Crime without Punishment

Crime without Punishment

Crime without Punishment

Crime without Punishment

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Mounting crime and corruption are insidiously gnawing at the vitality and strength of our republic. These powerful forces pose a tremendous threat to our democratic institutions and to our economic freedom and security. This is a serious challenge to you and to me--to all of us.

The findings of the Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field, of which I was chairman, and of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, of which I am chairman, are, in my belief, of critical importance to all Americans. This book presents some of the highlights of the evidence these committees have heard and of the reports they have made to the Senate. It sets forth, in part, my views on those revelations and also on some aspects of crime and corruption in the United States.

Its initial emphasis naturally falls upon the widespread criminal activities and the unsavory practices exposed at Congressional hearings since January, 1957. Investigations of crime, improper activities, and corruption on a national scale have occupied a very substantial part of my time for several busy years and particularly so since the Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field--the so-called Rackets Committee--was established. There probably will be many more such hearings during the next few years.

During nearly three decades in public office, as a prosecuting . . .

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