He definitely made a difference; from FBI field agent to police chief to protector of the Constitution, W. Cleon Skousen took on tough duties and excelled at them.
W. Cleon Skousen Willard Cleon Skousen (January 20, 1913 - January 9, 2006) was a conservative author, political commentator, and academic. He also was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and served as a local police officer. understood that extreme vigilance, accurate information, and dedicated patriotism are needed to uncover the enemies of freedom. Few Americans today understand the attack on our nation's local police personnel as well as Skousen did 50 years ago. The former Salt Lake City police chief's recent death at the age of 92 brings to mind his lifelong battle to defend the freedom of all Americans. Defense of our local police was a major part of that battle.
The concept of our police as champions of freedom is little understood by many, if not most, individuals. However, Skousen understood the relationship between autonomous police departments and freedom as few others did. His notable ally in that battle was John Birch Society John Birch Society, ultraconservative, anti-Communist organization in the United States. It was founded in Dec., 1958, by manufacturer Robert Welch and named after John Birch, an American intelligence officer killed by Communists in China (Aug., 1945). Founder Robert Welch Robert Welch may refer to:
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Skousen's son Paul, used the Birch Society's magazines as source material: he had them "on his desk, torn apart and scattered through his files, and as reference materials."
Welch invited Skousen to join the Society's speakers bureau in 1963, and Skousen continued in that role for several years. The JB S-affiliated magazine American Opinion--a predecessor of THE NEW AMERICAN--published Skousen's tribute to J. Edgar Hoover Noun 1. J. Edgar Hoover - United States lawyer who was director of the FBI for 48 years (1895-1972)
John Edgar Hoover, Hoover in September 1964. For years, both Skousen and Welch warned that the enemies of freedom intended to attack, and eventually to destroy, our American system The term American System can mean one of the following:
During the Cold War era, which lasted from the end of World War II End of World War II can refer to:
Though Skousen was born in 1913 in Alberta, Canada, his parents were U.S. citizens, so he was an American from birth. His family moved to California when he was 10, and San Bernardino San Bernardino, city, United States
San Bernardino (săn bûr'nədē`nō), city (1990 pop. 164,164), seat of San Bernardino co., S Calif., at the foot of the San Bernardino Mts.; inc. 1854. became his home. After serving his church for two years as a missionary in England, Skousen returned to California, graduating from San Bernardino Valley The San Bernardino Valley is the hub of Southern California's Inland Empire. It is drained by the Santa Ana River. It is bordered on the north by the San Bernardino Mountains and the eastern San Gabriel Mountains, on the east by the San Jacinto Mountains, and on the south and west Junior College in 1935.
Skousen then went to Washington, D.C., where he worked for the FBI as a messenger by day while studying law at George Washington University George Washington University, at Washington, D.C.; coeducational; chartered 1821 as Columbian College (one of the first nonsectarian colleges), opened 1822, became a university in 1873, renamed 1904. at night. He passed the Washington, D.C., bar exam Noun 1. bar exam - an examination conducted at regular intervals to determine whether a candidate is qualified to practice law in a given jurisdiction; "applicants may qualify to take the New York bar examination by graduating from an approved law school"; "he passed and graduated with an LL.B. degree in 1940. With these credentials, he was made an FBI Special Agent, going to the bureau's Quantico academy for firearms and martial arts training.
In 1951, he left law enforcement for a period of time to become an administrator and educator at Brigham Young University Brigham Young University, at Provo, Utah; Latter-Day Saints; coeducational; opened as an academy in 1875 and became a university in 1903. It is noted for its law and business schools. .
In 1956, reeling from a scandal in the police department, the mayor of Salt Lake City, Adiel Stewart, offered Skousen the job of chief of police. The extent of respect that Skousen enjoyed in the city was reflected in the fact that he was encouraged to accept the offer not only by his own Mormon Church The Mormon Church is a religious body founded in 1830 in Fayette, New York, by Joseph Smith. It is also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or LDS Church. There are 7.7 million Mormons worldwide. President David O. McKay
David Oman McKay (September 8, 1873–January 18, 1970) was the ninth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), serving from 1951 until his , but also by the local Catholic and Masonic community leadership.
