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FTR #476 More on the Schmitzes, the Underground Reich and 9/11


Complementing information presented in FTR#469, the program details the career of Joseph E. Schmitz—a very formidable individual who is Inspector General of the Department of Defense. A member of the Schmitz family discussed in FTR#469, Joseph E. Schmitz is in a vitally important position in the Pentagon and is in a very sensitive position with regard to a number of the investigations relating to 9/11. His brother—John P. Schmitz—is a partner with a powerful German-based international law firm that is also involved with a number of 9/11-related investigations. This is very important, because it places the formidable Schmitz brothers in position to have a profound effect on the investigation of 9/11. As was the case with his father and as is the case with his brother John, Joseph E. Schmitz’s world is characterized by a preoccupation with “things German.” The possibility that this obsession with “Germania” may herald an association between the ultra right-wing Schmitz family and the Underground Reich is one to be seriously considered.

Program Highlights Include: Joseph E. Schmitz’s central position with regard to a number of 9/11-related investigations including: the Sibel Edmonds case, the issue of intelligence collection vs. civil liberties and the Abu Ghraib case; Joseph Schmitz’s membership in the ultra right-wing Federalist Society; Schmitz’s participation in the American Council on Germany; Schmitz’s membership in the Sovereign Military of Malta; Schmitz’s participation in the World Security Network; Schmitz’s membership in U.S. English—an “English-only” organization with white- supremacist leanings; the elder John Schmitz’s “German preoccupation”; the elder Schmitz’s affinity for a college founded by Warren Carroll—whose name crops up in connection with the assassination of President Kennedy; Joseph Schmitz’s fascination with General von Steuben—the Prussian officer who was the first Inspector General of the Pentagon; discussion of the Steuben Society—a Nazi Fifth Column organization in the United States during the World War II period; the German national security links to the World Security Network (with which Joseph E. Schmitz is affiliated); review of the many power-political connections of John P. Schmitz—Joseph’s brother.

1. Beginning the discussion of Joseph E. Schmitz, the program notes his significant role in the case of FBI whistle blower Sibel Edmonds. Edmonds has charged the FBI with deliberately covering up information disclosing successful infiltration of the bureau’s translation department by people associated with drug dealers and terrorists. A recently posted Internet article raises the question of whether or not the Pentagon deliberately leaked the name of the organization that was the focal point of Ms. Edmonds’ research. Such a leak jeopardizes Ms. Edmonds’ investigation (and health?). Again, it should be noted that Joseph E. Schmitz is at the epicenter of the Sibel Edmonds situation. “The ongoing saga of FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds’ small war with the Department of Justice has garnered increasing media attention in recent weeks. However, this has almost entirely centered on free speech and legal issues: John Ashcroft’s gag order, Judge Reggie Walton’s dismissal of her case, and now, her open letter to the 9/11 Commission. Incredibly, the Commission’s final report failed to include her shocking testimony confirming crime, corruption and incompetence in the Federal Bureau of Investigation—a failing that greatly diminishes the credibility and trustworthiness of the Committee itself. However this is just one dimension of a very far-reaching story.”
(“Did Pentagon Reveal Name of Edmonds’ ‘Semi-Legit’ Group?”; Balkanalysis.com; 8/5/2004; p. 1;.)

2. “For aside from Sibel Edmonds’ legal crusade is the issue of persons and organizations she encountered whose part-time activities touch on things from arms and drug trafficking to espionage and even terrorism. Some of these figures (such as Can and Doug Dickerson) have been publicly named, but the Department of Justice gag order on Sibel has prevented her from doing anything more than alluding to the other, and presumably bigger fish involved.” (Ibid.; pp. 1-2.)

3. “That said, a previously unreleased document from September 2002 may contain a key to unraveling the mystery at the heart of the case: who or what are the semi-legitimate organizations that Edmonds has cryptically referred to as being the major players behind the major organized crime rings whom Edmonds charges with endangering American national security?” (Ibid.; p. 5.)

4. “On August 7, 2002, Sibel Edmonds launched a complaint with the US Air Force over the suspected illegal activities of USAF Major Douglas Dickerson and his wife, Turkish-born FBI translator Melek Can Dickerson and his wife, Turkish-born FBI translator Melek Can Dickerson.” (Idem.)

5. “On September 10, Colonel James N. Worth, the director of the Inquiries Directorate in the USAF Office of the Inspector General, sent an official reply. This letter assured Edmonds that the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations (AFSOI) had conducted a complete and thorough review of her concerns, and therefore the case was closed. Of course, this did not deter the indefatigable Edmonds, whose lawyers whipped off a letter challenging the validity and depth of the Air Force’s investigation, had one even taken place on September 19.” (Idem.)

6. Ms. Edmonds wrote a letter challenging the leadership of the Pentagon to respond to her charges. Her letter was addressed to Joseph E. Schmitz! “This 5-page challenge was addressed to Department of Defense Inspector General Joseph E. Schmitz, and copied to Senators Patrick Leahy and Charles Grassley, previous backers of Edmonds’ cause. Earlier today, Sibel Edmonds told that, ‘Nobody has mentioned the DOD angle [of her case] to this date. Therefore we thought it would be appropriate to publish this last letter in its entirety. According to Edmonds, the correspondence can be published because it ‘was never classified and their responses [were] sent via regular mail, thus, not classified either.’” (Idem.)

