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Originally from: "Aftergood, Steven" <saftergood@...
Original Subject: Secrecy News -- 12/05/01
Original Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 10:19:12 -0500
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>from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
December 5, 2001
E.U. CONDON REVISITED
Edward U. Condon (1902-1974) was a distinguished physicist whose
biography encompassed some of the fiercest cold war conflicts over
security and loyalty in American society.
As a prominent advocate of nuclear arms control and scientific
internationalism, Condon clashed repeatedly with the House Committee on
Un-American Activities and endured years of political harrassment.
His story is recalled by UCLA historian Jessica Wang in the December
issue of Physics Today. See "Edward Condon and the Cold War Politics of
Condon's name has additional resonance in quite different quarters due
to his leadership of a U.S. Air Force assessment of "the UFO problem."
To the dismay of enthusiasts, the 1968 "Scientific Study of Unidentified
Flying Objects," also known as "the Condon Report," found little
substance to the issue.
"Careful consideration of the record as it is available to us leads us
to conclude that further extensive study of UFOs probably cannot be
justified in the expectation that science will be advanced thereby," the
The Condon Report has been published online by the National Capital Area
Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the
Federation of American Scientists.
Project on Government Secrecy
Federation of American Scientists
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