So successful were Skousen's policies in combating the city's vice-related crimes that even a writer for the liberal Time magazine would later state that he had created "a model police department."
Given that during his tenure as an FBI agent Skousen was closely associated with J. Edgar Hoover (Skousen was one of two FBI agents authorized to speak about communism if Hoover could not address the topic himself), it is not surprising that Skousen became knowledgeable about the subversive communist threat, knowledge that led him to publish The Naked Communist in 1958. Skousen's friend, Cecil B. DeMille Noun 1. Cecil B. DeMille - United States film maker remembered for his extravagant and spectacular epic productions (1881-1959)
Cecil Blount DeMille, DeMille , the famous movie director, suggested the title for the work, because it stripped away communism's facade, revealing the long-term goals Long-term goals
Financial goals expected to be accomplished in five years or longer. of the communist agenda.
Skousen's further studies eventually led him to conclude--like fellow anticommunist Robert Welch--that the communists were not the principals in the conspiracy to destroy America; they were merely the most visible arm of a much larger conspiracy. This conspiracy was run by a group of super-rich investment bankers from around the world who manipulated political agendas and public opinion to suit their own ends.
Proof of the elites' influence and their power structure was found in a book by Dr. Carroll Quigley, a professor of history at the Foreign Service School of Georgetown University, called Tragedy and Hope. Quigley was a member of the elitist e·lit·ism or é·lit·ism
1. The belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources. Council on Foreign Relations The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an influential and independent, nonpartisan foreign policy membership organization founded in 1921 and based at 58 East 68th Street (corner Park Avenue) in New York City, with an additional office in Washington, D.C. . He had many personal connections with the super-rich and could trace their financial dealings in detail.
As revealing as Tragedy and Hope was, its formidable 1,348 page length precluded it from ever having mass appeal. In 1970, to satisfy a crucial need, Skousen wrote a book-length review of Tragedy and Hope and called it The Naked Capitalist. As The Naked Communist had exposed the lower rungs of the conspiracy threatening America, The Naked Capitalist exposed the higher-ranking elite Americans who were selling out their nation to advance their own power base.
In the latter, Skousen quoted Dr. Bella Dodd, a former member of the National Committee of the U.S. Communist Party: "I think the Communist conspiracy is merely a branch of a much bigger conspiracy!" This statement made to Skousen years earlier led him to investigate those who promoted the communist agenda and why they did it.
Supporting Local Police
Moving from the FBI headed by Hoover, a leading anti-communist of his day, into local law enforcement gave Skousen insight into one of the threats generated by the conspirators--attacking local police in order to promote a national police state. In 1966, Skousen shared his knowledge in a book entitled The Communist Attack on U.S. Police. Chapter Six of the book was devoted to the need for Support Your Local Police committees (launched by The John Birch Society in 1963), how to set them up, and what they should do to become and remain effective.
In The Communist Attack on U.S. Police, Skousen recalled a conversation with Dr. Bella Dodd about civilian police review boards:
I spoke at length with Dr. Bella Dodd, former member of the National Committee of the Communist Party who defected in 1948. During this conversation I brought up the subject of police review boards and she stated that she was appalled at the success of the Communist Party and its cadre of fellow travelers in persuading New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of politicians to accept the idea of a civilian police review board.
I asked her how the idea originated and she said it was invented by the Communist Party in the 1930s when it was felt that the country was ripe for revolution. The idea was to somehow get the police out from under the control of elected officials and subject the police to the discipline of a "civilian" group which the Party could infiltrate and control.
