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The House Committee on Internal Security is a standing committee of the House of Representatives, constituted as such by the rules of the House, adopted pursuant to Article I, section 5, of the Constitution of the United States which authorizes the House to determine the rules of its proceedings.
RULES ADOPTED BY THE 92D CONGRESS
House Resolution 5, January 22, 1971.
Resolved, That the Rules of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-first Congress, together with all applicable provisions of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, as amended, and the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970, be, and they are hereby adopted as the Rules of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-second Congress
1. There shall be elected by the House, at the commencement of each Congress,
(k) Committee on Internal Security, to consist of nine Members.
POWERS AND DUTIES OF COMMITTEE
11. Committee on Internal Security.
(a) Communist and other subversive activities affecting the internal security of the United States.
(b) The Committee on Internal Security, acting as a whole or by subcommittee, is authorized to make investigations from time to time of (1) the extent, character, objectives, and activities within the United States of organizations or groups, whether of foreign or domestic origin, their members, agents, and affiliates, which seek to establish, or assist in the establishment of, a totalitarian dictatorship within the United States, or to overthrow or alter, or assist in the overthrow or alteration of, the form of government of the United States or of any State thereof, by force, violence, treachery, espionage, sabotage, insurrection, or any unlawful means, (2) the extent, character, objectives, and activities within the United States of organizations or groups, their members, agents, and affiliates, which incite or employ acts of force, violence, terrorism, or any unlawful means, to obstruct or oppose the lawful authority of the Government of the United States in the execution of any law or policy affecting the internal security of the United States, and (3) all other questions, including the administration and execution of any law of the United States, or any portion of law, relating to the foregoing that would aid the Congress or any committee of the House in any necessary remedial legislation.
The Committee on Internal Security shall report to the House (or to the Clerk of the House if the House is not in session) the results of any such investigation, together with such recommendations as it deems advisable.
For the purpose of any such investigation, the Committee on Internal Security, or any subcommittee thereof, is authorized to sit and act at such times and places within the United States, whether the House is in session, has recessed, or has adjourned, to hold such hearings, and to require, by subpena or otherwise, the attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the production of such books, records, correspondence, memorandums, papers, and documents, as it deems necessary. Subpenas may be issued under the signature of the chairman of the committee or any subcommittee, or by any member designated by any such chairman, and may be served by any person designated by any such chairman or member.
28. (a) In order to assist the House in
(1) its analysis, appraisal, and evaluation of the application, administration, and execution of the laws enacted by the Congress, and
(2) its formulation, consideration, and enactment of such modifications of or changes in those laws, and of such additional legislation, as may be
necessary or appropriate, each standing committee shall review and study, on a continuing basis, the application, administration, and execution of those laws, or parts of laws, the subject matter of which is within the jurisdiction of that committee.
THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF COMMUNISM IN 1971
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1971
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
Washington, D.C. PUBLIC HEARINGS A subcommittee of the Committee on Internal Security met, pursuant to call, at 10:10 a.m., in room 311, Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C., Hon. Claude Pepper, chairman of the subcommittee, presiding.
(Subcommittee members: Representatives Claude Pepper of Florida, chairman; Richard H. Ichord of Missouri, chairman of the full committee; Richardson Preyer of North Carolina; John M. Ashbrook of Ohio; and Roger H. Zion of Indiana.)
Subcommittee members present: Representatives Pepper, Ashbrook, and Zion.
Staff members present: Donald G. Sanders, chief counsel, Richard L. Schultz, associate chief counsel, and Robert M. Horner, chief investigator.
Mr. PEPPER. The subcommittee will come to order. The subcommittee meets this morning in continuation of the House Committee on Internal Security's inquiry into the theory and practice of communism as it affects the United States.
Pursuant to a letter dated September 20, 1971, from Chairman Richard H. Ichord, this subcommittee has been appointed to conduct further hearings with the focus of our attention being communism in Latin America and especially as it affects the United States.
I direct the reporter to enter into the record, following my remarks, the subcommittee appointment letter of Chairman Ichord dated September 20, 1971,
During the 91st Congress and early this year during the 92d Congress, the committee received testimony from persons who, in search of freedom, escaped from behind the Iron Curtain and defected to the United States. In addition to this very vibrant testimony about the lives of people and the quality of life under communism, the committee received expert testimony concerning Marxist-Leninist theory from academicians who pursue a continuous study of the world situation relevant to the effects and sphere of influence manifested by the international communist movement.
This morning we will hear Dr. Manolo Reves, a Cuban national who presently resides in Miami and is employed as a Latin American news editor of Miami television station WTVJ. I will say that Dr. Reyes is one of our most esteemed and distinguished citizens who knows what is going on in Latin America and Cuba particularly as it affects the United States. We are very proud of the fact that he is one of our citizens here in Miami and Dade County.
In keeping with our past practice, we are pleased to receive the testimony this week of Dr. William C. Davis, professor of international affairs on the permanent faculty of The National War College.
Other witnesses to be heard this week will include testimony of a former Cuban Government official who will describe life in Cuba under the communist-Castro regime and will describe through firsthand experience the erosion of personal liberty which ultimately prompted his defection.
Though not focusing on the Venceremos Brigade in these hearings, the committee will examine some specific examples of Cuban propaganda coming to the United States which pertains to the brigade.
(The order of appointment of the subcommittee dated September 20, 1971, follows:)
SEPTEMBER 20, 1971. To: Hon. Claude Pepper
Hon. John M. Ashbrook
Hon. Roger H. Zion
Hon. Fletcher Thompson
Hon. John G. Schmitz
Theory and Practice of Communism Hearings This is to advise that I have this day appointed a subcommittee, consisting of five Members, to conduct investigation and hold hearings pursuant to Committee Resolution of March 4, 1971, with respect to the continuing inquiry into the theory and practice of communism:
Claude Pepper, Chairman John M. Ashbrook
Roger H. Zion Richardson Preyer Hearings to receive testimony relative to the Theory and Practice of Communism in Latin America are planned for October 5, 6, and 7 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, respectively.)
Mr. PEPPER. We want to emphasize what we are primarily concerned about is the effect of Russian communistic infiltration into Cuba and Latin America as it affects the United States and our way of life. So we are very fortunate this morning to have Dr. Reyes with us.
Doctor, you may proceed with your paper.
Mr. Schultz. Yes, Mr. Chairman. Would you like to swear the witness? Would you prefer to have the witness sworn ?
Mr. PEPPER. Doctor, would you care to be sworn!
Doctor, do you solemnly swear that the testimony you are about to give before this subcommittee will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Mr. REYES. I do.
Mr. PEPPER. Doctor, speak, if you will, into the microphone and speak loud enough, if you will, so that you may be heard.