Skip to comments.Richard Nixon exposed Alger Hiss as a traitor
Posted on 08/16/2010 6:57:59 AM PDT by Michael Zak
On this day in 1948, Rep. Richard Nixon (R-CA) and his House Un-American Activities Committee questioned Alger Hiss, a State Department officer suspected of being a Soviet spy. Nixon zeroed in on contradictions in Hiss's testimony, revealing that Hiss had lied about not knowing Whittaker Chambers, another Soviet spy. Though never convicted of being a spy, Hiss did go to prison for perjury.
For decades, many Democrats asserted that Hiss was innocent and that Nixon had persecuted an innocent man. After the fall of the Soviet Union, de-classified records revealed that Alger Hiss had indeed been a Soviet spy.
Nixon exposed Alger Hiss as a traitor and the American Left has never been able to forgive Nixon for this. Because it showed them up for the fellow travelers, useful idiots and downright traitors that they are. From that moment on, Nixon had to be disgraced, even if it took them 20 years.
Richard Nixion remains an unheralded hero of the Cold War. Very much an American Patriot.
Why do you think they hated Nixon?
Hey, LIBs, DIMs & Commies: Ha! Ha!
Yes. Nixon also proposed a guaranteed annual income program for all Americans, the Family Assistance Plan. It passed the House of Representatives, and was defeated in the Senate by only 10 votes.
When Weather Underground, founded with the help of William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, defined the value they placed on lives of their opposition as they sought the most effective ways to kill 25M "diehard capitalist" Americans, one might think that every future American would shun friendship with such people. But no, the current pres__ent even had Ayers write his memoirs.
But of course Ayers has renounced his views, right? No!?!
Connect the dots, America!
Good bit of history.
These days are coming again after November.
Its important to understand what we’re up against.
In January of 1963 congressman A.S. Herlong of Florida read the communist goals for America directly from the American communist manifesto. They are listed here and I think those who haven’t seen them will be astounded at how much trouble America is really in.
Maybe you should start a thread about that.
Hiss avoided talking about his specific case and instead spoke in generalities about current foreign policy. When asked by a questioner about his case, Hiss went on about how the evidence they got on him was acquired illegally, blah, blah, blah.
Hiss never came out and said "I was framed!", instead, he used lawyerly evasions to defend himself.
I walked away from that lecture convinced that Hiss was guilty of spying as accused.
More than a quarter-century after the glaring headlines, former State Department Official Alger Hiss finally found the answer last week to a much disputed mystery in one of the most celebrated spy cases of the cold war era. On being denounced in 1948 as a Communist, Hiss filed a libel suit against his accuser, Whittaker Chambers, who thereupon dug out some evidence that a relative had hidden for him in an abandoned dumbwaiter in New York City.
As he later told it in his book Witness, he had saved an envelope full of documents he had received from Hiss typewritten summaries of State Department papers, some memos handwritten by Hiss, and five pieces of what turned out to be 35-mm. film (two developed strips, three undeveloped rolls).
Chambers, then a TIME senior editor, gave the papers to the pretrial investigators in the libel case, but he held back the film, partly because he wanted to learn what was on it. Word of Chambers' sensational new revelations quickly reached the House Un-American Activities Committee, before which he had originally accused Hiss.
When Committee Member Richard M. Nixon issued a subpoena for any further evidence, Chambers led agents to his Maryland farm and pointed to a hollowed-out pumpkin. Fearful of prowling Hiss investigators, he said, he had put the films in the pumpkin while he was gone for the day. Thus were baptized the famous "pumpkin papers."*
Precious Secrets. Congressman Nixon made much of the films. He was photographed peering at them through a magnifying glass. When the Justice Department asked for them, he declared that he could not turn over such precious "State and Navy Department" secrets unless the House approved, but he soon released them. When Hiss was tried for perjury, only two of the films (the two already developed) were introduced; prints from them showed State Department documents relating to U.S.German relations in the late '30s.
Despite their fame, however, a prominent evidence expert, Professor Irving Younger of Cornell Law School, writes in the current issue of Commentary that these films were not conclusive evidence against Hiss since someone else could have passed them to Chambers. Far more decisive, says Younger, were such items as the summaries of State Department secrets typed on a typewriter shown to have belonged to Hiss. --SNIP--
Nixon: validated by history.
McCarthy: validated by history.
Marx: discredited by history.
Give you one guess who the Left puts their faith in ...
Hiss was one of many....they blasted Macarthy for bringing this to aboil citing his personal foebles. That is the tact of the commie, when the facts are against you, destroy the witness or prosecutor.
Hiss denied knowing Chambers, which was a lie.
So... what does that have to do with Nixon exposing Hiss as a traitor?
