Communist Controls

Archive Report

Legal Machinery to Fight Subversion

A new campaign “to utterly destroy the Communist Party, U.S.A., and its activities” is shaping up in the Department of Justice. Attorney General Brownell, following a conference with President Eisenhower and F.B.I. Director Hoover on Sept, 12, announced that planning for such a drive was under way. Three weeks earlier the President had approved legislation which provides important new weapons for the government's war on subversion.

The new laws, enacted by Congress on the specific recommendation of the Attorney General, considerably narrow the area in which Communists and Communist organizations may legally operate; they give federal authorities wider scope for prosecution of individual subversives; and they prescribe harsher punishment for Communists who run afoul of the law. The improved legal tools ...

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