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Berlin’s New Anti-American Axis -- Lead by East German Joschka Fischer ... [Must Read This! ]
National Review ^ | 2/14/2003 | Ion Mihai Pacepa

Posted on 02/15/2003 12:48:44 AM PST by ex-Texan

Berlin’s New Anti-American Axis -- Lead by East German Joschka Fischer

Fischerism spreads.

By Ion Mihai Pacepa

In February 10, 2003, the government of Germany began building a new, anti-American Berlin-Moscow-Paris Axis. As one of the former Soviet bloc experts on German matters (and chief of a bloc intelligence station in West Germany), I had been waiting for something like that to happen ever since October 1998, when Joschka Fischer became Germany's foreign minister.

Fischer is an indirect product of the old anti-American intelligence community to which I once belonged. In 1975 Libya's dictator, Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, informed Romania's tyrant, Nicolae Ceausescu — through me — that he was preparing a terrorist attack against the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and asked my boss to provide him with blueprints of OPEC's temporary headquarters in Vienna. Ceausescu agreed, and the Romanian espionage service (the DIE) complied. The December 1975 takeover of OPEC's headquarters in Vienna resulted in the seizure of 60 OPEC officials and staff members as hostages. The kidnapping was organized by Qaddafi and the infamous Ilich Ramírez Sánchez — "Carlos" or "the Jackal."

Twenty-two years later, Carlos was arrested in Khartoum, Sudan, by the French counterintelligence service (DST), with whose director, Yves Bonnet, I had earlier cooperated after leaving Romania. Carlos was immediately taken to Paris, where he was charged with killing two French police officers in 1979; he was sentenced to life in prison. During interrogation, Carlos asserted that his deputy for the OPEC operation had been German terrorist Hans Joachim Klein, codenamed "Angie," who had killed an OPEC security man and an Austrian policeman during that attack. Carlos also testified that the weapons used for the OPEC operation had been kept in an apartment in Frankfurt/Main, where Klein was then living with two other "red revolutionaries" of those days, Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Joschka Fischer.

In 2000, Klein, who was a fugitive, was also arrested by the French DST. He was deported to Germany, where he was charged with abetting Carlos's OPEC terrorist operation, and he cooperated with the prosecution. According to Klein, on December 17, 1975 — four days before the attack — the terrorists led by Carlos had met with officials of the Libyan embassy in Vienna, who provided the blueprints of the building and the security details, which had been passed to them by my DIE. (The DIE had an agent in Vienna who had access to this information.) "The fact that the necessary information about the [OPEC] conference building came from Libya convinced me that the action could be carried out," Klein testified during his trial. Klein was sentenced to only nine years in prison, since he had aided investigators.

Joschka Fischer, who testified as a character witness at Klein's trial in 2001, refuted as "grotesque" the allegation that the arms used in the OPEC attack had been kept in the apartment he shared with Hans Joachim Klein and Daniel Cohn-Bendit (currently a member of the European Parliament). I have reason to question Fischer's statement. In a January 1976 thank-you message to Ceausescu — also sent through me — Qaddafi had emphasized that Carlos's OPEC operation would not have been possible without the help of the DIE (which had provided the blueprints of OPEC headquarters) and a "West German revolutionary group in Frankfurt/Main" (which had provided Carlos with both manpower and arms). (In giving me the message, Qaddafi, who knew I had at one time been stationed in Frankfurt/Main as chief of the DIE's West German station, specifically called my attention to the mention of "your" Frankfurt.)

After Carlos was arrested by the DST, German journalist Bettina Roehl (daughter of the late Ulrike Meinhof, co-leader of the terrorist Baader-Meinhof organization) revealed that Fischer did indeed belong to a Frankfurt/Main terrorist group during the 1970s. She also provided pictures showing a helmeted Fischer beating a German police officer during an April 7, 1973, violent demonstration in Frankfurt/Main. The pictures show Fischer fighting side by side with Klein, Carlos's deputy in the 1975 attack on the OPEC headquarters in Vienna. In 2002, after these photographs had been authenticated by the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Fischer publicly apologized to the beaten police officer. Bettina Roehl also disclosed that Fischer had been the main advocate of using petrol bombs in a 1976 demonstration in which a policeman almost died of terrible burns. This information was also vehemently denied by the German foreign minister.

