Voice of America, 1953

from Larry Tye’s Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Sen. Joe McCarthy, Chapter 6:

  • Kaplan was an engineer at the Voice of America and the liaison with MIT on the radio transmitter project that Senator McCarthy was slamming as an instance of deliberate sabotage of America’s propaganda war with the Russians. In the heat of those hearings, early in 1953, Kaplan traveled to Cambridge to talk to the Voice’s MIT advisers. Co-workers say it was a fraught mission for the anxious Kaplan, who, despite the fact that he was merely a middleman, had long worried that he might be dragged into the controversy over the siting of the towers. When he got to MIT, the researchers who could clear things up weren’t available to meet with him. Kaplan came unglued. As he was leaving campus, Henry Burke was driving down the street in his ten-ton trailer truck. “I saw him standing on the sidewalk as if he was ready to cross, Burke told the police later. “I slowed the truck. When (I) got near him, he jumped in front of it.”

Kaplan was, Tye writes, “a fragile target,” under pressure in many areas, not the least of which was a sick wife.

Sen. Joe McCarthy blamed Kaplan’s death on “sinister forces.”

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Border Security

The Economist, 19 September 2020, p. 28:

Presidents worry about border security and deterring illegal immigration. But Miles Taylor, a lifelong Republican and former DHS Chief of Staff, says that Mr. Trump “deliberately told us, on multiple occasions, to implement policies that would maim, tear-gas, and injure innocent, unarmed civilians” trying to cross the border. Mr. Taylor told a podcast hosted by the Bulwark, a right-leaning website, that Mr. Trump wanted the border wall topped with spikes that would “go through their hands and their arms and pierce human flesh.”

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