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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.
Place
  • 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 asked Leonardo da \ inci to distort an anatomical drawing as that you should ask Roberl Oppenheimer to speak responsibly lo the sort of questions we were' talking about, eunl speak .lis honestly. • • • Q. An incident is referred to in 1943, in which il is said lhal an approach to Dr. Oppenheimer was made under circumstances suggesting that the approach was somehow connected with ei possible effort by the Russians to secure information or to secure information in their behalf, and that for s.ime months thereafter he failed lo reporl ihis incident. \\ hell e-ffe-ct iliie-s lhal failure on his part, which he freely admits was wrong. have on your presenl thinking about il '. \. Mr. Marks. I have testified ed t him here as I have known him. I can well understand thai al earlier periods in his life conflicts of conscience mighl have arisen, as I ihink the) could with een\ sensitive person, between his feelings about his friends perhaps his pity for them and hi- governmental duties. On the other hand. I would also be inclined to bear in mind the facl that in 1943 the Soviet I nietti was hardly regarded l»v our top people in our governmenl as em enemy thai greal masses ol \merii em materials were being prepared for shipment to the Soviel I nion. many of them, I assume, involving the transmission of official secrets. I could imagine that the implications of this may nol eit thai time have appeared to be -1. sinister as thev do today in retrospect, and I could also imagine if after all the information weis nol given in this particular instance, the man in question might have- fell ilieil no damage' heul been done to tin- government Interest and lhal lhe question of lhe men who had initiated such a request mighl be heller perhaps left lo their own roil- sciences and lo the process ol maturity in tluir ow n development. I don't know : I can imagine those things. For that reason I would hesitate tee make definite judgments on the basis simply of whal I read in lln' letter "I indictment. ' • General Michols' letter. 1,1. Would it change your opinion if I Were tee suggest t" Villi ilieil when Dr. Oppenheimer eliel reporl this incident to security officers on hi- own initiative. eis il turned out. he didn't tell them e-wrvthiiiL' about it'.' He siill withheld the name of lhe friend and lold them a Storj theit wees not lln' whole truth? \. Mr. Marks. I do not ihink lhat that would alter em\ thiirj on the statement theit I jll-l melele prior lo M.ui question. I mighl only add lo il lhat I could well conceive that Dr. Oppenheimer might have done things which be would think in retrospeel were mistakes or which others would conclude in retrospect were mistakes, but that would nol preclude in his own instance am more than il would in tin- case of any of lhe Others lhe proea'ss ,ef growth and lhe ability to recognize mistakes emd lo learn from them and lo make fewer in the future. What 1 have said about his activities, his personality, the cast of his mind during lhe years when I knew him would, I ibink. not he affected. Q. I hese convictions lhal you have expressed aboul him. tin- confidence that \e.ii have expressed in him. what pari is played in that judgment bv Ihe experience' that you heul eis ei Se-v i.-t expert? A. I think a considerable part. One of lhe convictions thai I have carried away from such experience as I have had with these matters in lln- field of Soviel wink concerning the Soviel Union I- that these things cannol really be judged in a fully adequate way withoul looking al the man as em entirety. Thai is, 1 am skeptical aboul any security processes that attempt In sample dif- here. and I musl sax my recollections of all these official mailers al lhal lime arc somewhat telescoped and entirely cap- able of being in error with regard to details. But the recollection is simply this. When il was firsl made known to lln' Secretary of Stale that then- weis a technical possibility of going ahead wilh the development of this weapon, at leasl In the extent the governmenl now had before it ei decision eis lo whether lo develop lhe weapon or not— Q. The question of making il? A. The question of making a decision as to whether lo attempt lo develop the weapon or nol. When lhal state of affairs was first brought to the attention of lhe Secretary of State, be at a very early stage there askeel me into his office. My recollection is thai Dr. Oppenheimer was there, eunl there may possibly have been one or two other people, but I do not remember who the) A-bomb Scientist J. R. Oppenheimer as Jt-r.iii portions of a mans nature separate from hi- whole' being. I must say eis line' who has seen Robert Oppenheimer now over the course of several years anil more latterly outside ..I governmenl thai I bene these feelings eunl entertain them mi lhe basis of my isti- meiie of his personality and his character as a whole. Q. \rc they feelings or an- the) con- \ ictions? \. They an- on my pari convictions. sir. | \i this point in the testimony, Marks turned to another subject tin' problem in 1910 of whether lln- hydrogen bomb would be developed, lb- eisked Kennan under what circumstances he heul been consulted regarding the H-bomb. | A. I can onlv give mv recollection —Wide World Phot" he testified before a Senate committee. we're. Wc spoke aboul this einel lhe- onh thing I can remember, I ihink. of thai conversation is lhal we were all agree" thai regardless of how lhe decision mighl fall, ii weis importanl lhal this governmenl should re-examine its position wilh respect lo the internal ion*' conl nil of alomie energy lo make sun' lhat nothing had been left undone honour side to gel international agreemenl .il.out these weapons before we pr0' ceeded with this program of lhe hydrogen bomb. In other words, wc wanted to make absolute!) certain that before launching on Ihis new phase of the atomic weap on- race, our position in ihe United V' lions on the international control " atomic energy weis lhe besl position lha' wc could devise and most helpful one- I he Secretary of State asked me '" Page IS FACTS FORUM NEWS, June, 19S»
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