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Posted on 01/14/2019 7:03:49 AM PST by Yosemitest
TEXT OF KGB LETTER ON SENATOR TED KENNEDY
Committee on State Security of the USSR
14.05. 1983 No. 1029 Ch/OV
Moscow On 9-10 May of this year, Senator Edward Kennedys close friend and trusted confidant J. Tunney was in Moscow. The senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Center Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov.
Regarding Senator Kennedys request to the General Secretary of the Communist Party Comrade Y.V. Andropov
Comrade Y.V. Andropov
Senator Kennedy, like other rational people, is very troubled by the current state of Soviet-American relations. Events are developing such that this relationship coupled with the general state of global affairs will make the situation even more dangerous. The main reason for this is Reagans belligerence, and his firm commitment to deploy new American middle range nuclear weapons within Western Europe.
According to Kennedy, the current threat is due to the Presidents refusal to engage any modification on his politics. He feels that his domestic standing has been strengthened because of the well publicized improvement of the economy: inflation has been greatly reduced, production levels are increasing as is overall business activity. For these reasons, interest rates will continue to decline. The White House has portrayed this in the media as the “success of Reaganomics.”
Naturally, not everything in the province of economics has gone according to Reagans plan. A few well known economists and members of financial circles, particularly from the north-eastern states, foresee certain hidden tendencies that many bring about a new economic crisis in the USA. This could bring about the fall of the presidential campaign of 1984, which would benefit the Democratic party. Nevertheless, there are no secure assurances this will indeed develop.
The only real threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations. These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign. The movement advocating a freeze on nuclear arsenals of both countries continues to gain strength in the United States. The movement is also willing to accept preparations, particularly from Kennedy, for its continued growth. In political and influential circles of the country, including within Congress, the resistence to growing military expenditures is gaining strength.
However, according to Kennedy, the opposition to Reagan is still very weak. Reagans adversaries are divided and the presentations they make are not fully effective. Meanwhile, Reagan has the capabilities to effectively counter any propaganda. In order to neutralize criticism that the talks between the USA and the USSR are non-constructive, Reagan will grandiose, but subjectively propagandistic. At the same time, Soviet officials who speak about disarmament will be quoted out of context, silenced or groundlessly and whimsically discounted. Although arguments and statements by officials of the USSR do appear in the press, it is important to note the majority of Americans do not read serious newspapers or periodicals.
Kennedy believes that, given the current state of affairs, and in the interest of peace, it would be prudent and timely to undertake the following steps to counter the militaristic politics of Reagan and his campaign to psychologically burden the American people. In this regard, he offers the following proposals to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Y.V. Andropov:
1. Kennedy asks Y.V. Andropov to consider inviting the senator to Moscow for a personal meeting in July of this year. The main purpose of the meeting, according to the senator, would be to arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA. He would also like to inform you that he has planned a trip through Western Europe, where he anticipates meeting Englands Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and French President Mitterand in which he will exchange similar ideas regarding the same issues.
If his proposals would be accepted in principle, Kennedy would send his representative to Moscow to resolve questions regarding organizing such a visit.
Kennedy thinks the benefits of a meeting with Y.V.Andropov will be enhanced if he could also invite one of the well known Republican senators, for example, Mark Hatfield. Such a meeting will have a strong impact on American and political circles in the USA (In March of 1982, Hatfield and Kennedy proposed a project to freeze the nuclear arsenals of the USA and USSR and pblished a book on the theme as well.)
2. Kennedy believes that in order to influence Americans it would be important to organize in August-September of this year, televised interviews with Y.V. Andropov in the USA. A direct appeal by the General Secretary to the American people will, without a doubt, attact a great deal of attention and interest in the country. The senator is convinced this would receive the maximum resonance in so far as television is the most effective method of mass media and information.
If the proposal is recognized as worthy, then Kennedy and his friends will bring about suitable steps to have representatives of the largest television companies in the USA contact Y.V. Andropov for an invitation to Moscow for the interview. Specifically, the president of the board of directors of ABC, Elton Raul and television columnists Walter Cronkite or Barbara Walters could visit Moscow. The senator underlined the importance that this initiative should be seen as coming from the American side.
Furthermore, with the same purpose in mind, a series of televised interviews in the USA with lower level Soviet officials, particularly from the military would be organized. They would also have an opportunity to appeal directly to the American people about the peaceful intentions of the USSR, with their own arguments about maintaining a true balance of power between the USSR and the USA in military term. This issue is quickly being distorted by Reagans administration.
