Loyalty in Government

Archive Report

POstwar Problem of Divided Loyalties

Demands for New Safeguards Against Subversion

Rising tension in relations between the United States and Soviet Russia has forced serious attention to the problem of assuring the loyalty of all government officials and employees. Recurrent charges that the federal establishment is permeated with “Communists, pink Socialists, and fellow-travelers” have been generally discounted by the American public, but the spy revelations in Canada during the summer of 1946 brought new demands in Congress for effective measures to guard government offices against infiltration by adherents of foreign ideologies.

The asserted presence of “subversive elements” in some of the departments at Washington has already been seized upon by opponents of the administration as a promising issue for the 1946 congressional campaign. Former Senator Danaher (R., ...

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