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December 23, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(17):1487-1488. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920170067017

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Civil Defense  The attitude of Senate and House committees considering Civil Defense Administration bills indicates relatively fast passage, but with important amendments. The net effect, according to present trends, will be to modify powers of the proposed administration, yet allow it adequate freedom for action in emergencies. For one thing, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has complained that the bill as written would give the administration certain investigative powers ordinarily reserved for the FBI. The FBI probably will be allowed to have its way on this point. Some questions have been raised as to the advisability of nationwide construction of bomb shelters as proposed in the bill. Governor Frank J. Lausche of Ohio thought the shelters would be inadvisable, partly because they would take materials and manpower more urgently needed for other civil defense purposes. He proposed that this section of the bill be dropped but that the rest of

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