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New article regarding Edwin Walker and Billy James Hargis "Midnight Ride" tour. 

[Full disclosure:  I provided some minor research assistance to one of the authors of this article]:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/wild-road-trip-rallied-conservatives-180970033/

ALSO:   The former President of the John Birch Society (John F. McManus) has now finished his history of the JBS.  The book is available here:

https://www.jbs.org/store/shopjbs/books/the-john-birch-society-its-history-recounted-by-someone-who-was-there-hb

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Dr. Caufield discusses the Constitution Party in about 50 pages of his book.  In addition, a major focus by Dr. Caufield pertains to many of the persons connected to that Party such as Joseph A. Milteer, William Potter Gale, Pedro del Valle, Kenneth Goff, and Mary Davison.

Today, after waiting three years, the FBI has released 4 files on Constitution Party -- which I have just uploaded into my Internet Archive webpage (link below).  It will probably take another couple hours for the files to finish uploading due to their size.

CONSTITUTION PARTY - FBI FILES

The FBI HQ file on Constitution Party (HQ 105-124952) is 182pp and covers the period from October 1963 thru May 1966.    However, the FBI sent me a previously-processed version of this file which did NOT apply the death records which I sent to the FBI.  Consequently, many names mentioned in those HQ file documents are redacted but the other files on Constitution Party which I uploaded today (Baltimore, Los Angeles and Philadelphia) have many less redactions.

Baltimore 105-1183 (103pp) covers the period from August 1954 to January 1968
 
Los Angeles 105-2151 (174pp) covers the period from July 1954 to December 1963
 
Philadelphia 105-1749 (48pp) covers the period from December 1954 to January 1964
 
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP PRESERVE FBI FILES
 
I have begun a GoFundMe campaign to assist the Center for Right Wing Studies at University of California with preserving my paper FBI files (i.e. the Center is converting my paper files into PDF files which I then add to Internet Archive website so that they can be shared online with everyone--at no cost).  
 
As of today, more than one million people have accessed my FBI file collection which is online at Internet Archive.
 
You may read all the details at the link below.  If you have any questions, I will be very happy to answer them.
 
 
During the past couple years, I have received literally dozens of emails from scholars, journalists, students, authors, and even from many relatives of individuals who were active in some organization 40 or 50 or 60 years ago.  All of these folks have seen some reference online to my FBI files collection -- and they asked for my help.
 
I've been able to assist about 65% of these folks but, sometimes, the FBI records which are the subject of their inquiry are not currently among the paper FBI files in my collection which are scheduled to be scanned by a student at UC-Berkeley's Center for Right Wing Studies.  
 
That is why I created a GoFundMe page -- in the hope that enough additional funds can be raised to finish this project.
 
There is one additional wrinkle concerning FBI files--especially older ones.  
 
The FBI has been working at warp-speed to transfer many files to NARA.  The problem with that is....
 
(a) NARA often takes 2-3 years to process a request and 
 
(b) even more discouraging -- NARA currently charges 80 cents per page to provide copies of documents (even when they scan paper documents into PDF files on a CD or DVD).  That often means that just one medium or large FBI file from NARA will cost $1000 or $2000 or more to obtain.  
 
Obviously, that makes historical research into FBI files virtually impossible for almost everyone.
 
I would therefore very much appreciate your support for saving the FBI files I have obtained over the past 37 years.   
 
Please forward this email to anyone whom you think would also be interested in saving our history.
 
Your support would mean a lot to me. Thank you so much!
 
Ernie Lazar
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Hi everyone:
 
I just finished uploading the following FBI files and serials to my Internet Archive webpage at:   https://archive.org/details/@ernie1241 
Another batch of FBI files should be available by late December or early January.
 
If you would like to help the University of California-Berkeley, Center for Right Wing Studies continue this project which converts my collection of paper FBI files into PDF files which I then can share online, please see my GoFundMe webpage here:   
 
There are still hundreds of FBI files to save---including many which no longer exist and I was the only person to request and receive them.
 
Thanks!
Ernie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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FOR THOSE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED:

I recently created two PDF files which combine all of the individual chapters which I have posted online that comprise my “Report on the John Birch Society”. 

