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“The Department of Justice is increasingly home to a bevy of leftist activists pursuing narrow ideological agendas at the expense of the public interest. And Justice officials want to keep this all a secret—as shown by the fact that we had to file a FOIA lawsuit to get basic information about the Attorney General’s collusion with homosexual activists/government employees.”

If someone told you these words were spoken in the 1950s, would you be surprised? Perhaps not, since a powerful, if understudied, aspect of McCarthyism was an active and largely successful effort to purge gays from federal civil service jobs. But what if you were told they were uttered in defense of a lawsuit filed in the year 2012 by a conservative “watchdog” group that apparently napped through the civil rights movement, the end of the cold war, and the gay rights revolution? Now that might surprise you.