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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
Subject
  • 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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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
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Thru Dr. Oppenheimer asked aboul other occasions when I saw him in 1941. I described the Kenneth Mei\ house- warming part). "I miiy well have been there," seihl lir. Oppenheimer. I hen I Intel eil.eiiil seeing him eil sr\ eral Communist-organized, fund-raising affairs in the fall of 1941, eiml said the lust occasion weis em affair to raise fiimls for S|ieuiisli Communists the so- called "loyalists" near the end of the year. "I Heis ni tin* Spanish fund-raising affair: ii mis llu- nighl before Pearl Harbor," Dr. Oppenheimer sniil. During the conversation, Dr. Oppen- heimer admitted theit he heul been .ii several Communist-organized affairs •mil gatherings during 1941, siaiinfr lhal one had been eil the home nf ll;eeik..ii Chevalier, eiml thai William Schneiderman heul been presenl on ilieil occasion. I ii.in this unexpected meeting with Dr. Oppenheimer in Mr. Hilts' office I Wenl directly to the grand jury room in the same building the Washington. D. I .. Federal Court. The issue of Dr. .1. Roberl Oppenheimer overshadowed everything else, including the defendant himself, al the trial of Dr. Weinberg during the winter of 1953. \l\ wife and I obviously could ""i testify eilmiii Steve Nelson eiml Dr. Weinberg being together eit the house- farming |ieirl\ withoul mention oi the others present, including Dr. Oppenheimer. \\ e could nol testify aboul the ''* II special section meeting without the facl being revealed in courl thai ii *as en in Kenilworth Courl eiml thai ii ''us hi't'ti [earned iheil the house i.ei- nii'ii occupied by Dr. Oppenheimer; nl-.. "'eit he wees presenl eil the meeting. Dr. Oppenheimer or his attorneys '"'' known to have indicated to the Prosecution thai il these things were regaled l.\ testimony eit the trial thai he *ould take the stand eis a defense w it- »ess I,,, Dr. Weinberg. Mr. Ilitts eiml Mr. Cunningham, in ''iieu'oi' of the- government's case, well *"<'w thai such testimony by Dr. Oppen- "'iiiii-i. then holding positions of the ■s'ft'eiii'si responsibility, would overshadow 'A'T\lliiiiu else eiml iheil they would '[''' ;i real problem. A former Commu- "lsl who heul been eil the \lee\ houses-fling and saw Dr. Weinberg, Dr. . I'l'i'iiliiiniri. eiml Steve Nelson among '"*'■ | resent, was flown from California io Washington for testimony al the opening of the trial. Richard E. Combs, chiel counsel of the California state committee, was among other witnesses the governmenl planned to call to sup- porl the testimony Sylvia and I would give. \s the liieil opened, Mr. Hills and Mr. Cunningham conferred daily with me nul Sylvia. They tohl us iheil they had been given "very little" information l.\ governmenl intelligence agencies on Dr. Oppenheimer's past Communisl euti\i- lies eunl associations lot' use' in cross- examination. I iiilrr these circumstances they made ei leist minute decision to try to convict Dr. Weinberg on the limited evidence iheil would remain after leaving out everything where Dr. .1. Roberl Oppenheimer's name might enter the picture. "\\ »• do nol have the slightest ilouht of ilir accuracy of your testimony," the} ie.1.1 lis, "hut Dr. Oppenheimer, ..tile his personal prestige, would have tremendous influence wilh the jury-" If even half of the confidential information from governmenl intelligence files lhal was made public in the 1954 \K< reports, heul been supplied to Mr. Hills and Mr. Cunningham, the siluation would have been entirely different. They could have then lold Dr. Oppenheimer hr could go righl ahead and be ei witness for Dr. Weinberg, thai his own record would be brought out on cross-examination. One of the mysteries mi io hr solved in the Oppenheimer case is where responsibility should be placed for failure to make all fills on ihr scientist available to tin- prosecution in the Weinberg trial. It should have been obvious to everyone from ihe firsl lhal there would It practically no pos- sil.ililv of obtaining ei conviction in the Weinberg trial withoul having the full record of Dr. Oppenheimer ready if h«' decided to It a defense witness. Because of llu- sudden change in strategy, dictated hv realities ol the situation, my wife, emd ihr ex-Communist brought from California, Richard E. Combs, and other scheduled witnesses were nol called. I testified in llu- trial, hut only as em expert witness on party organization, and while I was on the sieind Dr. Weinberg's name was nol mentioned either by governmenl or de- fense attorneys. \l the lime I was inclined lo agree with Mr. Hills and Mr. Cunningham, believing lhe course they followed eit thai lime was in lhe besl interest of lhe country. Now. in 1955, I know they weie right. If the\ had brought Dr. Oppenheimer's name' in withoul being ready for him mi cross-examination, hi' would have posed as a "victim' of an attempted "frame-up," and lhe \EC hearings of 1954 would never have taken place. Dr. Oppenheimer would still have aeeess lo all information on the highest level. Efforts lo obtain a conviction of Dr. Weinberg with only a fraction of lhe available evidence ended in failure, as was lo hi' anticipated. The judge expressed disagreement with the jury's verdict. But llie jurors could make a ele' i ision only on the basis of lhe insufficient fragments nl evidence placed lie- fore them. Joseph A. l-'iiiiclli. ol \\ ashington, D. (... was attorney for Dr. Weinberg ai the trial, and throughout nil developments he is understood lo have been in close touch with the attorneys for Dr. .1. Itoh- ert Oppenheimer. The name of Mr. Fanelli should be remembered, leading role previous! penheimer ease. \ few monll trial I for in a untold he is soon lo play a new chapter of Ibis narrative of the Op- w els eellleil after the \\ einberg before an executive hearing of the I ,S. Senate Subcommittee on Investigation. Senator Joseph McCarthy, lhe chairman, presided. I do not recall lhe exacl dale, bul il was immediately after an article in Fortune magazine" had revealed Dr. Oppenheimer's opposition lo making lhe hydrogen bomb. Afler my testimony dealing with Dr. Oppenheimer and with Communisl activities in lhe alomie energy field, I was advised hy lhe committee slaff thai a full investigation and hearings would he conducted. At the committee's request I spent several da\s dictating the fails I knew lo slaff stenographers. In a statement In lhe press during a nip lo Havana, Senator McCarthy referred to a "pending investigation ' as the "mosl importanl ever conducted by lhe committee." This, of course, was in reference lo lhe planned investigations of Dr. Oppenheimer and of lhe entire field of So\ iet atomic espionage. Plans for lhe hearings suddenly were cancelled. I do nol know whal happened. During 1954, several press stories reported lhal in the summer of 1953. presumably around June, a meeting was luld at lhe' \\ hiie House, attended In Senator McCarthy, Vice-Presidenl Nixon and others, and lhat Senator McCarthy agreed to call off the hearings with lhe guarantee thai a prompt and thorough investigation would he made by governmenl security agencies. I hem- no personal knowledge eis to the' accuracy of those press stories. I only know the scheduled investigation was called off. I now know that a month or two after I testified aboul Dr. Oppenheimer, eiceiii- "'Tlee' Hiilel.n Strum.'!. Issue. for tin H-Bomb. •■"ACTS FOIU'M NEWS, August, in.-,.-, Page
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