National Affairs: For the Record

News Columnist Drew Pearson wrote last week that Atomic Energy Commission meetings, once enlivened by "fascinating philosophical discussions" on the future of atomic power, now are "ice cold, stiff and edgy." The reason, reported Pearson, is that AEChairman Lewis Strauss uses a recording machine at meetings, and his security officers have clamped taps on the telephone wires of other AEC members. The result, as Pearson saw it, produced fear-muffled commissioners, who are reluctant to voice opinions lest their words some day be turned against them.

In the Senate, Iowa's Bourke B. Hickenlooper, one of the original members of the Joint Congressional Committee...

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