AUTHORGreen, Harold P.
TITLEThe Oppenheimer Case: A Study in the Abuse of Law
PERIODICAL TITLEBulletin of the Atomic Scientists
DATE PUBLISHED1977
VOLUME NUMBER33
ISSUE NUMBER7
PAGE NUMBERS12-16, 56-61
ISSN0096-3402


This interesting article contains reflections on the famous 1954 security clearance hearing of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer conducted by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). The author, Harold Green, who was a lawyer for the AEC, was responsible for drafting the letter notifying Oppenheimer of the charges against him but shortly afterwards asked to be excused from further participation in the case for reasons of conscience. He observes that the “case was the invention and application of a body of law that had very little claim to existence except in the minds of its ministers” (p. 61). The article chronicles abuses of the law by the prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the hearing.


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