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Common Defense Richard Falknor on 14 Jun 2011 05:41 pm

Independent Journalists Ask About Panetta’s Far Leftist Ties


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Veteran investigators Cliff Kincaid and Trevor Loudon via Kincaid’s website have been asking “Will the Senate Pick Anti-Defense CIA Chief with Red Ties as SecDef?” (USA Survival News)  —

“Researchers Trevor Loudon and Cliff Kincaid are warning the Senate to examine CIA Director Leon Panetta’s anti-defense record, associations with identified communists, and support for the Marxist Institute for Policy Studies before voting on his nomination as Secretary of Defense. A vote could come as early as Tuesday [today] in the Senate Armed Services Committee. ‘Panetta opposed President Reagan’s military build-up in the 1980s, which was a decisive factor in the ultimate fall of Soviet-style communism, and he was on the side of the communists in Central America,’ they said in a joint statement. ‘There is every reason to believe, based on his public record, that he will cut major weapons systems and even military personnel as defense secretary, putting the U.S. into a weak international position vis-à-vis China and radical Islamists in the critical years ahead.'”

The two investigators highlighted their particular concerns over —

“. . . disturbing evidence of Panetta’s long-time friendly relationship with identified Communist Party figure Hugh DeLacy. . . .” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

Today, Cliff Kincaid explained in his “Panettagate: A Real Scandal Involving National Security” (Right Side News) —

“But suffice it to say that the relationship with DeLacy is something that stands out. In a sense, Panetta did not hide it. Back in 1983 he inserted a tribute into the Congressional Record, recognizing DeLacy and his wife Dorothy, another communist, for their commitment to ‘social justice’ and resisting ‘the dark forces of McCarthyism.’ The latter strongly indicates that Panetta was aware of their involvement in the communist cause and that not only did it not matter to him, it was evidence of their courage and bravery. We knew about the tribute from press reports, but I found a copy of this tribute in the Congressional Record at a local library. Trevor Loudon writes, ‘The couple, Hugh DeLacy and his wife Dorothy Baskin DeLacy, both had long histories with the Communist Party USA and were very active in the Santa Cruz ‘progressive’ movement that had helped  nurture Congressman Panetta’s career. Phrases like ‘social justice’ and ‘dark forces of McCarthyism’ rolled from Rep. Panetta’s pen, in a piece that would not have been out of place in the Communist Party’s Peoples Daily World.’ He adds, ‘The DeLacys were not merely Panetta’s constituents—they were close personal friends. Hugh DeLacy was also a longtime correspondent, with whom Panetta regularly discussed defense and foreign policy issues.’” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

Adding yet more perspective, seasoned Washington journalist and broadcaster Wes Vernon wrote yesterday (Renew America) in his “Media blackout: CIA director accused of links to Communist spy contact — scandal ignored”  that —

“If you have been depending on the mainstream media for your news the past few days, you are probably learning here for the first time that CIA Director Leon Panetta has been called out for his links to an important open member of the Communist Party. Some background: When this writer first arrived in Washington, D.C., as a reporter in 1968, one of my assignments was to cover the congressional delegation from Washington State. Occasionally, both Democrat and Republican members of Congress from the Evergreen State would obliquely mention the name of Hugh DeLacy — either with a knowing snicker or muffled sound of disapproval. It was as if they were shamefacedly acknowledging their state’s dirty little secret.This much I gathered: Hugh DeLacy was a Communist who entered Democrat politics in Seattle and served in Congress, later to be defeated because of his pro-Red affiliations. That name — stashed away for years in a reporter’s mental file — re-emerged in 2011 when (not for the first time) intrepid researchers did the work the mainstream media should have been doing.” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

Your Blue Ridge Forum writer is a native of Seattle, and Hugh DeLacy’s name — surfacing here in connection with Panetta’s nomination — was an alarm bell from childhood memories. Here and here are two quite illuminating sequential pages from John Gunther’s “Inside USA” published in 1947, putting DeLacy in the political context of Washington state in those years. (As Jim Farley, FDR’s postmaster general, is supposed to have said around that time, there are 47 states and the Soviet of Washington.) Gunther, an FDR liberal, paints a picture of DeLacy and his circle in action. Notice the split in the Roosevelt family over DeLacy.

Where is the Panetta nomination as we write today, Tuesday afternoon, June 14? National Journal reports

“The Senate Armed Services Committee approved CIA chief Leon Panetta to be the next Defense Secretary in a unanimous voice vote Tuesday. The widely expected move was immediately reported to the floor following the Committee’s action. The confirmation is expected this month.”

Cliff Kincaid and Trevor Loudon have raised very serious questions about the attitudes and sympathies Secretary of Defense-designate Leon Panetta might bring to his crucial role in managing the defense establishment of the United States.

The U.S. Senate has a heavy constitutional obligation to get to the bottom of all this before confirming Mr. Panetta.

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UPDATE JUNE 23! Click here for Wes Vernon’s “Security checks for federal employees a joke (who slipped through?)” (Renew America) – –

“As to why [Leon Panetta] was so easily confirmed to his new post when information did make its way to some Senate offices, the explanations this writer got were along the lines of the train was already going full bore, no way to stop it now, or as one senator told me, ‘There are so many questionable appointees in this administration’ that he had to pick his fights or he would spend most of his time raising cane at the expense of getting anything done.
Why should we be surprised?
In the end, the good senator who threw up his hands at the Panetta confirmation was merely reflecting the helplessness that sinks in when an administration comes at us from so many directions with outrageous policies and appointments that keeping up with all of them appears all but hopeless.”

UPDATE JUNE 20! Click here for Wes Vernon’s “Top spy points finger at Panetta friend- -Question: Why the reluctance to expose links to Communists?” (Renew America).

UPDATE JUNE 19! Click here, here, and here, for Trevor Loudon’s “Panetta Reports,one through three.

UPDATE JUNE 17! Click here for “Panetta’s Hidden Agenda” (America’s Survival).

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