“And even if there were only one Communist in the State Department, that would still be one Communist too many.”
— Senator Joseph McCarthy, at the 1952 Republican National Convention
On July 19, the Washington Post published the first installment in a series of investigative reports looking at the U.S. intelligence community’s massive growth since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Post titles the series, posted on a special website established for the project : “Top Secret America.”
It turns out that Vicky Pelaez, the Peruvian journalist expelled from the United States on July 8 along with nine Russians, obtained her U.S. citizenship by taking advantage of the 1986 amnesty for illegal aliens. However, according to a report in El Commercio of Lima, Peru, Pelaez obtained her amnesty fraudulently, using a false birth certificate and falsely claiming she had been residing in the United States during a period when records, apparently, show she was actually residing in Peru.
Federal agents are investigating a bomb explosion at the home of 58-year-old Houston woman, Vennie Wolf, on July 9. Disguised as an innocuous box of candy, the exploding box shot nails and tacks, according to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, injuring the woman’s hands and face. The bomb exploded so violently that pieces of shrapnel and nails were found on the roof of the woman’s home.