Shocker. The FBI suspected far left ’60 Minutes’ host Mike Wallace of being a communist sympathizer.

Not overlooked: The FBI revealed that it had kept records on late ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Mike Wallace, center, and looked into a trip he took to Cuba. (Daily Mail)

The Daily Mail reported:

The U.S. Federal Investigation Bureau released records it was keeping on celebrated journalist and late ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent Mike Wallace, who died on April 7, 2012, at the age of 93.

The files include a look into whether Wallace was involved in communist activities as well as an investigation of a threatening letter sent to him by an emotionally disturbed World War II veteran titled ‘Communist Control of the Press.’

Wallace, late ’60 Minutes’ creator Don Hewitt and three others took a trip to Cuba in the summer of 1970 to document the country, according to the files.

The group departed from Mexico with 22 pieces of luggage weighing about 770 pounds and returned with 26 pieces of luggage weighing about 904 pounds. An educated guess would be Cuban cigars, other souvenirs or additional camera tape from the embargoed island.

Wallace, who was 52 at the time, was not discovered to be a communist member or sympathizer.

A separate investigation into a bizarre and threatening letter from April 4, 1977, identified the sender as Donald P. Hale — a disabled World War II veteran and a former prisoner of war.

‘I have solid proof that you are a pro-communist anti-American traitor,’ the letter reads. ‘We will expose you, convict you, and hang you.’

Hale’s letter also includes references to his dog puking on the rug and ‘piddling’ in Wallace’s eye through the television screen.

They should have expanded their investigation to include the rest of the media.

 

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  1. # 19: No matter how abhorrent they may be, there is no law against being a Nazi or a communist. One cannot be prosecuted for one’s views. or for spreading those views. One can even run for President as a Communist or a Nazi. That’s freedom of speech as protected by the 1st Amendment. If however, those views go beyond speech and lead to acts that are illegal or which undermine the Constitution, then throw the book at them by all means. The Wesboro Baptist Church is an excellent example. They are disgusting, but they are within their constitutional rights. We who claim to uphold the constitution have no choice but to hold our noses and uphold it 100% of the time,

  2. “Hale’s letter also includes references to his dog puking on the rug and ‘piddling’ in Wallace’s eye through the television screen.”

    Good doggy.

  3. #5 January 6, 2013 at 9:44 am
    Melanie Kahane commented:

    Did the FBI come to any conclusion or is just the fact that there was an investigation all we need to know?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Fifth paragraph of the cited Daily Mail article: “Wallace, who was 52 at the time, was not discovered to be a communist member or sympathizer.”

  4. Lady Mondegreen,
    You are a real American. Thank you. There are a lot of us out there; we just don’t make a big whoop-de-do about our beliefs and our support for the American way.
    Sincerely and Respectfully, Robin

  5. @ Robin and Lady Whatserface: Can one take and keep the oath of office and also philosophically support a Communist rule of law in favor of or as a replacement to the US Constitution? Can one protect and defend the US Constitution while at the same time verbally promote a Communist America?

  6. Investigate the elephant in the room, what elephant?

  7. ++

    hmmm..

    did they investigate the commie fake
    but accurate
    reporter Dan Rather??

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  8. kind of let’s the cat out of the bag on his son chris wallace, eh?

  9. ++

    dwdude #28 January 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    in what way??

    that the FBI is most likely investigating him??

    ==

  10. Of course they came to a conclusion: He’s a commie — so let him be.

    Just like they did with Ayers. Just like they probably did with Alinsky. Just like they should have with Piven and Cloward. Just like they did with Frank Marshall Davis.

    Just like they did with nearly every single communist who infiltrated every facet of our society in the last 100 years, from Academia to broadcast radio and television to music to the stage to the movie screen to the magazine and newsstand publishers.

    LET THEM BE.

    Why would that be, do you think?

