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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1955 - File 025. 1955-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 13, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1539/show/1494.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 6, June 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date June 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript ss >m ; a: Dan Smoot defines opposing views on the problem of SECURITY IPESTKilTllS :a*3M*:3'::^ t95S WWllKN' a person has been denied pub- "I lie employment because he is suspected of Communisl activities, should he have the right to face and cross- examine his accusers? In tin- tradition of Fact. Forum, let's answer this question from two opposite points of view, Inking first tlle eir&rtiiiiciits of some who snv YES. Ever since Joe McCarthy began his career of slander in 1950, decent Americans both in and mil of Congress helve been Irving to devise ei code or sel of rules for congressional investigators uliiih would place some curb on tbe demagogues who capture headlines and W|n powerful support in the fanatic lunatic fringe nf American voters -voters Who think that lhe only valid purpose °' Congress is to bunt imaginary Pitches. Most proposals prescribing ordcrlv :"id judicial procedures for congressional committees bog down in legal disputes over jurisdiction or over the 'lui'siion of separation of powers be- ueen the executive and legislative "ranches of government; or they gel "detracked bv petty jealousies and pergonal ambitions of individual congress- fen; or they get lost in tlle partisan 'truggles between political factions. In the present Congress, Senator Hu- "'I Humphrey of Minnesota has been Presiding over a subcommittee holding "Strings concerned with the over-all Problem of the nation's internal security Programs. ../he nonpartisan, anti-Communist, poetical organization known eis Americans "r Democratic Action—ADA—prepar- for this subcommittee one proposed 'Wch euts through all lhe red tape emd /'"li-eni conflict and gels to the very . eart of the problem of guaranteeing '"''rued security bul eit the same time Protecting the constitutional rights of "iiseii persons. the ADA simplv proposed lhal when 'A,'TS FORUM NEWS, June. 7.955 ei governmental agency fires -or refuses to hire—a person because he is accused of subversive activities, lhal person be given the privilege of facing his accusers —of hearing from them, face lo face, whal they have lo say aboul him. The professional anti-Communist witch-hunters are behaving as if this proposal represents sonic kind of dangerous eiml radical doctrine. If these supcipeilriois woulel ever read the Constitution of lhe United States which they so loudly claim lo revere they woulel discover lhal this ADA proposal comes from Amendment \ 1 to theii Constitution. Amendment VI to the Constitution of the United Stales seivs thai an accused person musl be informed of tin- nature •Tnd cause of the accusation against him anil musl be confronted wilh lhe witnesses against him. BRANDED AS SECURITY RISKS Yet for years particularly for the peist two years we have witnessed the degrading spectacle of thousands of Americans being fired from their governmenl jobs, or being denied lhe privilege of gelling governmenl jobs. for Ihe vague, unspecified reason that they an' suspected of subversive activities. Many who are branded as security risks are never lold whal lhe specific charges againsl them arc. Others who do hear lhe accusations are never told who their accusers are. Ml they can ever learn is lhat they have been accused by sonic confidential I'll! informer known only as T36, or by some hired, anonymous stool pigeon of a police department or congressional com- rn i I hi'. There are floating around Washington innumerable vague reports by anonymous informers who claim to kn,,w aboul Communists in governmenl son ice. Any congressman or senator unscrupulous enough nol lo care how many innocenl people he burls can make polities! capital of these reports. lb- can capture headlines by broadcasting these anonymous reports as cone-rote evidence theit the whole governmental establishment is in the hands of traitors and spies. Then, a timid and politically sensitive administration stents firing everybodj againsl whom anv accusation has been made, because the administration cer- tainly doesn'l weml the reputation of being soft on communism. BLACK SILENCE OF FEAR For loo many years now. Americans have been under lhe black silence of Fear eunl in the grip of hysteria. They have been lold lhal Communists are everywhere. Suspicion has run rampant. Smear and character assassination have been the order of lhe day. Guilt-by- eis-oe ieilion emd a fifth Amendmenl plea are regarded as the equivalent of conviction in open court. Fill files have been useel feir pentiselll political purposes. WC are etl a critical time in our history. At a time' when wc arc leading an alliance of lhe free world againsl a vasl Communisl empire, lhe superpatriots would have ns waste- eill of our energies eiml sacrifice all of our democratic traditions in a mighty struggle against an insignificant little American Communisl party whose total membership is aboul 25,000. During llu- weir years, when llu-Hei weis our ally, ei few Communists did get into our governmenl. lint most of these were removed from government employment years ago. lhe congressional committees have- been busy belaboring a few Communists who have long since been detected and removed from positions where they could do harm. As a matter of fact, our zealous investigators have bad such a hard time finding Communists in governmenl that thev have heul to look for them in the churches, llu1 press, the schools, and the Girl Scouts. The maternity wards will Page 23
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