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Anti-Intelligence Groups

This section is a temporary repository a lists of groups and publications concerning domestic groups in the U.S. who have consistently attacked, tried to subvert, or have tried to destroy the internal security agencies and supporting law enforcement agencies who handle internal security matters. There is a direct linear descent and relationship between the early Communist Party USA CPUSA front organizations, aided by Soviet fronts in trying to discredit and even dismantle the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI, police "intelligence divisions", military intelligence agencies (ONI, OSI, MID, CID, etc)and especially the Central Intelligence Agency CIA, and parallel or interlinked groups that arose in the "New Left" from the late 1960's thru the 1980's.

Individual groups will eventually be given their own Keywiki page, but what is being created is a master list of these groups, and how they have been characterized by U.S. government congressional hearings, reports, studies, etc., governmental agency reports (esp. FBI), and local governmental agencies such as state government agencies/commissions, law enforcement agencies, and some military reports.

Some private research groups whose works have credibility will also be listed because they represent an alternative research resource that serious students of history and political movements should know about, and possible use. Some of these groups information, usually in the form of newsletters and reports, are not on the internet but hopefully will be in the future. The sheer volume of materials that need to be collected, specially missing issues of older publications, is almost overwhelming but an attempt is being made to get them.

Unfortunately, over time, a number of groups and investigative reporters who published reports on internal security, have gone out of business or ceased publication because of declining subscriptions, the death of key editors, etc. Their files have reportedly been donated to private foundations or libraries, and where discernible, they will be listed. This would include the massive files of the American Security Council, the Church League of America, the files of Betsy Osth, Ed Montgomery, Ed Hunter, and other internal security specialists from the 1950's through the 70's.

Many of the CPUSA fronts were formed for specific events, such as the Rosenbergtreason trials and appeal, but their real purpose was to attack the government agencies who investigated Soviet espionage, the U.S. prosecutors who handled the case, witnesses, including some former CPUSA members/spied who turned government witnesses, and the court system itself. The members of these "fronts" usually were found to be members of other CPUSA anti-law enforcement/intelligence groups, and over time have included the cited CPUSA fronts National Lawyers Guild NLG; National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee NECLC; the NLG-creation the Center for Constitutional Rights CCR, formed by known CPUSA members/attorneys and sympathizers, as well as parallel CPUSA-fronts or heavily influenced organization.

The destruction of the congressional internal security committees/subcommittees by the Democrats from 1975 to 1985, as well as governmental investigating boards Loyalty Board Subversive Activities Control Board (SACB), and the old Civil Service Commission, the latter which had an investigation arm to keep all kinds of subversives out of government employment, ensured that communist and other far-left extremists could easily penetrate the U.S. Government. The appointment by the Obama Administration of so many avowed communists, marxists, socialists, etc. to positions, such as "czars" and "presidential advisors", where no security investigation was needed, shows how crippled the U.S. Government's internal security system has been since the great onslaughts against it in the early 1970's. This also included the grave damage that the Church Committee, the Pike Committee and the Boland Committee did from 1975 to the 1980's, not to mentions some extensive damage done by the Watergate Committee investigations into the "White House Plumbers]] operations.

Some governmental hearings that will be listed here may seem to be of minor concern to the internal security issue but, in reality, they have far more importance than has ever been publicized, an importance that will be described with their listing.

Lists of Publications and Related Resources Pertaining to Attacks on U.S. Internal Security

Of specific importance is 'Chapter 7: "Crook": A Soviet Agent in Congress' about Rep. Samuel Dickstein D-NY, who was a paid Soviet agentfrom around 1937 to the early 1940's.

This committee investigated German operations in the U.S., especially the German-American Bund, a pro-Hitler, pro-Nazi movement which was eventually destroyed by the FBI and the Department of Justice during WW2; what were collectively known as Japanese imperialist organizations, i.e. support groups for Emperor Hirohito and Premier Tojo; and Soviet operations in the U.S., but espionage and subversive, along with its U.S. arm, the Communist Party USA (CPUSA).

