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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta COLDER Forecast high Friday near zero VOL LXIV No 6 LETHBKIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES U.S. military Ottawa fears snatch on civilians By JOHN S. LANG WASHINGTON (AP) Secret military guidelines give the U.S. navy and air force intelligence-gathering duties in the United States similar to those of the army, which a senator says has spied on members of Congress and hundreds of other civilians. Documents obtained by The Associated Press, in- cluding one stamped "secret" on every page, stale the two military branches have "investigative and re- porting requirements relating to civil disturbances and dissident or subversive activities. Until now little has been known about navy and air force domestic intelligence operations, although the army's activities in this under sim- ilar been the subject of year-long controversy. The furore fared again Wednesday when Senator Sam Ervin (Dem. N.C.) said army agents had col- lected information on Senator Adlai Stevenson (III (Dem. former Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner. now a federal judge; and Representative Abner Mikva (Dem. Ervin, chairman of the Senate subcommittee on constitutional rights and a long-time crusader against invasion of privacy, said military agents also snooped on the activities of state and local officials, political contributors, newspaper reporters, lawyers and church figures. Former agent talked His information, Ervin said, was supplied by a for- mer army agent who wrote that his team "was col- lecting information on every individual and organiza- tion in the state of Illinois who espoused discontent with the military involvement in Southeast Asia or who openly opposed the Nixon administration's con- troversial domestic policies. A spokesman said the army is gravely concerned by (he reports and is looking into them. He added (hat army'policy emphatically prohibits collection oE information of the type reported to have been gather- ed in Illinois. White House Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler said in response to a question: "It's inconceivable to me that this would take place. We certainly don't condone it.'1 Another former military intelligence agent said in an interview Wednesday night that similar data had been collected by army agents in other sections of the country. As an example, he cited information lie said wis compiled by the Army in the Minneapolis-Si. Paul area during April and May of 1968. The files, he said, consisted of index cards naming such individuals as university professors, civil rights workers, college and high school students and a YMCA employee. Mention NAACP Other cards, the former agent said, mentioned such groups as the National Association for the Advance- ment of Colored People. This former agent, who would not allow use of his name, said the files were being discarded by the army. There have been earlier reports that other re- gional military intelligence centres were building files on civilians. NBC television, for instance, reported Dec. 1 that agents in Washington had compiled dossiers on many private citizens, including Senator J. W. Fulbright (Dem. Still other reports have indicated that military in- telligence agents had mingled among delegates at the 1968 Democratic and Republican conventions. The documents obtained by the AP do not name individuals on whom air force and navy agents col- lect data. Rather, they trace the broad guidelines un- der which the agents operate. States aim One document, signed by Robert S. Moot, assistant defence secretary and dated Sept. 9, states that "The air force has similar investigative and reporting re- quirements, for which the Office of Special Investiga- tions OS1 is the focal point." It added: "OSf has established requirements for collecting and reporting information in relation to: (a) demon- strations, agitation, propaganda and disruptive activites directed against the role of the United States in Viet- nam, selective service, or the military establishment which affect the security, mission or viability of U.S. Air Force bases and other installations civil rights and racial agitation occurring on U.S. AU' Force bases or involving force personnel; "And (c) riots, demonstrations and other civil dis- turbances which may require federal intervention and use of military iroops to preserve or restore law and order and which may therefore necessitate air force airlift of troops and material." The document signed by Moot said the navy "has issuances which prescribe investigate and reporting re- quirements relating to civil disturbances and dissident or subversive activities