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Yuri Bezmenov Look magazineYesterday’s post featured Yuri Bezmenov – Tomas Schuman, a KGB defector who arrived in the US in the late 1960s or early 1970s and now lives in Canada.  In an interview from the 1980s he explains what the Communist agenda in the United States involves.  If you have not seen it, please click here.

Today’s post provides more of Bezmenov’s observations about the Communist plan for the US. 

If you would like to find out more about Yuri Bezmenov, you can read this fascinating post at Useless Dissident, which explores his background.  Some highlights:

He is mentioned in The Sword and the Shield, by Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin, in the context of KGB accusations of CIA “abductions” of KGB officers. Yuri Andropov, then head of the KGB, in a letter dated May 21, 1970, to Leonid Brezhnev, then head of the Soviet Union, referenced “the disappearance without a trace of a Novosti correspondent in Delhi, Yuri Alexandrovich Bezmenov, on March 9, 1970” (quotation from Andrew/Mitrokhin, not the letter) …

In The World and Europe: A Hidden Agenda Behind The Hall of Mirrors there are a number of references to Bezmenov/Schuman:

So the agenda is softening the concept of Communism. In another field of entertainment Soviet defector Tomas Schuman exposed Communist entertainer Yves Montad as a groomed Soviet infiltrator who like many others in the literary field had passed through the Novosti Press Agency.

There’s also a mention of him as Tomas Schuman here in another Useless Dissident post (highlights mine):

The first thing of substance we get is the text of the Spring 1985 issue of Litaunus, the ‘Lithuanian Quarterly Journal of Arts and Sciences’. It seems Bezmenov gave the same presentation to these people as he gave to Griffin (and us):

Tomas Schuman, former editor of Novosti [‘News’] Press Agency (a front for disinformation and organized within the KGB’s intelligence network), reported to the Baltic American Freedom League on Soviet methods of influencing American public opinion through the manipulation of the American press. ‘Soviet propaganda is too boring to be effective,’ said Schuman, ‘the greatest successes of Soviet propaganda are achieved thanks to American mass media.’

Novosti Press Agency was created in 1961. Seventy-five percent are KGB intelligence officers and the other 25% are co-opted by the KGB. ‘Within the KGB there is a department cynically called the Department of Disinformation. We worked directly under that department,” said Schuman. He continued, “I escorted thousands of Western journalists through the Soviet Union… the American press treated us as ordinary journalists. At times, I risked my own career and freedom to try to explain that they were actually talking to an intelligence officer.’

… In concluding, Schuman said, ‘This selection of propaganda clichés is so simple and primitive it does not take an expert in propaganda to see through these lies, but big monopolized media like the LA. Times, New York Times, the TV networks keep lying to the people … The result is a change in the perception of reality. The majority of American public do not perceive the real danger of the Soviet Union.’ (Baltic Bulletin)

And what we’re about to look at now is this ‘softening’ Communism, which is warm and fluffy or smooth and unctuous — whatever you prefer.  Relax, you’re soaking in it!  Here’s what Bezmenov says (see Useless Dissident).  In 1984, Bezmenov wrote a short booklet called Love Letter to America in which he explains his family background and tells us more about the Communist plan:

Religion: politicise, commercialise, entertain, remove religious observance from schools.
Education: inculcate permissiveness and relativity.
Media: monopolise, manipulate, discredit, focus on false or divisive issues such as homosexuality, rather than defend sexual morality.
Culture: create false heroes and role models.
Law and Order: introduce a legislative rather than a moral code.
Social Relations: promote rights rather than obligations.
Security: attack intelligence agencies, the police and armed forces.
Internal politics: Generate disunity through party antagonism.
Foreign Relations: repeated capitulation to Soviet strategies and disharmony between Western powers.
Family and Society: break up and induce disloyalty.
Health: promote sporting entertainment rather than individual participation, unrealistic ideals of socialised Medicare and junk food.
Race: promote hatred and division through environmental rather than genetic arguments, and promotion of racial issues and enforced legislation.
Population: control through urbanisation, and eliminate patriotism and independence based on land ownership.
Labour: pit trade unions against society.

Hmm.  Now think of what’s been happening in the US this year — and before that.  All of this has been accomplished.  If you really need sources as proof, leave a comment, and I’ll be happy to provide them. 

You can download the full manuscript of Love Letter to America here. Well worth a read.  If you don’t wish to download, why not view excerpts in three parts, also at Useless Dissident: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.  Don’t miss it!  He’ll tell you about the ‘lords of public opinion’, ‘addictive mass culture’, the decline of small shops and more! 

In his book World Thought Police, he explains the 1960s peace movement in the US and the resurgence of Russian traditions — all contrived to work on an unsuspecting American public (even my normally cautious mother was taken in by the church and samovar pictorials featured in weekend newspaper supplements — proof it works!):

At the time your Jane Fondas and Pete Seegers promoted ‘peace’ in Vietnam, singing: ‘[Billy], don’t be a hero, don’t go to war,’ our Novosti boys were busy concocting fiery propaganda songs on the ‘liberation struggle’. Partly thanks to APN and Fondas, America [was] stalemated by barefoot bandits in Asia and plunged into endless radical youth terrorism at home. The Novosti authors of the ‘youth’ propaganda had sleepless nights and endless alcoholic cycles, burdened with guilt for what we did to the feeble minds of Western youth. Fondas and Seegers do not have even a hint of repentance

… Novosti in the late 60’s and early 70’s started vigorously promoting the ‘Old Mother Russia’ motif in its propaganda. We wanted to prove to the world that we love our churches and keep them in perfect order as museums, and to let the tourists see our freedom of faith.

Most of Novosti’s foreign periodicals carried cover photos of countless troikas, blinis, samovars, icons, etc.– the stuff naive Westerners love so much. It was fun for the foreign media, and a chance for APN to earn extra money, but also a time to shine for some genuine lovers of Russia’s neglected and trampled culture. I knew a fellow who was a self-made expert on old Russian architecture and folklore.

Anyway, in case you are still not convinced, which should tell you that the KGB has done its job very well indeed, why not read the US Congressional Record of January 10, 1963?  Find out what the ‘current Communist goals’ were at that time, then compare with Bezmenov’s above (excerpts follow, emphasis mine):

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to ‘eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.’

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. ‘Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.’

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them ‘censorship‘ and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as ‘normal, natural, healthy’.

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a ‘religious crutch’.

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of ‘separation of church and state’.

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the ‘common man’.

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

 

I’d say, ‘Job done’, wouldn’t you? 

Now, something to think about.  Which quote do you prefer?  The choice is yours:

Why should cattle have the gifts of freedom? Their heritage from generation to generation is the belled yoke and the lash. Alexander Pushkin

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. Samuel Adams

 

 

 

 

 

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