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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 - THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD - Monday, January 14, 1974 FBI hasn't changed much since Hoover WASHINGTON (AP) - Visitors from the Soviet bloc, black extremists and the so-called New Left movement in the United States present a continuing and perhaps growing threat to U.S. internal security, the FBI says in a new ruport. In a separate action, the FBI released two more internal memos elaborating on the rationale for counterintelligence programs against the New Left, ended in 1971 by the late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover three years after he had initiated them. A May, 1968, memo from C. D. Brennan, then an assistant FBI director, says: "Our nation is undergoing an era of disruption and violence caused to a large extent by various individuals generally connected with the New Left. Some of these activists urge revolution in America and call for the defeat of the United States in Vietnam. ..." Echoing Brennan's language,'Hoover then messaged field offices to launch operations "to expose, disrupt and otherwise neutralize" the New Left movement. In the counter-intelligence programs, the targets, in addition to the New Left, included "white hate groups," the Socialist Workers party, the Communist party USA and black extremists. CALLED A SUCCESS Brennan wrote in April, 1971, that the programs "involve a variety of sensitive intelligence techniques and disruptive activities." He called them a success but said "it is felt they should now be discontinued for security reasons because of their sensitivity." The day after Brennan's memo. Hoover messaged a terse instruction to all FBI field offices to discontinue Hunt stopped KHARTOUM (Reuter) -Sudan has banned elephant hunting in its southern forests and will not issue any new hunting permits in an effort to conserve wildlife. counter -. intelligence operations. The FBI's present attitude toward Communists and the New Left is described in an annual report for the fiscal year which ended last June 30. The FBI said the number of Soviet-bloc personnel residing in the United States has increased by 44 per cent in the last five years. These include embassy workers and others on various semiofficial missions and, with their families, total 2,686, the FBI says. "FBI cpunter-intelligence operations continue to identify a high and fairly consistent percentage of Soviet-bloc personnel in the United States as intelligence officers or agents," the report says. "Ac-cordinigly, the threat to the United States and the counterintelligence responsibilities of the FBI have been growing in proportion to the Soviet-bloc presence in the United States." LITTLE ON CHINESE The report says little about the presence of Communist Chinese diplomats in New York City and Washington. "It is appropriate to note" their presence, the report says, because the FBI "cannot ignore any communist government as a potential source of hostile intelligence activity." The FBI continues to say that Communists dominate the New Left organizations which were prominent during the protests of the late 1960s. As for black extremists, the FBI says, their "violent tactics ... in urban guerrilla warfare" continue to present a serious problem. The report identifies the Black Liberation Army as the most dangerous and says its members are based in New York City and primarily are graduates of the Eldridge Cleaver faction of the Black Panther party. The report mentions Stokely Carmichael and says: "A new and fast-growing contributing source to the climate of violence in the United States" has been black extremist efforts to enlist U.S. blacks in a Pan-African revolution, and Carmichael is "chief among the proponents of this ideology." I--Tear this out ~ so you won't forgetl --i IMPROVE YOUR ABILITY TO THINK, REASON AND DISCUSS - LOGICALLY ENROL TONIGHT! Join a frMwhMling roundtabi* diacuation group on "ECONOMICS & SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY" A fascinating enquiry into modern probiems, this Low Cost series (proven by the experience of over 100,000 graduates) being offered by the Schooi of Economics Science of Alberta (a non-profit, non-poilticai education institute)'in co-operation with the YMCA. How long is it since you stretched your MIND with a new idea. All sessions are freewheeling roundtabie discussions with the instructor maldng sure that all topics are covered. Far from being dull, you will find these lively give and tal