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MY RESEARCH - rev. 04/16/14
 
FBI FILES AND DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO

EXTREME RIGHT INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, AND THEIR ASSERTIONS

I am a “conspiracy buff” and a freelance researcher. I am not connected to any organization.   

My interest in this subject matter began in the early 1960’s.  A relative of mine (who was a police officer) had a subscription to the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin which I read regularly. Every issue had an “Introductory Message” authored by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. 

One day while reading one of Hoover’s messages, I noticed that he made a comment which flatly contradicted a statement which, coincidentally, had just been published in a letter-to-the-editor to my local newspaper.  So I responded to that person’s letter.  I quoted Hoover’s comment and I added some additional material from a recent report by the California Senate Fact-Finding Subcommittee on Un-American Activities.

After my reply was published, I received several hostile anonymous phone calls and one individual (whom I later discovered was a John Birch Society member) replied in the form of a poem which was published in my local paper. One part of her poem inquired:  “Is it just coincidence that Ernie’s words so arty, sound just like the Communist Party?”

I never understood (then or now) how quoting Hoover or our state un-American activities committee could put me in the company of the CPUSA --- and thus began my life-long interest in right-wing conspiracy theories and their adherents.


In 2009, I discovered messages posted on the Birch Society website by JBS members/supporters who had seen this webpage.  In typical Bircher fashion, my explanation (summarized above) about the origins of my interest in right-wing conspiracy theories was deliberately mis-characterized.  I was accused of having a "40 year vendetta" against the JBS because I was “insulted” or my “feelings were hurt”. 

As is typical of JBS members, they never bothered to contact me to ask a question or to seek clarification before resorting to an ad hominem attack upon my character or integrity.  Instead, they just totally ignored that I stated I could not INTELLECTUALLY understand how someone could link me to communism by my use of quotations from such indisputable anti-communist sources such as J. Edgar Hoover/FBI or our California Senate Subcommittee on Un-American Activities --- both of which the JBS had effusively praised as being entirely authoritative and reliable sources.

So to any Bircher reading this:  It is NOT a "vendetta" nor were my feelings hurt as a teenager when all this began.  I simply became fascinated by the MENTAL gymnastics revealed by the type of comment in the poem that I mentioned – and I then became fascinated by right-wing conspiracy narratives.  AND:  Nothing has changed during the past 40+ years...Birchers still malign their critics and fabricate lies about their character!]

For more than 30 years I have been acquiring FBI (and other agency) files and documents via Freedom of Information Act requests.  Of particular interest to me have been those persons and organizations who espouse a conspiracy explanation of current events and past historical developments---such as the John Birch Society. 

As I learned more about the intellectual history of right-wing conspiracy arguments, I realized that I would need to pursue research on more than 2000 persons, organizations, publications, and controversies.

Altogether, I have received about 600,000 pages of documents and quite often I have been the first person to request and receive these files and documents.  (In March 2007, the FBI informed me that I had submitted approximately 8900 FOIA requests during the preceding 28 years).  

The John Birch Society was founded in December 1958 by Robert Welch.  Arguably, it has been the best organized, best-financed and most successful right-wing conspiracy organization in modern times. 

The Birch Society has stated that former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was our nation's most knowledgeable, reliable, and authoritative expert on the communist movement.  See, for example, the Birch Society's October 1966 American Opinion magazine article entitled "The Wisdom and Warning of J. Edgar Hoover."

Until relatively recently, however, no one had pursued FOIA requests to the FBI to determine the FBI's evaluation of the Birch Society's premises, arguments, and conclusions --- particularly with respect to those persons and organizations which the Birch Society has characterized in highly derogatory terms such as “communist”, “pro-communist”, “communist sympathizer”, “communist agent” “subversive”, “un-American” or “traitor”.

Thus, I always thought my research would be welcomed by JBS members and their supporters because it would serve as a “reality check”– i.e. allow them to ascertain to what degree their conclusions conform to judgments made by the person (Hoover) and the institution (FBI) which they have so highly recommended for decades!

In addition, since the JBS claims to be an “educational organization” and “an army fighting with facts” – one would think that having access to new data released for the first time, as a consequence of my FOIA requests, would be eagerly welcomed….but nothing could be further from reality!


I was the first person to request and receive the entire FBI headquarters main file on the JBS (HQ file #62-104401 in 60 sections = 12,000 pages).  I also am the first person to receive most of the FBI field office files on the JBS and those files are often hundreds or thousands of additional pages. 
 Of particular interest are the Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles field office files.  