7. “While this letter mostly refers to long-known aspects of the case, there is one very striking reference which may shed light on a nagging mystery: who or what are the ‘semi-legitimate organizations’ that Edmonds has alluded to in the past? According to the Edmonds team’s reply of September 19, the USAF Inspector General’s letter had referred specifically to one American-Turkish Council, based in Washington, D.C., as being related to the Dickersons. For the Edmonds team, this was a very strange disclosure: ‘Notably, in his letter of September 10th, Col. Worth states that OSI’s investigation focused on Major Dickerson’s relationship with the American-Turkish Council. This statement is very troubling for a number of reasons. First, Ms. Edmonds never even mentioned the name of this organization in any of her communications with the DOD, DOD IG, Department of the Air Force IG, and AFOSI, concerning this matter.’” (Idem.)

8. “We asked Sibel earlier today if the American-Turkish Council was in fact the name of the key semi-legitimate organization that had infiltrated the FBI during her time there. Because of the DOJ gag order she is currently under she could only say, ‘I cannot confirm that they said it, we did not.’ Yet why would the Pentagon specifically name an organization, connecting it with the suspect in the case, if there was no relationship? And why would they bring it to the attention of exactly the people they would have wanted to conceal it from? Did they assume that the story would break, and therefore that it wasn’t worth concealing? Or was the whole thing merely a mistake, a misunderstanding, a typo? In any case, there are clearly suspicious shades of the old paradox, ‘are you still beating your wife’ at work here.” (Ibid.; pp. 2-3.)

9. “Whatever it may or may not be, the American-Turkish Council is a Washington-based business association dedicated to friendship and the promotion of U.S.-Turkish commercial, defense and cultural relations. Again, according to the ATC website, its ‘ . . . diverse membership includes Fortune 500 and Turkish companies, multinationals, non-profit organizations, enterprises and individuals with an interest in U.S.-Turkish relations.’ It boasts a star-studded board of directors, including Chairman and Retired USAF Lt. General Brent Scowcroft; President and CEO G. Lincoln McCurdy; Executive Vice-President George H. Perlman of Lockheed Martin; and several other ranking figures from corporate America. Some of these as well as many other American and Turkish business heavyweights are also well-placed on the ATC Executive Committee.” (Ibid.; p. 3.)

10. “Indeed the ATC is clearly quite an important organization with the ability to bring together highly influential people. According to its website, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan addressed the organization’s ‘Golden Horn’ members (i.e., those companies who cough up $9,500 annually) at a June event sponsored by Motorola, Raymond James, Boeing and Raytheon. In April, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Richard B. Myers addressed the group. Every major company known to man is either a member or a well-wisher. And so on and so forth.” (Idem.)

11. “However, scrutinizing the posted schedule covering the 244-day period of January through August 2004, one finds only 18 days that actually mention scheduled events. And there are no scheduled events at all for September through December (though they’re no doubt still being planned). So unless the ATC is hurting for secretaries to put things down in writing, they don’t do too much meeting. . .” (Idem.)

12. “ . . . If the Pentagon did indeed inadvertently blow the cover of this ‘semi-legitimate organization’ by mistake in the cited letter of September 10, 2002, it would answer a lot of questions besides helping to put the pieces together in this jigsaw puzzle of intrigue.” (Idem.)

13. Next, the program highlights some aspects of Joseph Schmitz’s professional resume. “President Bush nominated Joseph E. Schmitz to be the Inspector General of the Department of Defense (DoD) on June 18, 2001. The Senate confirmed him on March 21, 2002. . . .”
(“Hon. Joseph E. Schmitz Inspector General Department of Defense” [from official posting on the website of the Inspector General of the DoD]; p. 1.)

14. Among the formidable Schmitz’s professional credits is his membership in the Federalist Society—an ultra-reactionary judicial organization that many legal professionals feel is destroying the foundations of American jurisprudence. Like his brother John P. Schmitz, Joseph is a member of the American Council on Germany. (For more about this organization, see below.) Joseph is also a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Also known as the Knights of Malta, the SMOM is a powerful order of Vatican knights.  “ . . . He has also served on the Steering Committee of the Washington Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. Mr. Schmitz graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and received his J.D. degree from Stanford University in 1986. He is also a Young Leader Alumnus of the American Council on Germany and a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.” (Ibid.; p. 2.)

15. Cataloging some of the cases with which Joseph Schmitz is involved, the broadcast notes his pivotal role in the Abu Ghraib investigation. “The Pentagon’s inspector general, following an eight-day trip to Iraq, said on Friday that abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison appeared to be the fault of a few soldiers he called ‘bad eggs.’ ‘I’m not aware of any illegal orders that came from any leaders,’ said Inspector General Joseph Schmitz, making his first public comments since returning June 19. He said during his visit to Abu Ghraib, the new commander there informed him that past leaders failed to get out enough and oversee the soldiers.”
(“Official Blames Iraq Abuse on Lower Ranks” by Joe Milicia [AP]; Seattle Post Intelligencer; 6/26/2004; p. 1.)

16. “Schmitz, the principal advisor to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on the prevention of fraud and abuse in the Department of Defense, said he is reserving final judgment until he sees the results of several investigations of prisoner abuse. . . .” (Idem.)

17. Schmitz is also at the center of the debate about the need to balance intelligence collection in the war on terror with civil liberties: “A senior Republican senator yesterday expressed concern that a Pentagon surveillance program could be used on U.S. citizens and may ‘have a chilling effect on civil liberties.’ In a letter to Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) alleged that the Justice Department and FBI are more extensively exploring the use of the Total Information Awareness program than they have previously acknowledged.”
(“Surveillance Plan Worries GOP Senator” by Dan Eggen and Robert O’Harrow Jr.; Washington Post; 1/22/2003; from SecurityFocus.com.)

18. “The TIA program aims to develop technologies to sift through ‘ultra-large’ data warehouses and networked computers for threatening patterns among everyday transactions, such as credit card purchases and travel reservations. The systems would, among other things, help analysts search randomly for indications of travel to risky areas, suspicious e-mails, odd fund transfers and improbable medical activity.” (Idem.)