Veteran German terrorist Margrit Schiller asserted in her book Es war ein harter Kampf um meine Erinnerung that in the 1970s, Fischer had been in contact with illegal members of the Red Army Faction (RAF) in Frankfurt/Main (a terrorist organization my DIE station was at the time supporting with information and money), and that he had thrown stones at representatives of West Germany's pro-American government. Once again, Fisher has denied both accusations. But Schiller, who in the 1970s belonged to the RAF, remembers staying in 1973 at the Frankfurt apartment of "Herr Fischer and Daniel Cohn-Bendit," having breakfast with Fischer, and going on a pub crawl with him. In October 2002, Fischer was asked by a German prosecutor about this statement — but he dodged the question, replying simply that his flat had not been a hostel for terrorists.

A 1997 semi-official biography of Joschka Fischer, by Sibylle Krause-Burger, indirectly confirms that Fischer was also involved in hurling stones at West German authorities. These were not spontaneous demonstrations — they were all financed by the Soviet bloc foreign-intelligence community, including my own DIE when I was at its helm. Krause-Burger's book describes how, in a public debate held in 1974 with the Young Socialist functionary Kartsen Voight, Fischer defended throwing stones at the "representatives of the system" as being a legitimate defense against the tyranny of the (West German) government. It is significant that Voight is now responsible for relations with the U.S. in Fischer's ministry of foreign affairs.

It may never be possible to prove "beyond the shadow of a doubt" Joschka Fischer's connection with the Soviet KGB, but I do know that the KGB — and my DIE — was financing West Germany's anti-American terrorist movements in the 1970s, while I was still in Romania. Fischer's evidently ingrained anti-Americanism is now spreading throughout the German government, and beyond. This is a monumental display of ingratitude to the 405,399 American soldiers who gave their lives to defeat Berlin's old Axis, as well as to the millions of American taxpayers who spent trillions of dollars to rebuild Germany's war-torn economy and to protect West Germany from falling into Communist clutches.

— General Ion Mihai Pacepa is the highest-ranking intelligence officer ever to have defected from the former Soviet bloc. He is currently finishing a new book, Red Roots: The Origins of Today's Anti-Americanism.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: corruptgermany; germanyisevil; joschkafischer
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This is just too incredible. It is shocking. Germany has been taken over by corrupt idiots like Herr Schroeder and former 'red revolutionaries' like Joschka Fischer.

France is Germany and Germany is France.

1 posted on 02/15/2003 12:48:44 AM PST by ex-Texan
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To: ex-Texan
France, Germany, Belgium, and Austria--I see the old gang is getting back together.
2 posted on 02/15/2003 12:55:59 AM PST by xm177e2 (smile) :-)
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To: ex-Texan
This man, Fischer, should never have been given a visa to step on US soil for one minute. I don't know what I'm more angry about, Germany and France, or our administration's weak handling of them.
3 posted on 02/15/2003 1:03:03 AM PST by Citizen of the Savage Nation
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To: ex-Texan
When Germany reunified they took a serpent into their bosom.
4 posted on 02/15/2003 1:16:55 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: patriciaruth
Now I know why the Wall did in fact come down: The Soviets were planting a mole in Germany to take NATO down. Putin's KGB past isn't in the past - it's in the present. Russia and China are driving all that has happened since September 10, 2001 (and definitely 9/11).
5 posted on 02/15/2003 1:19:28 AM PST by 11B3 (Liberalism is merely another form of mental retardation.)
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To: Citizen of the Savage Nation
bump for follow-up. 
Socialism Sux
Socialism Sux

6 posted on 02/15/2003 1:30:17 AM PST by higgmeister
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To: 11B3
Was Gorbachov an American mole?

Was Clinton a Russian mole?

Was Gore a Chinese mole?

Is Bush a Heavenly mole?

7 posted on 02/15/2003 1:32:25 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: 11B3
Actually to give you a more obviously intelligent reply, let me say that I believe Russia's position is driven purely by their terrible economic mess and the financial realities of siding with the U.S. being a minus for them in the short run, which is the only run that matters to most politicians when your voters are in dire economic straights. This decision is not that hard as they have been long allies with Iraq and until recently were enemies with U.S. This is hard decision for Putin, as he wants to throw Russia's fate in with the West, but he is deciding "It's the economy, stupid." for the short run.

China may be an unseen hand in 9-11, one of several, including Saddam, that supported very covertly al Qaeda's terrorist attacks. And they have all the obvious motives.

The question remains if Jacques Chirac, lusting for EU primacy, may have given the nod to more than he realized and is now trying to cover his tracks.

