Skip to comments.Communists Warn of New McCarthy Era
Posted on 10/17/2010 6:19:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
US communists called for unity against McCarthy-style witch-hunts at the weekend.
Their appeal came in the wake of a series of raids on the homes of 12 peace activists during which computers and photographs were seized.
The Communist Party USA (CPUSA) said the September 24 raids had nothing to do with protecting the US people against terrorism and "everything to do with chilling the long-cherished tradition of the right to dissent."
FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force agents ransacked the activists' homes across the Midwest for evidence of "material support" for organisations such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia which are on US terror blacklists.
None of those whose homes came under investigation were charged with any crime.
Trade union organiser Joe Iosbaker and his teacher wife Stephanie Weiner were surprised to find officials standing on the front porch of their Chicago home shortly before 7am.
Ms Weiner said up to 25 agents "turned the house upside down" for 10 hours and rummaged through boxes from the '70s and '80s in the couple's attic before removing items.
The Chicago home of Arab American Action Network executive director Hatem Abudayyeh was also searched.
And in Minneapolis-St Paul six more homes of anti-war activists were searched, along with the offices of the Minnesota Anti-War Committee.
The CPUSA said the raids resulted from the repressive set of laws and institutions developed since the passage of the Anti-Terrorism Act in 1996 and the Patriot Act rushed through Congress by President Bush after September 11 2001.
The party stressed that it did not ignore the "real danger" of terrorism but said the raids had nothing to do with protecting the US people against terrorism but "everything to do with quashing these activists' right to free speech."
Drawing a parallel with the McCarthy period when CPUSA leaders and members were jailed or fired from their jobs and blacklisted, it said the hysteria and persecution "severely curtailed democracy and free speech, stained our constitution and distorted political discourse for a generation."
It called on the US people to be vigilant in defence of their constitutional rights.
And it urged the Justice Department to end the harassment of peace and justice activists and Congress to repeal the undemocratic and repressive aspects of the Patriot Act.
Couldn't happen to a nicer more patriotic bunch of people.../s
give me a break!
read w. stanton evan’s “blacklisted by history”
and then get back to me.
McCarthy was right the first time. They should talk to their pal Obama about the Patriot Act. Not our problem, commies.
We could only hope...
From the same maggots who call Christine O'Donnell a witch. Geeesh! You can't make this crap up.
Horsepucky. Joe McCarthy was an American hero, he didn't conduct witch-hunts, the commies must be thinking of Henry Waxman.
whatever needs to happen, needs to happen, For the survival of this nation.
Let’s bring back the HUAAC. Senator McCarthy was correct in saying the Federal Government, the United Nations, the political parties (especially the Democrats), the trade unions, Hollywood and so much more, as we found out after the demise of the Soviet Union.
“US communists called for unity against McCarthy-style witch-hunts at the weekend. “
Why hunt them only on the weekends? It needs to be 24/7 365.
“whatever needs to happen, needs to happen, For the survival of this nation.” <-———— THIS
These commies need to take up their complaint with the commie-in-chief, Hussein Obama. He is the ultimate boss of the FBI.
A commie is a commie, there were no witch-hunts.
Joe McCarthy was a patriot and dead on the money.
And by CP I mean the COMMUNIST PIGS.
The Communist Party USA (CPUSA) an affiliate to the Democratic Party USA
Thats rich; sneaks, cheats and liars trying to preemptively deter common-sense.
Although, McCarthy did not have his ducks in a row; he was correct.
“Drawing a parallel with the McCarthy period when CPUSA leaders and members were jailed or fired from their jobs and blacklisted,”
Bring back McCarthy. We could then fire there leader, now in the White House, and maybe put him in jail for treason.
Any communist living in the United States of America is NOT a communist. They are mentally undeveloped communist wannabes. They could impress me by moving to Havana, North Korea or Red China. THEN they could be REAL communists. These maggots are nothing but a bunch of frauds.
Communists they can go the hell,they need searched everyday these worms are trying to bring about our downfall.
....now we have one in the White Hut.
Does “McCarthyism” even register for anyone under 40?
Communists should be arrested for shear stupidity alone.
Dam straight, extremely well said!
Yup, we are going to name names and get all the commies blacklisted at Hop Sings!
That’s the only time he’s been on the “far right” of anything. What a loser he is.
Stalinists vs. the Trotskyites.
Nothing new under the sun.
Some of the most vicious battles of the last hundred years have been between the various factions of socialism.
Communism doesn’t belong in America. It is as antithetical to American principles of governance as Islam is and should be shunned and derided at its every appearance in public discourse. McCarthy was proved right about everyone he investigated.
I read that McCarthy was correct in identifying Communists in the USA. If it is true that McCarthy was correct then nothing was curtailed and justice was accomplished. Is that not so?
Communism should be illegal.
See also Ann Coulter's Treason, which hits a lot of the high points.
The Venona Papers revealed that the old senator largely had it right. Sulzberger at the NY Times shrugged, refused to report it, and continued to squall about “McCarthyism.” I’m amazed at how often people like Glenn Beck still buy into it.
Any group dumb enough to call themselves Communists these days doesn’t deserve to be heeded.
Second that! Only the ignorant and willfully subversive distort the truth about McCarthy. Evans’ book is meticulously researched and written. The facts speak for themselves.
Only question for the Commies: did you want this televised or on closed-circuit TV this time around?
Being a Senator McCarthy had nothing to do with HUAAC. But the left would like everyone to think he did.
The Rats are shovel-ready for the dust bin of history.
Good point. The media throws the HUAAC and McCarthy interchangably. They never forgave Nixon and got him too. Media leftism has gone on for a very long time.
Much of what McCarthy said came out in hearings Congress held shortly after WW2. The long cherished right to desent does not exist in China or Russia, by the way.
Obama must be trying to collect the last bits of evidence that tie him back to the CPUSA which he was a member of.
I didn’t say he did, I said bring it back. They’d soil themselves if anyone even brought it up.
Good, the last one didn’t last nearly long enough.
“Any communist living in the United States of America is NOT a communist. They are mentally undeveloped communist wannabes. They could impress me by moving to Havana, North Korea or Red China. THEN they could be REAL communists. These maggots are nothing but a bunch of frauds.”
Just pick 'em up after their meetings, and jail 'em for life.
“Some of the most vicious battles of the last hundred years have been between the various factions of socialism.”
Heh. Barbarossa, Stalingrad, Leningrad, Kursk and Berlin suddenly sprang to mind.
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