THE CONGRESS: All Over Again

For five months the Senate's Special Committee on Atomic Energy argued the question: what should the U.S. do about The Bomb? They were agreed on one point: the U.S. should keep the secret—even though scientists insisted there was no secret to guard. As far as the Senators were concerned, the question really boiled down to: who should do the guarding, civilians or the military? The debate raged long & loud.

Last week, they thought they had something just about nailed down. They were sadly mistaken.

They had tentatively agreed on a bill, drafted by Committee Chairman Brien McMahon, which set up...

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