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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Thurtday, March 15, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGJ HERAID 19 20-years in Chinese Downey relates details of imprisonment NEW BRITAIN, Conn. I Reflecting on his long imprison- ment in China, John Downey said here It had cost him a great part of his life, apparent- ly for naught. "I thought tlie 20 years were to a large extent said the 42-year-old Connecticut man who was shot down over Cluna in the fall of 1952, while on a mission for the Central Intelli- gence Agency. "1 don't see that it benefit- ed anybody, Downey said. He spoke at a news confer- ence at New Britain General Hospital, where his mother, Mary Downey, lay critically ill after suffering a stroke last Wednesday. Downey seemed relaxed and candid. His answers .were laced with dry humor that seemed unEcarred by his long experi- ence in" prison, even when he was asked if he had gained anything by his imprisonment. "I wouldn't reeommsnd it for character downey reolied. Last Wednesday night, withii hours after Mrs. Downey had suffered tlie stroie, Gov. Thorn as. J. Meskill had the White House. President Nixon appealed to Chinese leaders k release Downey before his term hod expired, and the Chinese agreed. Signs of spring With the ice of Lake Simcoe, On over the next few too soft from the spring-like weather, driver pulls away from shore t., with tee fishing hut in tow. Worm weather is expected to continue days with some rain falling. INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. ESTABLISHED 1911 lower Floor 517 4th Aye. S. Phono 327-1541 Ho had been sentenced lo life iprisomrwit. Richard Fecteau Lynn, Mass., who was on the ame airborne mission, receiv- a 20-year sentence. Two years ago Fecteau was e'.eased after serving 19 years his sentence. Downey's sen- was commuted then to ve years more than he had Iready served. His release cut ni-ee years off his sentence. He rrived at Bradley Intcrnation- 1 Ail-port, outside Hartford, by ir Force Transport Monday night, and was at his mother's bedside before 10 p.m. Because of her delicate con- dition, she had not told of her son's release until he was outside her door. The doctors did not want to risk exciting her twice. "She is not only lucid, but full of pep and in great spir- John Downey said. At a news conference on Jan. 31, Nixon acknowledged Down- ey's connection with the C.I.A. Downey said he doubted any thing could have been done by Lhe U.S. government U> win his release earlier. He bad been treated reason- ably well in prison, be said, and was kept. in rooms with high ceilings and good light and ven- tilation. The food was adequate. He was not beaten or tortured. For the first 10 months alter he was shot down, he was kept in leg irons. He was questioned inten- sively, he said, and within (he first eight or nine months of his imprisonment had told the Chi- nese everything they could have learned from him. "I would say I revealed about every bit of informtion I Downey said. He passed it eft as "ancient without lasting im- portance. He did not want to say at his news conference what lie had said to the Chi- iiese. He. said he is not thinkijog of writing a book, unless some publisher is interested in 500 "empty pages." Life in a Chi- nese prison is a "crashing he said. DOLLAR for DOLLAR... It's your BEST LAUNDRY BUY! Extra heavy duly construction that keeps Inglis going many years after mosl olher machines are worn out 40 years of constani improvement give the best wash and rinse available Low depreciation. Whether it's 8 or 18 years old an Inglis has a substantial trade in value when you want a now one Prompt expert service if you need it. Fairfield's are the Southern Alberta warranty depot for Inglis laundry There's special spring savings as well as generous trade in allowances rEghi now At Fatrfield's Appliances and Television Sales COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-9443 1242 3rd AVE. S. Across from the Ellcs Club Phone 323-0082 million stolen daily by workers VANCOUVER (CP) -Nor- man .Taspan of New York, a professional industrial sleufli, says the cost of white collar crime is 15 per cent of prices paid for goods and services in Canada and United States. He U president of Norman Jaspan Associates Inc., man- agement engineers, and its div- ision, Investigations Inc. The 49-year-old company claims more than 200 companies list- ed on the New York Stock Ex- change as clients. Mr. Jaspan said his company estimates 70 per cent of stock losses result from employee theft. Shoplifting only accounts for 15 per cent, said Mr. Jaspan. The remaining 15 per cent is bookkeeping error and manipu- lation. He said employees will man- ipulate records to stimulate Bchievem en t of unrealistic goals and, as a result, the com- pany pays taxes on non-exist- ent profits. Mr. Jaspan said employees steal about 510 million daily. Kickbacks, theft of company secrets and other malpractices increase that amount by sev- eral times, he said. Estimating kickbacks at billion annually, be said "the only ones who claim kickbacks are on the decline are purchas- ing agents' associations." Supervisors were responsible for 62 per cent of the mil- lion in business dishonesty his firm uncovered last year, he said. Dishonesty is a product of poor management, said Mr Jaspan. "Many employees may be aware malpractices exist bul do nothing about it" because friends or associates may be in- volved or "they are afraid oJ being criticized." Government clamps down 011 landlords EDMONTON (CP) The government has introduced an amendment to provincial health board regulations concerning bousing in an attempt to clamp down on slum landlords, Neil Crawford, health and social de- velopment minister, said today. The amendment will enable local health boards to enforce peculations. A provincial judge noted dur- ing a recent court case that a section of the Public Health Act authority to local health boards of liealth to delegate power and authroity to local health boards but he said it has not been