Scholarship http://www.byrnesscholars.org/popbyrnes/assistant-president.php
Full text of “”Assistant President” for the home front : James F. Byrnes and World War II” http://archive.org/stream/assistantpreside00part/assistantpreside00part_djvu.txt
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Before America Entered World War II Sir Winston Churchill a great an valient man said to FDR – Just send us supplies tanks planes and military equipment and we’ll take care of rest. JC Angelcraft
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The Complete Poems of Sir Winston Churchill Compiled and annotated by Douglas J. Hall
In declaring Winston Churchill an Honorary Citizen of the United States, President Kennedy said (quoting Ed Murrow), “He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.”
The President was referring in particular to 1940, but Churchill’s stimulating use of his native language was constant throughout his long and distinguished life. Language has two forms, written and spoken.
Churchill was a master of both. As a journalist, essayist, author, novelist, historian, biographer, editor, correspondent, communicator, conversationalist and speaker he had few equals in any one of those fields, much less all of them. He has been described as a law unto himself in his use of words, as in so many other matters.
In 1906, Churchill addressed the annual dinner of the Authors’ Club:
Authors are the happy people in the world, whose work is pleasure. No one can set himself to the writing of a page of English composition without feeling a real pleasure in the medium in which he works, the flexibility and the profoundness of his noble mother tongue.
The House of Commons may do what it likes, and so may the House of Lords; the American market may have its bottom knocked out, the heathen may rage in every part of the globe; Consuls may fall, and the suffragists rise, but the author is secure as almost no other man is secure.
I have sometimes fortified myself amid the vexations, vicissitudes and uncertainties of political life by the reflection that I might find a secure line of retreat on the pleasant, peaceful and fertile country of the pen, where one need never be idle or dull.
Those spoken words, as written words, read just as well as they must have sounded to that gathering over ninety years ago.
Churchill spoke and wrote with a rhythm which made it almost poetical. He arranged his notes for his speeches in a format closely resembling blank verse. Although he was never a prolific poet himself he greatly enjoyed poetry and had a remarkable capacity to commit to memory copious lines of verse which he loved to recall and recite at appropriate moments. In his writings and speeches he regularly quoted lines from Macaulay and was still able to recite long passages from memory well into extreme old age.
Winston Churchill was truly a poet at heart. A little book was published years ago with a similar title to this article, but contained nothing by him. This little collection, compiled with the help of his daughter, presents the poems he is known to have composed himself. They are taken from Churchill Canto, a larger work by this writer, as yet unpublished, containing a selection of verse with which Churchill was in some way associated.
“The Influenza” was written by the fifteen-year-old Churchill in 1890 when he was a pupil at Harrow School. For his effort he received a House Prize which went some way towards redeeming his position, both with his schoolmasters and his parents who had been less than impressed by his recent behaviour and scholastic achievement. The poem is remarkably accomplished for a fifteen-year-old and gives an early glimpse of Churchill’s command of language, his sense of history and his impish humour. It was published in The Harrovian, the Harrow School magazine, fifty years later on 10 December 1940, when the “Famous Old Harrovian” had become quite a celebrity. See Winston Churchill and Harrow by E. D. W Chaplin (Harrow School Bookshop, 1941).
Oh how shall I its deeds recount
Or measure the untold amount
Of ills that it has done?
From China’s bright celestial land
E’en to Arabia’s thirsty sand
It journeyed with the sun.
O’er miles of bleak Siberia’s plains
Where Russian exiles toil in chains
It moved with noiseless tread;
And as it slowly glided by
There followed it across the sky
The spirits of the dead.
The Ural peaks by it were scaled
And every bar and barrier failed
To turn it from its way;
Slowly and surely on it came,
Heralded by its awful fame,
Increasing day by day.
On Moscow’s fair and famous town
Where fell the first Napoleon’s crown
It made a direful swoop;
The rich, the poor, the high, the low
Alike the various symptoms know,
Alike before it droop.