I also requested and received numerous files/documents pertaining to people and organizations associated with, or recommended by, the Birch Society in its literature.  This includes documents/files on FBI informants within the CPUSA who later became paid speakers for the JBS.

In addition, I also have acquired numerous FBI files and documents pertaining to the Communist Party—USA, plus numerous organizations characterized by the Birch Society in very derogatory terms such as:

American Association for the United Nations, American Civil Liberties Union, Americans For Democratic Action, American Friends Service Committee, Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, Council on Foreign Relations, CORE, Foreign Policy Association, Highlander Folk School, League of Women Voters, NAACP, National Committee For A Sane Nuclear Policy, National Council of Churches, National Education Association, National Student Association, National Urban League, United World Federalists, UNESCO, UNICEF.

During the past few years I have made a special effort to obtain the FBI’s CPUSA-related files (HQ and field offices) in order to determine whether or not the claims made by the John Birch Society regarding CPUSA interest in, or fear of, the JBS is justified by available evidence in FBI documents.

Significantly, when I bring the attention of JBS members and sympathizers to what I have discovered in FBI files and documents they never ask me questions about the content of those files and documents.  They never ask me how they might go about obtaining copies to check their content.  They never offer alternative interpretations nor do they attempt to refute anything shown in the FBI documents cited in my JBS Report (see links below). 

Instead, JBS partisans usually immediately engage in hostile and abusive attacks upon my character, integrity, and patriotism ---even though they don't know a thing about me! For example:  one of my most prolific JBS critics (John Perna, a JBS chapter leader in South Carolina) routinely refers to me as “Comrade”, “New World Order stooge”, “disinformation agent”, “false patriot”, and similar terms.

This same JBS chapter leader posted numerous messages in Yahoo conspiracy discussion groups which declared that J. Edgar Hoover's FBI was (quoting Perna) "a great friend" of the Birch Society.  Some Birchers even go so far as to claim that JBS members had been "FBI employees" during Hoover's tenure...which is false—according to J. Edgar Hoover! 

On November 18, 1964 J. Edgar Hoover held a very unusual 3-hour press conference.  It was devoted, primarily, to discussing the Warren Commission Report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy---which had just been released.  During this press conference Hoover also discussed the murders of civil rights workers in the south, gun control legislation, and other subjects.

It was during this press conference that Hoover made his now famous comment about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. being "the most notorious liar in the country."  For example, see “HOOVER ASSAILS WARREN FINDINGS” by Ben A. Franklin (New York Times, Nov 19, 1964, page 1).

It was also during this press conference that Hoover was asked his opinion about JBS founder, Robert Welch.  Hoover's remarks about Welch often were not included in newspaper reports because editors preferred to focus upon Hoover’s controversial Warren Commission and MLK Jr. comments.

However, FBI Associate Director Clyde Tolson correctly recognized the impact that Hoover's caustic comments about Welch would have and Tolson wrote a memo to Hoover to suggest standard wording for replies to the anticipated deluge of inquiries which he anticipated that the Bureau would probably receive (and which it did receive).  

Hoover approved the recommended wording (See his handwritten "Yes" and his initial on memo copied below).  



WEBPAGE LINKS TO ALL MY REPORTS – April 16, 2014

REPORT SUBJECT / DATE and PAGES

URL

MY RESEARCH (Homepage)

April 2014 / 10pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/home

ACADEMIC THESES & DISSERTATIONS 

ON RIGHT-WING

October 2013 / 99pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/biblio-2

Also available for download here:

http://crws.berkeley.edu/theses-and-dissertations

ANTI-CFR, ANTI-ILLUMINATI,

ANTI-ROCKEFELLER LITERATURE

October 2011 / 28pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/biblio-1

ANTI-COMMUNISM

FBI Concerns About Extremism and Ill-Informed Anti-Communists

September 2012 / 8pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/anti-communism2

ARCHIVES and PRIVATE PAPERS RE: RIGHT-WING

August 2011 / 24pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/archives

EDGAR BUNDY / CHURCH LEAGUE OF AMERICA

March 2013 / 12pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/bundy-1

CONSPIRACY THEORIES:  

NATURE and PURPOSE OF

August 2011 / 18pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/ct-1

CPUSA

[Communist Party USA and FBI Penetration of Party]

March 2014/ 21pp

https://sites.google.com/site/xrt013/cpusa1

CPUSA—Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s Charges

[Claims made by M. Stanton Evans in his 2007 book, “Blacklisted By History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against American’s Enemies”]

