National Affairs: Joe & the Witnesses

Senator McCarthy, appearing as chairman of his Permanent Investigation Subcommittee, tried to give the impression that what he had up his sleeve was not really a dirk but only a funnybone.

McCarthy's humor was displayed during the testimony of Private Marvin Belsky, a doctor who was drafted into the Army, denied a commission when he refused to answer questions about Communist affiliations. Before McCarthy's committee last week, Belsky refused some 30 times to answer the same sorts of questions on grounds of the Fifth Amendment. When Washington's Democratic Senator Henry Jackson vigorously questioned...

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