Nor adverse winds, nor floods of rain
Might stay the thrice-accursed bane;
And with unsparing hand,
Impartial, cruel and severe
It travelled on allied with fear
And smote the fatherland.
Fair Alsace and forlorn Lorraine,
The cause of bitterness and pain
In many a Gaelic breast,
Receive the vile, insatiate scourge,
And from their towns with it emerge
And never stay nor rest.
And now Europa groans aloud,
And ‘neath the heavy thunder-cloud
Hushed is both song and dance;
The germs of illness wend their way
To westward each succeeding day
And enter merry France.
Fair land of Gaul, thy patriots brave
Who fear not death and scorn the grave
Cannot this foe oppose,
Whose loathsome hand and cruel sting,
Whose poisonous breath and blighted wing
Full well thy cities know.
In Calais port the illness stays,
As did the French in former days,
To threaten Freedom’s isle;
But now no Nelson could o’erthrow
This cruel, unconquerable foe,
Nor save us from its guile.
Yet Father Neptune strove right well
To moderate this plague of Hell,
And thwart it in its course;
And though it passed the streak of brine
And penetrated this thin line,
It came with broken force.
For though it ravaged far and wide
Both village, town and countryside,
Its power to kill was o’er;
And with the favouring winds of Spring
(Blest is the time of which I sing)
It left our native shore.
God shield our Empire from the might
Of war or famine, plague or blight
And all the power of Hell,
And keep it ever in the hands
Of those who fought ‘gainst other lands,
Who fought and conquered well.
Churchill’s term of endearment for his wife, Clementine, was Pussy Cat. He often embellished his letters to her with small drawings of cats. In April 1924 Winston, assisted by the children, moved into Chartwell. These lines were in a letter to Clementine who was in Dieppe. See Mary Soames, Speaking for Themselves: The Personal Letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill (1998).
Only one thing lacks these banks of green—
The Pussy Cat who is their Queen….
As a child Mary Churchill had a pet pug called “Punch.” One day Punch became desperately ill. Mary and her sister Sarah were disconsolate. Their father composed this ditty to comfort them and all three sang it together to the ailing dog. Lady Soames adds that the treatment worked! Published by permission of Lady Soames from Sarah Churchill, A Thread in the Tapestry (London: 1967).
Oh, what is the matter with poor Puggy-wug
Pet him and kiss him and give him a hug.
Run and fetch him a suitable drug,
Wrap him up tenderly all in a rug,
That is the way to cure Puggy-wug.
Walter Graebner, Churchill’s Life editor, writing in My Dear Mr. Churchill (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1965) related how, after dinner at Chartwell one evening he and his wife were discussing the use of sleeping pills with Winston and Clementine. Churchill, with an impish grin, addressed Mrs. Graebner with this impromptu piece of doggerel. Not great poetry, but the kind of thing Churchill was very good at — and which pleased him hugely.
OH, MRS GRAEBNER!
Your husband is a very temperate man -hmph
He needs – er – a little sedative to sleep.
He should drink all the brandy that he can -hmph
You’ve really very little cause to weep.
In Painting as a Pastime (London:Odhams 1948) Churchill used the rare, possibly unique, combination of French and verse to explain his preference for painting in oils rather than water-colours.
La peinture á l’huile
Est bien difficile,
Mais c’est beaucoup plus beau
Que la peinture á l’eau.
Anthony Montague Browne, Churchill’s Private Secretary 1952-65, quotes this example of WSC’s impromptu verse in Long Sunset (London: Cassell 1995, reprinted by kind permission). Mr. Montague Browne believes that this “schoolboy” verse may have been Churchill’s own composition. Such “high poetic flights,” he says, did not reflect enmity or contempt, but did not reflect much high esteem either!
