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And if I'm overlord on the shores of Long Island welcomed the -- -- -- -- once that demoralize the enemy from within by surprise.
Terror sabotage and assassination.
This is the war in the future.
Right wouldn't go we will never forget those tactics being used more than half a century later of that fateful day in September 2001.
But what you may not knows that America was actually invaded on a foggy night in the summer of 1942.
A group of Nazi -- two hours -- here right here on this speech and eastern Long Island.
Their mission to strike at the heart of America would actually -- -- just like the terrorists from 9/11.
They had all lived in America and they all knew our country well this is the story of the men who invaded our country.
And those -- stop.
The Germans and threaten the United States long before 1942.
In 1916 -- World War I was -- Americans felt safe.
-- Germany was waging an all out war against Britain France that the fighting was taking place within 3000 miles away across the Atlantic Ocean.
Americans were more concerned about based.
Although president Woodrow Wilson is officially declared the United States neutral in the conflict we were supplying the British and French would munitions and the Germans knew.
Losing a Manhattan brownstone as the headquarters several German spies organized an attack against America.
AM on July 20 ninth 1960.
And enormous explosion occurred near the statue of liberty and place then called black Tom island.
Like Tom -- and ammunition depot off the coast of New Jersey New York -- They had an extraordinary amount of explosives Richard powers is a history professor City University of New York.
And the author of secrecy and power the light from.
-- one of the remark most remarkable explosion in New York City killed in World Trade Center bombings.
I shattering windows and maturity.
It happened over Brooklyn that are part of sabotage rose above the United States.
-- still new rule America was becoming painfully aware of the enemy within and everywhere the words black problem or on an angry nation gripped.
Afterwards pointed to chairman sabotage the sabotage had been ordered by this week German intelligence officer Franz -- -- To stop US arms shipments to Europe barely twelve months after black Tom island was attacked the United States declared war on Germany.
Then like now Homeland Security became imperative.
And one government agency stepped up to the plate the FBI.
The real scientific find strength you modern nothing -- -- minute the FBI never sleep the gay men have become a legend.
So watching the mystery behind their back.
The predecessor to the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the FBI was the bureau of investigation.
The -- officially changed for the FBI until 1935.
Your investigation started where approximately three -- especially.
It went through.
A number of periods of rapid growth.
First and foremost during world war while I'm.
One young clerk working for the Department of Justice monitoring German Americans this -- was a man named.
My age 49 you've been named the bureau director.
As seen here in this FBI field.
-- took an active role of and his agents trading.
And shaping his personal public and.
But first -- targeted gangsters.
Use fingerprinting and new technologies to crack down on organized crime.
You had any.
Series of highly publicized.
Gang -- didn't campaigns by the FBI and the names are very familiar with machine gun Kelly pretty boy Floyd intercourse -- -- machine gun Kelly was captured he -- He met don't -- any government that on the -- -- right in the news.
During the mid thirties.
FBI -- national heroes yeah.
Before -- and what they really had turned the bureau of investigation into public heroes and who himself was even called public -- number one -- some publicists.
Well -- Was played from the -- -- The storm was once again ruling across the ocean.
Really fourteen years after the end of World War I Germany was again on the rise by 1933.
That was chancellor establish a third life.
Begin his master plan for world domination and racial you're.
Although the United States was an ocean away it didn't escape that was playing the Nazis had a very dangerous yeah.
Thank -- was anyone -- distraction and we.
They were to be officially represented by -- Hitler which beat Clinton -- Bolton is the author of espionage the greatest spy operations of the twentieth century that he took a look over the United States since it.
Thirty million Americans have German descent but there.
What an incredible pool.
So American organizations -- -- step with the German dictator one organization took the lead role -- German American boom or lead.
As seen here and these shocking propaganda films made right here in America.
American -- was mostly made.
From Germany after World War I.
Marvin Miller started the German American -- -- is the author of when to let us salute kept that to them was a god send Vick could blow me.
-- Border it would be any.
-- stick pro Nazi world -- the head of the German American bund was this -- for obscure.
-- was a self styled for the United States came to America in 1927.
And lived in the north of Detroit.
Whom created a network of approximately a dozen -- about the US attracting thousands of enthusiastic followers the bush had several.
So cold spring camps summer camps most notoriously campaign -- and it was can't sixty.
You're watching movies -- it -- training camps in northern New Jersey Riverdale in the Bronx and how long I'll.
Their mission to train Americans to become Nazis.
They would get the children.
Children would be in and rolled.
In the film version of it the -- uniformed.
Marc ground and sit around a campfire and listen to German propaganda he had a place for the he wanted them to be strong and they do various exercises to build up their bodies build up their -- for what purpose.
Who'd been strong about them.
To give birth to the future the -- One should supports policies.
And serve as a potential.
Fifth column possibly down the -- and more importantly -- recruiting pool from which.
They could draw -- intelligence assets.
One man especially valuable to -- was Walter camp.
Having worked at a factory making farm tools before it became a journalist in Chicago at a German American news.
In 1935 he applied to become -- US citi's.
But he was denied captain thing the press you.
But the late 1930s -- begin to worry some Americans.
President Roosevelt asked Hoover to conduct an investigation.
-- let them know what the scope of their activities were and how dangerous this was before long they had.
Pretty good sense of everyone we've all involved in German American -- and the Massey.
Underground in this country.
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