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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Blast flattens house Bob stands beside his car and neighbor's home which was among 12 houses completely destroyed by a series of violent natural gas explosions in early this week. No one was killed or seriously in- jured. Where is James Bond now that they need By DAVE THOMAS LONDON The reputa- tion of Britain s spy service has been questioned by the govern- ment's admission that criminals were involved in a clandestine mission it authorized in Ireland. Now demands are mounting for an official inquiry. Opposition MPs have called for an independent inves- tigation of the involvement of two both with long criminal in undercover work in Ireland against the Irish Republican Army Labor MP Charles Loughlin has also demanded the resignation of Defence Secretary Lord Car- rington. The Kenneth Littk- and say they were in the employ of the Brit- ish government at the time they pulled off the biggest bank theft in Irish history. They claim that bhe robbery was authorized in London. The say the was part of their mission to in- filtrate and discredit the IRA. PROMISES BREACHED Sentenced last week in Dub- Kenneth to 20 years and Keith to the brothers say the British government has reneged on an alleged agreement to pro- tect them and has abandoned tbem to the threat of death at the hands of IRA prisoners in Mountjoy. But the while conceding Johnson a jun- ior defence met with Kenneth Littlejohn in prison in insists it did not condone any illegal act. The government was simply to re- any IRA information the brothers could the de- fence department statement said It added- view of his known crimi- nal Littlejohn was warned that the British govern- ment was not or implicitly the com- mission of criminal offences in pursuance of such information and despite the government's there has been widespread press speculation that the brothers were promised immunity from RCMP files to be used for Quebec crime probe MONTREAL Premier Robert Bourassa says the Que- bec Police Conumss i o n into organized crims will study RCMP files which al- leged Pierre Laporte's electoral campaigns received money from Montreal underworld fig- ures Fore lash ion thats eye OK Mr. Bourassa said in an inter- view with Le Devoir that he had never known special RCMP reports linking the late Quebec labor minister with the underworld until the newspaper published an article concerning these reports Monday The premier said the govern- ment preferred that the study of these reports be done within the structures of the organized crime inquiry rather than by a legislature inquiry as re- quested by the Parti Quebecois. He said the inquiry's program since the start had included a study of the relations between the underworld and and it must study all the re- ports mentioning Mr Laporte and two of Ms friends and polit- ical Rene Gagnon and Jean-Jacques Cote. It is up to the commission to decide whether the testimony of Mr. Gagnon and Mr. Cote will be the premier said. Mr Bourassa said that if the RCMP believed to number at least were au- they were a serious matter that could not be put aside. He that the newspaper article reporting tbem showed the underworld did not profit from any meet- ings with Mr. mur- dered in nor had Mr. to his tried to intercede in favor of the underworld. Mr. Bourassa said be bad re- ceived vague warnings about Mr. Laporte during and after the formation of his cabinet in 1970 He would give no further de- tails. prosecution for a 1970 bank job in England. The for says that up to the time of Ken- neth's secret police had wanted him for questioning about the Birmingham robbery but once the brothers had agreed to work for the spy serv- police activity against them cooled considerably. Another British Ken- neth was recently con- victed of trying to obtain offi- cial secrets and was deported to England after a light three- month say the was their boss in Ireland and his lenient treat- ment encouraged them to ex- pect the same. Confidence that British spies would be gently by Irish authorities could be justi- fied by the apparent agreement between the two countries to work together agains the IRA. Irish tolerance of British agents may extend to the acceptance of criminal activity. A foreign office spokesman here said Tuesday that the Lit- tlejohns affair has not harmed the good relations between Bri- tain and Ireland and that the Dublin government had not ex- pressed displeasure about the presence of British agents on its territory The basic issue of the Little- Johns case is whether the Brit- ish