Fraser Committee

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The Fraser Committee (also known as the Subcommittee on International Organizations of the Committee on International Relations) was a committee of the United States House of Representatives which met in 1976 and 1977 and conducted an investigation into South Korea–United States relations. It was chaired by Representative Donald M. Fraser of Minnesota. It issued a 447 page report entitled Investigation of Korean-American Relations; Report of the Subcommittee on International Organizations of the Committee on International Relations, U.S. House of Representatives. The report was made public on November 29, 1977. The committee's report reported on plans by the National Intelligence Service (South Korea) (KCIA) to manipulate American institutions to the advantage of South Korean government policies, overtly and covertly.[1]

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Findings of the committee

Among the topics the Fraser Committee's report covered were South Korean plans to plant an intelligence network in the White House and to influence the United States Congress, newsmedia, clergy, and educators.[2][3] Eighty-one pages (pages 311 to 392) of the report presented the subcommittee's findings on Sun Myung Moon, the Unification Church, and what the subcommittee termed "the Moon Organization."[4] The Fraser committee found that the KCIA decided to use the Unification Church as a political tool within the United States and that some Unification Church members worked as volunteers in Congressional offices. Together they founded the Korean Cultural Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit organization which acted as a propaganda campaign for the Republic of Korea.[5] The committee also investigated possible KCIA influence on the Unification Church's campaign in support of Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal.[6]

The report of the Fraser Committee also found that the KCIA planned to grant money to American universities in order to attempt to influence them for political purposes.[7] It also said that the KCIA had harassed and intimidated South Koreans living in the United States if they protested against Republic of Korea government policies.[8]

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