FBI Stay-Behind Plan For Soviet Invasion of Alaska

June 3, 2016

The Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") has an online VAULT, which is described as follows on the FBI's website:

The Vault is our new FOIA Library, containing 6,700 documents and other media that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your home or office. 

Included here are many new FBI files that have been released to the public but never added to this website; dozens of records previously posted on our site but removed as requests diminished; files from our previous FOIA Library, and new, previously unreleased files.

When the BrokeAndBroker.com Blog came across this May 31, 2016, addition to the VAULT, we just had to post the link -- sounds like one hell of a Cold War spy novel but why did STAGE end?:

Between 1950 and 1951, the FBI was involved in planning for and beginning to implement a program to identify and train personnel who would act in a clandestine capacity in Alaska should the USSR invade the area. This Stay Behind Agent Program, also called STAGE by the FBI, was to be done in concert with other government agencies. The FBI abruptly ended its involvement in September of 1951; the reason why is not indicated in the materials released.

The BrokeAndBroker.com Blog Vault

Since today seems to be delving into vaults day, I went back into the archives of the BrokeAndBroker.com Blog and dug this out of our own vault.  For reasons that sort of escape me, this video clip from "One Debit Card for the Plumber and One Toke Over the Line" (BrokeAndBroker.com Blog, August 27, 2014) was among the most popular downloads in the blog's history. 

In 1971, the lovely musical duo of Gail and Dale appeared on the Lawrence Welk Show. Accordion virtuoso Myron Floren introduced the singers and for some odd reason, he starts coughing during his remarks. Why is the accordion-wiz choking and having trouble catching his breath?

In any event, Gail and Dale start singing on the Lawrence Welk Show "One Toke Over the Line" by Brewer and Shipley. Toke? One toke over the line?

What the hell was Lawrence Welk thinking, you might ask. If you listen to his remarks after the song, you will learn that he mistakenly thought the couple were singing a "modern spiritual." In keeping with today's theme, the reason why Mr. Welk thought that "One Toke Over the Line" was a modern spiritual is not indicated in the materials released.