National Affairs: Unwilling to Be Counted

Just as the income tax laws had once been used to jail gangsters, when no other charge could be made to stick, Congress has found an oblique way to get at Communists. By asking witnesses at congressional investigations one question: "Are you a Communist?" Congress could cite them for contempt if they refused to answer. Last week House and Senate committees broke all records by citing a total of 43 for refusing to answer questions on Communism.

Defying Congress. The House Un-American Activities Committee launched the lion's share of the charges. It voted to...

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