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American Corporate Complicity Created Undeniable Nazi Nexus

Cutting Edge News | Mar 9, 2009

This article is based on the just released book, Nazi Nexus: America’s Corporate Connection’s to Hitler’s Holocaust (Dialog Press).

By Edwin Black

Adolf Hitler was completely responsible for the Holocaust. But Hitler had help.

nazi_nexusWhen zealous Nazis were motivated to wage war against an imaginary generation-to-generation Jewish conspiracy… when Nazis created ghastly extermination plans to help ensure their master race would rule the world… when the German military was enabled to smash across Europe with lightning speed in heavy Blitz trucks, bomb mercilessly from the air in advanced JU-88s, and create carnage across the seas with deadly torpedoes… when Josef Mengele saw the scientific need to undertake heinous medical experiments on twins in Auschwitz… when the Reich was enabled to identify the Jews everywhere in Europe and then systematically pauperize and destroy them… when all these terrible things were done, the shape and scope of the horror was pivotally determined by major American industrial giants.

Now the dots can be connected. They create an undeniably Nazi nexus between iconic American corporations and the greatest crime of the twentieth century: the Holocaust.

Who gave Hitler the initial basis for transmogrifying centuries of outgroup religious hatred into a new twentieth century political anti-Semitism? It was Henry Ford, acting directly through the Ford Motor Company. In 1920, the gullible but mercurial Ford acquired a forged typescript convincing him of an evil international Jewish cabal determined to subjugate the world through devious manipulation of the world’s governments, newspapers, and economic systems. The revelations were contained in the notorious and fake Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

To purvey this new brand of Jew hatred to the world, Ford purchased a failed newspaper, the Dearborn Independent, which serialized The Protocols for 91 weeks. His company then published the series as a book, The International Jew. Using the techniques of mass production, Ford was able to escalate the Protocols from a negligible, randomly circulated irritant to a national sensation of 500,000 copies. Devoting the national sales force and the assets of the Ford Motor Company to the task hatred made Henry Ford the first to organize political anti-Semitism in America. Indeed, he was the hero of anti-Semites the world over.

In Germany, where Ford was venerated, The International Jew was translated and published in February, 1921. It enjoyed six editions in two years with thousands of copies in print. Ford’s book quickly became the bible of German anti-Semites and early incarnations of the Nazi party. Nazis shipped the work throughout the country “by the carload.”

Among the many Germans massively influenced by the book was Adolf Hitler. Der Führer read the work at least two years before Mein Kampf was written. It shows. In Mein Kampf, chapter 11, Hitler wrote, “The whole existence of this people is based on a continuous lie [as] shown incomparably by the Protocols of the Elders of Zion… With positively terrifying certainty, they reveal the nature and activity of the Jewish people and … their ultimate final aims.” Hitler described Ford as his hero. No wonder Ford received Hitler’s German Eagle medal in a lavish Berlin ceremony. The medal was reserved for foreigners who rendered special service to the Reich.

Who gave Hitler the pseudo-scientific medical rationales to justify a war to achieve a blond, blue-eyed master race with the duty to obliterate all other races deemed inferior? It was the Carnegie Institution, the philanthropic incarnation of America’s greatest steel fortune that propagated the deadly American race science of eugenics. Beginning in 1911, Carnegie Institution scientists argued successfully that millions worldwide who did not conform to a blond, blue-eyed Nordic stereotype were unworthy of existence on earth.

American eugenics believed such social traits as poverty, prostitution, and laziness were genetic. The continuation of racially inferior bloodlines— a broad swath encompassing some 90 percent of humanity—was to be combated by various methods. These methods included organized identification, seizure of assets, marriage prohibition or nullification, forced surgical sterilization, segregation into camps, and publicly operated gas chambers. Various eugenic notions were enacted into law in 27 states. Ultimately, some 60,000 persons were forcibly sterilized, thousands more incarcerated in state camps, and untold numbers unmarried and in some cases subjected to organized lethal medical neglect. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes enshrined these policies as the law of the land when he ruled such acts justified. “It is better for all the world,” Holmes wrote, “if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.”

The Carnegie Institution and its sponsored movement spent millions to propagate American eugenic theories in post-WWI Germany, financing race science programs in universities and official institutions. These included the idea that Jews must be eliminated.

