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Snowden’s Ride, Part 11: The “Deep Fifth Column”–Old Leaks Shed New Light on the Present


McCormick and Wedemeyer's World War II Treason

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COMMENT: A term that is essential for users of this website to comprehend is “fifth column.” [3]  The advance and success of fascism prior to, and during, World War II would not have been possible without the aid of the fifth columns. [4]

It is for that reason that books about fifth column fascist movements and activity are included in the “Books” [5]category.

Vitally important, though long forgotten, books like Under Cover [6] and Cairo to Damascus [7] by John Roy Carlson, Falange–The Secret Axis Army in the Americas [8] by Alan Chase,  Armies of Spies [9] by Joseph Golomb, The Nazis Go Underground [10] by Curt Riess, and Triumph of Treason [11] by Pier Cot shed light on the profound presence of Nazis, fascists and their sympathizers within countries targeted for fascist conquest.

As background to this discussion, we might coin the term “deep fifth column”–powerful and dominant forces that saw fascism–“corporatism” as Mussolini termed it–as a wonderful solution to what they saw as “problems”–democracy and trade unions among them.


Robert McCormick: Fifth Columnist of the fourth estate

(Parenthetically, we note that ours is a failed civilization–one that has failed to take into account the great economic, political and intellectual power behind fascism. World War II is seen by our culture as an unfortunate event, caused by a “bunch of weirdos, who got out of hand.” It is for this reason that we include books about the altogether deadly (and sadly eclipsed) forces that caused the bloodletting in the Second World War, much of the global carnage that has ensued since, and the annihilating future that awaits our civilization, if political inertia prevails.

We also note that much of the success of The Underground Reich has been Germany’s masterful strategic use of anti-communism and class warfare as a gambit to infiltrate and co-opt the power elites of countries targeted for subversion. Whereas anti-communism and class struggle are seen by American and other elites as ends in themselves, to realize “corporatism”–Germany has used those as vehicles for conquest [13].)

We also note in this context that the fifth columns were never addressed in many countries. Just as Germany was never really de-Nazified [14], the fifth columns were never rooted out in many of the other Western countries, including the United States [15], United Kingdom [16] and France [17]. The fifth columns–the deep fifth columns in particular–were critical to the enabling [10] and formation of The Underground Reich [18].

Listeners and users of this website should make it a point to download, print and read the books [19]dealing with the “deep fifth column.”

In our recent, voluminous analysis of “Snowden’s Ride”–the Nazi psy-op so successfully perpetrated by Eddie The Friendly Spook and the forces who have managed his escapade–we are looking at the activities of an Underground Reich milieu/intelligence network. Our series on this is long, complex and multi-layered: Part I [20]Part II [21]Part III [22]Part IV [23]Part V [24]Part VI [25]Part VII [26], Part VIII [27]Part IX [28]Part X [29], Part XI [30], Part XII [31]Part XIII [32]Part XIV [33]Part XV [34]Part XVI [35], Part XVII [36].

It is less clear precisely who is the immediate intelligence controller of Eddie the Friendly Spook, although BND is almost certainly involved and may be the ultimate executive authority. The probability is very strong that a “deep fifth column” within U.S. intelligence, military, corporate and political structure is involved.

A recent (and predictably slanted) Wall Street Journal [37] article dealt with a leak of Naval Intelligence secrets during the course of World War II.

Disclosing the pivotal fact that U.S. intelligence had cracked the Japanese “White Code” (not specified in the WSJ article), “Colonel” Robert R. McCormick’s Chicago Tribune leaked vital information for the second time in less than a year.

Having previously leaked the Rainbow Five contingency plan for U.S. mobilization and war-making documents for the Second World War, McCormick was a member of America First. Ostensibly isolationist and “patriotic” in outlook, the organization was, in fact, actively funded by Third Reich intelligence and comprised (for the most part) of doctrinaire fascists who loved Hitler and Mussolini and hated Franklin Delano Roosevelt with a passion.

(For a good understanding of the active pro-fascist nature of America First, open Under Cover [6] by John Roy Carl, son and use the “find” function on your computer, searching “America First.” This will yield a good understanding of the nature of that organization and its members.)

As discussed in AFA #11 [38], the probable source of the leak of the Rainbow Five program was General Albert Wedemeyer, one of its primary authors and an active America Firster. (See text excerpts below for information about Wedemeyer and the leak of Rainbow Five.)

A lynchpin of the China Lobby, the MacArthur group in the military and the milieu that coalesced into the  John Birch Society, Wedemeyer studied at the German military academy, beginning in 1936, renting his apartment from Gerhard Rossbach, one of the leaders of the Brownshirts (SA.) Later (as dicsussed in AFA #11) Rossbach went to work for the CIA in the postwar period. 

Yet another point about Wedemeyer set forth in AFA #11 is the fact that Ronald Reagan [39] appointed Wedemeyer as a special military adviser. 