19. “The effort, a project of the Defense Department’s Information Awareness Office run by former national security adviser John Poindexter, has become the focus of heated criticism from civil liberties groups and some lawmakers, who fear a potential intrusion on privacy rights.” (Idem.)

20. “Bush administration officials have said that the criticism is overblown and that the project is designed only to thwart terrorist activity overseas. But in response to questions from Grassley, Defense Department Inspector General Joseph E. Schmitz acknowledged that several domestic agencies, including the Justice Department, FBI and Department of Homeland Security, have talked with the Pentagon about the project. Schmitz also confirmed that the FBI is negotiating a formal agreement ‘for possible experimentation with TIA technology in the future,’ according to a copy of his response.” (Idem.)

21. Schmitz is also involved with a controversy about the electronic bugging of the IG’s office, as well as the issue of a security clearance granted to a Muslim maintaining multiple aliases: “The Washington Times quoted a Pentagon ‘info memo’ from Inspector General Joseph E. Schmitz’s as saying: ‘On January 19, 2002, during a routine meeting with the Director of Security for the Department of Defense, it was reported to my staff and me that a potential ‘listening device’ was previously discovered in the infrastructure of the Department of Defense Inspector General.’”
(“Bugging Found in Pentagon Inspector General’s Office” [PTI]; Hinduonnet; 7/26/2004.)

22. It is difficult to imagine how the listening device could have been installed in the Pentagon without the knowledge of some people in the military. “ ‘The DoD Directorate of Security conducted a routine sweep for electronic listening devices in certain areas of the ninth and tenth floors of the DoD IG on August 7, 2000. The sweep revealed that a wire had been installed inside the wall structure leading to and from the ninth and tenth floors of the Dod IG areas which comprise the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the personnel office space of the Inspector General,’ the memo says.” (Idem.)

23. “Another touchy issue for Schmitz was that a series of internal memos from his staff showed that a Muslim who was employed as an auditor granted a ‘top secret’ security clearance was not an American citizen. ‘He possesses a Social Security number tied to multiple confirmed aliases,’ a May 2002 memo said.” (Idem.)

24. Supplementing discussion of the elder John Schmitz (the father of John P. and Joseph E. Schmitz) the program notes his writing of the introduction to the John Birch Society tract None Dare Call It Conspiracy. “ . . . He also wrote the Introduction to Gary Allen’s bestseller, None Dare Call It Conspiracy (1971). . . .”
(“The Honorable John G. Schmitz” [obituary]; MaryKayLetourneau.com; 1/12/2001; p. 1; accessed at: http://www.MaryKayLetourneau.com.)

25. Further developing a theme introduced in FTR#469, the broadcast notes the preponderance of “Germania” in connection with the Schmitz family—a phenomenon that may betoken involvement with the Underground Reich. “ . . . Federation of Citizens of German Descent ‘Outstanding Citizen Award for Integrity and Honor’ . . . .” (Idem.)

26. “ . . . He traveled to Germany as a participant in the official Internationes program and was honored in 1973 by the Cologne daily newspaper Rundschau with the ‘Der Herr Schmitz Ordens’ recognizing his Rhineland ancestry . . . .” (Ibid.; p. 2.)

27. At the conclusion to her obituary for her father, Mary Kay LeTourneau requests that people memorialize her father by contributing to Christendom College, founded by Warren Carroll. Warren Carroll is a very interesting fellow. “ . . . In lieu of flowers, the family suggests charitable contributions to Christendom College, 134 Christendom Drive, Front Royal, Virginia 22630. . .” (Idem.)

28. Warren Carroll was a member of CUSA, part of an ultra right-wing milieu in Dallas that appears to have participated in the assassination of President Kennedy. (For more about CUSA, see FTR#120, as well as RFA#11—available from Spitfire.) “June 13, 1963, Larry Schmidt to B. Weissman in Munich, Germany: ‘Warren Carroll, our only other recruit to CUSA, is already a PhD and two MS’s. Warren is a scriptwriter for Lifeline, the H.L. Hunt television and radio series. Hunt is the millionaire oilman’ . . . ‘Warren is 32, former CIA man. Don’t worry, he has been checked out’ . . . . ‘Hunt checked him out’ . . . After Jack Ruby was arrested for killing Oswald inside the Dallas jail, there were copies of Warren Carroll’s Lifeline on the seat of his car. The section was on ‘Heroism,’ on how to become a ‘hero.’ This is interesting because one of the first reasons Ruby gave for killing Oswald was, ‘I wanted to show them a Jew had guts.’”
(“The Nazi Link to the John F. Kennedy Assassination” by Mae Brussell; The Rebel [now defunct publication launched by Larry Flynt]; 11/22/1983.)

29. More about the prominence of “Germania” in connection with the Schmitz family: “ . . . During his active naval career, he served as . . . the Navigator of a German destroyer (through the Personnel Exchange Program) . . .”
(“Hon. Joseph E. Schmitz Inspector General Department of Defense”)

30. In evaluating the Schmitz brothers, it is important to note their important positions in various aspects of the 9/11 investigations. The program reviews information from FTR#469 about John P. Schmitz. The younger John Schmitz has—as Mr. Emory says—more connections than a switchboard. Among the younger Schmitz’s credits is his representation of the elder George Bush during the Iran-Contra and Iraqgate affairs. Note that he joined with Janet Rehnquist (the daughter of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court) in protecting Bush. “ . . . There’s still another chapter to the story. John G. Schmitz’s son John P. Schmitz did not share his father’s disdain for George Bush, whom he served as Deputy Counsel from 1984 to 1993. He was involved in Iran-Contra as a deputy to C. Boyden Gray (and as an associate of Janet Rehnquist.) Schmitz was one of the few Iran-Contra players to refuse to be interviewed by the independent counsel, and was highly instrumental, as was Rehnquist, in protecting Bush. Bush was never questioned, and a diary he kept was never examined; Walsh’s final report read ‘The criminal investigation of Bush was regrettably incomplete.’ (Chapter 28, second paragraph.).” (Ibid.; pp. 1-2.)

