In March 1953, at the height of the Cold War, with the US at war in Korea, and the Rosenbergs awaiting electrocution, Sen. McCarthy investigated the presence of books in State Dept. libraries by author William Mandel, World War Two United Press expert on the Soviet Union, named as member of the Communist Party. Televised throughout the USA, and seen by 40 million viewers, Mandel's defiance of the powerful Senator was unprecedented. A combination of the original sound track plus colorized archival visuals, this unique recreation provides historical insight into that troubled period. A contemporary afterword comments on the bipartisan abandonment of Constitutional rights resulting from the wave of fear produced by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.