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       The subcommittee met at 2:45 p. m., pursuant to call, in room 1305, United States District Court Building, Foley Square, Senator Homer Ferguson presiding.
       Present: Senator Ferguson.
       Also present : Robert Morris, subcommittee counsel, and Benjamin Mandel, director of research.

       Senator FERGUSON. The committee will come to order.
       The Internal Security Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary is now in session.
       We are here today to take testimony relating to subversion in our educational process. The training of our youth today determines the security of the Nation tomorrow. The nature of this inquiry will be national in scope and will seek to determine whether or not organized subversion is undermining our educational system.
       We shall endeavor to sketch a broad general picture, leaving the determination of individual cases to State and local authorities.
       The subcommittee gives full recognition to the fact that education is primarily a State and local function. Hence, the subcommittee has limited itself to considerations affecting national security, which are directly within the purview and authority of the subcommittee. The Internal Security Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee was empowered on December 31, 1950, under the terms of Senate Resolution 366 of the Eighty-first Congress, to make a complete and continuing study and investigation of, first, the administration, operation, and enforcement of the Internal Security Act of 1950; secondly, the administration, operation, and enforcement of other laws relating to espionage, sabotage, and the protection of the internal security of the United States; thirdly, the extent, nature, and effect of subversive activities in the United States, its Territories, and possessions, including but not limited to espionage, sabotage, and infiltration by persons who are or may be under the domination of foreign government organizations or organizations controlled by the world Communist movement, or any other movement seeking to overthrow the Government of the United States by force and violence.
       This authority was subsequently extended under Resolution 7 of the Eighty-second Congress until  December 31, 1952.

       We will call as the first witness Dr. Bella V. Dodd.

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