The long-awaited release of the Brereton Report on war crimes committed by elite special forces of Australia’s “Special Air Service (SAS) is finally here. You can now get your copy direct from us so you don’t have to download it from the Australian military website: Brereton Report – Heavily-Censored IGADF-Afghanistan-Inquiry-Public-Release-Version – 12.4MB .pdf
The stories of atrocities having been committed by Australia’s “elite” special forces troops in Afghanistan have been trickling out for years in the form of interviews and videos. Enraged by the leaks of war crimes committed by their most highly-respected and decorated professional killers, in 2019 the Australian capitalist state sent an Australian Federal Police (AFP) team to raid the headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) armed with search and arrest warrants for the computers, notes and persons of Samuel Clarke and Daniel Oakes – two journalists who were working on the story – as well as their editor Gaven Morris. This journalist team was accused under the police-state “Crimes Act 1914” of “publishing classified material” for producing a series of reports on the Australian military’s war crimes entitled “The Afghan Files”.
Even more outrageously, a whistleblower who helped bring these monstrous crimes to light – former Australian Army lawyer Major David McBride – now faces life in prison for courageously bringing his insider’s knowledge of the atrocities to the attention of the ABC news reporters.
Does this all sound familiar? It should ring bells here in the USA because both the Obama and Trump administrations have used very similar WWI-era laws to attack whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange for exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. For heroically standing up against US war crimes Manning was tortured while imprisoned by the US military and was reimprisoned for refusing to testify before a Grand Jury against WikiLeaks; Julian Assange was set up for bogus sex crimes charges, illegally incarcerated in an embassy for years, his rights as a political asylee wantonly trampled upon and is now languishing in high-security Belmarsh Prison in England, designed to house terrorist suspects. He is fighting extradition to the US on false charges of espionage against the US government that could bring a prison sentence of 175 years! This is how the US and its “democratic” “freedom-loving” allies treat those who dare to expose their crimes!
In both the US and Australia – and throughout the capitalist world – it has long been the practice that those who commit war crimes get medals and become national heroes while those who expose war crimes are attacked by the government and face decades in prison. The governments claim that the reason for their attacks on whistleblowers have to do with protecting “national security”; but the fact is that the real reason why they attack whistleblowers is that they don’t want you, the workers, to know anything about the horrendous crimes and their military are committing 24/7/365. “Mere” citizens, in their view, can’t be trusted with the truth – so it must be kept hidden from us. The Brereton Report, which is being touted as a golden example of government oversight and transparency is in fact almost completely censored and is an attempt at downplaying the extent of the war crimes that have been committed as well as a total exoneration of the entire upper echelons of the military command structure. According to this report, no one above the rank of sergeant is directly responsible for the atrocities! We’re supposed to believe that these crimes were being committed on a regular basis for year after year after year – and NONE of the commanders knew anything about it! It’s going to take even more courageous whistleblowers to step forward and tell the truth, because the Australian capitalist class and their military will NEVER be capable of doing it themselves!
This is why we need to get rid of this murderous money-grubbing capitalist system once and for all through workers socialist revolution. Until we, the working class, take power away from the capitalist greedheads and into our own hands permanently, these predatory wars will continue to be waged and our sons and daughters will be recruited into the military and be trained and encouraged to commit more war crimes – and will face life in prison if they dare to tell the truth about how the US capitalist class wages its wars. The capitalist system – a system under which a tiny minority of filthy rich people rob the vast majority of the people blind in the name of “freedom” and “democracy” – can not tolerate people who seek to expose the mountains of lies that are absolutely necessary to keep this fundamentally corrupt system in existence and its thieving, bloodthirsty capitalist class micro-minority in power.
If you have information about war crimes in Afghanistan – or anywhere else – that you want to expose you can send your info securely to WikiLeaks at https://wikileaks.org/#submit
Drop all the charges against David McBride! Free Julian Assange! Telling the truth is not a crime! Down with censorship: release the full and uncensored version of the Brereton Report!
