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Probe of Nazi War Criminals

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Dissatisfied with the General Accounting Office’s (GAO) investigation of alleged Nazi war criminals in the United States, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration is at work on its own probe. The investigation centers on the U.S. government’s failure to investigate and prosecute alleged Nazi criminals, Rep. Joshua Eilberg (D. Pa.) said in announcing the probe by the subcommittee of which he is chairman.

Eilberg said the GAO report delivered last May failed to reach “definitive conclusions” on the reasons why the government took no action against the alleged Nazis although its report pointed to ties between alleged war criminals living in the United States and at least three government agencies–the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to estimates of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), Eilberg said, some 200 persons are currently under investigation for alleged war crimes. He said the INS failed to “vigorously investigate the allegations against these people and take the necessary action against them.” Eilberg said that the CIA, FBI GAO and the State and Justice Departments have pledged to submit their documents to the subcommittee in its investigation.

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