Rising Pressure Against Wall of Secrecy
Effect of Soviet H-Bomb Test Disclosude
Recent atomic developments, here and in foreign countries, have given added urgency to public debate over what can and should be said officially by the government—to the American people, to science and industry, to close allies of the United States—about superweapons and the processes of nuclear fission and fusion.
Since confirmation in August of the Soviet announcement that Russia had set off a hydrogen explosion,1 there has been growing concern expressed over a wide range of questions raised by the “time scale” of atomic developments. Leading nuclear scientists contend that the rapidly changing time scale has rendered obsolete many of the basic assumptions which have governed American defense policies.
The original monopoly of the United States ...