Alger Hiss, a distinguished member of the "eastern establishment," prominent ex-New Dealer, and current member of U.S. State Department
3. Hiss denied being a Communist agent in the 1930s but was convicted of perjury in 1950 and sentenced to 5 years in prison.
4. The case brought Nixon national prominence; was elected vice president 5 years later.
D. Truman's "loyalty" program 1. Truman countered HUAC with anti-communist programs of his own.
a. Attorney General identified 90 "disloyal" organizations who were not given the right to prove their innocence.
b. Truman gave FBI approval and resources to go after suspected "reds"