Cold War Fugitive: A Personal Story of the McCarthy Years

Cold War Fugitive: A Personal Story of the McCarthy Years

Cold War Fugitive: A Personal Story of the McCarthy Years

Cold War Fugitive: A Personal Story of the McCarthy Years

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This book is a personal account of an extremely difficult period in my life, my family's, and of countless thousands of other Americans. It was the time of McCarthyism. For nearly five years I was a fugitive from the FBI. After I voluntarily surrendered, I served 5 1/2 years of an eight-year sentence in Leavenworth Penitentiary.

Why I and others went "underground," where and how I lived and worked, the people who befriended and worked closely with me, and how we avoided FBI detection are described for the first time. (I use fictitious names for those who could still be victimized, even three decades after the events.)

Revealed herein are the methods the FBI used in its search for me. Some of these I knew from personal observations and from facts later gleaned from my family and friends. But not for 27 years, until in December 1978 I began to receive my FBI files under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, did I fully appreciate the scope and vindictive nature of this effort. Even now, as these words are written, I do not possess all the facts.

First, the heavily censored FBI files deal nearly exclusively with the hunt for me, touching only incidentally and inferentially on the search for the other fugitives. Second, the FBI has not given me all the files pertaining to me, only a select portion amounting to over 20,000 pages, out of what was--as they informed my attorney Edward Greer--somewhere in the neighborhood of a million pages. Furthermore, those given me are full of blacked-out excisions--from a word to most of a page. What I was permitted to see, therefore, is a highly sanitized version of my FBI files. Whatever the FBI was determined to keep from me--and from the public--was ruthlessly suppressed. It is logical to assume, therefore, that what it sought to hide are precisely those of its practices most blatantly indefensible.

In 1979, when the FBI would permit me to see only 4,800 pages . . .

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