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Civilians trained for '50s Soviet invasion

Posted: September 1, 2014 at 3:11 a.m.

This March 26, 1947, fi le photo shows Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover calling the Communist Party of the United States a “Fifth Column” whose “goal is the overthrow of our government” during testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in Washington

WASHINGTON -- Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.

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