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Ron Radosh

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June 19, 2013 - 4:45 pm

Sixty years ago tonight, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for “conspiracy to commit espionage,” not “treason,” as some press reports said this week.  Last year, I wrote a thorough report for Tablet Magazine on the issues in the case, bringing all we know up to date.

I made this point at the start of the article, referring to the arguments of all those on the Left who believe they were innocent, and were victims of a political witch-hunt:

The truth is that for those who accept evidence and reason, the debate should be over. Beginning with the first release in 1995 of the Venona decrypts of KGB messages to their agents in the United States, it became clear to even the most resolute doubters not only that Julius Rosenberg was a KGB agent who put together and ran an espionage ring made up of college friends who had become engineers or scientists but that his wife, Ethel, knew of and supported his activities. So, the question must be asked: Why did so many ignore the plain evidence of the Rosenbergs’ guilt? And why do so many continue to argue that the Rosenbergs were framed by the U.S. government?

Last Sunday, their dwindling band of supporters, led by Angela Davis and actress and “Vagina Monologue” playwright Eve Ensler, had their annual tribute at New York’s Town Hall. As long as people like these continue to spread their lies, it is our responsibility to remind everyone of the truth, and to counter their propaganda.

Ronald Radosh is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at The Hudson Institute, and a Prof. Emeritus of History at the City University of New York. He is the author or co-author of 14 books.

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At least they didn't give visa for Los Alamos to practicing nazies.
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Back in the 70's I read a book called "The Implosion Conspiracy" by F. Lee Baily. This was before the Verona Papers came out. Even though Baily was a well known liberal defense lawyer, he laid out all the evidence against the Rosenbergs in a very easy to follow format. They were guilty as sin and deserved what they got.
43 weeks ago
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Diana West's book is a MUST read, though not for me an easy read. Also "Spies," which she also references frequently. I'm starting to wonder if we on the conservative/Republican side of the ditch didn't err when we acted so forcefully to tamp down the Bircher/anti-communist forces inside the Party and the Country. Nixon "moderated" from the staunch anti-communist of his HUAC and VP days in order to make himself more acceptable to an electorate that was already fairly thoroughly propagandized about the illusory "Red Scare." While the mainstream had forgotten, the Left hadn't and they still hated him and chased him from office setting the stage for the coup d'etat we experienced in '08. It would be worth taking the chance of not being let out to go down to one of the lower reaches of Hell to have a chat with that old KGB/GRU agent that recruited Grandpa Dunham.
43 weeks ago
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Have their supporters ever admitted they were wrong? Prolly not, because the truth doesn't matter, only the cause.
43 weeks ago
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And they were just the slimmest tip of the iceberg.

Doing her part to remind everyone of the truth: Diana West - http://amzn.to/1174SAB

McCarthy was right; didn't even know the half of it.
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