05/6/14

MI: Prison Reform Goes To The Dogs

By: Dick Manasseri
WatchDog Wire


Correctional facility residents, with their leader dogs, at a graduation ceremony

Non-profit enables UP inmates to help the blind

Imagine you are blind. Imagine you are in prison for life.

What could ever connect a blind person, in need of independence, and a prisoner, in need of a meaningful connection to the outside world? Answer: A special canine – a Leader Dog.

Here’s a video that explains the unique non-profit program that does not receive government funds.

Prison inmates from the Baraga and Chippewa Correctional Facilities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are helping to train “Leader Dogs for the Blind.”

“ … it’s a win-win formula for everyone, with carefully chosen inmates able to volunteer the huge amount of time needed to train the dogs properly, and the dogs giving the prisoners a sense of accomplishment, responsibility and empathy,” says Michael Curley, a corrections officer.

Some of the positive comments from the trainers include: “I’ve been locked up most of my adult life, and in 14 years since that started, this is probably the best thing that’s happened to me.”

And, “I’ve lived a selfish life mostly with drugs, but this is doing something for someone else.” Also, “I think we get more out of the dogs than the dogs get out of us.”

Hats off to the Leader Dogs for the Blind (headquartered in Rochester Hills, Michigan), the Lions Club, and the volunteers that support their programs, as well as the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Hats off the young dogs (mostly Labradors, golden retrievers, and German shepherds) that are smart enough to lead the blind and loving enough to remind humans how to be caring humans!

05/6/14

Christian Socialism – a true oxymoron

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by a fellow named Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister and it was formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942. Bellamy felt strongly that it should be used in the public school system and used Columbus Day to kick start its use as it coincided with the opening of the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

“In Francis Bellamy’s recollection of the creation of the Pledge, he recalled “At the beginning of the nineties patriotism and national feeling was at a low ebb. The patriotic ardor of the Civil War was an old story … The time was ripe for a reawakening of simple Americanism and the leaders in the new movement rightly felt that patriotic education should begin in the public schools.”

Here is Bellamy’s original rendition:

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Louis A. Bowman, an attorney from Illinois, was the first to initiate the addition of “under God” to the Pledge and according to historical records:

“President Eisenhower sitting in Lincoln’s pew, the church’s pastor, George MacPherson Docherty, delivered a sermon based on the Gettysburg Address titled “A New Birth of Freedom.” He argued that the nation’s might lay not in arms but its spirit and higher purpose. He noted that the Pledge’s sentiments could be those of any nation, that “there was something missing in the pledge, and that which was missing was the characteristic and definitive factor in the American way of life.” He cited Lincoln’s words “under God” as defining words that set the United States apart from other nations.”

President Eisenhower later in 1954 had “Under God” added to the Pledge of allegiance to bring America back to God. This desire to remind citizens of our nation’s reliance on the Lord has become something of a sticking point in these latter days.

Francis Bellamy is also listed as a Socialist, a Christian Socialist to be more specific. Matthew 25:31-46 is a major component of Christianity and is considered the cornerstone of Christian socialism.

I’ll trim that scriptural reference down to a bite sized chunk which most of us are familiar with:

“For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.”

Somehow these passages from the mouth of Jesus intended to enlighten individuals, to impress upon everyone the need to implement the Golden Rule, provide for the sick, the afflicted, the penniless, the imprisoned; somehow Christian Socialists have read into the Bible that instead of individual benevolence, government can force individuals to take care of the sick, the afflicted, the penniless, the imprisoned. Instead of calling it benevolence it’s called Social Justice, the redistribution of wealth from those who unfairly obtained that wealth to those who otherwise would have had an equal opportunity to be modestly successful were it not for this, that or the other.

Talk about opening up a can of worms; after looking up and finding Christian Socialism, it links with the Fabian society “which favoured gradual change rather than revolutionary change” and the term “social justice”.

