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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 In Behalf of Oppenheimer (Continued from 1'ape 19) \ have often had occasion to sa) thai there is only one real question ilieil interests ... the Soviel leaders, and lhal is the question of who lias the ability lo haul peo[4c oul of bed al three in the morning and cause them to disappear withoul giving any accounting tor them, eunl where.... They wanl to know not only how lo destroy territory hui how lo gel control of il and ilmni- nale il anel run people. Q. Of course, you will agree thai if you wire mistaken in that evaluation, ii would be ;i very serious mistake. \. I agree and for lhal reason I have, 1 believe, always had a certain caution i\ iili regard lo my me n \ iews. • • • Q. Putting il in lhe language of tin' ordinan man, you jusl can't trust them, isn't that right? A. Thai is correct. Thej el I reall) expect lo be trusted. Q. | by Chairman Gordon Gray | II you were toda) director ol the Polic) Planning Slaff ami . . . a certain individual had close Communisl associations ■is I,it,- as the lair thirties or perhaps early forties, would you seriously consider adding such a person In vour stall toda) ? A. I musl say if il were a person of Outstanding capabilities and especially ;> person who hail in addition in the negative factors rendered distinguished Bervice lo thr government, then I would *anl tei look ai ii very hard. 0. I assume lhal if il were a secretary, for example, or clerical assistant, 'nal ii woulel \,e easier for you lo decide thai the person should not he employed. A. 1 would ihink lhal would he correct.... I do feel ihis. thai the reall) gifted ."nl able people in governmenl are perhaps less eipl than lhe others lo have "ad ei fullv conventional life and a fully conventional entry, Iel us seey. into their Rovernmental responsibilities. • • • Redirect examination by mr. marks Q. Vou saiel lhal in relation to gifted 'adividuals, il was common to find thai '"'■\ had unconventional backgrounds '""\ thai therefore ... a differenl type of ""|uii\ weis required for evaluation. ■'mid win explain a little hit more fully uh;il win had in mind? V It is simply that I sometimes ihink 'hat the higher tj pes of knowledge anel wisdom do nol often come without very Considerable anguish and often a very considerable road e>f error. . . . \t einv rate-, il seems to me thai the exception [all people are often apl nol pACTS FORUM NEWS, June, 1955 lo fit into any categories of requirements thai it is easy lo write into an acl or a series of loyally regulations. . . . ...1 have always fell that lhe I nited States government has to realize lhat ii has a real problem here, particularly with tin- people who haw- tlie greater capacities. Then' is need here for considerable flexibility, and as I seiv al the- outset, I Ihink for a looking al the man as et whole einel viewing his entire personality einel not judging portions of it.... Q. Many people would say. Mr. Kennan. lhal you are- a gifted individual. I know of nothing In suggest lhal you came to lln- governmenl and remained In il for so many long years of greal service as lhe resull of any unconventional background. How do vmi reconcile those thiiiL's? \. I consider myself io he- ei fortunate man. \l the age of 23, at a time when many American young people of rrood education were drifting into what I ihink weis em unsound approach to life. I was soul oul lo lhe Baltic Slales. I aeiw the square where the Bolshevik commissars had only recently been shooting their hostages. I saw ihe building on Elizabeth Street in lhe cellar of which the) had done their torturing. 1 was affected from the beginning hy a sense of the grotesque injustice of tak- ing ;i whole class as they diel. the bourgeoisie of these countries, and punishing them jusl because they were classifiable eis bourgeoisie. I must say I was so affected by whal I saw of the cruelty of Soviel power lhal I never could receive any of ils hoasis about social improvement wilh anything Other than skepticism. I think lhal experience helped me ;i great deal at an early dale and helped me lo avoid mistakes theit I mighl otherwise, lietw- made. Later ii fell to lliissiein literature lure, and I have' hail lo go through all that. It has developed in me. as I think in long foreign residence il does I was abroad eighteen years ami a deep acquaintanceship wilh lhe- thinking of olhe people il has involved me siime- times in conflict when I came home. I find myself tending to he critical s,,T,p.- linics of condition in our country more than oilier people are. and il is a thine eehieli I have had lo fighl within myself. Probably what you can sav in reply to wun question is lhal I have been lucky in Ihe firsl place, and secondly, I have been able to conceal the difficulties on the intellectual road I have gone more than other people haw- been me Very deepl) in and German litera- ahle to. lo keep them within myself and fight them mil myself. • • • ',1. ... I hope I eun not out of order in saying lhal eis a lawyer I cannot believe lhal the \tomic Energy Act intended lo deny lo llie Alomie Energy Commission lhe services of gifted people. ...In your opinion ... are lhe char acter, associations, and loyalty eef Dr. Oppenheimer such as lo bring you tei a determination lhal permitting him to haw- access lo restricted data will nol endanger llie- common defense einel security? • • • A. ... On the basis of whal is known lo mr of Dr. Oppenheimer's qualities. his personality and his activities during ihe period lhal I haw. known him. I would know of no reason win he should not he permitted lo have access to restricted data in lip. government. • • • RE-CROSS-EXAMINATION BY MR. ROBB Q. Was Owen I.allimore one of vour associates or friends? A. No, In- was mil. I never hail anv personal acquaintance wilh him. • • • Q. | hy Dr. Evans] Mr. Kennan, in answer lo one of llie questions lhal weis asi*d yon. I ihink you stated in effect, or al least win implied, that all gifted individuals were more or less screwballs. \. Let me sen lhal they | are | apt to be, if I may. Q. Woulel you sav thai a large percentage of them are? \. So, sir. I woulel not sen that they an- screwball, hut I would say that when gifted individuals come to a maturity of judgment which makes them valuable public servants, w.u are apt to find theit tin- road hy which they have ap] reached . . . has nol been as regular as tip. road hv which oilier people have approached il. ll may have hail zigzags in il of various sorls. Q. I ihink il woulel he borne mil in lhe literature. I believe il was \ddison. ami someone correct me if 1 am wrong. lhal said. "Greal wits are near lo madness, close allied ami thin partitions ilo their lieiumls divide." Dr. Oppenheimer is smiling. He knows whether I am righl or wrong on that. Thai is all. • • • 0. | hv Chairman Gordon Gray] One further serious question.... You feel that lhe unusual person or gifted person. who has traveled perhaps a differenl road than most other people, can at one point reach a stability on lhe basis ,,f which there can he absolute predictability as io no further excursions? A. Let me sav al a point where' there can he sufficient predictability lo war- rani his being accepted by the governmenl for public sen ice. i age 48
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