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Ever heard of THE POND?

What Zoltan Pfeiffer, a top political figure opposed to Soviet occupation, his wife and 5-year-old daughter did not know as they were whisked out of Hungary in 1947 was that their driver, James McCargar, was a covert agent for one of America's most secretive espionage agencies, known simply as the Pond.

Created during World War II as a purely U.S. operation free of the perceived taint of European allies, the Pond existed for 13 years and was shrouded in secrecy for more than 50 years. It used sources that ranged from Nazi officials to Stalinists and, at one point, a French serial killer.

It operated under the cover of multinational corporations, including American Express, Chase National Bank and Philips, the Dutch-based electronic giant. One of its top agents was a female American journalist.

Before the CIA


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:30 PM on Jul. 29, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (5)
  • Interesting but not shocking.

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 2:49 PM on Jul. 29, 2010

  • Almost as interesting as the communists Obama is associated witih Funny, that that doesn't seem to bother some.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 6:42 PM on Jul. 29, 2010

  • Fascinating and scary too. I was shocked to learn that the OSS and the CIA were friends with somne of the wosrt Nazi's and helped them settle in South America after the war. And Canada Ever hear of "Operation Paperclip" ? And MKUltra? Etc. The POND and the CIA.....behind the scenes Secret Government,IMO. And it seems to be well documenbted too.

    Answer by gertie41 at 2:07 PM on Jul. 29, 2010

  • This is not an Obama question. Where is that dead horse picture when you need it?

    This is interesting. Like a PP said, not shocking, though. The intelligence community has always seemed to operate outside the norm of decency and morals in regards to whom they will deal nicely with.

    Answer by LiliM at 4:00 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • How did a story on a 50 year old goverment agency turn into an Obama bash? Any who, what is there to be surprised about, our intellagence divisions will do whatever is deemed necessary to protect us and ours. IMO, there are many things the government does that should not be public knowledge. Wikileak. I value the safety of our military and defense far above someones need to know or chance they may be offended by who informattion is obtained from.
    When my father was dying and right after his death, I learned many things about who he was and his different roles while in the military and at the Pentagon. For him and all who follow, their safety is #1 prority.

    Answer by emptynstr at 7:03 AM on Jul. 30, 2010