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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 10, November 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 10, November 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date November 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript Dr. Ella Dodd Are Ex-Communists Trojan Horses? Mr. Buckle) seiid ilieil el point had been missed in failing to remark upon the fact that ex-Communists of the type of Whittakcr Chambers have a fundamental regeneration, and cited him as a man who suffers from a compulsion to tell onlv the truth, who heis reacted finally and so sharply lo the ethical code of communism that he can almosl be banked upon to toll the truth provided one i- in ei position lo assert that his regeneration heis been genuine. '"1 don't deny of course the possibility of redemption," said Mr. Combs. "I would point oul however theit the very Ivpe ui emotional and nervous equipment which plunges a man into the torment of rebirth is the sort of instability which has originally, perhaps eis a result ol personality disorder, led him Whiltaker Chambers IIDE WORLD PHOTOS eijamen Gillow FOR first consideration Hardy Burt asked, "I- the testimony of former Communists necessary to detect Communisl agents in \merica?" "I think." said Mr. Lyons, "that the answer is almost obvious in the record of these- lasl years whatever successes we have had as a nation in exposing eiml identifying the conspiracy in our midsl has been largely due to the cooperation of former Communists who have Been the light. Communism is a kind of disease that apparently you can know best by being infected, feeling its fevers and passions, then convalescing and looking back." Professor Hodges agreed with Mr Lyons because, as he pointed out, "as the party goes underground and we lose sight of it we've got to have ways and means of getting in." \\ Inn Mr. Combs was asked about the reliability of the testimony of former Communisls. lie stated, "There is no particular reason why we should generalize aboul either the truth or the mendacity "I the apostate Communist." He added that there was no greater reason for a former Communisl to I'll Divided opinion exists in our nation loileiy regarding lln' evaluation of the testimony of ex-Communists, unit whether or not their testimony is necessary to detect Communist agents in America. Tlie feeling among many is ilieet ex-Communists have been Invaluable in exposing tlie infiltration ol Communisl influences in our government, while others believe that such testimony has leeaee furnished hy llllsteihle eiml emotionally turbulent people ami has heen worthless iii exposing ihi' devious methods employed hy the Communist parly to expand ils growth anil potency ill this country. Eugene Lyons, famed eenihor ami senior editor ol" Reader's Digest, wee- ee guest on the FACTS l-'Oltl M nationwide television program on which this subjeel was discussed hy him ami hy FACTS FORUM panelists eenel Moderator Hardy Hurt. The panelists were William Buckley, Jr., George Hamilton Combs, eunl Professor Charles Hodges, the truth than there is for the- generality of people. "As a lawyer. I know lhat witnesses are highly suggestible emd therefore quite frequently men who are reasonably honest manage lo testify to things which they believe lie within tin' purview of their own experience, which in fact has been suggested to them perhaps in good failh hy lhe prosecuting or the investigating officials." Moderator Burt asked if Mr. Combs wrii' referring in the Matusow case. Mr. Combs heisiily answered, "Nul specifically . . . from mv training as et lawyer, I know Ihett there is em area, ei margin at which it is highly dangerous to sn -i too specifically to a witness what lie recalls about any single issue." RECORD OF CREDENCE Mr. I.\eeiis concurred with Mr. Combs that eill witnesses have lo be ireeiled gin- gerly, "because they're human whether they're Communists or ex-Communists nr Communists-to-be. In llii- case wc have a large body of experience . . . we have a record thai deitcs back almosl twenty years In lhe course of which lilcreilly dozens and scores of ex-Com- munists have testified before committees and courts, and given the magnitude of thai record, the few held pennies that have turned up seem to mi' tn la' almost negligible in the total." Mr. Lyons stressed iheil the testimony of all ex- Communists should nol be discredited because of one isolated case. into the pursuit of llu- Communist ideal . . . and in many cases certainly this is not universally true. The difficulty with weighing tin- truthfulness and accuracy of ei recanted Communist's testimony derives from the lent that that mem is em unstable and emotionally turbulent nieiii. ami he therefore leaks objecthitv eunl frequently goes into flights of fancy which bene onlv the most remote con- ma linn w iiii reality." Moderator Hurl interrupted the panel in bring mil the implications of whal Mr. I lombs had said, eunl eiskcil if -miu' nl iln' persons who have been convicted ei- Communists were witnesses ni whose testimony wc should be suspicious. In denying ibis interpretation, Mr. Combs said, "llie onlv ceiscs in which I know that there' have been specific recantations ein- those cases covered b\ Heirvey Matusow. And I must say in eill deference li) tin- libel laws theii I would eip- prneie h emv statement of Harvey Meiiu- -e.w's. either em affirmative or a recanting statement, wilh the utmost circumspection," and concluded thai be felt he was mi sell,- ground with then explanation. Professor Hodges injected thai this posed problems certainly nul every person who joined the Communisl parly weis unstable. Mr. Combs emphatically replied thai he did not seiv that. "Well, .ill right," -eiid Professor Hodges, "then ilieil teeke's care' of lhat portion of the Page 30 FAl I- Kui:I \1 NKWS. Voueml
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