Major publications were put out by this committee until its demise in 1944 when a new House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA) was created to fulfill investigations for legislative purposes.

  • House Internal Security Committee HISC - Created in 1969, it lasted until 1975 when the Democrats refused to fund it, thus effectively killing it. Rep. John Conyers Jr reportedly had their files illegally sealed for between 50-75 years instead of the usual 25, a deal that Rep. John Rodino {D-NJ]] supported in his role as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which took over the internal security roles of the HISC. According to the last Rep. John Ashbrook R-OH and the late, murdered Rep. Larry McDonald D-Ga who was killed when South Korean Flight 007 was shot down by a Soviet fighter in 1983, Rodino gave his word that the functions of HISC would be carried on by his Committee, but with Conyers in charge of the Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights which had jurisdiction in this area, there was never a chance that this would ever happen.

The real reason that Conyers prevented any real internal security investigations to be done, and had the files sealed long beyond what their regular archival retention schedule called for, was to prevent the public from gaining legitimate access to the "public files" to which they had a right, and to seeing which members of congress had ties to both CPUSA and Soviet fronts, operations and causes. [2]

  • Senate Judiciary Committee Senate Subcommittee on Internal Security SISS - Created in as an investigative and reporting arm of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the SISS dealt extensively with Soviet operations abroad and in the U.S., as well as with domestic terrorism, campus disorders, the New Left, and related security issues until the Democrats eliminated it in 1985, thus destroying the last congressional body that did any real serious internal security work and reported to the public.

Two of the most important hearings that this Committee held were:

While these hearings concerned Soviet Disinformation programs, the 1982 hearing also had information on the operations of the Soviet peace front the World Peace Council WPC and its US affiliate the US Peace Council (USPC). Some lists of people involved in them in the U.S. were censored by the Democratic majority from the full text of the exhibit WPC Call From Washington D.C.: WPC Bureau Meeting International Dialogue for Disarmament and Detente, Washington D.C. January 25-28, 1978 by deliberately leaving out the names of U.S. Congressmen/women who either sponsored the USPC, hosted the delegation, or both.

Photographs of these Congressmen were left out, as well as any mention of their hosting a luncheon on Capitol Hill for this KGB supported operation. However, there are two sources for these omitted people, namely the full text of the booklet that the WPC issued about this delegation, and a brief but crucial two pages in the book The War Called Peace: The Soviet Peace Offensive, Western Goals, 1982[5]

The four major U.S. Representatives who hosted the WPC delegation at a congressional luncheon were:

From page 23 of this section, "World Peace Council", WPC 1978 Bureau Meeting, Washington D.C.", is found the following sentence:

(More information on who attended the WPC affairs will be found under the KeyWiki section "World Peace Council" and some of them still have significant public visibility through the year 2010)

Specific Congressional Hearings Relative to Anti-Intelligence Groups

  • HCUA, Trial By Treason: The National Committee to Secure Justice for the Rosenbergs and Morton Sobell, August 25, 1956, and Part II, Hearings, August 4-5, 1955 including Index.
  • HCUA, Operation Abolition: The Campaign Against the House Committee on Un-American Activities, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Government Security Program by the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee ECLC and Its Affiliates, a report by the HCUA, November 8, 1957 Operation Abolition
  • SISS, Proposed Antisubversion Legislation, Hearings, on various Senate bills, April 20, 21, 23, 24, 27-30, May 1, 5 & 15, 1959, Appendix to Part 1, The Case of Steve Nelson From the Records. (Also see VALB - Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade for more on Nelson)
  • HCUA, Communist Legal Subversion: The Role of the Communist Lawyer, HCUA, House Report No. 41, February 16, 1959, February 23, 1959
  • CalifSFFSUAA, , Twelveth Report, 1965
  • CalifSFFSUAA, Thirteenth Report, 1967
  • CalifSFFSUAA, Fifteenth Report Un-American Activities in California, 1970, Report of the Senate Fact-Finding Subcommittee on Un-American Activities to the 1970 Regular Session of the California Legislature, Sacramento, California