While in prison, Hitler closely studied American eugenics. In Mein Kampf, Hitler insisted, “There is today one state, in which at least weak beginnings toward better conception… are noticeable. Of course, it is not our model German Republic, but the United States.” Hitler proudly told his comrades, “I have studied with great interest the laws of several American states concerning prevention of reproduction by people whose progeny would, in all probability, be of no value or be injurious to the racial stock.” Hitler merely exchanged the American term “Nordic” for the Nazi term “Aryan” and then medicalized his pre-existing virulent anti-Semitism and fascist nationalism, to formulate the concept of the blond, blue-eyed Master Race he deified in Mein Kampf.

Hitler was so steeped in American race science that he even wrote a fan letter to American eugenic leader Madison Grant, called his writing “my bible.”

The Third Reich implemented all American eugenic principles with great ferocity and velocity backed up by a conquering army. “While we were pussy-footing around,” fawned Leon Whitney, executive secretary of the American Eugenics Society, “the Germans were calling a spade a spade.” As Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess insisted, “National Socialism is nothing but applied biology.”

Who gave Hitler’s odious medical eugenic experimentation the wherewithal to commit unspeakable crimes against innocent twins? It was the Rockefeller Foundation, the philanthropic incarnation of Standard Oil. The foundation acted as a full partner with Carnegie in establishing eugenics across America and in Germany. In the quest to perfect the master race, millions of Depression-era dollars were transmitted by Rockefeller to Hitler’s most anti-Jewish doctors. In this quest, one specimen was desired above all: twins.

Rockefeller funded Hitler’s chief raceologist Otmar Verschuer and his insatiable twin experimentation programs. Twins, it was thought, held the secret to industrially multiplying the Aryan racial type, and quickly subtracting biological undesirables. Verschuer had an assistant, Josef Mengele. Rockefeller funding stopped during WWII. But by that time, Mengele had transferred into Auschwitz to continue twin research in a monstrous fashion. Ever the eugenicist, he sent precise clinical reports weekly to Verschuer.

Who took Hitler off the horse and put his killing armies into trucks to wage Blitzkrieg or lightning war against Europe? It was General Motors which built the Blitz truck for the Blitzkrieg. As the Reich’s largest car and truck maker, GM became an indispensible partner in Hitler’s war. From the first weeks of the Third Reich, GM president Alfred Sloan committed the company and its German division, Opel, to motorizing a substantially horse-drawn Germany, preparing it for war. Prior to this, Germany had been a nation devoted to legendary automotive engineering but only one vehicle at a time built by craftsman. GM brought mass production to the Reich, converting it from a horse-drawn threat to a motorized powerhouse.

Sloan and GM knowingly prepared the Wehrmacht to wage war in Europe. Detroit even secretly moved massive stores of spare Blitz parts to the Polish border in the days just before the September 1, 1939 invasion to facilitate the Blitzkrieg.

Using a charade of interlocking boards and special executive committees, Sloan kept GM’s role secret as long as possible. Where Opel lacked parts or foreign currency, Detroit ordered other international subsidiaries to stealthily assist.

In addition to motorizing the military, Sloan launched massive re-employment programs to help revive the Nazi economy—this at a time when the company declined to put Depression-wracked Americans back to work. GM’s success led to the need for the Autobahn. GM’s chief executive in Germany James Mooney received the same medal Ford was awarded, for special service rendered to the Reich.

Who custom-designed and co-planned the Nazi solutions to Jewish existence? It was International Business Machines, inventor of the Hollerith punch card, precursor to the modern computer. IBM enjoyed a monopoly on information technology. Under the micromanagement of its president, Thomas Watson, and advertising itself as “a solutions company,” IBM in 1933 reached out to the new Hitler regime. It offered to organize and systemize any solution the Reich desired, including solutions to the Jewish problem.

With IBM as a partner, the Hitler regime was able to substantially automate and accelerate all six phases of the twelve-year Holocaust: identification, exclusion, confiscation, ghettoization, deportation, and even extermination.

As it did with any other customer, IBM simply asked the Hitler regime what result was desired. Then company engineers devised custom-tailored punch card systems to deliver the results. First, who was Jewish and where did the Jews live–exactly. IBM solution: a customized racial and religious census designed and tabulated by the company. Second, once identified, systematically expel Jews from all segments of society. IBM solution: create databases cross-tabulating ordinary organizational and community directories from association membership rosters to lists of marriages, deaths and births.

Third, confiscate Jewish assets. IBM solution: all banks and financial institutions were run by IBM cards which could be programmed to seek out the Jewish names and their accounts for seizure. Fourth: ghettoize the Jews. IBM Solution: cross-match families from their existing residences into crowded dilapidated slums so that in a single day, thousands of people could be efficiently transferred from point A to point B. Fifth, deport the Jews to camps. IBM solution: most of the railroads in Europe were routed by IBM punch cards. Create special depots to ensure that trains with cattle cars were made available to transport Jews to camps. Inbound, these trains were crowded with helpless humans. Returning, they were empty.

