Radicals Co-Opt 9/11 Whistleblowers: Americans Need to Be Warned about Subversive Groups, Such as the IPS, Which Play at Being Patriotic While Subverting Our Ideals and Selling out Our Secrets

By Jasper, William F. | The New American, November 1, 2004 | Go to article overview

Radicals Co-Opt 9/11 Whistleblowers: Americans Need to Be Warned about Subversive Groups, Such as the IPS, Which Play at Being Patriotic While Subverting Our Ideals and Selling out Our Secrets


Jasper, William F., The New American


Imagine a "public interest" group named Citizens Against Organized Crime headed up by convicted Mafia chief John Gotti. Or a Foundation to Protect Abused Wives run by O.J. Simpson and Scott Peterson. Or a Fund for Human Kindness sponsored by Charles Manson. Absurd? Of course, but no more so than the ongoing effort by veteran Marxists, terrorists, and hate-America activists from the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) to pose as champions of national security in the war on terrorism.

Decades ago, the IPS radicals launched a front group, the Government Accountability Project (GAP), to disguise as heroic whistleblowers those traitors who divulge America's defense secrets. To make this ruse work, the IPS-GAP subversives have taken great pains to build credibility by associating themselves with bona fide whistleblowers who are fighting government corruption, cover-up, and conspiracy.

Thus, when FBI language translator Sibel Edmonds decided to put together a Washington, D.C., press conference of federal whistleblowers to challenge the assumptions, omissions, and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, GAP rushed to join the event and offer assistance. GAP had the resources and Capitol connections. One of the first necessities was a venue for the event. No problem: GAP helped arrange to hold the press conference at the Mott House, little more than a block from the Capitol. Named for Stewart Mott, the General Motors executive who poured millions of dollars into left-wing causes (including the IPS), the plush residence behind the U.S. Supreme Court has been a hub of IPS revolutionary activity for decades.

Having provided the site for the whistleblower event, GAP attempted to co-opt the occasion for its own purposes. GAP's legal director, Tom Devine, and Melvin Goodman, a senior fellow at another IPS spinoff, the Center for International Policy, were two of the seven speakers at the September 13 press conference. They were joined there by several IPS veterans who came to observe and mix with the press, including Daniel "Pentagon Papers" Ellsberg. Devine and Goodman were properly critical of the 9/11 Commission and were careful to present a moderate, rational image to the assembled reporters and news cameras. But real whistleblowers and the American public should not allow themselves to be fooled by this performance. The IPS-GAP revolutionaries are as dangerous and anti-American as the Islamic terrorist groups that now occupy our main security concerns.

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The IPS was founded in 1963 by Richard Barnet and Marcus Raskin, two revolutionaries who have done more damage to U.S. national security than could have been accomplished by turning loose a Red Army battalion inside the Pentagon. Some idea of how seriously our national security was already compromised back then can be surmised by the fact that these two subversives, along with many kindred spirits, had enjoyed access to our nation's top secrets.

Mr. Barnet had been a high official of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and Marcus Raskin had been a staff member of President John F. Kennedy's National Security Council. Soon after launching IPS they were openly consorting with agents of the Soviet KGB and Fidel Castro's DGI, hobnobbing with terrorists and providing leadership to the "New Left" communists of the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), who were fomenting violent revolution on the college campuses.

With seed money from Communist Party millionaire Samuel Rubin and the equally subversive Stern Fund, the IPS was off and running. IPS quickly established itself as the premier hub of revolutionary organization in Washington, D.C., with ties to terrorist organizations and Communist movements worldwide. No cause was too radical for the professional IPS cadres: Black Panthers, Weather Underground, East Germany's Baader-Meinhoff terror gang, Italy's deadly Red Brigades, Yasir Arafat's PLO, Libya's Col. …

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