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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 6, June 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date June 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
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript Selections from Mr. Kennan's testimony before the AEC Personnel Security Board (Gray Board) ipril 20, 1954, follow. Interrogator: Herbert S. Marks, cocounsel for Dr. Oppenheimer. O. lu what connections have you know n Dr. I tppenheimer? A. I firsl mel Dr. Oppenheimer ... al the National War College here in Washington in 1946. Dr. Oppenheimer lectured there. I weis in charge of political instruction generally. . . . I then took over tin- responsibility as head nf the Policy Planning Staff in the Department of State ... I mel Dr. Oppenheimer nn numbers of occasions in the course of mv work.... The main fields willi which I weis concei ned were those of the international control of alomie energy eunl lhe straightening "ill eef our relations with our own allies. particularly the British and the Canadians, in matters affecting our ability to obtain raw materials for the conduct of our atomic energy program here. . . . I sal several times al leasl in rooms here in governmenl offices with Dr. Oppenheimer and participated in consultations in which he edso participated. Some "f those meetings I chaired. I remember al leeisi one which he chaired. It depended on where we met. Q. Vi ere these matters on which vou -al of importance? How would you describe them? A. I would describe them as matters of lhe greatest delicacy eunl nf. I think. 'I'liti- vital importance to the conducl "I "in- entire atomic energy program in 'his country. They were all matters "huh wen' given the highest possible security classification al the time, eunl I do nol recall thai we ever had any leaks aboul them. They were conducted "i complete secrecy. • • • Q. As ei result nf vour experience ^illi Dr. Oppenheimer ... whal convictions, if any. did you form al I him? In Behalf of OPPENHEIMER Testimony of GEORGE F. KENNAN For Russian Imbassador Kennan, Se.vie't etffeeir- specialist, served with the l.S, l-'-naa-e twenty-seven years prior to Iii- retirement in July, l'l.i.'l. Upon retirement, lie' lee- 1....: I V.I. I S'... 1 ,,... Service f. came affiliated with the Institute lor Advanced Study eit Princeton. His background: lei 1928 he served ee- vice-consul in Geneva and Hamburg em,I then was selected ee- one e.l the firsl f;rini|i to be trained eet the University eef Berlin for special work in the Soviet field. He uee- ee reporting officer in Berlin firsl in the legation of liietei before tli.- I .S. established diplomatic relations with Russia, eeenl after 1933 in tJr<- Moscow Embassy. Other service ine-lnile'el weak in Germany, Vustria, Czechoslovakia, Portugal. From 1947 tn 1950 he was Director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff. He- is usually considered the author nl the Policy <>t Containment !!>.'>" Pacts —Wide, World Photo George F. Kennan FORUM NEWS, June, 1955 A. I formed the conviction that he wets an immensely useful person in the councils of our government, and I fell a great sense of gratitude thai we had his help. I eun able lo say that in lhe course nf all these contacts and deliberations within tin- government, I never observed anything in his conducl or his vent ils lhal could possibly, il seemed lo inc. have indicated that In- weis animated by einv other motives than a devotion lo lhe interests of this country. 0- Did vmi ever observe anything that would possibly have suggested lo you lhal hi' was taking positions lhal ihe Russians would have liked? A. No. I cannot say that I eliel in einv way. After eill. the whole purpose of these exercises weis to do things which wen- in ihe interest nf this country, nol in the interests of lhe Soviel I nion, al least tint ill lhe interests of the Soviet I nion as their leaders saw it at that time. Anyone who collaborated sincere!) and enthusiastically in lhe attempt In reach mir objectives, which Dr. Oppenheimer did. obviously weis nol serving Suv iel purposes in einv way. • • • Q, Air. Kennan, is there anv possibility iii your mind lhal he w.i- dissembling? A. There is in my mind no possibility lhal lir. Oppenheimer vvas dissembling. Q. How do vent know that? How can anv heeely know lhal ? A. I realize that is nol ein assertion that one could make with confidence aboul everyone. If I make it wilh regard in lir. Oppenheimer ii is because I feel ami believe thai afler years of seeing him in various ways, nol only there in government hut later as an associate eunl a neighbor and ;i friend eit Princeton, I know his intellectual make-up and something of his personal make-up and I consider it really oul of the question thai anv man could have participated as In- did iii these discussions, could have bared his thoughts lo us time afler time in the way thai he did. could have' thought those thoughts, so to speak, in our presence and have been al lhe same lime dissembling. I realize lhat is -till nol wholly the answer. The reason I feel il is out of lhe question that could have happened is that I believed him tn have an intellect of such a nature that il would be impossible for him to speak dishonestly aboul anv subject to which he had given his deliberate and careful and professional attention. That is the v icw I hold of him. I have the greatest respect for Dr. Oppenheimer's mind. I ihink it is one of the great minds of this generation of Americans. A mind like lhal i-; not without its implications. Q. Withoul its what'.-' A. Implications for a man's general personality. I think it would he actually the one thing probably in life lhal lit. Oppenheimer could never do. lhat is. to speeik dishonestly aboul a subject which h.ul really engaged the responsible attention nl hi- intellect. Alv whole impression of him is thai he is a man who. when he Hun- his mind In something in an orderly and responsible way. examines il with the mosl extraordinary scrupulousness and fastidiousness of in- tellectual process. I must say thai I cannot conceive thai in these deliberations in governmenl he could have been speaking disingenuously lo us aboul these mallei-. I would suppose that vou mighl jusl eis well hem- Pa pe 17
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