In his book, Skousen also quoted a statement written by J. Edgar Hoover in the January 1, 1965 issue of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin is published monthly by the FBI Law Enforcement Communication Unit, with articles of interest to state and local law enforcement personnel. :</p>
<pre> When carefully considered, it is clear this drive for external boards is an ill-advised maneuver. It amounts to the usurpation Usurpation
presumptuously assumed David’s throne before Solomon’s investiture. [O.T.: I Kings 1:5–10]
takeover of Austria (1938). [Eur. Hist. of authority rightfully belonging to the police commander.
It is a practice which could damage effective law enforcement and reduce the orderly processes of community life to petty bickering bick·er
intr.v. bick·ered, bick·er·ing, bick·ers
1. To engage in a petty, bad-tempered quarrel; squabble. See Synonyms at argue.
2. , suspicion, and hatred. </pre> <p>In 1960, after a new mayor of Salt Lake City dismissed Skousen as police chief (a move that generated much public outrage!), Skousen became editor of Law and Order, a professional journal for law enforcement personnel. In a 1969 editorial in that magazine, he warned about the danger of federal aid to local police leading to federal control of local police:</p> <pre> All of us recall that Federal aid to local law enforcement started out in
a most modest and humble fashion. Hardly enough to frighten anyone.
But that is not the case today. Federal aid is no longer merely for planning and experimenting. It has moved over into the fields of paying for facilities, paying salaries on broad and comprehensive
programs, providing essential equipment. This is the same old well-worn path to Federal aid in every other field.... This
generation is likely to see the creation of a Federalized police system whether we intended it or not. </pre> <p>In these post-9/11 days, when not only federal money, but direct federal intervention in the name of "homeland security" has become the order of federal business, Skousen's warning appears even more ominous.
Defending the Constitution
As a champion of freedom, Skousen recognized that our Founding Fathers feared tyranny, and so they restrained the power of government "with the chains of the Constitution," as Thomas Jefferson phrased it. As a BYU BYU Brigham Young University
BYU Bob's Your Uncle
BYU Bayreuth, Germany - Bindlacher Berg (Airport Code)
BYU Beyond Your Understanding professor, Skousen developed an in-depth study course to teach the students about the cherished document that safeguards freedom. Professor Skousen helped organize the conservative Freemen Institute (later called The National Center for Constitutional Studies) in 1972.
In 1985, Skousen authored the widely acclaimed book about the makeup of the Constitution, The Making of America, subtitled The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution. The Making of America has been adopted by many schools as their standard American government text.
When THE NEW AMERICAN spoke to Reed Benson, a longtime contributor to this magazine's predecessor publications American Opinion and The Review Of The News, he summed up Dr. Skousen's contributions to the cause of freedom succinctly: "He was mighty with his voice and mighty with his pen."
Skousen left behind his wife, Jewel; seven children; 48 grandchildren; 67 great-grandchildren; and countless Americans who are grateful for his lifetime of service to the cause of freedom. He also left behind a torch that needs bearing: someone needs to champion the cause of local control over police.
Ernie Lazar (Member): Falsehoods About Skousen 9/9/2009 11:54 AM
The article reprinted above contains numerous falsehoods about Cleon Skousen.
Both Cleon Skousen (and his admirers) misrepresented Skousen's FBI background and inflated his credentials.
Some claim that Skousen was a "top aide" or "administrative assistant" to J. Edgar Hoover.
Others claim that Skousen had extensive investigative experience while he served in the FBI -- particularly with respect to internal security-related matters.
All of these claims are utter falsehoods.
Furthermore, senior FBI officials expressed very derogatory judgments about Skousen's post-FBI endeavors.
In fact, they scornfully described Skousen as someone allied with "professional anti-communists" and somebody who associated with the "extreme right" in our country.
FBI officials thought Skousen was mis-using his FBI service to falsely claim expertise in subject matters which he did not possess.
For a detailed report on Skousen which is based, primarily, upon his FBI personnel file, see my following 23-page report:
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