Spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor needed to look into 1979 Purvis trip

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

Colum­nist Hoyt Purvis (July 5) has fi­nally con­fessed that he as­sisted Demo­crat Sen. Robert Byrd in con­spir­ing with the Rus­sians to ori­ent Amer­i­can for­eign pol­icy to ben­e­fit Rus­sia.

They took ad­van­tage of Amer­ica’s In­de­pen­dence Day dis­trac­tion to scoot off to Moscow. Pa­tri­otic Amer­i­cans were shoot­ing fire­works, singing pa­tri­otic songs, cook­ing bar­be­cue, eat­ing ice cream and watermelon, soak­ing up sun at beaches and other such dis­tract­ing plea­sures. They were not look­ing for un­der­cover ac­tiv­ity of high gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. Were Byrd and Purvis se­cretly plot­ting with Soviet KGB to make that July 4, 1979, the last one Amer­ica would cel­e­brate? Who knows. There has never been a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mr. Purvis ad­mit­ted he and Byrd loaded up in Moscow on a plush Rus­sian gov­ern­ment plane richly ap­pointed in com­mu­nist red. They dis­em­barked in a re­mote place in the Crimea to meet with the No. 1 Soviet Rus­sian, Leonid Brezh­nev. From there they pro­ceeded in iso­la­tion by ground to an even more re­mote place for plot­ting. They lounged in lux­ury at a se­cret place on the shore of the Black Sea, but the Rus­sians only al­lowed them to dip their feet in the wa­ter. Mean­while, Brezh­nev fin­ished the de­tails of his plot to com­mand re­la­tions with Amer­ica. When the Rus­sians got ready, they car­ried Byrd and Purvis on a round-about trek into the dense woods where Brezh­nev was al­ready en­sconced. The meet­ing was so se­cre­tive and de­grad­ing that Byrd and Purvis had to sit in lawn chairs on the grass un­der the for­est cover as Brezh­nev is­sued his or­ders to mod­ify arms con­trols to ben­e­fit Rus­sia. At the con­clu­sion of that se­cret plan­ning ses­sion, Brezh­nev gave Sen. Byrd and Purvis a sop of a toast to Amer­i­can In­de­pen­dence Day.

Rus­sians quickly re­traced the jour­ney, car­ry­ing Byrd and Purvis back to Moscow by air in a dazed con­di­tion. They weren’t even able to see the phone in their suite and awoke the next day in great shock to see that their photo was on the front page of Rus­sia’s com­mu­nist pa­per, Pravda.

Shortly af­ter this mys­te­ri­ous meet­ing the pro­posed weapons treaty on which Amer­ica was re­ly­ing was aborted and the Rus­sians in­vaded Afghanistan. What other ev­i­dence do we need to log­i­cally con­clude that the goal of that sur­rep­ti­tious tete-a-tete was to ad­vance Rus­sian in­ter­ests, sub­or­di­nat­ing ours to theirs?

The only way we can learn the com­plete truth of this seem­ingly trea­sonous ac­tiv­ity is to ap­point a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor with unlimited spend­ing and pros­e­cu­to­rial pow­ers. Trea­son be­ing giv­ing aid and com­fort to Amer­ica’s en­emy Rus­sia in time of (Cold) War. Congress should do its duty of hold­ing public hear­ings and posthu­mously im­peach­ing and ex­pelling the de­ceased Sen. Byrd. Mr. Purvis prob­a­bly should be charged by the spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor with aid­ing and abet­ting or ac­ces­sory be­fore and af­ter the fact of trea­son. GER­ALD HOL­LAND

Ben­tonville

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