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I was enemy of the state number 1658

September 12th, 2006 (04:46 pm)
current location: Tshwane, Gauteng

Nearly three years after the Security Police files were opened, I finally got around to looking at mine.

Recently frsimon deprecated the biographical LJ, but seeing the flattering things that the SB had had to say about me, I could not resist the temptation to blow my own trumpet, or rather, let them blow it for me. They said some of the nicest things (blush)

He is an extreme danger to the security of the State and above all in South West Africa his activities can do incalculable damage.
I'm not sure that I deserve such a flattering description, but there it is, from the people who were paid to know.

I didn't have time to read everything in the two files, and hadn't taken along enough money to get them photocopied. There seemed to be a lot of things in there that I didn't know about myself, and a lot of things I didn't know about them, and their mental processes. Their extreme fear of the consequences of what might happen if I went into the Catholic Book Shop, for example

But here are some tidbits:
Secret memorandum from Security Branch to Secretary for Justice, 26 Oct 1971. Ref S. 1/4857

(my translation)

2. As indicated in my even-numbered communication of 9 March 1966 the restriction orders that had already been signed by the Minister of Justice were not delivered to HAYES since he had left for the United Kingdom to go and study as a preacher in the Anglican Church.

3. While he was in England and after his return to South Africa in July 1968 he continued his subversive activities by:

a. Making contact with communists, restricted persons and left-aligned persons such as A. SACHS, A. BLAXALL, John AITCHISON and T.E. Mngadi.

b. Making derogatory statements about government leaders;

c. Furthering the goals of "Amnesty International", "University Christian Movement" (U.C.M.), "South African Institute of Race Relations" (S.A.I.R.R.), Christilike Instituut and Christelike Stigting van SWA;

d. Heavenising (op te hemel) Marxism, Maoism and terrorism, comparing the former Cuban terrorist with Christ and designating the Christian religion as "Bourgeois religion"

e. Striving to bring about an anarchist state;

f. Making contact with the terrorist organisation "South West African Peoples Organization" (S.W.A.P.O.)

I was tickled by (e) -- I would have thought that an "anarchist state" was a contradiction in terms. I assume "the former Cuban terrorist" was Che Guevara, though I can't remember comparing him with Christ. What I do remember was making some comparisons between his followers and some of the followers of Christ, like some Anglican bishops, who said that "modern man" could not believe in things like the resurrection of Christ, whereas the followers of Che showed no hesitation in marching with placards saying "Che lives!".


Posted by: Lisa (russkaya_chica)
Posted at: September 12th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)

Wow! I'm proud to know you! I've often wondered about my file at the CIA. After all those trips to Russia, including some on visas from the Moscow Patriarchate ("that horrible fomenter of anti-American nationalism" - whatever!), I rather suspect there is something of interest in a dusty file cabinet somewhere.

Posted by: Methodius Hayes (methodius)
Posted at: September 12th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
Secret police archives

When I was visiting St Tikhon's Institute in Moscow Julia Kluschina showed me the database on the new martyrs, who had been killed in 1937-39, and she said they got a lot of their material from the KGB archives, and sometimes the only photos of them in existence were from there.

So those kinds of records have their uses.

One of the things that I didn't know, and which amused me somewhat, was that they referred to their pimps as "a delicate source", and that they referred to the SB headquarters as "Kompol" -- now that sounds like a piece of Bolshevik shorthand, if anything does!

Posted by: Lisa (russkaya_chica)
Posted at: September 12th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Secret police archives

Kompol does sound an awful lot like communist-speak! The database at St. Tikhon's is absolutely awesome. I do a guest lecture in Russian history here on the Russian Orthodox Church and use some of their data (1937 was SUCH a bloody year... it's interesting to discuss why).

Posted by: Lesolub (lesolub)
Posted at: September 12th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Secret police archives

It was the end of "godless 5 years" (безбожная пятилетка), which started in 1932. The goal of which was to eliminate religion from the face of Soviet Union.

Posted by: Lisa (russkaya_chica)
Posted at: September 12th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Secret police archives

I've heard that... I guess the question arises, why was that 5-year plan the "one"?

Posted by: Lesolub (lesolub)
Posted at: September 13th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
Re: Secret police archives

1937 is definitely one of the bloodiest, but not sure if it was The bloodiest, during the Civil war great number of russian clergy became martyrs too.
Church History is my favorite subject, always happy to talk about it. Maybe it will be of some interest for you I wrote a chronological history of All Orthodox Churches from 1917 to so far 1971, still working on it, it's here:

Posted by: Lisa (russkaya_chica)
Posted at: September 13th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Secret police archives

Oops...I went to your link and replied, but it must have been posted somewhere else. Just to be sure you receive my thanks, let me also thank you here. Those documents are a fantastic collection of information!

Posted by: Methodius Hayes (methodius)
Posted at: September 13th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
Re: Secret police archives

It was the time when the "League of Militant Atheists" rose to prominence.

Posted by: Lesolub (lesolub)
Posted at: September 13th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
Re: Secret police archives

You so right. In 1930 there was 4 million members of that League, and most of the churches were destroyed by them. In 1932 there were already 12 millions. In 1937 so called 4th wave of soviet persecutions resulted in 100.000 executions. And leader of that League Yaroslavski (Gubelman) declared that we completely finished with the monasteries.

Posted by: Methodius Hayes (methodius)
Posted at: September 13th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
Re: Secret police archives

One of the things I have found interesting in electronic discussions is the extent to which American atheists, in particular, are in denial about this period of history. They deny that atheists could ever have done such things, and pretend that they did not happen.

This has been the case even with some people with whom I have otherwise been able to have rational discussions. When you bring that period into the discussion, they rant and rave and lose their cool completely. They go on about the Crusades and the Inquisition, but suggest that atheists ever did anything similar and they go bananas.

Posted by: Lesolub (lesolub)
Posted at: September 13th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
Re: Secret police archives

The numbers are staggering. And for western mind probably not apprehensible. Never in a history of Christianity there were such a great number of martyrs in such a short period of time. I don't see, though, how any honest researcher can not avoid it.

Posted by: Methodius Hayes (methodius)
Posted at: September 13th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
Re: Secret police archives

One of the ironies of the situation, for me at least, was that the government claimed to be protecting us from the threat of "communism".

But its claim was a hollow one, since the very things we might have feared from a communist government, a Stalinist takeover, were already happening under the government that claimed to be protecting us -- secret police, detention without trial, arbitrary arrest and restriction, silencing of those who spoke out against the regime etc.

A police state is a police state is a police state.

So "Kompol" seems to encapsulate that irony.

Posted by: chankly_bore (chankly_bore)
Posted at: September 12th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)

Hey, way to go!

Posted by: frsimon (frsimon)
Posted at: September 12th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)

That all speaks highly in your favour!

Posted by: Methodius Hayes (methodius)
Posted at: September 13th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)

That, of course, is the point it which the "biographical" thing falls down. If it is just about regarding an individual with favour or disfavour, it's not very illuminating.

But I find that it illuminates the mentality of those who were our rulers for more than 40 years, and for most of my life. It helps one to understand what was going on.

Posted by: Ibid (ibid)
Posted at: September 12th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)

Goodness I never knew I was in touch with such a dangerous individual!

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