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The following is an excerpt from the transcript of Dr. Robert R. Wilson, founder of Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, before the Congressional Joint Committee in 1969, wherein the CJC was debating the justification of Fermilab's proposed $200M price tag.

Sen. John Pastore: Is there anything connected with the hopes of this accelerator [Fermilab] that in any way involves the security of this country?
Dr. Robert R. Wilson: No sir. I don't believe so.
Pastore: Nothing at all ?
Wilson: Nothing at all.
Pastore: It has no value in that respect ?
Wilson: It has only to do with the respect with which we regard one another, the dignity of men, our love of culture. It has to do with, are we good painters, good sculptors, great poets ? I mean all the things we really venerate and honor in our country and are patriotic about. It has nothing to do directly with defending our country except to make it worth defending.

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