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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

Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. [2] (The flash dri­ve includes the anti-fas­cist books avail­able on this site.)

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. . . .