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Posted on 10/23/2006 2:07:13 PM PDT by Fedora
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Mansfield News-Journal Page Four, An Independent Newspaper Friday, December 6, 1957
Odd Background Of 'Impressive Prof'
By Fulton Leiris. Jr.
WASHINGTON Professor Hugh H. Wilson is an impressive man of about "60, and Professor of Politics at Princeton University.
Because professors in general occupy an awesome if not omniscient position in the minds of their students, I was interested to note that he has associated himself with the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee- He was. indeed, a principal speaker at a recent New York rally sponsored by the group.
The Emergency Civil Liberties Committee has been cited as a subversive organization and Communist front by two committees of the Congress, which only scratches the surface of the professor's affiliations. Yet his students describe him as a fervent American of great patriotism, with a free and open mind, who is willing to be* convinced on any score. To a student mind, this is deeply impressive and adds great weight to the views which the professor now holds. It is an exquisite technique of brain-wash.
-Just what those present views represent is demonstrated by the fact that the professor helped to launch the current campaign of the ECLC, ''Operation Abolition." The avowed purpose of it is to discredit J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI and to destroy Congressional investigations of communism and subversive activities. Professor Wilson has explained this connection to his students. He says he and his colleagues have been meticulously careful to keep all Communists out of the organization, and to avoid any possible Implication of serving the Communist cause. He represents the organization, indeed, as anti-comrnunist.
This is interesting in the light of the records of the colleagues. The chairman of ECLC is one Harvey O'Connor-who has been identified In sworn public testimony as a member of the Communist Party, The vice-chairman is Corliss- Lamont, cited as "one of the foremost apologists for the Soviet Union in the United States." The executive director is Clark Foreman, who is cited as: "'. . . for the past decade a leader in a number of pro- Cominunisit organizations." He was founder and president of the notorious Southern Conference on Human Welfare, cited as a Communist front by the House Un-American Activities Committee.
The professor's f e l l o w speaker at the rally was Dalton Trumbo, one of the Hollywood Ten. also identified under oath as a member of the Communist Party. He served time for contempt of Congress.
But the professor himself has an array of affiliations in his own right. He was reported in the Daily Worker as having signed a telegram, of protest by the American Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born (cited by three committees) to the attorney general in connection with deportation proceedings under the McCarran Immigration Act. The Daily Worker also listed him as one of the signers of "'statement of principles for "the defense of democracy against McCarthyism."* This -urged the abolition of the attorney general's list of communist and subversive organizations, and amnesty for those in jail on charges of "conspiracy to teach and advocate"' t h e i r "political views." This representation of the communist conspiracy as a 'political view"' Is a standard cliche of the Communist Party line. Another Daily Worker news item, lists professor Wilson as one of a group who signed an. open letter to President Eisenhower, urging him to grant amnesty "to the political prisoners convicted under the Smith Act.'" There is a long additional list, which I shall be delighted to furnish upon request. Princeton alumni could we" be interested.
The discussion of Operation Abolition begins on Page 60.
Spite. It would have harmed Reagan's work. Kennedy knew he could have been President, if not for Chappaquiddick. he has been called the "Shadow President," and for good reason.
Paul Quinn-Judge, "KGB file tells of prime treatment for Sen. Kennedy", The Boston Globe, June 25, 1992(from Post 29 of "How Mr Clean got his hands dirty [The Gores, Armand Hammer, and Oxy Petroleum]"
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, from his first trip to the Soviet Union in 1974, was a highly prized and closely watched guest, enjoying "confidential" conversations with top leaders arranged by a KGB "competent source," according to KGB files.
The reports, contained in a dossier of correspondence between the KGB's Secretariat and the Central Committee of the Communist Party, were briefly made available to independent researchers at the end of last year.
According to the reports, the "competent source" was a "prominent Western financier" identified as D. Carr. [sic -- see correction to Karr below]
Carr was the head of a Franco-American firm called Finatech. Judging from the KGB dossier, he enjoyed enough clout in the Kremlin to arrange meetings between Kennedy and Soviet leaders.
A Kennedy spokesman said yesterday that the late David Carr was an American businessman in Moscow who knew the senator but did not set meetings for him.
The reports were briefly made available to independent researchers at the end of last year as the Soviet Union was collapsing. The KGB, fearing it was about to be dismantled, tried to cooperate with a parliamentary investigation into its role in the August 1991 coup.
