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Len Colby

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In Topic: NYPD Detective James Rothstein

10 August 2013 - 12:59 AM

From Stasi: The Untold Story of The East German Secret Police by John O. Koehler:


"Between 1963 and 1989, West Germany paid DM5 billion [nearly US$3 billion] to the communist regime for the release of 34,000 political prisoners. The price per head varied according to the importance of the person or the length of the sentence. In some cases the ransom amounted to more than US$56,000." (bold text mine- CN)


"Such ransoms were fully controlled by the Stasi."





You need to read my posts again because it’s clear from your reply you were not paying attention when you did so before.


  1. I never disputed that the USG would pay ransom for captured CIA agents. Quite the contrary, I disputed the absurdly low value Rothstein claims to have paid or that the KGB and Stasi would haggle when he was already in East Berlin with a suitcase full of cash.


Thus your citation actually undermines Rothstein claim he paid only $7500 for two American spies. By contrast according to your source the West Germans paid an average of about $88,000 per East German dissident.


2.  Nor did I ever dispute that Rothstein could have crossed into East Berlin. Coincidentally I also crossed into East Berlin and even elsewhere in the DDR a few times in the mid-80s. Not sure how our experiences from back then are relevant to the reality of 1961, but the only person who indicated this might have been tricky was Doug.


3. I acknowledged that comparing the Essex’s 1961 crew to the 2001 general population was imperfect but for Rothstein’s fable to make sense we would have to assume the former for some reason was 80x less likely to speak German than the other. If you can find stats for the US military or the USN specifically post them here; ditto for the general population closer to or before 1961. Also if you know anyone who served in the  USN who  could shed light on this ask him/her

In Topic: What does Dalight Saving have to do with the price of eggs in China?

10 August 2013 - 12:57 AM

What does Dalight Saving have to do with the price of eggs in China?
Started by John DolvaAug 07 2013 04:11 PM

Are people from the United States allowed to talk about the Kurdish question, the NSA, US Russia relations?







In Topic: NYPD Detective James Rothstein

07 August 2013 - 01:20 AM



I think it's dangerous to label a person a BS artist because of a "feeling" or because their story doesn't match your expectations. What is the criteria that someone must meet to be credible? Everyone who has ever had any first hand knowledge of this case has been vilified in some way, at some time, by some "researcher". My take on Rothstein is that he doesn't care a bit what other people think and that his story hasn't changed.


I only posted this because it was made available to me by Scott Kaiser and there are some tidbits of information in this ostensibly "private" conversation that are quite interesting.


Scott Kaiser thinks his father was murdered by the CIA/Sturgis and that could be true and maybe it's not. He doesn't believe his father, Edwin Kaiser, had any involvement in the Assassination of JFK but believes that he may have stolen some papers and photographs related to the Assassination which led to his demise. Because of his father's legacy, Scott has extraordinary access to the Cuban community in Miami and it'll be interesting to see what that reveals.


My own opinion of the whole "Bay of Pigs Thing" is that the Anti-Catro Cubans were set up from the get go, that the C.I.A. knew that the invasion couldn't succeed as planned and that the hopes at the C.I.A.'s top echelon was that the failed C.I.A. incursion would be a pre-cursor to a full fledged invasion by the US Military. That having failed, plan B was to have the President Assassinated and pin the deed on Cuba/Fidel hoping that would propel the conflict. It's popular, even today, in the Cuban community, to insist that  "Fidel did it", and why not? If it was revealed that anti-Castro Cubans participated in the killing of an American President that fact wouldn't help extend their current agenda at all.


I spelled out various aspects of his story that don't add up. If you want to rationalize them away, go ahead.

In Topic: NYPD Detective James Rothstein

07 August 2013 - 01:13 AM




I think Rothstein is BS artist for reasons spelled out on this and the other thread.....


In polite circles this is known as "inflating one's resume."


It is amazing how many people try to do it.



Many, dare I say more people exagerate a bit when talking about themselves, but in some cases one has to wonder if the person is fabricating rather than puffing.

In Topic: NYPD Detective James Rothstein

06 August 2013 - 01:07 PM



I think Rothstein is BS artist for reasons spelled out on this and the other thread, do you find him credible?