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We Locked Up Communists

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Submitted by Kanaan (United States), Sep 13, 2010 at 16:48

"Russian socialism banged hard at the door of American democracy for over 60 years and didn't get in."

Are you familiar with U.S. vs Dennis? Democrat Harry Truman prosecuted Communist Party members -- just for being Communists! Great Liberal judges (Felix Frankfurter! Learned Hand!) upheld the red convictions. Republican Nixon smoked out Alger Hiss, a Soviet agent who had won the confidence of Secretary of State Dulles. And maybe you've heard of COINTELPRO?

No, we did not take a laissez faire attitude to domestic communism. The 'Red Scare' was bi-partisan, brutal, and as you point out, effective. But it was definitely not passive.

So are you really suggesting we take the same approach to Islam that we took to Communism?

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