The first assault of the House Un-Arnerican Activities Committee on Seattle in June, 1954, was a violent one. Six Committee members competed for the attention of the cameras and microphones that televised and broadcast the hearings. In turn, each orated on the evils of subversion; berated and insulted those who invoked the Fifth Amendment; made appropriate appeals to patriotism and loyalty; and inveighed against conspiracy. Cooperative witnesses were asked to make a full and irrevocable recantation of their past political sins. It was the witch hunt at its most inquisitorial.
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