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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • 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.
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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Transcript [vidua! in AnJk ist. In addition pmenl and supt earch projects icluding recent p such service projects. Sitm solution the stt\ ly difficult. 1 irily difficult ot man in Mile'' >e complete ant ion, and resp* field. A man s and compel* unhesitatingly .satu . ds and accoun know ichell"'' ■ it is the km ire is bound '" opinion, •rongly recotn*] is that Mitchi Urol over all absolutely del- office is under' hority and respo nt matters, thai more than .«'' cord what he what I felt were rather vague assurances lhat everything "necessary" would be provided. There is an awful lot of room for disagreement about the interpretation of the two words in quotes. As I have said, I am afraid that I have been at fault in not better organizing our relations with Colonel liar- man's staff. In consequence, his people have been pestered with many conflicting requests from different individuals of our group some of whom they did not know. On their side I believe they have not been entirely in the right since so many of his people have shown a tendency lo be taciturn and uncommuni- II Thave ' '"''"' so that our people find it difficult i , . jie o to learn what procedures they need to follow. But these minor things are all of a kind that will work out in the next few months as people gel acquainted. The school matter is much more critical. It. nill lake decisive action very soon if a good school system is to be ready in the fall. I hope this long tirade is of some help to you and llial my association with the project adds up to something more positive than negative. With all best wishes for a complete and timely success in the solution of the primary with the '., yi problem of the project, and J hope that I may be oj some future help to you in it. Sincerely, (Signed) Ed Condon. I have a note here that the date "I the letter was April 26, 1943, which is in accordance with your recollection. desire to offer the copy of the xcept yoursei m what he doe> the matter oh ith the local m»j ole they have I ; gelling ihe ' that ther, nenl although lies on me for ively a lot of • done if not s° irsonal dei /.</""' to be a lack of' fully expect '/»"' hen Colonel H"" herewith p residence herf^ Mr. Tavenner is i* I ■il is org letter in evidence and ask it be marked as "Condon Exhibit No. 1." Mr. Walter: It is received. (The document above referred to, marked "Condon Exhibit No. 1," is filed hoods llhe"' hools. Many o, bout the schem affecting the" urs. This matte'] espionage and sabotage activities? ■ Thatisrighl Dr. Cond his p 's situation Condon: On the question of re fusing appointment, I hadn't ever accepted it in a final way in the first place, and secondly I was under no obligation to accept it, and I was in war work at Westinghouse and my employers were very reluctant to have me go there at all. and so that I just decided as between two different kinds of war work to make the choice to work at Westing- house on radar work. Mr. Tavenner: But you did not make that choice until after you had spent a month al Los Alamos? Dr. Condon: That is right. Mr. Tavenner: And the major factor in your making that decision was the security which was required? Dr. Condon: No; not the security which in fact was required, but the security which they were proposing at that time. At the time in question it was being discussed that everybody on the project would be given a military commission and everybody on the project would thus come under military discipline and lhat everybody on the project, including their families, who went inside of the reservation, would agree to stay there until sometime after the war, like six months, and with the lack of schools and the fact that I had a daughter of high-school age I felt if those were to be the rules I wouldn't ever have a chance to see my daughter or her mother wouldn't have a chance to see her, and there were a variety of things like that. In other words, what I object to is any oversimplified idea that I was opposed to subjecting myself to such extreme security measures when at the same time without subjecting myself to them I could participate in the war effort fully as effectively as if 1 had gone there. Mr. Tavenner: Bui ii was true, was I want to call your ittention to the statement in your letter: / do not feel qualified to question the ATION URGENT wisdom of litis, since I um totally an- ■ wd uware of the extent oj enemy espionage Iso an unnec* „„(/ mh „„„./,/„,. mny features "I I, the technical f REQUIRED SECURITY NEEDED? ■d. 7 he school ' irgent. Many ''-.. 1" other words, you were reliuliiiil 1" lely anxious to * accept the position because you could and how ihe sdlnot persuade yourself that the security These people J required was needed? Dr. Condon: I think that thai represents my position correctly. Mr. Tavenner: You admit lack of Knowledge of the extent of enemy il not, thai such matter[s] as the schools, were mailers that could be and would be expected to be adjusted as time proceeded ? Dr. Condon: I think this letter helped in that process. Mr. Tavenner: But the way the letter expresses it—and I want you to state where I am wrong in this—is that you were mainly concerned about the effect that security, that the security measures would have on you. FENCE LOCKED IN EVERYBODY Dr. Condon: These particular extreme security measures that we had under discussion, namely militarization of the personnel, and the keeping of everybody locked behind a wire fence until six months after the end of the war. Mr. Tavenner: Well, you emphasized in your letter the matter of compartmentalization of the unit, and I think that you took the position that that policy would put Dr. Oppenheimer in the position of trying to do an ex- lniiiiK difficult job with three hands tied behind his back, and that you could met accept the view that such internal compartmentalization of the larger project was proper, and so you took the very definite position that you could not accept that view, that compartmentalization was proper. Dr. Condon : To that extreme degree; yes. * # * * m Mr. Jackson: Didn't you feel that it was necessary to compartmentalize the various activities having to do with the work on the atomic bomb? Dr. Condon: Yes; these are all matters of degree. You see, what I objected to is set forth there' in explicit detail in the letter, and it refers to compart- mentalization as affecting the exchange S8 •:• /•" ("(>*" • ¥ W *"-i personal cone >r that weighs ' liable <'' Iavenner: Yet you were inclined lo refuse appointment there because "I Ihe security required. Is thai a ....... I i- j . nut* statement? plied to my <!' for no "frills' ] DR- ted for, logethet I'ACTS FORUM NEWS, January, 1955 NEWS, Januam —Wide World Photo Remote control panel for critical assembly machines at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. This control room is located about a quarter of a mile from the assembly laboratory. Operations can be observed on any one of the television screens shown. Page 43
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