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MY RESEARCH INTRODUCTION rev. October 25, 2020

 

FBI FILES AND DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO

EXTREME RIGHT INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, AND THEIR ASSERTIONS

Questions/Comments = ernie1241@aol.com 

I am a freelance researcher into the history of conservative and extreme right individuals, organizations, publications, and controversies in the U.S. 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 several messages which were posted on the John Birch Society website and those messages were by JBS members and supporters who had seen this Introduction to my decades of research.  In typical Bircher fashion, my explanation for my interest in this subject matter (summarized above) was deliberately mis-represented.  I was accused of having a “40-year vendetta” against the JBS because I was supposedly “insulted” or because my “feelings were hurt” when my interest in right-wing conspiracy theories began.

As is typical of JBS members, they never bothered to contact me to ask a question or to seek clarification before resorting to ad hominem attacks 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 from 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 above – and I then became fascinated by right-wing conspiracy narratives.  AND:  Nothing has changed during the past 50+ years...Birchers still malign their critics and fabricate lies about their character!

For more than 38 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 many hundreds of individuals, organizations, publications, and controversies. I was particularly drawn to subjects which had not been previously researched and, consequently, not many (or no) books, articles, or other publications were available on the subjects I was pursuing.

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).

See list of my FOIA requests here:  https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/foia 


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

On many occasions, senior officers of the Birch Society (including JBS founder Robert Welch) 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 article in its magazine, American Opinion, entitled "The Wisdom and Warning of J. Edgar Hoover.”

Strangely, very few historians or other scholars 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” – whose “only weapon is the truth” 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 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, Fair Play For Cuba Committee, 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 10 years I 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.  [See link below to my webpage which contains an 84-page alpha list of my FOIA requests.]

NOTE:  

Many FBI files which I obtained are now available online on the Internet Archive website.

Thanks to the generosity of Southern Poverty Law Center, a major portion of my paper FBI files were scanned into PDF files by the Center For Right Wing Studies at University of California-Berkeley.  As scans of those files were completed, I added them to my personal Internet Archive webpage  (see the "FBI files recd after 2015" link below).

More FBI files will be uploaded during 2020 after the FBI finishes processing many of my outstanding FOIA requests.

FBI FILES RECD BEFORE 2015

AND

FBI FILES RECD AFTER 2015

I have donated DVD's containing hundreds of FBI files to University of California-Berkeley's "Center For Right-Wing Studies".    See:  http://crws.berkeley.edu/fbi-foia-archive


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 referred to me as Comrade”, “New World Order stooge”, “disinformation agent”, “false patriot, and similar terms.

Perna also 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 – October 2020

 

SUBJECT (latest revision date)

URL

MY RESEARCH (Homepage)

August  2020 / 15pp

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

ACADEMIC THESES & DISSERTATIONS 

ON RIGHT-WING

August 2020 / 107pp

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 / 31pp

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

ARCHIVES and PRIVATE PAPERS

RE: RIGHT-WING

March 2019 / 55pp

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

EDGAR BUNDY and 

CHURCH LEAGUE OF AMERICA

March 2013 / 11pp

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

CONSPIRACY THEORIES:   

NATURE and PURPOSE OF

February 2020 / 17pp

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

CPUSA

[Communist Party USA and FBI Penetration of Party]

November 2019 / 31pp

 

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”]

April 2020 / 10pp

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

HARRY J. DEAN and 

JBS PLOT” to Murder JFK

[Harry Dean has claimed for 50 years that he was "recruited" by the FBI (and the CIA) to become their informant and undercover operative to provide information on radical right-wing and left-wing organizations and individuals.  

Harry 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 (says Harry) the FBI refuses to release documents confirming Dean’s story for national security” reasons. 

Dean's FBI-HQ and FBI-Los Angeles and CIA files were released 30 years ago, and they  DO NOT support Dean's assertions.  In fact, a Los Angeles FBI Agent described Dean on one serial as a "mental case".  There are no documents of any kind whatsoever reflecting that Dean gave any information to SAC Wesley Grapp about any "JBS plot" and it should be noted that at the time Harry Dean claims he gave that information to Grapp in Los Angeles (i.e. September 1963), Grapp was still assigned as Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Miami Florida field office!]

August 2017 / 75pp

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

DOCUMENTS

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

May 2011 / 11pp

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

DOOM PREDICTIONS BY RIGHT-WING

[Extreme Right Doom Predictions]

September 2019 / 11pp

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

FBI INFORMANTS

CPUSA

[FBI informants inside CPUSA] = 12pp

 

DELMAR DENNIS

[Dennis = FBI informant inside White Knights of the KKK of Mississippi] = 3pp

August 2017 / 15pp

 

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

 

 

 

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

FBI ABBREVIATIONS AND FORMS

June 2015, 32pp

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/foia/fbi-info


 

FOIA REQUESTS =

Alpha List of My Requests

December 2018 / 84pp

FBI CHART OF MY FOIA REQUESTS (prior to 2007)

May 2017 / 253pp  

(PDF copy also attached at bottom of this webpage)



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

 

 

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

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

[Note: As of October 2020, my entire JBS report (chapters 1 thru 18) totals 614 pages.]

