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Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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Dialogue: Vol 28 No 1
Ernest L. Wilkinson and the 1966 BYU Spy Ring: A Response to D. Michael Quinn
NOTES AND COMMENTS Ernest L- Wilkinson and the 1966 BYU Spy Ring: A Response to D- Michael Quinn JeffD. Blake The summer 1993 issue of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought featured D. Michael Quinn's near-definitive discussion of Ezra Taft Benson's political activities during the 1960s and 1970s.1 Despite Quinn's thorough documentation, in the section entitled "The 1966 BYU 'Spy Ring'" he claimed that Benson master-minded this episode of covert surveillance, labeling it "the best-known manifestation of Ezra Taft Benson's six-year-old encouragement of 'espionage' at Brigham Young University." Aside from an anonymous informant, no contemporary, first-hand account supports Quinn's assertion. Instead, the documents clearly show that the student ringleader exaggerated his ties to Benson and that BYU president Ernest L. Wilkinson, not Ezra Taft Benson, instigated the spying. The 1966 BYU Spy Case In 1966 political controversy reached the quiet campus of Brigham Young University. Ernest Wilkinson, then president, was a conservative Republican and ardent anti-communist. To Wilkinson, anything that did not support the U.S. Constitution or free-market capitalism was commu- 1. D. Michael Quinn, "Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflict," Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Summer 1993): 50-55. 2. Ibid., 54-55. 3. The principal documents used in this research are in the Ray C. Hillam Papers, Brigham Young University Archives, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Pro-vo, Utah. Other important documents are in private possession.