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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Nazis were given safe haven in the U.S.

Someone has leaked a long-suppressed Justice Department report on this topic to the New York Times, which carries an article about it today. A heavily redacted version had previously been given, under the threat of a lawsuit, to the National Security Archive (an excellent group you should know about if you don't already); but the Times got its hands on the uncensored version. Read the story carefully, because reporter Eric Lichtblau gives some examples of sections that were originally redacted--no national security secrets, of course, just things that would be embarrassing to various past U.S. and foreign governments. (Oh, and the Obama Justice Department was among those who tried to keep it secret.)

The idea of compiling the report was the "brainchild" of the late Justice Department lawyer Mark Richard, Lichtblau reports. Richard  urged that it be made public but died last year while the fight to get it released was still going on. If you read between the lines of the article, you might even be able to make some guesses about who leaked it.

Photo: Wernher von Braun, former rocket scientist for Nazi Germany and later NASA space flight leader/Wikimedia Commons

1 comment:

David Downie said...

Very interesting, said the bishop... Reminds me of the plot of a certain thriller you read and commented on a year or so ago: PARIS CITY OF NIGHT. The obscene history of US efforts to smuggle out and assist Nazis (and Fascists) at the end of WWII and in the immediate postwar period, makes the hair stand on end. Why did we do it? One word: Communism. Our fear of the Commies. Now, substitute "Terrorist" for "Communist", and start thinking about what may be happening today. Thanks for this posting, Michael!