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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date August 1955
Language eng
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  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript Iii innt. I have no douhl as to his loyalty, and I have absolutely no douhl about his value' to the United States, and I would say he is nol a security risk to the United States. Cross-Examination by Roger Robb, counsel for the hoard • • • Q. I would likr in ask vmi a few hypothetical questions, if I mighl. sir. Suppose v..u had a branch bank manager, and a Friend uf his came to him one deiv emd seii.l. "] have semie Friends and contacts who arc thinking aboul coming to your hank to rob it. I would like lo tedk to you aboul maybe leaving the veiull open some nighl su thev could do it," emd vour branch manager rejected the suggestion. Would vou expecl thai branch manager to reporl the incident':' \. Yes. Q. If he didn't reporl it, would you be disiiirl.nl aboul il ? A. Yes. Q. Lei us go a little bil further. Supposing the branch hank manager wailed six or eight months to reporl il. would ><>ii be rather concerned aboul why he had nol dime it before? A. Ye-. I,). Suppose when he did reporl it, he said ihi- Friend of mine, a good friend "I mine, I am sure he weis innocenl and therefore 1 won't tell vou who he is. would vmi be concerned aboul that? Would villi urge him lo lull you? A. I would certainly urge him lu lull nic fur the security of the bank. 1,1. \eew. supposing your branch bank manager, in telling you lhe story uf bis conversations wilh his friend, said, "My friend told mr thai these people lhal he kimws lhal want tn rob the bank told We lhat they betel ei pretty good plan. I In v had some tear gas and gnus einel thej had ee car arranged fur the getaway, and had everything all fixed up." Would vmi conclude from lhal it wees ;i pretty well-defined plot? K. Yes, Q. Now. supposing sonic years later this branch manager told vmi. "Mr. Met ||oy, I I..1.1 v..ii lhal my friend and his friends had ei scheme all sel up as I 'lave told vim. with tear gas eunl guns ■nul getaway car, hill lhal weis el lol nl '"ink. ll jusl wasn't true. I told vim a false sinrv about my friend." Would you he ei bil puzzled as lo why he would WI vmi such a false slnrv about bis friend? \. ~i ,s. I iliiiik I would he • • • 0. i (Tiairman Gordon Graj i Have Vou Heul the Idler of December 23 from '"'lured Nichols lu Dr. Oppenheimer, "nil Dr. Oppenheimer's nplv perhaps as "iry appeared in lhe press? \. 'i is. I ilidn'i read them critically, '"il I know pre itv much whal is in them '"■' .in-, I read them rather hastily. Q. Is ibis the first knowledge you bad of ihr reported associations of Dr. Oppenheimer? A. No. I think I heard somewhere about a year ago. and I can't place where 1 heard it. thai there was some question aboul Dr. Oppenheimer's early associations, lhal his brother or wife had been a Communist, ll was within a year lhal I heard it. Q. Mr. iMcCloy, following Mr. Robb's hypothetical question for the moment, Id us go further than his assumption. I.d us say thai ultimately you did gel frnm your branch manager ihe name of lhe individual who had approached him with respeel to leaving the vault open, and suppose' further thai your branch manager weis. senl by vou on an inspection hip of some of your Foreign branches, and suppose further lhal you learned lhal while he was in London he looked up lhe man who had made lln approach lo him sonic years before, would ibis he a source uf concern lo you ? A. Yes, I think it would, ll is certainly something worthy of investigation; VI- 0. Now, Mr. McCloy, you said in referring lu Dr. Oppenheimer lhal hr miur than perhaps anybody else is responsible for our pre-eminence in the Field nf the weapon. You are' referring nnw In ihr atomic bomb? \. 'i is. lhe atomic bomb. • • • Q, Would vmi take a calculated risk with respeel lo ihe security nl your bank? A. 1 take a calculated risk every day in mv bank. Q. Would vmi leave someone in charge of the vanils aboul whimi you have anv doubl in your mind? A. No. I probably wouldn't. • ■ • A. ... I don'l Ihink 1 can get the pal analogy to the bank vault man. Bul Iel me sen. suppose thai the man in charge of my vaults knew more aboul protection and knew more about the intricacies of time locks than anybody else in the world, I mighl ihink twice before I Iel him go because I would balance the risks in this connection. ... • • • A. One of my tasks in German) was lo pick up Nazi scientists and send them nver io the United States. These Nazi scientists a few years before wen- doing their utmost to overthrow the I nited Stairs governmenl by violence. Tiny had a very suspicious background. They are being used nnw. I assume whether thev arc still, I don'l know because I am nul in contact with il on very sensitive projects in spile nf llieir background. The Defense Departmenl has been certainly In some extenl dependent upon German scientists in connection with guided missiles. I suppose other PACTS FORUM NEWS, August, 1955 things being equal, vou would like lo have a perfectly pure, uncontaminated chap, wilh no background, lo deal with ll things, bul il is not possible in this world. I think vou do have to lake risks in regard In lhe security uf lhe country. \s I saiel al lhe beginning, even if they put . . . anybody in charge nf ihe innermost secrets of our defense system. there is a risk there. You can't avoid the necessity of balancing lo some degree So I re-emphasize from looking at it. I would think I would come lo lhe conclusion if I wen' Secretary of War. let us balance all the considerations here and lake lhe calculated risk. Il is loo bad you have in calculate sometimes. Rul in lhe lasl analysis, you have lo calculate whal is best fnr the 1 nited Slales. because ... it is jusl as weak as the Maginol Line in terms of security. • • • Q. (Dr. Ward V. Evans) And you Ihink we should lake some chances fm fear we might disquality someone wine might do us a lol of irood? A. Yes. 1 do. • • • Q. You Ihink lhal there arc verv few scientists thai could do Dr. Oppenheimer's work? A. Thai is mv impression. f). Thai is. ve.u Ihink he knows perhaps mure eiliinii this, as you mentioned in vour vault business, than anybody else in lhe world? A. I wouldn't seiv thai: nn. But I would certainly pul him in the Fore- I null. 0. And vou would lake a little chance em ei man that has greal value? \. Yes, I would, particularly in llu light nf his nlhci ria uril. al leasl insiifeii as I know ii. I can'l divorce myself frnm my own impression nf Dr. Oppenheimer and whal appeals to mi' as his frankness. integrity, and his scientific background. I would accept a considerable amount of political immaturity, let me put il lhal way, in return fnr ihis rather esoteric, ihi.- rather indefinite theoretical dunking thai I believe we are going in he dependent on for the nexl generation. Q. That is. yon would look nver llie peelitie'eil iiiimeiturily and possible subversive connections and give the great -inss iii his scientific information; ■\. Provided I sav*. indications which were satisfactory In me thai he had reformed or matured. Redirect Examination hy Mr. Garrison » • • Q. ... Is il your opinion thai in the light of the character, associations, eunl loyally of Dr. Oppenheimer as you have known him. thai ins continued einr-s in restricted data would nol endanger the common defense and security? A. That is my opinion. Page 53
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