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February 12, 1983
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kll.ll1 l Lll_I.I Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/02/22 : CIA-RDP90-01208R000100140041-3 THE BOSTON GLOBE 12 February 1983 A ~-fascist returned ry s een part of a shameful pattern. :? Barbie is only one of many notorious Nazi leaders who were welcomed like prodigal sons into service with Western Intelligence agencies after the war. - Their unspeakable crimes against humanity were implicitly forgiven and ccinveniently forgotten. They were paid and protected so that they could return to active duty in the anti-Communist crusade which theirzfuehrer. Adolf Hitler. had temporarily dis- credited with his extremism. Their names compose a rogues' gallery of _ fascist thuggery. Hitler's master spy, Rein- hardt Gehlen, was made chief of the West Ger- man intelligence agency (BND) and shared his Nazi intelligence data with his protectors in the CIA. Otto Skorzeny. a Nazi specialist at orga- nizing terror networks in occupied countries. was employed in the US Army's historical divi- sion, which served as a way-station for former Nazis who would go on to serve in the Gehien CIA Intelligence network. Skorzeny used his STAT As Gestapo chief In Lyons during the ' Ger tacit immunity to shepherd old Nazi comrades man occupation. Klaus Barbie tortured and out of Europe. working through cover organiza- muirdered Resistance . members and ' French Lions known as Odessa, Kamaradenwer?k, and Jews. Sometimes he did the torturing himself. Die SpLnne. wxh whips and clubs and boiling water, and sometimes he signed a piece of.paper sending the years went by, Gehlen. Skorzeny and Jewish children to the death camps. g their network of old-boy collaborators ac cumu- - lated.enormous influence both in Europe and His return to the same prison where he once Latin America: Skorzeny shuttled between tormented his victims may seem a 'curious Franco s Spain and Peron 's Argentina, where an=achronism. But the extradition of Barbie is. he served the Argentine dictator as a gray emi- more than a random example of historical sym- . nenee.. His goal was to foster the growth of a metry because his post-war Itinera ha b fascist Fourth Reich -centered in Latin America. ..He could count on such loyalist operatives as Josef Mengele in Paraguay: on Adolf Eich- mann and Hans Ulrich Rudel in Argentina: on Walter Rauff in Chile: and on Klaus Barbie in Bolivia. Rauff, who is charged with sending 97.000' Jews to their death. has served as a revered ad- viser to the fascist dictatorship imposed on Chile by Augusto Pinochet after the overthrow of Salvador Allende, and was instrumental in setting up the infamous Chilean secret police agency known as DIVA. Barbie. In Bolivia, or- ganized paramilitary death squads and drug smuggling networks for a succession of mili- tary regimes. To grasp the full meaning of Barbie's belat- ed appointment with justice, his career may be seen as an emblem of the unchecked metasta- sis of fascism. It is particularly mortifying for Americans to be reminded that our government put Barbie on its payroll a few years after he k wor ed for Hitler. -]1,;, Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/02/22 : CIA-RDP90-01208R000100140041-3