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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 9, October 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 9, October 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date unknown
Language eng
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  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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Title File 046
Transcript testimony, although in that respect I am firmly convinced that the courts have leaned over backwards, because, after all, the Fifth Amendment was designed to protect people from testifying against themselves in criminal proceedings. "Be that as it may," he continued, "let us assume that the construction placed upon the Fifth Amendment by the court is correct. Nevertheless there comes a time when lhe refusal to answer the questions of the Committee and questions, all of which are designed to throw some light on this conspiracy, are not answered, then it'- because of the contempt that the witness has, not for the Committee on Un-American Activities, not for its members, but upon the very foundation of our beloved republic." Mr. Walter expressed the opinion that the summit meeting produced nothing, and that he hoped and prayed that because of it the American people would not be lulled into a feeling of security. "Within minutes after it was held," he slated. "William Foster said. 'This is the time lo repeal the iniquitous Walter- Mi -Carran Immigration Law.' And you'll find on all -ides drives being made by people of design, wicked design, for us to let down our guard. But this is no time for us to lose our proper perspective, this is no time for us to overlook the real objective of the Communist conspirators." "It isn't nice for us to contemplate, it isn't nice for us to realize that there is in our midst a group who would destroy the blessings of liberty that is America. But we've got to be realistic about it. They are here, and it's our duly as Americans, engaged in this 'cold war' as we are, to defeai the common enemy." "IS SUBVERSION STILL A THREAT?" ...m* Senator John Sparkman of Alabama, and Senator Vk illiam E. Jenner of Indiana nn a recent Facts Forum program. Representing opposing philosophies of government, these gentlemen nevertheless agreed that such a threat docs exist at the present time, and probably will continue to exist. SENATOR SPARKMAN dearie* hysteria and unjust accusations Subversion in government is a problem that has existed since this nation was formed. It is a problem which every nation has experienced and no doubt will continue to experience. The more powerful the nation and the more influence it has in world affairs, the more likely it is that agents of foreign nations will attempt to infiltrate. Thus, our tremendous power in world affairs during recent years has made our government a particular target for subversive infiltration. Threat of subversion. however, is no excuse for political shenanigans, disregard of individual's rights, persecution of falsely accused citizens, and outright accusation that those who do not conform to thought control are subversives and Communists. Under the pretense of national se- curitv primarily for selfish and political advancement, too many Americans have- committed these un-American prac- The Vice President and a few of his like-minded colleagues made -peeehes from one end of ibis country to the other in 1954 charging that thousands of disloyal government employees had been dismissed from office. They phrased their charges in subtle langu- lesigned to leave the impression that all these people were security risks. They tried to make it appear for political purposes that all those separated from federal employment were disloyal and that many were Communists. It has not been proved however that a single known Communist was involved in those dismissed. The hysteria and unjust accusations deliberately created by Page 44 high elective official- of tbe Republican partv were enthusiastic-ally participated in bv appointive officials of that party. Typical is a certain Cabinet member who told a congressional committee that all of his one hundred sixty-six employees terminated under President Eisenhower's new security program were security risks, although an official announcement of his department had earlier declared that one hundred forty- five were separated by regular, established Civil Service procedures, and twenty-one bad resigned. These rank in- justices extended to governmenl scientists who played leading roles in the development of the atom and hydrogen bombs. Of this fact Dr. Vannevar Bush, one of the world's greatest scientists said in December. 1954, "The te-l in this country is whether we can truly- maintain our freedoms and guard our way of life against threats from without, againsl subversion within, and against our own errors and aberrations. We have the evil practice- of ruthless, ambitious men who use our loyalty procedure- fur political purposes. Suspicion and distrust em- rampant in the land." There are literally thousands of cases in which, for tbe purpose of political advancement, employees were unjustly fired as security risk-. They were not allowed l« face their accusers and were suspended without pay so as to make it almost impossible for them to fight for their rights. People became so suspicious of one another that even some lawyers refused to handle cases because of fear that doing so would easl suspicions on them. A Washington Daily News reporter quoted Attorney Carl L. Shipley, former head of the District of Columbia Young II,-publican-;, as saying that some of these unfortunate persons had come to him. Let me quote what Mr. Shipley said: "Some of them were terrible hardship cases, but I couldn't take them. They asked me to recommend other lawyers but I wouldn't be caught dead sending them lo another lawyer for fear he would think that I thought he was a Communist or something. I know that's bad but most lawyers feel the same way." With Democrats now in control of Congress, with thoughtful citizens sensing the deliberate destruction of our liberties and with a handful of leading Republicans realizing that traditional rights of Americans were being destroyed for selfish political gains, the tide has turned. Former Senator King, Republican of Washington, bus been particularly effective in bringing an end to persecution of innocenl people. Let me quote him: "My only major concern," he said, "is with what we are to be when the international communism's ambition for world domination has heen defeated in one way or another. Will we or those who follow us be able to say after the conflict has run ils course that through its years, even though they he a hundred, we Americans in our government have maintained and left untarnished our self-respect. I want no victory over the godless forces of oppression that does not include the preservation of those assets withoul which a free people die and wither away." A pro- I.i-enhiHver Seripps-Howard newspaper recently seiid: "Uncle Sam. Republican version, has ended the numbers game with security risk-. We've been exposing this piece of bunkum for a year. Up until now the administration has find government workers under regular civil service procedures and then these firings have appeared later in totals used by Vice President Nixon and other politicians as security risks. These totals were used to deliberately distort for political reasons the number of FACTS FORUM NEWS, October, 1955
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