Nazi war criminals, who sneaked into the U.S. after World War II, are collecting Social Security checks.
According to the Associated Press, dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals have collected millions in taxpayer money thanks to a legal loophole via the U.S. Justice Department.
If the suspected Nazis fled the country and didn't fight deportation, then the U.S. agreed to pay them off with taxpayer funds, according to records the Associated Press obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.
Many of these suspected Nazis were directly involved in the deaths of millions of Jewish people during the Holocaust.
The U.S. Justice Department has denied using Social Security checks to rid the country of Nazis, but government records say U.S. State Department and the Social Security Administration's acknowledged the U.S. Justice Department's practice of "Nazi dumping" in 1984, during President Ronald Reagan's administration.
Beginning in 1979, 38 of 66 suspected Nazi war criminals, who left the U.S., continued to receive their Social Security checks in other countries. Four of the 66 suspects are still living in Europe today on Social Security money.
U.S. Social Security Administration spokesman William "BJ" Jarrett claimed that the U.S. privacy laws do not allow "us to disclose information because the individual is a Nazi war criminal or an accused Nazi war criminal."
Because Nazi war crimes were committed outside the U.S. against non-Americans, the suspected Nazis and former SS guards could not be tried in U.S. courts. Instead, the U.S. bribed these suspected war criminals to go to Germany and Austria.
"We really did want people to give up and go," an unidentified U.S. Justice Department official told the Associated Press. "The goal is still to remove these people as quickly as possible, and the fact that as soon as we move to the deportation stage they run the risk of losing their benefits is still an encouragement to leave."
"It was not upfront, it was not transparent, it was not a legitimate process," added James Hergen, an ex-State Department adviser. ''This was not the way America should behave. We should not be dumping our refuse, for lack of a better word, on friendly states."
Despite the evidence, U.S. Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr claims that Social Security payments were never used to persuade suspected Nazis to leave the U.S.
In response to this report, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) sent a letter about the practice to the inspectors general at the U.S. Justice Department and Social Security Administration stating: “I have made a request to DOJ to provide information on Nazi war criminals who left the U.S. before being formally deported to accurately calculate the amount in Social Security benefits that has been paid to these individuals. I have yet to receive a response to my inquiry.”
“The United States is rewarding these perpetrators,” Rabbi Marvin Hier told NBC News (video below). “They’re paying them money, they’re paying them pension. It’s true that they worked, but it’s also true that they lied about who they were."