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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Can someone explain the McCarran Internal Security Act?

I don't understand, if the government was so anticommunist and had the Alger Hiss Trial and the Rosenbergs...then why would they require registration of communist organizations with this act....wouldn't they just put the people in these organizations on trial?

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and why would they prevent you from traveling abroad...wouldnt the government want you to leave the country if you were a communist?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Internal Security Act (also known as the Subversive Activities Control Act, McCarran Act or ISA) of 1950 is a United States federal law that required the registration of Communist organizations with the Attorney General in the United States and established the Subversive Activities Control Board to investigate persons suspected of engaging in subversive activities or otherwise promoting the establishment of a "totalitarian dictatorship," fascist or communist. Members of these groups could not become citizens, and in some cases, were prevented from entering or leaving the country. Citizen-members could be denaturalized in five years.

    It was a key institution in the era of the Cold War, tightening alien exclusion and deportation laws and allowing for the detention of dangerous, disloyal, or subversive persons in times of war or "internal security emergency". The Democratic Congress overrode President Harry S. Truman's veto to pass this bill. Truman called the bill "the greatest danger to freedom of speech, press, and assembly since the Alien and Sedition Laws of 1798."

    Sections of the ISA were gradually ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

    Much of the Act has been repealed, but some portions remain intact. For example, violation of Section 797 of Title 50, United States Code (Section 21 of "the Internal Security Act of 1950"), which concerns security of military bases and other sensitive installations, may be punishable by a prison term of up to one year.

  • beisch
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    3 years ago

    Mccarran Internal Security Act

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    Can someone explain the McCarran Internal Security Act?

    I don't understand, if the government was so anticommunist and had the Alger Hiss Trial and the Rosenbergs...then why would they require registration of communist organizations with this act....wouldn't they just put the people in these organizations on trial?

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