Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 24, 1974, Page 8

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette July 24, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Odar Rapids Gazette: Wed., July 24, 1974 Relevant, in light of secrets told And now, Ellsberg’s profile’ By William F. Buckley, jr. SO NOW. in the course of exercising our’ right to know, we have access to the “psychiatric profile of Ellsberg” prepared for the White House by the Central Intelligence Agency, and it is spread out before us presumably on the grounds not that we, as plain citizens, have the right to know tin* psychic secrets of Daniel Ellsberg, but that we have the right to know the kind of thing being done in Washington under President Nixon after Kl Is berg gave the secret Pentagon Papers to the New York Times et al Well, what did the CIA say about Daniel Ellsberg? I am not at home in the lingo of the psychiatrists, having harbored a purely intuitive suspicion that a great deal of it is stuff and nonsense, but here is a drastic truncation of the 2,500-word report Ellsberg, the CIA author concluded — carefully specifying that he had had to proceed only on the basis of public and second-hand information — is a very brilliant man who suffered a great jolt during his childhood This may have led him on the one hand to a kind of exorbitant individual assertiveness of his own, combined with a search for. and then a resentment of. a father figure. There were apparently a lot of these in Ellsberg’s career, and their names are given, but always, after a little too much exposure to Ellsberg, they started pushing him away from their field of operations — or maybe Ellsberg got fed up with them. Conceivably, — the profile continues — William F. Buckley, jr. this pattern was reflected in the rela tionship between Ellsberg and the Chief Executive, the presidency. That presidency Ellsberg turned away from as exercising too much power — like his own father, and, like other father figures, for failing sufficiently to honor Ellsberg. Even his psychiatrist (the celebrated Dr Fielding) either dismissed Ellsberg after two years, or was dismissed by Ellsberg. The report concludes that conceivably Ellsberg might become more normal “if he were to return to psychiatric treatment, perhaps a modification of analysis, If he were to return and participate wholeheartedly, it is possible that his destructive energy could be contained and even used to effect some change in his repetitious behavior.” Now the lady on CBS whose job it was to report on this aspect of the Watergate development the other night said it mat-ter-of-factly that the purpose of commissioning the CIA profile of Daniel Ellsberg was to “smear” him Another dirty trick — pure and simple. Perhaps .lames St. Clair will get around to doing it, but meanwhile a few observations, different in nature: • To get to the business they will raise most often — the paragraph in the profile about the sex life of Ellsberg, which is said to be “blatant” and variegated. Now, a serious inquiry into the psychological stability of an individual (let us assume this was one such) will not conclude from such a finding that Ellsberg was unstable A lot of “stable” people have “blatant'' and variegated sex experiences. But, on the other hand, a lot of people who have blatant and variegated sex experiences are unstable. And it is inconceivable, from the passage in question about Ellsberg’s sex life that it alone could have been used to “smear” him. I could imagine it’s being read out loud by Ellsberg himself on the .Johnny Carson Show. and would expect to see a five point rise in Ellsberg’s Roper rating the next day. • The United States government, at the time this profile was commissioned, considered itself in some kind of war with Ellsberg. The other war we were fighting was against North Vietnam. Opinion Page 2 Views Ideas    Insights Judgments    Comments Along comes Ellsberg, and gives a whole collection of secret papers to the New York Times to publicize. Now the argument that after all the supreme court subsequently permitted their publication and that therefore they were not really sensitive, omits two important points: (a) some of the papers turned over by Ellsberg for publication were not published by the Times because they were thought to be too sensitive; and (b) Ellsberg had even more sensitive information at his disposal which he had not yet given over to the Times, and the White House wanted to know what was the possibility that he would do so. • What kind of a man is he? Most of tin* time (in my experience) knowing what “kind of a man” someone is w ill get you nowhere at the level of concrete prediction. But it is useful knowledge at the level of general prediction. To know that Ellsberg was excessively vain, that his allegiance's were passionate and shortlived, is something you would want to know about someone who takes it upon himself to give away national secrets in time of war If the war had been formally declared, there would have been no Ellsberg problem: he’d simply have been picked up by the marshals and put away. It is a tribute to formal executive restraint that this did not happen. It would not have been a tribute to formal executive restraint to note that no efforts whatever had been made to find out something about someone on the loose who had declared himself an enemy of American public policy in pursuit of which Americans were dying. Washington Star Syndicate More involved than just Nixon Reverence for law at stake By Anthony Lewis AN ADMIRER of President Nixon, sickened by Watergate but still opposed to impeachment, explained the other day: “Why bother impeaching him? He has been punished enough by what has happened, and that will be an example to future Presidents. It is better to stop now.” If the person of Richard Nixon were the issue, that argument would be persuasive. There is no great purpose in merely pursuing him into further disgrace. History will record him for what ho is. But the issue that faces congress is not Nixon The process that finally reaches the stage of .judgment in the house judiciary committee this week will