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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date January 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • 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 052
Transcript that Silvermaster was being investigated by the FBI? Dr. Condon: I was told by Mrs. Marsalka. Mr. Tavenner: How did she obtain that information? Dr. Condon: She was told, I presume, by the Silvermasters, but I don't really know that fact. Mr. Tavenner: So although you knew at the time you made this statement in March of 1952 for publication in the Congressional Record that he had been investigated by the FBI, that there had been testimony relating to him on the part of Elizabeth Bentley, yet you were willing to state to the public of the United States that you do not believe that he is other than a loyal American. Don't you think it was a duty on your part in the light of all of the information that you had to make a further inquiry before causing such a representation to be circulated throughout the United States? Dr. Condon : I have always been very puzzled about the fact that these very serious charges were made about Mr. Silvermaster, and nothing was done in the way of prosecution. This has sort of led me to believe that although there was testimony, that the testimony perhaps was not considered by the government to be very decisive. I prefer to regard a man as innocent until he is proven guilty. Mr. Tavenner: Yes, but is that an excuse for you to publish throughout the country your view that he is entirely all right when you have made no inquiry although you have been put on notice about his disloyalty? Dr. Condon: I am emphasizing the fact that 1 have no reason to believe on the basis of my own acquaintance or association with him that there was anything wrong with him. Mr. Jackson: Certainly you know that the reason that no prosecution was instituted against Mr. Silvermaster stemmed from the fact that he took his stand upon the provisions of the Fifth Amendment. When you say that you were concerned because no prosecution had been effected, he took his position upon the Fifth Amendment. Dr. Condon: I don't mean by the committee; I mean prosecution instituted by the government as a result of the FBI investigation. I don't claim to know these things in legal terminology, but here was a man about whom very serious things were said, and presumably all right, and at the same time nothing was done about it. So I supposed that perhaps further investigation indicated that there wasn't anything very serious there after all. Mu. Jackson: Well, I will add that there are a number of cases in the same category, and he is not alone in that. Page 50 NO REASON TO DOUBT Dr. Condon: It may be; I don't undertake to say that Silvermaster is necessarily right. I want to stress more the fact that my own associations with him gave me no reason to doubt anything improper in his behaviour. Mr. Jackson: Not even subsequent to the disclosures that were made? Dr. Condon: I am referring to my associations with him. Mr. Jackson: But this was subsequent; your statement in the Congressional Record was a considerable period after your associations with him, and did not that tend to cast any new intelligence or any new light on the subject so far as you were concerned, these disclosures, because if I hear counsel aright, the statement says that I have no reason to believe that he is anything other than a loyal American, and not that he was anything else. Dr. Condon: I am not sure that the exact phraseology says that, but what is meant is that I have no reason to believe on the basis of my acquaintance and knowledge of the case and that is all, that if it seems to imply more than that it is not intended. Mr. Tavenner: It is not a matter of implying, it is a matter of a statement. The exact language is this: "Nothing whatever in my association with him gave me the slightest reason to believe, and therefore I do not believe, that he is other than a loyal American." Mr. Jackson: That, you will note, Dr. Condon, is in the present tense. Dr. Condon: That is perhaps a little stronger than if I were writing it again I would care to make it. Mr. Jackson: These evidences that he has extracted or others have extracted from official files, documents which were taken to him for photographing, microfilming, is a rather serious situation. One who is guilty of it should certainly not be characterized as a good, loyal American. Dr. Covins: Thai is if he is guilty. Mr. Jackson: If he is guilty. However, there is testimony which has not been refuted, and certainly it seems to me that one who is accused of treason should take the very first opportunity to deny it officially, if he is not guilty. gory Masters, is u national coin"1'' . man at large of the Communist 0 United States of America. Silvern*. M was former agitation propaganda"~- the Filmore subsection in the San I Df cisco area, thirteenth district. Lo*\ doi nisi party. '"''' The post of national committecra»j'"n ' large of the Communist parly is at'"'' " important post, and did you know M thing about his being such a nattnecli committeeman? moir Dr. Condon: No, my first know In<h< of lhat excerpt was when it was ■', Congressional Record in June 0'i.-f'' year. I never had any indication o" Mr. Velde: Had you known* his being national committeenra* '»! the Communist parly, would you !cl'uj' have- staled that he was a loyal, pa"?' " A0 J I...... merican: Dr. Condon: Certainly not. I that I can state that there is nobi my acquaintance thai I know to member of the Communist party. don't think thai I have had to shun because I don't think that I have been aware of having met any. bu' are none in my acquaintance, and tainly would have fell differently known these things. lngte ille art c-ll D em but '■ad M f 1 as lar KNOWS NO COMMUNISTS I) Mr. \ i.i.in-.: Arc you acquainted '"•' any Communists? Have you be* quainted with any? " Dr. Condon: Not to my knowl^ M by that you mean people- who are . i r ,l . »ive Ice-is eel tin- party. Mr. Velde: You have never kn^, member of the Communist party? man Dr. Condon: Not to know il'"'-1 was, and I won't say; I don't kn°"l V is and who is not, but nobody ''que. know who have been at the ti"* I knew them. Mr. Velde: Would you repeaf last answer? Dr. Condon: What I am tr; say is lhat there is no one, thcrejj,,,, L L • el '"" has been anyone in my pel-"" |K quaintaiii" who at the time I kne% (i was a member, and I had qualify ibis, of the Communist p1 urallv from .,:"" America, and I would naturally fjp^, that some of these- people iroi» .i countries that are Commiinisl-il"1", were probably members of the'* SILVERMASTER RED PROPAGANDIST munist party, and even thai ' \ Ma Mr. Velde: Dr. Condon, I suppose thai you are familiar with this, but I would like to read an excerpt from a report of Mr. R. E. Greenfeld in rating, reviewing, and analyzing the Civil Service Commission, dated July 16, 1912, in which it is stated he, Silver- master, is listed in the files of the Seattle Police Department as follows: Gregory N. Silvermaster, alias Gre- tfc. know. Mr. Velde: You testified tbul ( »a know Nathan Gregory Silverman | Dr. Condon: And I don't k"0' i sure that he is a member of tin nist parly, or was. This thing i"'i e and I don't question it, but 1 * . know it and there was nothing acquaintance that indicated that- I Mr. Velde: If you don't <lue5 pA FACTS FORUM NEWS, JaroU**
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