Wednesday, 17 January 2007


Ken Berwitz

Sometimes no commentary is needed.  This is one of those times.  Please read the following:

Exclusive: Jimmy Carter Interceded on Behalf of Nazi SS Guard

18:45 Jan 17, '07 / 27 Tevet 5767


by Ezra HaLevi


 A former U.S. Justice Department official disclosed to Arutz-7 that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's advocacy extended beyond the Palestinians, when he interceded on behalf of a Nazi SS man. 


 Neil Sher, a veteran of the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Special Investigation, described a letter he received from Carter in 1987 in an interview with Israel National Radio's Tovia Singer. The letter, written and signed by Carter, asked that Sher show "special consideration" for a man proven to have murdered Jews in the Mauthausen death camp in Austria.


"In 1987, Carter had been out of office for seven years or so," Sher recalled. "It was a very active period for my office. We had just barred Kurt Waldheim - he was then president of Austria and former head of the United Nations - from entering the U.S. because of his Nazi past and his involvement in the persecution of civilians during the war. We had just deported an Estonian Nazi Commandant back to the Soviet Union after a bruising battle after which we were attacked by Reagan White House Communications Director Patrick Buchanan.


"Also around that time, in the spring of 1987, we deported a series of SS guards from concentration camps, whose names nobody would know. One such character we sent back to Austria was a man named Martin Bartesch."


Bartesch, who had immigrated to the U.S. and lived in Chicago, admitted to Shers office and the court that he had voluntarily joined the Waffen SS and had served in the notorious SS Death's Head Division at the Mauthausen concentration camp where, at the hands of Bartesch and his cohorts, many thousands of prisoners were gassed, shot, starved and worked to death. He also confessed to having concealed his service at the infamous camp from U.S. immigration officials.


"We had an extraordinary piece of evidence against him - a book that was kept by the SS and captured by the American armed forces when they liberated Mauthausen," Sher said. "We called it the death book. It was a roster that the Germans required them to keep that identified SS guards as they extended weapons to murder the inmates and prisoners."


An entry in the book for October 10, 1943 registered the shooting death of Max Oschorn, a French Jewish prisoner. His murderer was also recorded: SS guard Martin Bartesch. "It was a most chilling document," Sher recalled.


The same evidence was used by the U.S. military in postwar trials as the basis for execution or long prison sentences for many identified SS guards.


"We kicked him out and he went back to Austria . In the meantime, his family - he had adult kids - went on a campaign, also supported by his church, to try to get special treatment. In so doing they attacked the activities of our office and me personally. They claimed we used phony evidence from the Soviet Union which was nonsense. They claimed he was a young man of only 17 or 18 when he joined the Nazi forces, asking for some sympathetic treatment and defense from our office, which they claimed was just after vengeance."


The family approached several members of Congress. "The congressmen would, very understandably, forward their claims over to our office and when they learned the facts they would invariably drop the case," Sher recalled.


But there was one politician who accepted the claims without asking for any further information.


"One day, in the fall of '87, my secretary walks in and gives me a letter with a Georgia return address reading 'Jimmy Carter.' I assumed it was a prank from some old college buddies, but it wasn't. It was the original copy of the letter Barteschs daughter sent to Carter, after Bartash had already been deported.


"In the letter, she claimed we were un-American, only after vengeance, and persecuting a man for what he did when he was only 17 and 18 years old.


"I couldnt help thinking of my own father who returned home with shrapnel wounds after he joined the U.S. Army as a teenager to fight the Nazis and hit the beaches at Normandy at that same age on D-day.

"On the upper corner of the letter was a note signed by Jimmy Carter saying that in cases such as this, he wanted 'special consideration for the family for humanitarian reasons.'


"I didnt respond to the letter - the case was already over and he was out of the country - but it always stuck in my craw. A former president who didn't do what I would expect him to do - with a full staff at his disposal - to find out the facts before he took up the side of this person. But I wasnt going to pick a fight with a former president. We had enough on our plate."


Now, following Carter's book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, Sher has decided to go public with the hope that a public made aware of Carter's support and defense of a Nazi SS man will help illustrate why the arbiter of the Camp David Accords came out with a book defending the Palestinians after the landslide election of the Islamist Hamas terror group.


"It always bothered me, but I didn't go public with it until recently, when he wrote this book and let it spill out where his sentiments really lie," Sher said. "Here was Jimmy Carter jumping in on behalf of someone who did not deserve in any way, shape or form special consideration. And the things he has now said about the Jewish lobby really exposes where his heart really lies."



Ken Berwitz

Yesterday I blogged about Dennis Kucinich, the leftwing nutcake congressperson from Ohio, and his stated intent to make the airwaves "fair" by negating the decisions of listeners (i.e. by artificially propping up leftwing news/commentary shows despite their failure in the free marketplace). 

Kucinich, who is being handed a subcommittee on FCC matters, said it in these exact words:  "We are now in a position to move a progressive agenda to where it is visible".  In other words, we're supposed to believe that "progressive" shows haven't been visible until now, not that they have been fully visible but viewers/listeners prefer other alternatives. 

As you can see, when I call someone a leftwing nutcake I don't do it for nothing. 

The reason I am bringing this up again is because I just read a fascinating, highly effective ad that is running in TV Week and Mediaweek, both of which are out today.  Its heading is:

Congratulations To Larry King For Joining Fox News In The Top 15!

It then lists the 15 highest rated cable news programs of 2006.  As suggested by that eye-catching headline, 14 of the 15 are Fox entries.  Here they are:

     1. The O'Reilly Factor

     2. Hannity & Colmes

     3. On The Record w/Greta Van Susteren

     4. Fox Report w/Shepard Smith

     5. Special Report w/Brit Hume

     6. The O'Reilly Factor (repeat!!!)

     7. Larry King Live (CNN)

     8. The Big Story w/John Gibson

     9. Studio B w/Shepard Smith

   10. Your World w/Neil Cavuto

   11. Fox News Live

   12. Fox & Friends

   13. Fox Online

   14. Dayside

   15. Live Desk w/Martha MacCallum

Based on his blatant promise of enforced media bias, this must be a nightmare of epic proportions for Dennis Kucinich.  On cable news, as with radio, viewers have made their free market choice and the choice is for Fox News Channel -- a network he clearly reviles as rightwing trash.

What do you think Kucinich will try to do?  Force Bill O'Reilly to give a half hour of his show to keith olbermann?***  Maybe he can insist that Hannity & Colmes become Colmes & Colmes half the time.  Will Brit Hume have to be replaced by Dan Rather every other week?

Actions have consequences.  Sometimes they are good, sometimes they are bad and sometimes they are worthy of an extended stay at the nearest sanitarium.  If Dennis Kucinich actually follows through on trying to subvert the free will of radio listeners and TV viewers to his personal political agenda, maybe he needs that extended stay.


***keith olbermann is the angry Rumpelstiltskin wannabe who, after 3 1/2 years of competing against The O'Reilly Factor, barely ever hits even SECOND place in his time slot let alone anywhere near O'Reilly.  The Factor almost always triples olbermann's ratings and often quadruples them.  Olbermann isn't even in the top 15.  Nor, for that matter, is Chris Mouthews, who can't stop talking long enough for anyone else to say anything.

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