The investigation into Chairman David Lilienthal's two-year stewardship of the Atomic Energy Commission had all the familiar trappings of a congressional hazing. But the act was getting out of hand. Baking in the floodlights that shone for the spider-legged newsreel and television cameras, Iowa's schoolmasterish Senator Bourke Hickenlooper suddenly began to look more like the defendant than the prosecutor.

While his congressional colleagues stayed discreetly in the background, Hickenlooper was left alone to explain just what he meant by Lilienthal's "incredible mismanagement" of AEC (TIME, June 6). If his first week's evidence was any...

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