THE NATION: The Right to Know

Were the congressional investigations of Communism in government just a political red herring? Harry Truman said they were—in an anomalous use of a cliché much fancied by Communists. Republicans scoffed that the President's accusation was just a political dodge to get his party off an uncomfortable election-year spot. Of course it was a fact that both parties were playing election-year politics.

But the real issues of the investigations went far beyond partisanship. Were the innocent being smeared along with the guilty? It was a cry that had gone up during almost every congressional investigation. It had sounded with particular force...

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