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  1. Thank you for the link. Hiss's lawyers put out rumours that Whittaker Chambers could not be trusted because he was gay. Newspapers carried stories that said Chambers was a "sexual pervert". When he made his original confession to the FBI he told them he had been previously a "homosexual" and his religious conversion had turned him away from communism and homosexuality.
  2. A friend has pointed out to me that Jim DiEugenio has posted this on the Deep Politics Forum: Simkin is actually writing about the Hiss case. What he is saying is that the Venona files--he calls them NSA taps--were accurate about Hiss. And therefore he was really a spy and Chambers was right. Kai Bird has done some very good work on these Venona taps, and he shows they do not prove what people like Weinstein say they do. Further, using Thomas Powers,(Richard Helms' official biographer) as Simkin does, to back Weinstein, is sort of like using Hugh Aynesworth to back up someone like James Phe
  3. It is not true that Andy and I have not responded to plans to save the Forum. There has been considerable communication by email between interested parties. I will do whatever is needed to keep the archives available to researchers. Also attempts are being made to keep the forum available until the end of August. However, we do need to think very deeply about how we share research in the future. Changes made by Google mean that Forums do very badly in searches. Young people are also not very interested in communicating via Forums. I will later start a new thread on this issue.
  4. I am no fan of the Republicans either. When I first started my website in 1997 I wrote a great deal about McCarthyism. I thought at the time that people like Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter White were innocent of the charges of being Soviet spies. I thought people like Whittaker Chambers, Elizabeth Bentley and Hede Massing were lying and were in the pay of the Republicans. However, after reading Allen Weinstein’s book, The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America (1999) I changed my view on the subject. Weinstein’s book is based completely on research in the Soviet archives. He quotes extensive
  5. The film was made by John Lowenthal, a friend of Alger Hiss. The point about the FBI files is that they back up the testimony provided by Whittaker Chambers and Hede Massing in the perjury trial. The NKVD (KGB) files also support their testimony. Several messages sent back to Moscow by Soviet agents, did not use codenames. For example, Massing did not know Hiss's codename and so used his actual name. In a review of Allen's Weinstein's book, The Hunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America (1999), Thomas Powers argued: "Much additional evidence about Hiss's involvement with the Soviets has turned
  6. George Orwell: "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear". One of the reasons that some people believe that JFK was killed as part of a conspiracy is the reluctance of the FBI to release all the available files on the case. However, it is possible that there might be other reasons why these files are not being released. I have recently been researching the case of Alger Hiss who was found guilty of two counts of perjury and on 25th January, 1950, he was sentenced to five years' imprisonment. In other words, the jury believed the test
  7. On Tuesday 10th June, I wrote about my Operation Mockingbird page being removed from Google's first page in the search-rankings on my Blog. (It remained 2nd to Wikipedia's page at Bing). This was taken-up by my followers on Twitter and Facebook and became the subject of a national newspaper investigation. It seems that the powers that be monitor these discussions because by the 13th June, the page has returned to Google's database. The Wikipedia page on Operation Mockingbird has also reinstated the link to my website. (However, it still does not include details of the role played by Philip Gra
  8. You will find this article on my page on Operation Mockingbird. It is interesting that Bernstein does not include the names of the many people from the Washington Post involved. This includes Phil Graham, the publisher of the newspaper, and Ben Bradlee, its editor, I wonder why?
  9. That is a very interesting account of how Wikipedia works. A friend has added a link to my Spartacus Educational article. It is interesting to see how long it is allowed to stay. I have been involved in a campaign to get my Operation Mockingbird page put back into the first page at Google via Twitter and Facebook. A friend has also added a link from Wikipedia. It has been there for two days and I am already back on the front-page. The next stage is to add the content that has been removed (The role that Phil Graham, the publisher of the Washington Post played, the names of current journalist
  10. Forums are far less popular with people today. For example, I posted my article, "Google, Bing and Operation Mockingbird. The CIA and Search-Engines" on this forum, Facebook and Twitter. On this forum it has been virtually ignored but I have had a great response on Facebook and Twitter. http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=21243
  11. That is a very interesting account of how Wikipedia works. A friend has added a link to my Spartacus Educational article. It is interesting to see how long it is allowed to stay.