Sixth: the Jews were to be systematically and industrially murdered. IBM Solution 1: establish different codes for each classification of concentration camp prisoners. Prisoner Code 8 designated a Jew. Status Code 6 designated killed by gas chamber. In this way, the Reich always knew how many Jews it was killing. In extermination camps, almost all Jews were murdered upon arrival in an IBM-aided system that metered victims from ghettos to train to death camp in murderous synchrony. IBM Solution 2: create the “Extermination by Labor” program using custom IBM punch card programs that matched the skills of Jewish prisoners wherever they were to Reich labor needs wherever they were. Once moved to the labor site, Jews were worked to death. There was an IBM customer site in every concentration camp.

Had it not been for the continued conscious involvement of iconic American corporations in Hitler’s war against the Jews, the speed, shape and statistics of the Holocaust as we know it would have been dramatically different. No one knows how different, but the astronomical dimensions could have never been achieved. For their part, American corporate collaborators have long tried to obscure or hide the details of their collusion using the well-known tools of corporate misinformation, financial contributions, and bought and paid for historian reviews. But in era when people no longer believe big corporations, the dots can be fully connected to unveil the outlines of an indispensible Nazi nexus.

Edwin Black is the New York Times best selling investigative author of IBM and the Holocaust, and his just released book, Nazi Nexus: America’s Corporate Connections to Hitler’s Holocaust (Dialog Press 2009), which can be see at http://www.nazinexus.com.

South American Nations Integrating Defense Ministries

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Prensa Latina | Mar 9, 2009

Santiago, Chile – Defense ministers from 12 Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) are to analyze cooperation issues here on Monday and Tuesday in the first South American Defense Council (SADC).

According to organizers of the meeting, the SADC is an integration mechanism aimed at discussing realities and defense needs of the country members, reducing conflicts and distrust and paving the way for the future formulation of a common policy.

Deputy ministers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Paraguay, Surinam, Uruguay and Venezuela held here in January its first meeting, opened by Chilean Minister Jose Goni, because his country has the pro tempore presidency of UNASUR until May, when Ecuador is the new president.

The agenda includes creation of a South American Center for Defense and Strategic Studies (SACDSS) and the execution in November of the First South American Meeting for Strategic Studies (SAMSS).

Also on the list is to plan a combined cooperation military drill in case of catastrophes or natural disasters, create a network to exchange information on defense policies, carry out a seminar on modernization of Defense Ministries, and reveal information on expenses and economic indicators of the sector.

Other points are the identification of “risk factors and threats that could affect regional and world peace” and the creation of a mechanism to join regional positions in multi-lateral defense forums.

Ministers will also analyze military cooperation, humanitarian actions and peace operations, industry and defense technology and training, among other issues.

Prior to the meeting, US head of the Joint chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen visited Chile last week and met with President Michelle Bachelet and military authorities, in the framework of a tour of several regional countries.

Obama’s ‘stimulus’ ignores painful lessons of New Deal

“One will easily believe what one earnestly hopes for.” — Terence

Post and Courier | Mar 3, 2009

By LOUIS E. COSTA, D.M.D., M.D.

Whether it’s a willful self-deception or misdirected conviction, President Obama continues to espouse the virtues of FDR’s New Deal as a passionate defense for his unprecedented “stimulus” plan. Consistent with the trend toward revisionist history, if the facts do not support your contention, change the “facts.”

In reality, if it were not for the commitment of the nation’s resources to World War II and the patriotism of the Greatest Generation that propelled the revival of self-sacrifice and the call to individual responsibility, the New Deal would have done little to attenuate the economic crisis during FDR’s tenure.

Indeed, in many aspects, the provisions of the New Deal actually exacerbated the economic instability leading to a deepened Depression in 1938. The unemployment rate in 1938, three years after the institution of the New Deal, was 17.2 percent. To quote Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman, “This was the only occasion in our record when one deep depression followed immediately on the heels of another.”

As a matter of explanation, two observations are poignant: First, New Deal policies discouraged private investment without which private employment was unlikely, and second, the New Deal’s public works projects, while they did provide humanitarian subsistence, did not bring about recovery.

Pulitzer Prize winner David Kennedy of Stanford University opines, “Whatever it was, the New Deal was not a recovery program, or at any rate not an effective one.”

