The CIA and the Nazis

A 45-minute documentary on the CIA’s practice of hiring old Nazi war criminals, both as spies and rocket scientists for what was to become NASA. This was in direct contravention of then-US president Harry Truman’s orders to capture and imprison all Nazi officers and bring them to trial. In short, the CIA was a rogue organization from the beginning, willing to break the law for its own ends.

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6 Responses to The CIA and the Nazis

  1. Wren says:

    Yeah, I remember discussing this with you years ago.
    I believe it was because of this story at the time:
    For most Americans, this is just an inconvenient truth that got thrown down the memory hole like how the U.S. military knew Hiroshima and Nagasaki had absolutely no military value.

  2. Yep…they were just the ideal test sites to determine how destructive an atom bomb could be. And the whole thing was not to get Japan to surrender (that was already in the works); I think it was to intimidate the Soviets more than anything else, using the Japanese as guinea pigs/pawns. That part, of course, couldn’t be stated, so there was all this hedging and equivocation, and all these silly platitudes about how the war would have dragged on indefinitely if “we” hadn’t done it. All bullshit, of course.
    I don’t know if you’ve read much of Richard Rhodes’ work, but his book on the making of the a-bombs is a classic. He writes that the scientists of the Manhattan Project were almost all stricken with remorse as soon as they learned what a monster they’d built. Oppenheimer most of all, but several others as well. One of them (not named) was seen vomiting in the bushes at Los Alamos after the truth emerged at the “celebration” of the bombing of Hiroshima. And I don’t think it was just alcohol that made him do it, either.

  3. M. Bouffant says:

    Also on the subject.
    I’ve heard that Hiroshima & Nagasaki had not previously been bombed just so they could be used as examples later, though not necessarily for atomic weapons.

  4. Manaat says:

    Tarek El-Aissami’s tweet from today:
    El GURI comenzo su RECUPERACION. Hoy subio su cota 1cm para llegar a 248,8O mts. Lo siento por los escualidos. VENCEREMOS

  5. LOLw00t! Suck it, oppos…and VIVA EL GURI!!!
    (And wow…just WOW…I’m flabbergasted by the Goldstone thing. That is WAY beyond chutzpah. Not being allowed to attend the biggest day of his grandson’s life thus far? For daring to be impartial on the illegal bombing of Gaza? Low, low, LOW.)
    M. Bouf–I do seem to recall reading that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were on the list of cities to be bombed because they had not been touched previously. Nagoya was another one. Whether they were being “reserved”, I don’t know; it’s definitely possible. In a sick sort of way it even makes sense.

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