8 posted on 02/15/2003 1:45:14 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: ex-Texan
The article mentions Ilich Ramírez Sánchez — "Carlos" or "the Jackal". There may be an interesting link between Carlos the Jackal and the precursors of today's Palestinian terrorists. To quote:

While studying at Lumumba, Ilich formed an alliance with several Palestinian students and listened attentively as they related stories of their homeland's struggle against its archenemy Israel. They spoke in glowing terms of a rebel leader who had organized a terrorist campaign to liberate Palestine. The man's name was Wadi Haddad. In partnership with George Habash, a fellow student at the American University in Beirut, Haddad had been instrumental in founding the Arab Nationalist Movement in the early 1950's. The members of the movement dedicated themselves to a campaign to take Palestine back from the Israelis. Source

Connecting the dots here could be very interesting (Fischer, France, Germany, nazis, communists, terrorists, etc.)
9 posted on 02/15/2003 1:46:08 AM PST by pt17
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To: patriciaruth
I hope your analysis is correct and not mine. I'd prepare for mine to be right, though, were I a defense planner.
10 posted on 02/15/2003 1:47:57 AM PST by 11B3 (Liberalism is merely another form of mental retardation.)
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To: 11B3; EggsAckley
There you have it in a nut shell. 'Glasnost' never was on the level. We were too easily deceived from the start. Of course, you better be careful what you say. People might begin throwing 'Tinfoil' allegations at you.

Frankly, I have read that China has smuggled thousands of covert agents into the country. Places like 'Chinatown' in San Francisco are humming with pro-PRC factions and anti-PRC factions. But their society is Chinese, and utterly inscruitable and totally corrupt.

Russians, Iraqis, aQ operatives, Germans, North Koreans, Chinese and Islamic militants just stroll into our country at will. The INS is useless and obsolete.

Mexico is filled with Islamics, Chinese and Russians. Some say they are openly training in isolated sections of the country. The Zapatistas are dealing drugs and running Chinese guns down to Mexico with help from the Mexican Mafia. The Chinese are shipping guns in through Long Beach and no one even peeks at their cargo; they have already taken over the Panama Canal.

I could go on and on ... But what do I know? I don't know 'nuthin' from nuthin.' ... I'm just a guy looking to get by day by day as best I can and savor my retirement. GWB is running the country and 'all is well.' It is in his hands now.

This time next year I may be down in Costa Rica living on the beach. Will start reviewing my German, Italian and Spanish pretty soon ... even a retired Anglo can have some fun down in sunny C.R.

11 posted on 02/15/2003 1:48:19 AM PST by ex-Texan (primates capitulards toujours en quete de fromage!)
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To: 11B3
Will Iraq be Chirac's Watergate burglary?
12 posted on 02/15/2003 1:49:17 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: patriciaruth
Was Gorbachov an American mole? No, he was the initial deception to lull us to sleep thinking everything was going to be OK. Note that he is the first president of the Soviet Union to leave that job alive. That's because they still needed him to perform other functions for the Soviets. The Gorbachev Foundation that is working to implement a one world government in preparation for a Soviet style takeover. The DemonRats are also involved with that movement.

Was Clinton a Russian mole? No, he was China's boy. China is Russia's proxy, and then down the line from them we have the Islamists. This is just round one of the playoffs.

Was Gore a Chinese mole? Same as above.

Is Bush a Heavenly mole? Yes. If he didn't have to concern himself with election politics, things would be different. Watch the second term.

13 posted on 02/15/2003 1:55:33 AM PST by 11B3 (Liberalism is merely another form of mental retardation.)
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To: ex-Texan
I used to be one of the believers in Russia's conversion to the west. Now I am convinced otherwise. When it comes to our nation being prepared for any strategic eventuality, being called a tinfoiler doesn't bother me. Better safe than sorry in my eyes.

Yes, our border situation is reprehensible.

Should you decide to head down south, be careful. Especially if you are a gringo with money in their estimation. What are the rules about firearms ownership down there?
14 posted on 02/15/2003 2:03:36 AM PST by 11B3 (Liberalism is merely another form of mental retardation.)
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To: 11B3
Gorbechov left defunct Soviet Union alive because we bailed him out when hard-liners isolated and kidnapped him and tried to pull a coup to get back in power and resuscitate the late Soviet Union. I doubt the fall of the Soviet Union was all a ploy to give Gorbichov credentials to become a Soviet spy/mole.

Gorbachev was raised under communism, but had no shining vision of it like the older revolutionary founders and WWII vets had. He is a liberal socialist, so he throws in with the lefties in the West; but he was the first Soviet leader who was not of the old guard.

What happened in Russia is now what may be happening in Iran. The kids just aren't as dedicated to the cause as the old liners were.

Ditto we have the same problem here.

