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an investigation be made; and he had
enough information to prove that an
investigation ought to be made.
McCarthy's enemies were relentless
about the names, however; they demanded them.
So, Joe McCarthy got together eighty-
one case histories on suspected Communists and read them to the Senate.
Then the very people who had demanded that McCarthy name names
condemned him for naming them, saying that he was cloaking himself in
senatorial immunity and broadcasting
unfounded allegations against innocent
It is interesting to note, however,
that all eighty-one of them have quietly
been removed from government service.16
Actually, McCarthy tries to take little
credit for making original investigations of Communists or of finding out
about people previously unsuspected as
Other congressional committees ■—
and certainly the FBI — have done
more and better investigating than McCarthy has done.
SERVICE TO AMERICA
McCarthy's service to America has
been in exposing the Communist conspiracy — in bringing to the attention
of the American people a horribly dangerous condition which the FBI already knew about and had reported, but
which was ignored, lied about, and
covered up by the nation's top political
Joe McCarthy has actually produced
little new, original information about
communism in America. But McCarthy
is the only man we have had in the
past thirty years whose hide was thick
enough and whose manners were rough
enough that he could stand up under the
relentless abuse directed by the Communist party and parroted by the great
liberal, respectable magazines and newspapers, radio and television commentators — stand up to it long enough
that he hammered into the consciousness of the American people the awful
truth: namely, that the great international Socialist conspiracy directed
from Moscow had agents in influential
and sometimes controlling positions inside the United States government and
in other American institutions, and that
the United States was in grave danger
of being destroyed, not by enemies
without, but by hidden enemies within
her own borders: enemies who, while
working for the destruction of America,
were enjoying the protection of America's laws and Constitution.9
McCarthy has not dug up many new
cases on Communist treason, but he
has put so much heat on old ones that
something bad to be done about them."
FACTS FORUM NEWS, January, 1955
For the entire new security program
which President Eisenhower inaugurated and which has removed thousands
of security risks from government service, primary credit is due to the influence of Joe McCarthy — although,
of course, the administration does not
give him credit.
That is McCarthy's service to
The McCarran subcommittee investigations of the Institute of Pacific Relations and the subsequent work of
that same committee under the chairmanship of Senator Jenner have produced the most authentic, terrifying,
and unimpeachable evidence of Communist treason in the United States that
has ever been produced. McCarthy has
had nothing to do with these actual in-
munists and their liberal-left camp followers enjoyed a perfect orgy of slander against Joe for those investigations.
But, following McCarthy's investigations, some thirty thousand pro-Communist books were removed from our
overseas libraries and innumerable security risks were removed from the
United States Information Agency.
Take another one: McCarthy's investigation of the Army at Fort Monmouth. The administration, the Army,
and every anti-McCarthyite in the United States is still screaming that McCarthy discovered nothing at Fort Monmouth. Nonetheless, as the result of
McCarthy's investigation, a large number of security risks have been fired
from Fort Monmouth; and the Army-
has overhauled its security system,
which it has obliquely admitted was
Take, finally, the Peress case. McCarthy did not discover that Peress was
a Fifth Amendment Communist. That
fact was known to the Army when
Peress was first commissioned, when
Peress was promoted to major, and
when Peress was honorably discharged.
All that Joe McCarthy tried to do in
the Peress case was to find an answer
to the $64 question: "Who, after all,
did promote Peress?"18
McCarthy's failure to find an answer
to that question has dramatized a ghast-
Iv truth: namely, that the Communist
conspiracy in America is still strong
enough to stop any effective anti-Communist when he begins to get too close
to their center of power.18
—Wide World Photo
Senator McCarthy points to a map headed
"Communist Organization of the U.S.A., Feb.
9, 1950," during the Army-McCarthy hearing.
vestigations, but he is solely responsible
for their being made. It was McCarthy's hammering at Owen Lattimore
and Phillip Jessup which caused the
Senate to set up the Tydings Committee, allegedly to investigate the State
Department. The Tydings Committee
whitewashed the State Department and
turned all its attention to smearing Joe
McCarthy. Both the whitewash and the
smear were so obvious that the McCarran subcommittee began its scholarly,
careful, and massive investigation of
the Institute of Pacific Relations. Much
of the information about Communist
treason in the United States which the
American people today know comes
from those IPR investigations and from
the Jenner investigations which followed them. If it had not been for Joe
McCarthy, we would never have had
BOOKS AND RISKS REMOVED
Take another case: McCarthy investigated the Voice of America. The Com-
1 "McCarthy: A Documented Record,"
Progressive, April, 1954, pp. 9-21.
2 Ibid., pp. 6-8.
3 Ibid., pp. 22-29.
i McCarthy and His Enemies, by William
F. Buckley, Jr., and L. Brent Bozell, Henry
Regnery Co., Chicago, 111., p. 270.
5 Congressional Directory, 1952.
0 The Progressive, pp. 35-50.
7 Ibid., pp. 59-62.
8 But We Were Born Free, by Elmer Davis,
9 "The Truth About Joe McCarthy," American Mercury, September, 1953.
10 McCarthyism—The Fight for America, by
Senator Joe McCarthy, Devin-Adair Co.,
New York, 1952, p. 88.
11 McCarthy and His Enemies, p. 268.
12 Ibid., p. 289.
"Ibid., p. 340.
14 Ibid., pp. 50-51.
15 Ibid., pp. 302-307.
16 U. S. News & World Report, Dec. 5, 1952,
"Story of Communism in UN," Interview
with Robert Morris.
17 McCarthy and His Enemies, pp. 67-68.
18 "Case of the Promoted Dentist," U. S.
News & World Report, Mar. 5, 1954.