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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta October THE LCTHBRIDOE HERALD 11 Canada moves to prevent another massacre at Olympics By BRUCE LEVETT WASHINGTON (CP) The Canadian embassy confirmed Wednesday reports that Canada is consulting "other governments" in efforts to prevent a Munich-style massacre at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. In a terse response to a pub- lished report that Canada, through the United States state department, had asked help from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency an embassy spokesman said: "All Canadian authorities concerned with the Olympics are giving the matter of security top priority. "In this context, it is per- fectly natural that consulta- tion should take place with governments through es- tablished channels." Security arrangements at the last Slimmer 1972 at criticiz- ed after Arab terrorists in- filtrated the Athletes' village and held hostage almost the entire Israeli team. In that action and in a further incident at Furstenfeldbruk airport, 11 Israeli sportsmen were slain. The Canadian team head- quarters at Munich, less than 50 yards from the Israeli quarters, was evacuated and turned into a police command post. The Washington Post, in the first of two articles from Mon- treal, said Wednesday that an unidentified state department source confirmed that the Canadian government has asked for help and that liaison has been made with the FBI, but not with the CIA. A spokesman for the exter- nal affairs division of the FBI would say only: "We would make available advice and as- sistance to Canada if asked." The working body co- ordinating the U.S. anti- terrorism fight both domestically and inter- nationally, comes under Am- bassador Lewis Hoffacker, personal appointee of State Secretary Henry Kissinger. It was set up by former president Richard Nixon 20 days after the Munich episode. "I doubt you'll find anyone to talk on a spokesman in Hoffacker's office said, "but I'm sure there will be co- operation between the U.S. and Canada" in the matter of Olympic Games security. He described the little- known anti-terrorism body as "essentially a co-ordinating put it all together." "We have a domestic and in- ternational mandate 'to pre- vent all acts of terrorism both here and abroad.'" He said he was quoting Nix- on at the time Nixon set up the body "as a result of the Munich tragedy." The cabinet committee on terrorism is comprised of top representatives from the FBI and CIA and the departments of justice, interior, defence and state, along with domestic and national security advisers to the president and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Kissinger is head of the committee. Hoffacker's group is the working body under the com- mittee. Duties of the Hoffacker group are pre- vent terrorist acts; to handle U.S. government response after an incident and to follow up by assessing the disposition of terrorism cases and to press for the prosecution of terrorists when necessary. It also attempts to keep track of and to charter the movements of known terrorists around the world and it is in this regard that Canada is expected to seek help and information. In Montreal, Guy Toupin, assistant director of the Montreal Urban Community (MUC) police and a member of the organising committee's security organization, described consultation with the FBI and CIA as simply a matter of continued collaboration. He denied that the com- mittee had singled out the two American agencies in an appeal for help. "We always have had close collabora- tion the Montreal force, the Quebec Provincial Police and the RCMP-with other law enforcement agen- Toupin said. "There has been no S O S sent out for help, just a request for even closer collaboration. "Since security matters are confidential, I don't like to comment to much about them, but we have established closer contact with all planning security. The organizing committee has set up a central security committee and 10 subcom- mittees, composed of MUC police officials, QPP and RCMP, along with represen- tatives of Canada's armed forces. In its report to the Inter- national Olympic Committee in Vienna earlier this week, the organizing committee kept its security planning generally under wraps. It told the IOC that its over-all policy gives "the forces of law and order all the necessary leeway to develop the required securi- ty measures." It promised a security pro- gram "which is both sufficient and discreet." PRESIDENT SVOBODA Svoboda illness causes problems PRAGUE (AP) For more than two months Czech- oslovakia's President Lndvik Svoboda has lain in hospital here, kept alive, diplomatic sources say. by an American heart machine. The lingering illness is caus- ing political problems, the sources say, because nobody wants his largely ceremonial job. "Politically it's a damp squib." said a diplomat. "Whoever takes it would end up being pictured drinking tea with visiting foreign dignitaries." Official medical bulletins speak only of respiratory and circulatory problems, and the latest one this month said his "over-all serious condition re- quires further hospital merit. Svoboda, 79, is the only Czechoslovak leader left from former Communist patty leader Alexander Dnbcek's 1968 "Springtime of Freedom" that was cat short by Soviet troops and tanks. Keep those promises youVe made to yourself... Pick up your OUTI set of Personal Promise labels with a special savings account for each of the things that mean most to Whether you're saving money for some things for the house, that special vacation, or a great big purchase like a new car, your promises can happen sooner when you open a separate account for each of them. And to make it a little easier, the Royal Bank will give you a set of Personal Promise labels to help you identify each of those promises you want to save for. 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