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CIA’s Support to the Nazi War Criminal Investigations
A Persistent Emotional Issue
Kevin C. Ruffner
The story of escaped Nazis after the collapse of the Third Reich in 1945 has long gripped novelists and Hollywood screenwriters and provided the grist for such box office hits as The Boys From Brazil and The ODESSA File. Since the 1970s, the topic has also provided steady fare for historians and journalists anxious to explore supposed cabals between American intelligence agencies and such personalities as Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death” at Auschwitz, and former Austrian President Kurt Waldheim, a German intelligence officer in the Balkans during World War II.(1)
Separating fact from fiction about the alleged postwar relationships between American intelligence and its former German enemies and collaborators is both difficult and confusing. The General Accounting Office (GAO), at the request of the US Congress, has conducted two major investigations since 1977 to ascertain whether the US Government assisted in the immigration of these individuals to the United States and later concealed Federal involvement. In addition, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and, later, the Department of Justice’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI) have proceeded with independent inquiries since the mid-1970s. OSI, dedicated solely to the investigation, denaturalization, and deportation of individuals who violated US immigration laws by covering up illegal activities during World War II, has stripped 52 people of their citizenship and removed another 44 since 1979. In addition, OSI has conducted nearly 1,500 investigations and placed the names of some 60,000 individuals on a “watch list” that alerts US immigration officials to prevent their entry into the United States.(2)
Despite these efforts, doubts persist in some circles as to whether the United States Government has been fully honest about this emotion-charged issue. For example, Christopher Simpson, in his 1988 book, Blowback: America’s Recruitment of Nazis and Its Effects on the Cold War, asserts that “US intelligence agencies did know–or had good reason to suspect–that many contract agents they hired during the Cold War had committed crimes against humanity on behalf of the Nazis. The CIA, the State Department, and US Army intelligence,” Simpson states, “each created special programs for the specific purpose of bringing former selected Nazis and collaborators to the United States. Other projects protected such people by placing them on US payrolls overseas.”(3) The fact that most US intelligence records from this time period are still classified only lends greater mystery to the issue.
The CIA comes under particular scrutiny because of its secrecy and reputation. Over the years, observers have charged that:
- CIA, and its predecessor organizations such as the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, 1942-45), the Strategic Services Unit (SSU, 1945-46), and the Central Intelligence Group (CIG, 1946-47), employed German intelligence personnel as sources of information. Afterward, the CIA sponsored the new West German intelligence service, an organization under the control of officers of the defunct German general staff. The ranks of the organization sheltered many officers of the German SS and SD whose loyalty to the new West German Government remained in doubt.
- CIA and its predecessor organizations employed former collaborators of the Third Reich, primarily from Eastern and Southern Europe, initially as sources of information and later as operational assets for activities behind the Iron Curtain.
- CIA, including the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC, 1948-52), brought Germans and East Europeans to the United States to provide detailed information on the Soviet Union.
- CIA, including OPC, formed “secret armies” from various émigré groups in Europe and trained them in the United States. The ranks of these groups included numerous former collaborators of Nazi Germany, and some of these people remained active in other CIA projects.
- CIA evacuated Nazi war criminals and collaborators through “rat lines” in southern Europe, allowing them to escape justice by relocating them incognito in South America.
- CIA abused its legal authority to bring Soviet and Soviet Bloc defectors and other persons of interest to the United States.
- CIA covered up its these activities from Congressional and other Federal investigators.
The extent to which the Agency is guilty or innocent of these charges is a matter of continuing debate among historians. Certainly, the Agency’s own secretiveness and its previous public scandals color the debate. For decades, the CIA faced little public scrutiny of its operations or the identity of its agents. But the Bay of Pigs debacle in 1961, highlighting the CIA-sponsored, ill-fated invasion of Cuba and the Agency’s reliance on Cuban émigrés, cracked CIA’s picture-perfect mirror. Controversies in Vietnam later in the decade only increased concern among Americans about CIA’s accountability. During the 1970s, a series of Congressional investigations pointed to extensive problems within CIA and presented an image of the Agency as a “rogue elephant.”
