Mark Hatfield: Leftist Oregon Senator Was Targeted by Soviets

Former Oregon Senator Mark O. Hatfield, died  in Portland last week, aged 89. He served in the US Senate from 1966, until his retirement in 1997.

Mark O. Hatfield

Though nominally a Republican, the Senator was so far left and so committed to non-confrontation  in the face of America’s enemies, the Soviet Embassy in Washington DC marked him out for special attention.


The memo stated:

A review of information we have developed through our coverage of Soviet officials and establishments in Washington, D. C., has disclosed a continuing interest by representatives of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) to maintain contacts with and cultivate members or staff personnel of the U.S. Congress. There appears below a compilation of such contacts which have come to our attention from January 1, 1967, to date…

Based on a review of the information disclosed through our coverage, it appears that soviet officials are making more contacts with the following Congressmen or members of their staff than with other U. S. Legislators:

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Most of those listed above, with the exception of leftist Republican Edward Brooke, were well known leftist Democrats. Almost all were vocal opponents of the Vietnam war and as such were clearly of interest to the Soviet Union.

Why was Mark Hatfield one of the few Republicans singled out for Soviet attention?

Hatfield too was an extreme “liberal” and a vocal opponent of America’s wars against communism.

In 1966, while still governor of Oregon, when the National Governors Association passed a resolution reaffirming its support for the war in Vietnam, Hatfield cast the only dissenting vote.

In 1970, Hatfield partnered with another Soviet target, Democratic Senator George McGovern of South Dakota to propose legislation that would have set a deadline for the end of U.S. military operations in Vietnam. Strongly opposed by President Richard Nixon, the so-called McGovern-Hatfield amendment was defeated, 55 to 39.

In 1979, the Communist Party USA controlled U.S. Peace Council organized a National Conference on Nicaragua, along with several other radical groups, to discuss a strategy to ensure that the Marxist-Leninist Sandinistas took control.

Three Congressmen and two Senators lent support to this Conference: far leftists Ron Dellums, Tom Harkin and Walter Fauntroy in the House and Mark Hatfield and fellow Soviet target Edward Kennedy in the Senate.

Mark Hatfield continued his anti-anti-communism well into the Reagan era.

As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee for the first six years of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, he succeeded in diverting $100 billion from Reagan’s military buildup to social programs. He joined Democrats in mocking Reagan’s plans for the space-based missile-defense system known as Star Wars.

He derided as “sheer madness” Reagan’s request to resume production of nerve gas for chemical warfare. In 1982 he joined with Democrat Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts to propose an immediate nuclear-weapons freeze in the U.S. He opposed development of the mobile, multiple-warhead nuclear MX missile, which he deemed “a monument to madness.” In 1986, he criticized as an “immoral act” the U.S. bombing raid on Libya.

He and Charles Grassley of Iowa were the only two Republicans to oppose the 1991 Senate resolution authorizing military action to evict Iraqi forces from Kuwait.

“I’m often pegged as a pacifist. In fact, I am not,” Hatfield  wrote in a 2001 memoir. “I’m not totally opposed to military force (for example World War II), yet I believe force should not be used until all other options have been exhausted. And most critically, we ought to address the causes of war — poverty, lack of education, health, racism, militarism, or conflict over raw materials (such as oil) — and work to prevent war in the first place.”

Mark Hatfield’s pacifism was indeed selective. Fighting fascism was acceptable. Fighting communism was not.

Like current U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Hatfield was also affiliated with the Washington DC based Institute for Policy Studies – an organization so close to the Soviets, it was described in 1978 by Brian Crozier, director of the London-based Institute for the Study of Conflict, as the “perfect intellectual front for Soviet activities which would be resisted if they were to originate openly from the KGB.”

Mark Hatfield endorsed IPS’s 20th anniversary April 5, 1983, 20th reception at the National Building Museum in Washington DC.

The Washington School, founded by the Institute for Policy Studies in 1978, was an important means of influencing Congress and the Democratic Party. Courses on defense, foreign affairs and domestic policies were taught there by IPS officers and staffers and other American or foreign radical “experts.” A large number of members of Congress and staffers attended these schools. Several legislators also taught there including Mark Hatfield and far leftists such as Tom Harkin, John Conyers, Ron Dellums and James Abourezk.

