National Affairs: Right to Travel?

"Even if an espionage agent walked in and asked for a passport, we'd have to issue it," said a State Department passport official after the Supreme Court held (TIME, June 30) that the Secretary of State has no statutory authority to deny passports on the basis of "beliefs" or "associations." Warning of just that kind of urgency, President Eisenhower last week sent a message to Congress requesting "clear statutory authority" for the Secretary to deny passports in the interest of national security. "Each day and week that passes without [this legislation] exposes us to great danger." And Secretary of State Dulles...

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