Archive/File: people/b/bellant.russ bellant.a01 From oneb!cs.ubc.ca!destroyer!caen!uunet!olivea!sgigate!sgi!cdp!cberlet Mon Dec 14 13:13:01 PST 1992 Article: 8144 of alt.conspiracy Path: oneb!cs.ubc.ca!destroyer!caen!uunet!olivea!sgigate!sgi!cdp!cberlet From: firstname.lastname@example.org (NLG Civil Liberties Committee) Newsgroups: alt.conspiracy Subject: Re: Bellant: Old Nazi Networks in US Message-ID: <email@example.com> Date: 12 Dec 92 02:28:00 GMT References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sender: Notesfile to Usenet Gateway
Lines: 258 Nf-ID: #R:cdp:1299600110:cdp:1299600134:000:10690 Nf-From: cdp.UUCP!cberlet Dec 11 18:28:00 1992 /* Written 9:11 pm Dec 8, 1992 by cberlet in igc:publiceye */ /* Written 8:30 pm Dec 6, 1992 by cberlet in igc:p.news */ /* Written 7:35 pm Mar 7, 1990 by nlgclc in igc:publiceye */ Bellant: Old Nazis/Appendix 1 The Chicago Controversy: Part One - WMAQ TV (NBC) Chicago - Evening News - Unit 5 Report - Broadcast Date: May 10, 1987 Peter Karl, Reporter Marsha Bartel, Producer Copyright 1987, WMAQ TV News All Rights Reserved Transcript prepared by Political Research Associates PETER KARL: There are many private citizens who are working hard to support the Contras. We have found some of them have ties to Nazi Germany. Working through groups who wave the banner of anti-communism, some have the ear of foreign policy makers, and some don't like to talk openly about their past. The Nicaraguan Contras needed money. So national security advisor Lt. Col. Oliver North made it his job to get it. And, according to the Tower Commission report, North turned to this man, retired General John Singlaub, for help. [Screen: 1985] JOHN SINGLAUB: I represent hundreds of thousands of Americans who are sympathetic to your cause, and want to help. PETER KARL: In 1985, Singlaub promised the Nicaraguan Contras the backing of the Americans. He turned to a private network of anti-communist organizations for help--some right here in Chicago. [Screen: DR. ALEXANDER RONNETT, CONTRA FUNDRAISER] ALEXANDER RONNETT: I consider myself a freedom fighter. PETER KARL: Dr. Alexander Ronnett is a Chicago area doctor. He is actively involved in a number of anti-communist groups working for the Contras. ALEXANDER RONNETT: If they do want to struggle for liberty, they deserve the help of anybody that understands the situation politically. PETER KARL: Ronnett provided both moral and financial support to the Contras. He travelled overseas to raise money. His journey brought him into the offices of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, and into the White House. PETER KARL: Have you ever been invited to the White House? ALEXANDER RONNETT: Many times, yes. PETER KARL: For briefings? ALEXANDER RONNETT: Yes, almost every month...twice... PETER KARL: On national security and all that sort of stuff? ALEXANDER RONNETT: Yes. PETER KARL: You've been invited? ALEXANDER RONNETT: Yes. PETER KARL: For what purpose? ALEXANDER RONNETT: To attend, to be briefed on certain situations... (fade under) PETER KARL: But who is Dr. Alexander Ronnett? A Unit 5 investigation reveals that he belongs to a controversial organization that dates back to the days before World War II. It was called the Legion of the Archangel Michael. According to these counterintelligence reports, it was an extreme right, shock organization that used criminal means to achieve its goals. It was labeled as anti-Semitic and fascist. The Legion was also known as the Iron Guard. It began in Romania in the 1930's. Its members swore blood oaths in support of its leaders. The goal of the Iron Guard was to purify the Romanian race; and to that end, the Guard supported the Nazis--and worked to rid Romania of communists and Jews. Efraim Zuroff is with the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Israel. EFRAIM ZUROFF: They were very xenophobic, very anti-Semitic. Their agenda was the exclusion of Jews, from Romanian politics, from Romanian life...they viewed the Jews as an enemy. PETER KARL: According to this document from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Dr. Alexander Ronnett's name is on the list of Iron Guard members who were active during World War II. The list was turned over to the Justice Department. The Justice Department says it could not comment specifically on the report. [Screen shows list of names): Dr. Alexandru Ronette-Rahmistriuc] ALEXANDER RONNETT: You can put a lot of things on paper, you can make a lot of accusations--and it is how you resolve them, that is the essence. And as it stands today, in my opinion the Justice Department of the United States is the injustice department. PETER KARL: Ronnett says he never was a member of the Legionnaires in Romania, but admits to being a strong supporter of the Legionnaires today. His office is lined with symbols representing the Legion. Ronnett says he's rewriting history to favor his point of view. His books talk about the Jewish menace in Romania in the 1930's and 40's. Quote: "Because their exclusive and hoarding mentality had broken the financial and commercial equilibrium of the country and because by means of corruption and hidden pressures, the Jewish community had become a veritable state within a state." ALEXANDER RONNETT: Economy and politics go hand in hand, you cannot separate them. So who has the money, who has the economical power, will control the political arena, too. PETER KARL: So you