The Nazis were brutal spymasters. If we break it all down, it looks strangely familiar to what we accept as national security today. Let’s examine the similarities.
Hermann Goring was the commander of the Geheime Staatspolizei. We don’t often hear it by its long name. We know it as Ge-Sta-Po. They followed, arrested, interrogated, and interned enemies of the state.
Himmler, you know him, directed the Schutzstaffel, the SS, the Protective Echelon, and the elite paramilitary corps, integrating all of Germany’s police.
Then we have the Kriminalpolizei and the Sicherheitspolitzei, (secret police, or SIPO), which joined the intelligence branch of the military (called the Sicherheitsdienst/SD/Security Service.)
Sipo was known as the Reichssicherheitshauptampt RSHA, headed by Reinhard Heydrich (aka the spymaster of the Third Reich.)
Now let’s compare the Nazi national security super-structure with our own. There are 17 Intelligence Agencies with police power to follow, arrest, interrogate, and intern enemies of the state, within the United States Intelligence Services, according to their website:
Air Force Intelligence
Central Intelligence Agency
Coast Guard Intelligence
Defense Intelligence Agency
Department of Energy
Department of Homeland Security
Department of State
Department of the Treasury
Drug Enforcement Administration
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Marine Corps Intelligence
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
National Reconnaissance office
National Security Agency
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Members of the IC (Intelligence Community) collect and assess information regarding international terrorist and narcotic activities; other hostile activities by foreign powers, organizations, persons, and their agents; and foreign intelligence activities against the United States. As needed, the President may also direct the IC to carry out special activities in order to protect US Security interests against foreign threats.
With friends like this, who needs enemies. Who exactly are we protecting here?