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Matt Cvetic Empty Matt Cvetic

Sat 08 Jul 2017, 10:13 am
With thanks to Phil Hopley for bring both the name and the Saturday Evening Post series of articles on him to my attention.

Firstly, what is probably an accurate rundown on the man and his career.

The series published by the Saturday Evening Post began on July 15, 1950 and was substantially embellished if the wiki version is anything to go by.  In any case, it led to a radio series and then a movie - and a career (until even the authorities got sick of his embellishments) as a professional witness. 
The radio series ran from 1952 to 1954 - the same period that Oswald lived in New York. To my mind, it is far more likely to have had an influence that "I Led Three Lives".

One of the people snookered by Cvetic testimony was a Steve Nelson. Nelson was quoted as saying in regard to the testimony "In the past, industries have financed stool pigeons. But now companies don't have to hire them anymore. They are subsidized by the government."

The CAP "Loyalty Police" program first came to light in 1948 (quotes from contemporaneous news accounts):

An intention to set up the Civil Air Patrol as a sort of “loyalty police” with overtones of a strong-arm squad for American industry may have been scotched because of premature release of the idea through the Pennsylvania Wing of the CAP.

The national CAP has been a bit coy about the whole business, declaring that the press release issued by Norman J. Griffin, Public Information Officer of the Pennsylvania, CAP, was inaccurate and not in keeping with the national organization’s policy. The Civil Air Patrol, originally under the wartime Office of Civilian Defense, is an official auxiliary of the U. S. Air Force.

However, the national CAP admits that some sort of plan for using the CAP for “espionage” work to act in case of a national emergency is now in the tentative stage, and is awaiting the approval of U.S. Central Intelligence and the FBI.

According to the release Col. Neuweiler was quoted thus:

“We are asking for the industrialists and business men of Pennsylvania for three things: first, that they enlist at least one member of their firm in CAP and have them take this course; second, report via this enlistee, all persons in their organizations known to have Communistic leanings or subversive tendencies; third, lend any financial support they are able so that CAP can carry out this program.”

Col. Neuweiler is quoted further:

“This is the first opportunity the business men have had to do something about this growing menace of Communism. We, of the CAP are going to call a spade a spade, and do something about it.”

So by 1950, when Cvetic's story ran, the so-called Loyalty Police program was definitely up and running, but possibly taken over by the FBI, leaving the CAP to concentrate on it's other component - anti-subversion and espionage - which must have included sending some operatives overseas, otherwise why seek the approval of the CIA?

Australians don't mind criminals: It's successful bullshit artists we despise. 
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The Cold War ran on bullshit.

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Sun 09 Jul 2017, 10:25 pm

Out With Bill Shelley In Front.
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