which pose a potential threat to the security of a naval or Marino Corps facility, or lo good order and discipline within a naval or Marine Corps command." Lists elements In addition, a document dated May 14 lists 14 ele- ments of information which the Naval Investigative Ser- vice considers essential. Several of the points relate to suspected sabotage, espionage and "information of the clandestine introduction into the United Stales, or plans therefore, of foreign nationals, nuclear, chemical or biological weapons." Details of Ihe army's domestic intelligence acini- lies were first disclosed last January by Christopher II. Pvie, a former intelligence officer, in an article iu the magazine Washington Monthly. Heath., Nixon confer WASHINGTON (Reuter) Prime Minister Heath and Presj ident Nixon begin today the first full-scale renew of Anglo-Amer- ican relations since Heath's Conservatives won power in London six months ago. Official Washington viewed Heath's two-day visit with more than usual interest. A fast-paced schedule has been arranged, beginning with official welcoming ceremonies complete with military honors at the White House. Nixon and Heath then will ad- journ to the oval office in the Wlute House to begin their falks, which are expected to range over East-West relations, NATO and European defence, co-operation in other areas such as the Far East and the Indian Ocean, and the delicate topic of arms for South Africa. Heath (lew into a rainy Wash- ington Wednesday night aboard an RAF VC-10 that brought him from Ottawa after two hours of talks witii Prime Minister Tru- deau. NO HOO1U FOR DOUBT At Ottawa, Mr. Heath left little room for doubt that Bri- tain is disposed to honor its "obligation" to supply arms to South Africa. But two points mentioned by Mr. Heath suggested that the fateful decision for the Com- monwealth will not neces- sarily have to be taken. One was that South Africa has not yet applied to buy arms from Britain, though it has been several months since Mr. Heath's newly-elected govern- ment announced it was willing to consider applications. The other was that Britain's commitment to South Africa under the Simonstown agree- ment could be dissolved only by n.ntual consent. On both points, Mr. Heath ap- peared to leave open the possi- bility that South Africa itself will provide an out for Britain by not embarrassing it with a request for arms. DIFFERENCES STAY He and Mr. Trudeau, in a private talk, failed to resolve their differences over the arms-to-South Africa issue, according to authoritative sources.. Mr. Trudeau was reported to have reiterated his earlier warnings to Mr. Heath about the danger to Commonwealth unity a British decision to lift the arms embargo imposed by former prune minister Harold Wilson six years ago would pose. At his conference Mr. Heath discounted Canadian fears for Commonwealth trade because of Britain's proposed entry into the European Com- mon Market. OTTAWA (CP) The num- ber of soldiers guarding politi- cal leaders has been increased in recent days in the national capital, officials disclosed Thursday. Reasons given was the belief that the Front de Liberation du Quebec might seek a "replace- ment hostage" for freed James Cross. Most of the soldier-guards had been withdrawn in the Ottawa area. But they have been returned to duty and persons who were without any guards for weeks now have them again, at least at night. msss SHOPPING DAYS OTTAWA (CP) Billions of Canadian dollars were commit- ted in the 1950s to nuclear power programs, jet fighters and ballistic missiles without one meeting of the federal cabi- net's chief science policy-mak- ing body. This is an example cited by the Senate science policy com- mittee of past performance under what it describes as Can- ada's "science policy by acci- dent." In the first volume of its re- port tabled Thursday, the com- mittee says the federal govern- ment must shed 50 years of fail- ure at molding tire national sci- ence effort and replace it with a clear, comprehensive policy Exchange rate set on OTTAWA (CP) The Cana- dian transport commission an- nounced today it will impose an exchange rate on the American dollar in terms of Canadian cur- rency for use by all airlines in Canada, effective immediately. A commission spokesman said the ail- transport committee had notified all airlines operating in Canada that the exchange rate to be used is SI in U.S. funds for in Canadian currency. Since the Canadian dollar was unpegged June 1 to find its own level in international money markets, air passengers pur- chasing tickets to points outside Canada had to pay the old fixed exchange rate of about U.S. for SI Canadian if Cana- dian currency was used in the purchase. As the Canadian dollar