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[5]COMMENT: To us, the obser­va­tions of the 20th anniver­sary of the 9/11 attacks [6] were grotesque, high­light­ing aspects of the man­i­fest fail­ure of this coun­try.

Per­haps the very embod­i­ment of that fail­ure is the iden­ti­ty of the writer who penned The New York Times’ lead sto­ry [7] on the day after the attacks.

A mem­ber of the Times’ edi­to­r­i­al board, Schme­mann is dis­cussed in FTR#782 [8].

The grand­son of a Czarist offi­cer  and the son of a Russ­ian exile who worked for Radio Lib­er­ty, Schme­mann wrote a scathing, alto­geth­er unfair review of Christo­pher Simp­son’s [9]  mas­ter­ful Blow­back [10], a book whose impor­tance could not be exag­ger­at­ed. (This work was the foun­da­tion for much of Mr. Emory’s ency­clo­pe­dic AFA#37 [11].)

Schme­man­n’s background–Czarist guard her­itage; NYT bureau chief in Bonn and Moscow dur­ing the Cold War; hit piece on the Simp­son text–suggests the pos­si­bil­i­ty that he may have links to the CIA/Gehlen milieu dis­cussed at length in Blow­back [10].

If–for the sake of argu­ment– this is in fact the case, it would not be an unprece­dent­ed state of affairs:

Wit­ness The New York Times’ use of a Third Reich alum­nus named Paul Hof­mann as a for­eign cor­re­spon­dent, begin­ning with the Gray Lady’s cov­er­age of the CIA’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the over­throw of Patrice Lumum­ba.

The Dev­il’s Chess­board: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of Amer­i­ca’s Secret Gov­ern­ment by David Tal­bot; Harp­er [HC]; 2015; Copy­right 2015 by The Tal­bot Play­ers LLC; ISBN 978–0‑06–227616‑2; pp. 383–384. [12]

 . . . . As the Con­go cri­sis reached its cli­max, a new cor­re­spon­dent for The New York Times showed up in Leopoldville with a dis­tinct­ly anti-Lumum­ba bias. Paul Hof­mann was a diminu­tive, sophis­ti­cat­ed Aus­tri­an with a col­or­ful past. Dur­ing the war, he served in Rome as a top aide to the noto­ri­ous Nazi gen­er­al Kurt Malz­er, who was lat­er con­vict­ed of the mass mur­der of Ital­ian par­ti­sans. At some point, Hof­mann became an informer for the Allies, and after the war he became close­ly asso­ci­at­ed with Jim Angle­ton. The Angle­ton fam­i­ly helped place Hof­mann in the Rome bureau of The New York Times, where he con­tin­ued to be of use to his friends in U.S. intel­li­gence, trans­lat­ing reports from con­fi­den­tial sources inside the Vat­i­can and pass­ing them along to Angle­ton. Hof­mann became one of the Times’s lead­ing for­eign cor­re­spon­dents, even­tu­al­ly tak­ing over the news­pa­per’s Rome bureau and para­chut­ing from time to time into inter­na­tion­al hot spots like the Con­go. . . .

[13]Chron­i­cling aspects of this fail­ure, Mr. Emory’s many pro­grams on the 9/11 deba­cle bear sor­ry wit­ness to the total fail­ure of this soci­ety. 

A few “low­lights,” as it were: