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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta March 6, 1974-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-37 Interpreting the News Kidnapping fears mount By AL COLLETTI NEW YORK (CP) The prevention of kidnapping has be- come a serious problem in the United States. Anxieties in- creased following the seizing of Patricia Hearst and Atlanta edi- tor Reg Murphy. Many prominent Americans have become fearful for their own safety. Private detectives report more requests for personal pro- tection for wealthy persons. Some company executives have armed their chauffeurs; Others have hired guards and con- stantly change their routes to their offices. The problem for many of these persons is a fear that the police cannot deter the criminal. The kidnapping of Miss Hearst a month ago is a classic example of how difficult it is to protect an entire family, says an expert who studied the problem in South America. Editor Murphy, held for 48 hours, was freed after payment of ransom. Police captured two suspects and recovered most of the ransom. In contrast is the case of Miss Hearst. Although her father launched a program to feed California's poor, as de- manded by the kidnappers, members of the Symbionese Liberation Army, and promised million more if the girl is re- leased, there has been no word from the captors for almost two weeks. FBI figures show that alleged kidnappings rose to in 1973 from in 1969. But the FBI says the figures include allega- tions that are not always well founded. And they include cases where the targets are not the wealthy and the prominent. A lot of cases cover attempts by a parent to foil a court order in a custody battle by taking a child from a separated or divorced spouse. But these FBI explanations do not appear to be restoring con- fidence among some privileged groups. The unsolved Hearst case appears to be having the largest impact. Many prominent persons are assuming low profiles. For example, the wife of an oil company executive asked society-page editors not to publish her picture. A big steel company stopped using home addresses of executives in press statements. Some prominent persons keep their foreign trips secret. The climate of fear has made a number of prominent persons interested in financial protection. One for the road Harry Perley-Martin, 85, of Ottawa, recently purchased the first of more than bicycle licences the city expects to sell this year. Mr. Perley- Martin, a former prospector, newspaperman and a First World War veteran, attaches his "number one" plate to his front wheel and pedals off as Ottawa's first legal cyclist of 1974. Conservatives favor greater use of troops By STEPHEN SCOTT OTTAWA (CP) A Con- servative position paper calls for greater use of Canadian forces at home and particularly in the a series of proposals that would mean spending more money for defence. The first party paper on the armed forces in some years, it says the party believes a dra- matic reversal of the Liberal government's defence policies is required. "A major effort is .needed immediately to achieve a more useful role for our defence forces both at home and abroad and to better the morale and working conditions within the forces to encourage new enlistment." The paper, one of several released recently in advance of the party's annual convention this month, is largely the reflection of the views of George Hees (Prince Edward party defence critic, and Michael Forrestal (Dartmouth- Halifax who has watched defence matters for years. It does not say how much the present 82.000-member forces should be expanded or how much their annual at billion for the coming fiscal be increased. But the paper says a Con- servative government would increase the size of the Canadian coastal fleet and airborne surveillance and. increase the military presence in the Arctic, where it says Canadian sovereignty is tenuous. CRITICIAL OF SIZE It criticizes the Liberal gov- ernment for reducing the size of Canadian forces in Europe to 5.000 from 10.000 some years ago but does not specifically say it would increase the force. "The unilateral reduction of the Canadian military com- mitment to NATO has ham- pered our capacity to share in the joint defence of the Atlantic it says. "As long as there is a chance for a balanced reduction by all sides of military forces in Europe, our party believes that nothing should be done to weaken the alliance." The paper calls for a, reversal of a trend toward reducing the Canadian military presence in the Arctic and use of the force to assist in both policing and development. There should be new bases in Hudson Bay and Hudson Strait and reopening of some bases that have closed. These Arctic forces should be served by new Canadian- made, advanced icebreakers and a specially-trained Arctic air force. BIGGER FLEET The paper recommends in- creasing the coastal fleet, sur- face and sub-surface, as well as accelerating development of a new surveillance aircraft to replace the Argus. It says the defence budget must be protected from in- flation. Mr. Hees and Mr. Forrestal have said the present govern- ment policy of allowing the defence budget to increase at seven per cent a year does not cope with inflation and has the effect of freezing defence ex- penditures over the next five years. The paper says the defence department "should be granted, without question, an amount sufficient to adequately meet their necessary expenditures in the areas of operations and maintenance." This would be the only method of maintaining the quality of defence services. Capital spending programs "should be treated separately from the necessary ex- penditures on operations and maintenance, and could be a matter for yearly budgetary negotiation." The paper calls for efforts to improve the morale and spirit of the forces. This would require improvement of working conditions. Aboriginal rights policy favored OTTAWA Delegates to the annual meeting of the Progressive Conservative Party here this month will be asked to endorse a policy recognizing aboriginal rights of Indians. Conservative MPs and a co- ordinating committee of the party recommend the policy in a paper to be discussed at the March 17-19 meeting. "Aboriginal rights are the rights of Indian bands or tribes to use and occupy their traditional the paper says It accuses the Trudeau gov- ernment of a grudging, vague and inconsistent approach to native land claims and of trying to evade its constitutional responsibility in this area. 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