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Senator Goldwater Attacks "Censorship" of Military Leaders

July 28, 1961 - Senator Barry Goldwater, a spokesman for Republican conservatives, attacked the "censorship" he said the Kennedy Administration had placed on military leaders. In a speech at the Texas American Legion Convention, the Arizonan said: "It is now becoming popular in the national Government to investigate and censure military men who have any words of warning to say about Communist influences in American life. You men who have fought in wars must wonder what kind of struggle we are waging when it becomes offensive to discuss the tactics of the enemy." He cited what he called a "ridiculous, far-fetched attack" on Gen. Curtis E. Lemay, Air Force Chief of Staff.

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