In a book excerpt below, Wedemeyer blames the leak of Rainbow Five on–of course–Franklin Delano Roosevelt, claiming that it was part of Roosevelt’s plan to get the United States into World War II. Roosevelt was conveniently dead by the time Wedemeyer held forth. (This is a major claim of the deep fifth column through the decades, since picked up and amplified by the conspiracy crowd.)

In his predictably self-serving analysis, Wedemeyer does reveal something interesting about the networking in which McCormick engaged. Wedemeyer maintains that McCormick sent the Rainbow Five information directly to Hitler!

Again, discussion of Snowden’s Ride, per se, is beyond the scope of this post. It is, quite clearly, a fascist/Underground Reich operation, with the ultimate executive authority being the BND, in all probability.

It may be that an Underground Reich fifth column within U.S. intelligence is involved, ultimately answering to BND.

One important possibility entails Peter Thiel [40], whose Palantir [41] company appears to be the developer of the PRISM software. Thiel embodies the concept of the deep fifth column. German born, son of a chemical engineer from Frankfurt (read “I.G. Farben”), Thiel has openly negated the concept of democracy, hates Obama and is the chief financial backer of crypto-Nazi Ron Paul [42], to whose campaign Eddie the Friendly Spook contributed. The “Paulistinians” [34] are to be found at many levels of this concatenation.

In addition, Alex Karp, the CEO of Palantir [43] and someone who appears to have been centrally involved in the development of Thiel’s career also has roots in Frankfurt Germany! (See text excerpts below.)

NOTE: Palantir officially claims that “their PRISM” is NOT the same PRISM in the focal point of the Snowden/NSA imbroglio. We feel this claim is laughable, frankly. The notion that the intelligence services are using TWO counter-terror software programs with identical names is not credible. Had a company developed a counter-terror software program for use by the intelligence community and called it “PRISM,” there would have been litigation. The major tech companies are NOTHING if not litigious, and Thiel and company have PLENTY of money!

That Obama is dealing with a deep fifth column in these leaks is a possibility to be seriously considered.

“Echoes From a Past Leak Probe” by Jess Bravin; Wall Street Journal; 8/7/2013. [37]

Newly released documents provide a road map of how the government tried to mount a no-holds-barred legal attack against journalists suspected of leaking military secrets.

But the memos weren’t about the current-day Bradley Manning case. They came after a disclosure 71 years ago about World War II’s Battle of Midway and show the U.S. has long wrestled with how to square national security and press freedom.

The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which advises the executive branch on the extent of its own powers, published in late July a selection of previously secret legal opinions spanning from 1933 to 1977. Among them were memos about a June 7, 1942, scoop in the Chicago Tribune by correspondent Stanley Johnston, who saw a naval intelligence file while traveling with the Pacific Fleet.

Pentagon officials were stunned by the headline, “U.S. Navy Knew in Advance All About Jap Fleet,” when they saw the story, which also ran in the Washington Times-Herald. The article all but revealed one of the war’s greatest secrets: that the U.S. had cracked the Japanese navy’s code. It reported that Japanese fleet strength “was well known in American naval circles,” that the U.S. Navy knew the Japanese were likely to stage a feint against the Aleutian Islands, and that “the advance information enabled the American Navy to make full use of air attacks on the approaching Japanese ships.”
Navy Secretary Frank Knox wrote to Attorney General Francis Biddle, demanding indictments. The headline alone “discloses secret and confidential information to the detriment of our national defense,” Mr. Knox wrote. Mr. Biddle then asked staff for advice, resulting in the just-released memos. . . .

. . . . The memos are noticeably silent on one possibly pertinent point: Tribune’s publisher, Col. Robert R. McCormick, was an incendiary antagonist of the New Deal and, before Pearl Harbor at least, a vociferous opponent of intervention in World War II. . . .

“The Big Leak” by Thomas Fleming; American Heritage Magazine; December 1987. [44]

EXCERPT: . . . .General Wedemeyer, still erect and mentally alert, recalled the atmosphere he encountered when he walked into the Munitions Building at 7:30 A.M. on December 5. “Officers were standing in clumps, talking in low tones. Silence fell, and they dispersed the moment they saw me. My secretary, her eyes red from weeping, handed me a copy of the Times Herald with Manly’s story on the front page. I could not have been more appalled and astounded if a bomb had been dropped on Washington.”

For the next several days Wedemeyer almost wished a bomb had been dropped and had landed on him. He was the chief suspect in the leak of Rainbow Five, which within the closed doors of the War Department was called the Victory Program. He had strong ties to America First, the leading antiwar group in the nation. Both he and his father-in-law, Lt. Gen. Stanley D. Embick, were known to be opponents of Roosevelt’s foreign policy, which they thought was leading the United States into a premature and dangerous war. . . .

