Investigations: The Muzzled Military

Capitol Hill's cavernous Senate caucus room was alive with a sense of impending drama. Newsmen swarmed, all 250 public seats were filled early, and standees wedged themselves along the sidelines. All had come to see what promised to be the most exciting congressional hearing since Robert Kennedy, as counsel of a Senate subcommittee investigating labor racketeering, matched acid insults with Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa.

Last week's hearing was the start of an inquiry by a Senate Armed Services subcommittee, chaired by Mississippi's calm, courtly John Stennis, into an issue that is both hotly topical and...

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