INVESTIGATIONS: McCarthy at the Barricades

In the six weeks since he charged theState Department with harboring "57 card-carrying Communists," Wisconsin's Republican Senator Joseph R. McCarthy had reaped whole scrapbooks full of scare-head publicity. But, despite congressional immunity, and the urging of a Senate committee set up especially to investigate his charges, he had not named one Communist, or produced any new evidence.

Instead he had dragged a batch of tired old loyalty cases back into the limelight and hashed over charges which had been hashed and rehashed (and in some cases, refuted) in the past. His tactics backfired during the testimony of his first...

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