Lamont, Corliss, Freedom is as freedom does

(New York :  Horizon Press,  1956.)



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POLICE STATE  IN THE MAKING                                                                                         151

tion for perjury on the basis of what she had said about the FCC
lawyer, Mr. Powell. She received a jail sentence of from eight
months to two years. Mr. Lamb, after two years of effort, has not
yet secured his television license.

In May 1955 another FBI informer, David Brown, surprise wit¬
ness before the Subversive Activities Control Board for the Civil
Rights Congress, admitted that he had continually lied in his re¬
ports to the FBI about the Congress. He frankly stated that he
had restorted to fabrications so that he could go on drawing pay,
ranging from $25 a week to $250 a month, as an informer.

Brown related how, as an FBI agent, he had contiived to be¬
come an officer of the Congress in Los Angeles. He confessed that
"he had made so many reports to the FBI that were without
foundation that he could not recafl having made one that had a
foundation in fact"; ^^^ and that he had frequently submitted flc-
titious lists of individuals who had attended Communist meetings.
He said he had "betrayed the working people generally; all of the
American people, including my friends, my co-workers, my family
—everybody who ever trusted me and had confidence in me." ^^^

Some months earlier Brown had temporarily cracked up be¬
cause of his emotional disturbance over the "dirty business," as
he described it, in which he was engaged. He told the SACB of
his sudden "disappearance" from Los Angeles, "of having mailed
an envelope containing a favorite, conspicuous necktie, identifica¬
tion cards and other personal effects to indicate that he had been
kidnapped and perhaps killed, and of an abortive suicide attempt
in which he slashed himself sixteen times with a razor," ^*^

These critical developments among the Government's stable of
paid, professional informers have raised serious doubts as to the
reliability of the main anti-Communist witnesses in trials, grand
jury hearings and Congressional investigations. Many of these
informers have made a mint of money by publishing books of con¬
fessions, writing newspaper articles and appearing on radio or
television. And in general their distortions and exaggerations have
played a leading role in instflhng in the American mind its patho¬
logical fear of communism.
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