Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) has had some problems in his life, in fact multiples of them, but one has haunted and plagued him since it happened. And that was after a drunken party with a place that would become synonymous with him: Chappaquiddick in Martha's Vineyard. Much questioning went to the man who would drive a car drunkenly after a party with a woman who had worked on his late brother's Presidential Campaign. After driving the car off the bridge going over a tidal pond it had overturned as it sunk and Mr. Kennedy was only able to save himself. He then proceeded to go back to the party and get help from a friend to try and rescue the trapped woman, Mary Jo Kopechne. They were unsuccessful and Kennedy then swam the river that separated the island they were on from his hotel as the ferry had stopped running for the night.
No one immediately reported this to the police: No one at the party saw fit to do so and Mr. Kennedy did not do so. Once contacted the police were able to retrieve the vehicle and the remains of Mary Jo Kopechne.
Yesterday I learned of a disturbing piece of history in 1983 that is attributed to Senator Edward Kennedy. I thank Sticky Notes for having contacted me and I have lost actual sleep over this. I am posting deeply in the Land of Gray, and limited as to ability to research and do other things until I can get a regular network connection. I am not amused.
Here are the basics outlined in this Cybercast News Service story on 20 OCT 2006 by Kevin Mooney, titled: KGB Letter Outlines Sen. Kennedy's Overtures to Soviets, Prof Says
The very basics of this outline a plan by Sen. Kennedy to work with Yuri Andropov, who was Secretary General of the Communist Party in the USSR and thus its leader, to craft a media presentation or series of same in which Andropov would tell the people of the United States about the outlook of them on President Ronald Reagan. From the CNS article on Professor Paul Kengor's book comes this overview:
In his book, which came out this week, Kengor focuses on a KGB letter written at the height of the Cold War that shows that Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) offered to assist Soviet leaders in formulating a public relations strategy to counter President Reagan's foreign policy and to complicate his re-election efforts.This letter shows contacts being made by another member of Congress, for Senator Kennedy:
In his letter, KGB head Viktor Chebrikov offered Andropov his interpretation of Kennedy's offer. Former U.S. Sen. John Tunney (D-Calif.) had traveled to Moscow on behalf of Kennedy to seek out a partnership with Andropov and other Soviet officials, Kengor claims in his book.Here we have two individuals in high power in the United States working together in secret to contact the Head of a declared enemy of the United States to work against the democratic system of the Union. This is something known as conspiracy, in this case, conspiracy against the United States. Here are some of the details of the proposal:
At one point after President Reagan left office, Tunney acknowledged that he had played the role of intermediary, not only for Kennedy but for other U.S. senators, Kengor said. Moreover, Tunney told the London Times that he had made 15 separate trips to Moscow.
Specifically, Kennedy proposed that Andropov make a direct appeal to the American people in a series of television interviews that would be organized in August and September of 1983, according to the letter.And then a bit further down:
"Tunney told his contacts that Kennedy was very troubled about the decline in U.S -Soviet relations under Reagan," Kengor said. "But Kennedy attributed this decline to Reagan, not to the Soviets. In one of the most striking parts of this letter, Kennedy is said to be very impressed with Andropov and other Soviet leaders."
As a prelude to the public relations strategy Kennedy hoped to facilitate on behalf of the Soviets, Kengor said, the Massachusetts senator had also proposed meeting with Andropov in Moscow -- to discuss the challenges associated with disarmament.Luckily Yuri Andropov died in office which set these plans aside from having any possibility of enaction. That does not mean that this had never taken place as the letter in question exists as does supporting documentation in the KGB archives. Further, individuals who had served the Nation should be able to offer their viewpoints on what Sen. Kennedy was proposing. His worries about the possibility of nuclear war are evident from what the article indicates, but that gives NO ONE the right to undermine the Foreign Policy of the United States put in place by its duly elected President. And do note that President Reagan won a LANDSLIDE victory. It was overwhelming and the Nation knew what his outlooks and Foreign Policy would be in 1980.
In his appeal, Kennedy indicated he would like to have Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.) accompany him on such a trip. The two senators had worked together on nuclear freeze proposals.
Members of Congress have every right to go overseas, research items of interest, talk to people, and find better ways to ensure that treaties that fall to them are properly executed.
This is NOT that sort of contact.
In point of fact, doing such a thing has a specific name and penalty attached to it:
Article IIThis Article and Section can be found in a document that is known as the US Constitution. This will require at least two points in the chain of contact to come forth and testify or give affidavits for testimony on this issue. There is already documentary evidence in hand on this, and backtracking on flights, meetings and the such from Sen. Tunney or his archives should also establish exactly what was going on.
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
The offer of aid to an enemy of the United States, sworn by years of Soviet propaganda and their Foreign Policy is *not* in question. "We will bury you" as Nikita Khruschev had promised. The USSR actively supported insurgents and other groups on a global basis to undermine US Foreign Policy and subvert Nations that were allies of the Union. Offering to give them SUPPORT in undermining US elections is not only contrary to the Constitution of the United States, unethical, and conspiratorial, it is also damned stupid. In not immediately registering as an Agent of a Foreign Power he did *not* give light to his activities at that time nor be forthright with them.
I await hearing the actual charges to be brought against Senator Kennedy on this and suggest that he step down from office as these charges with documentary evidence now put his entire time in office since 1983 in a wholly different light.
That is the light of being an enemy of the Republic in conspiring with those that would bring this Nation down to sway its politics. And the excuse of worries about 'protecting the Nation from nuclear war' should *not* be addressed to an enemy of those same United States, but to its People and let THEM decide.
Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), trying to drive the Nation off a bridge and leave it to drown while he swims to safety.
This time he needs more than excuses.