Asks Laws To Curb Foreign Agitators; Committee In Report To House Attacks Nazis As The Chief Propagandists In Nation. State Department Acts Checks Activities Of An Italian Consul -- Plan For March On Capital Is Held Proved. Asks Laws To Curb Foreign Agitators
Stringent legislation to prevent the spread of revolutionary propaganda in the United States was recommended to Congress today by the special House committee which has been investigating alleged un-American activities.
Recounting in its final report evidence of Fascist, Nazi, and Communist propaganda sponsored from abroad, as well as native movements such as the Silver Shirts, the committee, headed by Representative McCormack of Massachusetts, proposed that all foreign propagandists be compelled to register with the State Department.
It also urged that their sojourn in the Untied States be subject to the pleasure of the Secretary of State, and offered several other suggestions for controlling revolutionary propaganda.
The report included statements that diplomatic and consular agents of officially friendly foreign governments had engaged in propaganda favorable to their own forms of government as substitutes for the form now in existence in the United States.
Plan for “March” Recalled.
It also alleged that definite proof had been found that the much publicized Fascist march on Washington, which was to have been led by Major. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, retired, according to testimony at a hearing, was actually contemplated.
The committee recalled testimony by General Butler, saying he had testified that Gerald C. MacGuire had tired to persuade him to accept the leadership of a Fascist army.
The State Department announced today that it was investigating for the committee alleged Fascist activities of an Italian Vice Consul in Detroit. Giacomo, Ungarelli, the official concerned, was quoted in Detroit as saying that he had spread “informative facts,” not propaganda, designed to familiarize Italian children born in this country with the language, traditions and present form of government of Italy.
In addition, the State Department will investigate reports of religious propaganda activities, beyond the scope of official duties, by a Mexican consular officer at San Bernardino, California.
The House committee’s report said Fascist efforts in the United States had no connection with any similar activity in a European country, and the Communist movement in this country was termed not sufficiently strong numerically “to constitute a danger to American institutions at the present time.” Communist agitation was declared widespread, however. …