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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

28 Friday, April 1. 1977

GAO Investigation Exposes INTERPOL 'Inefficiency'

By S. A. BARRAM

Jewish News Special Correspondent

LONDON—The Comptroller General of the United
States, following an investigation by the General Account-
ing Office (GAO), published a 56-page report on the oper-
ations, practices and administration of the International
Criminal Police Organization, INTERPOL, which ex-
poses a long chain of actual and potential abuses in the
activities of this organization. The report vindicates what
we have stated in previously in The Jewish News.
The Investigation had been requested in February, 1976
by Rep. John E. Moss_fand Sen. Joseph Montoya, and fol-
lowed the Montoya hearings on INTERPOL, where exten-
sive evidence on INTERPOL's Nazi involvement and
abuse of civil rights and individual freedoms was sub-
mitted.
The investigators of the GAO visited 13 cities in 10
countries in Asia, South America, Europe and the U.S The
final report reveals that:

• A substantial percentage of cases handled by INTER-
POL had no criminal background at all; in some cases the
information supplied included misdemeanors and no dis-
position data was available for many of the charges listed.
• In 40 percent of the cases checked by GAO in-
vestigators, requestors -for information had provided in-
sufficient data. The requestors did not explain why the
request was made, identify the type of criminal activity
being investigated, precisely describe the charges, furnish
evidence to support allegations that individuals had crimi-
nal backgrounds, etc. On the other hand, the report points
out that information provided by INTERPOL will be used
in -an unknown environment, under different national cus-
toms, standards of conduct, pecularities of law and due
process of law and by governments ranging from liberal
democracies to totalitarian regimes. (Some .85 percent of
INTERPOL's membership is totalitarian).
• No government or state body monitors the activities
of INTERPOL and there is no control over the distribution
of information disseminated through INT-ERPOL.
• INTERPOL has access to American 'computer banks.

Through INTERPOL, data from these computers reaches
third parties abroad, including Communist countries and
countries with which the U.S. does not have diplomatic re-
lations_ such as Uganda. Equally, INTERPOL can place
data on individuals and groups into the Treasury's Enforce-
ment Communication Center (TECS) and the FBI's Nation-
al Crime Information Center (NCIC ) computers, and other
law enforcement files.
• CIA, FBI, DEA, U.S. Secret Service and other U.S.
non-police authorities have access to INTERPOL's dos-
siers.
• There are no guidelines from INTERPOL's headquar-
ters in Paris governing the exchange of unverified accusa-
tions, raw intelligence and other data, potentially dam-
aging to innocent citizens.
• INTERPOL can, carry out police, diplomatic, in-
telligence, law enforcement and other functions without ef-
fective oversight.
• None of the cases inspected by the GAO investigators
showed that the organization is engaged in the combat of
crime syndicates and big time criminals.
To summarize, the report conclusively shows that IN-
TERPOL supports the dossier system ; is law unto itself, a
state above states, not subject to any scrutiny and super-
vision by outside bodies and is inefficient.
The number of crimes of violence, acts of terrorism,
drug abuse and drug trafficking increases continuously
and the perpetrators get away. Nazi war criminals are not
molested by INTERPOL. The tax-payers' money is used to
finance the operations of INTERPOL. But the organization
has failed in its avowed aims: The successful combat of
international crime.
Statistics released in 1975 (the latest), show that IN-
TERPOL headquarters investigated 24,398 cases. These in-
vestigations resulted in only 630 arrests, which is about 2.6
percent efficiency. The statistics do not reveal the rate of
conflictions, for INTERPOL does not keep such statistics.
However, according to various authoritative works on
crime, 50 percent of arrests usually result in acquittals. Ap-
plying this figure to INTERPOL's arrest record, only 1.3
percent actually resulted in convictions, which is negli-
gible. None of these included crime syndicates and inter-
national big time criminals, according to the GAO report.

