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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 6, June 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date June 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 047
Transcript ly disap- >r a time rity. This vnittaker Emanuel s Childs, 'egal cot- irly com- j and for nd Party s. In this icts often members an illc'A"1 tonal uni he illem I Russian in Soviet iev gives bers and 2 present tt ter are •" all Par*? ; of secret n special, isiting th« aders 4 the Cof ne mm Vloreove'i non-Par''' on the" has bet penetrfl s, chtid ■ facte'"'' sis. Me"1" veal the' face" ed '" ivas urge ,1m p*. lomm"111* >c heldj ion of & eetinp estricti«; inlortna s into % ;omm«1 •fftfaajj ,e woi'l-" Manual on Organization, published in 1935, gives further directives for safeguarding the Red conspiracy: 1. Do not tell anv member anything about Party members which does not concern that member. It will be remembered that many Americans viewed with skepticism (he testimony of Whittaker Chambers that he was known to Alger and Priscilla Hiss simply as 'Carl." It sounds utterly fantastic that they would not ask for details. The fact is. however, that any Party member who is inquisitive, who asks questions, becomes an immediate object of suspicion. The Party demands unquestioning obedience in the fullest sense of the term. 2. Do not discuss anv' Party question outside of the meeting of the Party organization ° ° ° Stop discussing inner Party questions on the street corners or cafeterias. ° ° ° ■3. Avoid, as much as possible, keeping membership lists with names and addresses, and if yon have such lists, do not keep them in vour home, or in the headquarters of the Party Unit or Section, or in your poeket. 4. Documents which are not for publication should be read only by those Party members to whom they are addressed, and should be destroyed immediately after reading. Documents which need study must he carefully safeguarded. Every member who has such a document must return it after reading it to the Party committee, which destroys it immediately. These instructions on illegal activities are supplemented ov a publication entitled The Agent Provocateur in the Labour Movement, written bv Johannes Buchner and published by tbe official Communist publishing house, the Workers Library Publishers, for the avowed purpose of Combating provocation and spying." This pamphlet states "'at the "struggle against provocation and police espionage "ins a permanent and fundamental function of every F»rty member and of the entire Party organization." While the CPUSA plays upon every liberal sympathy "' protecting its members from ouster or prosecution by the government, it has no such scruples in dealing with ■Ispicious persons in its own ranks. Describing those Com- "Hinists guilty of "petty bourgeois prejudices and petty KHirgeois muddleheadedness" who fear throwing "suspi- j*°n on a friend and a comrade" or who hesitate to "hurt "s feelings," Mr. Buchner lavs down this ruthless fiple: Until the Communist Parties expel this petty bourgeois Sentimentality and muddleheadedness energetically from their "lidst, they will neve,- he able to wage an effective struggle against the agents provocateurs (p. 13). Persons under suspicion, he says, should not lie trusted ''"civ "on the alleged grounds that they possess valuable '"1<l indispensable facilities" (p. 13). , Mr. Buchner advises Communists I" read Our Secret '"'. by Thomas Marvin fohnson, which contains descrip- ""s ol various methods employed by spies cat' prin- for commiun- ,. C.'oii' in"' [fill ■ ot > 'artij June, '"ii purposes. , 'o some instances, he ascribes to the police procedures j '"' penetrating into the technical apparatus to acquire ;' "rmation which the Party undoubtedly uses for its I '' purposes, such as the enlistment of "shorthand typists, 1^ 'Uiical secretaries, janitors, charwomen, anil servants. I failed instructions are given as to methods employed I police officials in eliciting information anil how to ^ '"<1 against them. 'lie Mr. Buchner advises the following methods lor eluding Police: , Firstly, the correct co-ordination of legal and Illegal work °. Secondly, the drawing up and exact observance ol the '"'■s of conspiracy work, that is to s,,v, practical measures to "Mue that confidential decisions and documents, illegal per- ' 's Fori m News, June. 1956 WIDE WORLD PHOTO Alger and Priscilla Hiss during 1949 perjury trial which resulted in his conviction and sentence to five years in prison. Released in November, 1954, Hiss, a former lawyer (disbarred following his conviction), lives in New York's Greenwich Village where he finds most people friendly and sympathetic. He hopes to write and lecture on subjects such as foreign affairs: wrote the lead article in the November, 1955, Pocketbook Magazine, "In Defense of Yalta"; was scheduled to speak at Princeton University April 26, 1956. sons, addresses, etc., are kept a close secret. Thirdly, exact rules for the conduct of comrades under arrest with regard to their statements in court and before the police (p. 44). He warns against excessive concentration of illegal work of the Party "in the hands of a single comrade." referring particularly to "the direction of an illegal print- shop, communication with organizations abroad and with underground organizations." He emphasizes that "illegal Party work calls for a strict division of functions so that the arrest of one person may not cause the dislocation of several spheres of illegal Partv work" (p. 46). Buchner advises that "all symptoms of personal feelings, sentimental considerations, or superficial friendliness" be rejected in the selection of comrades for illegal Party work. Such persons must be thoroughly checked as lo "moral and political personality of the comrade concerned, his strength of character, militant experience, personal courage, his connections and social intercourse, way of life, family relations, etc." Precautionary measures are urged "in any case of suspicion, serious or otherwise, even v\ hen there are no adequate proofs by which the suspicion can be corroborated" (pp. 46, 47). Buchner's pamphlet indicates that the Communists have made a scientific study of eluding police vigilance, lie cites the following specific measures which incidentally provide valuable leads for our own counterespionage agencies: 1. Thorough analysis of every ease of arrest, examination and comparison of all circumstances and incidents accompanying the case. 2. Increased vigilance in eases of distortion or misrepresentation of the Party line. 3. Exact analysis ol the various proposals and formal motions brought forward by the suspected person over a given period of time. 4. Extreme caution towards people who display excessive curiosity, who oiler themselves lor the execution of confidential tasks. 5. Special attention and vigilance to be paid to Page 45 inr* e ]
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