This is Part 2 of an extended book review of “Disinformation — Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism” (2013) by Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa and Professor Ronald J. Rychlak.
In Part 1 of this article, we discussed Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa’s revelations about the nature of Soviet disinformation and the operations to undermine the church, the West, and America. Disinformation tends to create a life of its own and some of the deceptions continue to this day. We specifically discussed the disinformation operations that included the framing of Pope Pius XII as “Hitler’s Pope,” the framing of the CIA as the culprit in JFK’s assassination, etc. We also learned that disinformation is not possible without the aiding and abetting of the media, particularly the progressive American media.
Disinformation for Latin-American consumption
Among the many other KGB disinformation campaigns was the creation of the pseudo-theological movement propounded in 1968 as “Liberation Theology,” a movement fabricated specifically for consumption in Latin America. The disinformation was created to infiltrate and radicalize the recalcitrant Latin American peasants, who had not been receptive to communist propaganda.
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Liberation theology presented a new possibility for raising the socialist conscience of the peasantry. The peasants were interested only in being left alone to work the land and quietly practice their faith in the Roman Catholic religion. In fact, in 1967, the indigenous peasants of Bolivia had rejected Che Guevara and his band of communist insurgents and had even helped with the defeat, capture and execution of the Argentinean communist adventurer. The communist front, Soviet-controlled World Council of Churches decided that Liberation Theology was the way to reach them by subverting their religion. There is dramatic painting of an icon portraying the militant Jesus of Liberation Theology imposing social justice on earth.
The peasants were not fooled and remained recalcitrant. The communist insurgencies, which the Soviets called movements of national liberation, lacking popular support did not fare well in Latin America. The disinformation did not work and was not successful in radicalizing the peasants and converting them to Marxism. The Marxist guerrillas in Guatemala and El Salvador were rejected and defeated in the wake of the Soviet collapse of 1991. Even in Nicaragua, the Marxists lost control after they were drubbed at the polls.
Nevertheless, popularized by the Western press in the 1970s and 1980s, Liberation Theology became chic with leftists academicians, purportedly as social justice and an economic reform movement stemming from the catechism of the Catholic Church. But the saintly Mother Teresa knew better and rejected the hoax of liberation theology; when asked by a journalist about the term she responded, “Before one goes about correcting the people’s social and political problems, one must first face God.” Reportedly, the journalist was not amused and moved on.
Most of the priests of the WCC were under the control of the communist-controlled Russian Orthodox Church. Ironically, today there is no Soviet Union, but the WCC marches on and remains under the control of modern radical Marxists who hate America and the churches they claim to serve.
The new WCC agenda is to change the course of Christianity and Western civilization, particularly the Catholic Church, and undermine the traditional morality by discrediting the Vatican, disrupting the West, and smearing the United States in the process.
Disinformation and subversive communist front organizations
Communist front organizations helped immensely with framing operations and many of them continue to exist and promulgate anti-American propaganda, years after the dismemberment of the Soviet Union. Consider the story, which has also been described by David Horowitz, of how Ramparts magazine became a pro-Soviet publication in the 1960s, and when it collapsed in 1975 sprang Mother Jones, supported by the communist-controlled Institute for Policy Studies.
Like the World Peace Council and the World Council of Churches, the IPS is still functioning, spewing anti-Americanism, promulgating Marxist propaganda, and fomenting subversion against the United States. On its website, the IPS describes itself more gently as “a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. In partnership with dynamic social movements, we turn transformative policy ideas into action.”
The World Peace Council is today less apologetic. On its website, it describes itself as “ an anti-imperialist, democratic, independent and non-aligned international movement of mass action…. Since its creation in 1949-50, the WPC stood for peace, disarmament and global security; for national independence, economic and social justice and development, for protection of the environment, human rights and cultural heritage; solidarity with and support of those peoples and liberation movements fighting for the independence, sovereignty and integrity of their countries, and against imperialism.”
The Indian communist Romesh Chandra, who presided over the WPC in its active pro-Soviet communist campaign against the U.S. in the 1970s, was still, as honorary chairman of the WPC, vociferating against “U.S. aggressiveness in the world and globalization,” two decades after the collapse of the USSR. The same WPC that mobilized demonstrations against the United States to serve Soviet interests in the 1970s and 1980s, today still organizes demonstrations to incite hatred and hostilities against America.
As far as the WCC, it has moderated its image. Yet consider the fact the Patriarch of Moscow since 2009, is the former Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk — a communist KGB asset code-named “Mikhaylov,” the 1971 Russian Patriarchate acting as foreign representative to the WCC; subsequently in 1975 infiltrated by the KGB into its ruling committee. Father Kirill still holds those positions in the leftist WCC, but at least he may now serve as a moderating influence in the other direction. Under Vladimir Putin, the Patriarch has become a fervent Russian nationalist.
Another disinformation operation fortunately failed in its attempt at framing Pope John Paul II, when one of the key operatives got drunk and at a crucial moment the framing operation was ruined.
In Part 3 of this article, we will conclude with the disinformation campaign to deceive and reassure the West about the personality and methods of KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov when he assumed the supreme leadership post of the Soviet Union in 1982. Moreover we will unveil how the Soviets resumed the campaign to foment divisiveness in the Judeo-Christian world, as well as incite violence by Muslims against the West just as the Soviet empire began to crack, and how the hatred and violence has taken hold and continues to this day.
Miguel A. Faria M.D., is a retired clinical professor of neurosurgery and long time medical editor. He is the author of “Vandals at the Gates of Medicine”(1995); “Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine”(1997); and “Cuba in Revolution — Escape From a Lost Paradise”(2002). His website is http://www.haciendapub.com.