Kennedy's conversations with Soviet leaders, from the former general secretary, Leonid Brezhnev, to KGB chief Vladimir Kryuchkov, who is awaiting trial for his part in last August's attempted coup against President Mikhail Gorbachev, sometimes appear to have involved personal as well as political matters.
In 1978, for example, the dossier describes Kennedy as trying to help a close friend, former Sen. John Tunney of California, get some business in the Soviet Union.
"Kennedy requested the KGB to help smooth the cooperation of Soviet organizations with Agritech, a company headed by former Senator J. Tunney," the report read, according to notes taken by Yevgeniya Albats, a writer and specialist on the KGB who was one of the specialists assigned by the Russian Parliament to work through the archives.
Kennedy, who made four trips to the Soviet Union, most recently in 1990, denied asking either the KGB or other Soviet officials to help Tunney, the senator's spokesman, Paul Donovan, said yesterday.
"Any suggestion that Senator Kennedy met with KGB officials to promote a friend's business interests is preposterous," Donovan said in a prepared statement. "He never even knowingly met with the KGB on his 1978 trip. Whoever is writing these KGB memos must have quite an imagination."
Tunney did not return a call to his office in Los Angeles.
The notes taken on the KGB reports by Albats coincide with those taken independently by another specialist, a historian who requested anonymity.
"In its turn this firm is connected to the French-American firm of Finatech SA (societe anonyme), which is headed by a competent source of the KGB, the prominent Western financier D. Carr, with whose help a confidential exchange of opinions has been arranged over the last several years between the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and Senator Edward Kennedy. D. Carr provided technical information for the KGB on the situation in the USA and other capitalist countries which was regularly reported to the Central Committee of the CPSU," the report said.
Kennedy and Tunney became close friends while studying law at the University of Virginia; Kennedy is credited with getting Tunney interested in politics. Tunney served one term as Democratic senator from California from 1971 to 1977.
The information on Kennedy consisted of a little over one typed page and took the form of a summary of Kennedy's visits to the Soviet Union, intended for the Communist Party Central Committee and signed by Kryuchkov. There were no details of the "confidential exchanges of views" between Kennedy and Brezhnev, who died in 1982.
Researchers also found a transcript about 10 pages long of a meeting between Kennedy and Kryuchkov in 1990. Both Albats and the historian who examined it stressed that the transcript contained nothing that could embarrass Kennedy.
"It could be published tomorrow," one of the sources said. "They discussed disarmament, the need for democracy and Kennedy told them not to pressure the Baltic states," he said.
Though the Kennedy material was already included in a file marked "top secret," it was in turn enclosed in a sealed envelope. The beige-brown envelope had, however, come undone. "I think they must have used poor-quality glue," Albats said.
Researchers found several such envelopes during their brief perusal of the Secretariat files. All those examined concealed material considered especially sensitive - such as reports on the surveillance of Boris Yeltsin, now the president of Russia, and his close associates in the last years of perestroika.
The Secretariat file itself was a mine of information.
The KGB Secretariat was "a very important body," said retired KGB Col. Mikhail Lyubimov. "It's the main department through which all papers move." Lyubimov, who worked on the foreign intelligence side of the KGB and specialized in the English-speaking world, said that in his experience, the kind of information kept on Kennedy was the exception rather than the rule. The term competent source, Lyubimov said, is an "elastic, vague term," covering anything from a valuable source to a casual communicant. It did not indicate that Carr was an agent.
Among other dossiers the researchers found was a report from Kryuchkov to Gorbachev, dated February 1990, saying that North Korea was "actively engaged" in nuclear weapons research and had already completed work on its first atomic explosive device.
CORRECTION-DATE: June 26, 1992, Friday, City Edition
CORRECTION: Because of an error in a researcher's notes on KGB files, the name of the late David Karr was misspelled in a Page 1 story yesterday on the file kept by the KGB on Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
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Killer kennedy's dad had a very friendly friendship with adolf hitler amd was against the war with Germany, that's why he was recalled from England, where he was an Ambassador. The nut doesn't fall far from the tree. Anti-Americanism runs in the family.
Fedora does excellent research. I don't know who the poster is but I suspect he/she must be a professional.
"The nut doesn't fall far from the tree. Anti-Americanism runs in the family."
That's not the only vice that runs in the Kennedy family, as the parents of Mary Jo Kopechne and others can verify.
Thanks for posting this, I just now came across it and will try to read up.
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