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KGB Chieftain Finds Home at Homeland Security

From earlier this year, but worthwhile reposting. "Primakov has allegedly been hired to oversee the issuing of federal IDs. Now that the new Intelligence Reform Act has passed, (uniform) federal standards will be required for licenses within two years. All the citizens personal, credit and biometric history will be stored on one small document. No one will drive a car or get on a plane without one. Don't leave home without it, or else."
KGB Chieftain Finds Home at Homeland Security
by Mike Whitney
www.dissidentvoice.org
January 21, 2005

"Security and liberty go hand-in-hand. Members of Congress, like too many Americans, don't understand that society with no constraints on its government cannot be secure. History proves that societies crumble when governments become more powerful than the people and private institutions." [1]

--Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas)


Why would Homeland Security hire former Stasi chief Markus Wolfe and former head of the KGB General Yevgeni Primakov?

Is this part of the Bush anti-terror strategy? After all, Wolfe is the man who is credited with building up the feared East German secret police that was responsible for the disappearance and deaths of thousands of citizens. And, Primakov's record is not any better. As skipper of the KGB he was driving force behind the machinery of state terror; a legacy that still has a chilling affect on many Russians.

Now, apparently, they've found a new place to hang their hats at Homeland Security. Or have they? Perhaps, the numerous stories on the internet are just fabrications intended to mislead independent research. That's certainly one possibility. But, consider this; for those who have followed the activities of the current administration (the torture, the deception, the death squads, the destruction of Falluja) stories like this are difficult to discount. As a matter of fact, the hiring of Primakov and Wolfe seems fairly consistent with the long-term goals of the Bush team.

We already know that there's a power struggle within the government from the number of top agents who have been jettisoned at the CIA. Why not develop a new Security apparatus under the auspices of a proven loyalist like Michael Chertoff? (the new appointee at Homeland Security) That would require the expertise of a couple of old pros who can help-out with the basics and get the machinery of state repression clanking along?

The move is not unprecedented either. As Noam Chomsky points out, in SS officer Klaus Barbie, "The Butcher of Lyon" was employed by the US Army after WW2 to "spy on the French." [2] Col. Eugene Kolb of Army counterintelligence later admitted that Barbie's "skills were badly needed... His activities had been directed against the underground French Communist party and the resistance' who were targeted for repression by the American liberators". ("What Uncle Sam Really Wants") Other Nazi leaders were also used in counterintelligence operations in Italy. They were regarded as "specialists in anti-resistance activities."

Primakov has allegedly been hired to oversee the issuing of federal IDs. Now that the new Intelligence Reform Act has passed, (uniform) federal standards will be required for licenses within two years. All the citizens personal, credit and biometric history will be stored on one small document. No one will drive a car or get on a plane without one. Don't leave home without it, or else.

The new federal ID will be required in all financial transactions. Details will be electronically transferred to Office of Internal Security (which falls under the authority of Homeland Security), which will keep "threat files" on each citizen. Ultimately, the ID will be used as an "internal passport" (Primakov's words) so the government can keep tabs on the movements of every citizen; to keep us safe, of course.

Sound Orwellian? This is what our "freedom loving" Congressmen and Senators overwhelmingly supported in the Intelligence Reform Act. Most of its provisions were written nearly a full year earlier as part of Patriot Act 2. It slipped by the media without a whimper of dissent. There's also plenty of "enhanced powers" for the President; like the ability to incarcerate suspects indefinitely without charges. But, then, George would never abuse that authority, would he?

Apparently, there's a Patriot Act 3 in the hopper, too. Investigative journalist Al Martin believes that this new addition will be intended to "establish the internal mechanism to coordinate, as an official function of state, a system of informants."

"System of informants"? The land of the free and the home of the snitches.

This must be where a man with Markus Wolfe's unique talents fits in. As Stasi king-pin he reportedly groomed an impressive network of moles, finks and stool-pigeons. His professional know-how will probably be soothing balm to the quick-learners at Homeland Security. It's bon voyage to the enemies of the State.

Of course, all of this could just be more paranoid, conspiratorial claptrap?