My Report is based primarily upon data appearing in FBI investigative files along with material I discovered in Special Collections which are archived at various colleges and universities or in state historical societies.

(1)    The first PDF file is now uploaded into my Internet Archive website at the link appearing below. This is a 291-page file which is a combination of all 12 textual chapters of my Report on the John Birch Society -- updated through February 2019.

https://archive.org/details/JohnBirchSocietyReport2019Combined

(2)    The second PDF file is a 125-page file which combines 5 webpages which I created to present an annotated "Documentary History of the John Birch Society".  Most of the documents which I originally posted on these five webpages are not available publicly elsewhere. The PDF version is on Internet Archive at the following link:

https://archive.org/details/DocumentaryHistoryOfJBS

The combination of my JBS textual report (291 pages) plus my Documentary History file (125 pages) represents a total of 416 pages that currently comprises my JBS Report.  This Report has been researched and written over a period of more than three decades.

Subsequent revisions to my JBS Report will appear online on the original webpages that I created. The URL links to each chapter of my JBS Report as well links to other reports I have written are available on my Research Homepage here:   https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/home

PDF files for all my other online Reports will be uploaded onto my Internet Archive webpage in the future.

Additional info available from:  ernie1241@aol.com 

 

My JBS Report consists of the following chapters:

 

Chap #

Comment

URL

1

FBI Evaluations of Robert Welch and the Birch Society –including an introduction to Mr. Welch’s book length “private letter”, entitled The Politician

FBI HQ instructions to FBI field offices regarding Welch, the JBS, and incoming requests for FBI publications from JBS representatives are discussed in three "SAC Letters" reproduced in this Chapter.

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

 

2

FBI vs. JBS on Internal Security Status of United States

Same as above

3

FBI vs. JBS on Alleged Communist Infiltration of Clergy and Religious Institutions

Same as above

4

FBI vs. JBS on Alleged Communist Infiltration of the Department of Health, Education, Welfare

Same as above

5

FBI vs. JBS on Alleged Communist Sympathies of Harry A. Overstreet, author of the 1958 book, What We Must Know About Communism

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

6

FBI vs. JBS on Civil Rights Movement in the United States.  Includes discussion of:

  • Communist strategy regarding “Negro Soviet Republic”
  • Alan Stang’s 1965 JBS-published book, It’s Very Simple: The True Story of Civil Rights
  • Highlander Folk School described by the JBS as a “Communist Training School”
  • Gary Allen’s article in the JBS magazine (American Opinion) on the August 1965 Watts Riot – entitled “The Plan To Burn Los Angeles
  • Birch Society Comments About African American Civil Rights and Labor Leader A. Philip Randolph

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

7

FBI vs. JBS on Persons Whom JBS Claims Are “Experts” on Communism – includes discussion of former FBI Special Agents and FBI informants who endorsed the Birch Society and often were speakers under the auspices of the JBS Speakers Bureau – such as Dan Smoot, W. Cleon Skousen, Julia Brown and Lola Belle Holmes, plus material on David Gumaer, Matt Cvetic, and Karl Prussion

Same as above

8

Right-Wing Critics of Robert Welch and the Birch Society

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

ALSO SEE correspondence by JBS members which I have posted on Internet Archive website here:

https://archive.org/stream/JBS_CRITICS_INSIDE_JBS-1#page/n0/mode/2up

9

Documentary History of John Birch Society

Documents generally not previously publicly available – including private correspondence between Robert Welch and JBS National Council members.

JBS9005a also includes links to selected newspaper articles re: JBS appearing in in the Google News Archive

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/

10

AMERICAN OPINION SPEAKERS BUREAU

Background re: individuals hired by JBS as speakers under auspices of JBS American Opinion Speakers Bureau

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

11

NEW!  Racism and the JBS"

This chapter is a 3-part discussion regarding the Birch Society's assertion that it is NOT a racist organization.

November 2018 / 89 pages = part one

September 2018 / 21 pages = part two

February 2019 / 79 pages = part three

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

PART THREE-Racism and JBS

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

12

 NEW!  