“Classically, “justice” (especially corrective justice or distributive justice) referred to ensuring that individuals both fulfilled their societal roles, and received what was due from society.”

An important thread to all of these ‘feel good’ socialistic romps is the use of force, mild in some cases; but force all the same. How else to ensure that individuals fulfill their societal roles and receive what is due from society? Force of government by exacting that which under other conditions would not be given.

Clearly showing benevolence to those in need is not the same as having a representative of the government exact donations for those less fortunate and it certainly isn’t anything preached by our Lord, Jesus Christ regardless of the cherry picking of scripture proposed by Christian Socialists.

“The important thing to keep in mind is that the people who have created their government can give to that government only such powers as they, themselves, have in the first place. Obviously, they cannot give that which they do not possess.”

With this simple thought process as found in Ezra Taft Benson’s talk, The Proper Role of Government, we are forced, pardon the use of the word, forced to recognize a foundational principle of sound governance and yet so called Christian Socialists would have us believe that good intentions trumps the rule of law. It only works if you ignore the truth, something which our nation has been doing far too long.

And so we see that the Father of Lies, Satan, doesn’t call Black White or White Black; instead he paints portions of truth as if it were all true and entices good men down the path leading them to destruction through deception staged as if it were the truth.

You’re either a Christian following the teachings of Christ or you’re a socialist, content to enslave your fellow citizens by having government obtain social justice by force, to include theft of earned income and property all the way to loss of freedom and imprisonment for resistance and even death should the resistance merit such force. There is no such thing as a Christian Socialist; that’s an oxymoron.

You claim to be a practicing Christian Socialist…what other lies are you telling yourself in order to hide from the truth?

This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”

05/6/14

Infiltration of the U.S. Government, Part Two

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine has apparently surprised a lot of people who thought the Cold War was over, and that Russia had been integrated into the “community of nations.” In 2012, President Obama pushed through Permanent Normal Trade Relations for Russia, giving Putin access to billions of dollars of Western capital.

But former CIA officer Tennent H. “Pete” Bagley, who died recently, completely understood the view that the “death” of the USSR and the liberalization of Russia was a strategic deception, designed to allow the KGB operatives running Russia to regroup, and solidify and expand their power.

His 2007 book, Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games, angered the CIA because he believed the CIA had itself been deceived by a Soviet defector by the name of Yuri Nosenko. Among Bagley’s claims: Nosenko, who defected in 1963, after the assassination of President Kennedy, insisted that Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK’s assassin, was not a Soviet agent.

In its obituary, the London Telegraph also noted Bagley’s handling of another Soviet KGB defector by the name of Anatoly Golitsyn, who, “in addition to providing valuable leads about Soviet spies in the West, had brought with him a terrifying, overarching theory that Moscow was involved in implementing a vast conspiracy to achieve world dominance.” Golitsyn also charged that the CIA had been infiltrated by the KGB.

Robert Buchar interviewed Bagley, who became CIA chief of counterintelligence, for his documentary “The Collapse of Communism: The Untold Story.” Bagley said in the film that “Golitsyn was certainly telling the truth as he knew it. And there comes the other story. Because Golitsyn had a lot of information about penetrations of Western governments, when that information was passed to the Western governments they became outraged and unhappy because no government wants to discover penetrations in its mist. It’s not in the interest of the government, it’s not in the interest of the people in power to find out they had been fooled, they had been manipulated and therefore they will take every piece of information they can to reject this.”

What Bagley is describing applies to the U.S. intelligence community, not only in regard to Putin and the Russians but the Muslim Brotherhood and scandals such as Benghazi, a result of what former CIA officer Clare Lopez and the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi call “switching sides” in the War on Terror.

Buchar, a political refugee from the former nation of Czechoslovakia, says, “The Russians always had—and still have—a long-range strategy looking forward for the next 30-50 years.” By contrast, he says the West was unable to develop any counter-strategy because its leaders and intelligence officials refused to believe Moscow had this long-range strategy.

