SOVIET SPIES & AGENTS OF INFLUENCE:
WHAT MY FATHER DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT
THE COMMUNIST ENEMIES WITHIN OUR MIDST
By Alan Caruba
He wouldn't have believed that Alger Hiss, a highly placed U.S. State Department officer and the first, interim Secretary General of the United Nations, was also a Soviet agent or that Harry Hopkins, one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's top advisors, was also a Soviet agent. He probably believed the Rosenbergs, who helped the Soviets get our A-bomb secrets, weren't guilty, but they were. J. Robert Oppenheimer, who directed the Manhattan Project that developed the A-bomb, gave aid and assistance to the Soviet Union, but he was so revered after the end of the Second World War that the U.S. government merely took away his security clear- ance.
The fact is Senator Joe McCarthy was right, but, by the mid-1950s, his name had been turned into a dirty word by the same Liberal Leftist propaganda machine that today is trying to convince Americans President George W. Bush "lied" to them about Iraq. They had to wait until after the FBI's first director, J. Edgar Hoover, was dead before they dared to slander his reputation.
How do we know this? The answer is "Venona", the name given to a top secret pro- gram to break Soviet codes and read intercepted communications between Moscow and its intelligence stations in the West. The program began in February, 1943, con- ducted by the U.S. Army's Signal Intelligence Service, the forerunner of the National Security Agency. The cables that a small cadre of very young deciphers worked on were initially dispatched between 1940 and 1948, but the effort continued apace from 1947 through 1952, and continued to crack the cable codes right up to 1980.
By the end of Venona, 2,900 Soviet messages had been translated and the yield in intelligence regarding the way the Communist Party, U.S.A., directed entirely by the Kremlin, sought to uncover our secrets and to influence government policies is breathtakingly astonishing. In 1995, Venona was declassified.
We can be grateful to Herbert Romerstein and the late Eric Breindel for making the huge effort to tell the story of this extraordinary cipher-breaking program in their book, The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors (Regnery Publishing, $19.95, softcover, 608 pages). This book, in part, documents the revelations in Ann Coulter's current bestseller, Treason. It is based both on the declassified Venona information and on the archives of the Communist International that were kept in Moscow, as well as the files of other Communist parties in Eastern and Central Europe. They became available to researchers after the fall of the So- viet Union.
So why don't more Americans know about the Venona project? Ask that question of the Liberal mainstream press that, to this day, still slanders the reputations of those brave men who dared to suggest that the Communist Party, U.S.A., was a threat to this nation--the same Liberal mainstream press which insists that "McCarthyism" was and still is the real threat. The truth is, ignoring your real enemies, as we finally learned on September 11, 2001, is the real threat.
Venona revealed that U.S. policies were influenced or thwarted because of Ameri- cans who were Soviet agents and served high up in our government or were in posi- tions to secure essential wartime information and information that affected our na- tion's policies during the course of the Cold War. They were quite different from spies who sold out the U.S.A. for money; they were the true believers in Commun- ism.
Frankly, I doubt my father fully comprehended the threat of the Soviet Union and the Cold War. I was sure, however, that he bought into every Leftist lie of his day because his day began with the New York Times and included reading the New Re- public and even Foreign Affairs, the quarterly journal of the Council on Foreign Relations. His was a steady diet of propaganda designed to make the dictatorship of the proletariat look like a noble aspiration, a great goal, instead of the enslavement it represented for millions behind the Iron Curtain or subject to it in Red China, North Korea and Cuba.
You shall know the truth and it shall set you free. The truth is, in the 1940s and the decades that followed, the U.S. State Department, the US Treasury, the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO)--until it expelled some of its unions--and even the U.S. Army were thoroughly infiltrated by Americans whose loyalty was to the Soviet Union, a nation bent on the destruction of capitalism and the constitutional democra- cy upon which it is based. Ironically, you can thank the Soviet Union for the flawed structuring and unsound financing of the Social Security program and for the failure of our present public educational systems. National policies in both areas, Social Security and federally assisted and controlled public education, were advocated, initiated, pushed through to adoption, and implemented by Leftists, who sought to establish in America a comprehensive, all-embracing social welfare state, a com- mand economy (i.e., a statist or state socialist economic system), and an educational system based on the Soviet model.
Hollywood won't tell you that. Instead, you can rent "The Majestic," which stars Jim Carrey and includes scenes of a film writer being ruined by the "Red Scare" of the 1950s. The members of the socalled "Progressive Caucus" in Congress won't tell you that, but they are as Red as they come. The New York Times won't tell you that, but the newspaper's long history of lies is now becoming more widely known.
The Venona Secrets, however, spells it out and documents it. My father died in 1993. Venona was declassified two years later. He was a good man, an intelligent, well- read man, but he was wrong about a lot of things. He didn't grasp what vast numbers of ordinary, working Americans instinctively understood. The threat was and the threat still is Communism, currently in the form of the treacherous and very danger- ous monsters that are the offspring of classic Soviet-style Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist Communism--offspring running things in such places as Red China, North Korea, Vietnam, and Fidel Castro's Cuba. And now, add to that longterm enemy of the U.SA. and its allies the new enemy, namely Islamism, or militant Islam. Not surpris- ingly, both enemies use terrorism as their primary tool of conquest and control.
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Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, Communications Director of the American Policy Center, and Founder of the Na- tional Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center (www.anxietycenter.com). A compilation of his past columns, entitled Warning Signs, is published by Merril Press. In addition to Warning Signs, Caruba is the author of A Pocket Guide to Militant Islam and The United Nations vs. the United States, both of which are available from the National Anxiety Center, 9 Brookside Road, Maplewood, New Jersey, 07040.
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