15 posted on 02/15/2003 2:07:29 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: 11B3
Actually, I have had people who are very close to me scoping out C.R. for quite a while. Good points are the country is a true democracy, with 99% of the people voting.
Then the whole country throws a big party ... They are good medical care and good hospitals and it is all provided by the government. As a Norte Americano will have to limit my says to 90 days as a time. They have a huge Anglo community, with Americans, Germans and Italians in large numbers. Bad points are -- do not know how long the cheerful aspects might last. But real estate is very cheap.
Guns are guns are guns, everywhere there are guns.
16 posted on 02/15/2003 2:16:44 AM PST by ex-Texan (primates capitulards toujours en quete de fromage!)
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To: pt17
Note to Self (from same source) - Follow up on:

Carlos may have lived out his days in virtual obscurity had it not been for two important events in history. The first was the collapse of the Berlin wall in November 1989, which saw the dissolution of the system that had protected Carlos and his cadre from scrutiny. The second and most important event occurred in August 1990 when Saddam Hussein ordered his army to occupy neighbouring Kuwait. In the aftermath of the invasion, Western intelligence agencies received information that Hussein was mounting a terror campaign, principally against the United States, and had brought Carlos out of retirement to lead it.
17 posted on 02/15/2003 2:16:50 AM PST by pt17
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To: ex-Texan
Pacepa is an interesting character. His "Red Horizons", published in 1987 provided interesting snippets on the Soviet involvement in drug trafficking. Although he had been interrogated for years no one in the CIA thought to follow up on what he knew, which was plenty, because at the time Agency orders were to stay as clear of drugs and drug trafficking as possible (for fear agents might become contaminated by easy money, more than anything else).
19 posted on 02/15/2003 3:41:26 AM PST by gaspar
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To: MadIvan
Ivan fyi
20 posted on 02/15/2003 5:47:53 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: Grampa Dave
This does not surprise me at all. Fischer, Schroeder and the rest of the 60's generation of left wing German politicians are tainted by their association with the East, including the Stasi.

Regards, Ivan

21 posted on 02/15/2003 5:52:11 AM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
I knew that he was an active Green. Until I read this article, I didn't realize how dangerous this man has and still is.

It's a safe bet that many of his Watermelon Green Jihadists are in positions of power in Germany, France, Belgium, Nato and of course the UN.
22 posted on 02/15/2003 6:08:31 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: Grampa Dave
bump for interest
23 posted on 02/15/2003 6:15:20 AM PST by rbmillerjr
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To: rbmillerjr
Thanks, this article really got my interest!
24 posted on 02/15/2003 6:29:01 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: MadIvan
Fischer should remember what happen to other fascists in Europe when their jig was up. Their own people know how to administer justice to Facist thugs who mislead and lie to them.

25 posted on 02/15/2003 6:31:29 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: dennisw
more details, ping.


26 posted on 02/15/2003 6:46:42 AM PST by Boot Hill
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To: ex-Texan
Put the wall back up!

27 posted on 02/15/2003 10:38:42 AM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: ex-Texan
This piece really is explosive. So explosive, in fact, that is must be completely ignored by the mainstream media and the establishment.

28 posted on 02/15/2003 10:40:59 AM PST by cicero's_son
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To: cicero's_son
Yeah, I'm in Germany now at the American Academy. The Berliner Zeitung called to say they wanted to talk to an American in Europe, to find out how it feels to represent a right-wing fascist empire in enlightened Germany. I said since I'm a conservative academic, it feels just like being in an American university. Having read this article, I told them it didn't surprise me that Germany was pro-Saddam, given that its foreign minister was a former terrorist. At this point they hung up, surprise surprise.
I guess I didn't fit the profile they were looking for, huh?
29 posted on 02/15/2003 12:27:58 PM PST by eburke
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To: patriciaruth
Will Iraq be Chirac's Watergate burglary?

It's probably been suggested already, but let's just call him Jaques Chiraq.

30 posted on 02/15/2003 12:37:09 PM PST by Erasmus
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To: ex-Texan
31 posted on 02/15/2003 12:38:21 PM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon (Compassionate Conservative Curmudgeon)
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To: pt17
Didn't Carlos marry his FRENCH lawyer?
32 posted on 02/15/2003 12:39:21 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: eburke
Great story.

Seriously, though, consider the present state of affairs at the United Nations:

The Disarmament Conference is being chaired up by Iraq.

The Human Rights Conference is being chaired by Libya.

The Security Council is presently chaired by a former terrorist.

It is simply amazing. The UN is not a "useless debating society" as Bush seems to fear. It is Bizarro-world.

