Kurt’s 1970 Senate Transcript Page 4

Page 4 of Kurt’s 1970 Senate Transcript

Mr. Sisco.
No; no I just put one ad or two in little magazines saying any formula
or process, $2. I don’t think I made enough to pay for the ad.

Senator PERCY. Your business, as such, is not sanctioned
at all by any State?

Mr. Sisco. No.

Senator PERCY. You do not have a charter from any State?

Mr. Sisco. No. But I really didn’t have a business,
either.

Senator PERCY. You went into this activity looking like
a business and acting like a business but you have not formally organized
it as a business?

Mr. Sisco. No. I don’t even run it any more. I suppose
if it had really worked out I would have looked into legal aspects and
gotten a charter if I needed one, but I did not even make enough to pay
for the ads so I dropped it. But I still have the stationery and I use
it.

Senator PERCY. Do you have any s on your writings?

Mr. Sisco. Yes; I do. I have a on the
“Militant Formulary.” Here it is.

The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Sisco, have you intimated or made a
statement to the effect that the reason you have published these pamphlets
and you went into this business is because of vindictiveness or hatred
toward society in any way or toward the general establishment? Did you
do so?

Mr. Sisco. Well, if I made a statement like that
it is because I was vindictive and hateful, myself. I don’t remember making
such a statement. Of course, I run off at the mouth quite a bit. I could
have said it. But it is not my general attitude.

The CHAIRMAN. I notice another thing here that is interesting.
This “Militants’ Formulary”—you dedicated it when you had it ed
and published. On the first page it says: Affectionately
dedicated to Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray, Sirhan Sirhan, and Senator
Thomas Dodd, without whose efforts this work would be irrelevant

What do you mean by that?

Mr. Sisco. Well, I simply mean that, here, take
three nuts and they kill three prominent people with guns. So, Senator
Dodd makes a Federal case of it. I think when he started there were about
35 million guns in private hands and now there are over 90 million guns
in private hands; at least 25 million are pistols.

It was only after his investigations and threats
of registration and possible confiscation of firearms that people turned
to bombs and things like that. They figured, well, if we get up tight we
want to destroy someone; we can’t shoot them. The next thing to do is blow
them up.

The bombing started shortly after Senator Dodd started
with his gun bills. Also, gunrunning started. In fact, I have that explained
in the introduction to my book.

The CHAIRMAN. Maybe ‘so; I have not read all of it. Did
you get permission of Senator Dodd to dedicate this pamphlet to him?

Mr. Sisco. No. I didn’t think you had to.

The CHAIRMAN. You did not consult him on that?

Mr. Sisco. No.

The CHAIRMAN. You used his name just because he favored
gun control legislation; you dedicate a pamphlet teaching how to make bombs
and revolutionary weapons, weapons of subversion primarily—dedicated it
to him because he made a conscientious fight? I don’t know that I agree
with his position on firearms. Is that the reason?

Mr. Sisco. Yes; it was in the manner of a joke.

The CHAIRMAN. You said, “With deep affection.

Mr. Sisco. Well, that was being sarcastic.

The CHAIRMAN. Not “deep affection”—I am sorry—”affectionately
dedicate.”

Do you have some affection for Oswald, Ray, and Sirhan
who assassinated Bobby Kennedy ? Do you have some affection for them?

Mr. Sisco. Well, that was sarcasm.

The CHAIRMAN. That is sarcasm?

Mr. Sisco. Yes.

The CHAIRMAN. Is there anything further ?

Senator PERCY. Mr. Sisco, following up on the chairman’s
questions, you not only dedicated this book in an unusual way and you now
say with sarcasm, but you go on to explain in your publications the various
organizations selling pyrotechnic supplies and chemicals and the identity
of books which deal with this subject.

You list “Hi-Lo-Boom” by Phillip Danisevich, selling for
$5.50. We have had some reference to “Hi-Lo-Boom” previously.

Mr. Siragusa testified before this committee from the
Illinois Crime Investigating Commission. He said:

“A particularly senseless, tragic event occurred in Chicago
on April 14, 1960, resulting in the death of two Chicago police officers
and serious gunshot injuries to six other officers.”

Frank J. Kulak, aged 43, barricaded himself in his home
at 9521 South Exchange Avenue against police who responded to a citizen’s
call that Kulak was sniping at his neighbors.

Kulak lobbed about 25 hand grenades and black powder bombs
and fired several hundred rounds of ammunition from automatic rifles and
shotguns at police attempting to gain entry to his residence. Inside his
home Kulak had set eight booby traps wired to grenades and other explosive
devices.

Kulak was arrested, unharmed. On February 27, 1970, he
was declared mentally incompetent, and the murder charge was dismissed.

Seized in Kulak’s apartment were 52 unexploded manufactured
bombs and hand grenades, and various paraphernalia for the manufacture
of explosives including gun powder, pipes, cylinders, tape, and military-type
fuses. Also seized were two carbine rifles, two shotguns and two pistols.

Of interest to us was the seizure by the police authorities
in his apartment of a document called “Hi-Lo Boom Modern Explosives,” written
by Philip J. Danisevich and William G. Mucci, and ed in 1966.
The authors synopsized their book as follows:

“We have done our best to provide a first-hand view of
explosives. Organizing the data and diagrams, et cetera, along the chemistry
guideline, we have presented some of the latest material available.”

Has the thought occurred to you that the publications
that you are distributing and making available could fall in the hands
of people such as these encouraging the kind of events, the tragic events,
that follow; and has that ever caused you wonder whether this pastime of
yours is a useful pastime?

Mr. Sisco. I hope it hasn’t, but there are so many
other people doing that and that orange book I gave you which can be bought
at any legal bookstore, maybe the person who put that out may think some
militant nut can go in the law store and buy from them.

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