By: Cliff Kincaid
Six years ago, in our 2017 book on Barack Hussein Obama, Red Star Rising: The Making of Barack Hussein Obama and the Transformation of America, we concluded that Russia-gate was a diversion from the Russian penetration of the national Democratic Party and Russian control over, even blackmail of, Barack Hussein Obama.
With the release of the Durham report confirming Obama’s role in Russia-gate, which peddled the notion that Trump was a Russian agent, it’s time for Obama to be subpoenaed before Congress to explain what he knew and when he knew it. Questions also have to be raised, even at this late date, about his mysterious trip to Russia as a U.S. Senator, when his passport was confiscated.
As we noted back then, Russia-gate was a brilliant Marxist dialectical maneuver, as seen in the fact that Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat and a vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, emerged as a major critic of Russian influence in the Trump Administration. His father was Marcus Raskin, a former Kennedy administration official who was a founder of the Marxist Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and notoriously soft on Soviet Russia.
In the 1980s, in order to undermine Reagan’s defense buildup, Marcus Raskin and the IPS planned several conferences with Soviet officials believed to be under the influence or control of the Soviet intelligence services. At the time, 12 members of the U.S. Senate and 70 members of the House wrote to Secretary of State George Shultz, warning that the Soviet Union would use the events for intelligence purposes. IPS subservience to the agenda of the Soviet Union and its client state was a major topic of concern to those backing Reagan’s anti-Soviet policies. Journalist and author Brian Crozier wrote in National Review that the IPS was “the perfect intellectual front for Soviet activities which would be resisted if they 53 were to originate openly from the KGB.”
Steven Powell’s book on the IPS, Covert Cadre, includes photographs of identified Soviet agents who attended IPS functions or associated with IPS personalities. He names two as KGB officers. The IPS even hosted convicted Soviet spy Alger Hiss. It regarded him as innocent and launched a series of “Alger Hiss lectures” in 2002, after receiving a bequest from the estate of Alger and Isabel Johnson Hiss.
Ironically, Rep. Raskin used a speech in Washington, D.C. to denounce the Russians for using “active measures” or influence operations against the United States, the same kind that his own father’s organization facilitated.