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Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter (born 18 June 1942, Independence, Kansas) is a U.S. historian, investigative journalist and policy analyst on U.S. foreign and military policy. Between 1982 - 1990 he taught international studies at the City College of New York and the American University.[1]

Indochina Resource Center

During the Vietnam War, Porter served as Saigon Bureau Chief for Dispatch News Service International and later co–director of the Indochina Resource Center, an anti–war research and education organization based in Washington, D.C.[1]

Porter's Columns on the War in Southeast Asia and its Aftermath

This section is a selection of key newspaper columns that Porter had published concerning events in Southeast Asia, especially South Vietnam, and later on Cambodia. They reveal his far-left bias as well as some sheer disinformation statements, which will be cross-referenced to congressional hearings and criticisms of them.

  • New York Times, November 11, 1981, Op-Ed Page, "The U.S. and Vietnam". Porter is identified as "writes on Indochina for the Center for International Policy (CIP), a research center that focuses on United States policy toward the third world."

Porter's Congressional Testimonies during the Vietnam War and Immediately Afterwards

This section will list most, if not all, of Porter's congressional testimonies concerning events in Indochina during the war and the immediate post-war communist occupation policies in So. Vietnam and Cambodia. Porter usually represented the pro-Hanoi lobby known as the Indochina Resource Center (IRC) of which he was a codirector, though he was also a member of other far-left organizations concerning the war. Other testimonies by IRC leaders/staff can be found in the Keywiki secton for "Hanoi Lobby".

  • "Testimony of D. Gareth Porter", Hearings, Senate Internal Security Subcommittee (SISS), Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC), 1972, an rebuttal testimony to the February 1972 SIS compendium study "The Human Cost of Communism in Vietnam". Porter's testimony was, itself, critiqued in "The Human Cost of Communism in Vietnam - II: The Myth of No Bloodbath", Hearing, SISS, January 5, 1973, by Daniel Teodoru, veteran Vietnam traveler and researcher/writer, re Porter's Cornell study, "The Myth of the Bloodbath", 1971/72.
  • "Political Prisoners in South Vietnam and the Philippines", Hearings, Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, House Foreign Affairs Committee, 93rd Congress, 2nd Session, May 1 & June 5, 1974. Porter was identified as "codirector, IRC, Washington, D.C."
  • "Human Rights in Cambodia", Hearings, House International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on International Relations, 95th Congress, 1st Session, May 3,1977, pages 34-59 (testimony and mixed questions with other witnesses by the Subcommittee). Porter was identified as being with the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a once-liberal but Communist influenced "think tank" that became hardcore Marxist in the 1970's. Porter would deny any Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia in this testimony.

Institute for Policy Studies

In 1993 Gareth Porter was listed among "former fellows, project coordinators and staff" of the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington DC.[3]

Organizing Committee for a Fifth Estate

Rep. Larry McDonald testimony, Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, Hearings, 94th Congress, 2nd Session, "Subversion of Law Enforcement Intelligence Gathering Operations: Part 1: Organizating Committee for a Fifth Estate (OC-5) (OC5)", P. 3.

"OC-5, in its embryonic form was spawned at a November 1972 gathering of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA)-dominated People's Coalition for Peace and Justice - (PCPJ) - and was known as the Committee for Action/Research on the Intelligence Community or (CARIC). CARIC then operated from Room 523, the DuPont Circle Building, Washington, D.C. 20036 and from P.O. box 647, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, D.C. 20044."

CARIC changed its name to OCT in January, 1974, P. 13

OC5 was largely funded by leftist foundations and individuals, and joined with an organization known as Fifth Estate, created by leftist writer Norman Mailer in 1972. P. 13.

According to Rep. McDonald, in his testimony on P. 14, "There have been some changes (i.e in staff). Gary Porter left the organization during 1975, ..."

MORE ON THIS and COUNTERSPY Magazine to follow.

Kerry Aide

In the 1980s Senator John Kerry hired a former fellow of the radical "think tank" Institute for Policy Studies, Gareth Porter, as a legislative aide.[4]

Very little has been written on this subject and the Kerry staff didn't provide much usable information when queried by several journalists. What little has been found is summarized and sourced below.

"Covert Cadre: Inside the Institute for Policy Studies", S. Steven Powell, Green Hill, 1987, P. 23. "Sen. Harkin has hired a former IPS fellow, Gary Porter, to be his legislative aide", P. 22; and, in a section on the far-left Dispatch News Service (DNS), Powell wrote: "Gary Porter, Dispatch bureau chief, then became a fellow at IPS and then the director of the Indochina Project under the auspices of the Center for International Policy (CIP) (NB: originally CIP was known as the International Information? Center (IIP), a Fund for Peace (FfP) affiliate." Op. Cit, P. 35.

Washington Times newspaper, Jan. 30, 1998, "No CIA cocaine trafficking, exhaustive probe concludes", Associated Press (AP). This article was a summation of "an extensive internal investigation" by the CIA's Inspector General to charges in the leftist San Jose Mercury News, California, "concluded a San Francisco Bay area drug ring sold cocaine in Los Angeles and funneled profists to the Nicaraguan Contra rebels for the better part of a decade. It traced the drugs to dealers who were also leaders of a CIA-run guerrilla army in Nicaragua during the 1980s." [KW: This last statement was absolutely wrong.]

"The CIA released yesterday the first volume of conclusions reached by the agency' inspector general. It found no basis for the newspaper claims that CIA employees or agents colluded with allies of Nicaraguan Contra rebels to finance their guerrilla operations by bringing crack cocaine into the United States."

The importance of this 1998 story is that congressional sources had told several journalists, including some at the conservative weekly Human Events that Porter had been hired to do research, if not help led a task force investigation of the original claims in the 1980s. Kerry's staff literally buried their report issued about 1988 which said that they couldn't find any ties between the CIA and several low-ranking Contra officers accused of smuggling drugs into the U.S. No one at Kerry's office would provide any details as to Porter's possibly work on this investigation.[5]

There will be additional information on this issue added in the future.

Inter Press Service

Gareth Porter serves as a correspondent for the Inter Press Service. He has written regular news analyses on political, diplomatic and military developments in regard to Middle East conflicts for the IPS since early 2005.[1]


  • "Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam", a history of the origins of the Vietnam War


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 IPS North America website: About
  2. Betrayal in Vietnam, Prof. Louis A. Fanning, P. 147, Arlington House, 1976.
  3. Institute for Policy Studies 30th Anniversary brochure
  4. Communists in the Democratic Party, page 72
  5. Personal communication (Nov. 23/2011, to KW from investigative reporter Max Friedman who had worked for Human Events and was also the Associate Editor of The American Sentinel. He spent time delving into Porter's role, if any, in the Contra investigation while a member of Kerry's staff. Friedman described the Kerry staff as literally "stonewalling" on providing any information as to Porter's work as a member of Kerry's staff, saying that Porter actually was a "parttime" employee.