COMMUNISTS: The Top Twelve

Despite all the shooting that has been done at the U.S. Communist Party, the real question has never been decided: Is the party, as many Americans have long believed, a tightly controlled, Moscow-directed conspiracy aimed at overthrowing the U.S. Government?* But last week, after more than a year of secret hearings, a federal grand jury sitting in Manhattan fired the first shot of a new barrage. Its charge was a collective indictment of the twelve men who run the U.S. Communist Party—its entire national board—as conspirators "dedicated to the Marxist-Leninist principles of the overthrow and destruction of the Government ......

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