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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD August 1973 i-imoitiALs Longtime loyalty returned with mistrust By William New York Times commentator The right to privacy Not so long English author George Orwell's description of Big in was held up as the horrible example of what life could be like in a totalitarian society. The wholesale invasion of privacy by means of snooping devices and in- formers was considered particularly repulsive. Now it appears that 1984 has ar- rived in the United States during the incumbency of Richard Nixon as pres- ident. Those who have been un- moved by the enormity of the erosion of as revealed in the course of the Watergate need to read the article by William Safire on this page today. The Herald was happy when The New York Times announced a few months ago that it was adding Mr. Safire to its roster of writers. It was ejected that as a conservative and a supporter of President Nixon an element of balance would be Drought to the discussion of U.S. af- fairs by Mr. Safire. Time magazine recently did a piece on William Safire and the awful bap- tism he has had as a columnist. He had written only one column before President Nixon publicly admitted White House involvement in the Wa- tergate scandal. Since Time the Watergate story has drag- ged him steadily downward. Mr. Safire still asserts his belief in the innocency of the presi- dent but he is now a rather disillus- ioned and angry man. It turns out that his longtime loyalty to Mr. Nixon was returned with' he finds he had been as a security risk. After reading what can happen to even a loyal supporter of an adminis- tration addicted to the use of listening the call of columnist Carl T. Rowan to impose a complete ban may not seem so extreme as it might otherwise have been. The sad deterioration in the demo- cratic way of life which has recently been exposed in the United States should make Canadians concerned about protecting the right of privacy in this country. Any hesitancy about supporting legislative attempts to eliminate the hateful presence of Big Brother should vanish. NbSody should harbor the illusion that the in- vasion of privacy hasn't gone a long or could not go a lot in Canada. Much ado about very little Noith American politicians have no monopoly on claptrap and flim these are characteristic of the breed wherever it turns up. To wit For a century or more the ticket in larger railway stations in Germany have displayed signs read- ing either meaning tic- kets to points within or where one would buy a ticket to any destination outside the country. For a quarter century after the Second World during the time Germany was divided into two coun- tries but few would admit the same arrangement for ticket sales continued in West with those travelling to East Germany still getting their tickets at the window. In 1973 it was finally confirmed by treaty between the two Germanies that East Germany was indeed a sep- arate under a separate gov- ernment and what really made the difference with separate rules for its railways. So West German rail- ways started to sell tickets to East German destinations from the wickets. The damnedest row ensued. All across Germany there were storms of fomented in virtually all cases by those on whom Willy Brandt's ostpolitick sits uneasily. Outraged Christian Democrats fulmin- ated over great railway and other opposition politicians stri- dently denounced this latest pling of the vital interests of the Federal All because tickets to points in East Germany were being sold from one wicket instead of from an other. In some stations they were still kept in the same but sold through a different so might have been moved a few feet one way or the other for the convenience of the vendor. In the smaller stations with only one ticket it would have been no more than locating the tickets in a different slot on the ticket rack. Travellers still went to the same at the same paid the same took the same trains to the same destinations. Nothing really unless it was that the inter- national tickets and the spots from which they were sold no longer re- flected the fiction that there was no separation of the two as the tickets had so long implied. It hardly needs mentioning that the travelers didn't seem to care a great they apparently realized that when making a the main idea is to get to where you're going. Evidently that isn't nearly enough for a politician. The true prude and free A shock wave that lifted eyebrows as much as half an inch has been recorded in since the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling on obscenity. The court de- allowing each community to set its own standards as to what is a is seen as a threat to this country's import of pornography. Canada faces a kinky energy crisis. The reasoning is that American produc- ers of naughty magazines and other essentials of Canadian culture have been dealt a bony knee where it hurts the because the States no longer enjoy e national standard of smut. court has loosed censorship-prone pressure groups and law agencies across the nation with only the minimum of fumes the fYnfi Press. The vision of local posses galloping grim- ly into every censorship-prone town in the vigilantes itching to string up the first movie projectionist they catch with an out- law reel branded shivers the tripes of any red-blooded Canadian boy. Consider for example fche demographic consequences. One of the few cultural forces that have modified migration to the big city has been the possibility of seeing locally the same or reading the same maga- zine that is being peddled on The Skin Bow known as 42nd New York. With the double standard of the permis- the urban scene becomes irresistibly Attractive. Distant fields not only look they are