GAO’s First Investigation
The Nazi war criminal investigations followed in the wake of these scandals at the instigation of two aggressive Congressional leaders, Representatives Joshua Eilberg and Elizabeth Holtzman. Frustrated by the slow pace of the INS in reviewing its own records, Congress finally demanded that the GAO determine whether the INS or any other government agency had conspired to obstruct legal action against alleged Nazi war criminals living in the United States. Congress made this request in January 1977, marking the beginning of the first GAO investigation. The Special Litigation Unit, a new office within INS and the immediate predecessor to the OSI, also started its separate investigation at the same time.
In May 1978, the GAO released its formal report, Widespread Conspiracy To Obstruct Probes of Alleged Nazi War Criminals Not Supported by Available Evidence–Controversy May Continue. Regarding CIA’s involvement, the GAO found that in its search for information on 111 alleged Nazi war criminals, the Agency had no records on 54. Of the remaining 57, CIA had references, such as newspaper articles and general correspondence with other Federal agencies, on 35. That left 22 individuals with whom CIA admitted to GAO investigators that it had a more substantial relationship. In an unnamed case, CIA sponsored the immigration of a “senior official of the German Foreign Ministry during the Nazi era” to the United States. The remaining 21 had contact with CIA either overseas or after their immigration to America; some were paid, while the Agency declined to use others.(4)
GAO noted that the CIA assisted only one person to immigrate to the United States. At the same time, the Agency employed others where “unproven allegations existed indicating that some of the individuals of whom operational use was subsequently made had been members of wartime organizations.” The CIA employed these individuals after they had been screened by Federal agencies and permitted to enter the United States. The Agency denied that it employed any individual “against whom allegations of war crimes were well-founded.” The report reiterated CIA’s contention that these people were “all strongly anti-Communist and their willingness to cooperate and their knowledgeability were the definitive factors leading to their use by CIA.”(5)
The 1978 GAO Report unleashed a storm of criticism about the use of alleged Nazi war criminals by the United States. Congressman Eilberg blasted the Federal Government because “this report makes clear that the CIA and FBI were more interested in using these people and getting information from them than in conducting any background investigation as to their wartime activities or pursuing allegations that they were war criminals.”(6) The GAO’s investigation, however, denied that there was any evidence of a conspiracy to obstruct justice, although it claimed that it did not enjoy full access to governmental records. “GAO’s investigation,” the report stated, “was hindered by the effect of the passage of time on the availability of information and limited access to agencies’ records.”(7)
Frank C. Carlucci, then Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, protested to the GAO that “we would like the record to show that we were prepared at all times to make complete files (appropriately sanitized to protect intelligence sources and methods) available for review by the investigators to validate their conclusions.”(8) Despite Carlucci’s contention, Congress felt that the GAO report had been a disappointment. Congressman Eilberg, in open hearings later in the summer of 1978, exclaimed that “it is just regrettable that so much time and man-hours and money was expended and we have so little to show for it.”(9) The GAO’s failure, in large part, was blamed on CIA’s restrictions on access to its records.
Formation of OSI
As a result of continuing frustration with the course of the Nazi war criminal investigations, Congresswoman Holtzman strengthened US immigration laws to “exclude from admission into the United States aliens who have persecuted any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin, or political opinion, and to facilitate the deportation of such aliens who have been admitted into the United States.”(10) Holtzman also called for the formation of the Office of Special Investigations in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. This made the Justice Department, not the INS, responsible for the Nazi war criminal investigations.
Before OSI was created, the various INS investigations had been haphazard and incomplete. Journalists dominated the field, and allegations were often based on unverifiable sources. While it took OSI some time to establish its working procedures and to resolve the problems of its predecessors, the Department of Justice and CIA reached agreements in 1980 concerning name-trace procedures. After that, CIA and OSI instituted a regular reporting system–a process that continues.