Hiss's character witnesses at his first trial included such notables as future Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson, Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, and former Democratic presidential candidate John W. Davis. The second trial lasted from November 17, 1949, to January 21, 1950.
Hiss was charged with two counts of perjury; the grand jury could not indict him for espionage since the statute of limitations had run out. Chambers was never charged with a crime. Hiss went to trial twice. The first trial started on May 31, 1949, and ended in a hung jury on July 7. Chambers was forced to admit on the witness stand that he had previously committed perjury several times while he was under oath. Chambers also was forced to admit that he needed to change key dates when confronted with contradictions in his story. Hiss's character witnesses at his first trial included such notables as future Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson, Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, and former Democratic presidential candidate John W. Davis. The second trial lasted from November 17, 1949, to January 21, 1950.
Alger Hiss in Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary
(Photos courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Prisons)
There were at least 13 code words for this project that were used by the American and British intelligence agencies (including the NSA); "Venona" was the last that was used. That code word has no known meaning.
The word "Venona" is an anagram for the word "Novena"; however, it is unknown whether this is an intentional relationship. (In the decrypted documents issued from the National Security Agency, "VENONA" is written in capitals, but lowercasing is common in modern journalism.)
His and the Rosenbergs received their just rewards. The Rosenbergs moreso. Thank God for the Verona files!
Your point that Nixon was indeed limited by his political aspirations as a politician is understood. It certainly has afflicted many in the ranks of any party from being principled in their proposals.
I do believe that those who want to look at the truely brave and tragic history of the Hiss trials read “Witness” by Whitaker Chambers.
Here was a man that was a communist operative who began to see the evil he had aligned himself with and upon renouncing it then was positioned by history in a manner that made him feel obligated to fight against the communist network. That fight ended in the exposure of Hiss, a well connected and respected Assistant Secretary of State. Hiss had accompanied Roosevelt to Yalta and helped shape the division of Europe for the cold war — a communist agent.
Chamber’s autobiography is one of the greatest biographies of the century without a doubt. It will show you what we fought then we are still fighting today.
What is forgotten is that had Richard Nixon been rightly elevated to the Presidency in 1960 (after having the election stolen by ‘Rat vote fraud in Illinois and Texas), the entire Cuban Missile Crisis may very well have never taken place.
As it was, the Soviets considered JFK to be a relatively young and inexperienced leader, Khrushchev was looking to throw his weight around, especially after the embarrassment of the 1960 shoot down of Francis Gary Powers U-2 over the Soviet Union, and while that might only be a passing consideration in Nikita’s mind, his gambit in placing nuclear missiles in Cuba, had it been undetected until the missiles were fully operational as a fait accompli’, it would have radically changed the balance of power overnight in favor of Moscow.
The truth of the matter is, we got lucky in 1962, and while we would very likely have won a nuclear contest with the Soviets, the cost would have been enormous to say the least.
If it had been President Richard M. Nixon in the White House in 1960, Khrushchev would have thought twice because he was faced down by Nixon in the famous ‘56 ‘Kitchen Debate’ in Moscow, and Khrushchev knew that Nixon was nobody to eff with.
Nixon had his flaws to be sure, he was not a conservative in the mold of Goldwater or Reagan, but he was an avowed anti-Communist, and his role in our eventual victory in the Cold War was not insignificant.
We’ll stated. Thank you
” Hiss denied knowing Chambers, which was a lie. “
And Obama denied being friends with Ayers and Dohrn.
” Nixon had his flaws to be sure, he was not a conservative in the mold of Goldwater or Reagan, but he was an avowed anti-Communist, and his role in our eventual victory in the Cold War was not insignificant “
Nixon made bad policy on the domestic front, but his patriotism ran deep, and he was a warrior.
You are so correct. The information is available if you look for it. I blame the media for without their complicity we all would know what Obummer is about.
I read these goals years ago. If you realize how many of them have been achieved you must also realize they are not going to give up without fight. They are too close to the goal.
“and his House Un-American Activities Committee”
House Committee on Un-American Activities.
The Communists branded it “House Un-American Activities” to criticize the investigations (which began in the 1930s) as “Un-American”.
The real hero of the Hiss case was Whitaker Chambers. Every American, especially Conservatives, should read Witness, his autobiography, if you have not already.
Thanks Michael Zak. Nixon was one of the brainier presidents, so it beats me why he kept that stupid assed taping system.
“The typewriter is the key. We did it in the Hiss case.” — Richard Nixon
I just now came upon our comment regarding Nixon vs. Hiss exposing what the left guarded so fiercely, their ploy any concept of embedded traitors in U.S. gov’t was suspicious paranoia. This particular incident is also fiercely guard ~~ always tactics. Great comment. Should be announced always this critical back-story and why Nixon is irrationally targeted. Covers the Hiss trail.
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