Dear Michael King, I appreciated your comments to Linda Curtis even as she continues to misrepresent herself as an "independent" and hide her long subservience to a secretive NYC-based sect which many (including myself) have called — with compelling reasons — a political-psychotherapy cult. In fact, all of Curtis’ dozen-plus years in Texas have been choreographed by master demagogue Fred Newman, former USAF psy-ops researcher, philosophy professor, anarchist, unlicensed psychotherapist, harem-keeper, Marxist-Leninist-Maoist revolutionary, Lyndon LaRouche-Gino Perenti disciple, Sharpton-Buchanan-Bloomberg-Nader shill — in short, a political chameleon who once tried to negotiate concurrent political alliances with both Louis Farrakhan and the Michigan KKK! As often as Dr. Newman has reinvented himself since the 1960s, so his core organization has morphed in a stream of intermingling front groups: Centers for Change, International Workers Party, New Alliance Party, Rainbow Lobby, Peace and Freedom Party-Rainbow Alliance, Solidarity Party, Reform Party-NY, Patriot Party, Independence Party, Committee for a Unified Independent Party, Independent Texans, All Stars Project, Castillo Cultural Center, Institute for Short-Term Social Therapy, and many many more — all with overlapping leadership, memberships, telephone numbers, programs, and accountants. I worked with Fred Newman from 1971-74 in an Upper West Side community-organizing project called CFC. I headed the communication section, launched a respected weekly street newspaper, served on the Central Committee. I resigned abruptly in mid-1974 upon Chairman Fred’s announcement that CFC would disband in order to join LaRouche's notorious National Caucus of Labor Committees. Newman’s timing also coincided with LaRouche's ballyhooed "revelation" that the latter had been targeted in a Manchurian Candidate assassination plot involving brainwashed NCLC cadre, the CIA, MI-5, KGB, Mossad, Nelson Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, and unidentified Cuban frogmen. In the ensuing group hysteria, LC members who openly expressed doubt about the story were forced into marathon "deprogramming" sessions involving sleep deprivation, long menacing interrogations, and incessant high-volume doses of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. I believe that Newman here began his on-the-job training as cult master. Chairman Fred learned valuable lessons during his dalliance with LaRouche — including the obvious ones: opportunism, divisiveness, and effective behavior-modification techniques. LaRouche was so ego-driven to establish intellectual hegemony over Western civilization that his resulting demagoguery made him easy prey for enemies. As Newman watched LaRouche self-destruct, he learned that he had to curb his ego and "fly under the radar." This included anointing disciples such as Lenora Fulani, Jackie Salit, and Linda Curtis to act like leaders and catch the political fallout, investigatory heat, etc. Thus Newman has remained much more "elusive" as a cult master than LaRouche. To learn more about this shadowy group and its opportunistic leadership, please visit www.ex-iwp.org, an extensive Web resource created by ex-Newmanite activist Marina Ortiz.