This amounts to an open invitation to manipulation by agents of influence, which makes complete sense if we examine the pathetic response to Russian aggression in Ukraine. The response goes beyond incompetence or weakness—to playing into Putin’s hands.

The first part of solving the problem is to recognize there has been Russian penetration of the West, not just through espionage operations—which continue to be uncovered—but by agents of influence. Perhaps the investigations of the Obama administration, as it relates to Benghazi and the Muslim Brotherhood, will open this door.

As we have repeatedly pointed out, President Obama had well-documented links to such figures as Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party member and suspected Soviet espionage agent. It’s an old story that we have been telling again and again since 2008. To this day, it’s still not known who in the intelligence community was aware of Obama’s foreign connections when he became President. As a federal candidate, of course, he didn’t have to undergo a background check. Equally significant, Congress doesn’t have an internal security committee to probe such questions. Perhaps they just didn’t want to know the awful truth.

In the current context, with Putin continuing to destabilize Ukraine, the other notable case of alleged penetration is Germany. As we noted in a previous column, a book by Günther Lachmann and Ralf Georg Reuth published last year looks at the hidden communist past of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who spent 35 years of her life in East Germany, and concealed her work as an ideologue for a communist youth group.

The book grows increasingly relevant as we watch the Germans maneuver to avoid punishing Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. In the face of Russian aggression, Merkel says “…we want to continue having a reasonable partnership with Russia.”

“Germany is one of our strongest allies, and Angela is one of my closest partners,” said Obama. But since Russia is Germany’s partner, what does that say about Obama? The pieces of the puzzle are falling into place in front of our eyes.

The German book, The First Life of Angela M., only goes so far. It does not make the direct charge that Merkel is a Russian agent. That is a taboo topic, in the same way that an analysis of Obama’s grooming by Frank Marshall Davis is considered a form of “McCarthyism” directed against a civil rights activist. At least that is the rationale being offered by the media in the U.S. to avoid facing facts.

“There is no awareness, or even vague imagination, of a communist grand design,” an observer of the German political scene told me. “It seems they haven’t even heard of the name Anatoliy Golitsyn. To recognize this fatal shortcoming seems for West Germany just as hard as it is for the United States. After all, both countries were jubilant 25 years ago to have supposedly won the Cold War. And now they begin to realize they were duped. Worse: they are now in the grip of well-concealed communist moles posing as their ‘leaders.’”

These are serious charges that cannot be easily dismissed because they comport so completely with the facts as we see them unfolding in Ukraine.

The analysis offered in Golitsyn’s two books, New Lies For Old, and Perestroika Deception, was ridiculed at the time as a fantastic “Monster Plot” by skeptical CIA officials who thought the KGB incapable of planning and carrying out such a plan.

Bagley’s rejection of Nosenko—and his openness to Golitsyn’s arguments about deep penetration of the West—made him a pariah in the CIA. This mindset continues at the agency.

In 2007, as noted by The New York Times in its obituary of Bagley, “the C.I.A. canceled a talk Mr. Bagley was to give at the agency.” Bagley was also scheduled to speak at the International Spy Museum. But that was cancelled, too.

You can bet that anyone with Bagley’s mentality about the so-called “collapse” of communism would have met a similar fate at the agency.

By contrast, it is reported that several senior CIA officials visited Nosenko in 2008 and presented him with a ceremonial flag and a letter from then CIA Director Michael Hayden honoring his service to the United States.

Hayden, who retired as director of the CIA in 2009, endorsed the book, American Spies: Espionage against the United States from the Cold War to the Present, written by Michael J. Sulick.

Sulick worked for the CIA for 28 years. He was chief of CIA counterintelligence from 2002 to 2004 and director of the National Clandestine Service from 2007 to 2010.

In his book, he argues that Golitsyn was eventually “discredited” and that the KGB did not have the ability to organize any such “grand plans” against the West.