The Nazi war criminal investigation is now the longest running investigation in CIA’s history, extending for two full decades. The Office of General Counsel (OGC), the Directorate of Operations, and the Office of Personnel Security are among the primary offices that respond to OSI requests for information. While the Agency and OSI experienced some teething problems during the early years of the investigations, a routine procedure has evolved. OGC’s attorneys undertake close consultation with OSI to protect legitimate national security interests if it appears that a CIA asset is involved in an investigation. The CIA has never deflected OSI from any investigation or prosecution of any individual for concealing illegal wartime activities.
The two agencies achieved a major breakthrough in 1981, when a Federal court stripped Otto Albrecht Alfred von Bolschwing of his citizenship. Perhaps the most important Nazi war criminal case involving a CIA asset, Bolschwing had been one of the Agency’s leading agents in Austria after World War II. The German-born Bolschwing had previously served as an officer in the SS and was the SD’s representative in Rumania in 1941, when Iron Guardists launched a pogrom against Jewish residents of Bucharest. Bolschwing also concealed from his CIA case officers the fact that he had worked in the same office with Adolf Eichmann in the 1930s. CIA learned about Bolshwing’s close relationship with Eichmann after the latter’s abduction by Israel in 1960. Several years before that event, CIA brought Bolschwing to the United States, and he received American citizenship in 1959.(11)
Another GAO Investigation
The Nazi war criminal investigations took an unexpected turn in May 1982, when John Loftus, a former OSI attorney, announced on CBS-TV’s 60 Minutes that numerous branches of the US Government, including the Army, the FBI, the CIA, and the State Department, had employed Nazis and brought them to America after the war. Furthermore, Loftus charged that these same agencies had refused to support the GAO’s 1977-78 investigation. These allegations sparked an immediate response on Capitol Hill and generated considerable media attention.(12)
The upshot was a new GAO investigation that took another three years and unearthed thousands of documents from numerous agencies. This time, the Agency granted the GAO investigators full access to its records in an effort to avoid the controversy that marred the first GAO examination.
A Surge of Cases
While the GAO plowed through mountains of records, new events raised further questions about US intelligence activities during the early years of the Cold War. In 1983, Bolivia extradited Klaus Barbie, “the butcher of Lyon,” to France to stand trial for his crimes in that country during the German occupation. Reporters quickly ascertained that Barbie had, in fact, escaped from postwar Germany with the assistance of American intelligence.(13) Whether the United States continued to support him in South America remained unclear.
In the spring of 1983, OSI Director Allan A. Ryan, Jr. assumed the lead in the Barbie investigation. Several months later Ryan issued a report that clearly demonstrated that the US Army had employed Barbie as an agent in Germany and had sponsored his escape from Europe. The Ryan report absolved the CIA of any wrongdoing, but it highlighted the entangled webs of the Allied intelligence services in Austria, Germany, and Italy in the decade after 1945. Ryan also explored the Army’s use of “rat lines” from Europe–escape routes that apparently served several purposes.(14)
A slew of other major war criminal cases followed the Barbie case–so many that the 1980s can be referred to as the decade of Nazi war criminals. No sooner had the ink dried on the pages of the Ryan report than OSI undertook the examination of Robert Jan Verbelen, a member of a Flemish SS group, and his employment by US Army intelligence in Austria and Germany. While the Verbelen report did not attract as much public attention as the Barbie investigation, it confirmed that American intelligence, especially the Counter Intelligence Corps, had been slipshod in its recruitment of agents.(15)
In the summer of 1985, the GAO released its second report, entitled Nazis and Axis Collaborators Were Used To Further US Anti-Communist Objectives in Europe–Some Immigrated to the United States. After years of research through 150,000 files and interviewing numerous surviving American intelligence officers, the GAO concluded that “US intelligence used anti-Communist resources that had immediate intelligence potential.” These “resources” included former Nazi intelligence personnel and collaborators. The GAO investigated some 114 individuals and provided detailed summaries on 12. Of this latter number, CIA was involved with five with “undesirable or questionable backgrounds” who had received aid to move to the United States. The GAO “found no specific program to aid the immigration of undesirable aliens,” and it concluded that “its review was sufficiently broad and unrestricted to state that this report fairly portrays the conditions that existed following World War II.”(16)
Even so, the GAO’s report admitted that while it was “not denied access to any documents requested … intelligence agencies often assign projects innocuous names which do not reflect the projects’ purposes and, therefore, we cannot assure that we requested all relevant projects’ files.” With the passage of time, the destruction of records, and the death of participants, “we cannot be completely sure that we have obtained all relevant information or that we have identified all Nazis and Axis collaborators assisted by US agencies to immigrate to the United States.”(17) With this statement, the GAO has left room for further speculation about the US Government’s actions during the Cold War.
