Odessa Files: Joe McCarthy – a Patriot or Witch Hunter?

Joseph Raymond “Joe” McCarthy was born on November 14th, 1908 and died May 2nd, 1957. He was an American politician that served as a Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 to his death in 1957. Many know him from the term McCarthyism, in reference to his anti-communist advocacy. History books are not kind to him in today’s textbooks, but in recent years he has been vindicated and it was shown that communist infiltration and subversion within the power of government was deeper than maybe McCarthy realized and certainly a problem that liberals have denied and coined as a “witch hunt”, ridiculing the man who cared about his country.

Joe McCarthy came from a farm community in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, number five of seven children, of Irish and German descent. He studied law at Marquette University in Milwaukee and was admitted to the bar in 1935. He became district attorney as a Democrat in 1936 and later, in 1939, was elected as non-partisan 10thDistrict circuit judge. According to reports, he made money on the side during the Depression gambling. [David M. Oshinsky, A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, Oxford Press, pp. 17 & 28]

In 1942, McCarthy was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps, despite being exempt because of his judicial office. He served as an intelligence officer for a dive bomber squadron in the Solomon Islands and Bougainville. He left the Marines with the rank of captain. Flying twelve combat missions as a gunner-observer, he earned the nickname of “Tail-Gunner Joe” during one of the missions. He received a Distinguished Flying Cross in 1952, that Oshinsky, in his book claims was because of falsified documents. Ted Morgan at Legal Affairs wrote about the “notorious” judge of Wisconsin in an article in the November/December 2003 issue. He wrote:

In 1936, Joe was a Democrat, pro-FDR and pro-New Deal. Wisconsin had a three-cornered political system, thanks to the Progressive Party, founded by the La Follette political dynasty. … In October 1943, Joe wrote to one of his friends, Judge Arnold F. Murphy, asking him to look into whether an officer in the Marines could be a candidate for public office. Murphy replied that “the Milwaukee papers have kept the general public pretty well-informed as to your doings. . . . Your friends are legion and they are all very proud of you.” He was looking into the eligibility question. The supposed number of McCarthy’s combat flights varied as widely as the number of Communists in the State Department he later named. In 1944, in his failed Senate campaign, he said 14. In 1946, in his successful Senate campaign, he said 17. In 1951, he said 32. Major Glenn A. Todd, his executive officer, later said that McCarthy could not possibly have flown 32 missions. … IN APRIL 1944, JOE FILED BY MAIL to run in the Wisconsin Republican primary in August for U.S. senator, against the Republican incumbent Alexander Wiley, a popular senator in office since 1938. McCarthy had been assured by his friends back home that he was eligible, though he would not be allowed to discuss political issues while in uniform. …
McCarthy won the primary by the thin margin of 207,935 to 202,557. Young Bob’s defeat was blamed on labor’s defection, for he was beaten in the labor strongholds of Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine, dotted with big factories like Allis-Chalmers and employing many foreign-born workers. The story was floated that CIO Communists helped elect the arch anti-Communist McCarthy, but the CIO News ignored both La Follette and McCarthy. … McCarthy was the Republican candidate in a Republican state in a Republican year, and won by the impressive margin of 620,430 to 378,777. At the age of 38, Joe was going to Washington, where he would be the youngest member of the Senate.

Ted Morgan is the author of Reds: McCarthyism in Twentieth-Century America. It is a scathing biography of Senator McCarthy.
According to Thomas R. Eddlem, McCarthy has been vindicated in history. In it he states that Glenn Beck questioned whether Senator McCarthy was correct about communist infiltration and the scope of it.

Beck asked: “The question is, was Joseph McCarthy right? Was he right?” And the inescapable conclusion he came to after reading Evans’ Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy was that McCarthy had told the truth. (The book was reviewed by The New American here.) “I don’t want to believe this,” Beck told Evans of his reaction when Evans’ book was first published in 2007. “I put it down and I went ‘I’m not ready to hear that. I can’t handle that.'” But Beck later finished the book anyway and asked the audience, “Okay. Please, America, read this book.”
M. Stanton Evans told Beck of his research on McCarthy that “I found a lot of stuff missing, a lot of stuff had been censored, a lot of stuff that was in the records in one place but blacked out in another place. Mostly what I found was that the FBI files, which backed up what McCarthy was saying, had been withheld for 50 years. And we now have them, or many of them, and they show essentially that he was right in general. There was a massive penetration of the government, and that it was covered up, and that he threatened that cover-up. And that’s why he was isolated, demonized, and destroyed. That’s the technique.”

