The Ten-Month Silence

Straight, Michael
March 1955
New Republic;3/7/55, Vol. 132 Issue 10, p8
The article presents the author's comments on the papers by Dr. William Libby and Senator Estes Kefauver related to atomic energy. Dr. Willard Libby, one of four Atomic Energy Commissioners gave a statement in testimony on February 22 before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Civil Defense. Together with the February 15 publicity release of the AEC, it lifts at last a corner of the curtain that has hidden from people, knowledge of the future. It is a foreboding future. Senator Kefauver quotes, related to a 14-megaton bomb similar to the one that was detonated at Bikini on March 1, 1954. We are assured now by Val Peterson, the Federal Civil Defense Administrator, that super bombs four times the size of the 1954 weapon can be made. The increase in megatonnage, in fact, is relatively cheap and easy to attain.


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