National Affairs: Experts Needed

Much of the criticism of Senator McCarthy's type of investigation centers around his practice of disclosing raw charges by unnamed informants as if the information were a proven fact. On the other hand, when loyalty boards and department heads get the same kind of information from the FBI, some of them lean too far in the opposite direction. They say that they have no way of estimating the reliability of the FBI sources or of putting together the bits and pieces of data. Sometimes the accused employee is such a trusted worker (e.g., Alger Hiss,

Harry White) that his superiors arbitrarily refuse...

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