THE ATOMIC AGE: Sanctity & Security

Grey, sad-eyed Major General Leslie R. Groves, who supervised development of the atomic bomb, has a symbolic shoulder patch: a question mark with a star, an atom, and a bolt of lightning. Last week when he appeared before the Senate's Atomic Energy Committee, the emphasis was on the question mark.

Until a workable international policy is established, Groves wants the U.S. to keep on making bombs "under complete governmental control." His estimate of the annual cost: $500,000,000.

Groves added: "We have got to have inspectors who can go everywhere . . . into every man's house ... in general, nose into everyone's...

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