33 posted on 02/15/2003 12:40:06 PM PST by cicero's_son
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To: ex-Texan
"Joschka Fischer, who testified as a character witness at Klein's trial in 2001........had been kept in the apartment he shared with Hans Joachim Klein and Daniel Cohn-Bendit"

The beginning of 'The Pink Axis'??? :o

34 posted on 02/15/2003 12:46:36 PM PST by BossLady
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To: ex-Texan
Bump. Great find
35 posted on 02/15/2003 1:01:53 PM PST by baseballmom
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To: dfwgator
Didn't Carlos marry his FRENCH lawyer?

Yes, I believe he did marry his FRENCH lawyer.
36 posted on 02/15/2003 1:11:07 PM PST by pt17
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To: ex-Texan
An excellent article and a MUST READ for anyone concerned about why much of Europe hates the USA.

All those f'n protestors are nothing but anti-American stooges. They would rather stand with Saddam and Iraq than with the USA and George Bush.

37 posted on 02/15/2003 1:24:52 PM PST by pittsburgh gop guy
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To: ex-Texan
A Google search on Ion Mihai Pacepa returned some fascinating results. Below is the full text of one return and links to others.

How Red Horizons Helped Bring Freedom to Romania

Book Inspired Counter-Revolution

By Alfred S. Regnery
The Week of October 22, 2001

They say it’s tough to make any money in book publishing. But if you can bring down a repressive and tyrannical government every now and then, it makes it all worthwhile.

In the fall of 1986, several months after I had taken over my father’s old business, Regnery Gateway, Inc., I was approached by Ion Mihai Pacepa, former head of the Romanian equivalent of the CIA and FBI. Pacepa, who had defected to the United States several years earlier, asked if I would be interested in publishing his book.

Pacepa explained that his manuscript had been floating around New York publishing circles for several months. A number of editors had expressed interest in it, but always came up with a reason they couldn’t publish it—such as they wanted documentary proof that everything he had to say was true, proof that he could not, of course, provide.

Although Romania was one of the most repressive governments in the East Bloc, Western liberals viewed it as a benign Communist country. Its president, Nicolai Ceaucescu, who liked to portray himself to foreigners as a "liberated Communist," was in reality a megalomaniacal tyrant and a puppet of Moscow.

Pacepa was one of Ceaucescu’s two or three most trusted lieutenants. As head of the foreign intelligence service, he was well-versed in much of what the KGB was involved in, met regularly with representatives from the other European Communist security services, and had about as good an idea of what went on inside Romania and the rest of the East Bloc as anybody alive. So of course I was interested.

Self-Effacing Spy Master

A lunch was scheduled. But I soon discovered that any meeting with Pacepa was difficult to arrange and would be shrouded in secrecy.

He was in the CIA’s witness protection program, which meant that he had been given a different identity, lived somewhere that would always remain undisclosed, had a mail drop in Arlington, Va., a telephone number that had no relation to where he lived, and even, sometimes, a wig and fake glasses.

Since his defection, I was told, the Securitate (Romania’s version of the Gestapo) was constantly on the lookout for him. They would not hesitate to liquidate him on the spot—even if they found him in a Washington restaurant.

Meetings or lunches were always arranged well ahead of time but the time and place were always changed at the last minute to throw off anybody who might have gotten wind of the meeting. The first lunch was no exception.

Pacepa arrived with his American wife, Mary Lou, who had been on his CIA debriefing team and was a former Ivy League professor. I was surprised at his small stature. One expects the head of an Eastern European intelligence unit to be large and barrel-chested, to wear ill-fitting suits, and to have a mean and scarred face. Pacepa was only about 5 feet 7 or so, weighed not more than 160 pounds, was well-mannered, well-dressed and self-effacing, but could also be as tough as he needed to be.

His English was excellent, and his wife, who had helped him write the book and knew as much about the subject as he, was eager to be helpful and to explain everything.

His story was stunning, to say the least. Pacepa was the highest-ranking Communist to ever defect, which he accomplished by walking into the U.S. embassy in Bonn in 1979. His defection caused Ceaucescu to have a nervous breakdown, and he subsequently ordered Pacepa killed.

At least two assassination squads had been dispatched to the United States to find him, but the CIA had done a thorough job of hiding him. In the months following his defection, a third of the ruling Council of Ministers was demoted, 22 Romanian ambassadors were replaced, more than a dozen high-ranking security officers were arrested, while several dozen more simply vanished from sight. Much of the Warsaw Pact’s spy service in the West was gutted.

The CIA debriefed Pacepa for more than three years and learned, in the process, more than it ever knew about East Bloc intelligence. But perhaps more important was his detailed account of what went on inside the Romanian government, which was one of the most secretive in the Communist world. He described the splendor in which Ceaucescu and his wife lived while much of the country was virtually starving, and the extreme means of deception and disinformation undertaken by the regime to make the West believe that Romania was an independent state worthy of our assistance and trade.

