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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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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript cef information perhaps between the top ten or a dozen men on the project. I am well aware that there was no occasion for having the men that were further down the line in one area be fully aware of all the details down the other, not only it wastes their time but if there is any unfortunate security leaks such as did occur then those people are in a lesser position to spread things around. That is the theory of it. On the other hand, when you make it so extreme that I, who was second in command al Los Alamos, am criticized for talking to Arthur Compton. who was first in command of the laboratories here in Chicago, and the talk was on matters of vital concern about the interrelationship of the work at Los Alamos and the work here at Chicago, so that the work could go ahead more efficiently and expeditiously, I think that that was wrong. This is the thing. Mr. Jackson: You did not feel that ymi unduly minimized the matter of security required and necessary security at any time? Dr. Condon: No; 1 don't think so. Mr. Tavenner: That you took all reasonable efforts to observe it yourself? Dr. Condon: I have always. That is another point that I think ought to be made even though in some of these policy discussions I have expressed views about regulations, I have always lived carefully with whatever regulations I was bound by, even though I might feel critical of some of the details. Mr. Moulder: You were never challenging the restriction other than how il might affect vein personally, your own life? Dr. Condon: Thai i- right, and all of these things were worked out verbally between Dr. Oppenheimer and myself and we were perfectly good friends and have been for many years, and 1 wrote this le'tter at his request because he was disturbed about these same regulations, to help him in bis negotiations with the authorities about some points of detail. There was no need for me to write a letter at all, if he hadn'l wauled it for some such purpose. Mr. Moulder: You weren't challenging the necessity of the regulations, I understand you to say, as to how they might affect you and your family life, is thai what I understand? Dr. Condon: That is right. As to whether I questioned their necessity or not, I frankly am not quite sure what views I held at the time, I knew they made an impossible situation in my family life, and I knew that they weeiilil make difficulties in the lives of other families as they did. and so I was ex- pressing this at Oppenheimer's request. Mr. Velde: Dr. Condon, you mentioned leaks such as did occur. Do you have within your own personal knowledge any leaks? Dr. Condon: No; I was referring really to the Puchs case, and I only know about that from newspaper accounts. INVITED TO RUSSIA Mr. Tavenner: During the period of your employment at Westinghouse Laboratories, did you in 1945 receive an invitation to attend certain exercises of the Academy of Sciences in the Soviel Union? Dr. Condon : Yes. \lu. Tavenner: Who extended the in- vitation to you? Dr. Condon: M\ recollection was it was a Mr. Edwin Smith, of the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship. Mr. T.u knnkic What was the purpose given for the attendance at these exercises ? Dr. Condon: Well, this was one of the normal type of academic celebration and function related to science, much analogous to the Centennial of Engineering that is going on here in Chicago this week. It was supposed to be, I think, the two hundred and twentieth anniversary of the founding ol the Russian Academy of Sciences, and ihe Russians had invited many people from various countries to come for a sort of scientific conference or convention. \\ i never had a detailed program given in advance, so I don't know exactly what the program would have been. Mu. Tavenner: Do you know the number of American scientists who at- Iriiiled, or who were invited? Dr. CeiNieceN: There were fifteen or sixteen who attended, and a g I mam more were invited, bill I don t know how many more. Mu. Tavenner: Did you receive a formal invilatieeii ? Dr. Condon: No. It was a wry hastily gotten up thing, and as I recall it, Mr. Smith called nir mi llir phone from New ^ ink anil just asked me would I be interested in going if 1 were invited, and those conversational questions; ami 1 said Ms. if I could arrange it. Mit. Tavenner: Did you make' application for a passport to go to llus-i.c Eoi lhat purpose? Dr. Ciiniiiin : That is right. Mr. TAVENNER: And il was issued. was it iiul.' Dr. Coniiiin : That is right. Mr. Tavenner: \nd then taken up? Dr. Condon: Thai is right. 1 surrendered it in the New York office eel ihe State Department, the Passport Division. Mr. Tavenner: Who requested you siirii'iiilci il ? Dr. Condon: Mrs. Shipley, ChJj the Passport Division. \Ih. Tavenner: Was any assigned? Dr. Condon: I have somewhert letter that she wrote expressing il- * I have forgotten just how it is expr In any case, the letter slates that constitutes no reflection on your M or integrity," or something of that \lu. Th enner: As a result of did you go to the Stale Department! while there address a letter to President of the United Stales in re; lo it? As respe dent, sider lulr , 1/ Is Di don'l ancii \1 that M you II June occu \1 APPEALED TO PRESIDENT r,.as, Dr. CONDON: I wrote a letter W'pose President of the I nited Stales, but tat tl l.\ going to the State Department. Il Mr. Tavenner: Did you dictate «jpose employee of the State Department,' °f the telephone, a letter to the Preside1 com Dr. CeiNieeiN: Thai is right. Mr. Tavenner: During the coufl the investigation, the committee l'"s tained a copy of that letter, which I read into the record: My Deai Mr. President; I re*\ fully appeal to you to overrule General Groves with regard to /'"' lions he has taken to prevent my 1 to Moscow to the celebration "! Moscow Academy of Science, afti the arrangements were made. 1 estt I hud given up hope but having In'"1 your wise decision to provide un '" cart plane for the group, I decide! *' ' make this appeal. General Groves is conscientiously _ ^ cerned about security in the field "■ I'ru responsibility, n project with "'"' "' I lime hail limited connection. My ' >s r on the project tens finished lour ""' 1 ago. _ \ / respectfully cull attention lo "'.v "knci year record of scientific research j0' | war effort (reference K. '/'. Colli?„„.. / respeetfully reaffirm with nil >'''' (M1 ily upon my oath of allegiance '" J^,,,, / nited Stales of America. 'iSeii / respectfully suggest that I tun <(". , lo cooperate fully with uny spec'® strictions fell to be. necessary I" \\ . accidents while abroad. < For several years I have keenll the importance of establishing ''"'' relations between American andRA M sons tec g Of s wit! D t in I \ l; Ihoi and crip scientists. I Inn looked forward " n"'' lime it hen conditions would pern"1 I / have prepared myself by del*, tim much time and study of the n"* language. I believe that It'll III to military Uy Would be done by my not l"'l"r j| nulled lo e:o since my scientific "'... c yiu lion calls attention to th, involved and may stimulate espv activities. ,.-A Page 44 FACTS FORUM NEWS. Jam
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