wanted to limit the number of Jews who were in power? ALEXANDER RONNETT: That's right...or...not eliminate them. It's just curtail their influence...economical influence. PETER KARL: You should know that Dr. Ronnett was very active in the Reagan/Bush campaign in 1984, but he has taken an autographed picture of President Reagan off his wall because he disagrees now with the President's handling of the Iran-Contra affair. Those involved in the Chicago Controversy are small in number, and we don't mean or intend to paint ethnic groups with the broad brush of anti-Semitism or fascism. Tomorrow at ten, more on the Chicago Controversy, and the Nazi connection. The Chicago Controversy: Part Two Broadcast Date: May 11, 1987 (Transition from report on Iran-Contra hearings) RON MAGERS: ...what Robert McFarlane and others did was try to find some private money to aid the Contra cause, and some of the private money, and support, came from Chicago. CAROL MARIN: Peter Karl and Unit 5 have learned the Contra connection goes from Chicago all the way back to the Nazis of World War II. Peter... PETER KARL: Carol and Ron, the Reagan Administration may be surprised to learn about the background of some of the people they did business with to deliver aid to the Contras. Go back in time 40 years to World War II. Many Eastern European countries had a common goal: stop Russia and communism, no matter what the cost. And for at least some period, many turned to the Nazis for support. Now forty years later, it's a similar story in Nicaragua. They call themselves freedom fighters, and they are vowing to stop communism, no matter what the cost. A Unit 5 investigation has found that some people with ties to Nazi Germany forty years ago are members of groups actively providing support to the Nicaraguan Contras today. Even more surprising, some of those groups are right here. [Screen: John Loftus, Former Investigator] JOHN LOFTUS: Well, the Nazis didn't go away. They are in Chicago. They are working on another covert operation... .(fade under) PETER KARL: John Loftus is a former investigator for the Justice Department. For two years he tracked down alleged Nazis living in America. JOHN LOFTUS: If we had known who John Kosiak was, he would never have set foot in America. PETER KARL: In the early years of the war, John Kosiak was an engineer in Byelorussia, an area bordered by Russia on the east and Poland on the west. When the Nazis took over, a puppet government was established. And according to this roster, John Kosiak was promoted to a leadership role in that puppet government. JOHN LOFTUS: It's the politicians like Kosiak that helped run the Nazi empire. PETER KARL: Kosiak wrote this book on the history of Byelorussia. He describes the ongoing relationship between the puppet government and the Nazis. He even shows this telegram sent to Adolph Hitler in June of 1944: "Fuehrer: ...The Byelorussian people will unbendingly fight together with the German soldiers against our common enemy--Bolshevism. We hope and believe in the final victory which under your direction will bring a happy future." It was approved by the members of the Byelorussian Congress... Kosiak among them. John Kosiak is now living in the Chicago area. JOHN LOFTUS: John Kosiak helps propagandize for the support of the Contras. PETER KARL: Kosiak refused to do an on-camera interview. But reports show he is active in several anti-communist organizations currently working to support the Nicaraguan Contras. One group is the ABN, the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations. It's a worldwide organization, and its news magazine pictures ABN leaders with some powerful politicians, such as Vice-President George Bush, and even President Ronald Reagan. JOHN LOFTUS: Backing the ABN is like hiring the Ku Klux Klan to be your consultant for school desegregation. Anyone who allows their name to be affiliated with the ABN...is going to be terribly embarrassed. PETER KARL: Why embarassed? Because according to this book, , in 1980 seven of the eleven leaders of the ABN, and several of the organizations they represent, are listed as having close ties to the Nazis. Example: the Romanian Legionnaires. US Army counterintelligence reports describe the Legion's role as Nazi collaborators during World War II. It is listed as being anti-Semitic and fascist. Dr. Alexander Ronnett, the Chicago leader of the Legion today, vehemently denies those charges, and he also says the ABN does not have any ties to the Nazis. PETER KARL: (TO RONNETT) What do you say to the people who say ABN is a collection of neo-Nazis... ALEXANDER RONNETT: Neo-Nazis... PETER KARL: ...fascists... ALEXANDER RONNETT: ...fascists, and criminals, and everything like that. I would tell them, even the [unclear] "kiss my butt," because you are an idiot, even to believe that, and mimic some other [unclear] that told you that. PETER KARL: The Chicago ABN is only a small part of the private network working to fund the Contras, and there is nothing illegal about what they are doing. But what worries John Loftus is that they are speaking for Americans. JOHN LOFTUS: There are a lot of good people in the world who are anti-communists. We don't have to resort to the dregs of humanity. PETER KARL: In fairness, we want to make it clear that the vast majority of Eastern Europeans had nothing to do with these organizations.
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