Saw this mind-boggling bit of news in today's Morning Call (Allentown,
PA). Thought it might cause the list a bit of time-warp.
Communists didn't fund protests, say
critics of raid
"It's McCarthyite. It's tarring people," David Kairys,
professor at Temple University, told The Philadelphia
"It's reminiscent of the worst of the '50s."
The allegations of communist money were only a small
the affidavits supporting search warrants for three
the warehouse. The affidavits, first made public
relied most heavily on the direct observations of
troopers who infiltrated the warehouse.
Police called the warehouse a center of illegal
activists say it was a workshop in which they made
puppets and a large satirical float.
The affidavits stated that the allegations of
came from the little-known Maldon Institute.
The Maldon Institute, which is based in Baltimore and
mailing address in Washington, is funded, at least in
Richard Mellon Scaife -- the conservative Pittsburgh
philanthropist. Financial forms for Scaife's Carthage
show it provided Maldon with $250,000 in 1998, the
The institute's officials did not return repeated
Chip Berlet, who studies conservative and far-right
state police erred in using the institute as a basis
"It issues monographs and monitors cults and terrorist
and left-wing groups," said Berlet, senior analyst
left-leaning Political Research Associates, based in
Massachusetts. "It does so from an old-fashioned
counter-subversion perspective that is obsessed with
reds under every bed."
-- Ted Morgan Department of Political Science Lehigh University Maginnes Hall #9 Bethlehem, PA 18015 Phone: (610) 758-3345 Fax: (610) 758-6554
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