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As far as working for, or dealing with the Nazis, IBM is probably as good or better than most corporations doing business in the USA.   Many of the existing corporations that got their start after World War II cannot be matched when it comes to ill intent.   It's always good to know about a corporation's history.   In today's world, as in yesterday's, corporations operate for profit, exclusively, and their only loyalty is to money.   They are not concerned, and never have been concerned, with whom, or where, they are doing business.

As the book carefully explains, this has been the case ever since corporations first came into existence.   See, for example, how Rockefeller, Gould and others obtained their first fortunes during the Civil War -- by buying defective rifles that blew up when fired by the Union soldiers to whom they were eventually issued.   Rockefeller and Gould bought these defective rifles for pennies on the   dollar, then shipped them to other areas of the country so that they could be sold back to the Army at their face value -- at a huge mark-up -- for use by Union soldiers on the front, with huge numbers of injuries to the soldiers who fired them, probably causing defeat in any number of their battles with the Confederacy.

Still more evidence of US corporate involvement with the Nazis

According to Anthony Sampson's book    The Sovereign State of ITT ,  one of the first US businessmen Hitler received after taking power in 1933 was  Sosthenes Behn , then the CEO of ITT, and his German representative, Henry Mann.   Antony C. Sutton , in his book Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler, informs us that ITT subsidiaries made cash payments to  SS  leader Heinrich Himmler .

ITT, through its subsidiary The Lorenz Company, owned 25% of   Focke-Wulf , the German aircraft manufacturer, builder of some of the most successful  Luftwaffe   fighter aircraft .   In the 1960s, ITT Corporation quite incredibly won $27 million in compensation for damage inflicted on its share of the Focke-Wulf plant by  Allied  bombing during   World War II .   In addition, Sutton's book uncovers that ITT owned Huth and Company, G.m.b.H. of   Berlin , which made  radio  and  radar  parts that were used in equipment for the   Wehrmacht .

Excerpt From Sampson's book

"After Pearl Harbor, at meetings with Kurt von Schroder and Behn in Switzerland, Westrick nervously admitted he had run into a problem. Wilhelm Ohnesorge, the elderly minister in charge of post offices, who was one of the first fifty Nazi party members, was strongly opposed to ITT's German companies continuing to function under New York management in time of war.   Behn told Westrick to use Schroder and the protection of the Gestapo against Ohnesorge.   In return, Behn guaranteed that ITT would substantially increase its payments to the Gestapo through the so-called Circle of Friends.

"A special board of trustees was set up by the German government to cooperate with Behn and his thirty thousand staff in Occupied Europe.   Ohnesorge savagely fought these arrangements and tried to obtain the support of Himmler.   However, Schroder had Himmler's ear, and so, of course, did his close friend and associate Walter Schellenberg.   Ohnesorge appealed directly to Hitler and condemned Westrick as an American sympathizer.   However, Hitler realized the importance of ITT to the German economy and proved supportive of Behn.   Thus, an American corporation literally entered into partnership with the Nazi government in time of war."   Source Article

    ITT's role in the overthrow of Salvador Allende through the fascist military coup that brought Augusto Pinochet   to power is proof, if any were needed, that Nazi-allied corporadoes don't change their spots.

Another clue about what might be in store for us

"Our" Congress recently passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a 283-to-136 vote.   190 Republicans and 93 Democrats voted for; 43 Republicans and 93 Democrats voted "against." Prepare to be arrested, without charge, simply because someone "up there" believes or says you engage in "terroristy" stuff.   Good luck proving them wrong.

It passed the Senate in slightly different form, 93 to 7.   Three Democrats, three Republicans and one Independent (no, not Lieberman) voted for this egregious abuse of power;   Obama put the word out that it encroached on his sovereign powers, and said he'd veto it.   But according to Sen. Carl Levin, who with McCain authored the bill, it was Obama who insisted on all the most draconian provisions, so it is hard to see why he would veto it.   Although it is in blatant violation of the Constitution, the presently constituted Supreme Court, including Obama's two appointees, is highly unlikely to ameliorate the worst provisions.   After all, the repeal of habeas corpus, the "bulwark" of English common law for over 700 years, took place in 2006-7 with neither the press, the public, not the courts so much as raising a metaphorical eyebrow.

And, if you haven't done so already, listen     to Rob Kall's Bottom Up Radio Show Podcast in which he interviews Constitutional Attorney Bruce Fein, who says that the NDAA is an "unprecedented intrusion that has begun to be used to destroy what we are as a republic and as a nation.

Finally, watch this brilliantly simple cartoon clip   that explains how our democracy has to a large extent temporarily been taken away from us and how we can get it back.

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