During FDR’s administration we were in the incipient stages of an evolving global economy. Economic historian Lester Chandler observed, “In most countries, the Depression was less deep and less prolonged” than in the United States. Richard Vedder and Lowell Galloway, in a 1997 analysis, concluded that “New Deal policies systematically used the power of the state to intervene in labor markets in a manner to raise wages and labor costs, prolonging the misery of the Great Depression. Of the ten years of unemployment rates over 10 percent during the depression, fully eight were during the FDR administration.” They concluded that by 1940, unemployment was eight percentage points higher than it would have been without the New Deal policies.

In retrospect, there was a reciprocal impact on unemployment as a result of the New Deal fiscal provisions. Federal government outlay doubled between 1930 and 1940, and debilitating unemployment persisted. Mandatory unionism caused Americans to divest of their liberties without resolving the Great Depression. Jim Powell, in “FDR’s Folly,” stated that the principle legacies of the New Deal were massive expansion of government and loss of liberty. In 2003, four years prior to our current crisis, Powell forewarned, “It would be tragic if in a future recession or depression, policy-makers repeated the same mistakes of the New Deal because they knew only the political histories of the time.”

It is unfortunate that our inexperienced president and his impetuous Congress have confused the persona of FDR with the ill-fated consequences of the New Deal. To take liberty with Winston Churchill’s quote: Never have so few done so much to cause potential distress for so many.

The quintessential admonition of the ages must here be invoked: “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

The indications are that we have done just that.

Chinese seeking justice end up in secret jails

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Police officers outside Majialou, a detention center for people who come to Beijing seeking redress of grievances. Photo by Du Bin for the New York Times

New York Times | Mar 8, 2009

Seeking Justice, Chinese Land in Secret Jails

By ANDREW JACOBS

BEIJING — They are often tucked away in the rough-and-tumble sections of the city’s south side, hidden beneath dingy hotels and guarded by men in dark coats. Known as “black houses,” they are unofficial jails for the pesky hordes of petitioners who flock to the capital seeking justice.

Wu Bowen was confined to this Beijing hotel room for nine days after she sought more compensation for her home’s demolition.

This month, Wang Shixiang, a 48-year-old businessman from Heilongjong Province, came to Beijing to agitate for the prosecution of corrupt policemen. Instead, he was seized and confined to a dank room underneath the Juyuan Hotel with 40 other abducted petitioners.

During his two days in captivity, Mr. Wang said, he was beaten and deprived of food, and then bundled onto an overnight train. Guards who were paid with government money, he said, made sure he arrived at his front door.

As Beijing hosts 10 days of political pageantry known as the National People’s Congress, tens of thousands of desperate citizens are trying to seek redress by lodging formal complaints at petition offices. A few, when hope is lost, go to extremes, as a couple from the Xinjiang region did last week: they set their car afire on the city’s best-known shopping street, injuring themselves critically.

In his annual report to the legislature on Thursday, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said China should use its petition system to head off social unrest in the face of a worsening economy. “We should improve the mechanism to resolve social conflicts, and guide the public to express their requests and interests through legal channels,” he said.

According to the state media, 10 million petitions have been filed in the last five years on complaints as diverse as illegal land seizures and unpaid wages. The numbers would be far higher but for the black houses, also called black jails, the newest weapon local officials use to prevent these aggrieved citizens from embarrassing them in front of central government superiors. Officially, these jails do not exist.

In China’s authoritarian state, senior officials tally petitions to get a rough sense of social order around the country. A successfully filed petition — however illusory the prospect of justice — is considered a black mark on the bureaucratic record of the local officials accused of wrongdoing.

So the game, sometimes deadly, is to prevent a filing. The cat-and-mouse contest has created a sizable underground economy that enriches the interceptors, the police and those who run the city’s ad hoc detention centers.

Human rights activists and petitioners say plainclothes security officers and hired thugs grab the aggrieved off the streets and hide them in a growing constellation of unmarked detention centers. There, the activists say, the aggrieved will be insulted, roughed up and then escorted back to their home provinces. Some are held for weeks and months without charge, activists say, and in a few cases, the beatings are fatal.

The police in Beijing have done little to prevent such abuses. They are regularly accused of turning a blind eye or even helping local thugs round up petitioners. That raises suspicions that the central government is not especially upset about efforts to undermine the integrity of the petition system.

The petition system provides people with the semblance of an appeals process that top leaders hope will keep them off the streets. But for officials at all levels, it seems, the appearance of order — measured by reducing the number of petitions — is an acceptable approximation of actual order.

