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NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
2101 CONSTITUTION AVENUE
WASHINGTON, D. C. 20418

January 22, 1980

Mr. Carll Tucker
Editor
Saturday Review
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10019

Dear Mr. Tucker,

As you are by now quite aware, the article “The Invisible Threat: The Stifled Story of Electric Waves” (SR, 9/15/79) has dismayed the scientists most familiar with the issues. Having read the article with extreme care and having reviewed the criticisms offered by several of the scientists mentioned in the article, I can only share that dismay. The article is replete with distortions, inaccuracies, and misrepresentations that are difficult to regard as other than willful and venal. It is insulting to several distinguished scientists and to the National Academy of Sciences.

We do, of course, have alternative means available to deal with the article, most especially its slanderous description of Professor Hastings. As you may know, this institution has in the past successfully sought legal redress when one of our committees was slandered in the public prints and we would not hesitate to so commit our resources again, should that be necessary. However, in the hope of being more positive and of extracting something of value from this episode, we have prepared the enclosed article for publication in the Saturday Review. It has several purposes: to rectify in part the grievous injustice done to this institution and to several reputable scientists; to outline the actual scientific knowledge relevant to the issue treated in the article; and to inform SR readers who have been misled by Ms. Schiefelbein’s article as to how the episode occurred.

I request that you give the enclosed manuscript your prompt attention, and that publication of the article be scheduled expeditiously.

Sincerely yours,

(signed)

Philip Handler
President

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