  12. At is interesting to look at what the Wikipedia editor removed from my original article. It included the removal of most of the journalists I named who were working for America’s leading media organisations. This includes the important role that Phil Graham, publisher of The Washington Post, played in the operation. Ben Bradlee’s name has also been removed. It was of course Bradlee who got Deborah Davis’s book, Katharine the Great (1979), pulped. It was Davis who first revealed Graham and Bradlee’s involvement with the CIA. It would seem that Operation Mockingbird is still in existence and is
  13. In January 2005, I wrote an article entitled Operation Mockingbird. At that time very little was known about this highly secret Central Intelligence Agency media operation that dated back to 1948 when Frank Wisner was appointed director of the Office of Special Projects. Soon afterwards it was renamed the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC). This became the espionage and counter-intelligence branch of the CIA. Wisner was told to create an organization that concentrated on "propaganda, economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition and evacuation measu
  14. The Education Forum costs about USD$1500 (900 pounds) per year to run. The current account expires at the end of July 2014 and we do not intend to renew it. If anyone is interested in taking over the Forum I suggest you contact Andy Walker.
  15. Thank you for posting this. I have updated by web page on him: http://spartacus-educational.com/JFKmagruder.htm
  16. The URL for Adolf Hitler has changed: http://spartacus-educational.com/GERhitler.htm
  17. The URL of the Hitler and Churchill pages have changed: http://spartacus-educational.com/PRchurchill.htm http://spartacus-educational.com/GERhitler.htm
  18. I have now produced a detailed biography of Adolf Hitler and divided it into six sections: (1) 1889-1924 (2)1924-1932 (3) 1932-1935 (4) 1935-1939 (5) 1939-1943 (6) 1943-1945. http://spartacus-educational.com/GERhitler.htm
  19. A good example concerns Soviet spies working in the United States. I have recently been working on a page on Martha Dodd. I always thought she was unfairly smeared as a Soviet agent. Many of those named by Joseph McCarthy were just Roosevelt New Dealers. An example of how she was treated is an article, The Spy Queen was a Nympho, in Top Secret Magazine, that appeared in February, 1958. http://blog.modernmechanix.com/the-spy-queen-was-a-nympho/ However, a search of Google brought me to Allen Weinstein's book, The Hunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America (1999). The book is an analysis of the
  20. Article in the USA magazine Cigarettes An American Success by Alice Widener (9th September, 1960) Today a lot of inaccurate and false propaganda about American cigarettes is being printed and broadcast because they are a kind of money and the American tobacco companies make a lot of it. Also, a great deal of anti-cigarette propaganda is being put out by a few persons working hard for American failure... The American physician most respsonible for the story [linking smoking and lung cancer] is Dr. Alton Ochsner of New Orleans. For the May 23, 1953 issue of the radical Marxist magazine, Th
  21. I have a page on John Stockwell. http://spartacus-educational.com/JFKstockwellJ.htm John Stockwell wrote about the JFK assassination in The Praetorian Guard: The US Role in the New World Order (1991): The President was perfunctorily warned of the threats against him, but the usual vigilant efforts to protect him were not taken. The Secret Service, FBI, and local police certainly can protect presidents. They do it continuously not only inside the United States but in foreign capitals around the world. Numerous, almost routine, techniques are involved, like bringing extra security forces to b
  22. I have a page on John Stockwell. http://spartacus-educational.com/JFKstockwellJ.htm John Stockwell wrote about the JFK assassination in The Praetorian Guard: The US Role in the New World Order (1991) The President was perfunctorily warned of the threats against him, but the usual vigilant efforts to protect him were not taken. The Secret Service, FBI, and local police certainly can protect presidents. They do it continuously not only inside the United States but in foreign capitals around the world. Numerous, almost routine, techniques are involved, like bringing extra security forces to b
  23. Interesting article by Carson Ward: Google’s influence on society is both unparalleled and poorly understood. At last count in September of 2013, the company served over 3 billion searches per day. Most of us use Google, and we’re far more likely to click the top few results. If Google is determining what we’re more likely to read, and if reading can change belief, then Google’s algorithm can change millions of beliefs daily I myself have changed beliefs – and in one case my entire worldview – based on what I found through Google. I’m happier for it, but I can’t help thinking a few differ
  24. Spartacus Educational has lost its sponsorship (I don't think this is part of any conspiracy) and has now moved to a new web address: http://spartacus-educational.com/ The JFK material can be found here: http://spartacus-educational.com/JFKindex.htm
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