RELEASE – CIA Files on Reinhard Gehlen

Note: While these files have been declassified and available to the public for several years, I have not seen them assembled into any sort of easy to download files. These 2,000+ pages, split into seven volumes, comprise the declassified portions of the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) file on General Reinhard Gehlen, the Nazi intelligence chief who served many masters, including the CIA.

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GENERAL Reinhard Gehlen, perhaps one of the most important people in modern American history that few have ever heard of.  While his influence was covert, it was of no less force.  The Nazi intelligence chief who served many masters including Adolf Hitler, NATO, and the United States Government. His intelligence reports on the Soviet Union during the formative years of the Cold War were used to shape American foreign policy.

During World War II, Gehlen was made chief of Fremde Herre Ost (Foreign Armies East), Nazi Germany’s military intelligence unit on the Eastern Front. He was able to reach the rank of Major-General before being fired by Hitler in 1945 for his accurate, but pessimistic, reports on the Red Army. However, early on he had sensed that Germany might not win the war, and so he had all of his intelligence documents microfilmed, placed in steel drums, and buried in the Bavarian Alps. It would later be these files that would save him from imprisonment and the war crimes trials.

In 1945, Gehlen surrendered to The Army Counter Intelligence Corp (CIC), and upon interrogation, he offered up his files and network of spies to the United States in exchange for his freedom. The files were dug up, his men in the Allied POW camps were transferred, and he was flown to Fort Hunt in Virginia in secret. It was there that a deal was hammered out for Gehlen to return to Germany, re-establish his intelligence network, and serve the United States Government. Thus the Gehlen Organization was born.

The Gehlen Organization, or the “Org” as it was referred to, was then grafted on to the fledgling CIA at its creation in 1947, and it was often the only eyes and ears on the ground in many Soviet bloc countries after the war.  It was through the Gehlen Organization that many hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of SS, SD, and Gestapo men came to work for the United States Government. It was the intelligence reports from these Nazi men, that wound up comprising an estimated 70% of all U.S. intelligence on the Soviet Union during the early part of the Cold War.

In 1956, the Org was handed over to West Germany and Gehlen became the first President of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND). He held this post until 1968 before being forced out due to a combination of factors. At his retirement he received one of the highest civilian grade pensions from the West German Republic, and allegedly, a pension from the CIA…

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History of Great American Fortunes Ebook

Current episodes of the History of Americas One Percent podcast have been reading from the 1936 edition of Gus Myers’ classic muck-raking, fact filled, historically significant tome, The History of Great American Fortunes.  As far as I know this version has not been available online for download.

I will not embed it here because of its massive size, but you can follow the link to download a copy in PDF format that is OCR searchable. Now you can keep up and read along with the podcast.

History of Great American Fortunes, 1936 edition (187mb)

HoGAF Book Review from 1910

In the latest episode (#16) of The History of America’s One Percent podcast, I quoted from a book review of Gus Myers’ History of Great American Fortunes that I had stumbled across in The American Historical Review, Vol. 15, No. 4 from July of 1910.  The review is, as expected, quite disparaging of Myers’ work, calling it “…gossipy,  abusive, one-sided, and discursive, and for purposes of sound scholarship the whole might easily be compressed into one-third its present bulk.”  Of course they have to call him mean and gossipy because name-calling is the last resort of somebody who cannot challenge the facts. It’s almost hilarious to see the reviewer bend over backwards in the very next sentence, to admit that Myers’ facts are indisputable, and his contributions to historical knowledge great…

Anyways read for yourself or check out Episode #16 of the podcast for a more extensive breakdown of the book review.

Feudalism in the USA

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Stephen Van Rensselaer III – the last patroon in an American feudal dynasty. Died 1839.

Many writers and commentators of the present day have often remarked that America is moving ever closer to that distant and extinct mode of society, feudalism.  In this hierarchy, power is derived from the owning of property, particularly land, on which the masses must toil and eek out an existence as vassals, in exchange for protection from the land-holding lord.  The feudal lord had absolute dominion over the land and his tenants, creating the laws, exacting tribute, marshaling a police force, and dispensing justice.

