A NASA rocket scientist and alleged Nazi war criminal who wants to return to the United States joined a congressman at a news conference Wednesday just a half-mile over the U.S. border. Rep. James Traficant, D-Ohio, said Arthur Rudolph, who played a major role in designing and building the rocket that took Americans to the moon, passed a lie-detector test in which he denied any involvement in Nazi war crimes.
Traficant said Rudolph, who voluntarily left the United States in 1984 in a deal with the U.S. government, deserves a hearing on his request to return.
"Arthur Rudolph without question answered truthfully to all of these questions," Traficant told the news conference in a hotel. "Had Dr. Rudolph failed, I would not be here today."
The Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations, which has investigated alleged Nazi war criminals living in the United States, has "run roughshod over this particular fellow," Traficant said.
"If all of their cases, once analyzed, look like this case and some others that are into focus, then there should be an investigation into the Office of Special Investigations."