EJ Dionne Jr
"George Washington is the only president who didn't blame the previous administration for his troubles." - Author Unknown
"The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it." - P.J. O'Rourke
"The problem with political jokes is they get elected." - Henry Cate, VII
The debate over whether wikileaks does a service or disservice continues with each new reported revelation. The newspapers have been mining for stories over the last two weeks, and I have had serious debate with my brother-in-law over whether Julian Assange and those associated with wikileaks should spend time in an American jail. He sides with Hillary Clinton, who believes that the wikis must be punished for their leaking in public. I side with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who feels that we are making a mountain out of a molehill, and that cooler heads should prevail.
US recruited more ex-Nazis into our intelligence service and government departments than was previously thought: "After World War II, American counterintelligence recruited former Gestapo officers, SS veterans and Nazi collaborators to an even greater extent than had been previously disclosed and helped many of them avoid prosecution or looked the other way when they escaped, according to thousands of newly declassified documents."
I remember listening to Mae Brussels over 30 years ago, as she detailed how our intelligence services were influenced by the culture of ex-Nazis, and thinking that this is too fantastical, it has more to do with the paranoia of the 1950's and '60's than with reality. Unfortunately, like so many other things that were initially scoffed at and the people who believed them were locked up and given lots of Darvon (remember the Rolling Stone's song "Mother's Little Helper?"), our paranoid fantasies from then have proven to be based in reality: "The report, “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, U.S. Intelligence and the Cold War,” grew out of an interagency group created by Congress to identify, declassify and release federal records on Nazi war crimes and on Allied efforts to hold war criminals accountable. It is drawn from a sampling of 1,100 C.I.A files and 1.2 million Army counterintelligence files that were not declassified until after the group issued its final report in 2007.
“Hitler’s Shadow” adds a further dimension to a separate Justice Department history of American Nazi-hunting operations, which the government has refused to release since 2006 and which concluded that American intelligence officials created a “safe haven” in the United States for certain other former Nazis.
Like earlier reports generated by the group, this one paints a grim portrait of bureaucracy, turf wars and communication gaps among intelligence agencies. It also details blatantly cynical self-interested tactical decisions by Allied governments and a general predisposition that some war crimes by former Nazis and their collaborators should be overlooked because the suspects could be transformed into valuable assets in the more urgent undercover campaigns against Soviet aggression..." It will be interesting to see the books that come out of this information. It also shows how the spy culture is basically amoral by nature, and operates cynically under the cloak of patriotism. We now have over 16 different spy agencies that were spawned by the Nazis, who operate without any oversight, and who will come back after the wars are over and try to fit back into society. Can't be done... And if we had known back in the 1940's and '50's the extent the CIA and others based their culture and ideas of excellence based on Nazis intelligence networks, we might have been able to stop and change things for the better, at least put a leash on certain clandestine operations and the establishment of presidential assassination lists... It might even explain why the latest government addition to the spy culture sounds as if it came straight out of Nazi Germany, our own Department of Homeland Security. Maybe George W Bush, locked in the bathroom at night, looked in the mirror and saw der Fuehrer looking right back...
"Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle may have gone down in the Nevada Senate race, but she's wasting no time ensuring Tea Party ideals are represented in 2012. According to Roll Call, she is joining Tea Partiers from 15 states to promote a political action organization.
The Patriot Caucus -- founded in December, 2009 -- will set up offices in many key battleground states, including Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida and Nevada in early 2011. The group will also launch what organizers call a "state-of-the-art" website that will serve as an online hub for the group.
"The tea party movement stood with me through a hard fought race against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid," Angle said in a statement. "It's time for me to give back and help our movement take the fight against big government to a new level." The bad part about her recent Senate campaign, is that she cannot speak more than three paragraphs without still mentioning the name Harry Reid. Perhaps she really has a secret crush on Harry, and sometime within the next few years she will get herself arrested for Stalking Harry...