  11. The only ones we ever sent to jail were actual spies who sold information to Moscow.

    And I’m thinking even the Rosenbergs were just so the Government could say “See! We’re doing something.” When, in sad, sad fact, they’ve done nothing, and we’ve been TAKEN.

    Trying to decide whether to learn Russian or Chinese.

  12. ‘The FBI suspected far left ’60 Minutes’ host Mike Wallace of being a communist sympathizer.’

    Here is the deal; When you are left, you are LEFT/COMMIE.
    End of story.

  13. ++

    JDR-Taq #32 January 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    re: [Of course they came to a conclusion:
    He’s a commie — so let him be.] huh :?:

    AuntieMadder #23 January 6, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    re: [“Wallace, who was 52 at the time, was not
    discovered to be a communist member or sympathizer.”
    ]

    thank you..

    ==

  14. ++

    JDR-Taq #33 January 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Arabic is a sure bet.. /s/

    ==

  15. #36 bg

    Gah. I never saw that link. Damn.

    Why “huh”? on my #32?

    Huh, what? Huh?

    :lol:

    How many of those that I listed got imprisoned? That’s right, none. Except the 90-something year old Rosenbergs, after they had done all they possibly could do for the Glorious Soviet. The rest of those who were ever investigated post-McCarthy (God Bless His Soul), were allowed to KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON, by our benighted and intrepid pink panther intel and investigative agencies.

    To this end, where we face another Great Leap Forward.

    Huh?

  16. bg:

    re: [“Wallace, who was 52 at the time, was not
    discovered to be a communist member or sympathizer.”]

    Nor was any other human being in the United States of America from that time forward.

    All Communist sympathizers apparently ceased to exist from that very time.

    Huh?

  17. AuntieMadder (#25). You raise an interesting point. I hope I can clarity somewhat. I am not saying that someone who espouses Communism (or Nazism, or any number or other isms) could necessarily keep an oath to uphold the Constitution. But that person still has the constitutional right to run for office. That is the danger of the 1st Amendment, but it is risk that I prefer to the risks that would result from tampering with the Constitution.

    And, fortunately, the Constitution provides a system of checks and balances so that if such a person were elected (I personally dislike our current president, but I do not believe he is a communist, despite the opinions of many who frequent this site), there are limits to what one person can do. Yes, Hitler cam to power legally, under a constitution very similar to our own. However, there were several important differences, including an emergency powers law which was a huge mistake and which, thank God, is not in our Constitution.

  18. ++

    Patty #16 January 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    thanks..

    and sorry i missed your post..

    re: JDR-Taq #37 & #38

    i understand what you’re saying, and it’s truly sad for US,
    however, the key to comprehension is AT THAT TIME, he
    was found not to be involved..

    and yes, yes there were found to be..

    “Enemies from Within”:
    Senator Joseph R. McCarthy’s Accusations of Disloyalty

    Wisconsin Republican Joseph R. McCarthy first won election to the Senate
    in 1946 during a campaign marked by much anticommunist Red-baiting. Partially in response to Republican Party victories, President Harry S. Truman (Democrat) tried to demonstrate his own concern about the threat of Communism by setting up a loyalty program for federal employees. He also asked the Justice Department to compile an official list of 78 subversive organizations. As the midterm election year got underway, former State Department official Alger Hiss, suspected of espionage, was convicted of perjury. McCarthy, in a speech at Wheeling, West Virginia, mounted an attack on Truman’s foreign policy agenda by charging that the State Department and its Secretary, Dean Acheson, harbored “traitorous” Communists. There is some dispute about the number of Communists McCarthy claimed to have known about. Though advance copies of this speech distributed to the press record the number as 205, McCarthy quickly revised this claim. Both in a letter he wrote to President Truman the next day and in an “official” transcript of the speech that McCarthy submitted to the Congressional Record ten days later he uses the number 57. Although McCarthy displayed this list of names both in Wheeling and then later on the Senate floor, he never made the list public.

    The List of Americans in the Venona papers

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