called for unity against McCarthy-style witch-hunts at the weekend.
Their appeal came in the wake of a series of raids on the homes of 12
peace activists during which computers and photographs were
The Communist Party USA (CPUSA) said the September 24 raids had nothing
to do with protecting the US people against terrorism and "everything
to do with chilling the long-cherished tradition of the right to
Too bad they don't
identify the organization these "peace activists" belong to, because I
will assure you they are dealt with in depth here.
parallel with the McCarthy period when CPUSA leaders and members were
jailed or fired from their jobs and blacklisted, it said the hysteria
and persecution "severely curtailed democracy and free speech, stained
our constitution and distorted political discourse for a generation."
"McCarthy era" is a rather
nebulous tag. What does it mean? Offhand, I can't think of
anyone who was jailed as a result of the McCarthy senate
hearings. Communists identified by the earlier HUAC
(House UnAmerican Activities Committee) who were harassed or lost their jobs, like Sean
Penn's father Leo, were fired
by studios they worked for, under the correct assumption that
American moviegoers would not take kindly to seeing their names on film
credits. The iconic "Hollywood
Ten" were card-carrying communists who took instructions directly
from Uncle Joe Stalin. As unregistered agents for a hostile
foreign government, they're lucky they didn't share the green
room with Julius ans Ethyl.
All this is moot of course. Now that Eric Holder has been alerted
to the activities of these rogue FBI agents, it is they whose jobs are in