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By Dr. Steven J. Allen

WASHINGTON, DC – In the old days, law enforcement and intelligence agencies misbehaved.

1) CIA officer E. Howard Hunt planted spies in the 1964 Goldwater campaign. “My subordinates volunteered inside, collected advance copies of position papers and other material, and handed them over to CIA personnel,” Hunt confessed in a memoir. A Goldwater secretary provided advance copies of speeches and press releases, and a “journalist” from Continental Press news service—a CIA front—picked them up and delivered to a CIA officer assigned to the National Security Council at the White House.

“They seemed to know everything I was going to do, everything I was going to say,” Goldwater sighed.

John Roche, speechwriter for President Johnson, confirmed that “Somehow or other, we used to get advance texts of Senator Goldwater’s key speeches. The consequence of this was that before Goldwater had even opened his mouth, we had five speakers primed to reply. . . . All I know is that when I innocently inquired how we got them, the reply was ‘Don’t ask.’”

According to Goldwater’s communications director, reporters asked specific questions about travel plans that had been discussed only behind closed doors.

Goldwater’s plane was bugged by the FBI. So was Richard Nixon’s plane in 1968; FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover told Nixon after Nixon won.

During the Nixon administration, E. Howard Hunt ran the “Plumbers” operation that attempted to bug the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate. Why? “Plumber” Eugenio Martinez: “Eduardo [codename for Hunt] told us he had information that Castro [Cuba] and other foreign governments were giving money to [Democratic nominee] McGovern, and we were going to find the evidence.”

Castro’s regime was fully funded by its Russian ally, so Russia would have been the source of any Cuban money.

Regarding journalists’ double standard—using information obtained illicitly on Goldwater, then demanding that Nixon be impeached over political spying—Goldwater said the attitude was: “If a Democrat does it, that’s cute.”

2) Hoover, director of the Bureau from 1924 until his death in 1972, held onto his job by using “soft blackmail.”

Newsweek reported that, when a congressman was caught up in scandal, Hoover “personally assured the legislator that he would be spared any publicity. . . . Such promises of protection were no doubt comforting, and indeed it was the FBI’s job to shield people from blackmail. But the mere fact that the agency had such information could have been, as Rep. John M. Slack of West Virginia put it, ‘a way of getting a congressman under a club.’”

Journalist Ron Kessler quoted William Sullivan, once the FBI’s third-ranking official: “The moment [Hoover] would get something on a senator, he’d send one of the errand boys up and advise the senator that ‘we’re in the course of an investigation, and we by chance happened to come up with this data on your daughter. But we wanted you to know this. We realize you’d want to know it.’ Well, Jesus, what does that tell the senator? From that time on, the senator’s right in his pocket.”

Once, leftist journalist Mark Ames noted, “Hoover presented some of his kompromat on JFK to Bobby Kennedy, in a concern-trollish way claiming to ‘warn’ him that the president was opening himself up to blackmail. It was really a way for Hoover to let the despised Kennedy brothers know he could destroy them, should they try to Comey him out of his FBI office.”

Hoover, using information from illegal surveillance, tried to push Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to suicide. An anonymous blackmail letter read: “King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is.”

Today, FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. is named after Hoover.

3) The CIA had its own method for dealing with critics. In 1965, Thomas O’Neill of the Baltimore Sun reported that “recent revelations of Central Intelligence Agency blunders and general heavy-footed operations are stirring renewed agitation on Capitol Hill for a sterner congressional scrutiny of the global activities of the agency. The tacit message of the CIA memorandum to uneasy congressmen calling for restraints: Lay off, or open yourself to suspicion as a tool of the Russian secret police.” O’Neill expressed hope that someone would stand up to the “raw intimidation implicit in the CIA’s warning against Russian dupes.”

4) Four days before the 1924 British election, the Daily Mail published the “Zinoviev letter,” a directive to the British Communist Party from the Communist International chief in Moscow. The letter indicated that the Labour government was colluding with the Russians.

The Labour Party, which had set up its first-ever government nine months earlier, lost to the Tories (Conservative Party). Although Labour would likely have lost the election anyway, the controversy helped push anti-Communist members of the formerly second-place Liberal Party to vote for the Conservatives, and the Liberals never won another election.

Later, the Zinoviev letter was found to be a fake, either forged by British intelligence or forged by anti-Soviet Russians and leaked to the Daily Mail by British intelligence, which falsely authenticated it. The newspaper sat on the story for weeks, timing it to appear just before the election; it was the British counterpart to an October Surprise. The Tories gave a top job to the intelligence official who had planted spies in the Labour Party and was probably behind the Zinoviev letter. For years, members of the Labour Party considered the 1924 election results illegitimate, harboring resentment that, some said, diverted the party’s attention from taking steps to become more popular with the general public.

Why did the Intelligence Community do it? Gill Bennett, former chief historian of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, wrote: “It was not just the intelligence community, but more precisely the community of an elite – senior officials in government departments, men in ‘the City,’ men in politics, men who controlled the Press – which was narrow, interconnected (sometimes intermarried) and mutually supportive. Many of these men . . . had been to the same schools and universities, and belonged to the same clubs. Feeling themselves part of a special and closed community, they exchanged confidences secure in the knowledge, as they thought, that they were protected by that community from indiscretion.”


► People from the intelligence community spied on the President’s opponents. In the most famous case of political spying, they hoped to catch the opponent colluding with a puppet of Russia.

► To get its way, the FBI used soft blackmail. An FBI official would show a politician a dossier and say, “we’re just letting you know this information is out there.”

► The CIA threatened that any politician who criticized the agency would be painted as a Russian dupe.

► British intelligence helped bring down a government by documenting the connection between a domestic political party and the Russians. The media eagerly joined in. The documentation was fake. The actions by British intelligence led many members of the losing party to believe justifiably that the election had been stolen, which filled them with bitterness. The intelligence operative who was probably behind the false scandal was subsequently promoted. The matter was fabricated by men who considered themselves inherently superior to the working-class members of the other political party.

We are fortunate that, today, those sorts of things happen only in crazy conspiracy theories.

P.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer in January 2017: “You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you, so even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman [like Trump], he’s being really dumb to do this [criticize them].”


Dr. Steven J. Allen (JD, PhD) is vice chair of conservatives’ national grassroots network, The Conservative Caucus. Contact us for permission to reprint.

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