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Archive for November 14th, 2010

Justice Dept. Reports Says U.S. Was “Safe Haven” For Nazis and Their Collaborators

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A 600-page, never-released Justice Department report concludes that the American intelligence officials created a “safe haven” in the U.S. for Nazis and their collaborators after World War II, the New York Times reports.

“It describes the government’s posthumous pursuit of Dr. Josef Mengele, the so-called Angel of Death at Auschwitz, part of whose scalp was kept in a Justice Department official’s drawer; the vigilante killing of a former Waffen SS soldier in New Jersey; and the government’s mistaken identification of the Treblinka concentration camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible,” the New York Times reported.

It also discusses the successes and failures of the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations, created in 1979 to deport Nazis, the Times reported.

The Times reporter Eric Lichtblau writes:

“Perhaps the report’s most damning disclosures come in assessing the Central Intelligence Agency’s involvement with Nazi émigrés. Scholars and previous government reports had acknowledged the C.I.A.’s use of Nazis for postwar intelligence purposes. But this report goes further in documenting the level of American complicity and deception in such operations.”

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Defense Begins Monday for FBI Agent in Mississippi

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The defense begins its case Monday in the trial of FBI agent Hal Neilson, who is accused of hiding his interest in a building in Oxford, Miss., that housed the FBI office he headed up, and then lying about it.

The prosecution rested its case, using recordings and documents to show his interest in a company that build and leased the building, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

Neilson has claimed that Michael Turner – the Jackson FBI office’s top lawyer until 2008 told him he could buy into the company so long as he was a passive, silent partner.

The paper reported that Turner denied that, but admitted losing focus on details in his waning years with the FBI.

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Marshals Auction for Madoff’s Belongings Nets More than $2 Mil

Ruth Madoff's 10.5 carat diamond/u.s. marshals photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Bidders came bidding Saturday in New York for the belongings of swindler Bernie Madoff, who seems to have the public appeal of a mobster.

The U.S. Marshals Service, using an auction house, netted more than $2 million for Madoff’s and his wife Ruth’s belongings, which included Ruth’s 10.5 carat diamond engagement ring, which sold for $550,000, according to the New York Daily News.

Proceeds will go to repay victims of Madoff’s long-standing Ponzi scheme, which involved ripping off some $65 billion.  Some of Madoff’s properties have already been auction off.

The Daily News reported that hundreds packed the Sheraton Hotel and Towers on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan for the auction. On top of that, more than 1,000 online bidders participated.

A grand piano went for $42,000. Slippers and unused underwear were also sold.

I bought these things because I admire him in a way,”  Mario Mazza, 67, of Monmouth Beach, N.J., who bought a bar set for $2,200 and a set of boxes, plates and vases for $625 told the Daily News.

“It’s interesting because he used to own this stuff and now it’s going to be mine. When I look at this stuff it will be a reminder of the good and the bad side of people.”

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