decide what kind of government Americans are going to have, two centuries after winning independence. It will decide what kind of country we are. That large sense of what is at stake is irresistibly conveyed in the Articles of Impeachment proposed by the committee counsel. John Boar. and the supporting findings. Even after all the disclosures of the last two years, the list of things done by this President and his men is awesome. Obstruction of justice, subornation of perjury, burglary, interference with the judicial process, illegal wiretapping for political ends, destruction of evidence, use of the tax system to punish enemies. misuse of police and intelligence-agencies, tax fraud, contempt of congress: those are some of the wrongs committed — all. as the draft resolution says, “to the manifest injury of the confidence of the nation and the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice ” That those things happened is not really in doubt. The question is what congress should do about them — do to prevent them happening again Some congressional Republicans, reluctant to impeach, are evidently trying to convince themselves that there is some method short of impeachment. Rep. David W. Dennis (R-lnd.) said, “We really ought to be thinking about some remedial legislation But the remedy already exists. It was written into the Constitution. Failure to use it now would necessarily appear tn a degree as a condoning of what has happened, lf a future President were lawless, would he Ik1 put off by the history of a predecessor who survived disclosure of such wrongdoing? Or would he be tempted to think that he could bo more effective in the abuse of power? In maintaining law and order in society, deterrence is a crucial factor. The potential criminal is most effectively deterred by the sense that punishment is likely to be swift and sure It would not be much of a deterrent if judge or jury refused to enforce existing laws aud suggested that others be passed But Nixon’s final argument is that impeachment would weaken the presidency — would leave future Presidents “afraid to make unpopular decisions,” as he put it. But the articles proposed to the house committee by its counsel deal not with Nixon’s policy decisions but with his illegal methods and abuses of trust. The institution of the presidency would hardly be weakened by cleansing it of the corruptions that have sapped public confidence. It is not just the character of the presidency that these next weeks will define. It is our own character as a people our values, our sense of legitimacy, our trust Will that special American reverence for the law survive0 Will our wounded respect for institutions be revived, or Anthony Lewis White males losing out Omnipotent quota By Jim Fiebig I WASN’T surprised when a spokesman for the University of Wisconsin recently admitted the institution discriminates against white males in order to draw more women and minorities into its work force. The same sorry situation exists in the hiring practices of large and small businesses around the country A personnel manager who works for a firm of about 200 people related a classic case to me last night “The position that was open was a highly technical one,” the manager said, “and I was able to whittle tin* couple dozen applicants down to four just by going over the resumes Any one of them could have handled the job." “In a case like that, how do you decide0" “I’d choose the best personality A qualified person who can’t gel along well with other employes isn t worth a damn.” “So who had the best personality?” “The white male The Mexican guy was okay but seemed a little up tight The white woman was pleasant enough but she didn’t take care of herself The black ran a close second, but per sonality-wise, I still considered him second. ” “So you hired the white male?” “I recommended the white male. The word came down that we had our ‘quota’ of women and white males, but we were low on blacks and Mexican-Americans " “What did you do?” “I told them if I couldn’t hire the white male, they could get themselves another personnel manager.” “Well0" “Well. they lured the black man and I (put the same day." “Did you have trouble finding another position?" “Are you kidding? Black, female personnel managers are iii demand all over town." General f catur es Corporation Jim Fiebig will we become an altogether cynical people? Will we believe again in the possibility of leadership — believe that our constitutional system can work? Those are some of the larger questions that may be profoundly' affected by the course of impeachment. Underlying them all is the idea of moral responsibility. “I will not place the blame on subordinates . . .,” the President said in his Watergate speech of April 30, 1973. “The man at the top must bear the responsibility." Yet now the man whose personal and political staff was rife with criminality, the man in whose name this country’s most pervasive political crimes were committed, says that somehow it had nothing to do with him. Is that to be our standard of responsibility0 Standards are the issue in I In* end — legal and moral, national and personal. As the house committee heard John Dour last week. a Nixon supporter waiting outside said: “We elected him President and he has the right to use his judgment on what lie should break into.” Congress will decide whether that is the kind of country we are to be. Mow York Times Service y 9x12' NYLON PILE RUG «.s IHM Ow.    pp Boo i it if u I durable room sue rug Stain and dirt resistant^^^^Ei Firm late* back Sapor buy1 fc3.< Chorgi It Wk DOUBLE KNIT FABRIC Beg 3 24 3 74 Yd    mf Jacquard geometric /arn dyed or    j$rf tm coordinated knit crepe poly    Yorri osier. Washable No ironing ABH* cinene Turkey Co Id Plate Sperial For Kresge Shoppers.....1.09 S. 5. 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  • Anthony Lewis
  • Daniel Ellsberg
  • David W. Dennis
  • Jim Fiebig
  • John Boar
  • John Dour
  • Johnny Carson Show
  • Richard Nixon
  • William F. Buckley

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: July 24, 1974

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