We quickly negotiated a contract, and proceeded to edit the manuscript and prepare for the book’s publication. I hired an experienced researcher who had worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency to check facts and verify every bit of information he could in the Library of Congress, and I found a very able foreign affairs expert and former foreign correspondent to do the editing.

Pacepa and his wife came to town often—I still never knew where he lived the rest of the time—and we had long editorial meetings to resolve the many issues and questions that arose and to get everything as accurate as possible.

Red Horizons was published with a great deal of press attention, at least for a book on a relatively remote part of the world, and many major papers and magazines reviewed it and covered it in their news pages. Because of his fear of retribution by the Securitate, Pacepa would never appear in the same place twice, and would never appear at a public, previously announced meeting. We begged him to do a press conference at the National Press Club, but he would have no part of it. Instead, we scheduled a luncheon meeting for some 30 reporters, telling them that there would be a surprise, unnamed guest who would not disappoint them.

He certainly didn’t disappoint, and the stories that followed were published both in the United States and internationally. The book was launched.

We were also able to arrange many individual interviews for Pacepa—on TV, radio and in the print media. All were difficult to set up because of security concerns, although if truth be told, these probably added a little panache to the interviews and helped with the publicity.

Almost immediately we were barraged with requests from publishers around the world for foreign-language rights, and eventually Red Horizons was published in 19 languages in, among other places, France, Germany, England, Japan, Yugoslavia, Korea, Poland, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Israel and Italy. There was even a Romanian language edition, published in New York.

Although it was probably unnecessary, I could not resist having several copies delivered anonymously to the Romanian Embassy in Washington.

Pacepa later learned, from sources he maintained in Bucharest, that the book had been quickly translated and delivered personally to Ceaucescu, who was so outraged that he had another death sentence imposed on Pacepa. The dictator also made it known that anybody in the country found with a copy would immediately be shot.

Ceaucescu’s threats were not for naught. We discovered that a small bookstore in New York was doing a brisk business in copies sold to the crew of the weekly Bucharest-to-New York flight on the Romanian airline. They stashed the books on the plane and resold them in Bucharest (no doubt at a tidy profit).

One of the principal messages in the book—and the derivation of its title—was that Ceaucescu had cleverly devised a system he called Red Horizons to dupe the West into believing that he was a different sort of Communist, and that Romania, therefore, was a different sort of Communist country from the rest of the East Bloc. In theory, Romania was independent of Moscow, more interested in trade with the West, less repressive than other Warsaw Pact countries.

Of course, exactly the opposite was true. Nevertheless, Western diplomats were always so eager to find a silver lining in the cloud of communism that his message was accepted, in many circles, hook, line and sinker.

The Carter Administration bought the line, with the result that Ceaucescu and his wife and entourage had made a triumphant visit to the United States in April 1978. They were honored with a state dinner at the White House, a speech at the United Nations in New York, and visits to a Texas Instruments plant in Texas and other industrial facilities across the U.S. Pacepa accompanied Ceaucescu on this trip, and his account of it in the book, complete with running commentary by Ceaucescu about the idiocy of the Carter Administration, made up a considerable portion of the text.

As the book’s publisher, I was under the perhaps naive impression that it would be well received in the United States by virtually everybody interested in communism and Eastern Europe. I thought there would be a sincere desire to discover, for the first time, what went on inside a very secretive East Bloc country, that there would be real interest in seeing how that country’s leader feigned being a "different kind" of Communist while leading a regime that was heavily involved in murderer, assassination, drug trafficking, and promoting international terrorism. I thought most people in Washington, D.C., in particular, would want to know that Ceaucescu himself was a thief on a scale that rivaled Ferdinand Marcos.

But liberals, diplomats, and those helping Romania to maintain its Most Favored Nation trade status did not like the book at all. The U.S. State Department found it particularly distasteful.

But if the State Department didn’t like Pacepa’s book, the Romanian government liked it even less. Our employees became convinced that somebody had placed a bug in our telephone system. The FBI did a sweep and was never able to confirm that there was one. But one of our editors did receive a phoned death threat from an ominous-sounding fellow with a thick European accent—a threat we did not take particularly seriously, but which, it later turned out, may not have been in jest.

The Romanian office of Radio Free Europe (RFE) purchased the rights to read the book, in Romanian, over its Eastern European service. During the summer of 1988, for about a month, ten or so pages a day of Red Horizons were read over the radio each day. For perhaps the first time, Romanians learned what actually went on inside their presidential palace. I was later told that everybody in the country with access to a radio listened to those broadcasts, which became topic No. 1 in the country.

