Kennedy and the KGB
“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God”
-Oath of Office, United States Senate
“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”
-US Constitution, Article 3, Section 3, Clause 1
“Kennedy had instructed [former Senator] Tunney, according to the KGB, to carry a message to Yuri Andropov, the General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, expressing Kennedy’s concern about the anti-Soviet activities of President Ronald Reagan….Kennedy asked for a meeting with Andropov for the purpose of ‘arming himself with the Soviet leader’s explanations of arms control policy so he can use them later for more convincing speeches in the U.S.’….Tunney also told the KGB that Kennedy was planning to run for President in the 1988 elections.”
-Herbert Romerstein in Human Events, Dec. 8, 2003
There are three documents (that we know of) produced by the KGB during the Cold War that discuss Ted Kennedy and his efforts to strengthen the position of the USSR against the United States and to subsequently strengthen his own political position. These documents show, among other things, that Kennedy’s pro-Soviet stance was always present, irrespective of whether the US administration was right or left-wing.
The instances where the KGB discuss Kennedy were collected in a Dec. 8, 2003 article in Human Events entitled, “Ted Kennedy was a ‘Collaborationalist’” by Herbert Romerstein, a retired US government official and former Professional Staff member for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The first of the three documents is a 1978 KGB report to the Communist Party’s Central Committee that was discovered in the KGB files after the collapse of the Soviet Union by Russian reporter Yevgenia Albats, who published the discovery in Izvestia in 1992. As Romerstein reports, the document said that:
“In 1978, American Senator Edward Kennedy requested the assistance of the KGB to establish a relationship” between the Soviet apparatus and a firm owned by former Sen. John Tunney (D.-Calif.). KGB recommended that they be permitted to do this because Tunney’s firm was already connected with a KBG agent in France named David Karr.
The second document is another KGB report to Central Committee; it was removed from the archives by Vasiliy Mitrokhin, a KGB officer who defected to the West; it reports that Tunney met with the KGB in Moscow on March 5, 1980, on Kennedy‘s behalf. Kennedy’s opinion, as Tunney explained to the KGB, was that “nonsense about ‘the Soviet military threat’ and Soviet ambitions for military expansion in the Persion Gulf…was being fuled by [President] Carter, [Natl. Security Advisor] Brzezinski, the Pentagon, and the military industrial complex.” Rommerstein writes that “Kennedy offered to speak out against President Carter on Afghanistan. Shortly thereafter he made public speeches opposing President Carter on this issue.”
If Kennedy was worried that President Carter was too anti-Soviet and anti-Communist, one can imagine his horror on seeing Reagan elected. The KGB did not have to be content with simply “imagining” Kennedy’s concern, though -- Kennedy kept them carefully informed through go-between John Tunney. The third KGB document, discovered in the archives by London Times reporter Tim Sebastian, dates from May 1983, and reports that “in Kennedy’s opinion the opposition to Reagan remains weak. Speeches of the President’s opponents are not well-coordinated and not effective enough, and Reagan has the chance to use successful counterpropaganda.” Kennedy offered to “undertake some additional steps to counter the militaristic policy of Reagan and his campaign of physiological pressure on the American population.” He also requested a meeting with Andropov for the purpose of “arming himself with the Soviet leader’s explanations of arms control policy so he can use them later for more convincing speeches in the U.S.” Here Kennedy actually wanted to know how the Soviets would be lying about their weapons policy, so he could make sure that he would be telling the same lies to us in America. Romerstein also notes that Kennedy, according to the KGB, was willing to help get Soviet views represented in the US mainstream media. Finally, the KGB document mentions that Kennedy hoped to run for President in 1988.
It is important to remember what a crucial role Kennedy played in weakening our intelligence capabilities and building the “wall” between the FBI and the CIA. One bill of particular interest is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. Among other things, this bill curtailed Presidential wiretapping powers that had existed since FDR first used them in 1940. Romerstein writes that:
Kennedy worked with the ACLU to raise the [wiretapping] barriers as high as possible. Kennedy introduced the concept in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Bill that required evidence that someone was providing classified information to a foreign intelligence service. Someone who “only” had a clandestine relationship with a foreign intelligence officer and carried out covert influence operations for a foreign power could not be wiretapped.
Kennedy thus cleverly excluded the possibility of his own phone being tapped.
Kennedy adhered to the Soviets, he aided the KGB, and we can be sure they took comfort in hearing him blast their message across the United States.
I think this country has had enough of Senator Kennedy's "service."