There are eight important reasons for union concern about the various security programs:
". . . The fight to protect this nation against Communist aggression must be carried on with vigor and determination. But the Communist threat must and can be met without endangering our traditional liberties or impinging upon the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
"We do not believe that the Communist movement in this country poses, absent armed Soviet aggression, any threat to overthrow our government. Nevertheless, it does serve as a recruiting ground for traitors, spies and perhaps saboteurs. . . . These dangers call for vigilant counter-intelligence work, and for vigorous enforcement of the criminal laws and for an effective security system.
"They do not call for us to adopt the methods of our totalitarian foes, or to ourselves weaken the liberties we seek to protect . . ."
|1.||Many workers are caught up in clearance difficulties because there is suspicion concerning the activities of friends or relatives.|
|2.||Security charges are often brought against people who have no access to classified materials.|
|3.||Usually, alleged "risks" are not permitted to confront or cross-examine their accusers; often the names of the accusers are not revealed.|
|4.||Employees are often penalized for joining groups which are now labeled subversive, but had no such label when they were members.|