The Fraudulent Investigation of the JBS by Efficiency Research Bureau--Anaheim, California

February 2019 / 15 pages

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

NOTE:    Chapter 12 is the first section of a multi-part rebuttal to a February 2018 article by Bircher Alex Newman. Newman responded to anti-JBS comments that appeared on The Federalist website earlier in February.

Chapter 13 will discuss JBS falsehoods regarding the 1963 Report by the California Senate Factfinding Subcommittee on Un-American Activities. That Subcommittee devoted 62 pages to their investigation regarding the JBS.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Paul Brancato said:

Thanks for posting all of this Ernie.

I just spent couple of hours reading much of this recent input, and downloading the Pdfs available. Your dedication to history and scholarship is impressive and I joined others with a   modest contribution to your GoFund Me drive to help costs involved in this generous  effort.

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41 minutes ago, Robert Harper said:

I just spent couple of hours reading much of this recent input, and downloading the Pdfs available. Your dedication to history and scholarship is impressive and I joined others with a   modest contribution to your GoFund Me drive to help costs involved in this generous  effort.

Thanks Robert.  One of the reasons why JBS members and supporters often seem to win online debates is because very few people have detailed FACTUAL knowledge about JBS history.  As a result, cartoon caricatures about the JBS and its positions often are substituted for rational and factual debate.

Because much of their actual history is opaque, Birchers often get away with the most incredible falsehoods about their own history as well as denying the numerous associations or links between the JBS and very toxic and disreputable individuals and organizations. 

My chapter on "Racism and the John Birch Society" is a 3-part discussion (totaling 189 pages) which includes a very detailed chronology of those links and associations.  That appears in the third (and final) section of that chapter -- and I don't think anybody has ever been able to compile such an extensive database.  And I only scratched the surface!

I hope that my FBI files collection which has now been accessed by over one million people will help future scholars, students, researchers, and journalists document our history. 

I am currently working on a new Report which is entitled "Trumpism is NOT New" -- which will summarize the arguments used by the extreme right and white nationalists and assorted bigots during the 1940's thru 1980's which mimic the current statements and themes associated with Donald Trump.  Thanks again for your support!  [BTW--the next batch of FBI files to be uploaded into my Internet Archive webpage should be available in late in March or early April.]

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A newly revised edition of Chapter 14 of my online Report on the JBS is now available.  This Chapter is devoted to presenting what is probably the best available information concerning JBS membership.   https://sites.google.com/site/aboutxr/jbs-members

The first section concerns the number of JBS members. 

The second section lists some of the more prominent members/endorsers of the Society 

The third section is devoted to summarizing demographic information about JBS members. 

The last section provides miscellaneous information about the JBS. 

More info: ernie1241@aol.com   

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

 

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FOR THOSE WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED, below is a new comprehensive list of all my online Reports -- most of which are based upon material appearing in FBI investigative files.

This list also appears on my Internet Archive webpage at:   https://archive.org/details/linkstoallmyreportsnov2019

 
MY RESEARCH HOMEPAGE WITH LINKS TO ALL MY REPORTS
 
ACADEMIC THESES/DISSERTATIONS ON RIGHT-WING
 
ANTI-CFR, ILLUMINATI, ROCKEFELLER LITERATURE
 
ANTI-COMMUNISM STATEMENTS BY FBI OFFICIALS
 
ARCHIVES AND PRIVATE PAPERS REGARDING CONSERVATIVE/EXTREME RIGHT MOVEMENT IN U.S.
 
BUNDY, EDGAR and CHURCH LEAGUE OF AMERICA
 
COMMUNIST PARTY, USA
 
CONSPIRACY THEORIES—NATURE AND PURPOSE OF
 
DEAN, HARRY and HIS JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY PLOT NARRATIVE
 
DENNIS, DELMAR (FBI INFORMANT INSIDE WHITE KNIGHTS OF KKK OF MISSISSIPPI)
 
DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO RIGHT-WING/JBS/ROBERT WELCH
 
DOOM STATEMENTS BY EXTREME RIGHT
 
FBI ABBREVIATIONS, ACRONYMS, TERMINOLOGY
 
FBI INFORMANTS INSIDE CPUSA
 
FOIA REQUESTS—ALPHA LIST OF MY REQUESTS SINCE 1980
 
GOLITSYN, ANATOLI
 
HIGHLANDER FOLK SCHOOL – EXTREME RIGHT ATTACKS UPON
 
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY – Chapters 1 thru 4 (FBI Evaluations)
 
