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Woman, 80, Could Face Jail Time for Stealing Obama-as-Hitler Posters

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HEBRON, Conn.) -- Eighty-year-old Nancy Lack was on her way to the gym when she saw something that enraged her -- two women setting up several posters depicting President Barack Obama with an Adolf Hitler mustache.

Now the Hebron, Conn., resident is facing sixth-degree larceny and breach of peace charges for forcefully removing the posters -- a charge that could lead to jail time and a fine.

The controversial posters have become a calling card for members of LaRouchePac, a fringe political group supporting eight-time presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche and his movement, which advocates for the impeachment of President Obama for his participation in an alleged conspiracy to control world events.

“As we speak, Obama is staging his Hitler coup in the form of the fascist Supercongress,” the group says on its website. “Glass-Steagall [a set of banking regulatory rules] has now become the only weapon of strategic defense that our nation has to head off this coup. Bankrupt the enemy, remove Obama from office.”

Lack, who is a member of a shrinking generation with memories of Hitler’s reign, said after trying to let off steam at the gym, she returned to the demonstration site to remove the posters.

“The two women screamed at me that I couldn’t do that, and that I was a crazy lady,” Lack said. “I felt like I was, at that moment, but I didn’t care."

“I felt anger that they would equate a standing president with Hitler,” she said. “I remember Hitler. Probably these people don’t. Probably the majority of those in the country don’t remember how bad he was.”

Lack said the posters were hard to remove, but after prying hard, she managed to get three loose. She put the posters in her car, but before leaving the scene, had some parting words for the LaRouche demonstrators: “Make sure you take the license plate.”

After heading home, and then off to the drug store, Lack was told state police were looking for her. She headed to the nearest station and turned in the posters -- and herself.

“I am an Obama supporter but that’s not the reason I did it. If it were Romney up there I would do the same, I think,” she said. “Obama is president. I just lost it. It’s hard to come down from that.”

Lack is scheduled to appear in court next week. She could face up to three months behind bars.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Intelligence Operative’s Letter, Sent to Son on Hitler’s Stationary

Central Intelligence Agency(MCLEAN, Va.) -- In what will likely go down as one of history’s mysteries, the CIA Museum in McLean, Va., has obtained a letter from former intelligence operative Richard Helms written in 1945 on Hitler’s stationary. Helms’ son, Dennis Helms, had received the letter when he was three years old and gave it to the museum this year.

“Dennis doesn’t know exactly how he came to have [the stationary],” said museum curator Toni Hiley. “And we don’t have any information in any of the publications on Helms where he’s referenced [to know] exactly how he obtained it.”

In the brief note, dated “V-E day,” meaning May 8, 1945, OSS operative Richard Helms tells his young son:

“The man who might have written on this card once controlled Europe -- three short years ago when you were born. Today he is dead, his memory despised, his country in ruins. He had a thirst for power, a low opinion of man as an individual, and a fear of intellectual honesty. He was a force for evil in the world. His passing, his defeat -- a boon to mankind. But thousands died that it might be so. The price for ridding society of bad is always high. Love, Daddy.”

When the museum received the letter from Dennis Helms on the Monday following Osama bin Laden’s assassination, Hiley said the staff was “stunned.”

“It seemed like he could have been writing it about bin Laden,” she said. “It seemed like there was no time between the two. Like 66 years had just evaporated.”

Aside from the timing, the letter itself -- with its heartfelt message from father to son -- was equally unique. “I was just struck that he would have a sense or sweep of history. From his perspective in 1945 as a young intelligence officer, he couldn’t have known he would be director of the CIA, he couldn’t have known that there would be another evil that intelligence would address 66 years later,” said Hiley. “It’s almost prescient that he would have a sense of his own perspective in history to create a historical artifact for his 3-year-old son.”

The museum, which is not open to the public, added the letter to their exhibit about the CIA’s precursor, the Office of Strategic Services.

Richard Helms joined the OSS in 1943, and stayed until it was disbanded in October of 1945. Eventually, he would become director of the CIA, a post he held from 1966 until 1973 when Nixon pushed him out and he became the United States ambassador to Iran. In the years following his departure from the CIA, he was questioned about the Castro assassination plots and the CIA’s role in overthrowing Chile’s government, for which he was eventually convicted of perjury.

His letter is now displayed alongside a dinner plate from Hitler’s chancellery obtained from Richard Helms’ widow, Cynthia Helms. "In September 1945 he was in Berlin and had an opportunity to go to Hitler’s bunker,” said Hiley of the museum’s third artifact from Helms’ career -- the first being a telegram obtained from his personnel file.

Dennis Helms told the Washington Post he and his father corresponded often by mail, but it was the sign-off in that initial letter, “Love, Daddy” that has always stayed with him.

“This letter was an opportunity to say what was on his mind,” Dennis Helms, 69, told the Washington Post. “I just wish there had been more such occasions.”

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