After sitting through 45 minutes of President Windy's delusional ramblings of "global liberation", that seems rather unlikely. Our national nightmare is grounded in some very real changes in the law, and we already know how far these people will go.

The political remedies to the Bush onslaught are diminishing by the day and the observations of Texas congressman Ron Paul are looking increasingly more prophetic. Paul said, "Those who believe a police-state can't happen here are poor students of history. Every government, democratic or not, is capable of tyranny. We must understand this if we hope to remain a free people."

Mike Whitney lives in Washington state, and can be reached at:  fergiewhitney@msn.com.

REFERENCES

Thanks to Al Martins, "Get Ready for the USSA" (United Soviet States of America), Behind the scenes in the Beltway (www.almartinraw.com)

[1] Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) "It Can't Happen Here"

[2] Noam Chomsky, What Uncle Sam Really Wants (Odonian Press, 1992), page 18.

Other Articles by Mike Whitney

homepage: homepage: http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Whitney0121.htm


!!! 06.Jun.2005 13:26

no id

We need to get after our state legislators about this. I don't know two people who are for it, though I'm sure there are some idiots out there. What are they going to do? Quit sending our tax money back to us? Maybe we should do a bit of that on our own and not send it in the first place. Then what will they do? Send the militia? Let 'em. It's time to get this shit started anyways. It's maybe gone too far for even the ideological righties who aren't on the payroll in one manner or another.

I thought this was old news 06.Jun.2005 13:47

009

I am pretty sure this was news over two years ago. Maybe he finally just got on the payroll. During the invasion of Iraq I was posting news that one of the top former KGB was being consulted and on the payroll. The following are recent articles I found..

 http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Whitney0121.htm
 http://www.impeach-bush-now.org/Articles/Americans/USSA.htm

ex Stasi 06.Jun.2005 13:55

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did not realise the post before that i did was of the same web adress

but here is some more stuff

Ex-Stasi Spy Chief Markus Wolf Hired By Homeland Security?

| December 6 2004 |

Political analyst Al Martin, who has in the past proven accurate in getting ahead of the news curve, is reporting that Homeland Security have hired former Stasi head, the 'Silver Fox' Markus Wolf.

Martin states,

"Wolf is the man that effectively built the East German state intelligence operation's internal directorate," Martin continues. "He turned half the population into informants. That is his specialty, is taking a population, constructing the various state divisions, mechanisms of control, in order to organize informants within the population. That is his real specialty. And that is precisely, as Primakov has intimated, why Wolf is being brought in. The regime knows that once all of Patriot II is in law and they begin working on Patriot III, they will then begin to establish the internal mechanism to coordinate, as an official function of state, a system of informants. Wolf's speciality was to turn East Germany into the greatest and most efficient informant state ever created."

On a radio appearance earlier today Martin stated that the admission that Wolf would be hired was made in a BBC radio interview given by the former head of the KGB, General Yevgeni Primakov.

Martin had previously reported that Primakov had been hired as a consultant by the US Department of Homeland Security to implement CAPPS II and the national iD card system which he dubbed an 'internal passport'.

Sources close to Martin have told Alex Jones confidentially that the appointment of Wolf was also confirmed by a US Congressman.

During his radio interview, Martin outlined the immediate agenda. The remaining portions of the 9/11 Commission intelligence reccomendations which include the introduction of a national ID card would be passed and subsequently 'Patriot Act 3,' which would include the formal establishment of a Stasi-like domestic spying organisation which would be similar in scope to the TIPS program.

TIPS, which was supposedly nixed by Congress, would have recruited one in twenty-four Americans as domestic informants, a higher percentage than was used by the Stasi in East Germany.

Government funding was cut but private funding continues and the same program was intriduced under a number of sub-divisions including AmeriCorps, SecureCorps and the Highway Watch program.

After the passage of Patriot Act 3 Wolf and Primakov would be tapped for their expertise in further collapsing America into a surveillance grid police state. Primakov has openly stated that they are working on behalf of Bush and Cheney to complete the 'Sovietization of America.

 http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/december2004/061204wolfhired.htm