Shortly before the broadcasts began, the head of the Romanian desk at RFE, a young and healthy Romanian who had emigrated to the United States and become a U.S. citizen, was threatened that if the broadcasts proceeded he would die. Soon afterwards, he was diagnosed with brain cancer and died in a matter of weeks. Although a U.S. government investigation concluded the man died of natural causes, Pacepa always was sure the Romanian government had used radu, one of the old tricks developed by his former bureau on Ceaucescu’s orders.

Radu, administered to enemies of the state, consisted of a small device, no larger than a silver dollar, that could be concealed in a book or elsewhere in a small room, and that emitted a low-level radioactive charge, which generated, according to an account in Red Horizons, lethal forms of cancer.

Not to be deterred, however, Radio Free Europe rebroadcast Red Horizons in the fall of 1989, just as the first anti-government demonstrations were commencing in Timosoara and a few other places. Within weeks, a revolt had spread across the country and, on Christmas Day 1989, Ceaucescu and his wife were executed by firing squad, bringing to an end one of the last Communist regimes in Europe.

One of the revolutionaries’ first acts was to seize the government-controlled newspaper Adevarul (the Truth). The day after Ceaucescu was killed, the paper started serializing Red Horizons on the front page. In its lead, the paper explained that the broadcast by Radio Free Europe of Red Horizons had been an inspiration to the rebels, and concluded: "The publication of this book played an uncontested role in revealing in all its hideousness the true face of a dictatorship, which with diabolical cunningness had managed to outfox a part of the world."

What a way to measure the success of a book.

From the National Conservative Weekly Human Events Online

Some other links:

The Arafat I Know

The New Russia Looks A Lot Like the Old Soviet Union

Old woes revisit Romania

Young Elian: Victim of Fidel Castro's Damage Control

The above four links are articles written by General Pacepa. The links below are articles that cite General Pacepa as a source.

Arafat's past comes back to haunt him

Taking off the Gloves (Arafat)


History and Voices of the Tragedy in Romania and Transnistria: Jewish Emigration and the "Gentlemen's Agreements"

38 posted on 02/15/2003 3:01:30 PM PST by ganeshpuri89
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To: ex-Texan; whomever
Aren't the Germans poised to get rid of Schroeder and his gvt of ninnies?

The U.S. can deal with China, the Islamic world, and countries like Venezuela, but a Russia-Germany-France axis
further added to the present nexus of bad players is too much. There is such a thing as problems so daunting that they are insoluble.
39 posted on 02/15/2003 5:08:34 PM PST by TwilightDog
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To: cicero's_son
Yes, what a circus. The whole idea that we could get 'the world,' i.e. the represents of 180-some mostly corrupt semi-socialist regimes to agree with our position on Iraq in retrospect seems wacko. Why should we care about what France and Germany think? - they should care about what we think.

By the way, the German for "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" is käseessende Kapitulationsaffen. We really have them puzzled with that one.
40 posted on 02/16/2003 12:01:30 AM PST by eburke
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To: ex-Texan
"Fischer's evidently ingrained anti-Americanism is now spreading throughout the German government, and beyond. This is a monumental display of ingratitude to the 405,399 American soldiers who gave their lives to defeat Berlin's old Axis, as well as to the millions of American taxpayers who spent trillions of dollars to rebuild Germany's war-torn economy and to protect West Germany from falling into Communist clutches."

Story also now available on FrontPageMag. Bump.

41 posted on 02/19/2003 8:41:00 AM PST by DoctorMichael (Tag THIS!)
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To: ex-Texan; tictoc
Is this being reported in Germany??? or is the media running interference for these leftists the way our US media ran cover for Clinton???

This truly is shocking.
42 posted on 02/22/2003 10:28:07 AM PST by WOSG
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See this FreeRepublic thread, with some additional dirt on Fischer.
43 posted on 02/22/2003 10:37:09 AM PST by tictoc
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To: eburke
At this point they hung up, surprise surprise.


Next time, please rehearse these simple phrases.

"I am deeply ashamed at the policies of my president, who was selected by five Supreme Court judges."

"The Bush junta is dragging the world into war."

"Bush is a well-trained puppet of Big Oil."

"I am so grateful to be in Germany, where I can speak my mind without fear of retribution."

"Please kick me. And when you're done kicking me, please kick me again."

See how easy it is to get your name in the paper?

