Action opposes individual freedomIn the October 8th issue of The Tech, two letters urged student action that is clearly opposed to individual freedom ["Pledge against SDI has arrived at MIT" and "Deny CIA recruiters access to MIT."] These people, of course, have the freedom to oppose freedom. Yet, we should be aware that this is what they are doing and more enlightened students and faculty should take heart that there are also many who will stand fast and not see themselves shackled by restrictions concocted by these groups.
Most importantly, the Institute itself should take no stand on issues such as the Strategic Defense Initiative, and should not selectively deny individuals access to any prospective employer, including the CIA.
However, the undersigned individuals have the right to, and do make the following political statement: "We urge that research on SDI be vigorously pursued. Research is needed because there are many problems involved in constructing a defense against nuclear weapons. Research is warranted because it is the legitimate concern of government to provide for the common defense."
One must wonder how people can sit at a booth and point out difficulties with a project, then put forward a petition to prohibit research to resolve these difficulties. This is what research is for! The fight against cancer, the search for viable fusion energy, and many other research goals have huge problems facing them. That is why research institutions, such as MIT, are legitimately offered support to do such research.
One must also stand amazed at the argument that if some faculty do research on this subject, it will lend MIT's name to the pro-SDI forces. Please note that this assertion comes only two weeks after the New York Times (Sept. 13, 1985) devoted a full page to Professor Morrison's and Professor Kistiakowsky's vilification of SDI. Incidentally, their institutional affiliation was mentioned.
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