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March 06, 2010

Obama's CZAR John Holdren During Cold War: Smack in the USSR

U.S. czar in Cold War: Smack in the USSR

Obama chief part of group whose founders allegedly helped Soviets build atomic bomb


John Holdren, President Obama's "science" czar, visited the Soviet Union during the Cold War as vice chairman of a group whose founder was accused of providing vital nuclear information that helped the Soviets build an atom bomb.

The original leaders of the group, the Federation of American Scientists, also served on the board of a magazine whose personnel were accused of passing crucial nuclear information to the Soviets. Holdren served on the board of directors of that magazine, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Just after President Reagan's March 1983 "Star Wars" speech in which he proposed a missile-defense shield to protect the U.S. home front, a group of Soviet academicians sent a letter to the U.S. scientific community asking about the feasibility of such a shield.

The only group that responded directly to the Soviet scientists was the Federation of American Scientists, or FAS, leading to an invitation to visit from Evgeny Velikov, director of the Soviet Kurchatov Institute of Science.

Physicist David W. Hafemeister relates in his book, "Physics and Nuclear Arms Today," how he was part of the FAS delegation to the USSR along with Holdren, who at the time was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley.

The FAS is non-profit organization formed in 1945 by scientists from the Manhattan Project, which developed the first atomic bomb. The FAS has long petitioned for nuclear disarmament.

Scientist Leo Szilard, a member of the Manhattan Project, was a principal founder of the FAS. Szilard also was accused of providing vital information to the Soviets that helped them build an atomic bomb.

In 1994, Pavel Sudoplatov, a former major-general in Soviet intelligence, named Szilard as a key source of crucial atomic information to the Soviet Union.

"The most vital information for developing the first Soviet atomic bomb came from scientists engaged in the Manhattan Project to build the American atomic bomb – Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi and Leo Szilard," wrote Sudoplatov.

Founders of the FAS also were board members of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a journal that argued for the U.S. to hand its nuclear weapons to an international organization. It began publishing regularly in 1945.

Szilard founded the Bulletin along with Oppenheimer, who was long accused of spying for the Soviets and passing along vital nuclear secrets.

Sudoplatov wrote the Soviet Union "received reports on the progress of the Manhattan Project from Oppenheimer and his friends in oral form, through comments and asides, and from documents transferred through clandestine methods with their full knowledge that the information they were sharing would be passed on."

Indeed, Oppenheimer was accused in Senate hearings of bringing communists into the Manhattan Project. He brought his brother Frank and three former graduate students into the project, all of whom, according to Senate hearings, were well known to him to be "members of the Communist Party or closely associated with activities of the Communist Party."

Oppenheimer admitted he knew by August 1943 that two of the scientists working under him were Communist Party members. Three of five scientists under Oppenheimer's direct supervision were accused of leaking secret information about the atomic bomb to the Soviets.

On Oct. 25, 1945, Oppenheimer met with President Truman at the White House, urging him to surrender the U.S. nuclear monopoly to international control. Truman was outraged, reportedly telling Secretary of State Dean Acheson, "I don't want to see that son-of-a-b*tch in this office ever again."

Holdren worked alongside communist sympathizers

The New Zeal blog first reported Holdren worked on the Bulletin in 1984. At the time, communist and socialist sympathizers still occupied the magazine's masthead.

The Bulletin's board of directors in 1984, New Zeal reported, included:

* Board chairman Aaron Adler, who also served on the board of the Chicago Center for U.S./USSR Relations and Exchanges, alongside Larry McGurty of the Communist Party USA.
Adler was also a member of what New Zeal labels a Communist Party front, the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights. He was also involved in a committee to celebrate the 100th birthday of Communist Party member Paul Robeson.

* Bernard Weissbourd, a former Manhattan Project scientist who later served on the transition oversight committee for incoming Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, who was active in Communist Party fronts.
Weissbourds' son, Robert M. Weissbourd, later served as chairman of the Obama for America Campaign Urban and Metropolitan Policy Committee and on the Obama Transition Housing and Urban Development Agency Review Team in 2008.

* Ruth Adams, Bulletin editor, who served in the 1960s on the Advisory Committee of the Hyde Park Community Peace Center. Other Center members included lifelong communist front activist Robert Havighurst, communist activist and radical Trotskyist Sydney Lens and Quentin Young, an avowed communist who has advised Obama on health care.

Surrender to planetary regime

Holdren, meanwhile, has been a longtime climate-change alarmist who has advocated ideas such as enforcing limits to world population growth.

Holdren's name was in the e-mails hacked from the Climatic Research Unit at East Anglia University in the U.K., which show that some climate researchers declined to share their data with fellow scientists, conspired to rig data and sought to keep researchers with dissenting views from publishing in leading scientific journals.


Wild Thing's comment.......

I don't think there is one person that Obama knows that is a good person in any way. Each one of them is so vile and upsetting to learn about. It just never ends with Obama and his associations. NEVER!

How the hell much are we supposed to take with this crap. I am so sick of this and I know it will not end till Obama is out of office. But the damage he and his ilk will do is shocking and scary beyond words.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at March 6, 2010 04:45 AM


The problem with assholes like Holdren is not only that they're evil, it's that they're probably insane and definitely incompetent. This is the main problem with Communism itself. It never works, it just screws everything, creates immense pain, and ends in chaos. It's not the ideology of thinkers, it's the ideology of punks and pantywaists who want to get even with the world.

Anyone who believed that Soviet "science", either in military or general terms, was anything more than a collection of superstitions, incantations and fantasies has crap for brains and no heart.

The Brits have had three generations of "educated" misfits on their kneess for the lowest commie apparatchik in the USSR and at home, and more traitors than you can count...they were worse than a thousand like Alger Hiss, and revealed all of our classified material..and communism still melted away, leaving a wasteland behind. (That's just one reason why Merry Olde England and the Brit fighting spirit are bad jokes).

What the inmates of Obama's asylum will create is unpredictable, but it won't be anything they want. You can't destabilize a large society without ropes thrown over tree limbs for the destabilizers, and a lot of "cleansing". Scores will be settled.

Posted by: Rhod at March 6, 2010 06:19 AM

It should be all over the news that Holdren is a communist. Of course, there are plenty of stories about obama's relationships with extremists that should be daily news fodder.

obama would love a Marxist govt. led by himself. That is one reason he created these czarist positions. They seem to have as much, if not more, power than the Cabinet members.

Holdren is a very dangerous man. He has some far out ideas. I could visualize him running concentration camps forfreedom loving citizens.

Posted by: TomR at March 6, 2010 11:07 AM

Not enough of the minions are pissed off yet!!!

Posted by: Jack at March 6, 2010 12:34 PM

Rhod, thank you so much for all of that. You're so right about the kind of people that think communism is the answer.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 6, 2010 08:39 PM

Tom, I agree, that is what Obama wants more then anything, his ultimate goal.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 6, 2010 08:41 PM

Jack, very true, good point. If more Americans felt like we do about our beloved America it would be so different. Obama would not even had one vote to be president.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 6, 2010 08:42 PM