Friday, April 08, 2005

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."

16 Comments:

At 12:46 PM, Blogger Another Bleeding Heart Liberal said...

Interesting. However, the only evidence you cite is quotes of quotes of an article by a conservative writer from a conservative magazine. Do you have any of the actual documents or other evidence that the author of the article was using?

 
At 1:39 PM, Blogger Republican Dan said...

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At 1:51 PM, Blogger Republican Dan said...

In order to satisfy your thirst for additional evidence, I went into the London Sunday Times archive to find the article that I reference above. It was written by Tim Sebastian, published on Feb. 2 1992, and entitled "Teddy, the KGB and the top secret file." It gives some interesting additional information. The KGB memo was, in fact, a hand-signed letter written in May 1983 by KGB chairman Viktor Chebrikov and adressed to General Secretary Yuri Andropov. It was classified as top secret. Sebastian writes: "The Soviets appeared to believe this was a request from Kennedy to help in counter-acting Ronald Reagan's arms policies. More importantly perhaps, it appeared they understood it as an attempt to boost Kennedy's own political fortunes with their assistance." Chebrikov writes in the letter that Kennedy wanted to arrange a personal meeting with Andropov: "The senator considers that [a meeting] would equip him with the Soviet positions on arms control and add conviction to his own appearances on the subject in the US."

 
At 3:01 PM, Blogger Another Bleeding Heart Liberal said...

You didn't really answer my question. I would like to see the primary sources, if possible, such as the memos mentioned in both articles.

 
At 5:54 PM, Blogger Alec Brandon said...

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At 3:25 PM, Blogger Megan said...

Dude, Romerstein only has one "m" in it, not two.

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger Doug said...

That the President's panel would ignore the Constitution of this nation, and the unalienable Rights of We the People, while reforming the single most intrusive and dangerous function of government, should give us all great pause.

http://www.givemeliberty.org

Doug Kenline
Atlanta, Georgia
http://dougkenline.blogspot.com/

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger Doug said...

answer me one questing republican dan.........why do you pay income taxes?

i believe if you pay income taxes, it is out of fear and ignorance.......how could a free man be forced to enter a contract (1040 form) against his will?

 
At 10:14 PM, Blogger Randomscrub said...

How can you ask Dan to find those primary sources? We have no reason to believe they're widely published. Have you ever tried to find something like that? I have a hard enough time finding Professional Journal articles with my University's library system on my side. He's finding source material from a reasonably objective newspaper. Isn't that good enough?

 
At 10:14 PM, Blogger Randomscrub said...

How can you ask Dan to find those primary sources? We have no reason to believe they're widely published. Have you ever tried to find something like that? I have a hard enough time finding Professional Journal articles with my University's library system on my side. He's finding source material from a reasonably objective newspaper. Isn't that good enough?

 
At 1:26 AM, Blogger A. J. said...

Bleeding Heart Liberal:
I believe Dan said the third article was from the London Times? You'll be interested to know, if you don't already, that the Times is affiliated with the Labor Party. They're a little more open about that over here in Britain (studying here for a semester). The Times is affiliated with Labor, the Telegraph with the Toreys, Etc. Keep in mind, this is labor pre-Blair, so you're talking about a very left-wing party, though the paper has a more centrist reputation.
So, his sources aren't all conservative.
As for primary documents: KGB stuff can't be easy to dig up, particularly if it paints Kennedy negatively.
Dan, like the blog.

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger Alec Brandon said...

Doug,

You are insane. Either you are a libertarian gone horribly horribly wrong, or you are just communist.

Seriously though, here is how someone would be forced to enter into a horrible horrible contract in which they pay taxes. When they are born they agree to a social contract, that entails certain restrictions on liberties (such as not getting to kill people whenever you want or having to pay taxes) in order to live in a society that protects you. Now if you do not wish to pay any taxes you have options, such as Siberia, certain Carribean islands, or perhaps certain areas in Montana and Utah. Howevevr to do that would be stupid and you would be getting none of the perks of living in any state (like electricity, education, roads, defense systems, an army, etc), let alone the United States (which is far superior to all others, and I do not mean that sarcastically).

-Mr. Alec

 
At 9:50 PM, Blogger Doug said...

I disagree with you Mr. Alec and so does Bob Schulz.

In June of 2002, Bob Schulz publicly declared he has forever stopped paying income taxes or filing income tax returns, based solely on the content of this hearing and the government's refusal to answer the well documented legal charges that there is NO legal or constitutional basis for the federal income tax.

http://www.givemeliberty.org

I'd like to hear what Republican Dan has to say about the work that Bob Schulz is doing.

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

Doug,

"Amendment XVI
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration."

Is this not a "legal or constitutional basis"?

 
At 1:36 AM, Blogger NightFire said...

Well, that's painfully familiar... KGB guys from http://daggerandcloak.blogspot.com/2007/06/kgb-first-chief-directorate-pgu.html were pretty good at these things.

 
At 12:00 PM, Blogger Drew said...

Here is a copy of the 1992 article:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/19401082/Teddy-the-KGB-and-the-Top-Secret-File-Tim-Sabastian-the-Sunday-Times-Feb-2-1992

 

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