Bush Extends Life of Nazi War Crimes Group

Considering the veil of secrecy the current administration has shrouded itself in, I was extremely surprised to read that George Bush signed into law a two year extension of the The Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group. The group, whose mandate was set to expire at the end of this month, has been working furiously on uncovering documentary proof of ties between the CIA and former Nazi’s and war criminals. For example,

Newly declassified documents demonstrate that a good deal of information about what we have come to call the Holocaust was available to officials of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a predecessor agency of the CIA. Yet until President Roosevelt established the War Refugee Board in January 1944, the OSS made relatively few efforts to secure information about the fate of Jews in Occupied Europe.

This research reveals an ugly underbelly of an era that rarely receives scrutiny and more often is painted as ideologically pure (think The Greatest Generation). I have to give Bush credit for signing this extension, let’s just hope he doesn’t seal up everything they find and ship it off to his father’s presidential library at Texas A&M University.

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