A few days before Secretary of State Christian Herter took off for a new round of the Geneva conference on Berlin (see FOREIGN NEWS), a bipartisan delegation from Congress' Joint Committee on Atomic Energy marched into his office to voice some grave misgivings. The committee's worry: in spite of a technically interesting scientists' agreement last week (see SCIENCE), the U.S. seemed to be floundering around aimlessly at the other Geneva conference—the nuclear-test-ban negotiations that have dragged on since last Oct. 31.

Tennessee's Democratic Senator Albert Gore, leader of the expedition to Herter's office, had just come back from Geneva, and he...

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