Kennedy asked to convey that this appeal to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union is his effort to contribute a strong proposal that would root out the threat of nuclear war, and to improve Soviet-American relations, so that they define the safety of the world. Kennedy is very impressed with the activities of Y.V. Andropov and other Soviet leaders, who expressed their commitment to heal international affairs, and improve mutal understandings between peoples.
The senator underscored that he eagerly awaits a reply to his appeal, the answer to which may be delivered through Tunney.
Having conveyed Kennedys appeal to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Tunney also explained that Senator Kennedy has in the last few years actively made appearances to reduce the threat of war. Because he formally refused to partake in the election campaign of 1984, his speeches would be taken without prejudice as they are not tied to any campaign promises. Tunney remarked that the senator wants to run for president in 1988. At that time, he will be 56 and his personal problems, which could hinder his standing, will be resolved (Kennedy has just completed a divorce and plans to remarry in the near future). Taken together, Kennedy does not discount that during the 1984 campaign, the Democratic Party may officially turn to him to lead the fight against the Republicans and elect their candidate president. This would explain why he is convinced that none of the candidates today have a real chance at defeating Reagan.
We await instructions.
President of the committee
Now to understand the events surrounding this, let's go to The Ted Kennedy Scandal Worse Than Chappaquiddick from May 14, 2018, by Dr. Paul Kengor:
... On the evening of March 23, 1983, President Ronald Reagan disclosed to the world a secret he had shared with only his most trusted advisers. My fellow Americans, he declared in a nationally televised address, tonight were launching an effort which holds the promise of changing the course of human history. The president announced his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), a vision for a space-based missile-defense system.
Not even twenty-four hours after Reagans speech, Senator Ted Kennedy rushed to the Senate floor to rebuke the president for misleading Red-scare tactics and reckless Star Wars schemes. The Star Wars term of derision immediately struck a chord. The New York Times included it in headlines typed the same day Kennedy gave his speech. Star Wars became the epithet of choice to ridicule SDI throughout the Reagan administration.
The liberal intelligentsia was having a terrific laugh at the expense of Reagans supposed Tinseltown fantasy.
But Moscow wasnt laughing.
Reagans SDI speech, coming only two weeks after his famous Evil Empire speech, sent the Soviets into a panic. The intelligence streaming into the CIA made clear that the Soviet leadership was terrified. Herb Meyer, special assistant to CIA director William Casey, was in the rarest of positions, able to observe simultaneously the Soviets private response to SDI and the American liberals public denouncements. He recalls the jarring contrast between the Kremlins frightened reaction and Kennedys dismissive caricature. I had Kennedy saying that on my radio, says Meyer, and on my desk [I had] the report from Moscow showing the Soviet leadership saying, effectively, Oh, no, its over.
Ted Kennedy unwittingly handed Moscow a glistening pearl of propaganda with which to publicly attack Reagans powerful idea.
Ted Kennedys Russian Romance
For whatever reason, Senator Kennedy liked the Soviets. And he thought they liked himwhen, in fact, they used him, wining and dining and duping him.
An eyewitness to this was Yuri Bezmenov, a journalist and editor for Novosti, the Soviet press agency (where he also worked for the KGB), before he defected to the West in the 1970s. Among Bezmenovs chief duties was to handle Western visitors through propaganda and misinformation. One of my functions, recalled Bezmenov in a 1984 television interview, was to keep foreign guests permanently intoxicated from the moment they landed at Moscow airport. He would accompany groups of so-called progressive intellectualswriters, journalists, publishers, teachers, professors of colleges. . . . For us, they were just a bunch of political prostitutes to be taken advantage of.
Bezmenov had come to see the rotten totalitarianism of the Soviet system and was quite bothered that these Western progressives could not discern the obvious. I did my job, he lamented, but deep inside I still hoped that at least some of these useful idiots [would catch on].
Among the worst of them, said Bezmenov, was Senator Ted Kennedy.
Pointing to a photo that he said showed Ted Kennedy dancing at a wedding at Moscows Palace of Marriages, Bezmenov stated, Another greatest example of monumental idiocy [among] American politicians: Edward Kennedy was in Moscow, and he thought that hes a popular, charismatic American politician, who is easygoing, who can smile, [who can] dance at a wedding at Russian Palace of Marriages. What he did not understandor maybe he pretended not to understandis that actually he was being taken for a ride. Bezmenov noted that Kennedy, in this particular instance, was participating in a staged wedding used to impress foreign mediaor useful idiots like Ed Kennedy. Most of the guests there [had] security clearance and were instructed what to say to foreigners. Bezmenov himself worked these weddings. He noted that Kennedy thinks hes very smart, but from the viewpoint of Russian citizens who observed this idiocy, he was an idiot, a useful idiot, participating in propaganda functions like thisa so-called wedding that was really a farce, a circus performance.
