Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridgc Herald Third Section Leth'bridge, Alberta, Saturday, March 31, 1973 PAGES 33 TO 38 Central intelligence agency personnel cuts under way By SEYMOUR M. UEHSH New York Times Service WASHINGTON -James R. Sehlesinger, the new director of central intelligence, has >egun the largest personnel cutback in the liistory ot the agency. Unofficial C.I.A. sources esti- mated that at least and possibly as many as ot i h e agency's approximately jobs would be abolished by the end of the current IiS' cal year, June 30. An official ageney source ac- knowledged that what he term- ed a "reduction in force" known in the government as a was under way "on a very selective basis" to elimi- nate "marginal performers." But he would give no figures for the cutback. UNCERTAINTY No official announcement o: the cutbacks lias been made to employees at the heat! quarters in nearby Langley Va., creating much uncertain ty there. "This is the [irst place I've been iu where all the ru- ors one agency mployec said. "You get a call nd get an interview and that's he said, Describing the ib-elimination process. "No rcliminaries and ceremonies. They just give the word." Concrete survivors Naval architect William Carvill. poinls out line of concrete freighters builr during the two world wars steel was in short supply. The freighters now serve as a break- water at Powell River en the British Columbia coast. Tugboat skipper Eric Dingwall is at left. Naval architect finds concrete ships endure MACABRE DEATHS TERRORIZE TRIBESMEN POWELL RIVER, B.C. (CD Most sea-going treasure hunt- ers think of Eldorado in terms of sunken galleons, barnacle- crusted brass cannons and Spanish doubloons in the Carib- bean. William Carvill, a New York naval architect and marine sur- veyor, has found his personal Ireasi're trove in this coastal British Columbia string of elderly concrete-hulled ships anchored in a line to form a breakwater that protects a newsprint mill. Mr. Carvill was commissioned recently to carry out a world- wide survey on the condition pE the concrete-hulled ships built during the two world wars when steel was in short supply. Through r egisters in United Slates naval files, he located cne sliip, the Peralta. Subse- quent investigation showed that I OR LESS from Charter Flights from Calgary lAffRTU WITH the Peralta was merely one of many concrete ships forming the Powell Kver breakwater. The tanker built in 3917. Mr. Carvill said the ships were built as alternatives to steel vessels during wartime. "They served well, carrying war supplies aiid fuel for the Al- lies. There is no record of any of them ever being sunk by ttie enemy, but their relatively small cargo capacity compared with their total displacement led to their demise as post-war merchant ships. 'Some of them are still In service with the U.S. and Philip- pines governments, but "most of them were sold as floating stores, processing plants and, in the case of Powell River, as breakwaters." After an exhaustive investiga- tion, Mr. Carvill reported all the hulls in excellent condition and good for at least another 40 years. Some of them, ha said, were still seaworthy. "This particular collection is the biggest and best I have found." said Mr. Carvill. "In the length of time that I lave been engaged in this non- contir.Hons survey, I have never ceased to be amazed at the way these concrete hulled vessels have endured the ravages of lime, tide, weather ami mishap with little maintenance. Ste3l- hulled ships would have sunk long ago." He thinks that the breakwater has a long life ahead of it. Con- crete, he says, actually im- proves with age. PORT MORSEBY, New Gui- nea CKeuter) Killers trained-in an ancient art oE sorcery and macabre, unde- tectable methods of murder are terrormng primitive tribesmen in the Papua-New Guinea highlands, says a member of the territory's house of assembly. "My people live in fear of walking to the bus at John Pokia said. "Nobody feels ource added." In addition to chlesinger has the the layoffs, initiated a Papua-New Guinea, an Aus- tralian-external, territory, due to become independent in two 5'ears, occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea. It is a region of rug- ged mountains and thick jun- gle and bushland which houses some of the world's most primitive tribes with a history of headhunting and cannibalism. There is widespread belief In spirits. Pokia asked the government to take urgent action against members of the secretive Tu- kabu cult, which he said is re- sponsible for the death of be- tween 50 and 60 persons each year. "The Tukabu killers are rich and powerful men, both feared and respected through- out the eastern Pokia said in an interview. PAID TO KIM, "Tukabu men are paid up to to kill he said. Normally the Tukabu expert was employed by relatives of someone who bad died in cir- cumstances where sorcery was suspected. The relatives would hire a Tukabu man In "pay back" a clansman of the suspected tribe, who would usually hi selected at random. "Tukabu men have no fear of being caught because their ways of killing are unitjVc and Pokia said. "Magistrates and police cannot prosecute suspects be- cause they cannot prove any- thing. Even if a victim sur- vives a Tukabu attack he is not a threat. He can never talk again." Pokia said a Tukabu man would strike from behind and knock his victim unconscious. Then he would crush the voice box without leaving a mark on the neck. "Tiny specks of poison- coated bamboo are then in- serted into the veins and death comes slowly and pain- Pokia explained. "The victim recovers con- sciousness knowing Tukabu has struck. He cannot speak. His head aches. "In two days he is violently sick. In three he is dead." Other methods were forcing a victim to swallow a tiny piece razor blade attached to a string which would be yanked out, or kicking preg- nant women in the stomach in a way which left no bruises but was fatal. "Tukabu is evil and must be Pokia said. "It is spreading all the lime. "Old men teach the young and in every village for miles around my town of Akapa there are two or even more Tukabu followers." The government has admit- ted knowledge of Tukabu and Secretary of Law William Kearney has told the house an investigation is under way. ligh-level shake-up of key management positions inside agency, and is expected to ontinue his efforts to trim and cut costs in thcr intelligence aoencies. uch as the defense intelligence gency and the national secur- ty agency. He has reportedly been told i President Nixon to improve he efficiency of the nation's pver-all intelligence operations, vhich costs more than Intelligence sources acknow- edged that there was much waste in the personnel structure of the C.I.A. There's a lot of fat and a lot of dead wood that he's get- ting rid one agency em ployee said. "I guess I'm for-it as long as it doesn't include me." NO FACTS Another employee complain ed that many of his colleague, "don't understand what th criterion is" for the job elim: nations. "There's no har data, no he said, addin Uiat a seemingly heavier per tion of jobs had been abolished from management staff and the agency's research and sci- entific offices. The C.I.A.'s office of re- search and development, situ- ation in nearby Rosslyn, Va., was said to be particularly af- fected. The office is respon- sible for most of the agency's basic research projects. The official C.I.A. source, however, described the cuts as being "across the board" and not limited to any specific of- fice. "What's going ttnrt on is not mindless the source aid, "but a real search for the linimal performers and Tinging out." Those officers with low fit- ess reports would lie among he first to retire, he aid. Unofficial sources said that n appeal mechanism had been et up for those employees who vish to challengeMhe decision o eliminate their jobs. Those who make such appeals, the sources said, face the prospect of immediate retirement should -heir efforts fail. 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