National Affairs: Fear Under Floodlights

The witness in the packed, TV-floodlighted Senate Caucus Room trembled with fright as he told his story to stern-faced Senator John McClellan and the labor-management rackets investigating committee. What brawny ex-Lumberman George Francis Heid, 35, was afraid of was not the power of the U.S. Government, as represented by the McClellan committee. It was the power of the Teamster Brotherhood, the U.S.'s biggest labor union (membership 1,500,000). Heid knew that testifying against Teamster Boss Jimmy Hoffa and his henchmen might bring ugly reprisals by Hoffa's ex-convict bullyboys. But with a pledge of protection...

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