As someone who was actually ON the House Un-American Activities Committee list in 1968 (or so I have been told because I have never actually seen it), I have some perspectives about the differences between a McCarthy-like witch hunt and legitimate investigations:

  1. McCarthy wasn’t a duly authorized investigator. He was a senator who was using his attacks as a springboard to a presidential bid. He had no legal authority to investigate anything…and he was ultimately repudiated by the Subcommittee on the Investigation of Loyalty of State Department Employees (also known as the Tydings Committee) which was established specifically to investigate McCarthy’s allegations. The fact remains that McCarthy’s witch hunt was an unauthorized fishing expedition.

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Alan is a poet, journalist, short story writer, editor, website developer, and political activist. He is the executive editor of BindleSnitch.com.

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Alan Marshall Milner

Alan Marshall Milner

Alan is a poet, journalist, short story writer, editor, website developer, and political activist. He is the executive editor of BindleSnitch.com.

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