Here's a trick question. Who said the following in 1980, as quoted in People's World, a newspaper run by the U.S. Communist Party: "We should totally dismantle every intelligence agency in this country piece by piece, nail by nail, brick by brick"?
If you answered Ron Dellums, the newest member of the House Intelligence Committee, you are correct.Nobody on Capitol Hill has a record as unfailingly opposed to intelligence gathering as Dellums. Yet House Speaker Tom Foley has appointed Dellums to sit on the committee, which oversees our intelligence agencies and thus has access to our country's most sensitive secrets.
That Foley would appoint Dellums to the intelligence committee, given the congressman's professional history, is reckless and irresponsible.
After the invasion of Grenada, a cache of government documents revealed ties between Dellums' staff and Maurice Bishop, that country's communist dictator. In a letter to Bishop, an aide wrote, (Dellums) "really admires you . . . as a leader with courage and foresight, principle and integrity . . . The only other person that I know that he expresses so much admiration for is Fidel."
Dellums promoted this aide to be his administrative assistant.
In the 1970s, Dellums hosted a meeting of the World Peace Council, which the Soviet press has identified as a Kremlin front. He helped raise funds for CISPES, a group allied with El Salvador's Marxist guerrillas. The list of such activities is long.
Foley should retract Dellums' appointment. It is asking too much for U.S. intelligence agencies to submit to oversight of a man who has consistently worked against their interests.