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Here is Congressman Larry McDonald, close colleague of Ron Paul, on CNN Crossfire with conservative Pat Buchanan and liberal Tom Braden discussing the John Birch Society in 1983. McDonald was chairman of the organization, succeeding Robert Welch, who is heatedly discussed at the beginning of the video. This program was aired approximately four months before McDonald was killed by the Soviets’ murderous attack on the South Korean airliner KAL007.

Most of you know Buchanan and his record of being a key advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan; GOP (and Reform Party) presidential candidate; syndicated columnist; and network/cable TV commentator. Notice how Buchanan’s dismissive tone and skepticism of many controversial “conspiracy theory” aspects of McDonald remarks have dramatically changed in the years since this program appeared. Who has been proven right over the long run concerning the establishment elitists’ drive for global governance, loss of US sovereignty, and Keynesian central planning of the economy—Larry McDonald or Pat Buchanan?

The disingenuous Braden may not be as well known to many of you. He was a former intelligence operative with the OSS during WWII, and later a high ranking CIA official close to director Allen Dulles—playing an important role in the Agency’s massive media manipulation Operation Mockingbird, and the post-WWII secret CIA funding of American Federation of Labor leader Irving Brown who paid off top Corsican gangsters in Marseilles to organize against Communist Party dockworkers to establish a foothold for delivery of Marshall Plan goods delivered to France. (See Tom Braden at 16:00 on this link). This crucial covert relationship cemented the Corsican control of Marseilles as the leading heroin way station in what became known as the French Connection of the international narcotics trade over the next several decades. Braden later wrote about his experiences, defending his activities in a classic Saturday Evening Post article, “I’m Glad The CIA Is Immoral,” which outraged his old boss Dulles. Braden was a longtime Council on Foreign Relations member; one of his best friends was Henry Kissinger.

He and his wife Joan—parents of eight children (which later became the topic of Braden’s bestseller, Eight Is Enough, and a hit TV series)—had an open marriage. Joan had extramarital relationships with former NY governor (and later vice president Nelson Rockefeller, and with JFK/LBJ secretary of defense Robert McNamara, who recently died. It was Rockefeller who became Braden’s guardian angel, launching his career in journalism and intelligence, after the fledgling collegian Braden had invited the general secretary of the Communist Party USA, Earl Browder, to speak at Dartmouth College so fellow students could hear the party line firsthand.

Of course Rockefeller was Kissinger’s longtime benefactor and patron, while Dulles, at the preeminent Wall Street legal firm of Sullivan and Cromwell, was counsel for the Rockefeller’s Standard Oil interests for decades. He simply carried this cozy relationship with him when he became CIA director and Tom Braden’s boss.

The real reason “former” CIA apparachiks such as Tom Braden and William F. Buckley Jr. viciously attacked Robert Welch and the John Birch Society was because Welch, in his famous book on Dwight Eisenhower, The Politician, dared exposed Allen Dulles and the Central Intelligence Agency as constituting a clear and present subversive danger to the rule of law and America’s long-standing non-interventionist foreign policy tradition articulated by Washington, Jefferson, and the Framers. Welch revealed how the CIA was aiding the European “non-communist” socialist left. When in 1964 Welch and his Old Right group, the JBS, adapted their famous slogan, “Get Us Out,” (originally referring to getting the United States out of the United Nations) to getting the US out of Vietnam, that was the last straw. The CIA’s phony conservative movement, spearheaded by Buckley’s National Review magazine, marshaled its big guns to drive the Birchers out of Dodge. National Review had been founded by WFB, James Burnham, Willmoore Kendall, and William J. Casey—all with backgrounds in the intelligence community.

4:12 pm on July 19, 2009
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