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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 23, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Data-gathering By Mary Costollo WASHINGTON hl four is a decade away, many Amer- icans seem convinced lhal (leorge Or- well s scenario in js already dangerously close lo reality. Fears government and private data-galheniig acllvilies and official and unofficial snooping into Hie lives of private have been heightened by Watergate revelations in the last two years. ".Stripped down to its cssen- a recent American Civil Liberties Union study commented, "Watergate is the privacy issue." While Walcrgale-relaled invasions of privacy wiretapping and bugging ot the use of government files to discredit misuse of in- telligence agencies and breaking and entering have received most cif the attention, other aspects of UK: problem are being looked at more carefully to- day. Scores of books and articles on the subject are being published, private and government commissions arc studying ways ol protecting individual privacy and congress is considering more than I'lfl bills on subject. The issue el1 privacy cuts across po- litical lines. With a coalition of liberals and conservatives in and out of govern- ment leading the way, congress is ex- pected before adjournment this year to complete w-irk on privacy legislation that fur the first lime would place controls on the federal government's collection dissemination of personal information about individuals. A four- year study completed last June by the senate judiciary subcommittee on consiilulio.'ia! rights underlined the need for congressional action. The subcommittee investigators found data banks with more than 1.1! billion records in M federal agencies. These data banks, the study reported, "are by no means all the government files on individuals." At least 23 of the 858 data banks were set up la collect derogatory information and over half had no statutory authority for their existence. Individuals knew that the agencies had in- forum The U. S. Geological Survey reports that, even at current rates of lion, America possesses a sup- ply of petroleum and a 1100-year supply of natural gas within its own territory. Geologists also estimate thai there are two trillion barrels of high grade oil ill the shale rock of Colorado. Utah, and Wyoming. This fantastic source of ener- gy is six times larger than all known reserves of crude petroleum on earth. Government- interference, however, is preventing exploitation ol these abundant natural resources. Two million barrels of oil per day could have been flowing from the Alaskan wilder- ness mitt, bot for iiuritliljir iiii.rfi.r- dice with Ihe trans-Alaskan pipeline. While every effort has been mar- shaled lo convince Americans that the earth is running out energy supplies, the truth of the mailer is that shortages are due almost exclusively to govern- mental interference with Ihe petroleum, gas and power industries. The National Petroleum Council has estimated lhat only percent of dis- coverable oil in the U. S. has yet been located. One of Ihe biggest reasons why it hasn't been located is that no one is looking for it. because government anti- pollution controls have made it economi- cally impossible to build refineries. But Ihe record shows that (here have been only three oil spills from about offshore wells. 11 11 my coiniclion thai the' removal of governmental controls and restric- tions would swiftly solve Ihe problem. But let me throw caution completely to Ihe wind and tell you why I think Ihe controls exist. Simply slated, we are being stampeded into accepting total government control over our economy. Manufactured shortages can't help but lead lo rationing, to the destruction of private eiilcrprise and lo Ihc establish- ment of total government. While our federal government is sti- fling American industry, it is encourag- ing Ihe pnrchaM' of natural gas at inflat- ed prices from communist Algeria and planning lo I'm.incc the 'I. lit of LETTERS Tho Garotte's editorial pago opinions, fo lunglh limit: 400 words. Gun Icttiif (XT writer ovftry 30 dnyi. Ail may Iw toixlftruwl and rditod without chanflinfl rm-oniixf. Noni puhlurwd ononymootly. Wrilnr'i numbnr (not printed) ihculcl follrtw iKiinfl, odd rtm nrxl tnoddblo handwritten to hnlp cxithentkotfi. Conform mcx-i with inuei orxl Ihon par- lonnlihfli, Nr> poetry. Opinion Page Views Ideas Insights Judgments Comments formation on their; even if they did, rarely had ac ess to their files. Never- theless, it "likely" that the in- formation in these files would be "fairly readily" shared with other federal, state and local agencies. A recent survey conducted by tin1 Roper polling organization indicated that more Americans are concerned about private data collecting that touch- es them directly than they arc about government files. Private data collect- ing includes credit information, cen- tralized medical, insurance and bank records, tests by employers of the physi- cal and mental health and loyalty of employes or prospective employes, and the enormous record-keeping activi- ties of the nation's schools. The Domestic Council Committee on the Right to Privacy, a White House Ills The sum of behavior is to retain a man's own dignity without intruding upon (ho lib- erty ot others. Francis Bacon the oil and gas industries of Soviet Russia and Red China. As our standard of living is driven down, _ the communist economy is pushed up so that the drive for a one- world government becomes a realisti- cally attainable goal II sounds fantastic, but manufactured shortages and the accompanied build-up of communist tyrannies are preparing the way for one-worlders to control ev- eryone and everything. Voters would do belter to insure a shortage of those who advocate such treachery. (iary Culver Thirty-fifth street Marion Leadership To the Kdilnr: The President has spoken: "Whip Inflation "lie a bargain "Save "WIN." He holds down the pay raises but gives billions lo Turkey, Israel, and Egypt and Arab and Kuropean countries? Why not lake care uf our problems here at home first, and quit giving money and wheat away? It's our lax money he is playing with. "Be a bargain hunter." The govern- ment should never tall: about such things. Readers Digest, the Kuquircr and several newspapers have often stat- ed the government has paid as much as 1500 percent over cost for many articles, and some arc sitting in warehouses get- ting dusty while the government con- tinues to buy more. "Save energy." He did not stop night football, baseball, outdoor hockey, skal- golf, softball and auto races. These events take a lot of gas. oil and coal One event uses more than the average householder uses in a year and there are thousands of such events. Also the President did not stop himself, cabinet members and congressmen from using planes, flying around the world and our United Stales on pleasure junkets. He wants us to drive less, but every executive in the federal, state and local government has a government-owned car furnished and they use it for plea- sure too. lie wants us to walk. I say let the government city, slale anil fed- eral lead the way and the people will I hen follow Bargain hunting and saving energy are good ideas but they must he practiced by all. Kill "Whip Inflation Now" is a lough problem and cannot be accom- plished overnight. We all must work together and lhat means government loo not jusl the public. Vornon Mrslik Southland Street SW Too Rushed On Oct. M, Aiiamosa police caught a person in (he act of maliciously destroy agency set up by former President Nixon last winter and headed by Pres- ident Ford, has taken the position that its "Initial privacy initiates should focus on the federal government." The committee "believes that federal exam- ple and experience in this complex field should precede federal directives lo the non-federal governmental and private sectors." Critics of this view contend lhat state, local and private data-gathering agencies are already too large, loo read- ily accessible lo outsiders and too po- tentially dangerous to wail unlil after federal controls are implemented. Technological developments will make invasions of privacy far easier in the years lo come. Alan K. Westin, author of the classic study, "Privacy and imagines what could have happened if Watergate had happened in 1980 or 19S4. The While House "would have had video display terminals linked to a computer in Camp David that would have really held some 'enemies files' such as political opponents to be systematically harried by federal discretionary authority; a disloyally file of persons whose radical activi- ties make them suspect; and a special press file of those reporters and com- mentators whose output was considered biased." Several remedies have been proposed to protect Americans against existing and potential threats to their privacy. Some call for the establishment of a national privacy board to handle public grievances against government agencies or private organizations a plan op- posed by President