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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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Title File 048
Transcript discussed very freely and at great length with this poor man Peters, who was terribly upset and disturbed at these unfortunate newspaper articles, all of the circumstances about it, and what might he do, and things of that sort. This may have been among them. I suppose it was. and I don't mean to evade it and I just really don't remember that specific detail. Mr. Tavenner: Well, did they go to Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, to your knowledge? Dr. Condon: I don't know. 1 suspect so, but I don't know. Mr. Tavenner: Did you take J. Robert Oppenheimer to task for his alleged testimony before the Committee on I n-Anii-ri.au Activities? Dr. Condon: Yes, I wrote him a very critical letter. Mr. Tavenner: Did you charge Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer with endeavoring to involve other people in an effort to obtain immunity for himself? Dr. Condon: I am not sure. I don't have a copy of that letter. Mr. Tavenner: Will, that is a verj serious charge to make against a person, and you say that you wrote him a very sharp letter. Dr. Condon: That is right. Mr. Tavenner: Can't you recall that you did make such a charge? Dr. Ciiniicin: 1 wouldn't want to say that I made it unequivocally. I may have said something substantially that, and I was very angry at that time, and I am still quite angry about it. Mr. Tavenner: Well, what had occurred to your knowledge, if anything, which in your judgment would constitute a reason why Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer should seek immunity by telling something that was untrue about some- one else, or something that was true about some other person? Dr. Condon: What do you mean? Such immunity could be immunity just from harassment and annoyance without any foundation such as in my own case, and there is no basis for any of the annoyance that I have been put through. Mu. Tavenner: I am asking you about Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, and w.e- there anything that Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer had done lo your knowledge which would constitute a reason why he should seek immunity? Dr. Condon : No. Mr. Moulder: May I interpose mir question in connection with Mr. Jackson's interrogation a few moments ago. I am sure that he and I are in complete agreement that when some persons who refuse to answer a question as to whether or not they are or ever have been Communists, there is a strong inference that Ihey have been, and arc. Now, that inference, if you understood that, would that be your reaction? Dr. Condon: I don't want to discuss individuals other than myself, because in fact I don't know other than the hearsay, but the kind of distinction I have in mind which I think is applicable in some instances is that we all know that there are the really dedicated Communists who are really very dangerous, and with them 1 have no sympathy whatever, and we also know that there are young men who in their college days made short periods of a month or a few months casual membership and got over the thing quickly and in many cases as long as ten or fifteen years ago, and I think it is very unfair to bring their name up in a derogatory way jus| because they did belong. Now, I— USE CONSTITUTIONAL SHIELD Mu. Mi.l l.Dl k: Diin'l veeu believe, though, Dr. Condon, that they would leave a better impression if they would answer the questions straightforwardly and then make the explanation thai you have mail" there, in their defense, rather than to shield themselves behind the provisions of the Constitution, leaving the strong inference thai Mr. Jackson has mentioned? Dr. Condon: Yes, it could well be that they are ill-advised in taking that protection, but if they do I didn't advise any of them on that. Mu. Tavenner: Doctor, you emphasize ihe situation where young boys at college might for a very short period of lime have joined the parly. None of these scientists were young college boys. These scientists wen- engaged in one of the most serious pieces of business in which ibis country has ever been engaged. And as a part of the testimony regarding their activities, meetings were held with Steve Nelson, the head of the Communisl party of Alameda County. Calif., anil I lliink I need not tell you anything about tin- record of Steve Nelson. Dr. Condon: I only know ii from the newspapers. Well. I hail always had a good deal of confidence in General Groves' security program, and these nun were and continued lo be cleared and operating on ihe project during the entire time of the war. Mu. Tavenner: Do you know as a matter of fact thai it was very carefull) planned lo induct several of these people into Ihe Inited States Army, to get them off to Alaska and other places, where they could do no harm, and where they could be observed, and do you not know- that some of them were given inconsequential positions which would minimize the danger of leakage of informa tion which they had already obtia ( as part of the security to protect ',, country against that cell that had • |. organized within the laboratory s Berkeley? thou Dr. Condon: I am afraid I 'duty carry all of that question in my I" I) and it contained many assertions. v;rtt assertions, that we haven't agreed tj and the ti'stimony. worl Mr. Tavenner: You might not » ''ha' as to the truthfulness of thai testiro- anw but that is the testimony. * Dr. Condon: Bui what is iIn' <T**.llfi Mr. Tavenner: 1 didn't ask y* y question. I am asking you if you ^erf arguing that these were just school^ ]jsl(, Dr. Condon: No, I wasn't argt hue thai these were schoolboys. 1 said 1* " ing of the kind, and I gave the "* ' ,T1 I."is of the committee a hvpotl"' * example of an instance in whK* n,'< wouldn't hold it against a man if he ' thai in his record, and hoped tl"' ' could live il el ing about it. own by just saying thii \ Mr. Tavenner: I don't intend ' j make any wrong inferences from ,.nn testimony, but when you talk " Seie schoolboys being involved, it is so j- from the situation here that the pro" wn) you arc posing would have' no l,e^ like- on it. |H, Now did you also take Dr. Off « heimer further to task lev telling any thai il was his duty to write at ( inv to the president of the University ] Rochester and advise him that lha Peters was all rigbl? sibi Dr. Condon: Thai may ban befl eluded in that letter. I don't rerflfl lie exact details. ". Mu. Tavenner: Did you also de* ; Ileal if Dr. Piters lost his position ' y0l I nivcisily of Rochester as a res"* | Dr. Oppeiibeiiner's alleged testis nai before this committee, it was his" Wl obligation lee offer Dr. Peters a |'"" on the slaff of ihe- Institute for ]), \ciin i'<l Siudy? vol Dr. Condon: I may have said"ilr< ibis was a personal— lha Ihe to II hi Mr. Tavenner: When is that ' iiiie Located? Dr. Condon: At Princeton. N-J-'Jlic lhat was a personal leller l""1 pec friends, and we are slill friends. Mu. Tavenner: Did you make'" independent investigations or iiiep"'' '" your own pari regarding Dr. I'ejT .. Peters before taking Dr. <>PP',"h)3">! to task for his alleged testimoi [his committee? Mil CLEARED FOR SECRET WORK Dr. Condon: No, as I say. Dr.',' was one of those that was clear'1 secrel work throughout the enli'1' |, I'atre 46 FACTS FORUM NEWS, J„,n,
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