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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Jattiiafy Andy fldbney thiriks about see pinions Manager Andy Rooney The publics right to know is sacred If youre looking for something good that has happened in this youll find it in the interest all of us have shown in whats going oh in the peace talks in Its dull stuff and we can congratulate ourselves on trying to stay with it and figure out the details of the negotiations between the and the Soviet All the major newspapers had their star reporters in Geneva and the television networks had their an chormen When I was in grade the United States didnt make much of foreign It seemed to us kids in school that we owned the and perhaps but we didnt have an empire the way the British We studied history and wars but I dont recall ever hearing the phrase foreign Our relations just werent foreign The United States was just starting to become an important world For most of its history it had been satisfied being this new country in a world all its Things have Not only are we a world power today but when someone runs for that can didate has to have both a domestic and a foreign Voters are concerned because they know foreign policy means war and As a result of all the coverage our foreign affairs most intelligent adults and a lot of schoolchildren know more than ever about the rest of the world and the role we play in Whether our leaders like it or diplomacy had become part of the democratic Foreign affairs are no longer the exclusive territory of a few club members in the State A president can no longer act in public on domestic matters and in private on foreign All of us want to know whats going on over over Politicians probably liked It better before Americans were as interested as they are now in foreign Our elected officials love democracyin theitspeeches but in office they hate the idea of having us looking over their shoulders all of the This is particularly true of foreign affairs and particularly true of the Reagan ad Public diplomacy isnt their idea of a good We laugh at the way the Kremlin keeps secrets from the Soviet people but our guys must secretly envy the Russian leaders have from those nagging little customs of like freedom of the The Reagan administration has taken more steps to make information difficult for the public to get than any administration in recent They take the attitude that they know whats best for They feel wed rather not know how they go about getting 230 million Americans cant go to Swit zerland to work out an arms reduction so we trust our representatives like Secretary of State George They ought to trust They ought to let us know whats going on and take into consideration our They cant always conclude that they know so much more about the situation than we do that our opinion is Its been known about democracy for a long time that while great numbers of people may be dumb or unin formed about specific their collective opinion is usually wiser than that of the White is the recurrent suspicicion that more than half the people are right more than half of the I still remember the answer to the question I had once on a test in history The question was about President Woodrow Wilsons famous Fourteen Im not sure exactly how the question was asked or what the other 13 points were but the answer Open covenants of openly arrived after which there shall be no private international understandings of any but diplomacy shall proceed always frankly and in the public Our Secretary of George and President Reagan ought to remember the answer lo that STAR WARS Your representatives Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station 78711 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg 20515 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives 20515 Jack Anderson FEMA wants to study economic states WASHINGTON The Federal Emergency Management Agency has commissioned a study on how to wage economic The private who conducted the study with substantial input from agency proposes a series of new federal task forces and Their purpose would be to implement a organized and effective federal program should the United States go to war with economic FEMA will be in an obscure federal agency that is supposed to prepare for natural and manmade has been criticized for attempting to grab more power than it is Director Louis Giuffnda has been assailed by none other than Attorney General William French SrJtb for trying to create an emergency czar role for his Washington officials question FEMAs authority to direct economic But a FEMA spokesman cited a 1962 executive which apparently gives the agency the claimed The spokesman insisted that economic warfare wasnt the agencys name for the phenomenon described in the FEMA prefers the term economic defense to define the methods of denying adversaries But my associate Donald Goldberg has obtained a draft report of the and it clearly states that FEMA has activated a pilot program to identify the elements of a federal offensive and defensive economicwarfare The inchthick report does not advocate any particular method of waging economic warfare rather it recommends implementing measures on a casebycase For the section titled Offensive Economic Warfare Ac tions jeads as if it were written bv a CIA bureau chief in Latin It includes these possibilities I Currency and exchangerate restrictions andor 2 Manipulation of silver and other precious metals sales or 3 Economic and 41 Misin formation on patents and so The uninitiated might think some of those would constitute dirty tricks unworthy of the But the FEMA study is not so It identifies without advocating a number of other techniques under the heading Dirty including The use of propoganda and false information includes measures such as publishing false information of economic failures andor suc cesses Economic disturbance and aggravation includes counterfeiting fomenting labor strikes and illicit and illegal ac tions include the stealing of technical secrets and providing a safe haven for terrorists who are hostile to the Infrastructure sabotage and destruction includes measures such as industrial The authors of the FEMA study evidently knew what the customer wanted for his One of the recommended systems for waging the economicwarfare program is an interagency committee supervised by an interagency policy The members of both panels would be chosen by who else the director of Footnote Agency sources say the draft study is still being and theres no evidence that FEMA plans to pursue the This would make it just another Officials of the firm that did the study declined to Nicaragua update Id like to think it had something to do with a column I wrote several months ago reporting that Nicarguan Indian rebels led by Steadman Fagoth had tortured and executed Sandinista government Maybe but Fagoth sought out my reporter Jon Lee Anderson a few days ago to announce with great excitement that he was about to exchange 23 Sandinista captive for five Indian He told my reporter that he now has given orders to respect and he even expressed regret that 17 other Sandinistas in the group that engaged his Indian fighters in combat had been killed in not Fagoth Ive already reported on the presence of antiCastro Cubans in Costa and how they have irritated the Nicaraguan rebels by trying to fight their own anti H T8WS communist war against the Managua One of these militant Felipe explained that he was not trying to form a genuine antiSandinista Cuban group allied with the CIA backed Nicaraguan Democratic What were trying to do Vidal is to provide a way for Cubans if they want to come and fight communists they can come and figt Last following the assassination attempt against Nicaraguan rebel leader Eden the Sandinistas launched a surprise attack against Pastoras leaderless driving hundreds of them across the San Juan River into Costa The Costa Rican authorities confiscated whatever weapons the fleeing rebels had most of then supplied by the CIA and sold them on the black To whom To Salvadoran ftF jeer on NOT Mailbag policy The HeraldZeriung welcomes the opinions of its and were happy to publish letters to the Letters are published on the Opinions page as soon as they are unless delayed by space Whik readers opinions on local issues generally are of more interest to other we welcome letters on auy topic national or iitennfrtmtf that not prevent publication unless the letter is judged to be potentially All letters to the editor should be signed and authorship must be verifiable by Anonymous letters will not be Send your letter to New the writer chooses to Content will
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