peopled with nude bodies doing weird and wonderful and locally un- acceptable things to one another. As every carnie barker it is the rubes that pay the freight for wayward flesh. The theatre page of a large metro- politan newspaper beckons as feast at forbidden unless we happen to live on Yonge or St. or in which case the lure matches that of the civic museum we'll go some- maybe. In other the U.S. Supreme Court decision could aggravate the movement population to large cities like New York and Los whose community stand- ards are execrable As the old song goes' you gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen But regardless of population the sexploitationists face regional outbreaks of of alarums and excursions that pillage the balance sheet. And what happens to Canada during this polarization of the prurient in the Can this country escape the wave of pro- priety that is sweeping over the cultural media of the Do we become the Denmark of North an island of porn lashed by the surf of censorship to the by wild winds howling down our How lorg can Canada maintain its cul- tural thrust without Deprived of the judgment by the film critic for The New York how do Canadians know that the sleazy mess they have paid to watch is contemporary Most important of what happens to Canadian authors who are just getting die hang of writing dirty films and as the larger market of the States restores the bloomers on the legs of the turkey and calls it Puritan Do we have the courage of our own Every Canadian may soon have to examine his conscience to see if it has a U.S. postmark. The true prude or From mid- 1969 to February of at the direction of the the FBI tapped the home tele- phones of 17 men four news- men and 13 government offi- cials to find out why classi- fied information had appeared in the press and to prevent fu- ture leaks. authorized this entire pro- the president asserted on May 22 of this year. persons who were subject to these wiretaps were determined through co-ordination among the dir-ctor of the my as- sistant for national security af- and the attorney-gener- Edgar Henry A. John N. Mitch- How were the suspicious IT said the selected on the basis of access to the information ma- terial in security yand evi- dence that developed as the in- quiry That last category refers to people over- heard talking to those being tapped and who subsequently were honored with a wiretap all their own. Who were the suspicious 17 the governmment will not pub- licly but tactically admits that four were vin Kalb of the Columbia Broadcasting Henry Brandon of The London Sunday Hedrick Smith of The New York now its Mos- cow and Wil- liam Beecher of the New York now deputy assistant secretary of defence for public affairs. Joseph Kraft was also but not by an official FBI and so cannot claim member- ship in the 17. Of the 13 government of- it had been assumed until recently that all were members of the national secur- ity council staff. Those named up to now were Winston Helmut Daniel Anthony Roger Morris and Morton Halperin. Let me add two more names of former NSC men to the list of those whose home telephones were tapped. Richard now a consultant to the Senate foreign relations and Laurence Lynn now an as- sistant secretary of the inter- ior. A few days a New York Times John M. dug up another name from his own federal law- enforcement one Wil- liam former special as- sistant to the now a columnist for The New York Times who is writing this ex- ercise in restrained fury. MA then there were as. Agatha Christie might put it out of the 17 the names of four men still remain to be disclosed. Who are Ob- viously they include names of perhaps still working as loyal lieutenants to the presi- who would be chagrined and profoundly of- fended if they knew their long- time loyalty had been returned with and an unconscionable invasion of their privacy. folks we have a a a hot a flat and we're awaiting the roll of the dice on the next location for the selective strike Of the men on the NSC staff who were tapped usually pretend that it does not bother them at when prod- they will recite some lit- any about men who deal In BC- cret matters having to expect constant surveillance. men who expect constant tur- veillance handling our nation- al security betray a certain lack of understanding about our national traditions. Only one of the Morton has expressed publicly his sense of his lawsuit might force more disclosure. The reporters tapped and their news organizations have been curiously perhaps they are holding their fire until they build a factual case. Let's hope BO unless they they cannot claim to have been rap- ed. Acquiesence is approval. For I cannot go along with this fraternal silence ot the suspicious 17. I did not knock myself loose for Nixon in 1959 and and then cast my lot with him through the arid comeback years of 1965 through to have him or some par- anoid acting in his name with- out his approval eavesdrop on my conversations. my eye during the 37 days in July and August of 1969 that some agent in earphones was illegal- ly the Supreme Court later listening in to my every I was writing the president's message and speech Oil welfare reform. I still believe in the work eth- the New Nixon and the absence of presidential involvement in Watergate but I have been during and after my White House about the right to privacy. There are questions that must be Who had the right to decide which White House aides would be Were other speechwriters tapped as Did the president know when he was talking to an aide who was being as I have reason to sus- the answer to that last question is a further ques- tion presents Does the president realize that there are tapes and transcripts of his own conversations with aides now in the files of the out of his taken years before he began taping