The Soviets saw Ted Kennedy as someone they could entertain and manipulate. And for the senator from Massachusetts, the Russian romance was ongoing. In March 1983 he reciprocated whatever wedding prize Soviet handlers gave him with a gift of his own: ridicule of Ronald Reagans self-described dream of missile defense. Around this same time the Massachusetts senator also made an extraordinary private bequest to the Kremlinand he did so quite consciously.
Kennedys Secret Overture to the Kremlin
As we now know from a highly sensitive KGB document, the liberal icon, arguably the most important Democrat in the country at the time, so opposed Ronald Reagan and his policies that the senator approached Soviet dictator Yuri Andropov, proposing to work together to undercut the American president.
This episode was stunning. Had Americans known of Kennedys overture to the Soviets at the time, it would have been a scandal. To this day it has not received the attention it demands.
The KGB report is dated May 14, 1983, less than two months after Kennedy first ridiculed SDI. KGB head Viktor Chebrikov sent the memo with Special Importance, under the highest classification, directly to General Secretary Andropov. The subject line read: Regarding Senator Kennedys request to the General Secretary of the Communist Party Y. V. Andropov. It concerned a confidential Kennedy offer to Andropov.
According to the KGB memo, Senator Kennedy had conveyed his message to the Soviets through his close friend and trusted confidant John Tunney. Chebrikov said that Kennedy was very troubled by the current state of Soviet-American relations, which the senator attributed not to Andropov and the Kremlin but to Reagans belligerence, especially his defense policies. According to Kennedy, reported Chebrikov, the current threat is due to the Presidents refusal to engage any modification to his politics. Reagans political success, said the letter, had made the president more dangerous, since it led him to be even surer of his course, and more obstinateand reelectable.
Chebrikov said that the Democratic senator held out hope that Reagans 1984 reelection bid could be thwarted, which would benefit the Democratic party. This seemed unlikely, of course, given Reagans undeniable political successes and popularity.
Where was the popular president vulnerable? Kennedy provided an answer for his Soviet friends. In Chebrikovs words, The only real threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations. These issues, according to the senator [Kennedy], will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.
At this point in the memo, Chebrikov conveyed the U.S. senators precise offer to the USSRs general secretary: Kennedy believes that, given the state of current affairs, and in the interest of peace, it would be prudent and timely to undertake the following steps to counter the militaristic politics of Reagan. Step number one, according to the document, would be for Andropov to invite the good senator to Moscow for a personal meeting. Said Chebrikov: The main purpose of the meeting, according to the senator, would be to arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they would be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA.
Kennedy recommended that he bring along Senator Mark Hatfield of Oregon, probably the most liberal Republican in the Senate, and a surefire target for duping. It seems the Democrat felt that the appearance of bipartisanship would have a strong impact on Americans and political circles in the USA.
The second step of Kennedys plan, the KGB head informed Andropov, was a strategy to help the Soviets influence Americans. Chebrikov explained: Kennedy believes that in order to influence Americans it would be important to organize in AugustSeptember of this year , televised interviews with Y. V. Andropov in the USA. The media-savvy Massachusetts senator proposed to the Soviet dictator that he seek a direct appeal to the American people. Kennedy and his friends, explained Chebrikov, were willing to help, and even named television reporters Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters as good candidates for sit-down interviews with the dictator.
According to the KGB memo, Senator Kennedy also urged lower level Soviet officials, particularly from the military, to do interviews with the press in the United States. Kennedy indicated that he could help organize this media blitz, since he wanted Soviet military and government officials to have an opportunity to appeal directly to the American people about the peaceful intentions of the USSR.
Apparently, Ted Kennedy viewed Yuri Andropov, that notorious KGB disinformation master who had become arguably the Soviet Unions dirtiest leader since Stalin, as an honest broker, a potential partner against the supposedly dangerous anti-Communist Ronald Reagan. As Chebrikov noted, Kennedy is very impressed with the activities of Y. V. Andropov and other Soviet leaders, admiring their commitment to heal international affairs and to improve mutual understandings between peoples. Senator Kennedy was approaching the Soviets with this proposal because they could root out the threat of nuclear war, improve Soviet-American relations, and define the safety for the world.