climbed close to parity with U.S. funds, travellers paying [or international fares in Canadian currency found the costs of their tickets were more and more inflated. A directive was sent to the airlines Dec. 3 by the air trans- port committee ordering the air- lines to bring their exchange rates "closer" by Dec. ii. The airlines replied th j could not make the change that quickly because of problems with conversion tables and the Christinas rush. They asked for an extension to Dec. 30. The committee then decided to set the rate itself and waived both deadlines. S Seen and heard TRUDEAU WATCH This watch carrying a picture of Prime Minister Trudeau on its face has been on sale in Montreal department sfores for about two weeks. The Swiss-made timepiece, being sold for has red hands, a maple leaf at each quarter hour and the Prime Minister's initials printed on -the face. One distributor described it as 'not jazzy' but 'a lot nicer' than one being sold in the U.S. bearing a caricature of Vice-President Spiro Agnew, About town lyEIGHBORHOOD cocker spaniel mascot "Mate" Bailey out for a stroll with friend Herb and refusing to enter a neighb'.rhooryimabil- ed by an unfriendly dog David Macklin, 7, startling his parents with his almost profound logic in his descrip- tion of dogs and cats: "The dogs are the dads and the cats are tire moms and their babies are puppies and kit- tens." Steve Kotch, maintaining his own private wilderness area by having no fewer than three Christmas trees in his home. House-to-house search fails to corner FLQers MONTREAL (CP) Troops today began pulling away from the suburban Longueuil area where police and soldiers had conducted an apparently unsuc- cessful house-to-house search for the kidnap-killers of Pierre Laporle. Soldiers began piling into buses that had been used as roadblocks about hours after the search began in the south shore community across the St. Lawrence river from Montreal. Though there was no immedi- ate official confirmation, the word at the scene was that the just two months after Mr. Laporte was been unsuccess- ful. "It's an RCMP offi- cer told reporters. The operation was conducted in one of the worst snowstorms of the winter and soldiers with fixed bayonets, ringing a four- block area, imparted a strange and incongruous appearance to a classic pre-Christnias scene. Snow-covered police moved from door to door up and down Cup of milk fund. Penny carnival for milk fund the streets where some of ths homes were gaily decorated. NEAR LAPORTE HOME The operation was conducted only a few blocks from the home of Mr. Laporte in subur- ban St. Lambert, where the Quebec labor minister was kid- napped Oct. 10. He was slain Oct. 17. spotted only 10 to 20 feet apart and some with fixed ran on the spot and clapped hands to keep warm in stiff winds with temperatures approximately 20 degrees. Police cars, army buses and Montreal and south shore buses were used to block roads and the area was completely sealed off. One man who appeared to be a resident of the enclosed area was escorted to a house by a soldier with fixed bayonet. Franco From AP-REUTER MADRID (CP) A crowd es- timated to number more than demonstrated here today urging the Spanish government to stand firm in the case of 16 Basque separatists. When Gen. Francisco Franco appeared on the main balcony of the National Palace shouts went up of "Kill awl "Down with I'DI" liic Baser? ants at the recent court marliai' in Burgos said they were mem- bers of ETA, a separatist organ- ization. The crowd, carrying flags and placards, applauded when Franco appeared on the balcony will] Prince Juan Carlos, his named successor, and Caiios's wife, Princess Sophie of Greece. The five-man panel of army judges was reported to be still meeting formally in closed ses- sions at Burgos, but informed sources said they already have decided lo pass down at least two death sentences. The sentences now are ex- pected to be made public Fri- day when the cabinet has itj regular fortnighfly session. Meanwhile, there was still no word on kidnapped West Ger- man Consul Eugen Beihl, seized by Basque guerrillas 56 days ago. aimed at economic and social objectives. Faced with a huge interna- tional technological race and with grov.ing social problems at home, politicians and the public can no longer afford to abdicate their responsibilities to make and control science policy, it says. For example, Canada got into r.uclear power and building jet fighters and missiles between 1950 and 1958 without the cabi- net committee on scientific and industrial research, the mam t c p -1 e v e 1 policy body, ever meeting. MEET MORE OFTEN Since 1958, the committee had met with growing once a week this year. The re- port adds that the'cabinet