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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 26, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 4 New Braunfels March James Kilpatrick writes about Jesse Helms and the see below JAMES KILPATRICK O HvraldZeitun pinions Dave General Manager Robert Editor James Kilpatrick Reporters find mixup in expectations Back in midJanuary I ventured a few observations on the matter of Jesse Helms and Since then we have had the Gelb affair at the State Department and the senator has made a speech that rattled the A few additional observations are in will recall that some months ago a group of North closely identified with S founded Fairness in Their avowed purpose was to bring pressure to bear on The senator urged his followers to buy 20 shares or more of CBS stock with a view toward gaining eventual control of the At that distant so the scenario a new CBS presdient would be able to rout out a liberal bias of CBS A new corps of objective reporters and editors would be brought and at long last conservatives would get a fair The senators audacity set off a splendid flapping in journalistic Car toonists had a great Dan gravely reported the story on the CBS evening The flurry had just about subsided when Helms appeared on March 1 before a convention of conservative political action He said that he sometimes wondered if he were on the same planet with reporters and editors who distort the How can the major media be so wrong so often The answer is obvious They are profoundly out of sympathy with the ideals and goals of the American Of there are sound and honest journalists in all parts of the But the elite media and you know who they are are over whelmingly produced by men and women if they do not hate America cer tainly have a smug contempt for American ideals and in his crack about hating Helms was tossing raw meat to the assembled At that point the senator got carried But in the rest of that paragraph Helms was on me cite one example and move Americans historically have admired military heroes Per They are though to embody the old virtue of But how do the liberal car toonists perceive our military leaders All the generals are fat all the admirals wear swords and tricorn hats their chests are ablaze with ribbons that would dazzle the Vegas They are subjects of When Helms speaks of smug Helms strikes The Gelb affair provides a Leslie a top reporter for The York was for two years director of the State Departments Bureau of Politico Military Last month he wrote an article about a contingent plan to deploy nuclear weapons in Bermuda and Puerto His piece was the result of fair digging the substance already had been reported The existence of such contingency plans is a fact of life in every major No security was the bureaus incumbent John Chain blew his He declared Gelb persona non grata to his In an especially childish he ordered Gelbs picture removed from a gallery of past and he posted a notice accusing Gelb of willfully and knowingly publishing classified in formation the release of which is harmful and damaging to the Gelb is a majorleague Chain is a bushleague Chain was as wild in his accusations as Helms was accurate in Both stories tell us something of the regrettable relationship that exists in the United States between so much of the government and so much of the It is an adversarial relationship us against Here in and in state capitals as one finds reporters whose purpose is not simply to report the but rather to score This hostility the natural hostility of cats and dogs poorly serves the public In print or on the reporters have but one obligation to report the news as objectively and neutrally as they without bias of any Helms is right to object when a reporter and Chain was wrong to object when a reporter HEAlTrOCK Your representatives Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station 78711 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg 20515 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives 20515 Jack Anderson Pentagon investigates slaughter in Honduras WASHINGTON The Pentagon is secretly investigating the disturbing possibility that dozens of suspected leftists were murdered by Honduran military of ficers in a Sources in Tegucigalpa told my associate Jon Lee Anderson there is no evidence that officials were aware of the In Honduran sources emphasized that Americans involved in the program were deliberately kept in the That is one of the questions being pursued by the Defense The program was supposed to curb the flow of arms from the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua to leftist rebels in El As the program was related to the CIArun covert operation begun in 1981 to support the antiSandinista Arms interdiction was the justification the Reagan administration gave when it per suaded Congress to put up the original million for the secret war in Unlike the CIAs clandestine the aid to the Honduran government was The need to prevent ex port of armed subversion by Nicaraguan has repeatedly been cited by the White House to explain the massive military presence in A reliable source in Tegucigalpa said there have been several cases of suspected leftists who had disappeared after detention by Honduran officers in charge of the arms interdiction One source said that in the last month the Defense Departments investigation has focused on charges that the Special Operations an elite Honduran YOUN6X I pEAPUNB THOUSHTHZMS AGAIN PAPER HASASKZPHIM TO URIWA MM PIAKfABOUT HIS R5LATIONSHIP WITH A LOT OF INTEREST IN THt N5IAJ NOT PAPPY G O O MARCH 26JOANIB GOES TD VISIT IM ON MY OWN WITH AT SOO JEFFREY FWM WHAT JOANie HAS TOU I KNOW THIS I TRY TO CHANGE HIS POU6HU SQUAL IN DIFFICULTY TO ANMI6INA counterinsurgency was involved in some of the Another a former special operations told my associate that the outfit also operated safehouses of its where it conducted interrogations of suspected Some of those arrested by the unit for interrogation later ended up under the source In this Honduran source the Special Operations Command trained and equipped some anticommunist paramilitary squads that operated on their They did some of our dirty work for the former COE agent The former COE man emphatically ab solved military advisers of complicity in the disappearances of suspected Though the Americans sometimes joined in the he they were in tentionally kept ignorant of the illegal Our officers dont trust the he The exagent implied that the Hondurans feared that if the American of ficers learned the truth about the they would feel compelled to report them to the Pentagon and thtn it would leak to Congress and the and funds for Honduran military would Most observers on the agree that the armsinterdiction program in Honduras has As early as sources the arms shipments to Salvadoran rebels through Honduras had shrunk to a This would explain why the Reagan ad ministration has changed its strategy and now demands that the Sandinistas cry uncle The armsinterdiction justification may no longer Footnote A Defense Department spokesman had not responded to a request for comment by the time I went to Dusting off a treaty Is the Genocide Convention finally going to make it onto the Senate floor after 35 years It looks as if it might possibly And even diehard opponenets of the Holocaust inspired treaty concede that the prospects of Senate ratification are better tan theyve ever President like every chief executive since 1950 except Dwight Eisenhower has endorsed the Eisenhower held off to avoid inflaming rightwing The opposition led by Jesse will insist on reservations or amendments before approving the Our main objective is that the treaty as it stands gives compulsory jurisdiction to the World Court over the sovereignty of the United Helms aide James Lucier told my reporter Mark Critics of the treaty have raised the possibility that the World Court could sup plant the Constitution by forcing the United States to go to war with a nation that has been found by the international tribunal to have engaged in They have also expressed concern that American soldiers or even police officers could be hauled before the World Court simply on a com plaint that they were racially or ethnically motivated in the exercise of their But led by William point out that other nations have ratified the with Iroxmire says It is u human rights to ensurethut till consistent with their own will do everything possible to prevent and punish criminals who attempt tu riiuuH the most heinous crime the elimination of an entire radal or religious Hichard chairman of Die Foreign Jtelations also the Chances are good that U will finally pass with
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