Only harsh penalties will halt growth of bugging By Carl T. syndicated commentator WASHINGTON A lot of middle-aged Americans think the political low point m Am- erican life occurred in the days of Senator Joseph McCarthy when the late Wisconsin witch- hunter had Americans peeking under their neighbors' beds in search of Communists. But the current mess may represent the real for Americans today are peeking into their neighbors' li- quor bank accounts and evesdropping on their con- versations sometimes out of political fear or but all too often because electronic surveillance just seems the thing to do. We have reached the point where electronic snooping is like sexual every- body deplores but nobody seems to have the will or the way to do anything about it. The justice department wires an informer and sends him into a Congressman's office in a scheme to trap the Congress- man as he agrees-to take a bribe. Former presidential aide John Ehrlichman secretly tape- records conversations with everyone he thinks might make a good sacrificial lamb and spare him prosecution for al- leged involvement in Watergate crimes. The president of the United States was secretly tape re- cording everybody. About 90 per cent of U.S. agencies admit to using some sort of electronic listening de- and they admit to spend- ing last year to buy new electronic gadgets. Long before the year George Orwell said Big Brother would produce the ultimate po- lice government-sponsor- ed or approved electronic sur- veillance has gone far beyond Letter Pornography solution Let's face it pornography is universally available in Leth- bridge. Children of any age can see it whether in a department coffee drug or just passing the window of the fifth avenue pornography shop. It's this type of exhibition- 'Crazy Capers' was a Umble ttiy I'd ism that makes nudity offen- sive. Christians want do doavny with pornography. Merchants aren't intent on giving up a quick buck. There is a sensible solution that just might be ac- ceptable to both. Under Montana pornog- raphy must be displayed in a section closed off from the fest of the store. Buyers must pres- ent proof of age before enter- ing. Interested groups could pressure the Alberta legislature for a similar law. Exclusive male magazines presenting morality running counter to Orthodox Christian- ity could be purchased in these stores. there are sev- eral men's magazines whose object is to grind out hate liter- ature against and these would probably be ban- ned under existing libel or oth- er laws. Exclusively phSirial magazines could be brought in to replace these. Playboy and the less offensive men's maga- zines could be retained MRS. W. T. KNIGHT Bow Island anything Orwell conjured up in his worst nightmare. U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell recently made what Americans ought to consider some shocking comments about the growing use of bugging and wiretapping by their govern- ment. Judge Gesell was particularly outraged by the growing prac- tice of using a police co-operating because of a mild who consents to the snooping. He may carry the lis- tening device on him un- der existing federal be- cause one party to the conver- sation has the tape recording is legal and may be used as evidence. In just this kind of Judge found that he had to permit the government to use its tape recordings against a suburban Washington business- man and two associates. But the Judge made it clear that he ab- hors tine current state of the law. 'Whatever incidental good flows from this invasion of pri- vacy is submerged by the grow- ing appearance of police sur- veillance so typical of totalitar- ian The judge pleaded for legisla- tion requiring a warrant fo r such eavesdropping. Only with such a he can we cor- rect growing intrusions of privacy so central to the Bill of We might just as well face the need for outlawing 99 per cent of the bugging and wire- tapping that goes on in this country and you can believe that many times the amount government will admit to is ac- tually taking place. Men with the capacity to build atomic bombs will build them. Make the stakes reason- ably high and they will use them. Unless men find a way to outlaw their use. Men with a capacity to con- struct a listening device that requires only a laser beam bounced against your window to hear all your most private con- versatioms will surely construct such a device. And given a lit- tle they will use such a device. Unless we prohibit such eavesdropping by imposing penalties on offenders. Too many people are hood- winked into believing that bug- ging and wiretapping are es- sential to and But that is nonsense. Electronic surveillance does help to catch crook or a minor drqg ped- dler or a two-bit numbers rack- eteer here and there. the impact in reducing crime is marginal. But the effect of eavesdrop- ping in eroding the Bill of Rights is colossal. Think about it. Would the country be any worse off if Ehr- lichman had never taped a sin- gle Or if those White House had never tapped the telephones of columnist Joseph Kraft or TV newsman Marvin Or if President Nixon had not had his offices and telephones wired so he could secretly record con- They were bugging and tap- ping for no justifiable national mostly because they had the technical know-hpw plus a collection of semi-hoodlums eager to try out their new elec- tronic toys. Congress must lead the way in putting an end to this mad- ness. And the place to start is to end this business where sneaky surveillance is just because a self-serving in- former agrees that the cops can wire him for sound. no prowler out there. It's our neighbor going to get a tee-off The Lethbridge Herald _____ DM 7th St. Alberta IFTHBRIDGE HERALD Proprietors and MbUahed by HOD. W. A. 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