Except for its decisions on school desegregation, the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren has come under no heavier fire than for its rulings in the prickly area of internal security. Time and again, in apparently sweeping opinions, the court threw its weight on the side of individuals involved in security cases—to the point where many a sober-minded observer feared that the public interest was being jeopardized. But last week, in a pair of 5-4 decisions, the Supreme Court gave clearer focus to two of the most controversial of its...

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