Ford. Others waul a constitutional amendment guaranteeing all Americans the right to personal privacy. Still others believe that legislation or administrative action offering specific remedies for specific infringements would provide the best protection in a technologically advanced and advancing world. It is certain that all these sugges- tions will be examined much more closely in the decade before than they have been in the past. ing a late model car. He was charged and pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of tampering with a motor vehi- cle, lie was fined and released within 110 minutes. This brand of speedy criminal justice was so fast lhal Ihe arresting officer didn't even have a chance to prepare a case and file the right charge. We know the right to a speedy trial is important, but should it be so fast that the facts pertaining to Ihe case can not even be brought lo light'.' This didn't even get to the plea-bargaining stage. Is worth of damage, actually tampering with a motor vehicle or should it he called malicious injury to a mo'tor vehicle? A person with this temperament, capable of causing this kind of violent destruction, is certainly capable of venting his frustrations in some other more serious way. Wouldn't Ihe quality of justice in this case have been more important (ban Ihe speed wilh which the whole Ihing incompetently done away with? Lloyd Peterson Aiiamosa Child abuse To the Editor: Child abuse seems to he very puhlic- ly noted today. Social problems, family pressures, personal crises you name it and we have it. Ail areas and kinds of people are involved. Abuse is capable of happening among Ihe rich, middle-income and poor, regardless of profession, in any part of town. Usually a person feels trapped with no way out hut anger and frustration. And usually any little crisis helps spark the fire. Children get it going and are involved. We've got to learn control. How can we control something which is really not known to ourselves? Abuse is not premeditated. Kvory one of us is capable. Maybe help has finally arrived. In Ihe Cedar Hapids area a new program against abuse has started. It includes crisis intervention and on-going help through weekly meetings. Parents Anonymous is a nonauthoritative organ- with which a parent with a problem can become iuuiKcd anony- mously without fear uf j'.vigmcnt, social hostility, reprisal, rejection, legal or pu- nitive measures. II serves parents with all types of abuse problems physical abuse, phys- ical neglect, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, emotional neglect. They are aided in rechanueling their destructive attitudes and actions into eonslruelive and loving behavior, with feelings of "I am a per- son, a person with a goal, a life." Help has arrived. Spread the word; Parents Anonymous is in limn, and it's working. The numbers lo call fiir fur- ther information are iilili-liti'JS or IKiti- 7037. Wendy Aiuesworth MM Dunham drive SW Scars Low J'riec A workhorse, rig that even Casey Jones would lie proud cif! With Santa Fe locomotive, flat cats, pifigyhaiis car- rel'rlgn alur car. box car, hopper car and caboose. 19 track .sections and 2 switches. S Doghouse! Indoo Regular Charlie Brown's best friend Snoopy' is up to his old tricks again. This time it s bis flying; doghouse. up, upside down and even loops. Easy to fly and a house ftdi of Inn. Sears lias a Ocdil f'lan to Stiii Most Every Barbie's Friend Ship Viilh Self Case Sears Price 10'- Bar life's tum jet [ilant1 unfolds lo show interior. Has si'jtis, IOUIIKC Fisher Price Doll With Soft Body C? Tl bears rrico U If you have a little, husucr, love Mary. The soft (loll with (hi! inn, warm smile.. Bugs Toothbrush Scars Price ralihil'.s carrot id a battery-powered tuolll- hnish. Sears Solid State Walkie Talkie Set Pockel sized pair operah'S on channel 1 I. tins earphones, mill Morse Coile linlliin. Bop-a-ftcar Klcciric Super How' l.og Foothall Gjiine .Srni-8 I'rico Krmok llir iillirrpliij'rr'rtlirjir off tin- Von luivi: Ml Ills hi'lly "luiltoii" to iln it. Spirit of "76 Electric Train Set K.-gnlnr SI.VW H Total train control mnken it Mpcrial. I'lnyrrs follow v playp, carry, Kick nni! pa: Kvcl Knicvel Crush Car ('mm Jiiea! Hrgllbr.Sll.17 HO nculc train wl. Fnginff JH liliirrfii and Mlripcd. V'.vrry- nrcilci) for j-rcal ftm.> SHOP AT SKARS AND SAVK ir Vcnir M'.AIIS, IIOKIHICK AM) .VB'OBSK EWO5W SUNDAY Noon lo 5 p.m. '''KKI'- PARKING MOW. throiii'h Kit I. n.m.-i) p.m. UNDAl.K IM.AM SATURDAY p.m. IOWA   

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