Mark Hatfield was also well funded and endorsed by the US’ largest “peace” Political Action Committee, the Council for a Livable World.

Founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist, atom bomb scientist and reported Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, Council for a Livable World is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to “reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security,” primarily through supporting “progressive,” congressional candidates who support their policies.

Council for a Livable World has supported literally hundreds of leftist Democrats from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Boxer, Sherrod Brown, Nancy Pelosi, Dennis Kucinich, Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin and Jan Schakowsky.

While claiming to be bipartisan, Council for a Livable World, has besides Hatfield, only funded a handful of Republicans in its 40 year existence – Indiana Senator and START Treaty zealot Richard Lugar being the only current example.

Some obituary writers have described Mark Hatfield as a principled man.

He may well have been, but it wasn’t on the side of freedom.


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8 thoughts on “Mark Hatfield: Leftist Oregon Senator Was Targeted by Soviets

  1. As usual, a very interesting article.

    I’m in the middle of reading Dupes by Paul Kengor. This book should be a must read for people interested in the preservation of our country so that we can be vigilant of the ones who wants to bring us down.

  2. Hatfield’s protege and former staff member is OR Senator Jeff Merkley (D). His connections with Senator Harry Reid deserves attention for similar links with KGB and China.

  3. Some additional information on those Senators and Congressmen mentioned as being targetted for “contact” by the KGB is needed, esp. in the case of one decent, loyal representative, James “Jimmy” Fulton (D-PA). I met him when I was talking to Chairman Clement Zablocki (D-Wisc) who was chairing a committee hearing on POWS/MIAS in Southeast Asia, April, 1971, one in a series of such hearings held over the years.

    Cora Weiss, “Mrs. Hanoi Lobby”, (WSP, COLIFAM, Mobes, PCPJ, Riverside Church Disarmament Program, and daughter of a CPUSA member and banker to the Communist Left), had entered as an exhibit in her testimony, an envelope of a letter which was damaged in mailing. She claimed that the US (CIA or FBI) had ripped it open in order to read its contents (it was between COLIFAM and POW families).

    While looking at it, I told Rep. Zablocki that the printing logo (bug) on the envelope was that of Local 209, Prompt Press, the official printing union/label of the Communist Party, USA, he asked “Can you prove it?”, to which I replied, “Yes Sir.”

    He then said “You testify tomorrow at 9:00 AM,” which I did, thus providing the first public link between the Hanoi/Mobe extortion operation known as Committee of Liaison With Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam. (April 1, 1971), and the Communist Party USA.

    Rep. Fulton encouraged me to testify. I suspect that if the KGB wanted to penetrate his office, it was to find out about his strong anti-communist, pro-defense stances and how to influence them from the inside, possibly by getting a “mole” onto his staff. He would be one congressman that they would want to “take out” of Congress.

    Re. Senator Ellender. Suspect that he and Sen. Brooke were targeted because of their committee positions or because Brooke was a compromiser. However, Brooke was a decent, loyal American, as was Mansfield and Ellender. Mondale was a weak-minded fool, aka a premature Sen. Biden, and was susceptible to Soviet propaganda. His support of the Communist-dominated “peace movement” including PCPJ and esp. NPAC, was well documented. Muskie was just weak, a total compromiser without much of a backbone on many issues. He could be influenced. However, he was an honorable gentleman and should be viewed as such.

    The others were veteran leftists (Leggett, Fulbright, Riegle, McCarthy, McGovern)and as Paul Kengor has documented, Sen. Ted. Kennedy actively worked with the Soviets (which had to include KGB operatives) to undermine Pres. Reagan’s foreign policies.

    It was/is standard Soviet/KGB/FBS procedure to not only attempt to influence those who are on the Left and most sympathetic to their positions, if not actual goals, but also to penetrate and operate on the inside against those congressmen/women who they view as their strongest obstacles/opponents.

    Lists are great things to have, but they must be handled with extreme care so as not to damage the reputations of those innocent people on them, while also documenting the backgrounds of those listed who are unsavory, crooked and/or ideologically sympatico to the our enemies.

    In the case of Sen. Hatfield, he does no slack on documenting his far-left background and activities.

  4. Kennedy – Shocker! No wonder he viewed Obama as the heir. When the American Communist Party openly endorses 95 % of your agenda as President, there MIGHT be a problem.

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