“Enemies Within” Teaser: Did A Soviet Spy Weaken America by Subverting the Senate?
By Trevor Loudon
July 11, 2013
The Council for a Livable World was established in 1962 by Leo Szilard, a former Manhattan Project scientist and a prominent anti-nuclear activist.
Szilard was also a Marxist and according to former Pavel Sudaplatov, former wartime director of the KGB’s Administration for Special Tasks a Soviet agent.
Szilard declared that the purpose of the group was “to combat the menace of nuclear war.” Their major method was to promote U.S. disarmament concessions to the USSR and “non-intervention” against Soviet aggression.
The group adopted a clever strategy. Long time director Jerome Grossman claims that by funding Senators at the beginning of their careers, Council for a Livable World was able to influence them later on.
We try to find obscure people who would make good Senators or Representatives and early on try to give them the initial funding. Now we can’t compete with the big money. We only raise a million and a half each election cycle. But that’s a million and a half that has no cost to them. Because we get in early, and because it’s tied to issues, seems to have some kind of an effect. Then if we elect somebody they’re eternally grateful. Then we go and we are able to get a hearing.
The group boasts that several major weapons systems have been cancelled because of its influence.
Over the years the Council has helped to elect and presumably influence hundreds of Senators and Congressmen who have been sympathetic to the group’s disarmament message.
These include Barack Obama (pictured below with Jerome Grossman in 1994), Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Chris Dodd, Chris Coons, Dick Durbin, Tom Harkin, Patty Murray, Al Franken, Jeff Merkley, Carl Levin, Chuck Schumer, Sherrod Brown, Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders.
The Council’s latest victories include both Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey.
The Council for a Livable World has probably done more damage to US defense capabilities than any other organization in the country.
My new book The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress exposes the Council for a Livable World and many of the Senators and Representatives it has helped to elect.
“The Enemies Within” will be officially released August 20, 2013, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Former Soviet bloc spy chief casts light on 1971 anti-war activism
July 11, 2013
Excerpt from above link:
Secretary of State John Kerry’s 1971 testimony before a Senate panel claiming American troops in Vietnam regularly committed war crimes against civilians was a product of a Soviet KGB disinformation campaign, according to the highest-ranking Soviet-bloc defector.
“Although Kerry never fully revealed the source of the accusations, I recognized them as being a product of another KGB disinformation operation,” says Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa in a new documentary produced by WND Films.
Testifying to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on April 22, 1971, Kerry claimed war crimes were being “committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command”:
“They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.”
In the new documentary, retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin, an original member of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force who spent 36 years in the Army, challenges Kerry’s testimony.
“He never saw those things. He was perpetuating the myth of the left about our young men and women who served in Vietnam,” Boykin says.
Boykin recalls Kerry throwing his war medals over the White House fence in protest.
“It was all a ploy to increase his status and draw attention to him,” Boykin says.
“I think it’s high time for Senator Kerry to come clean and apologize for what he did,” he charges.
WND Managing Editor David Kupelian, a co-writer of the documentary, explains on camera the power of disinformation.
He points out that if Kerry’s anti-American rhetoric were delivered openly by the Soviet Union, it would not have the same impact, because Americans would expect their communist enemy to talk like that.
However, he says, “We don’t expect this from a person like John Kerry, and that message was carried forth by the so-called mainstream news media in the U.S.”
The Soviet Union made deception a major tactic, the documentary says, in its effort to advance internationally an ideology that snuffed out the lives of 150 million people in the 20th century, twice the combined death toll of the two world wars.
Disinformation is insidious, because it’s a lie spread not by the liar but by a legitimate source people trust, making it not only harder to discern but giving it an endless life.
“The lie thus becomes a rewritten history.”
Alluding to the Kerry testimony, the documentary postulates that during the Vietnam War, if the Soviet Union had put out a story that American soldiers were carrying out atrocities “reminiscent of Genghis Khan,” the free world would recognize the claim as misinformation or propaganda.
But if a U.S. soldier were to spread it and a U.S. newspaper were to carry it, then many citizens might believe the slander and question America’s involvement in the war.