. . . . Later in this tumultuous morning two FBI agents appeared in Wedemeyer’s office and examined the contents of his safe. Their eyes widened when they discovered a copy of the Victory Program with everything that had appeared in the newspapers underlined. The sweating Wedemeyer explained that he had just done the underlining to get a clear idea of how much had been revealed. The two agents began an interrogation of Wedemeyer and other Army and Navy officers that continued for months.

Several Army staff officers said they strongly suspected Wedemeyer of being the leaker. An anonymous letter, obviously written by an insider and addressed to the Secretary of War, accused him and General Embick. Wedemeyer’s prospects grew even bleaker when the FBI discovered he had recently deposited several thousand dollars in the Riggs National Bank in Washington. He explained it was an inheritance and went on manfully to admit to the FBI that he knew Gen. Robert E. Wood, Charles A. Lindbergh, and other leaders of America First and agreed with some of their views. He often attended America First meetings, although never in uniform. . . .

. . . . On December 7, 1941, the question of Rainbow Five’s impact on American politics became moot. Japanese planes swooped out of the dawn sky to devastate the American fleet at Pearl Harbor. The Victory Program had envisaged devoting almost all of America’s military strength to defeating Hitler. Japan, in that scenario, was to be handled by defensive strategies short of war. . . .

In and Out of Hollywood: A Biographer’s Memoir by Charles Higham; p. 212. [45]

EXCERPT: . . . . [Burton Wheeler], seeing the plan as a breach of neutrality and proof of Roosevelt’s illegal and supraconstitutional behavior, in turn took the plan to another isolationist, Robert R. McCormick, owner and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, who at once published it on the front page.

Simultaneously, McCormick sent the plan to Hitler by Western Union. Hitler met with Joachim von Ribbentrop, his foreign minister, and asked him if the existence of the plan called for immediate action. . . .

“How Team of Geeks Cracked Spy Trade” by Siobhan Ghorban; The Wall Street Journal; 9/4/2009. [43]

EXCERPT: . . . Palantir CEO Mr. Karp says such criticism doesn’t trouble him. He says the company is already expanding rapidly.

Palantir’s roots date back to 2000, when Mr. Karp returned to the U.S. after living for years in Frankfurt, where he earned his doctorate in German social philosophy and discovered a talent for investing. He reconnected with a buddy from Stanford Law School, Peter Thiel, the billionaire founder of online payment company PayPal.

In 2003, Mr. Thiel pitched an idea to Mr. Karp: Could they build software that would uncover terror networks using the approach PayPal had devised to fight Russian cybercriminals?

PayPal’s software could make connections between fraudulent payments that on the surface seemed unrelated. By following such leads, PayPal was able to identify suspect customers and uncover cybercrime networks. The company saw a tenfold decrease in fraud losses after it launched the software, while many competitors struggled to beat back cheaters.

Mr. Thiel wanted to design software to tackle terrorism because at the time, he says, the government’s response to issues like airport security was increasingly “nightmarish.” The two launched Palantir in 2004 with three other investors, but they attracted little interest from venture-capital firms. The company’s $30 million start-up costs were largely bankrolled by Mr. Thiel and his own venture-capital fund.

They modeled Palantir’s culture on Google’s, with catered meals of ahi tuna and a free-form 24-hour workplace wired so 16 people can play the Halo video game. The kitchen is stocked by request with such items as Pepto Bismol and glass bottles of Mexican Coca Cola sweetened with sugar not corn syrup. The company recently hosted its own battle of the bands.

One of the venture firms that rejected Palantir’s overtures steered the company to In-Q-Tel, a nonprofit venture-capital firm established by the CIA a decade ago to tap innovation that could be used for intelligence work. As Silicon Valley’s venture funding dries up, In-Q-Tel says it has seen a surge of requests from start-ups in the last year or so, many of which now see the government as an alternate money stream.

In-Q-Tel invested about $2 million in Palantir and provided a critical entreé to the CIA and other agencies. For his first spy meeting in 2005, Mr. Karp shed his track suit for a sports coat. He arrived at an agency — he won’t say which one — and was immediately “freaked out” by security officers guarding the building with guns. In a windowless, code-locked room, he introduced himself to the first official he met: “Hi, I’m Alex Karp,” Mr. Karp said, offering his hand. No response. “I didn’t know you really don’t ask their names,” he says now.

Mr. Karp showed the group a prototype. The software was similar to PayPal’s fraud-detection system. But instead of identifying and connecting cyber criminals, it focused on two hypothetical terror suspects and followed their activities, including travel and money transfers.

After the demo, he was peppered with skeptical questions: Is anyone at your company cleared to work with classified information? Have you ever worked with intelligence agencies? Do you have senior advisers who have worked with intelligence agencies? Do you have a sales force that is cleared to work with classified information? The answer every time: no.

But the group was sufficiently intrigued by the demo, and In-Q-Tel arranged for Palantir engineers to meet directly with intelligence analysts, to help build a comprehensive search tool from scratch. . . .