I thought the funniest part of all this was calling the CPUSA group a “cell.” If that doesn’t drag us all back to the early 1950’s, I don’t know what will. Just to let you all know, the CPUSA has “clubs” not cells. There is nothing secret about the activities that occur during a meeting. Usually, one consists of the study of Marx or planning fundraisers. Lately, since we have been blessed with the boy king GW, planning for anti-war demonstrations might go on also. I believe “cell” was a term coined to conjure up images of spies passing in the night, handing off national security secrets to each other.
If you ever have the chance to see “I Was A Communist For The FBI” please do. It is hysterically funny in that bad movie way. I caught it once on the Encore Mystery channel and wasn’t able to tape it. I keep hoping it will show up again or become available on DVD. It’s based on the “true” story of Matt Cvetic who went undercover for the FBI to infiltrate the Communist Party in Pittsburgh PA. I know a guy who lived through that period and was (is) a party member. Apparently, the great American hero, Cvetic, was paid for names that he turned over to the FBI. Since he was paid for quantity, he began to turn over lists of people who were just members of Serbian clubs or whatever. He also was an agitator. If he could instigate an incident at a strike, that would help show the Reds as running the unions and having a penchant for violence. Once it came out that you might be a Red, you usually lost your job, your family was harassed and I’ll bet Cvetic was responsible for more than one suicide. Nothing as special as a patriot for hire, eh?