Introduction – including discussion of controversy over Robert Welch’s 287-page private letter which was 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

January 2020 / 52pp

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

JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY: chapter 5

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

February 2015 / 8pp

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


 

JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY: chapter 6

FBI vs JBS on U.S. Civil Rights Movement

·    Negro Soviet Republic” as CPUSA Strategy

· FBI on 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” attended by Martin Luther King Jr.

· 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

January 2020 / 58pp

(58pp for chapters 6 and 7 combined)

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

JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY:  chapter 7

FBI vs JBS on Persons JBS Claims to Be “Experts” About Communism

[Discusses Dan Smoot, W. Cleon Skousen, David Gumaer, Julia Brown, Lola Belle Holmes, Matt Cvetic, among others. Also see chapter 10]

February 2019 / 58pp

(58pp 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

November 2018 / 17pp

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

JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY: chapter 9

Documentary History of the John Birch Society

[Note:  Section 9005a now contains links to selected newspaper articles about the JBS from Google News Archive.]

This Chapter presents a history of JBS through documents -- most of which have never previously been publicly available. The last section (9005a) now includes a section regarding internal controversies within the JBS from 2000-2006.

May 2014 / 88pp

 

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie1241/

 

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie1241a/

 

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie1241b/

 

https://sites.google.com/site/jbs9004/

 

https://sites.google.com/site/jbs9005a/

 

JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY: chapter 10

Background Information about JBS American Opinion Speakers Bureau Employees

January 2020 / 23pp

https://sites.google.com/site/xrt013/home/jbs

RACISM and the JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY:

 – chapter 11 

 

Racism and the John Birch Society--part 1

April 2019 / 90 pages

  

Racism and the John Birch Society--part 2

March 2020 / 44 pages


NEW! 

Racism and the John Birch Society--part 3

 [Part 3 includes detailed Chronology showing connections of racial and religious bigots to JBS]

October 2020 / 117 pages 

CHAPTER 11

 


PART ONE--Racism and JBS

https://sites.google.com/site/aboutxr 

 

PART TWO--Racism and JBS

https://sites.google.com/site/aboutxr/home/racism-and-john-birch-society-2

 

NEW!   PART THREE--Racism and JBS

https://sites.google.com/site/aboutxr/home/jbs-racism3

 

EFFICIENCY RESEARCH BUREAU

 – chapter 12

The Fraudulent Investigation of the JBS by Efficiency Research Bureau

NOTE:   Chapter 12 is the first section of my multi-part rebuttal to a February 2018 article by Bircher Alex Newman. 

Newman responded to comments that appeared on The Federalist website earlier in February.  See Chapters 15 and 16 below.

February 2019 / 15 pages

 

https://sites.google.com/site/aboutxr/home/erb

JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY FALSEHOODS REGARDING ROBERT WELCH’S “PRIVATE LETTER” ENTITLED “THE POLITICIAN”

---CHAPTER 13

March 2019 / 15 pages

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

 


 

JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP

NEW!  CHAPTER 14

July 2020 / 30 pages

 

https://sites.google.com/site/aboutxr/jbs-members


CHAPTER 15

REBUTTAL TO ALEX NEWMAN 

ARTICLE DEFENDING JBS

January 2020 / 33 pages

 

https://sites.google.com/site/aboutxr/home/jbs-newman

 

CHAPTER 16

BIRCH SOCIETY MIS-USE OF 1963 CALIFORNIA SENATE REPORT ON JBS

January 2020 / 32 pages

https://sites.google.com/site/aboutxr/home/jbs-racism3/jbs-newman-2

            NEW!  CHAPTER 17                  Rebuttal to Alex Newman Attack Upon Daily Beast website article re: JBS & Phyllis Schlafly          

May 2020 / 19 pages      

https://sites.google.com/site/aboutxr/newman-3

 NEW!

RIGHT-WING VIOLENCE--Historical Background

October 2020 / 5 pages

https://sites.google.com/site/aboutxr/right-wing-violence 

 NEW!

POLITICAL SPECTRUM

Analysis of Proposed Spectrum Where Nazis-Fascists and White Nationalists are LEFT-WING

October 2020 / 17 pages


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

 

 

MARTIN LUTHER KING and the

THE COMMUNIST TRAINING SCHOOL”  CONTROVERSY

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

March 2019 / 16pp

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

EUSTACE MULLINS

December 2016 / 30pp

[New expanded edition anticipated in 2020 – including material never previously publicly available]

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

W. CLEON SKOUSEN:

Mythology About His FBI Career

October 2012 - but revised September 2018 / 52pp

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]

March 2019 / 20pp

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

 

 Questions, criticisms and comments = ernie1241@aol.com