In 1985, the Mengele investigation created a media frenzy as sightings of the German doctor were reported throughout South America. While the case appeared to be solved with the discovery of Mengele’s remains in July of that year in Brazil, questions still lingered concerning his escape from Europe and his postwar activities. Once again, American intelligence, especially CIA, came under close scrutiny. Another OSI investigation cleared the Agency and all other American intelligence organs of any connection with Mengele.(18)
The sensitive nature of the Nazi war criminal investigations is best illustrated by the Kurt Waldheim case in 1986-87, in which an international figure, a former secretary general of the UN and soon-to-be Austrian president, stood accused of hiding his role in World War II. While Waldheim had long admitted his service in the German Army, he had never fully described the extent of his activities in the Balkans, a region marked by numerous Nazi atrocities. The fact that Waldheim rose to such high levels after the war led many observers to question whether he enjoyed a special relationship with American, Soviet, or Yugoslav intelligence services.
The CIA once again fell suspect and, over the years, there have been demands that the Agency disclose any holdings that it might have regarding the Austrian diplomat/politician.(19)As early as 1980, Congressman Stephen J. Solarz expressed interest in Waldheim’s early life, and he put questions in writing to Waldheim and to Director of Central Intelligence William Casey. The Agency’s Office of Legislative Counsel told Congressman Solarz that “we believe that Waldheim was not a member of the Nazi Youth Movement, nor was he involved in anti-Jewish activities.” In addition, the CIA provided a brief synopsis of Waldheim’s military record and said there were no indications that Waldheim had “participated directly or indirectly in anti-Jewish activities.”(20)
The Agency’s response to Solarz resulted in great embarrassment in both Congressional hearings and during OSI’s examination into Waldheim’s wartime activities. As a result of OSI’s 1987 report, the US Attorney General placed Waldheim’s name on the “watch list” to prevent his entry into the United States. OSI concluded that Waldheim had participated in the transfer of civilians to the SS for slave labor; the mass deportation of civilians to death camps; the use of anti-Semitic propaganda; the mistreatment and execution of Allied prisoners of war; and the reprisal execution of civilians. The report, however, did not address whether Waldheim had postwar intelligence connections with the East or West.(21) Consequently, whether he had any contact with either Western and Eastern intelligence services is still a matter of conjecture.(22)
With the demise of the Warsaw Pact and the fall of the Soviet Union, the Nazi war criminal investigations have been rejuvenated by an influx of new sources and witnesses.(23) The OSI and the CIA continue to cooperate in the form of name traces; in fact, the CIA is a leading source of information for individual Nazi war criminal investigations.
The end of the Cold War also spurred demands that the CIA open its files to the public. Former Congresswoman Holtzman, New York’s comptroller and then candidate for the US Senate, wrote the CIA in 1992 and asked for complete disclosure of records concerning Klaus Barbie and Otto von Bolschwing. “In the process of employing these people and bringing them to safe haven in the United States and elsewhere, laws were broken, lies were told, and the President, Congress, and other government agencies and the public were deceived,” Holtzman asserted, “but we still don’t know the whole story. Forty-seven years after the end of World War II, it is time for the American people to find out the truth.”(24)
In many ways, however, the truth has already been revealed. A careful reading of the various investigations reports and a thorough inspection of the declassified US intelligence records indicate that CIA and other American intelligence agencies had a mixed track record during the Cold War. Within weeks after Nazi Germany’s defeat, American intelligence (not to mention British, French, and Soviet intelligence) embarked on various projects to draw upon the expertise of the German intelligence services. Initially designed to thwart the resurrection of a Nazi underground movement, these sources also proved valuable for information on the USSR as tensions developed between the East and West. By 1947, the use of German intelligence figures and their collaborators had become a fixture of all intelligence services in Europe.
