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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date August 1955
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. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 060
Transcript working with Joseph A. Panelli went lo almost every part of the country 1 have ever lived, engaged in fabrication of fantastic charges designed to attack my credibility as a key witness in the Oppenheimer investigations. During lhe following eighl or nine moiilhs I seldom heard lhe name ol Dr. Oppenheimer and knew nothing either of lhe security investigations actively under way or of th.' simultaneous plans of Dr. Oppenheimer's friends lor launching an unprecedented smear attack mi me ai the strategic moment. 1 was away from Washington during most of Ihis lime, firsl in Cuba on an important governmenl assignment that was carried through wilh llu- active eiiel ..I lhe l!ati-lei government, then lo lhe Wesl Coast, ami in December I weis senl to Honolulu with mv family for work in Immigration Service districl headquarters. In early April of 1954, I was in Philadelphia waiting lo lake the stand as the federal government's firsl witness in the -smith Ail Irial there. One day I was visited hv two governmenl security officials who confidentially advised me that loyallv hearings would s start regarding Dr. Oppenheimer. I wa- asked if my wife Svlvia ami I would In- willing io testify in the closed hearings. They requested me lo keep lhe entire matter strictly confidential excepl to ad- \ ise my w ife i w ho remained al our Honolulu home I ami lo see if she would he a witness. I replied I wel- ready i.> testify emd that I wa- sun- my wife ell-o would l.e willing lo eollle to Washington for testimony, i She confirmed ihis when -he replied lo my letter on llu- subject. I Al 6 p.m.. Sunday. April 11. I was listening lo Drew Pearson's network radio broadcast. I was surprised lo hear my name and more surprised at the untrue statement wilh which il was linked. Mr. Pearson said, as I recall from memory: "Paul Crouch, ex-Communist ami consultant of the I .S. Immigration Service, has given een affidavit lo government agencies identifying Representative Koh- ert Condon of California eis ;i member of tin- Communisl party. However, it should he remembered that I'aul Crouch is lli«- mem who tried to smeeer lhe great scientist, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, falsely accusing him of Communist affiliation." I immediately turned lo my type- writer and wrote an indignant letter tn Mr. Pearson, telling him I had never given -inh a statement, thai I bad never heard of Mr. Condon when I was in the Communisl party as far a- I could re- eall. and lhal I knew nothing whatever aboul him excepl whal I read in the newspapers. Two weeks later, Mr. Pearson read part of this letter on his radio program, leaving oul lhe part whir.' I referred to the "statement" as "having no existence excepl in Drew Pearson's imagination." Pane 58 It seemed probable in me lhal ihe (..union story w as only an excuse t.. bring in mv name and lhe name ol Dr. Oppenheimer and I suspected that sum.' publicity stunt hy Dr. Oppenheimer and his friends wa- pending, in spite of the government's emphasis on lhe confidential nature of the loyalty hearings. Two days later my suspicions wen* confirmed. lln April 1:1. Dr. Oppenheimer ami his attorneys broke lhe story of the investigation, presenting his side of the controversy, through lhe New York Times and lhe New York Herald Tribune. The leading page one story, under by-line of Joseph and Stewarl Alsop. weis more like a biased editorial ih.in a "news' story, and ii contained a violent and abusive attack on me. assert- ing lhal my testimony in California had "lieen demolished. I immediately called in FBI agents and asked them to inform the Alomie Energy Commission thai in view of Dr. Oppenheimer's publicity stunt and the fail lhal Joseph and Stewart Alsop clearly were to It his chief spokesmen, I would testify in the hearings only in puhlie or wilh right to release jail Iritu- scripl of my testimony if false versions should he published of whal I said. 1 told them that tin- Alsop column of January 111. 