Individual Freedom and National Security February 19, 1950

Prof. Kirtley F. mather, February 19, 1950

“Some American scientists have taken an informal vow not to participate in any research having destruction as its basic purpose. But there is nothing ot be gained if American scientists suddenly decide they are master politicians while their Russian counterparts go busily about preparing to blow this country off the face of the earth.

“Certain scientists with grave reservations about the atomic bomb gave their services during World War II only because of the danger that Germany might get there first. They do not now feel themselves under any such compunction with respect to Soviet Russia.

“It is now proving extremely difficult for the Atomic Energy Commission to mobilize scientists needed for the H-Bomb. You will observe that quite a few men are not leaving their jobs to do this work and universities aren’t taking it on.”

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