The CIA, perhaps more than its Army counterparts or those of other foreign services, exercised some caution about using these sources. It initially opposed the use of East European émigré groups and the nascent West German intelligence service. It reluctantly worked with these groups, as much to oversee them as to gain intelligence about the Soviets. As the pace of the Cold War picked up, CIA’s expansion also brought a tremendous growth in its overseas operations. The quality of these projects varied, and CIA soon abandoned a number of projects as failures, including the recruitment and training of “hot war” contingency forces. A new organization in an old game, CIA needed to learn the ropes, and it made mistakes in the process.
The Nazi war criminal investigations pointed out the government’s sloppy recruitment measures in Europe. While CIA and other intelligence agencies used individual Nazis and their collaborators as assets, there is no evidence of a specific program to recruit these people as a group. In bringing such people to the United States, Allan Ryan, in his memoirs as director of OSI, says the government assisted in the immigration of a “small roomful of people at the very most.” In Ryan’s view, postwar American immigration laws, suffering from imprecise standards and weak enforcement, allowed far greater numbers of Nazi war criminals and collaborators to enter the United States than any covert US intelligence project.(25)
CIA has been straightforward in its dealings with Congress and the OSI over the past 20 years concerning Nazi war criminals. Because of the richness of CIA’s records, the Justice Department closely cooperates with the Agency. While it took time to develop this steady working relationship, the investigations have clearly benefited from the Agency’s participation. Nonetheless, CIA will not escape from the enduring legacy that preceded its own formation. The public is intrigued by tales of escaped Nazis, and CIA’s own mystique lends itself to the belief that it directed classified operations that allowed such people to escape from justice. The media and self-proclaimed Nazi hunters quickly link the Agency to any new rumors of one Nazi fugitive or another.
This controversy will outlive its participants–the accused war criminals and collaborators as well as their American case officers. Although the World War II generation is fading, the issue lives on. While the bulk of the OSS and SSU records have been declassified and transferred to the National Archives, thorough histories of these agencies and their operations have yet to be written. Likewise, continued classification of CIA’s records hampers the efforts of historians to determine the full extent of the Agency’s efforts during the Cold War. Many of the Agency’s critics will not be satisfied until every document is open for public examination and that, in itself, will raise new questions and further controversies.
(1) Public interest in Nazi war criminals can be seen in numerous publications since the mid-1970s, such as: Mark Aarons and John Loftus, Unholy Trinity: How the Vatican’s Nazi Networks Betrayed Western Intelligence to the Soviets (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1991); Charles Ashman and Robert J. Wagman, Nazi Hunters: The Shocking True Story of the Continuing Search for Nazi War Criminals (New York: Pharos Books, 1988); Howard Blum, Wanted!: The Search for Nazis in America (New York: Quadrangle/The New York Times Book Company, 1977); John Loftus, The Belarus Secret, ed. Nathan Miller (New York: Paragon House, 1989, rev. ed. 1982); Allan A. Ryan, Jr., Quiet Neighbors: Prosecuting Nazi War Criminals in America (San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984); and Christopher Simpson, Blowback: America’s Recruitment of Nazis and Its Effects on the Cold War (New York: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1988).
(2) Rick Atkinson, “Nazi Hunters are Still at War, Fighting a Losing Battle,” The Washington Post, 27 August 1995, pp. A1 and A22.
(3) Simpson, Blowback, p. xiv.
(4) United States General Accounting Office, Comptroller General of the United States, Widespread Conspiracy to Obstruct Probes of Alleged Nazi War Criminals Not Supported by Available Evidence–Controversy May Continue, GGD-78-73 (Washington, DC: General Accounting Office, 1978), pp. 33-34.
