February 26, 2006


Did the KGB help plan America’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act? (Gerard Jackson, 20 February 2006, BrookesNews.Com)

Jimmy’s Carter’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was the culmination of a very successful campaign by the Washington-based Marxist-Leninist Institute of Policies Studies and the KGB to permanently cripple America’s intelligence services. To understand how this came about it is necessary to take a brief look at the institute’s America-hating founders.

The IPS was set up in 1963 by Richard Barnet and Marcus Raskin and funded by the pro-Soviet Rubin Foundation. [...]

Unfortunately for the US this pair have been allowed to do incalculable damage to country’s national security agencies. They were responsible for the 1974 Hughes-Ryan Act, piece of legislation that helped cripple intelligence operations by guaranteeing they would be leaked to America’s enemies. (Things haven’t changed much, have they?) But this is exactly what really lay behind the Act.

There are two shared characteristics here: a) those who took measures to cripple intelligence gathering were all Democrats; b) they were all connected by one means or another to the pro-Soviet IPS.

The Project on National Security was an IPS front to attack the CIA. In 1974 the Project was transformed into the CNSS (Center for National Securities Studies). Morton Halperin and Anthony Lake are two influential Democrats who helped launch the CNSS. Moreover, Lake was Senator Frank Church’s legislative aid. Church was also a good friend of the America-hating Richard Barnet and and seemed to share to some degree his anti-American view that the US was the real problem in the world.

In 1975 the CNSS published Abuses of the Intelligence Agencies. This was a brazen piece of Soviet disinformation that was used to influenced the Church and Pike committees and which helped bring FISA into existence. On Barnet’s advice Church employed a number of people from the CIP (Center for International Policy) as key committee staffers.

The CIP was an IPS front that Orlando Letelier was instrumental in forming. Letelier was a KGB agent who, with the full knowledge of Raskin and Barnet, used the IPS’s offices in Washington as his base of operations.

The document was mainly the work of Wilfred Burchett (an Australian journalist and KGB agent) and the traitor Philip Agee. So how could an obvious KGB operation have any influence on a congressional committee? Simple: the Church and Pike Committees used sympathisers and even members of the Institute for Policy Studies as advisers and researchers.

Like Senator Church Pike was deeply influenced by the CNSS’s Abuses of the Intelligence Agencies document. (The influence of this document was greatly assisted by IPS agents working on these committees). The support this classic piece of KGB disinformation received from leftwing politicians and the Nixon-hating media (now the Bush-hating media) resulted in the successful crippling of US intelligence agencies.

The pro-Soviet activities of the IPS were so brazen that Brian Crozier*, co-founder of London’s prestigious Institute for the Study of Conflict, could publicly state that

The IPS is the perfect intellectual front for Soviet activities which would be resisted if they were to originate openly from the KGB.

Yet IPS penetration was so deep in the Democratic Party that when Carter became president he appointed IPS fellow travellers to the White House staff and then more or less gave them carte blanche to further undermine his country’s intelligence structure, which is precisely what they did. Gregory Treverton and David Aaron, both IPS agents and Letelier contacts, crippled covert operations by having over 800 operatives fired. (Guess which foreign intelligence agency that pleased?)

The CNSS and the ACLU, meaning the IPS, basically drafted FISA!

In fairness, the Soviets likewise funded nearly all of the Left's causes during the Cold War, like the nuclear freeze, and no one's ever called Democratic leaders like John Kerry on it, so ciphers will certainly get a pass.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 26, 2006 8:51 PM

"Did the KGB help plan Americas Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act?"

If they didn't, they weren't doing their job.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at February 26, 2006 10:25 PM

The IPS was exposed as a haven of Soviet apologists a long time ago, by Reader's Digest (IIRC). Lake's connections to the IPS were one reason why he never held a Senate-approved job in the Clinton administration (like CIA director, or Secy. of Defense or State).

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 26, 2006 11:05 PM

I'm not surprised, yet this is astoundimg. How reliable is Brookes News as a source?

Posted by: Genecis at February 26, 2006 11:06 PM

Can't we execute traitors in America any more?

Posted by: obc at February 26, 2006 11:29 PM

Remember, no shooting Democrats in the head until AFTER trial by a military commission.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 27, 2006 6:48 AM

Any criticism of IPS led to charges of Mcarthyism all the way through the Clinton administration. Obviously, IPS was a Soviet front. What does that say about the Democratic left or the New York Times during that period? Malevolent or just stupid? I'll go for a combination of both although with the emphasis of stupid. Just read Anthony Lewis and Tom Wicker columns from the period.

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford,Ct. at February 27, 2006 7:08 AM

The KGB funded all of this? Hmm, interesting. Oh, well, they still lost so I suppose it was just money down the drain.

Posted by: Mikey at February 27, 2006 7:52 AM