| Communism |
|Interest of||• House Un-American Activities Committee|
• Richard Löwenthal
• Dave Springhall
|Ideology of the USSR.|
Bugbear of the "independently wealthy".
Painful decades exposed communism as an unrealistic political system. Eventually, "The West" won the Cold War, resolving the political debate between left (Soviet style communism) and right (free market capitalism). The people spoke, proving that those on the right (Western style 'democracy') had been right all along. This powerful and authentic vindication for the free world confined communism to the dustbin of history, promising peace and prosperity for all, once we have won the 'war on terror'.
A lot of "anti-communist" groups were set up in the 1970s and 1980s, by proxies of the CIA. This was a particular interest of Brian Crozier's and of many Le Cercle members. Strategies included public relations, assassination. The first foreign action by the CIA was a political sabotage of the Italian communist party's election. This remained a long term concern and motivated the activation of Operation Gladio stay-behind cells in Italy to carry out false flag terror attacks such as the 1980 Bologna massacre.
|Blowback||“You want to know what this was really all about. The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”||1994|
|Document:Psychological Warfare for the West: Interdoc and Youth Politics in the 1960s||“Psychological warfare has two sides: The build-up of moral strength within one's own side and the undermining of the morale of the opposing side.”||Cees van den Heuvel||1959|
|Stella Rimington||“Well all I can say is that Communist and Trotskyist organisations, by their philosophy, their published aims, would have fallen within the definition of subversion.”||Stella Rimington|
|Document:Psychological Warfare for the West: Interdoc and Youth Politics in the 1960s||book excerpt||2011||Giles Scott-Smith||A book chapter covering Interdoc's activities in the international student/youth field during the 1960s.|
|Document:Sins of Statecraft - The War on Terror Exposed||paper||29 July 2006||Brian Bogart|