This is the party line. The CIA’s official history says that while “Golitsyn claimed that Nosenko was a disinformation agent sent both to discredit him and to hide Moscow’s hand in President Kennedy’s death,” the agency came to a different conclusion. “A few years later, the CIA decided that Nosenko was telling the truth, but Angleton never changed his mind.”

Angleton was James Angleton, head of the CIA’s Counterintelligence Staff, who believed the CIA had been deeply penetrated by Soviet agents and who was determined to find the Soviet “moles.” He described Golitsyn, who was born in Ukraine, as “the most valuable defector ever to reach the West.”

The CIA didn’t believe him. We are seeing the consequences of this major intelligence failure in Ukraine. It deserves just as much congressional scrutiny as the massacre and cover-up in Benghazi.

We are currently facing two major threats—the Muslim Brotherhood and Putin’s KGB-dominated Russian regime. And they may be linked.

Olavo de Carvalho, a Brazilian philosopher and anti-communist writer, argues that much of the Muslim terrorism we see in the world “has not sprung spontaneously from the Islamic society, Islamic culture, but was created by the Soviet intelligence services and is still fed and monitored by Russian agents.” The revelation by KGB defectors that al-Qaeda terrorist leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was trained by the KGB adds to the evidence for this perception. The KGB, he argues, is using “Islamic camouflage” to wage its war against the “main enemy”—the United States.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected]. View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.

05/6/14

Weekly Featured Profile – Gene Lantz

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Gene Lantz

Gene Lantz is a North Texas based Communist Party USA leader.

Gene Lantz has been a union man for most of his working career. He retired from Vought Corp. in 2002 after working there for 27 years. He is the chairman of the United Auto Workers Union Local 848 that represents the plant.

In the 1970s, Gene Lantz was a member of the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party, but eventually led his faction out of the party over doctrinal differences. He went on to lead a Maoist/Trotskyist hybrid called the North Star Network with Peter Camejo, later a California Green Party Gubernatorial candidate.

However, by the early 2000s, he was a full-fledged Dallas based Communist Party of Texas member.

Lantz is active in Jobs with Justice, various union groups and with the communist-led Texas Alliance of Retired Americans.

He and his wife Elaine Lantz, are also heavily involved with the Democratic Party and actively supported the candidacy of Barack Obama in 2008.

Lantz works closely with several Texas Democratic Congress members, particularly Dallas/Fort Worth area “Progressives,” such as Reps Marc Veasey and Eddie Bernice Johnson.

In July, 2013, Walmart sued Gene Lantz, the United Food and Commercial Workers, OURWalmart and Jobs with Justice for civil trespassing for crossing their parking lots.

Gene Lantz has been making videos of public officials supporting Walmart workers and posting them on YouTube, which he regards as a key tactic in the long strategy to unionize Walmart.

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05/6/14

Manning Johnson: Color, Communism and Common Sense

By: Brent Parrish
The Right Planet

I would venture to say that not too many people these days have ever heard of Manning Johnson. I would also venture to say that plenty of people would prefer it stayed that way—at least on the far-left-side of the political spectrum.

Manning Johnson was a full-fledged Communist for 10 years. Johnson admits he was “sold this ‘bill of goods’ by a Negro graduate of the Lenin Institute in Moscow.”

Members of communist and socialist groups from around the world who showed great promise for furthering the cause of worldwide communism were sometimes offered the chance to attend Marxist schools like Lenin’s Institute for Higher Learning or Patrice Lumumba University (now known as the Russian Peoples’ Friendship University). Students were taught the finer points of Marxist-Leninist philosophy, i.e. Russian history, racial agitation, trade union building, and the like.

If anyone is naive enough to believe communism (a.k.a. socialism) will bring about a “post-racial world,” chances are they don’t know much about communism. The subversive tactics used by communists are intentionally designed to pit one group against the other—black vs. white, man vs. woman, gay vs. straight, rich (1%) vs. poor (99%)—divide and conquer, ad nauseum.

