Supreme Court: Passports for Communists

Editorial writers and columnists across the nation echoed a familiar complaint: the Supreme Court, they said, was being soft on Communists. By a vote of 6 to 3 last week, the court ruled that Congress had exceeded its power in forbidding passports to all U.S. Communists. Disturbing as their decision was to many Americans, the majority of the Justices were not ruling on the nature of Communism or its threat to the U.S.; what bothered them was one single paragraph in the Subversive Activities Control Act of 1950.

Severe Sanction. Section 6 of the...