Published on August 31st, 2015 | by Cliff Kincaid0
The U.N. is the “House that Hiss Built”
On the 60th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, 2005, the State Department published a report, "The United States and the Founding of the United Nations, August 1941 — October 1945," about how it was established, carefully omitting any mention of Soviet spy Alger Hiss’s pivotal role. As we approach October 24, 2015, the 70th anniversary of the U.N., America’s Survival, Inc. believes it is appropriate to acknowledge the basic truth that communist spy and State Department official Alger Hiss laid the groundwork for the U.N. and became its first acting secretary-general, causing it to be dubbed "the house that Hiss built." Hiss also advised President Franklin Roosevelt at the Yalta conference, which defined post-World War II Europe and betrayed Eastern European nations to Soviet control.
The United Nations, as opposed to the U.S. State Department, was not shy about acknowledging Hiss’s role in the founding of the U.N. and included on its website interviews conducted with Hiss in 1990, in which he said he worked on "peace treaties" as well as the U.N. Hiss, who became director of the State Department Office of Special Political Affairs, explained that the founders of the U.N. believed in "the necessary powers that an international organization should have" and that "greater powers" and even a military staff committee were provided to the U.N. Security Council so that the world body would be able to "enforce" its will on the world.
ASI obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request the “DOCUMENTS ON THE STATE DEPARTMENT REPORT, "THE UNITED STATES AND THE FOUNDING OF THE UNITED NATIONS, AUGUST 1941 OCTOBER 1945."
My FOIA Request on the U.N.
By Cliff Kincaid
It took several years for the State Department to release the documents, which I have now posted. The material consists of 215 pages of internal State Department documents which explain how the role of communist spy and State Department official Alger Hiss in founding the U.N. was covered up during the 60th anniversary of the world body. There is no smoking gun, in the sense of the documents showing a controversy over some official working to get a mention of Hiss’s name in the report and other bureaucrats objecting to it. Instead, the documents include several drafts of the report, “The United States and the Founding of the United Nations, August 1941 – October 1945,” which examines minor controversies over mostly trivial matters.
The material constitutes an indictment of the State Department’s failure to acknowledge, let alone explain, how a communist assumed a major position of authority and power in the State Department and then used that influence to create a world organization that has been exploited for anti-American purposes ever since.
Ironically, while the U.S. State Department ignored Hiss’s role, the U.N. itself published a report about its founding that relied upon the observations of Hiss (without of course noting his role as a Soviet agent).
Although Hiss’s role in founding the U.N. is not mentioned by the major media when writing or airing contemporary stories about the world body, the facts do sometimes get noticed. When Hiss died in 1996, The New York Times noted, “By the time the charge [of being a Soviet spy] surfaced in the late 1940’s, Mr. Hiss had accompanied President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Yalta Conference, played an important role in the founding of the United Nations and left the Government to become president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.”
One of the best sources of information on the role of Alger Hiss in the U.N. is the important new book, Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason, by Christina Shelton.
The Shelton book notes, “Following Yalta, preparation for the establishment of the United Nations was Hiss’s primary mission.” Hiss was appointed acting secretary-general of the U.N. founding conference and was involved in staffing the U.N. by selecting people for employment in the world body. “About fifty showed up as permanent employees and a couple of hundred in part-time assignments,” Shelton says of Hiss’s efforts.