While the exact functions of the system 600 years ago are a bit outdated, the general concept can still be readily applied.  The exploited masses woefully indebted, and laboring for a mere subsistence as slaves to a small group of wealthy elite, may sound shocking. Yet it is a pattern perhaps, that some in our society are beginning to see.  It has been termed in the alternative media as neo-feudalism, a more recent incarnation of the old system.

But just how distant a relic was feudalism?  If you have been following our podcast series on the History of Americas 1%, then you will know that land lords with feudal rights colonized America, particularly in New Netherlands (which eventually became New York).  In Parts 1, 2, & 3, we touched on many of the old landed aristocrats, one of the foremost being the Van Rensselaer estate, which comprised a large chunk of New York. These feudal lords remained intrenched there, exacting a ferocious and arbitrary rule over their territory.  However, with the American Revolution came sweeping changes of freedom and manhood suffrage and wiped out the old feudal conditions.  Or did it?

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The Facts In Gus Myers Books Are Not Denied

When one encounters an uncomfortable truth, information that eviscerates the myths propagated by those who write history, that person will usually try, by every trick of the mind, to explain away that inconvenient fact.  However, when the information can not be beaten down by mere sophistries, the next best refuge has always been just to simply ignore the information, until it fades away from the mind.  Such is the case with the work of Gustavus Myers, a muckraking journalist, historian, and author, whose body of work around the turn of the twentieth century has been dropped down the memory hole.

In a review published in the New York Times on July, 5th, 1914, of Gus Myers’ book, The History of Canadian Wealth, we are given some clues as to why almost his entire body of work has been forgotten.  That reviewer, after opining on the book in question, decides to make a rather illuminating comment on the whole of Gustavus Myers’ work, and it is from these few sentences that we get a glimpse of how, after being unable to explain away the uncomfortable truths he presented, that last bastion of respite for worshipers of the status quo was turned to, ignorance:

“Mr. Myers’s books are recommended only to the admirers of the muckraking school, because only they believe that the masses are poor, because of unwillingness to imitate the vices attributed to the rich.  That doctrine is the root of much envy, hatred, and uncharitableness, and is noxious rather than meritorious in its effects.  This is said without disparagement of the apparent effort of Mr. Myers to be accurate.  His facts are not denied, but his inferences from them will not be admitted generally.  All he says may be true, and yet there are other offsetting facts which compensate for the blemishes disclosed.”

The History of the Hazard Circular

Slavery is likely to be abolished by the war power, and chattel slavery destroyed. This I and my European friends are in favor of, for slavery is but the owning of labor and carries with it the care of the laborer, while the European plan, led on by England, is capital control of labor by controlling wages. THIS CAN BE DONE BY CONTROLLING THE MONEY.
– Hazard Circular, 1862

While re-reading the Gustavus Myers book “The History of the Great American Fortunes”, I stumbled upon a little factoid, caught in the massive spiderweb of knowledge that is that three volume tome. Pulling upon that thread I was lucky enough to find at the end of it a book that I am reasonably certain has been long forgotten, and so I am currently reading it into an audiobook format for your listening pleasure. However, as is always the case, I have stumbled upon yet another interesting bit of information in this current book, and this would be the “Hazard Circular”. In the book it was simply referenced as a circular (or letter) from “the creditors” of the United States, circa 1862, to every bank in New York and New England. The contents of this circular are very provocative; they set out the fact that the banks use the control of the creation of money to enslave people through devaluing their wages. I was quite shocked by this brazen statement and so I set forth in search of its origins. Little information was readily available on the internet, so I turned to the old and mouldering books and periodicals of a century ago to disinter the true history of the “Hazard Circular”… Continue reading

Apache Kid: Buried at Yale with Geronimo?

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The Apache Kid

When penetrating the swirling mists of legend and conspiracy veiling the Yale University secret society known as “Skull and Bones”, one inevitably stumbles upon the strange case of Geronimo’s skull. While the jury is still out on whether Prescott Bush (future U.S. Senator and father of George H.W. Bush) was one of the bandits and just exactly where the cranial remains of that fierce Apache warrior rest, let me introduce another bone for us to pick…The Apache Kid.

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