THE ATOM: Ahead of the Competition

As the head of a top-secret Government agency, Lewis L. Strauss, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, is well aware of his often conflicting responsibilities for security and the people's right to know. At a National Press Club luncheon last week, Banker Strauss gave the people a remarkably candid "annual report to stockholders." It was encouraging.

On the debit side the AEC chairman listed:

¶ Russian thermonuclear experiments. "It is unintelligent to decry their scientific competence."

¶ Public criticism of the commission's security program and, in particular, the Oppenheimer case—although Strauss feels that the AEC has a "very fair procedure to...

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