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SAMUEL SILVER
(A Seven Arts Feature)

JERUSALEM — The
city of Jerusalem will, in
the future, be enhanced
by a lovely park built by
the Latter Day Saints of
America.
will
The
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Through Dr. Wiesenthal's kind offices, I had the op-
portunity to meet Young and to exchange with him infor-
mation about the Nazi background of the organization and
current practices which have their origin from the Nazi
era.
Young, while in Europe, was subject to public charac-
ter assassination initiated by INTERPOL. The Germans
Federal Police issued .a press release which stated that
Vaughn Young is a swindler and that the GAO report is a
swindle.
Young impressed me as a serious meticulous research-
er. He is a known and published author and had testified
before Congress. Yet he has been subjected to a defama-
tion campaign reminiscent of the Nazi propaganda ma-
chine or the KGB Desinformation Service. The purpose of
this action was two-fold : To discredit him vis-a-vis parlia-
mentarians and newspapermen in Europe who wished to
meet him and to stifle at the outset a demand for an in-
vestigation into INTERPOL in Germany, similar to the
one held in the U.S.
This risk was too great to be taken: who knows how
many former Nazis, still in the ranks of the German po-
lice, would have been exposed in the course of the in-
vestigation? The attempt is doomed to failure. Young has
taken leg-al steps against the German Federal Police for
slander. In Germany some questions will be asked in Par-
liament. In Holland and Britain, questions in Parliament
have been raised and other parliaments will follow.
The Comptroller General's report was a fact finding re-
port. Based on the findings a number of Senators and Rep-
resentatives, including_.Moss, Montoya, Beard, Eilberg and
others, reportedly intend to get legislation passed to cir-
cumvent any further abuse of civil rights and individual
freedoms through INTERPOL.

Mormons to Build Park in Jerusalem as Memorial

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After the publication of the Comptroller General's re-
port, Yaw .:hn Young, director of research for the National
Commission for Law Enforcement and Social Justice in
the U.S. travelled to Europe to meet with parlia-
mentarians in England, Germany, Holland, France, Den-
Mark, Belgium and Dr. Simon Wiesenthal in Vienna, 0 dis-
cuss with them the implications of the report.

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predicted its ultimate re-
settlement by the Jews.
The story of Orson
Hyde was vividly nar-
rated last spring in a ring-
ing oration by Ezra Taft
Benson, one-time cabinet
member and a leader of
the Mormon Church, in
Calgary, Alberta, before
an audience of almost
3,000, including many
Jews.

Judaica Display
at Yeshiva U.

NEW YORK — ``The
Golden Peacock," a group)
of 24 papercuts expres-
sing the Judaic heritage
through traditional and
contemporary motifs, is a
new, special exhibit at the
University
Yeshiva
Museum to be, on display .
through June 19.
The papercuts are by
'Tsirl Waletzky, a native
of the Bronx and an ar-
tist, illustrator, textile
embroiderer, jewelry de-
signer and art teacher,
whose mosaics are dis-
played in the Ghetto
Fighters Museum, Israel.
Her stained glass panels
have been installed in the
New ISraeli Synagogue in
Israel. Her embroidery
has been displayed at the
Yeshiva University
Museum.

Begin Hospitalized

JERUSALEM (JTA)--
Likud leader Menahem
Begin, who has been ho -Spi-
talized in Tel Aviv for sever-
al days. will remain in the
hospital for another for-
tnight or so in the wake of
a heart problem that arose
upon his recent return from
Canada.

Benson expressed his
sympathy with the cause of
Zionism. He told of his
conversations with the late
David Ben-Gurion, with
Golda Meir, and Moshe
Dayan. He brought the
throng to tears with his ac-
count of his visit to concen-
tration camps in Europe.
He spoke of the affinity be-
tween the Latter Day
Saints and the Jews.
He told the story of
Orson Hyde and how the
Israeli government in-
vited the Mormons to
the park and how
the park will contain the
prayer spoken by Hyde on

behalf of a Jewish -return
to the Land of Promise.
In Calgary, the cataly-
tic agent between the
Morn-Ion community and
the Jews is a remarkable
Orthodox rabbi, Rabbi
Lewis Ginsburg, who is
one of the city's most be-
loved citizens for his
ecumenical labors. Rabbi
Gainsburg was recently
cited by the province of
Alberta for his efforts on
behalf of brotherhood.

Populations Equal

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TEL _AVIV (ZINS)—Is-
raeli author Dr. Yaacov
Harozen, wirting in the
newspaper Davar, cites
Arab sources to refute Arab
claims of huge Arab major-
ities in Palestine under the •
rule of the Ottomans.
Dr. Harozen quotes a
book by Nadjieb Azori, who
was appointed a vice gover-
nor of Jerusalem. by the
Turks, that the Arab. and
Jewish populations were
about equal at the end of
the 19th Century, at approx-
imately 200,000 each.

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