THE LAW: For a Fundamental Freedom

Since 1950, more than 460 Americans (including Paul Robeson and Playwright Arthur Miller) have been refused passports to go abroad. Last week a three-man U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the Government may not arbitrarily deprive Americans of a fundamental freedom, the right to travel.

The decision was made in the case of Polish-born U.S. Citizen Max Shachtman, 51, onetime friend and agent of Leon Trotsky, national chairman of a U.S. leftist faction: the anticapitalist, anti-Soviet Independent Socialist League. In 1953 Shachtman applied for a passport in order to get material for articles...

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