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November 11, 2016
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December 15, 1998
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November 14, 1962
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%h:edUCRtlonaI organization and as., uc f does not engage in politics, he . Michigan coordinator of the, Otitroversial organization t o I d embers of the local notary Club' Mi, esday at their luncheon meeting " n. ak_ ;Shield's. Speaking on the subject, "Prin cIplea and Beliefs of the John Birch society," Edward Kelly of Fraser 4rged hit audience to "study the Society, e.ce its films, find out the, truth for 'tour elves, and then make' up your minds." After teciting the nine principles of':the 'organization, Fraser said that the society is not secret, ex-cept for its membership lists. He declared that the society merely "observes," and cited these ohser vationst U.S. Cuban policy 1s back rupt; speeches of military officers are censored; Soviet spy Soblen was allowed to flee the country; the' UN has become a center for Soviet spy activity; and charged CIA "bungling." Q He concluded his talk with the statement that the "John Birch Society wants to tight against God- less Communism." In answering questions following this talk, Kelly said that Robert Welch, founder of the society, trade his charge that former President, Eisenhower is a toot of the Com- munists in a 1954 manuscript and that this had no connection with the society Itself. He rapped news papers for what he alleged was (10s' torted reporting of the racial rioting in connection with the Meredith case in Mississippi and declared that "recently, anything the John Birch Society favors, most news- papers are opposed to." He concluded with the assentor that congress had no anthurii v, un der the constitution, to give Presi~ ,dent Kennedy the right to cut tar Frank Snyder . crvcd ns progr;itn 'chairman ,~'