  • HISC, Revolutionary Activities Directed Toward the Administration of Penal or Correctional Systems, Parts 1-4, Hearings, resp. March 29 & May 1, 1973; June 25, July 12 & 25 (in part), 1973; July 24 & 25 (in part), 1973; and July 25 (in part), 1973, including Index (Testimony of Richard R. Norusis, Investigator, Minority Staff).
  • HISC, Revolutionary Target: The American Penal System, Report, HISC, House Report No. 93-738, December 18, 1973
  • HPSCI, Compilation of Intelligence Laws and Related Laws and Executive Orders of Interest to the National Intelligence Community As Amended through March 1, 1981, prepared for the use of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, March 1981
  • SISS, The Nationwide Drive Against Law Enforcement Intelligence Operations, Hearings, September 18, 1975
  • SISS, The Nationwide Drive Against Law Enforcement Intelligence Operations, Part 2, Hearings, ????/1975
  • House Select Permanent Committee on Intelligence (HSPCI), Soviet Covert Action (The Forgery Offensive), Hearings, Feb. 6 & 19, 1980, House permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • HPSCI, Soviet Active Measures, Hearings, July 13-14, 1982, Ibid.
  • Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Criminal Laws and Procedures, 59th Congress, 1st & 2nd Sessions, series, "The Erosion of Law Enforcement Intelligence - Capabilities - Public Security"
  • Part 1: July 13, 27 & Sept. 21, 1977

Title changed to: "The Erosion of Law Enforcement Intelligence and Its Impact on The Public Security"

  • Part 2: Sept. 28, 1977
  • Part 3: October 5 & 20, 1977
  • Part 4:
  • Part 5: February 28, 1978
  • Part 6: April 25, 1978
  • Part 6A - Appendix: April 25, 1978
  • Part 7: April 27, 1978
  • Part 8: March 9 and May 5, 1978

Books and Similar Publications About Attacks on Internal Security

One of the best books on the destruction of America's internal security system can be found in a book by the first Chief Counsel of the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, Robert Morris. Entitled [6], this book details how this dismantling took place over decades, naming names of those responsible, and what harm has been done to America's security.

Another great book that details one of the most dangerous and ignored far-left anti-intelligence operations is that by S. Steven Powell, "Covert Cadre:Inside the Institute for Policy Studies", 1987, Green Hill Publishers.

Other books that are "most" readings on intelligence, both about foreign enemies operations as well as those of domestic enemies, include:

  • "The KGB Against The 'Main Enemy': How the Soviet Intelligence Service Operates Against the United States", Herbert Romerstein & Stanislav Levchenko, Lexington Books, 1989
  • "The Web of Subversion: Underground Networks in the U.S. Government", James Burnham, John Day Company, 1954, 1959 (covers Communist penetration of the government during the 1930's thru 50's).
  • "The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America - The Stalin Era", Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev, Random House, 1999,, 2000 Modern Library Paperbacks (Contains chapters on congressional investigations committees)
  • "Target America: The Influence of Communist Propaganda on U.S. Media", James L. Tyson, Regnery Gateway, 1981, 1983 (Has a section on the Institute for Policy Studies, Center for National Securities Studies (CNSS) and biographical data on key leftists)
  • "Only Victims: A Study of Show Business Blacklisting", Robert Vaughn, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1972. Originally written as his PhD thesis, this book looks into how congressional investigations, specifically those of the Special and House Committee on Un-American Activities regarding the entertainment industry, effected that industry and specific individuals. Lots of cited resources to check on and information from someone on the liberal-left (often best known as the actor on "The Man From U.N.C.L.E" television show). Personal communication from Max Friedman who talked with Mr. Vaugh in 2000 about this book: I disagree with a lot of the book's conclusions in that it often missed the ideological warfare the Soviet and Communist Party were waging in the entertainment industry in order to influence American public opinion in a number of areas. However, Vaugh did a lot of good research, talking to people involved, and makes a serious effort to present his position without the communist/pro-communist bias that marked Victor Navasky's "Naming Names." Vaughn's book should be read by anyone interested in the issue of both communist penetration of the entertainment industry and about congressional investigations in that area.

