Since Congress put the pressure on it to boot out Communists, the State Department had filtered 3,000 of its employes through its litmus papers for traces of red. Results by last week: 40 men and women had been fired for having what State called "close connections or involvements with foreign governments."

That sounded as if a nest of superspies had been uncovered. Not so; the 40 were small fry. Furthermore, in at least some of the cases "close connections" meant nothing more ominous than suspicion of being a member of some Communist front organization....

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