1953, heeel contained an untrue and distorted versieen e.l what I was alleged Iii have saiel in executive sessions nf ihe U.S. Senate Subcommittee mi Internal Security on e ther matter, and tfiat f had no intention of letting them publish their version of my testimony ill llie Oppenheimer ease. Iii Honolulu. Sylvia issued a stale- inenl through lhe press associations stat- ing that she would testify only in publir ami in Dr. Oppenheimer's presence. Her statement, as carried by the I nited Press and published in the \eie ) orl: Herald Tribune of April P). said in part: "I will he glad to testify if I can he sun- there is going to Im- a thorough. complete, ami fair investigation. I will insist thai any testimony I give will he puhlie anil in the presence of Dr. Oppen- heimer anil that lie will have lie.' righl to cross-examine mr on anything connected with the investigation." Vlthough there were no puhlie hearings, the only kind where we- would testify after Dr. Oppenheimer's publicity moves mi April 13, Sylvia and I cooperated actively with government intelligence agents throughout the April hearings. U.nitl Men 1. while- I weis enroule in my home in Hawaii, FBI agents mel the plane in Sein Francisco and look me to 10 Kenilwnrlh Court for ei new eiml thorough study of ihe interior. Three days after Joseph anil Stewart Vl-op hi'lpeel hreak tin- Oppenheimer version of lhe suspension anil AEC investigations, the Alsop column of April 1 6 was devoted in its entirety to a violent attack on me, with one untrue charge after another. .After a three-day interval the Alsop brothers devoted their entire i nliiniie of April I1' to another personal attaek. anil lo more fantastic charges. Other such columns followed during May and June. All of this clearly was part of a gigantic and carefully timed effort to attack my credibility as a witness beeause of my role in the Oppenheimer investigations. Aboul June 22. Joseph A. Fanelli, formerly lhe attorney for Dr. Joseph Weinberg who had cooperated closely wilh Dr. Oppenheimer's attorneys during lhe Weinberg trial, am! Harry 1. Kami, well known lo congressional committees as attorney for hostile fifth Amendment witnesses, filed a document called lhe "Crouch Appendix" lo the Jacob lliiirk Brief with lhe Hoard of Immigration Appeals. Copies were distill.uied to carefully selected press representatives; other newspaper men were unable lu even see it. The document and press releases based mi il contained a total of aboul Iwo do/en charges. Ami what charges! Three of the mosl serious charges are typical of the entire two dozen fabrications. I had testified on manv occasions thai in late 1917 I became editor of a weekly newspaper. The Dade Countj News, published in Florida. The "Crouch Appendix" charged that this testimony was perjured because il claimed there never weis -inh a newspaper! lhe fail thai The Dade County News was published in Miami Shores. Florida, with business eunl editorial offices in the Miami Shores Theatre Building, <>,':22 North Easl 2ml Ave., lhal llu- telephone number was 78-9543, emd ihe masthead gave lln' name of PAUL CROUCH as editor wa-. of course, immaterial to Joseph A. Fanelli. Harry I. Rand, Joseph and Slew- eut Alsnp. eiml others who took pari in this smear campaign designed io destroy a witness in ihe Oppenheimer case, Ih-' "Crouch Appendix" prepared by Fanelli and Rand charged me with per' jury beeause I had testified iheil I had been Ihe author of "ei number of feature articles" when I weis employed by lb'' Miami Daily News in POO! The well- documented facts again were immaterial io those who believed in making the wildest ami mosl extravagant charge8 the imagination could conceive. On May 9, 1949, ihe Miami Daily News had published the first of twelve feature articles under lhe by-line "Bv Paul Crouch" "" the f ron I page, under an eight-col it in" streamer in red. Mv picture appeared on the froni page, an "editor's nol'' referred lo me as lhe "author" of lb1' series. I have a written contract wit*1 iln- Miami Daily Sens, ehiteel May 9, 1919. witnessed by Managing Editor Hoke Welch, in which I am identified as lhe "author" of a series of articles !'' be published. Not only did lhe article* appear in the Miami Daily News, they were syndicated and reprinted in mot* FACTS FORUM NEWS, August, t95i
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