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a'iAS:~T1Ju~p:d STAR i ?- -A, . _.,_ Approved For Release 2006/11 1 :I P88-01315R000300160F03--2" ~~~`I ~~ /~ Q /~ t w-/-I Pc , ri T7 I c.cwr. I EX-COMMUNISTS, GENERALS MEET W v,.....a....,. ,.r Ll._ ,... A _t. A.. ..r A..w ......:.......... .. . . By BRIAN KELLY ter four years ago purchased the tionaries is scheduled to be pub. Star staff Writer estate built by the late Texas lished next year , . BOSTON, Va - Generals newspaper publisher Charles Fisher' said that lack of money dressed in subdued mufti, for- Marsh in 1934, for some $285.000.. and demands of such projects as ,mer Communists, student lead- " Another $200,000 wits spent for the revolutionary study have' ers, a Cuban who taught Fidel refurbishments, including the kept the Cold War college from Castro, educators, writers, in- ,fiioo,ooo conference room in getting, "as high off the ground dustrialists, political figures - what used to be the garage. as we would like." all have discussed revolution 1That facility seats 35 persons "But we're still headed in the ,and communist dreams of cm- at table-desks and more than 60 direction of a training center," .pire in a luxurious stone man- in auditorium fashion, and. re in recent monthshs. ~ he said, with plans now under' sfon A here plot? recent mont. cit-boasts an elaborate pr.?ojection,I way for a $12 million fund drive. adel? A secret CIA sanctuary? room with tape recording equip- "The way things are going Actually the Freedom Studies ment and audio-visual projectors now, there should be in five ,Center here is none of these. for visiting lecturers. years'^ a private version of the Fanancial backers of the proj- Freedom At&aemy, as 4. eet 3 Years old out tq' do it. ,' ect include many names well) Now three years old and still known amog the nation's social ,offering only short seminars, the and corporate registres. Freedom Center remains the More than 1,300'pcrsons at- !base for what may be America's tended the center's dedication in' "West Point" of the Cold War. IN'6, where they were addressed It is operated in a 24-room ga-?l)y ome 30 speakers, including bled and chimneyed fieldstone Sen. Harry F. Byrd r. D-Va. ' mansion in this gently, rolling Since that *time, nearly 1,000 countryside. persons have studied commu- John M. Fisher, 47, a former nism and related subjects at the FBI agent and World War 11 center in brief seminars, usually bomber pilot who directs the of three days. ? center, said it fills a critical need. "Political Warfare" Fisher said the participants come from all walks of life, but the objective is tp?reach "those some position of: responsi with , Noting that the Communist I bility." world has an estimated 0,000 din one of. the'seminars, he not- litical warfare schools, he said, ? l , We found that three of a_ h ..nl ave a oo we to teach how to fight what we call the Cold War. Nowhere do we teach experts for what they (the Communists) call political warfare." But to the extent that any such program is being carried out in the United States, he added, "This is it." Fisher, an Ohio native, is pres- them (participants) previously had been members of the Com- munist party." Lecturers have included mem- bers of Congress; a civilian-clad Gen. William C. Westmoreland, Army chief of staff and former U.S. commander in Vietnam; and Professor Hermino Portell- Vila, who flunked a history stu- ident and chief executive officer dent named Fidel Castro at the V for both the broad-based Ameri University of Havana some can Security Council and the years ago. more scholarly Institute for "We will not accept anyone American Strategy. The insti-who's active in an extremist or- tute operates the Freedom gani7ation," , Fisher said. "We Studies Center. represent the middle 95 percent' While the center is the closest in America." approximation in the country to He noted the center has been a "Cold War college." its foun- "blasted" . by both liberal and ders still aspire to a full campus conservative spokesmen and .'here with classrooms, a library added with obvious pride, it in Moscow. Currently, Fisher 'said, the center is focusing its attention on.>fevolutionai ' trends-in Aoaer~, tiny village whose landmarks' consist of a roadside marker and a combined post office, general store and filling station., and research building and dor- mitories for some 400 graduate students. The center's present facilities are concentrated in the mansion which adorns a 083-acre estate, nine miles west of Culpeper and a short distance from Boston, a dr `( Zvi s+,~wTc Approved For Release 2006/11/21: CIA-RDP88-01315R000300160003-2