31. Schmitz’s other clients place him in the “mix” of the various 9/11 investigations and lawsuits. In addition, the younger Schmitz (a partner in a German international law firm) represents many German corporations—more about that below. Among his credits is his presence on the American Council on Germany, an organization whose heritage is at one with the Americans who rehabilitated Third Reich alumni to serve in the Federal Republic of Germany (as well as for U.S. intelligence.) “Since then, John P. Schmitz has popped up every once in awhile. He seems to have had dealings with Iraq before the Gulf War, and with his present law firm has worked for Enron, Bayer (producer of Cipro), and United Airlines (9/11 lawsuit); his firm also has a Central Asian office in Tashkent. Schmitz, along with many men of high repute, is a member of the boards of directors of the American Council on Germany and the Atlantic Council of the US. . . .” (Ibid.; p. 2.)

32. The American Council on Germany was founded by John J. McCloy and Eric M. Warburg. McCloy was one of the prime movers of the American power elite in the twentieth century and Warburg a part of the prominent Warburg international banking family. (For more about McCloy, see—among other programs—The Guns of November and RFA#2—available from Spitfire—as well as FTR#’s 428, 446. For more about the Warburgs, see Miscellaneous Archive Show M11—available from Spitfire.) Note that among the officers are Henry Kissinger and a protégé of Kissinger’s—Richard Burt. Kissinger al

so was deeply involved in the machinations involved in bringing Third Reich alumni into the U.S. national security establishment. (For more about Kissinger, see—among other programs FTR#29.) “The American Council on Germany (ACG) is a private, nonprofit, national organization that was incorporated in New York City in 1952. Its founding leaders were: John J. McCloy; Eric M. Warburg . . . [Officers include] Richard Burt . . . Among the board of directors are: Henry A. Kissinger; Brent Scowcroft.”
(“American Council on Germany”; SourceWatch.org.)

33. As a partner in Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw, the younger John Schmitz is in a very sensitive position with regard to a number of 9/11 related investigations: “We were shocked to observe how tough and somewhat persistent Richard Ben Veniste was during his opportunities for questioning. This is the same Richard Ben Veniste, a former Watergate prosecutor, who is a partner in the German international law firm, Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw which happens to be the lead firm representing United Airlines against 9/11 victim families in the New York City litigation in Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein’s District Court in Manhattan. [Emphasis added.] This famous lawyer even represented the most recognized American drug dealer in the history of the United States: Barry Seal of Mena, Arkansas fame. But interestingly, Ben Veniste won our award as the most tenacious interrogator on both days, even though the lines of questioning were not consistently intense or pressing on a continual basis.”
(“Conflict of Interest?” by Tom Flocco; p. 1; ParaPolitics.info.)

34. “Curiously, no one has questioned whether Mayer-Brown’s partners would have ‘water-cooler and whisper-access’ to all the subpoenaed discovery requests and information flow regarding both the Kean Commission hearings and depositions—public and private, but also Judge Hellerstein’s New York City litigation. But that’s not the half of it. For the Mayer-Brown law firm has another partner named John P. Schmitz, who was the twelve-year deputy counsel to George H.W. Bush during his vice-presidency and presidency—thus affording the White House a behind-the-scenes source for information flow, discovery, subpoenas, and evidence-access regarding both the Commission and the New York litigation. [Emphasis added.]” (Idem.)

35. As discussed in FTR#305 and in the book Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile, the German core corporations are administered by the Bormann organization. (There is more discussion of this in FTR#155). “Additionally, Mayer-Brown also has clients that include Bayer AG (German maker of the antibiotic Cipro which fights Anthrax, about which Larry Klayman and Judicial Watch (JW) will have keen interest. [Emphasis added.] JW has filed suit seeking the Administration’s anthrax documents to ascertain why the White House starting taking heavy doses of Cipro on the day of the attacks—nearly a month before anthrax was even discovered on Capitol Hill, and while postal workers continued to sort mail in contaminated offices—some dying in the process.” (Idem.)

36. “John Schmitz’s Mayer-Brown profile also reveals Enron, adding that ‘we were active in Germany [with Enron] until the end. . . . It [bankruptcy] surprised me as well as anyone else,’ according to Reuters (1-4-2002). [Emphasis added.] Moreover, Mayer-Brown also represents Deutsche Bank on a regular basis regarding its electronic commerce activities; and curiously, Schmitz’s law firm maintains an office Tashkent, Uzbekistan, along with Enron—if only to make sure oil is well in the Caspian Sea basin. And Deutsche Bank is knee-deep in pre-9/11 insider trading stock profits. Enough said. . . .” (Idem.)