The “struggle” is eternal. In order for the revolution to continue, the agitation of social classes and groups must never end; it must go on and on and on. This should become clearer to the uninitiated after reading Manning Johnson’s book Color, Communism and Common Sense (1958).

Below is an excerpt from the first chapter of Color, Communism and Common Sense. Additionally, I have included a link to the audio of “Manning Johnson’s Farewell Address.” You can read the entire text of Manning’s book at manningjohnson.org.

CHAPTER ONE – IN THE WEB

Ten years I labored in the cause of Communism. I was a dedicated “comrade.” All my talents and efforts were zealously used to bring about the triumph of Communism in America and throughout the world. To me, the end of capitalism would mark the beginning of an interminable period of plenty, peace, prosperity and universal comradeship. All racial and class differences and conflicts would end forever after the liquidation of the capitalists, their government and their supporters. A world union of Soviet States under the hegemony of Russia would free and lead mankind on to Utopia.

Being an idealist, I was sold this “bill of goods” by a Negro graduate of the Lenin Institute in Moscow.

The color of one’s skin is no bar to a young man or woman dreaming of making a better world. Like other Negroes, I experienced and saw many injustices and inequities around me based upon color, not ability. I was told that “the decadent capitalist system is responsible,” that “mass pressure” could force concessions but “that just prolongs the life of capitalism”; that I must unite and work with all those who more or less agree that capitalism must go.

Little did I realize until I was deeply enmeshed in the Red Conspiracy, that just and seeming grievances are exploited to transform idealism into a cold and ruthless weapon against the capitalist system—that this is the end toward which all the communist efforts among Negroes are directed.

Indeed, I had entered the red conspiracy in the vain belief that it was the way to a “new, better and superior” world system of society. Ten years later, thoroughly disillusioned, I abandoned communism. The experiences of those years in “outer darkness” are like a horrible nightmare. I saw communism in all its naked cruelty, ruthlessness and utter contempt of Christian attributes and passions. And, too, I saw the low value placed upon human life, the total lack of respect for the dignity of man, the betrayal of trust, the terror of the Secret Police and the bloody hand of the assassin, during and since, those fateful years when I embraced communism.

I was lured into the red movement by way of the American Negro Labor Congress, one of the many “front organizations” set up by the communists to trap the naive, unwary, unsuspecting and idealistic Negro. The use of such attractive and appealing fronts as a means of entrapment is a most important serpentine method of the reds.

After two years of practical training in organizing street demonstrations, inciting mob violence, how to fight the police and how to politically “throw a brick and hide,” I was ready, in the opinion of my leaders, for a top communist school.

At a secret national training school in New York City, I was given an extensive and intensive course in the theory and practice of red political warfare. As a result, I was appointed District Organizer by the Political Bureau of the Communist Party in the Buffalo, New York area, one of the vital industrial sections of our country. It was in the position of District Organizer that I learned to use secret codes, “mail drops,” organize clandestine meetings, “shake police shadows” and other underground activities. At the same time I became acquainted with the nature of communist sabotage and espionage.

My zeal, training, both theoretical and practical, combined with loyalty and willingness to sacrifice, changed me from a novice into a dedicated red—a professional revolutionist. Consequently, I climbed rapidly to the National Committee, the highest governing body of the Communist Party in America.

Keep reading …


Click above to listen to Manning Johnson’s Farewell Address

05/6/14

Kremlin’s Channel Highlights American Socialist’s Conviction

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

RT

Kremlin propaganda channel RT (previously Russia Today) highlights the recent conviction of Occupy Wall Street demonstrator Cecily McMillan.

An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator was found guilty of second-degree assault Monday in Manhattan following a months-long trial concerning a 2012 altercation she had with the New York Police Department.

Cecily McMillan, 25, now stands to face as much as seven years in prison behind bars as a result of Monday afternoon’s conviction.

As RT reported earlier this year, McMillan was participating in an OWS demonstration in New York City during the spring of 2012 when she was manhandled by the NYPD while being detained, and received multiples cuts and bruised ribs as a result. While handcuffed, McMillan — then 23 — suffered from a seizure for upwards of seven minutes before reportedly fainting.