Rights advocates say that black houses have sprouted in recent years partly because top leaders have put more pressure on local leaders to reduce the number of petitioners reaching Beijing. Two of the largest holding pens, Majialou and Jiujingzhuang, can handle thousands of detainees who are funneled to the smaller detention centers, where cellphones and identification cards are confiscated.

China’s petition system originated in the Ming Dynasty, from the 14th to the 17th centuries A.D., when commoners wronged by local officials sought the intervention of the imperial court. Since the Communist Party came to power, the right to petition the central government has been enshrined in the Constitution.

With few legal channels available, petitioners come to Beijing, saying it is their only hope for resolving grievances.

“I know my life is in danger, but I just can’t swallow this injustice,” said Mr. Wang, explaining why he has made 10 trips to Beijing in recent years, each ending in detention.

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China ‘will not have democracy’

China’s state organs to follow the Party line

BBC | Mar 9, 2009

China will never adopt Western-style democracy with a multi-party system, its top legislator has said.

Parliament chief Wu Bangguo said that China would draw on the achievements of all cultures but would not “simply copy” the West.

Communist Party leadership should be strengthened and “the correct political orientation” maintained, he said.

Mr Wu made the comments in a speech to the National People’s Congress, China’s annual parliament session.

He ranks second only to President Hu Jintao in the Communist Party hierarchy.

“We must draw on the achievements of all cultures,” he told delegates in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.

“But we will never simply copy the system of Western countries or introduce a system of multiple parties holding office in rotation,” he added.

“Although China’s state organs have different responsibilities, they all adhere to the line, principles and policies of the Party.”

Correspondents say Mr Wu’s statement appeared to be a deliberate rejection of calls in China and abroad for greater liberalisation.

China faces a number of highly sensitive anniversaries this year, including 20 years since the military crushed pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square, and 50 years since an anti-China uprising in Lhasa that sparked the Dalai Lama’s flight into exile.

The authorities in Beijing also fear that the economic downturn and job losses for millions of migrant workers could trigger outbreaks of social unrest.

Security guards stood down as gunmen killed Northern Ireland soldiers

The Times | Mar 9, 2009

By Michael Evans, Defence Editor, and David Sharrock in Belfast

Armed security guards employed to protect the military base in Northern Ireland where two soldiers were shot dead did not open fire on the terrorists, even when they stood over the injured men and fired further shots.

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Two soldiers and two deliverymen were also injured in Saturday’s attack, for which the dissident republican group the Real IRA claimed responsibility. The Army and police confirmed that no shots were fired in retaliation. The Real IRA described the Domino’s Pizza deliverymen as “collaborators of British rule in Ireland”.

Army sources said that it was the first time that the Northern Ireland Security Guard Service (NISGS) had had to deal with a direct attack on a base. The service took over responsibility for security of barracks from soldiers more than ten years ago.

The speed and audacity of the attack not only exposes a gaping hole in the intelligence picture of republican terrorist activity but also raises questions about why barracks throughout the UK are protected by civilians.

The sources said that the soldiers from 38 Engineer Regiment were not carrying weapons when they left Massereene Barracks in Co Antrim to take delivery of pizzas, but that the NISGS guards were routinely armed.

An army spokesman would not give details of the security guards’ rules of engagement other than to say that they were allowed to open fire in self-defence.

Army sources said that an investigation would be opened into why there was no armed response and also why four soldiers walked unarmed out of a barracks only days after the Irish terrorist threat level had been raised from “substantial” to “severe”.

The soldiers were about to be deployed to Afghanistan. After the pizzas, they were due to travel to RAF Aldergrove to join the rest of 19 Light Brigade, which is taking over from the Royal Marines in Helmand. Their next of kin have been informed.

Patrick Mercer, a former infantry regiment commanding officer and now chairman of the Commons Counter-terrorism Sub-committee, told The Times: “We have to question the efficacy of this guard force if it is not prepared to fire on the enemy. How will this force be a deterrent in the future if terrorists know they are not going to be shot at?”

Mr Mercer said that the Real IRA appeared to have deliberately picked a soft target — an engineering base with minimal protection.

Although the threat level had risen to “severe” because of intelligence of dissident republican plotting, sources said this did not mean that every base was on high alert. Alert status depended on a range of circumstances, including location and an assessment of risk.

Jonathan Evans, the Director-General of MI5, warned of the rising risk from Irish dissidents in January.

On Friday Sir Hugh Orde, the Chief Constable of Northern Ireland, announced that the Armed Forces Special Reconnaissance Regiment was being drafted in to watch suspected dissident republican terrorists. His statement, made after the deployment was leaked to the BBC, is thought to be behind the timing of the attack.