Storm Over the Investigating Committees
The Charges Against Them and the Record
Because the House Committee on Un-American Activities failed to give the notorious American neo-Nazi James A. Madole and the violently anti-Semitic Conde McGinley a chance to be heard before releasing its “Preliminary Report on Neo-Fascist and Hate Groups,” it has been reprobated by liberals in general and by a number of Jewish agencies in particular as unfair and un-American.1 This would seem to mark the reductio ad absurdum of what might be called the “Civil Liberties First” position. In effect, it is maintained that, regardless of the public danger involved, no Congressional investigation of subversion, whether of the left or the right, must be permitted to deviate by one jot or tittle from orthodox civil-liberties dogma.
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