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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 26, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 2 Th«* Odar Rapids Gazette: Thors., Sept. 26. 1§74 Your United Way At Work Unto* WMH 'SUM “I’m Anna Powers, a retired schoolteacher and a YWCA volunteer This last year. I have been helping with the Peer Group program at the YWCA for girls with special needs who are 8 to 18 years old Through the group process this 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 bi* 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 working to meet vital community needs Please help us keep it working Please pledge your fair share to this year's United Way Campaign CMM* * Mr**. CIA Fought Its Secret War in Laos Robber Mokes Regular Stop LOS ANGELES (AP) - One man is becoming a regular customer at a quick-order restaurant 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. Get all the money. Or Iii shoot someone ” He escaped with $2,700, 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 $810. authorities said They'll Do It Every Time Sc mm pas rn work? YOU (MteSW IT -TXA** 'n SHtfLiY Aft* WA/SQM 524 lonOTMu.O*' Ave., WORTHINGTON, OHIO SU SDRSO per hospital PAZPOH \ By Frederick Marks BANGKOK (UPI) - In 1970, the spy chiefs of America’s Central Intelligence Agency found themselves trying to fight a war in Laos, but running out of Lao soldiers It marked the start of a $1 IB. 7 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 controlled the Vientiane government. But it was. in a sense, a war by proxy. The unseen protagonists 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 almost as furious Soon both sides wert* running out of men in a country with a total population of only 2.5 million. Thai Irregulars When the ranks of the Pathet Lao thinned, the North Vietnamese poured in 100.000 of Sky Diver Hurt Trying To Set High Dive Mark FORT I.AI DKKDA1.K. Fla (AP) — A 26-year-old professional sky diver seeking to establish a world’s record for high diving was sent to the hospital with two crushed vertebrae after the dive. Mike King. 25, of Fort Lauderdale jumped out of a helicopter from a height of between 155 and IOO feet on Monday and landed in eight feet of water in the Intracoastal Waterway here King, a Vietnam veteran, j said he knew immediately on hitting the water that he had been injured King was presented a certificate and plaque by the International 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 feet. 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In the next three years, a total of 51,000 Thai irregular troops were recruited, trained and directed by the CIA to fight in Laos The last 200 of them will be coming home when the new Laotian coalition government completes an exchange bf prisoners of war. among them Emmet Kay of Honolulu, the last known American POW in Indo-Uhma. who regained his freedom Sept. 18. The Thai forces who fought in I .ans 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 are concerned,” said a 1971 report by the U. S senate foreign relations 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, a cover-up was attempted with talk about Thailand coming to the aid of an ally (Laos), but the fact remained that tho U. S., through the CIA, trained and paid for the Thai forces in l<aos. “The CIA supervises and pays for the training of these irregulars and provides their salary, allowances, and operational costs in Laos,” 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 21.413 The cost to the U. S. was $11(5 7 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 then passes the funds through CIA channels to (deleted) headquarters, a Thai command 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 I .ans fit) days after the formation of the coalition government and so far as the Thais were concerned. that deadline was met Accounting for Thais killed or captured while fighting in Ixios is the only loose knot to be tied up Gen. VitiHin Yasawasdi, now assistant director general of the Bangkok police department but formerly nominal commander of the irregulars, said in an interview that between Hot) and HOO were killed and another OOO are still missing “Almost certainly some of those missing were killed, he said ‘‘Not all were captured Between 200 and HOO Thats are expected to regain their freedom when the Pathet lain returns its POWs and one Bangkok intelligence source said the U. S ‘‘apparently feels obligated to do something VI ti Min said an estimated $2 8 million was left of the private* CIA army’s operation fund, and each of the returning POWs will receive a $400 bonus, plus hack pay THI COACHMEN PRESENTING THE GOSPEL IN SONG 7:30 P.M., SEPT. 27 & 28 SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 9:45 A M., 10:45 A M., 7:30 P.M. HARDY J. POWERS SPEAKING IN EACH SERVICE FIRST Church of the Nazarene 3113 First Avenue S.W., Cedar Rapids, Iowa Phone 364 C633 karat -plated Car Key personalized with your own initial A ... just for letting one of our closer to you bankers show you how your next installment loan can cost you less with a NEW Peoples H1TERESTSAVER Loan Peoples Interest-Saver is different from other installment loans ... you only pay interest for the exact number of days you borrow the money. 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