37. Returning to the subject of Joseph E. Schmitz, the show notes his involvement with an organization called U.S. English. Ostensibly formed to promote English as the official language of the U.S., the organization appears to have some white supremacist leanings: “A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Tuesday now makes it harder to prosecute alleged government discrimination—and could raise hopes for English only laws throughout the country. In the Alexander vs. Sandoval case, lawyers representing a Mexican immigrant named Martha Sandoval argued that the state of Alabama’s English only law discriminated against Sandoval’s ability to take a driver’s license exam, which the state provides only in English. In a razor-thin 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that Alabama did not violate the Civil Rights Act on the notion that, in this case, not providing Spanish driver’s license exams has a ‘disparate impact’ on minorities. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O’Connor and Clarence Thomas comprised of the majority vote. . . .”
(“A Blow to Civil Rights” by Michael O. Collazo [LATino News Network]; p. 1)

38. “ . . . Though this case did not rule whether or not Alabama was allowed to maintain an English-only law, the Court’s ruling can be considered as a victory for proponents of English as this country’s official language. ‘We are delighted the Supreme Court has rejected the ACLU’s attempt to kill official English in Alabama,’ said Joseph E. Schmitz, a board member of U.S. English, an organization pushing for establishing English as this country’s official language. The American Civil Liberties Union helped bring on this case-action suit. ‘Although the majority opinion is limited to a narrow issue of congressional intent, this is a tremendous symbolic victory for official English.’” (Idem.)

39. “ . . . And the plot thickens. Neal further reports that the Southern Poverty Law Center has listed Lubinskas as a contributing editor to the racist publication the American Renaissance magazine. The magazine’s editor Jared Taylor, also leader of the white-supremacist group, Council of Conservative Citizens. . . . In fact, Neal reports that Lubinskas has even shared s stage with former Louisiana Klansman, David Duke. . . .”
(“Arnold’s Language Barrier”; Mother Jones; 9/8/2003.)

40. Interestingly (and perhaps significantly) the founder of U.S. English emigrated to the U.S. from Chile in 1965. At that time, many of the Nazis (and their offspring) who had fled to Chile and other Latin American countries began moving to the U.S. (For more about this, see FTR#465.) “Mauro E. Mujica—who was born in Chile and immigrated to the United States in 1965—has been chairman of the Board and CEO of U.S. English since January of 1993.”
(“Mauro E. Mujica: Chairman of the Board and CEO of U.S. English”; thumbnail biography from The Globalist website.)

41. The next point is indeterminate in nature. Exploring further the preponderance of “Germania” in the lives of the Schmitz family, the program notes Joseph Schmitz’s fascination with General von Steuben, the first Inspector General of the Army and a genuine revolutionary war hero. This may well be perfectly innocent. However the Steuben Society was a major element in the Nazi Fifth Column in the United States during the World War II period. Is it possible that Joseph E. Schmitz’s fascination with Steuben has something to do with this? “ . . . While today’s Army Inspector General is the modern day personification of the enduring legacy of General von Steuben, it is also clear that General von Steuben is much more than the founding father of the Army Inspector General system. He is, of course, that. Not only is the first lesson plan of the Army Inspector General School devoted to General von Steuben, the entire 3-week course is permeated with the ‘Von Steuben Model.’ He is the enduring prime role model for every one of the 239 principal Army Inspectors General, a veritable ‘IOG-Network’ of senior officers serving full time in assistance, inspection, non-criminal investigation, and ‘teach and train’ functions at every major command around the world. . . .”
(“The Enduring Legacy of Inspector General von Steuben” by Joseph E. Schmitz; 5/7/2003; p. 1 [PDF download].)

42. About the Steuben Society and its World War II-era Nazi connections. “One such Congressman and Steuben Society member was Republican House member John Schafer from Wisconsin. His congressional record was one of complete opposition to any defense measure. In speaking with [John Roy] Carlson, investigative reporter posing as a pro-fascist, Schafer was quoted as follows talking about a revolution against democracy: ‘The Bloody kind. There will be purges and Roosevelt will be cleaned right off the earth along with the Jews. We’ll have a military dictatorship to save the country.’”
(The Nazi Hydra in America; “The 1930’s: Nazis Parading on Main Street—Part 5: Congressmen and Seditionist”.)

43. “Schafer leaves little doubt as to his feelings about democracy in the quote. Another Senator, Republican Rufus Holman from Oregon, openly praised Hitler on the floor of the Senate. The small excerpt below from the speech leaves no real doubt as to his pro-Nazi views: ‘I doubt if the right is all on one side among the present belligerents. At least Hitler has broken the control of the international bankers and traders over the rewards for the labor of the common people of Germany. In my opinion it would be advantageous if the control of the international bankers and traders over the wages and savings and the manner of living on the people of England could be broken by the English people, and if the control of the international bankers and traders over the wages and savings and the manner of living of the people of the United States could be broken by the people of the United States.’” (Idem.)

44. “The code words of international bankers and traders meant Jews. Holman inserted several pro-Nazi propaganda pieces into the congressional record as well. Nor was this the only time Holman had praised Hitler. As Oregon’s State Treasurer, he had praised Hitler’s sterilization program resulting in the amendment of Oregon’s sodomy law in 1935 to include all moral degenerates and sexual perverts whether, they had committed a crime or not. Oregon at the time used castration rather than vasectomy.” (Idem.)

45. “[Ernest] Lundeen was secretly pro-Nazi and received money not only directly from [Nazi spy George Sylvester] Viereck but also from the German Board of Trade and the Steuben Society. Maloney had determined that other congressmen had accepted Nazi money in deals to publish books through the notorious Flanders Hall, a fascist publisher closely associated with Viereck. Among those that had made deals with Flanders Hall were Burton Wheeler of Montana, Gerald Nye of North Dakota, Jennings Randolph and Rush Holt of West Virginia and William Stratton of Illinois. On June 13, 1940, Thomsen reported to Germany that it was necessary to take literary countermeasures against Roosevelt. In this plan Thomsen made contact with New York literary agent William Lengel and proposed a series of five books.” (Idem.)

