Psychiatrist J.R. Rees was involved in training school teachers as well as British and American military intelligence in psychiatric techniques at the Tavistock Clinic in 1934. Mr. Rees stated, "If we are to infiltrate the professional and social activities of other people, I think we must imitate the totalitarians and organize some kind of fifth column activity."

"...We have made a useful attack upon a number of professions. The two easiest of them naturally are the teaching profession and the church, the two most difficult are law and medicine.

Let us not speak in terms of 'mental hygiene' but in terms of 'mental health.' ...Let us all therefore very secretly be fifth columnists." 

[  Defintion;  fifth column

Function: noun

Etymology: name applied to rebel sympathizers in Madrid in 1936 when four rebel columns were advancing on the city

Date: 1936

: a group of secret sympathizers or supporters of an enemy that engage in espionage or sabotage within defense lines or national borders

— fifth col·um·nism  \-ˈkä-ləm-ˌ(n)i-zəm\ noun

— fifth col·um·nist  \-(n)ist\ noun ]

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