The memo concluded with a discussion of Ted Kennedys political prospects, mentioning that the senator wants to run for president in 1988 but also does not discount that during the 1984 campaign, the Democratic party may officially turn to him to lead the fight against the Republicans. Chebrikov also reported that Kennedy underscored that he eagerly awaits a reply to his appeal.
So according to this confidential memo from the head of the KGB to the leader of the Soviet Union, Senator Ted Kennedy had secretly approached a foreign governmentan abusive regime with which the United States had been engaged in a Cold War for nearly forty yearsin an effort to counter the policies of the president of the United States and to weaken that presidents political standing. This is shocking.
It is not clear what happened after Andropov digested the memo. Sadly, reporters never attempted to fill in the blanks by asking some basic questions of Kennedy. American journalists flatly refused to cover the story in the decades since the Times of London first mentioned the KGB document in February 1992. That remained the case even though Kennedys office never denied the legitimacy of the document.
The partisan American press chose not to report on an episode that would embarrass a politician frequently hailed as the Senates last lion.
The Washington Times, Oct 26, 2006,
Independent Sentinel, By Bob Bennett - July 12, 2017
When Ted Kennedy Asked the USSR to Help Fix the 84 Election
Nobody Called It Treason
THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR, By George Parry, April 8, 2018
A Further Perspective - Chappaquiddick Wasnt the Only Scandal
Heres one tailor-made for the medias Russia obsession.
THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR, By PAUL KENGOR, April 12, 2018
Special Report - The Kremlins Dupe: Ted Kennedys Russia Romance
The full story of his collusion with Moscow needs retelling no less than Chappaquiddick did.
Forbes, By Peter Robinson, Aug 28, 2009,
Ted Kennedy's Soviet Gambit
www.RushLimbaugh.Com, Mar 10, 2015,
John Bolton Is Right ! Obamas Iran Deal Is an Act of Surrender
Human Events, By Connie Hair, Thursday Aug 27, 2009
Remembering Teddys KGB Connection
The Heritage Foundation, By PAUL KENGOR, OCTOBER 22, 2010,
Dupes: Democrats & the Communist Party - Paul Kengor ( 1:17:04 )
Published on Mar 12, 2017
This is simply another example of “it isn’t a crime when a Democrat does it.”
Teddy “The Swimmer” Kennedy should have been hanged for treason. But he died in office.
That’s so last century. Who would want to drag the kennedy name, the lion of the senate, into the mud? Uh, where do I sign up?
And buried in Arlington National Cemetery, to America’s shame.
Thank you for all this work. I saw part of this interview last night and was hoping I could find it today.
Wasting our time. Got away with it. I’ll say it again: On the 50th anniversary of Chappaquidik-this summer-Trump should pardon Sirhan Sirhan.
You wouldn’t believe the hours that I’ve put into this thread.
Kennedy should be dug up and killed again.
I certainly do and I hope others appreciate your work also.
I am sending this on to several contacts of mine in the hope that it continues to spread.
Thanks so much for this! It’s nice to see Kengor getting more exposure.
He should definitely be removed from Arlington where his presence soils the memories of all who served to protect our freedom.
Ted Kennedy came to Wright Patterson in the 2005 timeframe. I wondered why is this POS here. At the time I was supporting a KC-135 SatCom flying testbed that had a very recent digital cockpit upgrade and had some very unique capabilities. He got it sent to the boneyard. Seems a certain Massachusetts Laboratory didn’t like having to interface with Wright Patterson because they wanted their own plane. Most galling, they tried to strip certain unique parts off that bird to be supplied to the lab after the fact.
Long read, bump
Mark Levin: Dr. Paul Kengor; Ted Kennedy Asked USSR to Help Fix the 84 Election.
No secret that Teddy was a skunk weasel. He was one all his life. Many, many historical examples of his lifelong corruption.
I couldn’t stay up to watch Levin’s entire interview and am grateful for your post. This is stunning material. Trump is being accused of doing what the Democrats have been doing all along.
Regarding Teddy, I appreciate this line:
Another greatest example of monumental idiocy [among] American politicians...”
Not much has changed except that it seems to have gotten worse thanks to our progressive educational institutions.
It’s NOT stupid for democrats to be corrupt - BECAUSE the press allows them to get away with it... then add in the corrupt FBI thugs and it’s amazing any Republican has been elected.,
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