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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 26, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                2 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Thurs., Sept. 26, 1374 Your United Way "I'm Anna Powers, a retired schoolteacher and a YWCA volunteer. This last year, I have been helping with the Peer (Irmip program at the YWCA for girls with special needs who are 8 to 18 years old. Through the group process (his program seeks to further the development of the personal, social, and educational potential of these girls. My job with the 8 to 10-year-old girls is to make cookies for their meetings. The girls and their leaders visit with me in my apartment at Geneva Tower. The YWCA Peer Group program has served more than seventy girls who have a special need to be involved in a development program. Thanks to you it's working. Your gift to the United Way campaign helps the YWCA and 21 other agencies work- ing to meet vital community needs. Please help us keep it working. Please pledge your fair share to this year's United Way Campaign. Robber Mokes Regular Stop LOS ANGELES (AP) -r Olio man is becoming a regular customer at a quick-order res- taurant here and he always gives the same take-out order all the cash on hand. Restaurant employes dubbed him the "rhyming robber" last Thursday after he said: "See what I've got. It's a gun. Gel all the money. Or I'll shoot someone." He escaped with authorities report. Tuesday night he returned to the restaurant and said, "I'm your regular customer." He ordered the phone wires ripped out and took all the money from the safe. He got away with authorities said. How CIA Fought Its Secret War in Laos By Frederick Marks BANGKOK (UPI) In 1970, the spy chiefs of America's Central Intelligence Agency found themselves trying to fight a in Laos, but run- ning out of Lao soldiers. It marked the start of a million covert operation whose details are just now coming to light. The war was in Laos between the pro-Communist Pathet Lao and the rightists who still con- trolled the Vientiane govern- ment. But it was. in a sense, a war by proxy. The unseen pro- tagonists were North Vietnam and the U. S. who were fighting their public war in Vietnam. The Vietnam war occupied the public interest, but the secret fighting in Laos was al- mos't as furious. Soon both sides were running out of men in a country with a total population of only 2.5 million. Thai Irregulars When the ranks of the Pathel Lao thinned, the North Viet- namese poured in 100.000 of They'll Do It Every Time QuiNELLA LIKE ANIMALS- IN FACT, SHE'S Sky Diver Hurt Trying To Set High Dive Mark FORT LAUDERDALE. Fla. (AP) A 26-year-old profes- sional sky diver seeking to es- tablish a world's record for high diving was sent to the hospital with two crushed ver- tebrae after the dive. Mike King, 25, of Fort Lauderdale jumped out of a helicopter from a height of between 155 and 160 feet on Monday and landed in eight feet of water in the Intracoastal Waterway here. King, a Vietnam veteran, said ho knew immediately on hitting the water that he had been injured. King was presented a cer- tificate and plaque by the In- ternational Swimming Hall of Fame, which verified his dive as a world's record. However, the Guinness Book of World Records notes that a stuntman named Terry leapt from a hydroplane into the Ohio river at Louisville in 1921 from an alleged altitude of 310 feel. And Guinness also listed a 250-foot jump by Sarah Henley in 1885 off a bridge in England but said her dive was cushioned by her dress and petticoat acting as a parachute. GAZETTE TELEPHONE NUMBERS For News, Sports, Bookkeeping, General Infor- mation end Olficei Not listed Below Call.............39B-HII ilolion-SulmriptionDept.....398-833: Moir. thru Sot. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundoyi Until 12 Noon Holidays II urn. !o 7 p.m. Wanl Ads............398-8234 Hon. thru Fri. 8o.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday until 12 Noon Display Advertising...............398- Morion Office...........398- Friday Saturday Sunday Bigger and better than ever! Over books fiction, nonfiction, textbooks, magazines and paperbacks for adults and for children all to be sold at low, low prices during the Sponsored By The FRIENDS OF THE CEDAR RAPIDS PUBLIC LIBRARY, INC. Friday, Sept. 27 10 a.m. -8 p.m. admission, opening day only) Saturday, Sept. 28 Sunday, Sept. 29 Free Admission, both days 9 a.m. -5 p.m. 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Second Avenue Bridge entrance Parking In the Flret Street Parkade and Plaza Parking Underground Proceeds from the Friends Book Sale will be used (or the purchase of needed equipment and services not obtainable through normal library budget sources. their own troops. The CIA, desperate to stem the tide of the war, turned to an ally In the area Thailand, which was only too Klad to help. In the next three years, a to- tal of Thai irregular troops were recruited, trained and directed by the CIA to fight in Laos. The last 200 of them will he coining home when the new Laotian coalition govern- ment completes an prisoners of war, among them Emmet Kay of Honolulu, the last known American POW in Indo-China, who regained his freedom Sept. 18. The Thai forces who fought in Laos were a secret army; a private army, recruited, trained and directed to fight a war on behalf of the CIA. "As far as the operations of the irregular forces arc con- said a 1971 report by the U. S. senate foreign rela- tions committee, "some say that CIA is not used to prosecuting a war in public and does not see what purpose would be served by doing so." Cover-Up Try When word seeped out, i: cover-up Wils attempted with talk about Thailand coming to the aid of an ally but the fact remained thai the U. S., through the CIA, trained and paid for the Thai forces in Laos. "The CIA supervises and pays for the training of these irregulars and provides their salary, allowances, and opera- tional costs in said the 1971 senate report. "CIA case officers supervise the training and advise the operations of these units, but we were told that they did not accompany them on operations." In early 1973, just before a peace accord was reached in Laos, the Thai irregulars peaked at The cost to the U. S. was million, a 1973 senate report said. The funding of the CIA's private army was interesting. Again according to a senate report, "Defense department funds are transferred to the CIA in Washington, which (hen pusses the funds through CIA channels to (deleted) headquarters, a Thai com- mand which then disburses the money." Withdrawal When the peace agreement was signed in Laos, the CIA began to withdraw the Thai irregulars. Under the agreement, all foreign forces should have left Laos 60 days after the formation of the coalition government and so far as the Thais were con- cerned, that deadline was met. Accounting for Thais killed or captured while fighting in Laos is the only loose knot to be tied up. Gen. Vitoon Yasawasdi, now assistant director general of the Bangkok police department but formerly nominal com- mander of the irregulars, said in an interview that between 600 and 800 were killed and another OIK) are still missing. "Almost certainly some of those missing were he said. "Not all were captured." Between 200 and 000 Thais are expected to regain their freedom when the I'athct Lao returns Its I'OWs and one Bangkok intelligence source said the U. S. "apparently feels obligated to do something." Vitoon said an estimated (2.8 million WHS left of the private (MA army's operation fund, and each of the returning I'OWs will r.eeeive a bonus, plus back pay. THE COACHMEN THE GOSPEL IN SONG P.M., SEPT. 27 28 SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 A.M., A.M., P.M. HARDY J. POWERS SPEAKING IN EACH SERVICE FIRST Church of the Nazarene 3113 First Avenue S. 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