(6) Press Release, “Report to Eilberg Charges Ties with CIA, FBI,” 17 May 1978.
(7) Cover statement, 1978 GAO Report. For further details, see the Report’s “Scope of Review,” pp. 4-6.
(8) Frank C. Carlucci to J. K. Fasick, International Division, GAO, 18 May 1978.
(9) US Congress. House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citzenship, and International Law of the Committee on the Judiciary. Alleged Nazi War Criminals. 95th Cong, 2nd/sess., 19-21 July 1978, p. 28.
(10) US Congress, House, PL 95-549 Immigration and Naturalization Act–Nazi Germany, 95th Cong., 2nd sess., 1978.
(11) The best source of information on OSI’s early years and the Bolschwing case is found in Ryan, Quiet Neighbors.
(12) “Nazi Connection,” 60 Minutes, 16 May 1982. For immediate press reaction to Loftus’s charges, see Dale Russakoff, “American Officials Accused of Aiding Nazi Collaborators,” The Washington Post, 17 May 1982, pp. A1 and A6; Thomas O’Toole and Morton Mintz, “US Probes Report Nazi Collaborators Were Helped to Immigrate,” The Washington Post, 18 May 1982, p. A3; Thomas O’Toole, “Nazis Brought to US to Work against Soviets in Cold War,” The Washington Post, 20 May 1982, pp. A1 and A20; and Thomas O’Toole, “The Secret Under the Little Cemetery,” TheWashington Post, 23 May 1982, pp. A1 and A5.
(13) Ralph Blumenthal, “Ex-Chief of Gestapo in Lyon is Linked to US Intelligence,” The New York Times, 8 February 1983, pp. A-1 and A-9.
(14) US Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Klaus Barbie and the United States Government: A Report to the Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice (Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, 1983). For a retrospective look at the CIC’s role in Austria during this time, see James V. Milano and Patrick Brogan, Soldiers, Spies, and the Rat Line: America’s Undeclared War against the Soviets (Washington, DC: Brassey’s, 1995).
(15) US Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Robert Jan Verbelen and the United States Government: A Report to the Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice (Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, 1988).
(16) United States General Accounting Office, Comptroller General of the United States, Nazis and Axis Collaborators Were Used to Further U.S. Anti-Communist Objectives in Europe–Some Immigrated to the United States, GAO/GGD-85-66 (Washington, DC: GAO, 1985), pp. 29-40.
(17)Ibid., pp. 6-7.
(18) US Department of Justice, Criminal Division, In the Matter of Josef Mengele: A Report to the Attorney General of the United States (Washington, DC: Department of Justice, 1992).
(19) A.M. Rosenthal, “The Waldheim File,” The New York Times, 24 November 1989, p. A35. Rosenthal’s columns about Waldheim helped persuade a member of Congress to introduce a bill to open the Agency’s records on all Nazi war criminals.
(20) Frederick P. Hitz, Office of Legislative Counsel, to Congressman Stephen J. Solarz, 31 December 1980.
(21) US Department of Justice, Criminal Division, In the Matter of Kurt Waldheim (Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, 1987).
(22) For example, see Robert Edwin Herzstein, Waldheim: The Missing Years (New York: Arbor House/William Morrow, 1988) and Eli M. Rosenbaum and William Hoffer, Betrayal: The Untold Story of the Kurt Waldheim Investigation and Cover-Up (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1993).
(23) Michael Isikoff, “Nazi-Hunting Office is Busier than Ever,” The Washington Post, 3 May 1993, pp. A17, and Jane Mayer, “With Cold War Over, More Escaped Nazis Face US Deportation,” The Wall Street Journal, 16 April 1991, pp. A1 and A4.
(24) Elizabeth Holtzman to Robert M. Gates, 26 March 1992.
(25) Ryan, Quiet Neighbors, pp. 4-5, 328-329.
Kevin C. Ruffner has served on CIA’s History Staff.
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