government abandoned its agents to avoid political embar- rassment the brothers disqualified themselves from support by embarking upon unauthorized criminal venture The Irish government m a statement said it had asked Britain for further details about the disclosure that Johnson Smith had met Kenneth Little- iohn. Former Irish minister Neil Blaney said the Dafl should be cal'ed back from its recess to debate the is- iue whole affair he said. must be given an opportunity to discuss A lawyer for the Littlejohns who saw them m their cells said they would appeal against their bank robbery convictions. LAMB REUNION CLARESHOLM A reunion of the Lamb fam- ily was held recently in Willow Creek Provincial Park. Present were 45 including Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mrs. George relatives from Medicine Hat and Calgary. Marine pollution tested by laser TORONTO A York University professor is ex- perimenting with laser radar as a means of monitoring atmos- pheric and marine pollution Prof. A. I. Carswell of the university's Centre for Re- search in Experimental Space Science has designed and con- structed two ra- dars. One is for checking ma- UNIQUE architectually designed Lethfendgo home features Circular stairway 2 natural open hearth fireplaces Family room iq. ft. of modern trend living Scenic Mountain Viow 3 Study Private entrance patio Patio off dinmg room Patio off master bedroom Call ROGER HAND LEY Phone 345-3039 OLIVER-HANDLEY REAL ESTATE COALDALE rine the other for at- mospheric probes. Together the hdar are worth about he said in a recent interview. The atmospheric lidar was tested recently during environ- mental monitoring programs Last Prof Carswell and colleagues gave the marine li- dar its first test aboard the sci- entific vessel Limnos on Lake Erie The lidar was mounted on the side of the boat a few feet above the water. A mirror ang- les the laser beam into the lake As the beam slices through the water it bounces off water molecules micro-organ- isms and whatever else gets in the way. Most of the light scatters In a forward but a small I percentage scatters backward and it Is this which is gathered up by the lidar's telescope The monitoring represents It- self in graph tracings. By com- paring these with data wroduced at the same time by long- proved instruments and direct Prof. Carswell said he can decipher bit by bit what each of the graph movements represents in the form of pollu- tion. Although the marine h'dar's accuracy does not yet match the accuracy of the other meth- Prof. CarsweU said he was pleased with preliminary re- sults. The Uthbrulfle Herald think PART IV PICTURE QUIZ 5 POINTS Name this 76-year-old Bible-quoting U.S. Senator who Is in charge of the congressional investigation Into the Watergate affair. HOW DO YOU 91 to 100 pohili TOP 81 to 90 points Excelled. 71 10 BO points 61 to 70 points Fair. GO or 1 7 H'mml FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTION What Is the future of the Commonwealth nov Britain Is in the Common that YOUR NEWS QUIZ PART I NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL Give yourself 10 for each correct answer. 1 Canadian are concerned about future oil tanker use of the Juan de Fuca Strait on the Coast. 3 mourned the pasaing of Louie Stephen St known affectionately as During what years did he nerve as thi nation's Prime 5 Railway freight rates were one Important lesue raised at the Economic Opportunities Conference attended by Prime Minister Trudeau and four provincial premiers. a-Northern b-Western c-NortheaBtern 4 The government-owned Canada Development Corporation In a surprise move offered to pur- chase control of a major U.S. firm with busi- ness Interests In Canada. That firm is a-the Chrysler Corporation b-Texas Inc. c-the Western Publishing Company 6 The second Skylah team reached the space sta- tion successfully. How many days were they scheduled to remain In space If all went PART II WORDS IN THE NEWS Take 4 points for each word that you can match with its correct meaning. l.....predilectioa 2... precept S.....preamble 4.....prelate 6.....premonition rule or principle b-hlgher churca official c-preference d-introductory state- ment e-forewarning hunch PART III NAMES IN THE NEWS Take 5 points for names that you can correctly match with the clues. l.....Souvanna Ehouma Communist faction 2.....George Ptpadopouloa b-LMtiw Premier Blakeney 4.....B. R. Haldeman E.....Fathet Lao 86-73 c-Greek leader d-Saskatchewan Pre- mier U.S. presi- dential aide STUDENTS Save Practice Valuable Reference Material for Exams. ANSWERS ON REVERSE PAGE Labdtt's Blue smiles along with ;