THE NATION: Two Above the Law

The nation's news was dominated by two names: Joseph R. McCarthy and J. Robert Oppenheimer. In most respects they are poles apart; hardly anyone admires both. Yet last week's news about them called attention to a characteristic that Oppenheimer and McCarthy have in common: the tendency of each man to put his own judgment above the law.

The nub of McCarthy's controversy with Eisenhower and with a growing number of Republican Senators is his insistence that his crusade against Communists justifies any tactics, including those that disrupt the executive branch of the Government....

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