Monday, April 06, 2009

Tom Braden ... and Ramparts Magazine


Tom Braden died this week. According to the Washington Post, he was head of the CIA's International Organizations Division, which secretly funded U.S. cultural, labor, and educational groups in an effort to thwart the spread of communism during the Cold War.

Ramparts exposed that funding in a 1967 article about the CIA's connection to the National Students Association. Braden defended the secret program, which he said was his idea, in an article for the Saturday Evening Post. The title of that article was "I'm Glad the CIA Is 'Immoral.'"

Braden went on to write Eight is Enough, which became a long-running situation comedy. He also appeared on "Crossfire," where he was the designated liberal. He was later replaced by Michael Kinsley.

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