As Ann Coulter wrote in her book, Treason:

McCarthyism” means pointing out positions taken by liberals that are unpopular with the American people. As former President Bush said, “Liberals do not like me talking about liberals.” The reason they sob about the dark night of fascism under McCarthy is to prevent Americans from ever noticing that liberals consistently attack their own country. [Treason, p. 4]
Liberals don’t mind discussing who is more patriotic if patriotism is defined as redistributing income and vetoing the Pledge of Allegiance. Only if patriotism is defined as supporting America do they get testy and drone on about ‘McCarthyism. [Treason, p. 6]
…(A)fter World War II, the Democratic Party suffered from the same sort of pusillanimous psychosis that seized all of France after World War I. The entire party began to lose its nerve for sacrifice, heroism, and bravery. Beginning in the fifties, there was a real fight for the soul of the Democratic Party. By the late sixties, the contest was over. The anti-Communist Democrats had lost. [Treason, p. 11]
Contrary to today’s image of McCarthy as a despised Torquemada, McCarthy was given a rare state funeral with a private memorial service in the Senate chamber, his seat covered with flowers. St. Matthew’s Cathedral bestowed him with the highest honor the Catholic Church can confer, performing a Solemn Pontifical Requiem Mass before one hundred priests and two thousand well-wishers. Seventy senators attended his funeral, as did J. Edgar Hoover. Thirty thousand Americans lined up outside the Washington funeral home where McCarthy lay to pay their final respects from early in the morning until late at night. Condolences poured in to McCarthy’s wife, amounting to more than seventy bags of mail. [Treason, p. 123]

McCarthy compiled a list of 57 security risks and publicly named John S. Service, Gustavo Duran, Mary Jane Keeney, Harlow Shapley, and H. Julian Wadleigh [16] as being on the list. [17] These names came from the “Lee List” of unresolved State Department security cases compiled by the earlier investigators for the House Appropriates Committee in 1947. Robert E. Lee was the committee’s lead investigator and supervised preparation of the list[18]  …
In 1995, when the VENONA transcripts were declassified, further detailed information was revealed about Soviet espionage in the United States. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was among only a handful of people in the U.S. Government who was aware of the Venona project, and there is no indication whatsoever Hoover shared Venona information with McCarthy. In fact, Hoover may have actually fed McCarthy disinformation, or dead-end files, in an effort to put pressure on relatives, friends, or close associates of real Venona suspects by threatening to reveal embarrassing information about them in a public forum if they failed to cooperate and reveal what they might have known about someone’s else’s activities and associations. [24][25] And there is no indication McCarthy might have known he was being used by Hoover in this way.
The Venona project specifically references at least 349 pseudonyms in the United States—including citizens, immigrants, and permanent residents—who cooperated in various ways with Soviet intelligence agencies, however not all were ever identified. In public hearings before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) conducted by McCarthy, 83 persons plead the fifth amendment right against self incrimination. An additional 9 persons refused to testify on constitutional grounds in private hearings, and their names were not made public. [30] Of the 83 persons pleading the Fifth Amendment, several have been identified by NSA and FBI as agents of the Soviet Union in the Venona project involved in espionage.

Examples of names listed in Venona File:

Venona transcripts confirm the Senate Civil Liberties Subcommittee, chaired by former Senator Robert LaFollette, Jr., whom McCarthy defeated for election in 1946, had at least four staff members working on behalf of the KGB. Chief Counsel of the Committee John AbtCharles Kramer, who served on three other Congressional Committees; Allen Rosenberg, who also served on the National Labor Relations BoardBoard of Economic Warfare (BEW), the Foreign Economic Administration (FEA) and later argued cases before the United States Supreme Court; and Charles Flato, who served on the BEW and FEA, all were CPUSA members and associated with the Comintern.

Conservapedialists the communist individuals revealed in the Venona Files that confirmed Senator McCarthy’s accusations, out of a list of 108.  …
When many Republican congressional members were scared of going against McCarthy, Senator Margaret Chase Smith with less than one year in office, became the first member of Congress to condemn the anti-Communist witch hunt led by Senator McCarthy. At first impressed, she later was upset over particular charges that were not backed up by valid evidence. On June 1st, 1950, Senator Smith delivered a fifteen-minute speech on the Senate Floor entitled Declaration of Conscience, where she did not name McCarthy but was delivered on his behalf. She stated after the speech that McCarthyism had debased the Senate to the level of a forum of hate and character assassination. Six other Senate Republicans signed her Declaration and the result of the speech eventually convinced Congress to vote and pass a censure against McCarthy which effectively removed any political power he had previously.
McCarthy died on May 2nd, 1957 of acute hepatitis brought on by alcoholism. Services were held in the US Senate Chamber with at least 15,000 citizens attending, and interred at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Appleton, Wisconsin.
The Venona Files revealed much of who was on the McCarthy list as truth concerning communist sympathizers, supporters, and outright treasonous activities occurring in the high levels of government from FDR to Eisenhower. Because McCarthy was made to look the fool, it dropped out of the radar, but communist espionage continued unabated. It was not until the fall of the Soviet Union that the KGB records showed exactly who was who in their list of operatives and contacts or possible communist supporters here in America. His downfall when he became overzealous, and later he would be blamed for the communist scourge of Hollywood, which is false – it was a committee established in the House of Representatives. Even so, Hollywood has been established as a nest bed of communists and socialists as far back as the early 1930s.
So, was Senator Joe McCarthy a Witch Hunter or a Patriot?