According to police, moments earlier McMillan elbowed an officer in the face. She was soon hauled off in an ambulance, and eventually charged with a felony for allegedly injuring NYPD Officer Grantley Bovell. She insisted, however, that Bovell had grabbed her breast from behind, and the elbow she threw was not an attempt to assault a cop, but rather a reflexive response to the unwanted grope. Documents were shown in court of Bovell sporting a black eye after the incident.

The prosecution of course saw things differently:

Assistant District Attorney Erin Choi, the lead prosecutor in the case, testified during the trial that McMillan’s claims were “heinous,” the Village Voice reported, and that the woman “might as well have said that aliens came that night and assaulted her.”

“It is time for the defendant to answer for her own criminal actions,” Choi said during closing argumentson Friday, according to Joe Swaine at the Guardian. “Our founding fathers did not create a right to free assembly so people could commit crimes and hide behind their right to protest. This is a sacred right that should be preserved and protected.”

Stephanie McMillan is a Marxist, a leading member of the Gramsciist communist Democratic Socialists of America.

McMillan is a former senior at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. In addition to her participation in Young Democratic Socialists, previous political involvement includes co-founding and leading her campus’ FairWisconsin student organization, promoting LGBTQ rights, as well as organizing campus-wide political debates and small discussion groups. Before college, she was employed in Atlanta by Georgia PIRG, canvassing for community support on key environmental issues and helped campaign/canvas for far left Georgia State Senator, Nan Orrock.

While she remains a Marxist, Cecily McMillan will always have a friend in Moscow.

05/6/14

Socialist Author and Propagandist, on the Looming Banking Collapse

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Nomi Prins

Nomi Prins

This has been going around the net. Financial writer Nomi Prins with Greg Hunter of America Watchdog.

Prins gives an interesting run down over the corruption and looming collapse of the American banking system and says little that most conservatives would disagree with – except for the “JFK opposed the bankers” meme, which is routinely used by leftists to divert blame for Kennedy’s murder towards American bankers and the CIA, and away from the much more likely culprits, the Cubans and the Soviets.

Prins, a former investment banker with over a decade of experience in the financial sector… has run bond and derivative strategy groups at JPM/Chase in New York, Bear Stearns in London and most recently as Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in New York, from which she resigned in January of 2002.

Since that time, Prins has been actively picking the scabs off US capitalism from her vantage point on the far left.

In 2009 Nomi Prins was listed as an advisory editor of Against the Current, bi-monthly analytical journal of U.S. Trotskyite organization Solidarity.

In April 2002, Nomi Prins addressed Panel #26: “ENRON – Unnatural Disaster,” sponsored by the Union for Radical Political Economics at the Democratic Socialists of America organized Socialist Scholars Conference in Cooper Union, New York.

In 2007, Prins addressed the Left Forum (the successor to Socialist Scholars Conference) in New York on “Wage Stagnation, Growing Insecurity, and the Future of the U.S. Working Class.”

In April 2009, Prins addressed a Left Forum panel: “Nationalize the Banks! What Does it Really Mean?” with DSA member Leo Panitch.

Nomi Prins was a Senior Fellow of the New York based think tank Demos, a far left organization established by the KGB and Cuban intelligence linked Institute for Policy Studies.

Interestingly, a young obscure Illinois State Senator named Barack Obama was head hunted in 1999 to serve on Demos’ founding board.

It is not enough to verify the accuracy of information, it is also essential to find the source of the information and to identify the bias of its promulgator. Nomi Prins is part of the far left army attacking US capitalism. Her analysis and history is largely accurate. The danger lies in her solutions, such as “workers power’ and state control of banking.

Socialism and crony capitalism got us into this mess. Only true free market solutions will get us out.

