FBI documents and files pertaining to the John Birch Society and its assertions

Location: California, United States

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011


As of May 15, 2014, my 193-page Report on the John Birch Society consists of 9 chapters as follows:

Chapter # / Comment / URL

1 FBI Evaluations of Robert Welch and the Birch Society –including an introduction to Mr. Welch’s book length “private letter”, entitled The Politician

FBI HQ instructions to FBI field offices regarding Welch, the JBS, and incoming requests for FBI publications from JBS representatives are discussed in three "SAC Letters" reproduced in this Chapter.

2 FBI vs. JBS on Internal Security Status of United States
(URL same as above)

3 FBI vs. JBS on Alleged Communist Infiltration of Clergy and Religious Institutions
(URL same as above)

4 FBI vs. JBS on Alleged Communist Infiltration of the Department of Health, Education, Welfare (URL same as above)

5 FBI vs. JBS on Alleged Communist Sympathies of Harry A. Overstreet, author of the 1958 book, What We Must Know About Communism

6 FBI vs. JBS on Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Includes discussion of:
• Communist strategy regarding “Negro Soviet Republic
• Alan Stang’s 1965 JBS-published book, It’s Very Simple: The True Story of Civil Rights
• Highlander Folk School described by the JBS as a “Communist Training School”
• Gary Allen’s article in the JBS magazine (American Opinion) on the August 1965 Watts Riot – entitled “The Plan To Burn Los Angeles”
• Birch Society Comments About African American Civil Rights and Labor Leader A. Philip Randolph

7 FBI vs. JBS on Persons Whom JBS Claims Are “Experts” on Communism – includes discussion of former FBI Special Agents and FBI informants who endorsed the Birch Society and often were speakers under the auspices of the JBS Speakers Bureau – such as Dan Smoot, W. Cleon Skousen, Julia Brown and Lola Belle Holmes, plus material on David Gumaer, Matt Cvetic, and Karl Prussion (URL same as #6 above)

8 Right-Wing Critics of Robert Welch and the Birch Society

9 Documentary History of John Birch Society
NEW! Documents generally not previously publicly available – including private correspondence between Robert Welch and JBS National Council members (3 sections)

ALSO:  I recently added a new chapter pertaining to Harry J. Dean.  
Dean claims that in September 1963 he told the FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles FBI field office about a plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy which was planned, financed, and executed by John Birch Society members.  Dean further claims that starting in 1960 and continuing through approximately May 1965, he was an FBI informant or confidential source who gave the FBI information regarding the JBS, Minutemen, and pro-Castro and anti-Castro individuals and groups.  My report on Dean may be seen here:  https://sites.google.com/site/xrt013/harrydean

This 193-page report explains why J. Edgar Hoover and senior FBI officials within the Bureau’s Domestic Intelligence Division concluded in FBI memos that the JBS was “extremist”, “irrational” and “irresponsible”

A complete list of all my online reports is available here:

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