44 posted on 02/22/2003 10:46:05 AM PST by tictoc
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To: xm177e2
The Phoenix
In the opera Parsifal, Richard Wagner wrote, “By the power of that stone the phoenix burns to ashes, but the ashes give him life again. Thus does the phoenix molt and change its plumage, which afterward is bright and shining and as lovely as before.” Just as that mythological bird, the Germany once in ashes has reappeared and is heading the powerful consortium of nations called the European Union.
Now only the fourth statement Mr. Armstrong made is still waiting to happen. That statement was, “a successor to Hitler will emerge, [and] gain control of this power….” That man is probably somewhere on the political scene right now!
General Stuelpnagel stated, “In the NEXT WORLD WAR…the same mistake should not be made. The PRINCIPAL ADVERSARY will be THE UNITED STATES, and the entire effort must be concentrated against this country from the beginning…. Our defeat in the present war need not be considered except as an incident in the triumphal march of Germany TOWARD CONQUEST OF THE WORLD”—Deutschland über alles! (Correspondence Course, lesson 3).
That march has begun. On May 26, 1998, German officer cadets took part in unprecedented training exercises with the Israeli army. Writing about this historic event, BBC Middle East correspondent Lyse Doucet said, “For the German soldiers these exercises are a valuable opportunity for a peace-time army to train with a force engaged in war.”
In the same BBC report, Christian Muth, of the German Army, was reported as saying, “The point of coming here is not to overcome the past, because you can’t overcome something that’s already happened. The point of coming here is to show that we are a new generation—that we are fully aware of the past and will prevent it from happening again.”
The German Army does not fully realize its future role in world affairs at this time. But we will soon learn that when its fighting forces say, “We are fully aware of the past and will prevent it from happening again,” it means they remember the defeat of past wars, and why. They will not be defeated next time!
Hitler revealed the carefully laid German military plan to rule the world in his thesis Mein Kampf. He said Germany must FIRST DEFEAT THE WEST in order to have a free hand for the Drang nach Osten—the march toward the EAST.
As God revealed to Mr. Armstrong, after losing World War II the Nazis went underground. The fall of the Berlin Wall has allowed Germany to reappear even stronger than before. It will continue to grow into the most powerful economic and military machine this world has ever seen—the last revival of the Holy Roman Empire. A successor to Hitler is about to appear. Then, linked with a future false prophet, this power, composed of ten nations—referred to in Scripture as “the beast”—will plunge this world into the most horrific global genocide ever witnessed by mankind.
Then the world will know that a prophet has been among them.

Copyright ©2003 Philadelphia Church of God.
All rights reserved.

45 posted on 02/22/2003 10:56:56 AM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get)
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To: patriciaruth
He didn't come from the east.
46 posted on 02/22/2003 11:06:12 AM PST by americanbychoice
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To: philetus
A successor to Hitler is about to appear.

Never say never, but for now and for the foreseeable future, the fact is the Germans have been defanged and neutered. They don't know who they are and what they want, so they have pretty much surrendered their foreign policy making to Paris.

The Franco-German project is going to end in tears and mutual recriminations. Germany will then come knocking on Washington's door, hat in hand, begging to be let in. It will be important at that point for the U.S. not to be vengeful but magnanimous, even if Germany does not deserve it.

47 posted on 02/22/2003 11:08:58 AM PST by tictoc
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To: tictoc
Germany is lucky in that America doesnt hold grudges and has a short-term memory. This lapse will be forgiven if corrected soon enough.

OTOH, you *will* need new leaders, as Schroeder has destroyed his credibility in the eyes of Bush, and Bush will be here until 2009. (Good thing too, if you listen to the dregs that are running on Democratic side, it's pathetic, and their best candidates, Like Gephardt and Lieberman, will be rejected due to overly sensisble policies on Iraq that the Democrat Leftists cant abide. They will probably picked a more leftwing candidate who will lose big bot Bush. The lesson: Schroeder blew it!)
48 posted on 02/22/2003 11:25:28 AM PST by WOSG
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To: tictoc
thanx for the link
49 posted on 02/22/2003 11:26:08 AM PST by WOSG
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They will probably picked a more leftwing candidate who will lose big [to] Bush.

I'm not so sure. If the Dems are smart -- and they can be -- they will pull a dark horse candidate out of a hat once the present batch of early declarers have finished savaging each other. This candidate will claim to be in full agreement with the Administration's foreign policy and then relentlessly focus on the economy and health care to the exclusion of everything else.

Remember Bill Clinton in 1992? This time, it could be the turn of Sen. John Breaux (D-La.)

Complacency will get you killed in politics.

50 posted on 02/22/2003 11:35:30 AM PST by tictoc
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