National Affairs: For a Wise Balance

Taking a step last week that many a Democratic politician heartily wished he had taken long ago, President Truman appointed a nine-member citizens' commission to examine the whole thorny question of subversion and loyalty in a free society. Said the President: "We must be sure that our laws and procedures at home are adequate...to preserve our national security against treason, espionage, sabotage and other subversive acts...At the same time, we are concerned lest the measures taken to protect us from these dangers infringe the liberties guaranteed by our Constitution and stifle the atmosphere of freedom..."

To head the new Commission on Internal...

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