In 1947, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee sent a confidential report to George Marshall, Secretary of State:

It is evident that there is a deliberate calculated program being carried out not only to protect communist personnel in high places, but to reduce security and intelligence protection to a nullity. … On file in the Department is a copy of a preliminary report of the FBI on Soviet espionage activities in the United States, which involves large numbers of State Department employees. … This report has been challenged and ignored by those charged with the responsibility of administering the department with the apparent tacit approval of Mr. Dean Acheson. [Secretary of State]

McCarthy’s record is … not only much better than his critics allege, but, given his métier, extremely good. … he should not be remembered as the man who didn’t produce 57 Communist Party cards but as the man who brought public pressure to bear on the State Department to revise its practices and to eliminate from responsible positions flagrant security risks.

On February 9th, 1950, Joe McCarthy made a speech at Wheeling where he attacked Dean Acheson and his State Department with a list of 250 people known to be members of the American Communist Party. McCarthy had obtained the information from J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI.
It was Acheson who convinced President Truman not to extend the Korean War into China, where many communist troops were being sent to Korea against Americans. McCarthy stated that it was

like advising a man whose family is being killed not to take hasty action for fear he might alienate the affection of the murderers.

Such policies continue within the Democrat Party today.
There was a Soviet agent working in the State Department who accompanied President Roosevelt to the 1945 Yalta Conference and then flew to Moscow. Alger Hiss was accused of being that person because the Soviet message gave a code name of the Soviet agent as Ales. In the collapse of the Soviet Union, much information on the case was received from Soviet intelligence files. On October 14th 1992, the Soviets published a report stating that they (Volkogonov) had found no evidence that Hiss had ever been an agent for KGB, for the GRU, or any other intelligence agency of the Soviet Union. Hiss served five years in prison for being a Soviet spy from 1950 to 1954 and spent the rest of his life trying to clear his name. It was the House of Un-American Activities Committee that accused Hiss of being a Soviet agent, not McCarthy; however, evidence still shows that the committee had the right Soviet agent.
Amerasia was one of the cases McCarthy investigated. It was a pro-Communist journal whose personnel included Soviet apologists. In 1945, Amerasia published a classified report on American and British policy in Southeast Asia. The question was – who allowed the leak?
In June of 1945, the FBI arrested several Amerasia staffers and three government officials – Lieutenant Andrew Roth, naval intelligence; Emmanuel S. Larsen, State Department employee; and John Stewart Service, diplomat – who supplied Amerasia with classified information dealing with American policy toward Asia. More than 1,000 government documents were seized. Preparations were made in the Justice Department to begin prosecution. Suddenly, the Justice Department backed off. Two received fines and others received nothing, not even a trial. The Tydings Committeein the Senate, dismissed the charges of Senator McCarthy.
In the 1990s, the FBI wiretaps were made public and revealed the conspiracy to bury the case against Lauchlin Currie, Thomas Concoran, Democrat lobbyist; and officials from the Justice Department. It showed that the Tydings Investigation was a cover-up of a cover-up. The Tydings Committeemade McCarthy look like a witch hunter, and later found that the Committee had covered up much of what McCarthy uncovered through the FBI, because Edgar Hooverhad not provided McCarthy all information for an unknown reason.
Liberal author, Nicholas von Hoffman, admitted in the Washington Post in 1966 that the age of McCarthy:

…was not the simple witch hunt as the liberals and media painted. McCarthy was denounced in influential periodicals of the time. Yet, a 1954 Gallop poll found he was a popular figure in American society. Joseph Kennedy backed him, the Kennedy girls dated him, Robert Kennedy worked for him, and JFK defended him as a “great patriot” in the year Congress censured him.

Today’s textbooks paint McCarthy as a misguided witch hunter, but make no mention of the treachery and traitorous actions of Walter Duranty, best known for his denial of the genocide of the Ukrainian people [Holodomor]. The argument to take away Duranty’s Pulitzer Prize received in 1932 still continues today, and even The New York Times hired professor investigating the facts stated that “For the sake of The New York Times’ honor, they should take the prize away”. But The New York Times printed a report that there was no clear evidence.
Eugene D. Genovese was a Marxist most of his career as a historian, specially noted for his work on the history of American slavery, who recently died on September 27th, 2012 at the age of 92. He is considered one of the greatest social historians in the United States. Seeing socialism and Marxism for what it is, he abandoned it and embraced a more traditional conservative philosophy. In 1965, he sided with the communists in Vietnam. In a 1994 article entitled Dissent, he discussed the American Left cover-up of communist crimes …

Having … scoffed at the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount, we ended a seventy-year experiment with socialism with little more to our credit than tens of millions of corpses. … How could we have survived politically were it not for the countless liberals who, to one extent or another, supported us, apparently under the comforting delusion that we were social reformers in rather too much of a hurry — a delusion we ourselves never suffered from.

What was communist subversion and infiltration into the infrastructure of the United States during that period, today it is Islamic fascist/Jihadists; which is purposefully destroying western civilization in its agenda to globalize their brand of theocracy – by sword and treachery – no different from the period in history called Crusades.