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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 3, March 1955 - File 034. 1955-03. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 29, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/769/show/733.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 3, March 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date March 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • 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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Title File 034
Transcript -Reprinted from vital .spee. hes, Feb. I, 19B& Atomic Status of the Nation I "Triiil Italnnee" of the tlomie Energy Commissi,nt By LEWIS L. STRAUSS, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission Delivered before ihe National Press Club, Washington, D.CM January I I. 1 *>.">."> This being the season of the year when businesses, having completed their year-end inventories, are- setting up their balance sheets and writing the first drafts of annual reports to stockholders, it occurred to me to try and give you a "trial balance" of lhe AEC. I don't mean by that to unload upon you a lot of figures and statistics. In- stead, I thought you mighl be interested if I separated the debits and credits the things accomplished, and the things undone, or muffed as I see them from the marble sanctuary over on Constitution Avenue. In order lo he able to conclude hy enumerating the good things—the assets —I will begin with the debits. The first item, and most important of these, it seems lo me. was lhe discovery thai Malenkov wasn't talking through his hat about what we call "a thermonuclear reaction." The Soviets produced it. without any doubt, and it is unintelligent to decry their scientific competence. Proficiency in the technology of nuclear weapons, and indeed of science and engineering generally, is not so much of an American monopoly as peep- ular misconception once would hint- had it. Of course, by contrast with our weap ons tests. Russian atomic weapons tests, according to them, are all benign. They remove mountains, change- the course of ri\e-rs. and never, never have any dangerous aspeels or any baneful effects on the' world. Also, according 1,, them, only thc tests conducted by the United Slates are wicked, warmongering and horrendous affairs. EFFECT OF PROPAGANDA Artful Soviet propaganda has actually persuaded many people lo ihis fantastic belief -even in our own country. At any rate. So\ iel progress in weapons development is. or ought lo be, a prime concern of free- people. Many feel that it reduces thc time within which lhe world has lo work out a sort of modus vivendi. Item 2 in lhe debit column is criticism of the personnel security program, which arose as a result of the' case of Dr. Oppenheimer. Periodically, lhe personnel security program has given us grief since the beginning eef tin- AFC. By 1950 we had evolved what we believed a very fair procedure to deal with security. It has been widely commended by both men of law and men of science. It is a procedure lhat provides the individual againsl whom charges have been brought with every protection we —Wide World Photo Chairman Lewis L. Strauss (left) and General Manager Gen. K. D. Nichols oi the Atomic Energy Commission, report to the Joint House-Senate Atomic Energy Committee. could think of. He has to lie furnished with a written catalogue of allegations! hi' can resign or he can elect a hearing; If he elects a hearing, he can challeng* lhe persons selected for lhe special hearing hoard: he can be represented v] counsel: he can attend all hearings bin1' self: he can confront all witnesses, an'' he and his counsel can cross-exami"'' all witnesses. He can appeal from sn adverse decision lo a board of review and. finally, he can absolutely eonlr<" ihe- issue of whether or not existence o' the1 proceedings is to become known. In spile of all ihis. there are th"-' who feel lhal injustice is occasional!) done just as I suppose is true of losers in actions before a court of law. Oyer the- years, we- have tried to sf whal. if anything, can he done lo ii"' prove the procedures. To this end. ' wrote to all our laboratory directors '" November to say that we would ai* them to meet with us here for an 6* ploration of the subject. The meeting '" scheduled to begin on Monday of ne* week. I have had a considerable corresp""' dence on ibis subject witli individus* and organizations and no radically nj* ideas have come to my attention. »• are. however, going into the meetini with an open mind. I nder present procedures, il has l"'1'" possible to protect the security of '''' operations of the government as well "' the rights of the individual, with <'"'' regard to the interests and privilege of both. I think it will never he possible. Il'1"' ever, lo satisfy everyone', even under & long-established rules of jurisprudent* 'I lie reeent records eel prolest. mail,' a'" ' fair trials before juries in the present of our press and the presses of otl»;r countries, I think demonstrated ''"" point. Item 3, also on the debit side', wo"'" I"' the misunderstandings aboul "Jf Mississippi Vallet Generating Contf** —or lhe Dixon-Yates contract, if )'°\ slill prefer il he called thai -I siip|"r' il always will be called lhat. i The contract itself should be lis"'|, among lhe assets. Ami. anticipat"!| some' questions aboul this later, 1 "'. not now say more aboul ihis contr* il a- two previous ones which w''<V negotiated with private utilities "" (Continued on Patfl Pane 32 Be e sure an tl see page Iii FACTS FORUM NEWS, March )$ ^CTs
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