Thursday, August 2, 2018

'Blowback': US Recruitment of Nazis

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Blowback investigates a hushed up but vitally important chapter in American history. It explores US recruitment of Nazis and Nazi collaborators in Europe through programs such as the Gehlen Organization, Klaus Barbie's network and the Labor Service Battalions. Perhaps more significantly, Blowback reveals the government-approved (though usually extralegal) immigration of ex Nazis and colloborators into the United States itself and the significant impact this has had on American society.

Among the wealth of new material in this book, Blowback brings to light for the first time how senior members of the State Department and the CIA, including noted diplomat George F Kennan, helped organize clandestine programs that brought high ranking Nazis and Axis government officials to America--and how the State Department has covered up the evidence ever since how the Pentagon falsified its own files to bring former Nazi scientists some of them 55 officers such as Wernher von Braun into the country, how in 1948, Nazis on the US intelligence payroll seriously misrepresented the nature and extent of the Soviet threat, thereby heightening the cold war, how the Pentagon trained and equipped former Nazi collaborators for use as anti communist guerrillas in the event of a nuclear confrontation, how the CIA has spent MILLIONS to bankroll anti Semitic emigre political groups inside the United States and has consistently hidden the part played by leaders of these groups during the Holocaust.

Blowback is a sober and sobering account of how a clandestine national security policy often embarked on for limited pragmatic ends, has resulted in a disastrous blowback effect that escaped the control of its instigators, unseated those who had participated in is inception and contributed to the hysteria of the cold war and the McCarthy era. Authoritative, shocking, controversial, Blowback opens for public scrutiny a chapter of our recent history that remains essential to the understanding of our world but that many would prefer to keep shut. -- Source

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