Skip to comments.McCarthy Transcripts Point to Cover-up by Justice Department
Posted on 05/07/2003 6:08:37 PM PDT by ConservativeVoice
McCarthy Transcripts Point to Cover-up by Justice Department
Wes Vernon, NewsMax.comWASHINGTON The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has just made public its hitherto sealed closed-door hearings 50 years ago showing widespread Soviet penetration of the U.S. government. Despite the negative media spin, the hearing transcripts show its chairman, Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, was ahead of his time.
Wednesday, May 7, 2003
A prime example is the case of the atomic scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, whose advocacy of sharing nuclear secrets with the Soviet Union helped bolster the war machine of the genocidal Joseph Stalin. This gave the Soviets a leg up in the Cold War that lasted nearly a half century and took millions of innocent lives.
Paul Crouch, at one time a top functionary of the Communist Party, broke with the Red conspiracy and exposed communists in influential positions. Before McCarthys committee, Crouch testified that he had attended a closed Communist Party meeting with Oppenheimer.
Worse, he told the senators, two Justice Department officials in 1952 barred Crouch and his wife from testifying at a perjury trial of another scientist for fear that in so doing, he would end up exposing Oppenheimer.
The result was that the scientist on trial, Dr. Joseph Weinberg, was found innocent of lying when he said he was not communist. Crouch could have identified the man under oath, but because his testimony would also have exposed Oppenheimer, the Justice Department effectively conceded the case.
Part of the testimony before McCarthys committee reads as follows:
McCarthy: Did they [the Justice Department lawyers] say who had given them these instructions [not to allow Oppenheimer's name to come up]?
Crouch: No, sir, they did not. They did not indicate it in any way.
And a minute later ...
McCarthy: Is there any doubt in your mind that Oppenheimer was a member of the Communist Party?
Crouch: None whatsoever.
Crouch also testified in public hearings before the Senate panel and shared his knowledge with the FBI.
Now fast forward to 2002:
Out comes the book Sacred Secrets by Jorrold and Leona Schecter, two historian/journalists who scoured Soviet archival material and intelligence documents and conducted extensive interviews. They settle the argument. Oppenheimer was not innocent.
Though the authors are also critical of McCarthy, R-Wis., they show the profound influence that an aggressive Soviet intelligence service exerted on U.S. domestic and foreign policy in those years.
The Schecters find that Oppenheimer (code name CHESTER) was a secret member of the American Communist Party [the Soviet NKVD identifies him as an 'unlisted member']." Their book produces FBI and Soviet intelligence documents showing that the Communist cell to which Oppenheimer had belonged prior to working with the Manhattan Project received instructions to cease relations with CHESTER to avoid compromising him. Henceforth, his contact would be restricted to Soviet intelligence channels.
Now back to the 1953 testimony before the McCarthy committee:
McCarthy: And if he [Oppenheimer] were under Communist Party [or Soviet] discipline, he, of course would be bound to turn over any atomic secrets to them that he had available?
Crouch: That the party directed.
Crouch: It is a matter of record that Dr. Oppenheimer appointed many Communists to key positions in the atomic energy program.
You're right that Ike didn't want to touch the issue. He had no idea how many cans of worms this was going to open up. He had already seen what Truman went through. And that is the sort of thing I was referring to as a "third rail." It's certainly no coincidence that McCarthy made the issue of communists in government his personal property -- nobody else wanted it. Even Nixon only took the Hiss matter so far. It was somebody else who sent Hiss away to Lewisburg.
True but that cast a wide net. A fascinating account of the Federal government's purchase of $30 million worth of goose down from Communist China is in Volume One of the transcripts. The committee was also concerned that the $130 million a year the government was spending on books, films and cultural events to fight communism overseas was going to writers who were working for the Soviets. That is why Daschle Hammett, Helen Goldfrank (Vol.2) and other writers were called to testify.
En zo Noombers Gai, you haf not answered zee ques-tion vich vas "Can you name anyone who was not guilty"?
Pushing the light aside, I note:
Another poster listed some folks involved in the Army-McCarthy Hearings who were guilty - it should seem to be a simple matter to begin naming the innocent.
Just one name, eh?!
Orwellian isn't it? Traitors are seen by the left as people of principle defending the constitution. It it chilling to read the transcripts and see the contempt and arrogance the Soviet agents and supporters showed to congress.
Has anyone one left ever expressed concern about the actions of the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) between 1934 and 1937? That is when a Soviet agent ran the committee and went after German Americans.
Taking the 5th when you ARE a communist agent does NOT make you "innocent."
Add to that the betrayal of Chaing Kai Shek and the Nationalist Chinese by sabotaging-by-dumping-at-sea his much needed military shipments from us to combat ChiComs easily leads one to believe that Communist infiltration at the highest levels, including the military, was something seriously at issue and in need of exposure/investigation. And we still ask, "Who lost China?" I'll bet McCarthy knew.
In time we may find that McCarthy's information was more accurate than the media once thought -- or was willing to admit. When one Senator takes on Hollywood AND commie sympathizers in the US military, it's a bigger fish than he or anyone alone would be capable of frying.
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