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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) Originally from: Aftergood, Steven Original Subject: Secrecy News -- 12/05/01
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 5, 2001
      Forwarded by: fwestra@... (Frits Westra)
      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


      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
      Loyalty" here:


      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
      Report concluded.

      The Condon Report has been published online by the National Capital Area
      Skeptics here:


      Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the
      Federation of American Scientists.

      Steven Aftergood
      Project on Government Secrecy
      Federation of American Scientists
      web: www.fas.org/sgp/index.html

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