SCANNED DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO  

ROBERT WELCH and BIRCH SOCIETY and EXTREME RIGHT

revised 05/01/11


Every so often I will post copies of historically interesting documents which pertain to assertions made by either the John Birch Society or by other extreme right sources.

I will also post documents from FBI files pertaining to the Communist Party—USA.

These documents come from FBI or other government agency files or from private papers and special collections archived at colleges and universities or other institutions around the country

For additional information, contact me at:  ernie1241@aol.com

Doc #

SUBJECT

001

Excerpts from 1958 unpublished version of Robert Welch’s “private letter” --- The Politician

002

Phyllis Schlafly letter confirming she and her husband joined the John Birch Society in 1959

003

FBI Associate Director Clyde Tolson requesting and receiving J. Edgar Hoover’s authorization for standard wording for FBI replies to incoming inquiries about Hoover’s caustic remarks about Robert Welch which Hoover made at an 11/18/64 press conference

004

FBI memo re: W. Cleon Skousen NOT being “a top aide” to J. Edgar Hoover

005

FBI memo re: W. Cleon Skousen NOT being an authority on communism while Skousen served in FBI

006

FBI memo synopsis re: W. Cleon Skousen article entitled Home Grown Subversion

007

J. Edgar Hoover reply to Mrs. W.R. Brown about lack of success by Communists

008

J. Edgar Hoover reply to inquiry regarding communist infiltration into clergy and religious institutions

009

Robert Morris letter to me re: his association with Harry Overstreet (Overstreet authored the 1958 book, What We Must Know About Communism, which the Birch Society described as “pro-Communist doubletalk”.)  Morris was the former Chief Counsel of the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee.

010

Robert Welch letter to Dr. Lawrence A. Lacey re: “Communist-Zionist conspiracy

011

Robert Welch letter to Verne Kaub re: Gerald L.K. Smith

012

Robert Welch letter to Verne Kaub re: Zionism-Israel

013

Willis Carto letter to Verne Kaub re: “lousy Hebrew”

014

Willis Carto letter to Verne Kaub re: “nigger dignitary”

015

Willis Carto letter to Verne Kaub re: Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter as“zionist subversive”

016

Communist Party Membership stats 1919-1954 per FBI monograph, “Membership of the Communist Party USA 1919-1954” [May 1955, page iii]

017

FBI Security Index Statistical Report for 2/15/50 which falsifies Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s Accusation That 205 or 57 Communists Were Working in State Department

018

George Racey Jordan

 

001

Pages 266-269 from the unpublished "private letter" version of The Politician circa August 1958.  Click on images to enlarge.  Additional information available at:  FBI FILES ON JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY


 

002

For some unknown reason, Phyllis Schlafly has always denied that she and her husband were ever members of the John Birch Society. See, for example, the book by her biographer, Carol Felsenthal [The Sweetheart of the Silent Majority, page 186].  However, as the letter below proves, both Phyllis and her husband joined the JBS in 1959.


003

FBI Associate Director Clyde Tolson asking for and receiving J. Edgar Hoover's approval for wording of replies to inquiries about Hoover's caustic 11/18/64 press conference statement about Robert Welch

004

W. Cleon Skousen: NOT a "top aide" to J. Edgar Hoover as both he and his admirers claimed [HQ 94-47468, #88; 8/22/68]


005

W. Cleon Skousen NOT an expert on communism while in FBI [HQ 67-69602, #338, 2 pages; 1/2/63]

 

006

Synopsis of FBI review of Skousen 3/71 article, Home Grown Subversion [HQ 94-47468, #98; 4/19/71]

007

J. Edgar Hoover 2/5/62 letter to Mrs. W.R. Brown [HQ 94-1-369, #1676] re: lack of CPUSA success.  [Note: due to anomaly with my scanner – this may not enlarge by clicking on it.  I will be happy to send a copy by email to anyone who wants to see it.  Send request to ernie1241@aol.com ]


008

J. Edgar Hoover July 1963 reply to inquiry which refutes extreme right allegations of significant Communist influence within U.S. clergy and religious institutions.

009

Robert Morris (Chief Counsel, Senate Internal Security Subcommittee) letter to me regarding Harry Overstreet.  Robert Welch and the Birch Society claimed, falsely, that Overstreet was "pro-Communist".


010

Robert Welch letter to Dr. Lawrence A. Lacey re: "Communist-Zionist conspiracy"

  



011

Robert Welch letter to Verne Kaub re: Gerald L.K. Smith

 

 
 


012

Robert Welch letter to Verne Kaub and Kaub's original letter to Welch re: zionism-Israel

  


  


013

Willis Carto letter to Verne Kaub re: "lousy Hebrew"


014

Willis Carto letter to Verne Kaub re: "nigger dignitary"


015

Willis Carto letter to Verne Kaub re: Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter as "zionist subversive"


016

Communist Party USA membership 1919-1954 per FBI monograph summary,  As of February 1960, CP membership dropped to 5600 according to FBI memo in HQ file 62-85557, serial #1703 (2/11/60, M.A. Jones to DeLoach)


017 =  

FBI Security Index Statistical Report

On February 9, 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy made a Lincoln’s Day speech to the Republican Women’s Club in Wheeling, WV in which he declared:

http://www.wvculture.org/History/government/mccarthy.html

"While I cannot take the time to name all of the men in the State Department who have been named as members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring, I have here in my hand a list of 205 that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who, nevertheless, are still working and shaping the policy in the State Department."

McCarthy subsequently revised the number to 57 in a telegram he sent to President Truman on February 11, 1950 and in remarks he submitted in the Congressional Record on February 20th.

http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/mccarthy/telegram.htm 

The FBI Security Index file indicates that McCarthy’s numbers (whichever one you prefer to use) were total hallucinations.  

According to the Bureau:

“The Security Index includes the names of persons who are considered dangerous or potentially dangerous to the internal security of the United States and, as such, should be given consideration for apprehension and detention in the event of an emergency.  The dangerousness of each person whose name is included in the Security Index has been determined as the result of Bureau investigation.”  [HQ 100-358086, #500; 1/11/51]

The Security Index included known or suspected Communist Party members, leaders in Communist front organizations, and assorted radicals who were considered potentially or actually dangerous during time of national emergency. 

Furthermore, a “Special Section” of the Security Index captured statistical data on 4 specific categories of Security Index names:  (1) Foreign Government employees, (2) United Nations employees, (3) Atomic Energy Program employees and (4) United States Government Employees.  

Furthermore: 

“United States Government employees considered dangerous or potentially dangerous to the internal security are maintained in the Special Section even though their cases are still pending under the Loyalty Program or the case has been determined in their favor by the Loyalty Board.”  [HQ 100-358086, #500, 1/11/51, page 6]

The Bureau’s Security Index Card statistical report of February 15, 1950 is broken down by field office. The FBI’s Washington DC field office lists a total of 43 individuals in its “Detention of Communists” [DC] column (all categories combined). [HQ 100-358086, #134; 2/15/50 statistical report] 

A subsequent serial indicates that there were only 4 individuals on the Security Index for Washington field who worked in some capacity in the U.S. Government.  The total number of Federal Government employees nationwide on the Security Index was 64. [HQ 100-358086, #227 dated 10/25/51]


018 = GEORGE RACEY JORDAN