| The American public’s fascination with Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs, was very much the result of an atmosphere of conspiracy and secrecy which flourished during the Cold War, according to Greg Eghigian, associate professor of history at Penn State University. When the Cold War abated, so too did interest in the phenomenon, Eghigian says.
In a fascinating academic paper, which has since made the rounds of conspiracy theory sites and serious news outlets alike, Professor Eghigian laid out a history of ufology, an area of study rife with speculation and conspiracy theories, and its tempestuous relationship with mainstream science, which did not trust ufologists, or their attempts to explain the unknown using the (limited) tools at their disposal.
Speaking to Sputnik about his paper, the professor explained that the American public’s interest in UFOs was very much a product of the Cold War atmosphere in which it was born. […]
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Transcript of 1954 Oppenheimer Hearing Declassified in Full
By Steven Aftergood
Â Â Â The transcript of the momentous 1954 Atomic Energy Commission hearing that led the AEC to revoke the security clearance of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who had led the Manhattan Project to produce the first atomic bomb, has now been declassified in full by the Department of Energy.
âThe Department of Energy has re-reviewed the original transcript and is making available to the public, for the first time, the full text of the transcript in its original form,â according to a notice posted on Friday.
The Oppenheimer hearing was a watershed event that signaled a crisis in the nuclear weapons bureaucracy and a fracturing of the early post-war national security consensus. Asked for his opinion of the proceedings at the time, Oppenheimer told an Associated Press reporter (cited by Philip Stern) that âPeople will study the record of this case and reach their own conclusions. I think there is something to be learned from it.â
And so there is. But what?
âNo document better explains the America of the cold war â its fears and resentments, its anxieties and dilemmas,â according to Richard Polenberg, who produced an abridged edition of the hearing transcript in 2002 based on the redacted original. âThe Oppenheimer hearing also serves as a reminder of the fragility of individual rights and of how easily they may be lost.â
It further represented a breakdown in relations between scientists and the U.S. government and within the scientific community itself.
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