— FoWL Chicago
[MOST RECENT UPDATE 4 SEPTEMBER 2020]
[UPDATED 16 AUGUST 2020: CIA cryptonym info added; extensive biographical info on some of von Bolschwing’s fascist Romanian Iron Guard co-conspirators; several new von Bolschwing docs added. UPDATED: 11/12 August 2020 with declassified CIA “Studies In Intelligence” article from 1998: “Prussian Nobleman, SS Officer, and CIA Agent: The Case of Otto Albrecht Alfred von Bolschwing” by Kevin C. Ruffner and a first-person account of how US military intelligence secured the services of top Nazi Military Intelligence chief Reinhard Gehlen and his fascist “Gehlen Organization.”]
It is a well-known fact that at the end of WWII the United States Government and its “intelligence agencies”, seeking to destroy the Soviet Union and to prevent the Communist Parties of Western Europe from being voted into power due to the enormous respect they had attained as leaders of the anti-fascist Resistance in WWII, recruited some of the worst Nazi war criminals as “freedom fighters” and intelligence agents. In recent decades the documentary proof of just to what extent the agents of the “Free World(TM)” conspired with the agents of Nazi Germany to get this job done have begun to be revealed. This blows away the prevailing myth spread by OSS and, later, the CIA and its apologists – in the US and elsewhere – that the OSS and CIA were created and led by “honorable men” working to defend “freedom” and “democracy” against “the forces of totalitarianism”. The US capitalist class and their “Deep State” have always allied themselves with the most “totalitarian” governments on Earth – provided that they were “pro-capitalist” totalitarians – like Hitler’s Nazis.
Here we examine the case of one Baron Otto von Bolschwing – a “former” German SS-Hauptsturmführer in the Nazi Sicherheitsdienst (SD) According to George Washington University’s National Security Archive “Bolschwing ‘had been [convicted and executed SS War Criminal Adolf] Eichmann’s tutor on Zionism and the politics of Zionism in the mid-1930s and then his ally in persecuting the Jews of Austria'”. Bolschwing was also the SS man working with the fascist Iron Guard of Romania during the war and had helped several of its leaders escape to Germany to avoid arrest after they had committed the infamous Bucharest pogrom of January 1941.
When the OSS and CIA first encountered von Bolschwing (perhaps as early as June, 1945 – just one month after the Nazi surrender) he was working with Nazi Military Intelligence General Reinhard Gehlen, who had maintained his entire Nazi “Foreign Armies East” (FHO) intelligence organization intact – records, staff and all. US military intelligence immediately acquired Gehlen, his staff and all his intelligence records and brought them all to Washington in August of 1945 (it’s not clear if von Bolschwing made this trip but he probably did not). [ See Report of Initial Contacts with General Gehlen’s Organization by John R Boker Jr May 1 1952]
By February, 1950, von Bolschwing transferred from the Gehlen Organization to the US Central Intelligence Agency; during his time working for the CIA in Europe he was magically transformed into a member of the anti-Nazi Resistance so that he could emigrate to the USA where he enjoyed a successful and lucrative career as both a businessman and sometime CIA operative. The Office of Strategic Services (OSS, wartime precursor to the CIA) prevented him from being arrested as a war criminal by the Soviets and the Austrians; later the CIA concocted a false biography for him in order to obtain de-Nazification papers from the Austrian Government and to get the US Immigration and Naturalization Service to allow him to enter the USA legally and become a US citizen.
Having been deliberately misled by US intelligence agencies for decades about von Bolschwing’s Nazi past, the US Department of Justice did not file charges against him until 1979, by which time he was so aged and infirm that the hearings had to be postponed. He died in a California nursing home in 1982.
This story is the common story of how the US Government helped perhaps hundreds of high-ranking Nazi war criminals evade prosecution for their crimes and enjoy long and often quite prosperous lives in the US and other countries around the world – often in the employment of the very US intelligence agencies that conspired to set them free.
This is a sample of the over 300 documents we have found on the CIA’s “Freedom of Information Act Reading Room” regarding SS-Hauptsturmführer von Bolschwing’s long career as top Nazi, OSS man and CIA agent. We may be adding more if we find any particularly intriguing ones. All of these documents are now hosted on our own website so you don’t have to surf to the CIA’s website to obtain them. They’ve also been backed up to the Internet Archive.
