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America's Commandos КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Greenhill Books Серия: The G.I. sequence - The Illustrated heritage of the yankee Soldier Автор: Leroy Thompson Название: America's Commandos - US exact Operations Forces of worldwide struggle II and Korea Язык: English Год издания: 2001 Количество страниц: seventy four ISBN: 1-85367-458-3 Формат: pdf Размер: 18.51 Мб eighty five

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36 After the United States entered the war in April the Radical Squad came into being and grew until at its peak in early 1920 a half-dozen special agents did full-time "radical work" and managed a force of undercover informants. The first agent to be hired specifically for radical work, in July 1917, was twenty-nine-year-old Edgar B. Speer, Judge's college classmate at West Virginia University. To become a G-man, Speer gave up a $22-a-week job as a special assignment reporter for the Pittsburgh Sun.

He had been in plain clothes and for six months had served a sort of BI apprenticeship by feeding Judge information on labor activities. Although his education ended with grade school, which would later hamper his advancement in the Bureau, the twenty-nine-year-old Ames was by far Judge's toughest and most experienced agent. 39 During his stint as a "Cossack," Ames earned praise from public officials and business leaders for his tenacity and courage in pursuit of suspects, particularly aliens, and for his bravery in strike situations.

13 The wartime justification of all domestic intelligence was the legitimate need to prevent subversion of the war effort, especially in the production of goods and the enforcement of the conscription act. To accomplish this, controversial special legislation defined and enlarged the federal investigative role. The Espionage Act (June 1917), amended as the Sedition Act (May 1918), gave nearly open-ended powers to the Bureau and other federal agencies to conduct domestic spying. The law suspended First Amendment rights by imposing strict government censorship and outlawing criticism of the government or the war effort.

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