46. Joseph Schmitz is closely associated with the World Security Network. An examination of that organization’s executives again raises the question of possible affiliation with the Underground Reich. The program concludes with an examination of the professional biographies of some of the World Security Network’s executive personnel. “Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann: President and Founder—Dr. Hoffmann has worked as advisor in the European Parliament (Office of Prof. Hans-Gert Poettering), the German Bundestag (Parl. State Secretary of Defense Peter Kurt Wuerzbach MP) and the U.S. Senate (Sam Nunn, Gary Hart) in defense affairs for many years. He was Research Fellow at CSIS, Georgetown University. He worked as a journalist in the White House Press Corps, as Editor in ZDF, the largest TV station in Europe, and managing director of large German media companies . . . Dr. Hoffmann is reserve officer in the German Army (Field Artillery.) Dr. Hoffmann has from 1979 to 1983 supported NATO’s Two Track Decision to deploy medium range nuclear weapons in Europe combined with mutual arms reductions (SS-20) on the Russian side which put him on the target list of RAF, the German terrorist organization. He supported the Mujahadin from 1985-1990 against the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, visiting them in the mountains in 1985 and writing the Afghanistan report for the European Parliament. In 1992, he was Chairman of the Eesti Committee Report (asked by its President Tunne Kelam) about the Future of the ‘Baltic Hanseatic Region’ (Oblast Kaliningrad; Lithuania; Latvia, Estonia) which helped to create stable democratic states in the Baltics. . . .”
(Professional Biography of Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann; WorldSecurityNetwork.com.)

47. “Dieter Farwick: Global Editor-in-Chief—Former Director of German’s ‘Federal Armed Forces Intelligence Office’. Mr. Farwick is retired Brig. General of the German Army. He was a close aid to former German Defense Minister Manfred Woerner, the later NATO Secretary General and is author of five books about defense policy. . . .”
(Professional Biography of Dieter Farwick; WorldSecurityNetwork.com.)

48. “Hans Walter Janitschek: Vice President—Mr. Janitschek was born in Vienna (Austria), joined United Press and Reuters, and worked as Foreign Editor of Vienna’s largest newspaper ‘Kurier’ and Economic Editor of ‘Express’. He served as Director of the Austrian Information Service in New York in the 60’s and the 70’s as Special Assistant to Under-Secretary General for Public Information and Secretary of the UN Information Committee. . . .”
(Professional Biography of Hans Walter Janitschek; WorldSecurityNetwork.com.)

49. “Klaus Becher is an analyst of international security, defense and technology policy based in Bonn and London. . . .During the same period, he also served as secretary-treasurer of the German group of the Trilateral Commission. From 1988 to 1997, he was a research fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations. . . .” (Professional Biography of Klaus Becker; WorldSecurityNetwork.com.)

50. Interestingly, Baron von Steuben (the descendant of the Army’s first IG, with whom Joseph E. Schmitz is so taken) is a member of the World Security Network. “Henning von Steuben: Henning-Hubertus von Steuben—Member of the International Advisory Board of World Security Network; President of the Steuben Family Association . . .”
(Professional Biography of Henning-Hubertus von Steuben; WorldSecurityNetwork.com.)


One comment for “FTR #476 More on the Schmitzes, the Underground Reich and 9/11”

  1. We learned something more about Donald Trump’s intended foreign policy goals: he appears to be considering a US pull out of NATO. Trump also released a list of five of his foreign policy advisors, which just happens to include a certain former inspector general of the Department of Defense:

    The Daily Beast

    Donald Trump’s New Foreign Policy Advisers Are as Rotten as His Steaks

    The wannabe POTUS rolls out his global brain trust: a collection of charlatans including a Christian hate-monger and a Bush-era official who blocked investigations of his pals.

    Shane Harris
    03.21.16 3:00 PM ET

    A Christian academic accused of inciting violence against Muslims. A former Pentagon official who blocked investigations into Bush administration bigwigs. And an assortment of self-professed experts probably few in established foreign policy circles have ever heard of. These are the minds advising Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on foreign policy and national security.

    Trump, who has been pressed for months to name his council of advisers, revealed five in a meeting with the Washington Post editorial board on Tuesday: Keith Kellogg, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Walid Phares, and Joseph E. Schmitz.

    Few of these names will register with most voters, or many experts in Washington. None of them are especially sought after for foreign policy views and national security expertise in the nation’s capital—which may be why they’re attractive to Trump.

    Trump revealed little about what specific advice they’d given so far, or how any of them may have shaped Trump’s surprising new position that the U.S. should rethink whether it needs to remain in the seven-decades-old NATO alliance with Europe.

    Sounding more like a CFO than a commander-in-chief, Trump said of the alliance, “We certainly can’t afford to do this anymore,” adding, “NATO is costing us a fortune and yes, we’re protecting Europe with NATO, but we’re spending a lot of money.”

    U.S. officials, including former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, have said that European allies have to shoulder a bigger burden of NATO’s cost. But calling for the possible U.S. withdrawal from the treaty is a radical departure for a presidential candidate—even a candidate who has been endorsed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    It also wasn’t clear how Trump’s arguably anti-interventionist position on the alliance squared with his choice of advisers. The most well-known among them is Phares, a politically conservative academic who has accused President Obama of “appeasement” toward radical Muslim terrorists and called for more U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.

    To his detractors, Phares is a rare combination of lightning rod and dog whistle. His various claims about a creeping, underappreciated jihadi “apocalypse” against the West will find quarter with Trump’s broad suspicion of Muslims and his call to ban foreign Muslims from entering the U.S.

    This isn’t Phares’s first time as a presidential adviser. As The Daily Beast reported in 2011, Phares’s work co-chairing the Middle East policy team for then-GOP candidate Mitt Romney—who has recently vowed to fight against Trump’s nomination—prompted the Council on American-Islamic Relations to call on the candidate to ditch Phares, whom it called “an associate to war crimes” and a “conspiracy theorist,” citing his ties to a violent anti-Muslim militia.