CIA cryptonyms used in these docs:
CIC: US Army’s Counter-Intelligence Corps
CID: US Army’s Criminal Investigative Division
DYCLEMATIS: CIA Office of Special Operations
GROOVY: CIA cable indicator for Austrian intelligence operations
GROSSBAHN: one of von Bolschwing’s CIA cover names. Others include USAGE and UNREST
GRUESOME: Detachment 35 of G-2 US Forces Austria (Det 35 G-2 USFA).
KUBARK: US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); CIA Headquarters, Langley, Virginia
LCFLUTTER: CIA code for a polygraph examination.
ODACID: US Embassy and/or US Dept. of State. If used in relation to a US embassy it likely refers to the embassy of the country being referred to in the document.
ODEUM: refers to the Nazi War Criminal-run Gehlen Organization, founding organization of the new West German Fourth Reich’s spy agency Bundesnachrichtendienst (Federal Intelligence Service aka BND).
ODIBEX: US Army
ODURGE: the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
OSS: Office of Strategic Services; WWII-era precursor to CIA.
REDCAP: “In 1951, CIA launched Operation REDCAP, ‘a systematic and concentrated program of penetration and defection inducement operations directed at Soviet official installations outside the USSR.'” The main focus was on citizens of the Soviet Union working in Germany and Austria. More info from this declassified CIA ‘working paper’: Operation REDCAP – CIA AND NAZI WAR CRIM. AND COL. CHAP. 11-21, DRAFT WORKING PAPER_0003
RUSTY: Gehlen Organization. von Bolschwing was recruited from the Gehlen Organization by the CIA.
TRAJAN: CIA cryptonym for Jon Margarit, Romanian fascist Iron Guardist, born in Greece. From 1942 worked for Nazi German Intelligence in Nazi-occupied Greece; in 1947 went to work for Gehlen Organization; von Bolschwing assisted Margarit’s infiltration into Romania where he went to work for Gehlen “to get in touch with the Romanian ‘Iron Guard’ and try to win them over to active intelligence work for the West” (see CIA Files for Romanian Fascist MARGARIT, JON_0100).
UJDRUID: Romanian fascist and Iron Guard leader Constantin (sometimes “Constantine”) Papanace. Von Bolschwing worked with him as a Nazi SD/SS officer in Romania and helped him escape to Germany after the Iron Guard was outlawed. Papanace had been a secretary in the Romanian Ministry of Finance during the Legionnaire Cabinet. After the war Papanace worked in Rome where he and his Romanian fascist exile group was “supported by the Vatican”* (*see CIA Files for Romanian Iron Guard Fascist PAPANACE, CONSTANTINE_0048). He was recruited by von Bolschwing on the CIA’s behalf to run agents for the CIA against the USSR in Romania and elsewhere. The Romanian government placed Papanace on its list of wanted war criminals in February of 1945 (see CIA Files for Romanian Iron Guard Fascist PAPANACE, CONSTANTINE_0008).
UNREST: von Bolschwing CIA cover name starting in February 1950
USAGE: von Bolschwing CIA cover name
UTILITY: CIA cryptonym for Nazi Military Intelligence Chief and founder of West German secret service BND Reinhard Gehlen.
ZACABAL: The CIA.
ZACABIN: CIA Office of Special Operations (OSO)
ZIPPER: Gehlen Organization (see ODEUM)
— FoWL Chicago
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: “Prussian Nobleman, SS Officer, and CIA Agent: The Case of Otto Albrecht Alfred von Bolschwing” by Kevin C. Ruffner from 1998 edition of “Studies In Intelligence”.
Background on von Bolschwing and his efforts on behalf of Romanian fascist “Iron Guard” and likely involvement in anti-Jewish pogrom in Bucharest, Romania in January, 1941: from Wikipedia article “Iron Guard”: “Failure and Destruction”; from From Wikipedia article “Legionnaires rebellion and Bucharest pogrom”: “The Bucharest pogrom”.