05/6/14

Obama’s Socialist Friends Re-Admit Convicted Communist Spy to Their Ranks

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Kurt Stand

Kurt Stand

Democratic Socialists of America has a bona fide traitor in its ranks.

The US’ largest Marxist organization, and the one most closely allied to President Barack Obama, has re-admitted one of America’s worst communist spies to its membership roster.

Not long after completing a 17 year sentence for espionage, life long socialist activist Kurt Stand, has joined the Metro Washington DC local of Democratic Socialists of America.

From the Metro Washington DSA website

From the Metro Washington DSA website

Kurt Stand began his spying activities in 1972 after being recruited by the former East Germany to recruit other spies in the Washington, DC, area. Kurt Stand was introduced to East German intelligence officers through his father, Mille Stand, a communist chemical engineer who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

According to the FBI, East Germany’s relationship with the Stand family goes back to Stand’s father, who recruited his son as a communist agent. In a secretly recorded conversation, Stand’s former wife and fellow spy Theresa Squillacote, said the family relationship was even deeper.

“Between my husband and myself we go back in this work to 1918,” she told an undercover FBI agent.

Squillacote, Stand and friend James Clark attended the University of Wisconsin in the 1970s where they were active in the Young Workers Liberation League, the youth arm of the Communist Party USA. Stand recruited Clark to spy in 1976 and Squillacote about the time the couple was married in 1980.

Before working at the Pentagon, Squillacote was employed by the National Labor Relations Board and later, the House Armed Services Committee. She sent numerous photographs to her German handlers. After the fall of East Germany, Squillacote came to the attention of the FBI, when she offered to be a spy in a letter to a South African government Minister who was a leader of the South African Communist Party.

Stand and Squillacote frequently traveled to Mexico, Germany and Canada, during which time Stand would meet with their East German handlers. After German re-unification, Stand’s controllers tried to recruit him to spy for the Soviet Union and then for the Russian Federation. Although he never gained access to classified material, his role in the operation was to recruit agents and to provide information about the non-governmental groups with which he worked. Stand allegedly received $24,650 for his recruiting and coordinating efforts. On 23 Oct. 1998, he and Squillacote were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage, attempted espionage and illegally obtaining national defense documents. On 22 Jan. 1999, a U.S. District Judge sentenced Squillacote to 21 years and 10 months in prison and Stand to a sentence of 17 years and six months.

For nearly 15 years of his spying career, Stand was an active member of Democratic Socialists of America, rising to serve on its leading body, the National Political Committee in the 1990s.

Democratic Left March/April 1995

Democratic Left March/April 1995

Sqillacote, Mille Stand and possibly Kurt Stand, were also members of Committees of Correspondence, formed after a 1991 split in the Communist Party USA.

Like many DSAers, Kurt Stand was a huge fan of Barack Obama, even writing about the future president from his jail cell in June 2008 (since scrubbed):

The conversations I’ve listened too and taken part in over these past months have made me a stronger supporter of Obama than I otherwise would have been; have strengthened my perception that his election could be a critical part of building a movement of resistance to our country’s current direction, could help provide the space or framework in which more radical alternatives are again spoken and heard.

To go back to Obama… if he is able to overcome our country’s racism and actually win election we can expect some initial efforts to rein in the excesses of the Bush Administration… For his corporate supporters that will be enough, for most of those voting for him it will be sufficient only as a first step. It will be up to those who want genuine social justice to build movements that give him the possibility of pushing further; finding out then whether he will or won’t remembering that the key will not be him but us (us defined as those who worked for his election, for social justice activists, the left) and what we do, how we organize. How we use the social solidarity the campaign is developing as the basis of a renewed social solidarity…

In sum, radicals and progressives ought to join those—including those in prison—who have already decided to back Obama, see where the campaign can take us, see what can then be accomplished.

While posing as “democratic” and non-communist, Democratic Socialists of America is actually a hardcore Gramsciist revolutionary organization.

That they would re-admit a convicted traitor to their ranks, almost straight from jail, shows exactly where their loyalties lie.