In January 2003, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a 5-volume set of Executive Sessions of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Government Operations covering closed door hearings in 1953 and 1954 chaired by Senator Joseph R. McCarthy. These hearings are part of Senator McCarthy's investigation into allegations of Communist subversion and espionage at the highest levels of the federal government. Senator McCarthy's excesses culminated in the televised ArmyMcCarthy hearings of 1954, following which the Senate voted overwhelmingly for his censure.
Under Senate provisions regulating investigative records, the records of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations are sealed for fifty years. As the half century mark approached for these McCarthy-era materials, the Subcommittee requested the Senate Historical Office to prepare the transcripts for publication to make them equally accessible to students and the general public across the nation.
THE 5-VOLUME SET OF EXECUTIVE SESSIONS AS WELL AS AN INDEX IS AVAILABLE VIA THE LINK AT THE TOP LEFT CORNER OF THIS WEBPAGE.