American Security Council
Originally a database of suspected communists the ASC was founded in the mid-1950s by Gen. Robert Wood and the Chicago Tribune’s Robert R. McCormick, and became a leading anti-Soviet nexus of several cold war organisations such as the Committee on the Present Danger.
According to Edward Herman & Gerry O’Sullivan’s (1989) The Terrorism Industry, the ASC came into existence as an anti-labour intelligence and propaganda agency, acquiring the files of the anti-semite/anti-labour spymaster, Harry Jung (the first major US distributor of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion). It gradually extended its activities to serve the military industrial lobby as its anti-subversive focus broadened to include an ‘international red menace’, against which it urgently demanded accelerated weapons acquisitions and terrorism.
- Edward Herman & Gerry O’Sullivan (1989) The Terrorism Industry.