com- mittee was dissolved by the government in October, to make way 'for setting up new policy- making machinery next year. In view of the "gap at tho says the Senate report, it is hard to see how a clear policy could result from the three pol- icy advisory Na- tional Research Council, the Sci- ence Council of Canada and tire Economic Council of Canada, The NRC was created in 1916, the economic council in 1961 and the science council in 1966. The study says NRC's effec- tiveness as an advisory agency was weakened seriously when it acquired huge laboratories in the 1930s and 1940s. It then faced a conflict of interest be- tween offering advice and doing ils own research. The science council, it adds, has been working in a political vacuum with minimal impact on policy. The Senate science policy committee, headed by Senator MauriceLamontagne economist and former cabinet minister, was created in 1S67. Its extensive hearings in- cluded trips to the U.S. and Eu- rope. WANT PERMANENCY Most of the specific recom- mendations will appear next year in a second report. One recommendation made by the first report c.m: for a perma- nent o. ..'i'o committee to re- view major policy issues every five years and to study individ- ual areas or problems when re- quired. While the 100.000-word report praises achievements and scien- tists of the last 50 years, it also says "Ihe bulk of the evidence presented to the committee, in- cluding what came from the federal government sector, stressed the need for an over-all science policy." Find four dead 'Oh, Oh, Oh... Four members ot a Medicine Hat family were found dead hi their home Wednesday. Police said they were believed to have been overcome by fumes from a defective furnace. The bodies of Ken Fu Lee, 31, his wife Mo Wan'Lee, 23, and their two children, David Lee, 2, and Joanee Lee. two mouths, were found in their home after a friend of the fam- ily called police to say Ihe man had not reported for work for two days. The family had not been seen since Sunday night. Coroner Dr. E. .G F. Skin- ner of Medicine Hat has set Dec. 29 as the date of the in- ouest. It's amazing the resourceful- ness children show in raising funds for (lie Cup of Milk Fund. Lakeview School students re- cently sent in a contribution of raised through two ma- jor events. The Grades 5 and 6 put on a penny carnival where kids tried their luck at various games, others brought home- baking and magazines lo sell. One student, whose father works for a flower shop, asked his dad to make up a flower arrangement in a Christmas motif, and Ihe classmates raf- fled it oft. Thanks very much for your efforts, Lakeview In Bcllevur, Tina GregoiT, Bcvcrley and Caroline Lar'in and Patsy Ritchie went carol> ling and collected in aid of the fund. M a n y adult organizations have sent in their contri- butions, and others are in the midst of projects to boost the donation they had budgeted for. We're still a long way from reaching our objective which is and the end of Decem- ber isn't far away. Don't put off sending in your contribu- tion. We must liolp children in Korea, India, Vietnam and Hong Kong who are depending on us to send them milk again this year, l.ct us not fail. The objective is J12.500. The total stands at List ot donors is ou page Christmas card ads popular LONDON (AP) The Christmas season is in full swing in London with shop- pers jamming the stores, car- ols in the many Merry Christmas greetings in the want-ad section of The Times. A greetings aci in the small black type of (lie Times' clas- sified columns amounts lo a status symbol in B r i t a i n, where pconle who don't want to mail Christmas cards can j.Niy I'IK: equivalent of a line lo say they won't he send- ing any. The ads have become al- most aa much a tradition Christmas cards. "Sir Karl and Lady Parker wish all their relations and friends best wishes for Christ- mas and said one ad. "They are not sending Christ- mas cards this year." Some of the ads are funny, hut most arc dignified, saying the greeters intend to donate to charity the money they would have spent on cards, or apologizing thai illness or Irips kept them from sending persons! me.ssagr-s. One f r i v o 1 o u s ad read: "Woir.blcs and friends. Christ- mas greetings from Wimble- don, (jreal Uncle Last year Iherc was one with a vengeance: "Annie Merrill will not be sending Alan Her- bert a Christmas card this year as he has not sent her one." Someone named Peter Jol- ley reversed the procedure placed an ad saying he was "not Dicing an ad in the Times this year." "He is sending Christmas cards instead." An even more striking sUilus symbol is to pay an extra a line and put thn on the court circular page. where tho doings of (lie Royal Family arc announced. ;