    Mother Jones reported that in the 1980s Phares, a Christian who was then active in Lebanese political groups, trained militants in ideological beliefs to justify a war on Muslim and Druze factions, prompting a former CIA official to question why a man with ties to foreign political organizations was advising a U.S. presidential candidate.

    Phares has his supporters, chiefly in neoconservative foreign policy circles and among conservative pundits and analysts. But those connections drew scrutiny in 2012 when the group Media Matters for America alleged that Phares’s connections to the Romney campaign weren’t properly identified when Phares was working as a consultant for Fox News.

    Another Trump adviser, Schmitz, has served in government, as the Defense Department inspector general. Schmitz was brought in during the first term of President George W. Bush with a mandate to reform the watchdog office, but he eventually found himself the subject of scrutiny.

    “Schmitz slowed or blocked investigations of senior Bush administration officials, spent taxpayer money on pet projects and accepted gifts that may have violated ethics guidelines,” according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times in 2005. Current and former colleagues described him as “an intelligent but easily distracted leader who seemed to obsess over details,” including the hiring of a speechwriter and designs for a bathroom.

    Schmitz also raised eyebrows for what the paper’s sources described as his “unusual” fascination with Baron Friedrich Von Steuben, a Revolutionary War hero who’s regarded as the military’s first inspector general. Schmitz reportedly replaced the Defense Department IG’s seal in its office across the country with a new one bearing the Von Steuben family motto, Sub Tutela Altissimi Semper, “under the protection of the Almighty always.”

    “Schmitz also raised eyebrows for what the paper’s sources described as his “unusual” fascination with Baron Friedrich Von Steuben, a Revolutionary War hero who’s regarded as the military’s first inspector general. Schmitz reportedly replaced the Defense Department IG’s seal in its office across the country with a new one bearing the Von Steuben family motto, Sub Tutela Altissimi Semper, “under the protection of the Almighty always.””
    Yeah, “usual fascination” is a good way to describe Joseph Schmitz’s obsession with Baron Von Steuben. It’s also worth noting that Joseph’s brother, John P. Schmitz, is a lawyer who specializes in US/German regulatory issues who’s clients include Bayer AG, Bertelsmann, Bosch GmbH, Deutsche Welle.

    So if there’s one group that should love to see the Schmitz’s once again return to influential positions in a US administration, it’s probably major German corporations. Especially of Joseph ends up overseeing more investigations, since, as this 2005 LA Times article notes, Joseph didn’t just exhibit an obsession Baron Von Steuben while serving as the Defense Department’s Inspector General. He also had an obsession with preventing politically sensitive investigations:

    The Los Angeles Times

    The Scrutinizer Finds Himself Under Scrutiny
    Joseph Schmitz, for three years in charge of investigating waste, fraud and abuse at the Pentagon, is now the focus of complaints.

    September 25, 2005|T. Christian Miller | Times Staff Writer

    WASHINGTON — When Joseph E. Schmitz took over as the Pentagon’s inspector general in 2002, the largest watchdog organization in the federal government was under fire for failing to fully investigate a senior official, falsifying internal documents and mistreating whistle-blowers. He publicly pledged to clean it up.

    Three years later, similar accusations now surround Schmitz.

    Schmitz slowed or blocked investigations of senior Bush administration officials, spent taxpayer money on pet projects and accepted gifts that may have violated ethics guidelines, according to interviews with current and former senior officials in the inspector general’s office, congressional investigators and a review of internal e-mail and other documents.

    Schmitz also drew scrutiny for his unusual fascination with Baron Friedrich Von Steuben, a Revolutionary War hero who is considered the military’s first true inspector general. Schmitz even replaced the official inspector general’s seal in offices nationwide with a new one bearing the Von Steuben family motto, according to the documents and interviews.

    The case has raised troubling questions about Schmitz as well as the Defense Department’s commitment to combating waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayers’ money, especially in politically sensitive cases.

    Schmitz comes from a family that is no stranger to controversy. His father was the ultraconservative Orange County congressman John G. Schmitz, who once ran for president but whose political career ended after he admitted having an affair with a German immigrant suspected of child abuse. Schmitz’s sister is Mary Kay Letourneau, the Washington state teacher who served more than seven years in prison after a 1997 conviction for rape after having sex with a sixth-grade pupil with whom she had two children. After Letourneau’s release from prison, she and the former pupil, now an adult, married each other.

    Schmitz, who resigned on Sept. 10 to take a job with the parent company of defense contractor Blackwater USA, is now the target of a congressional inquiry and a review by the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency, the oversight body responsible for investigating inspectors general, according to the documents and interviews.

    “I’ve seen this office become involved in many questionable projects despite strong and persistent opposition from senior staff,” said Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, whose office is pursuing complaints about Schmitz. “It appears to me that this has created a lack of respect and trust, and has resulted in an ineffective Office of the Inspector General.”

    In a brief response to written questions, Schmitz said it had been “an honor to serve the American people as inspector general of the Department of Defense.” He listed a series of accomplishments, from eliminating three layers of management to establishing a “new mission, vision and core values.”

    Without giving specifics, Schmitz also said that some of The Times’ questions “appear to include false or misleading assumptions and/or law enforcement sensitive information.” He directed further inquiries to the inspector general’s office, which declined to answer the questions.

    Schmitz’s allies said he was being persecuted. One senior Pentagon official defended Schmitz by saying that he was concerned about protecting the reputation of senior officials in Washington, where political enemies can cause trouble with an anonymous hotline tip.

    Current and former colleagues described Schmitz, a former attorney for the Washington law firm Patton Boggs, as an intelligent but easily distracted leader who seemed to obsess over details.