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY – Chapter 5 (Harry Overstreet)
 
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY – Chapter 6 (Civil Rights Movement and JBS “Experts”)
 
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY – Chapter 7 (Right-Wing Critics)
 
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY – Documentary History – part 1
 
 
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY – Documentary History – part 3
 
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY – Documentary History – part 4
 
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY – Documentary History – part 5
 
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY – American Opinion Speakers Bureau
 
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY – Racism and the JBS – part 1
 
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY – Racism and the JBS – part 2
 
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY – Racism and the JBS – part 3 (includes Chronology)
 
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY – Efficiency Research Bureau “Investigation
 
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY FALSEHOODS ABOUT “THE POLITICIAN” BY ROBERT WELCH
 
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP
 
MCCARTHY, JOSEPH R. (SENATOR)
 
MULLINS, EUSTACE
 
SKOUSEN, WILLARD CLEON (FORMER FBI SPECIAL AGENT)
 
SMOOT, DAN (FORMER FBI SPECIAL AGENT)
 
VON BRUNN, JAMES W.
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Hi everyone:
 
The following FBI files and documents have now been uploaded into my Internet Archive webpage:  https://archive.org/details/@ernie1241
 
FBI TRAINING MONOGRAPHS PERTAINING TO COMMUNIST PARTY USA
 
Communication Methods of the CPUSA (11/54, 136pp)
CPUSA Summary of Activities, January-June 1953 (8/53, 104pp)
CPUSA Summary of Activities, July-December 1956 (62pp)
CPUSA Summary of Activities, January-June 1959 (11/59, 44pp)
CPUSA Propaganda in the U.S., Part 1: = Theory, Objectives, and Organization (11/56, 56pp)
CPUSA Propaganda in the U.S., Part 2: = Target Groups (05/57, 56pp)
CPUSA Propaganda in the U.S., Part 3: = Techniques (06/57, 52pp)
CPUSA Propaganda in the U.S., Part 4: = Demonstrations (07/57, 84pp)
CPUSA Propaganda in the U.S., Part 5: = Press and Publications (08/57, 79pp)
CPUSA Propaganda in the U.S., Part 6: = Organizations (03/58, 94pp)
CPUSA Propaganda in the U.S., Part 7: = Art, Entertainment and Miscellaneous (05/58, 82pp)
CPUSA Propaganda in the U.S., Part 8: = Campaigns (06/59, 102pp)
CPUSA Propaganda in the U.S., Part 9: = External Propaganda Media (08/59, 90pp)
Role of the CPUSA in Soviet Intelligence (02/53, 57pp)
Soviet Intelligence Targets in the U.S. 1946-1953 (09/53, 71pp)
The Communist Front Movement in the United States (03/55, 96pp)
The Communist Party and American Labor (11/53, 65pp)
The Educational Program of the CPUSA, Parts I and II (05/54 and 03/55, 114pp)
The Menace of Communism in the United States Today (07/55, 88pp)
Communist Strategy and Tactics, Part II, Current Strategy and Tactics (03/53, 72pp)
 
OTHER FILES and DOCUMENTS
 
1963 March on Washington
America First Committee
Arizona Patriots
BALDWIN, Roger Nash
CHURCH, Frank
DEATHERAGE, George Edward
DEPUGH, Robert Bolivar
DOUGLAS, Helen Gahagan
FBI Annual Reports (1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969)
FBI BOCOV Program (Border Coverage) 
FEENEY, Leonard Edward (Father)
FELLERS, Bonner Frank
German-American Bund
GOLDWATER, Barry M.
HEMMING, Gerald Patrick
House Select Committee on Assassinations
KNOTT, Walter M.
LOEB, William
NICHOLS, Louis B. (FBI Assistant Director)
PEW, J. Howard
POUND, Ezra Loomis
REUTHER, Walter Phillip
SCALIA, Antonin G.
SHINE, Gerard David
U.S. House of Representatives Impeachment Trial Memorandum
White Knights of the KKK of Mississippi
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