In the last few years documents released by CIA and the KGB have cleared Joe McCarthy of the hysteria around his "era". Turns out, from the dentist
to the cleaning lady, they really were communists. Alger Hiss had first been identified as a KGB agent in 1942. Long before he was put in charge of
security at the Yalta talks or brought the UN to America. But what the hysteria did do is make it laughable to claim cells could be involved in a
conspiracy against this country. Which is what Al Qaeda knew when it mimicked the Soviet model from the 1930's through the 1960's when the KGB used
communists for espionage and hiding weapons here to be used later. So why would a Hollywood studio ignore all the recent evidence? Luckily, the film
looks really heavy handed and preachy. If any film critic does a google search, this film is going to be blasted. DATELINE and TODAY both passed on
having George Clooney on after seeing the trailer for the film.
Here's the trailer: movies.yahoo.com...
Here are the facts:
What do the Russian files reveal?
The authors claim that Americans identified by the Venona transcripts to be Soviet agents were members of the Moscow-controlled CPUSA, an
“auxiliary” of Soviet intelligence, whose active collaboration facilitated Stalin’s espionage offensive against the U.S. Fueled with an
“ideological affinity for the Soviets,” these idealistic Marxist-Leninists betrayed what they considered a “morally illegitimate” American
capitalist system. Few defected or renounced Communism, even after Stalin’s purges and 1939 pact with Hitler.
According to the Venona decryptions, Stalin’s agents included:
Lauchlin Currie, senior White House aide to FDR, who alerted the NKVD (Soviet intelligence) to FBI investigations of its top agents.
Martha Dodd, licentious daughter of the American ambassador to Berlin, whose passionate affair with the first secretary of the Russian embassy
included passing confidential diplomatic correspondence to Moscow.
Alger Hiss, chief of the State Department’s Office of Special Political Affairs, who accompanied Roosevelt to Yalta in 1945 and chaired the founding
conference of the UN. This senior assistant to the secretary of state gave Soviet military intelligence diplomatic cables concerning Axis threats to
Laurence Duggan, head of the State Department’s Division of American Republics and the secretary of state’s personal adviser for Latin America,
who gave the NKVD Anglo-American plans for the invasion of Italy.
Michael Straight, a family friend and protege of President and Mrs. Roosevelt who was recruited into the NKVD by Soviet spy Anthony Blunt while
attending Cambridge University.
Harry Dexter White, assistant secretary of the Treasury, U.S. director of the IMF, senior adviser to the American delegation at the founding
conference of the UN, who facilitated employment for Soviet sources in his department.
Harold Glasser, vice-chairman of the War Production Board and assistant director of the Treasury’s Office of International Finance, who gave the
NKVD a State Department analysis of Soviet war losses.
Gregory Silvermaster, a Treasury economist whose spy network provided Moscow with prodigious amounts of War Production Board data on arms, aircraft,
and shipping production.
Victor Perlo, chief of the Aviation Section of the War Production Board whose spy ring supplied the Soviets with aircraft production figures and
included a Senate staff director.
Judith Coplon, Justice Department analyst who alerted Moscow to FBI counterintelligence operations.
Duncan Lee, descendant of Robert E. Lee and senior aide to OSS chief William J. Donovan, who became the NKVD’s senior source in American
intelligence; he divulged secret OSS operations in Europe and China.
William Weisband, NSA linguist who informed Moscow that the Venona Project had deciphered its messages.
While Haynes and Klehr acknowledge that there were “sensible [security] reasons” for keeping Venona secret (so secret that even President Truman
lacked direct knowledge of it), they argue that “This decision denied the public the incontestable evidence afforded by the messages of the Soviet
Union’s own spies.” Proof of Soviet espionage and “American Communist participation” based on the testimony of defectors was “inherently
more ambiguous than the hard evidence of the Venona messages.” If Venona had been made public, they maintain, government investigations and
prosecutions of Communist party members would have been more defensible.
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By the way, McCarthy had nothing to do with loyalty oaths or the