Federal Protection of Civil Liberties

Archive Report

Postwar Dangers to Civil Liberties

Increase in Civil Rights Cases Since War

Expansion of federal power and authority to curb violations of rights guaranteed to citizens by the Constitution of the United States will shortly be asked of Congress by the Executive Branch of the government. And independent measures will be pressed by Republican members of the House and Senate at the present session to prohibit certain specific abuses in the broad field covered by the term “civil liberties.”1

Since the close of World War II, there has been an increase in the number of Klan-like “hate” groups and a rising tide of incidents involving mob violence and police brutality. Yet state-local law enforcement agencies in some areas have shown inability or unwillingness to safeguard the civil ...

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