    They described a management style in which Schmitz asked for updates on personal projects — such as a new bathroom in his executive suite or the hiring of a speechwriter — while avoiding substantive issues such as tight budgets. Schmitz never won approval for the bathroom or the speechwriter.

    He paid close attention, however, to the investigations of senior Bush administration appointees. At one point, investigators even stopped telling Schmitz who was under investigation, substituting letter codes for the names of individuals during weekly briefings for fear that Schmitz would leak the information to Pentagon superiors, according to a senior Pentagon official.

    “He became very involved in political investigations that he had no business getting involved in,” said another senior official in the inspector general’s office.

    The Times has previously reported on Grassley’s allegations that Schmitz intervened in investigations of senior Bush officials. A review of e-mail messages and documents provides new details.

    One case involves John A. “Jack” Shaw, a deputy undersecretary of Defense accused by whistle-blowers in Iraq of directing a lucrative telecommunications contract to a company whose board members included friends. Shaw has denied wrongdoing. His attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

    Schmitz, who had signed an unusual agreement giving Shaw limited investigative powers, sent the case to the FBI over the objections of his own investigators and then blocked them from assisting the FBI, according to interviews and e-mails obtained by The Times.

    “It’s a safe bet you can bury something at the FBI, because they won’t have time to look at it,” said one Pentagon official.

    After the publication of Times articles about the accusations leveled at Shaw, Schmitz helped to draft a press release in August 2004 that appeared to exonerate Shaw. The release said that Shaw “is not now, nor has he ever been, under investigation by the [Department of Defense inspector general].”

    Schmitz’s own staff strenuously objected. Chuck Beardall, head of the agency’s criminal investigative service, said the release was “dead wrong and needs to be removed ASAP. Failure to do so reflects poorly on the DOD’s and our integrity,” according to an Aug. 13 e-mail.

    But Schmitz told an assistant, Gregg Bauer, that he was inclined to “let the sleeping dog lie.”

    “We did the right thing by recommending a less-inclined-to-misinterpretation” version of the press release, Schmitz wrote in an e-mail response.

    When confronted later by congressional staff about the accuracy of the release, Schmitz told the Senate Armed Services Committee in August 2004 that the release was “technically correct.” But this year, when asked again, he acknowledged that the release was “inaccurate.” The Department of Defense has also acknowledged that the information in the press release “may not have been accurate.”

    Another case in which Schmitz intervened came when the inspector general’s office began examining the jobs received by Pentagon officials who left for the private sector, according to another U.S. official, who also declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.

    One of those on the list was Edward “Pete” Aldridge, the former Pentagon procurement chief who took a job with defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Schmitz would not sign a subpoena allowing investigators to examine employment documents, the official said.

    Instead, the official said that Schmitz created a new policy that made it more difficult to get information by subpoena by requiring additional bureaucratic steps. During his tenure, Schmitz also made it harder to initiate an investigation of a political appointee, requiring high-ranking approval before investigators could proceed.

    A Lockheed Martin spokesman confirmed the company had received a request that the firm “voluntarily provide” information regarding Aldridge. It said it had “promptly and fully” responded to the request.

    Among other complaints about Schmitz, several senior officials also said he did not aggressively pursue more funds for the agency. Although the Defense budget jumped almost 30% between 2002 and 2005, the number of agents in the inspector general’s office increased only 7%, from 307 to 329, according to department statistics. Investigations into procurement, healthcare fraud and environmental crimes have declined precipitously as agents focused on terrorism-related inquiries.

    Some of the more unusual complaints regarding Schmitz deal with what senior officials called an “obsession” with Von Steuben, the Revolutionary War hero who worked with George Washington to instill discipline in the military. Von Steuben reportedly fled Germany after learning that he was going to be tried for homosexual activities.

    Shortly after taking office, Schmitz made Von Steuben’s legacy a focus. He spent three months personally redesigning the inspector general’s seal to include the Von Steuben family motto, “Always under the protection of the Almighty.”

    He dictated the number of stars, laurel leaves and colors of the seal. He also asked for a new eagle, saying that the one featured on the old seal “looked like a chicken,” current and former officials said.

    In July 2004, he escorted Henning Von Steuben, a German journalist and head of the Von Steuben Family Assn., to a U.S. Marine Corps event. He also feted Von Steuben at an $800 meal allegedly paid for by public funds, according to Grassley, and hired Von Steuben’s son to work as an unpaid intern in the inspector general’s office, a former Defense official said.

    He also called off a $200,000 trip to attend a ceremony at a Von Steuben statue earlier this year in Germany after Grassley questioned it.

    Finally, Schmitz’s son, Phillip J. Schmitz, has a business relationship with a group tied to Von Steuben. Schmitz, who runs a technology firm, provides web-hosting services for the World Security Network, a nonprofit news service focused on peace and conflict issues. Von Steuben serves on the network’s advisory board.

    Hubertus Hoffmann, a German businessman who founded the network, said Von Steuben played no role in assigning the contract to Phillip Schmitz, who is paid a “modest sum” for his work. Schmitz said he first made contact with Hoffmann through his father but that he had never met Von Steuben.

    The relationships troubled many at the Pentagon.

    “He was consumed with all things German and all things Von Steuben,” said the former Defense official, who did not want to be identified because of the ongoing inquiries. “He was obsessed.”

    “Shortly after taking office, Schmitz made Von Steuben’s legacy a focus. He spent three months personally redesigning the inspector general’s seal to include the Von Steuben family motto, “Always under the protection of the Almighty.””

    It was always clear a Trump presidency would be really, really weird. And probably very scary. But now we’re learning about a new scary, yet weird, quirk of a putative Trump presidency: the Schmitz brothers are probably going to be returning to the halls of power.

    The ghost of Baron Von Steuben presumably approves.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 21, 2016, 6:20 pm

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