September 2011 / 10pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/cpusa/mccarthy

HARRY J. DEAN

[Harry Dean has claimed for 50 years that he was an FBI (and CIA) informant and undercover operative who provided information on right-wing and left-wing organizations and individuals.  He also claimed that in September 1963 he informed the Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles FBI office (Wesley Grapp) about a John Birch Society “plot” to murder President Kennedy which involved Guy Galbadon, John Rousselot, Maj. Gen. Edwin A Walker, Loran Hall, and Lawrence Howard but the FBI refuses to release documents confirming Dean’s story for “national security” reasons.]

April 2014 / 34pp

https://sites.google.com/site/xrt013/harrydean

DOCUMENTS

[Copies of scanned documents pertaining to extreme right individuals and groups]

May 2011 / 12pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/documents

DOOM

[Extreme Right Doom Predictions]

December 2009 / 10pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/doom

FOIA REQUESTS = Alpha List of My Requests

November 2013 / 85pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/foia

ANATOLI GOLITSYN:

A CONSPIRATORIAL DILEMMA

[Conspiracy believers often propose we believe mutually exclusive “expert” sources]

August 2008 / 17pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/golitsyn

JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY:  chapters 1-4

Introduction – including discussion of controversy over Robert Welch’s 287-page “private letter” entitled The Politician and how the FBI first learned about Robert Welch and the Birch Society, -- then

(1)   FBI Evaluations of Robert Welch and the John Birch Society

(2)    FBI vs JBS on Internal Security Status of U.S.

(3)    FBI vs JBS on Communist Infiltration of Clergy and Religious Institutions

(4)  FBI vs JBS on Communists in the Department of Health, Education, Welfare

September 2013 / 47pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/jbs-1

JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY: chapter 5

(5)  FBI vs JBS on Harry A. Overstreet as an alleged“Communist sympathizer” or Dupe

December 2013 / 8pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/jbs-2

JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY: chapter 6

(6)  FBI vs JBS on Civil Rights Movement

·         Negro Soviet Republic” as CPUSA Strategy

·         Alan Stang’s 1965 book published by JBS, It’s Very Simple: The True Story of Civil Rights

·   Highlander Folk School as an alleged “Communist Training School”

·   Gary Allen’s article in the JBS magazine,American Opinion, on the August 1965 Watts Riot, “The Plan To Burn Los Angeles

·   The Birch Society’s Evaluation of African-American Labor and Civil Rights Leader, A. Philip Randolph

September 2013 / 55pp

(55pp for chapters 6 and 7 combined)

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/jbs-3

JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY:  chapter 7

(7)  FBI vs JBS on Persons JBS Claims To Be “Experts”on Communism

[discusses Dan Smoot, W. Cleon Skousen, David Gumaer, Julia Brown, Lola Belle Holmes, Matt Cvetic, among others]

September 2013 / 55pp

(55pp for chapters 6 and 7 combined)

Same as above

JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY: chapter 8

Conservative Critics of Robert Welch and/or the John Birch Society

February 2012 / 17pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/jbs-4

JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY: chapter 9

Documentary History of the John Birch Society

March 2012 / 66pp

This Chapter presents a history of JBS through documents -- most of which have never previously been publicly available.

9-1 = https://sites.google.com/site/ernie1241/   

9-2 = https://sites.google.com/site/ernie1241a/  

9-3 =  https://sites.google.com/site/ernie1241b/  

MARTIN LUTHER KING and

“THE COMMUNIST TRAINING SCHOOL” CONTROVERSY

[Who was responsible for describing Highlander Folk School as a “Communist Training School”?]

March 2013 / 19pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/hfs-1

EUSTACE MULLINS

February 2010 / 21pp

[New expanded edition anticipated circa 12/13]

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/mullins

W. CLEON SKOUSEN:

Mythology About His FBI Career

October 2012 / 50pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/skousen

DAN SMOOT: CONSPIRACY EXPERT?

[This Smoot report greatly expands upon the data presented in chapter 7 of my John Birch Society report and it includes a lengthy discussion of extreme right assertions about our civil rights movement]

December 2011 / 22pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/smoot

JAMES W. VON BRUNN

[Critique of Rush Limbaugh’s claim that Von Brunn was motivated by left-wing impulses]

June 2009 / 19pp



Questions, criticisms and comments = ernie1241@aol.com