From a special panel of three world-renowned lawyers this week came an air-clearing legal pronouncement on the cloudy questions of patriotism, Communism and loyalty among international civil servants of the United Nations. The lawyers—an American, a Briton and a Belgian—unanimously advised U.N. Secretary General Trygve Lie that he not only may, but should, fire from the U.N. Secretariat any persons who are active members of the U.S. Communist Party.

The lawyers were called in by Trygve Lie to advise him on difficulties provoked by official U.S. investigations of subversives among the 2,000 Americans working for the U.N., and by the...

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