Loyalty Probes and the National Security
Senate and the Mccarthy Charges; Loyalty Files
Sensational charges of Communist infiltration in the State Department, aired by Sen. McCarthy (R., Wis.) in Lincoln Day speeches and later elaborated on the floor of the Senate, have raised a storm of controversy which has gone beyond the substance of the charges themselves and become expressive of far-reaching political divisions. The McCarthy attack has stirred up intra-party as well as inter-party conflict, and observers have surmised that it represents a bid by isolationist elements for renewed ascendancy in the Republican fold and in the country. In its broad aspects, therefore, the attack may be viewed as the forerunner of a new struggle over foreign policy and America's position of leadership in the ...