Sep 1963, Riesel
VICTOR RIESEL Reds Move Freely In U. S. NEW YORK — Leaders of the American Communist party had a gay time with hundreds of their followers at Labor .'Day picnics replete with shishkabob and steak cookouts. They ran these outings in the suburbs of several big cities. They had good reason for being carefree. That holiday marked exactly 12 years and nine months since the federal government first got a futile decision ordering the Communist party to register as a "Communist-action organization" and to obey other sections of the Internal Security Act. That decision was supported by the Supreme Court on June 5, 1961. Yet, not only is the party free to organize and agitate in behalf of the policies of the Soviet Union,, but its leaders have not yet been tried, though they have been charged with defying our nation's highest courts. * * * TWO OF THOSE leaders are now scheduled to stand trial next month. Gus Hall, described by the government as the party's general secretary, is due for the docket on Oct. 7. The other party chief, Benjamin J. Davis, listed by the Justice department as the Communists' national secretary, is scheduled for trial on Oct. 28. But insiders will wager that the federal court will postpone the cases — and leave the two free to continue operating on $5,000 bail bonds each. They are formally accused 'of failing to register with the government .the Communist party's membership, finances, sources of income, printing presses and other properties. But this takes on full significance only if one reads the key paragraph of a 132-page report issued against the parly by the Subversive Activities Control Board. This reads: - ' ' * * . *. "UPON THE overwhelming weight of the evidence in. this proceeding we find that respondent (the Communist party--VR) ^is substantially directed, dominat- * ed and controlled :by the Soviet Union which controls the world Communist movement referred to in Section Two of. the act, and that respondent operates primarily, to advance the objectives of such 'world Communist move- merit." ' ', • :', "' ' Therefore according to the board and the courts, Gus Hall and Ben Davis are in effect organizing for and championing & foreign power. Working with-' them on the labor front is another defiant Communist, Irving P6tash. * * * TECHNICALLY . the government has this man listed as national chairman 'of the 'Commu-. nist party's labor commission. Federal agents reported that Potash has been directing Communist efforts to infiltrate the steelworkers union, the teamsters, the shipyard and. waterfront unions, as well as the. Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers union—seven of whose leaders and former officers now *r« -on-trial' in-a- federal court in Denver. They are accused of ... .violating the non-Communist affidavit section as it ap- ' peared in the original Taft- Hartley law. What is amazing about Potash, which is not his actual Soviet name, is the fact that he is not a U. S. citizen, is not in this country legally; yet he is a power in the American as well as the international Communist movements. • * ' * * ' OPERATING OUT of a hotel on W. 23rd st here, he has become Gus Hall's special trouble shooter. Hall consults with him frequently, knowing well that Potash has strong connections with Communist movements even in Asia. Hall uses him not only to infiltrate unions and set up recruiting cadres in strategic plants but also for-special missions. Since last February, this five- foot-six, 60-year-old Communist operative has traveled more than 10,000 miles. He has been on at least five secret missions for Gus Hall. Once in February and once in March, Potash flew to Chicago. In April he was in Washington, D. C. In May he took a jet out to Minneapolis. The other trip was to Detroit. It's a good guess that he has been to cities nearer to New York, such as Baltimore. * * * DESPITE THE fact that this Soviet organizer is up for deportation, the Immigration and Naturalization Service; cannot send him anywhere—no country will accept him. The non-Communist nations won't. And the Communist lands want him here. Thus there is no law under which he can be jailed. He is free to travel and operate. However, on April 11, 1963, the Justice department filed a petition with the Subversive Activities Control Board.requesting an order for his registration as a Communist. This case has not yet been heard. Even when it is, it will take two decades merely to get him to register. This goes for thousands of other Communists. So why should they not have enjoyed their outdoor shiskabob frolics? Try And Stop Me By BENNETT CERF At the end of a gala 'vaudaville show for the inmates at Leven- worth prison, the master of ceremonies enthused, "And now, fellow's give a great big hand to ail of tnose who made this evening possible: the FBI, the Tfes- ury department, the Secret Service, the local police force. . . ." * * * Contributed by Staff Sgt. George McKeshnie: "A sweet little miss near Fort Bliss Told her G.I. 'twas sinful to kiss When that resourceful "young rat • Asked, "You mean, dear, like THAT" She said, "Yes, and like THIS and like THIS.."