Revival Of US Cold War-Era Committee To Echo McCarthy Fear Tactics

America under Communism” a 48 page cautionary tale of how easy it would be for Communists to take over the US. It was published “”To make you more alert to the menace of Communism.”

America under Communism” a 48 page cautionary tale of how easy it would be for Communists to take over the US. It was published “”To make you more alert to the menace of Communism.”

United States – The proposed revival of a Cold War-era committee to hunt for Russian espionage and assassination plots in the United States was just a tactic to foster fear-mongering among the American people, AT&T/National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Mark Klein told Sputnik.

The US Senate Intelligence Committee’s 2017 Intelligence Authorization Bill includes a request that the White House reinstate a Cold-War-era presidentially-appointed group to unmask Russian spies and uncover Russian-sponsored assassinations.

The group, which would include personnel from the State Department, intelligence community and several other executive offices, would meet monthly.

“In reality, this is just another way to pump up fear,” Klein stated on Thursday.

However, Klein expressed skepticism about whether the group could perform any useful counter-intelligence function.

“I have no idea if it will work — that is to say, catch spies.”

Instead of hunting legitimate terror and espionage threats, the group was much more likely to focus its efforts on trying to intimidate, slander and discredit law-abiding organizations that promote cooperation and dialogue between Washington and Moscow, Klein warned.

A similar interagency body called the Active Measures Working Group existed during the Cold War, but has not been active in decades. The new group would be modeled after the old Cold War body, according to media reports.

Such an organization could be expected to “particularly attack so-called front groups who may be considered sympathetic to Russia.”

Klein also cautioned that the creation of such a group could revive the notorious and discredited anti-communist witch-hunting tactics that US Senator Joe McCarthy used in the House of Representatives Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s.

The group’s suggested goals sounded “just like the witch-hunting methods of the McCarthyite 1950s, when they attacked protest groups by smearing them as ‘communist’,” he said.

Now retired, Klein was an AT&T employee for 22 years. In 2006, exposed that AT&T had a secret room in its San Francisco facility — Room 641A — where the NSA had been allowed to install a splitter to trap and record all internet traffic transmitted over the company’s backbone lines.

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  • Vaughn Clinton

    I recently read on HP that Ted Cruz is now the chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts. I think until control of the Senate is regained by the Democrats, we can expect this and more. Since the House failed with their October surprise, they need some tool of government to further erode trust in government.

    • Indeed. Yet another reason that Democrats should get out and vote and Independents should seriously reconsider ever pulling a level for the eternally dysfunctional Republican Party. I should say that they are dysfunctional by design.

      In any case for those who don’t know this is a list of this committee’s jurisdictional reach, it makes for heartburn when you see the other members in addition to Cruz:

      “Jurisdiction: (1) Federal court jurisdiction, administration and management; (2) Rules of evidence and procedure; (3) Creation of new courts and judgeships; (4) Bankruptcy; (5) Legal reform and liability issues; (6) Local courts in territories and possessions; (7) Administrative practices and procedures including agency rulemaking and adjudication; (8) Judicial review of agency action; (9) Third party enforcement of federal rights; (10) Oversight of the Department of Justice grant programs, as well as government waste and abuse; (11) private relief bills other than immigration; and (12) Oversight of the Foreign Claims Settlement Act.”

      See: https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/subcommittees for more details and information about other Senate subcommittees.