The Judas Goats: The Enemy Within
American Free Press (2006)
Excerpts: pages 108-109
While the late Rep. Samuel Dickstein (D-N.Y.) is remembered today as one of “the great liberals” and as one of America’s most distinguished Jewish leaders, in the late 1930s—just prior to the advent of U.S. involvement in World War II—he was best known as the first figure in Congress to promote “Nazi-hunting” and “fighting fascism” as one of America’s top priorities. Dickstein crusaded as the ultimate advocate of“Americanism.” In fact, however, he was the ultimate Judas Goat. He was an enemy agent: a spy controlled by the Soviet Union’s secret intelligence service.Although Dickstein has been memorialized as a “statesman” and “humanitarian” and other such high-sounding tributes in the American Jewish press, other assessments of the congressman—who served 11 terms, beginning in 1923—have not been so friendly. One critic called Dickstein “a smooth infiltrator, corrupt, greedy, and utterly amoral,” an early role model for many of the Judas Goats who populate the ranks of America’s Enemy Within today.
The truth about Dickstein’s role as a Soviet agent came out in the late 1990s in long-secret Soviet intelligence messages and files that are now accessible to American historians. In fact, Stephen Gettinger, an editor of the eminently “mainstream” and thoroughly non-partisan Congressional Quarterly said that the Dickstein affair was probably“the first clear-cut case of congressional spying in history.”
The record shows that Dickstein—who represented a famously “Jewish” congressional district on Manhattan’s Lower East Side—was recruited as a Soviet agent in 1937 by Peter Gutzeit, a gentleman who shared Dickstein’s religion and who also happened to be the New York station chief of the NKVD, the Soviet secret police. For a fee of $1,250 a month, Dickstein stole reams of secret documents from Congress and the War Department which he turned over to his Soviet handlers.
In addition, and perhaps even more importantly, Dickstein served as Moscow’s agent of influence in Washington by loudly attacking the nationalist European powers of Germany and Italy for their resolute opposition to Soviet Communism. Dickstein was perhaps one of the loudest and earliest among those agitating for U.S. pressure on Germany, with the intention of sparking U.S. military intervention in the war in Europe that later became World War II. Dickstein made headlines by accusing Americans who refused to support his war-like intentions of being “un-American”—a charge that, even today, Zionist elements use against good patriotic Americans who refuse to support endless American intervention in the Middle East on behalf of Israel.
And while there were many who simply attributed Dickstein’s hysteria to the fact that he was Jewish, and therefore an obvious foe of Adolf Hitler’s rule in Germany, the fact is, as we have seen, that Dickstein was also a quite greedy paid agent of the Soviet Union.
And what is particularly interesting is that Dickstein was among the early promoters of the establishment of what became known as the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). The New York Times even called Dickstein “the founder of HUAC.” However, when HUAC began its inquiries it soon discovered that the real subversives on American soil were Soviet agents and that many real patriots in America simply saw no need for U.S. intervention in Europe in a war against Germany, Dickstein did an about-face and denounced the very committee that he had helped establish in the first place.
It ultimately turned out that Dickstein’s financial demands on his Soviet handlers were so endless that the NKVD assigned Dickstein the code name “Crook” in their internal memoranda and intelligence traffic. By 1938, Dickstein’s New York-based conduit to the NKVD, Peter Gutzeit, was warning his superiors in a memo that “‘Crook’ is completely justifying his code name. This is an unscrupulous type, greedy for money …a very cunning swindler.”(And this assessment was hardly the kind of favorable commentary about Dickstein that was appearing in the media at the time.)
In any case, by late 1940, Dickstein and his Soviet handlers parted company, but Dickstein had already done an immense amount of quite effective dirty work on behalf of his foreign sponsors. Dickstein left Congress following the 1944 election and became a judge on the New York State Supreme Court, dying in 1954 a very wealthy and honored man.This traitor’s papers—although not the evidence of his treason— are lovingly and respectfully preserved in the American Jewish Archives at the distinguished Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati.
Obviously, Dickstein would have probably been very pro-Soviet and anti-Nazi even without the financial support of his Soviet handlers, but the fact that he was prepared to secretly lend his efforts on behalf of secret Soviet agents—for money—says quite a lot about this so-called “statesman.” In fact, Dickstein is a classic model of one of The Judas Goats—The Enemy Within who have done so much damage to America. And for this, if for no other reason, we must recall his sordid record.
The truth is that there are many more like him in Congress today. The record of politicians “on the take” from the Israeli lobby iis equally sordid but these politicians brag of being on the receiving end of foreign money, whereas Dickstein, of course, kept his treason close to his vest. And that says very much about how far off course America has gone.