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Tuesday
Jun262012

Group Flies Nazi Symbol over Jersey Shore

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey beachgoers used to seeing planes flying over the ocean with advertisements for bars and tattoo parlors did a double take last Saturday when they saw an aircraft pulling a giant swastika banner.

However, it wasn't a neo-Nazi group responsible for the insignia that came to symbolize Adolf Hitler, the Third Reich and the Holocaust, but a religious cult known as the Raelians, who believe aliens created life on Earth.

The Raelians claim to want to restore the swastika to "a symbol of peace and good luck," according to a spokesman for The International Raelian Movement, whose website features the swastika inside the Star of the David.

Regardless of their intent, Etzion Neuer, head of the New Jersey Anti-Defamation League, said the stunt was "insensitive and troubling."  Neuer added that his group received calls from people whose beach day was ruined by the swastika flyover.

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Monday
Apr042011

Spy Files: Nazi Plot in US Blown by Drunken Blabbing, Idiocy

Photos[dot]com/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Newly released spy documents reveal that in the midst of World War Two, a small group of Nazi spies embarked on an ambitious plan to unleash a campaign of terror and sabotage on the United States from within its borders but failed miserably due to drunkenness, incompetence and a turncoat team leader.

The declassified MI5 files, released Monday by the British National Archives, detail the comical failing of the well-known June 1942 German plot to land eight Nazi operatives on U.S. shores -- four along the Florida coast and four others on New York's Long Island -- where they were to begin sabotaging U.S. factories, canals and railways and execute "small acts of terrorism" aimed at Jewish-owned shops. The spies had been trained in explosives at a special "Sabotage School."

The teams, the report notes, were "better equipped with sabotage apparatus and better trained than any other expeditions of which the Security Service has heard."

However, the plan, called Pastorius after an early German settler in colonial America, began to fall apart before the operatives even made the trip across the Atlantic. The documents show that while in Paris -- which at the time was occupied by the German military -- one of the spies got drunk at a hotel bar and "told everyone that he was a secret agent."

German intelligence believed the loose-lipped admission may "have contributed to the failure of the undertaking," the report said.

Once they made the crossing, the operatives' luck did not get much better. One team, which had been dropped off on Long Island still wearing their Germany military uniforms after the submarine that delivered them accidentally ran aground, was almost immediately caught by an unidentified U.S. military official. The Germans had just managed to change into their civilian clothes when the officer approached and offered him $300 to simply leave.

The stranded submarine itself was only saved from attack by the U.S. by what the report called the "laziness or stupidity" of American forces.

The Florida team made it to shore where they emerged from the sea wearing only bathing trunks and "army forage caps."

Both teams were eventually arrested after the team leader, George John Dasch, called up the FBI from a New York hotel "saying that he was a saboteur and wished to tell his story to [FBI chief J. Edgar] Hoover." His request was refused, but Dasch did come to an FBI building where he told the whole story -- a confession that took five 10-hour days.

One of the men in the Florida team "assisted authorities in causing his own arrest by going into an FBI office when 'Wanted' notices were already out for him, pretending that he had just arrived from Mexico and wanted to clear up his military service papers," the report said.

The MI5 author of the report said it was possible Dasch had planned his surrender as soon as he was given the assignment in Germany and used the operation as his personal escape route from Germany. Each saboteur was caught and sentenced to death, except for Dasch and another operative who had turned on the team were excused and later deported back to Germany.

The report notes that a third sabotage team was believed to have arrived in the U.S. around the same time as the first two and was "still at large." British intelligence expected still more teams to follow.

But according to the FBI historians, "So shaken was the German intelligence service that no similar sabotage attempt was every again made."

Other MI5 files released Monday document what is referred to as Germany's plans to create post-war "world disorder" through acts of terrorism in order to create chaos in which the "Fourth Reich would re-emerge."

The plan, as told by a captured French Nazi spy who attended an SS conference in the last weeks of the war, was to use sabotage, assassinations and chemical warfare to continue the Nazi's fight long after the war had officially ended.

Other files show German intelligence training concerning a coordinated plan to poison food, chocolate, alcoholic drinks and even cigarettes in post-war Europe. Poison was to be injected into sausages and cakes and bread were to be laced with arsenic. The Nazis had also apparently developed brown pellets that, when placed in ashtrays, exploded with the heat from a cigarette or cigar, "killing anyone nearby," according to the National Archives.

"Nowadays it's easy to regard such schemes as impossibly far fetched," said former MI5 historian Christopher Andrew in a National Archives Podcast, "but at the time it was reasonable to believe that after the Allied victory there would remain a dangerous post-war Nazi underground which would continue a secret war."

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Thursday
Jan272011

The Other N-Word: Rabbis Unamused

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A full-page advertisement by 400 rabbis in Thursday's Wall Street Journal has put a spotlight on a trend many people see as alarming: the use of the word Nazi to bash opponents in public discourse.

In their advertisement, the 400 rabbis single out Fox News host Glenn Beck and Fox News chief Roger Ailes for using Nazi and other Holocaust references in slamming adversaries.

The rabbis are demanding that Ailes apologize and that Fox owner Rupert Murdoch sanction Beck.

"In the charged political climate in the current civic debate, much is tolerated," the rabbis write in their advertisement, published in the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal and the Forward, a Jewish newspaper.

"But you diminish the memory and meaning of the Holocaust when you use it to discredit any organization or individual you disagree with."

Ailes landed in hot water last fall for calling National Public Radio executives Nazis for firing Juan Williams, who also was working as a commentator for Fox News.

Beck has been under attack for three days of programs attacking liberal billionaire and Holocaust survivor George Soros. Beck described Soros as a "Jewish boy helping send Jews to the death camps."

The ad bashing Beck and Ailes was backed by a coalition of U.S. rabbinical organizations and timed to coincide with Thursday's Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was paid for by Jewish Funds for Justice, an organization that has received funding from Soros.

Ailes has apologized to the Anti-Defamation League for his Nazi comment but has defended Beck's practice of invoking Nazi terms to slam his opponents.

The ad by the rabbis says that Ailes should apologize for making "dismissive remarks about rabbis' sensitivity to how the Holocaust is used on the air."

In a written statement, Fox News Senior Vice President Joel Cheatwood said, "This group is a George Soros-backed, left-wing political organization that has been trying to engage Glenn Beck primarily for publicity purposes."

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Wednesday
Nov102010

Seventeen Charged in Scamming Holocaust Survivors Out of $42 Million

A concentration camp in Munich, Germany. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Federal authorities have charged 17 people for ripping off more than $42 million intended to help survivors of the Nazi Holocaust.  The fraud scheme, which had been running for over a decade, involved two funds and six employees from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany in New York.

Janice Federcyk, an assistant director of the FBI, says of the employees, "Each played a role in creating, filing and processing fraudulent claims on behalf of nine qualifying applicants and dividing up the spoils."

Speaking on the nonprofit organization behind the fraud, Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, says, "If ever there was a cause that you would hope and expect would be immune from base greed and criminal fraud, it would be the Claims Conference."´╗┐

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