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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date January 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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  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 043
Transcript TS r NATIONAL SECURITY Excerpts from the testimony of Dr. Edward U. Condon at the hearing before the Subcommittee of the Committee on Un-American Activities of the House of Representatives, September 5, 1952. Committee members present were: Representatives Francis E. Walter, (D-Po.l; Morgan M. Moulder. (D-Mo.l; Harold H. Velde, IR-III.I, and Donald L. Jackson. IR -Calif. I, with Representative Walter, acting chairman, presiding. Frank S. Tavenner, Jr., served as counsel. eves Mr. Tavenner: When did you go to |Los Alamos? Dr. Condon: I can't remember the I evict dates, but it was more or less ■March or April of 1942, I believe, or | maybe 1943, I would have to do a little Checking. We can check back but it was |l''l'i. I am quite sure, on second I thought. Mr. Tavenner: And I understood you Ito say you remained there approximately mouthy Dr. Condon: About a month; yes. Mr. Tavenner: Well, during that l|"i Hid of time, the one month when you |were there, what was the general nature id your duties? Dr. Condon: Well, I had the title Mr. Tavenner: I don't want you to State anything of a secret nature. lii'liec. 1"" agreed • eel^i' C)f U SECOND IN COMMAND Dr. Condon: Oh, no, I wouldn't do s expert heimer v because of - • raised I raO*1. ' never "°- 1 ha(l tll'e 0I associate tremendously l"lrretor "f this, and as such was second , ' . fil,,'!)'1" command to Robert Oppenheimer, if rt to bl*vvho was the director, and at that par- e no enori ticular time it was sort of just starling 1 ' „u> em«ge from the status of being a ulization of i...- Iconstruction camp over to th guard against > being a research laboratory; was something . status of and people Jyvere moving in and equipment was Delimit ol my cap „,„ s,., U|) go ^ (he b|ems were lhat everybody |in.lh [arge,y il(|mi,lis|r.|liv(. ,..„]„.,. than n within Ihe pr scientific. r' °j "I"'i"";;, Mr. Tavenner: Well, during that ml thai was no j i()(J 0f time, did you have occasion to "f ;i"f"n,,:'"" '.,',1'^e access to scientific developments as jll'cv were proceeding at Los Alamos? like Lawrenc* . ,'d the -"'"' « same Dr. ,#b, >'«'a,lsl' if ' br>u,„lh. bul I had ;• projcci. the) job.. . . rave dominate' ,1. I didn't have ,f thim*. s„ *i>*!rss: Condon: Well, yes; certainly weren't any proceeding in thai access to all of the prior knowledge that was the basis fen j pelting up the laboratory; yes. Mr. Tavenner: The committee is in of a copy of a letter which ,r (|i(| ..oiyou submitted lo Dr. J. Robert Oppen- ( Hi'i'iine'i. setting forth your reasons for Ii with respe of the security rse than V ..uif. ,<Hll 11 II .-.,,11;. IV, I fir<'jrriin<. tl,,, |»osi[ion ai [jOS Alamos pro- v of J"'1, ' (1,'sil"f' to read the letter, the entire • < , feller, chiefly because I don't want any rb ra\el vioUt^rarl °f '* l° be take" °Ut °f contexl' ' " 'i-V , ■ Jifff' l,!i- London: 1 think that is splendid. us. that is on , ,, ml be knew tjjj was don-- b) ization. . . . (reading) : Los ttamos, Santa Fet V, Mex. ')'. J. Hoht'rt Oppenheimer, -nt-J"'"s Alamos— of compartment, _ amos project, «e incidentally, the copy is not dated. (Continued on pa\ XCTB |,ORIJM NEWS( January, 1955 NEWS, January' Do you recall the date when you sent that letter? Dr. Condon: Well, it is about April of 1943, I have a copy that is dated, but I don't have it with me. I could supply that. Dear Robert: This letter will serve to put in the record some of the things which we have discussed during the past week which have led to my decision not to accept a permanent connection with the Los Alamos project and to return to the W estinghouse Research Laboratories at East Pittsburgh. First let me apologize for failure to emphasise the tentativeness of the situation in which I have been during the past month. This came about because I initially felt quite sure that I would decide to stay, and secondly because J though/ that if the tentativeness were too much stressed it would interfere with my settling down and trying to be. useful at once. In trying to be clear about the reasons for the decision I suppose it boils down to this: With additional knowledge of detailed needs of the project I was unable to get a strong conviction that I am decidedly more useful to the war here than at Westinghouse. Since the change would entail considerable personal sacrifice, I do not feel justified in making if. I do not see how such a view could hare been reached without my coining here to see the problem at first hand. I am happy that you are generous enough to feel that I was of a little help during the first month. It will always he my hope to be able to help from a dis- tance in any way that I can. There are many ways in which the technical resources with which Westinghouse could aid this project are as yet unexplored. \aturally, however, I will not take any initiative on this at home as being inconsistent with security policy. But if your people or others in related projects approach me with special needs I am sure that f will be in a belter position to help because of the background I now possess. There may be some point in making some general observations based on my brief experience. My own decision of course was weighted pretty heavily with personal factors which are not of general interest so / nil! skip them except inso far as they seem likely lo be things that would also concern other people. SECURITY RULES DEPRESSING The thing which upsets me most is the extraordinarily close security policy. I do not feel qualified to question the wisdom of this since I am totally unaware of the extent of enemy espionage and sabotage activities. I only want to say that in my case I found that the extreme concern with security was morbidly depressing — especially the discussion about censoring mail and telephone calls, the possible militarization and complete isolation of the personnel from the outside world. I know that before long all such concerns would make me be so depressed as to be of little if any value. / think a great many i't the other people are apt to he this way, otherwise I wouldn't mention it. An aspect of this policy for which J am completely at a loss to find justification is the tendency to isolate this group intellectually from the key members of the other units of the ivhole project. While I had heard that there were to be some restrictions, I can say that I was so shocked that I coidd hardly believe my ears when General Groves undertook to reprove us, though he did so with exquisite tact and courtesy, for a Condon —Wide World Photo Page 41
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