quote:Originally posted by George:
[b] However, he also accussed many innocent people and others who only attended a meeting or two and broke no laws.[/b]
Who was falsly accused? If you read the transcripts you will see the witnesses were not badgered but given ficken more rights than were would have received before a Grand Jury.Several of those who testified implored McCarthy not to make their testimony public because they feared retribution from Soviet agents. That is one reason these files have been sealed for 50 years.In Volume 1, an American Veterans group is cited. The Vets had tracked 400 homosexuals who were fired from the State Department as security risks (most of them were living way beyond their means in Paris). McCarthy made it clear he did not want their names made public or even mentioned in closed session. One of those involved had committed suicide when exposed and he didn't want anymore of that.Important to note that the CPUSA was not an American political party. It was funded and directed by the Soviet Union. Being a member was the equivilent today of joining Al Qaeda. Those involved with it should have been fired from their jobs and should have been the subject of investigation.These hearings were serious affairs which dealt with life and death issues for millions of Americans. The testimony of Paul Couch, a former CPUSA member:The Chairman. Is there any doubt in your mind that Oppenheimer was a member of the Communist party?Mr. Crouch. No, sir, none whatever. I met him in a closed meeting of the Communist party in a house which was subsequently found to have been his residence at the time, although I did not know it then, and following that I met him at quite a number of Communist party affairs in Alameda County.The Chairman. I noticed with some interest Oppenheimer's articles in regard to the H-bomb, for example; he vigorously opposed our proceeding with any experimentation in the development of the H-bomb. When he lost out in that, he now has taken the position that we should not have an air force capable of delivering that bomb. Maybe I am simplifying it a bit, but in fact that is his argument. His argument has been that we should build a screen of defense around this nation. From your knowledge of the working of the Communist party, do you know whether or not that was the policy of the Communist party at that time?Mr. Crouch. His position, in substance, his efforts have corresponded with the efforts of the Communist press throughout this period. The Communist press has sought to prevent the development of the H-bomb. They have sought to obtain a U.S. pledge not to use the atomic bomb, first in time of war, and their policy has coincided with the public statements of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and the authoritative press accounts of J. Robert Oppenheimer's position as appeared recently in Fortune magazine, Life, and others . . .[url=http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/06amay20030700/www.gpo.gov/congr... 3 TEXT 2.4M [/url]Couch goes on to say that one reason he left the party was because a CPUSA friend of his, a young woman, was beaten to death after she expressed her desire to expose what the party was all about.