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Beware Witch Hunt in Session On March 1 1950 The New York Times reports thatJohn E Peurifoy in charge of the State Department security program was asked by a Senate Committee how many department employees had resigned while under investigation as security risks since the beginning of 1947 Ninety-one persons in the shady categorymost of these were homosexuals On April 19 a Times news story is headed Perverts Called Government PerilGuy George Gabrielson Republican National Chairman asserted today that sexual perverts who have infiltrated our Government in recent years were perhaps as dangerous as the actual Communists On May 5 the Times reports that New York States Republican Governor Dewey accused the Democratic national administration of tolerating spies traitors and sex offenders in the Government service Katz 91-93 At work you completely avoided people If you did make friends you had to be sure never to bring them home never to tell them who and what you really were We were all terrified in those days Lyn on new York in the 60s When I was arrested and being thrown out of the military the order went out dont anybody speak to this woman and for those three long months almost nobody did the dayroom when I entered it fell silent till I had gone they were afraid they knew the wind would blow them over the rail the cops would come the water would run into their lungs Everything I touched was spoiled They were my lovers those women but nobody had taught us to swim I drowned I took 3 or 4 others down when I signed the confession of what we had done together No one will ever speak to me again Judy Grahn on the military in the 1950s Faderman 130 Thus began the decade of the 1950s A time in our history when paranoia concerning national security ran high
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