By VICTORIA JONES
Talk Radio News Service
WASHINGTON – In a report triggered by an AP investigation, the top watchdog at the Social Security Administration found the agency paid $20.2 million in benefits to more than 130 suspected Nazi war criminals, SS guards and others who may have participated in the Third Reich’s atrocities during World War II. The payments are far greater than previously estimated and occurred between February 1962 and January 2015 when a new law called the No Social Security for Nazis Act kicked in and ended retirement benefits for four beneficiaries.
The American public had no idea about the size of the influx of Nazi persecutors into the U.S., with estimates ranging as high as 10,000. Many lied about their Nazi pasts to get into the U.S. and even became American citizens. They got jobs and didn’t say much about what they did during the war.
But the U.S. was slow to react. It wasn’t until 1979 that a special Nazi-hunting unit, the Office of Special Investigations, was created within the Justice Department. AP found that Justice used a legal loophole to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. in exchange for Social Security benefits. If they agreed to go voluntarily, or simply fled the country before being deported, they could keep their benefits.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu uses the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day to compare Iran to the Nazis.
Here’s the story.
The story which causes us to ask this question is about a Nazi-era expert who – while working on a documentary for the BBC – was told – he claims – by the network – that information about his discovery of hundreds of suspected Nazis should not be turned over to authorities. There is a debate in this decree as well of course. What is the responsibility of the filmmaker, working on behalf of the network? Is it to report what he believes he discovered? Or is it to adhere to standards that suggest his job is to report through his work. And not do the job of authorities.
But it also raises a secondary question. If he can find these alleged Nazis, why can’t(or won’t) the authorities?
Continue reading If a BBC filmmaker can find hundreds of suspected Nazi war criminals, why can’t the authorities?
By JAMES CULLUM
Talk Radio News Service
CAPITOL HILL – The House and Senate have crafted bills that will deny former Nazis and Nazi collaborators from collecting Social Security benefits.
“It’s unacceptable that some of the most heinous perpetrators of war crimes are receiving Social Security benefits on account of a loophole,” Rep. Michael Becerra (D-CA), ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement. ”Social Security must be preserved for hard-working individuals who’ve earned it, not for participants in the atrocities of the Holocaust. The horrific crimes of the Holocaust must never be forgiven or forgotten.”
There are dozens of former Nazis who have collected millions in Social Security payments, according to the Associated Press.
The House legislation would:
Reaffirm the longstanding American view that Nazi perpetrators of the Holocaust engaged in a uniquely horrifying form of evil, and that the genocide they committed must be punished.
Amend the law to stop benefit payments to those stripped of U.S. citizenship due to participation in Nazi activities or who voluntarily renounced their citizenship due to such participation. (Those who are judicially deported are already ineligible for Social Security under current law.)
Require a report to Congress on the number of Nazis whose benefits have been terminated by the Social Security Administration.
The turmoil and uncertainty in Ukraine has spawned disturbing developments not involving Ukrainians nor Russians. Neo-Nazis, from Europe, have gone to Kiev. Their stated goal: save the white race.
Meanwhile, Viktor Yanokovych, the deposed president of Ukraine, speaking in Russia and in Russian, says he is still the leader of his country and that he fled, not because he was overthrown but because he was in fear for is life. The news conference, his first public appearance in days, comes as armed men surround one airport and occupy a second in Ukraine’s Crimea. Ukrainian officials claim Russia is behind the move.