While the book sometimes misses the larger picture of communist subversion as a weapon to affect public opinion, it does stay within the self-imposed boundaries that Vaugh set out to cover. 9/04/2011

  • "The Ordeal of Otto Otepka", William J. Gill, Arlington House, 1969. The story of Otepka's attempts to clean up massive security problems in the State Department and how he was mistreated and harassed for years before he was exonerated and his findings were verified.
  • "I Led Three (3) Lives: Citizen - "Communist" - Counterspy", Herbert A. Philbrick, Grosset & Dunlap, 1952. One of the best inside views of the Communist Party by an American citizen who volunteered to join it at the request of the FBI and remained deep inside for nine years until he testified at the Foley Square trials of the Communist Party leadership. He also testified before the House Committee on un-American Activites in the 1950's, and information from that hearing proved invaluable over the decades in tracing how deep into some American industries, societal groups, including churches, and the media the CPUSA had gotten.

Congressional Record Articles and Related Materials on the Anti-Intelligence Efforts

These items below are from the Congressional Record (CR) which pertain to efforts to emasculate or destroy the U.S.'s internal security programs, laws, and organizations. Some of them will show up under other topical or organizational sites but this will be the place for the majority of them in order to give the reader a comprehensive overview of this effort. Some outside materials will also be placed in this section in order to keep them all together.

  • C.R., June 3, 1974, "Subversive Organization List To Be Abolished By Executive Order", Rep. John Rarick (R-LA), Page E17399, reproducing an article from the Washington Star-News Washington Star, June 2, 1974, "Subversives Listing to End", by Margaret Gentry.

Groups, Organizations, Conferences, Meetings, Protests and Similar Activities

This section will be a repository for listing various groups, events, etc. that have to do with the Anti-Intelligence Lobby and Anti-Intelligence Groups. See their individual listings at Keywiki for details. This will only be a brief synopsis or mention of the groups and individuals, events, etc.

Speakers included:

  • Counterspy '75- A 3-Day Conference Sponsored by KPFA, Oct. 10-12, 1975, San Francisco

Speakers included:

Listed speakers included:

From a flier entitled "Call to the Conference: The CIA and World Peace", sponsors

Committee for Public Justice was a part of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Speakers included: (More will be added from a more extensive set of documents on the group and their events)

See Counterspy Magazine Counterspy March 1973, issue No. 1


  1. The Haunted Wood, The Modern Library, NY, 2000
  2. Private communication from then congressionally-accredited journalist Max P. Friedman2010. He was in attendance at meetings with both Ashbrook and McDonald when they explained the supposed "deal" with the Democratic Caucus in 1975 that would save the functions of HISC when transferred to the House Judiciary Committee
  3. Soviet Covert Action: The Forgery Offensive, Hearings before the Subcommittee on Oversight of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House of Representatives, 96th Congress, Second Session, February 6 & 19, 1980, GPO #63-772 O
  4. Soviet Active Measures, Hearings before the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House of Representatives, 97th Congress, Second Session, July 13-14, 1982
  5. The War Called Peace: The Soviet Peace Offensive, Forward by Congressman John Ashbrook, 1928-1982 and Afterword by Helmut Sauer, member of the West German Bundestag, Western Goals, 1982
  6. Self Destruct: Dismantling America' Internal Security, Arlington House, 1979
  7. Congressional Record, Oct. 6, 1975, pp. E5252-5253, "Countersecurity Conference", Rep. Larry McDonald D-GA
  8. Internal Security Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Handbook for Americans, S. Doc. 117, April 23, 1956, p. 91, "With an eye to religious groups, the Communists have formed religious fronts such as the Methodist Federation for Social Action***.";Guide to Subversive Organizations and Publications (and Appendixes), HCUA, Dec. 1, 1969, p. 107 listing
  9. New York Times, "6 Democrats Here Critical of CIA, Paul L. Montgomery, March 10, 1975
  10. Subversion of Law Enforcement Intelligence Gathering Operations, Part 1 - Organizing Committee for the Fifth Estate, Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, Sen. Judiciary Committee, March 26, 1976