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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 1955 - File 055. 1955-08. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 26, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1399/show/1384.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date August 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript In Behalf of OPPENHEIMER Testimony of JOHN J. McCLOY Wide World Pholo Among well-known witnesses who appeared before the AEC Personnel Security Hoard (Gray Hoard) to testify in behalf of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer was John .1. McC.loy. chairman of llie board of the (base Yetioneil Bank. In ihe rammer of I'till. McCloy became a consultant io the Secretary of War mid remained in thai position for some months prior lo his being mimed Isslstanl Secretary uf Weir. He held ihis position throughout lhe war and left the War Department in the full of 1945, He- served on various special committees connected with the defense, including ihe President's Committee—along with Dean Acheson emd General Leslie Groves—dealing with the question of control of atomic weapons. Interrogator! I.loyd K. Garrison. y. \\ ill vein tell the board your con- ''" is uiih the atomic energy program During lhe weir and your acquaintance *ith Dr. Oppenheimer? A. During lhe war I was verj closely "ssociated with Mr. Stimson. In the '•"ly days of the war. I had many con- "ersations with him in regard to the '"•'iiai'e of ei possible German develop- *uent of an atomic weapon. . .. ' did nol hear ol Dr. Oppenheimer ""lil well toward the end of the war. I l;'ii| exactly Fix the dales in my mind, 111 I do recall thai some siil.sieinii.il period before we lefi for the Potsdam conference we learned of the real progress thai had been made al Los Alamos, and the name nf Dr. Oppenheimer was mentioned in thai connection. . . . I do remember General Groves... saying thai he did have some security preoccupations. . . .They were, as far as I can remember, confined to a concern thai information thai the English were getting from our atomic developments might be leaked to the French, where General Groves had reali suspicions, particularly because ol the association of pACTS FORU JM NKWS, August, 1955 Dr. (.'uric with lhe atomic development in France, lie referred somewhal lo his security precautions and indicated lo me theit he- had dismissed one or two or ei few people from I.os Alamos, hut never was lhe question raised in anv regard In Dr. Oppenheimer. nor did Mr. Stimson have anything hut greal admiration eunl praise for the' achievements that Dr. Oppenheimer was accomplishing. 0- Did vmi come into contact vvilh Dr. Oppenbeimer al the time of the Aehesiui-I.ilienlhal report ? \. Yes. I would say there were three phases of my experience wilh Dr. Oppenheimer. The lirsi... was the Slim- son-War Departmenl contact, and thai was a very slight personal contact, bul I knew him. and I kne-w his name, and knew whal weis going em in general. The second weis lhe I.ilienlhal-Ache- snn Committee reporl. and lhe third . . . was my association with Dr. Oppenheimer mi the s.i-.'.illrel Soviel study group, which is ei group set up by the Council nf Foreign Relations in New York City, which was creeled in consultation wilh lhe State Departmenl . . . thai would quietly study this whole problem uf our relations wilh the' Seiviet. tu see il we could do anything lhat would he of benefit In lhe government or lo general puhlie' opinion in that field. Dr. Oppenheimer was a member of lhal group, lie weis selected primarily because ol his outstanding reputation in lhe atomic field, and since the atomic elomi'iil weis importanl in lhe consideration of our relations wilh the Soviet, vve fell that we should have someone on ihr board who was well equipped In advise' us in thai connection. • • • Q. lln vim know anything at firsthand aboul his attitude Inward Kiissi.i and the n hole problem al lhat poinl of time? \. Growing mil nf ihr concern we all had afler lhe successful dropping of thc bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and lhe great preoccupation ... as tu whal we were going in do From here mil. there were many discussions in \\ eish ington. . . . In connection wilh lhe committee's action . . . Dr. Oppenheimer was a mini her nf lhe panel, and vve looked tu him fur the technical expositions. Our technical questions were mainly directed lo him. There weis then a very intriguing problem ul the possibility nf denaturing this material so lhat ii would nol have em explosive ur eit le'eisi a lethal weapon effect. . . . Thai was gone inlo al some length, and Dr. Oppenheimer explained lhe limitations and possibilities of lhat. ... I gathered lhe impression al thai time lhal he was quite alerl In lhe interests ul lln- I nited Steele's in connection wilh ihis. The proposals lhat wen- made for international control were lu be Pace 53
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