and Fifth Columnists there was an implication of growing sensitiveness to opposition, of a tendency to lump all critics of his new program as hirelings of foieign ax-grinders."(3)

"Why don't you run a bulletin on the British Fifth Column in this country? They are just as treasonable as the Germans, since they want in effect to turn over the sovereignty of this country to London."--A Harvard undergraduate editor. (cf Bul #27)

"If the British Lords who are in this country doing all in their power to draw this country into the war are not expelled or put into prison along side of Fritz Kuhn and others like him, we will be over there fighting England's war like the Frenchmen are doing, while the British sit by and laugh, and call us nit-wits and suckers, as they have been doing for so long".--A Portland, Ore., attorney.

"We need someone like you to bring to us in no uncertain tones the danger to our people of the 5th column formed in England and spreading here, aided by English funds and propaganda. The effect of this 5th column's activities on our president is alarming. He seems obscessed by his duty to England, forgetting he may lead our country to destruction and under British domination again".--A San Francisco author.

"And we urge the passage of a law for the immediate expulsion from the U. S. of any man who advocates war without accepting the full responsibility of his advocacy. Those who think we ought to go to war can prove their faith by enlisting in the army".--Three N.Y.C. authors.

As early as February, in Bulletins #34, 35 we warned of "The Threat to Our 'Civil Liberties'" and "The Coming Red Drive".(4)(5) June 8, 1940


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Syndicate columnist, Frederic Sondern Jr., ( Burlington, Vt., Free Press, Nov. 30, 1940), offers a suggestion as to one of the lines along which this hysteria and witch hunt will run: "The big push is starting. Everyone who doesn't agree with the White committee is going to be labeled and blasted as a Nazi or un- American in some way. And the America First committee, as other similar organizations--opposed to aid to Britain is going to blast back. The witch-hunts are going to be terrific and the truth harder and harder to find."

Time comments June 10, 1940: "George Norris rose in the Senate to recall World War I raids, when 'hundreds of persons entirely innocent were arrested, shackled and handcuffed just because their enemies made false charges against them.' Many could recall when anti-German feeling ran so high that it was

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