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THtTRSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1968

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE TEE

THVIISDAY, FEBRUARY 8,1968 THE MICHIGAN DAILY PAGE THREE

LBJ Calls for Assault
On Crime, Narcotics

Jobless Rate
Record Low
In January

WASHINGTON W) - President
Johnson asked Congress yester-
day to approve a massive assault
on crime, with special emphasis
on tougher laws to curb danger-
ous drugs - mainly LSD and
other hallucinogens.
The program also includes in-
dividual efforts aimed against
organized .crime, gambling, riot-
ing and alcoholism.
The President linked a renewed
call for legislation to curb fire-*
arms sales with a new proposal
which would make it a crime to!

cross state lines to incite riots. He
said these are aimed at "two
causes of death'and destruction-
the criminal agitator and the,
gun."
Johnson called again for en-
actment of his Safe Streets and
Crime Control legislation - and
doubled the first year's appropri-
ation request to $100 million. Last
year he asked for $50 million to
help cities and states improve lo-
cal law enforcement and raise
police salaries.
He emphasized responsibility

U.S. Soldiers Battle
S. Korean-Students.
SEOUL (A') - U.S. troops fired seizure of the USS Pueblo, from
warning shots into the air yes- which South Korean delegates
terday, then swept back 400 have been excluded.
South Korean students who tried: An open armistice meeting was
to march on Panmunjom where held at Panmunjom but the
U.S. and North Korean delegates Pueblo was not discussed. But
were assembling. It was the first South Korean sources said a
clash between American soldiers fourth secret U.S. North Korean

g and South Koreans.
The students were protesting
against three secret meetings of
the United States and the North
Koreans at Panmunjom on the
Soviet Union
Places Ships
Off Korea
WASHINGTON (WP)-The Rus-
sians have moved a force of
warships ? into Korean waters
where American fighting ships
have been concentrated in the
Pueblo crisis.
Government sources said yes-
terday there are 10 or 15 Soviet
warships in the area, including'
cruisers, destroyers and frigates.
They are believed to have come
from Vladivostock, Russia's main
Far East naval base.
Meanwhile, the United States
has withdrawn the giant 85,000
ton aircraft carrier Enterprise
Ar from the Sea of Japan, leaving
behind two other carriers, de-
stroyers and support ships in a
force of about 20 U.S. vessels.
Withdrawal of the Enterprise
to the southern fringe of the Ko-
rean Strait was tied by some U.S.
sources to diplomatic moves
0 aimed at getting Communist
North Korea to return the intel-
ligence ship Pueblo and the 82
survivors of her crew.
There were reports that Hun-
garian diplomats at the United
Nations have suggested that pull-
back of the Enterprise might pro-
mote a willingness on the part of
North Korea to talk 'seriously
about returning the Pueblo.
The Enterprise, carrying some
90' warplanes, was sent into the
Sea of Japan off South Korea in
a show of force shortly after the
,North Korean navy snatched the
Pueblo into Wonsan harbor Jan.
22. Th big carrier had been on its
way to station off North Vietnam
after a visit at Sasebo, Japan.
Sources said that, for the time,
being at least, the Enterprise is
remaining in position to race back
4 into the Sea of Japan if needed.
She has with her as escorts the
nuclear powered frigate Truxtun
and a destroyer.

session was held before the open
meeting.
These sources asserted the
United States handed over an
apology in an attempt to get back
the 82 crewmen and a dead fire-
man from the Pueblo, seized by
the North Koreans Jan. 23.
A U.S. military spokesman de-
nied the United States apologized
but did not deny there was a
secret meeting. North Korea in-
sists over U.S. denials that the
Pueblo invaded North Korean
territorial waters and has de-
manded an apology.
Sterner Measures
South Koreans and their gov-
ernment have been critical of the
secret meetings. They feel the
United States has paid too much
attention to the North Korean
capture of the Pueblo and not
enough to North Korea's infil-
trators, such as those who in-
vaded Seoul Jan. 21 in an attempt
to assassinate President Chung
Hee Park. They want sterner U.S.
measures to halt infiltrators.
The students tried to cross
Freedom Bridge over the Imjim
River five miles south of Pan-
munjom. Soldiers from the 2nd
U.S. Infantry Division guarding
the bridge first fired 20 warning
shots.
As the students came on, the
soldiers with the help of tanks
and armored cars, pushed most of
the demonstrators back. Korean
police said 24 students were in-
jured, nine seriously. A statement
from the 2nd Division said none
was injured.
Sent Marauders
The open meeting of the ar-
mistice delegates at Panmunjom,
the first since Jan. 24, did not
touch on the Pueblo.
The meeting was routine, with
the Communists asserting that
forces of the UN 'Command had
violated armistice terms. Col.
John P. Lucas, representing the
U.N. Command, replied: "Your al-
legations have been noted and
will be investigated."
The Communists asked then tc
adjourn, and in agreeing Lucas
declared that such things as the
attempt on Park's life should be
discussed. Lucas charged that
North Koreans sent down ma-
rauders to try to assassinate Park.
The Communists did not reply.

for local law enforcement :les Employment Rises,
with local government and "the Nation's Work Force
federal government must never
assume the role of the nation's , Now at 73.3 Million
policeman."
At the same time Johnson ap- WASHINGTON (I' - The na-
pointed Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark tion's total employment hit a rec-
coordinator of all federal efforts ord January high of 73.3 million
against crime, dubbed him "Mr. last month and the unemploy-
Big," and said "You just have to ment rate dropped to a 15-year-
remember one name - Ramsey low of 3.5 per cent, the Labor
Clark - call him direct if you Department said yesterday.
want action." The number of jobs increased
Johnson's anti-crime proposals in manufacturing, trade and
went to Congress in two mes- various service industries on a
sages - one devoted entirely to seasonally adjusted basis, said the
dangerous drugs. The President Bureau of Labor Statistics.
called for creation of a new and The breau adjustthe e y
powerful Bureau of Nar of cs and ment figures on the basis of
Danqerous Drugs. It would be part usually expected seasonal trends,
of the Justice Department, with and the unexpectedly large num-
a director appointed by the at- b wro
browoe drpigoto torney general, the labor force accounted for most
Narcotics Agents of the dip in the jobless rate.
Nucleus of the new agency "It was apparently because of
would be the Bureau of Narcotics, a decline in retail trade,safter
now part of the Treasury Depart- Christmas," said Arthur M. Ross.:
ment. and the Bureau of Drug commissioner of the bureau. He
Abuse Control, now in the Dc- referred to the withdrawal of
partment of Welfare. Johnson some 880,000 women from the
I'would boost the number of agents work force.
in the two agencies by about one Ross was recently appointed by
third. the University Regents as Vice-
The President said he wants President for State Relations and
legislation to make the illegal ! planning and will assume his new
manufacture, sale and distribu- post June 30.
tion of LSD and other dangerous The dropoff in the number of,
drugs a felony, and possession a women looking for jobs accountedI
misdemeanor. Currently, manu- for about half of the 1.7 million
facture and sale of LSD are mis- decline in the labor force, which
demeanors, and there is no fed- usually dips in January. The drop
eral penalty for possession. in women was several hundred,
Some other key parts of thethousand greater than expected.
anti-crime program:
-A new law making it a felony, The January jobless rate of 3r5
punishable by up to five years in per cent of the civilian labor force
prison, for any person to incitewa mbnrmnd.? pe ce t
or organize a riot after having December, and was the lowest
traveled across state lines . with rate since November, 1953, the
the ntenion o doso.Bureau said.
the intention to do so. The unemployment rate for
Beefing Up men rose insignificantly from 2.2
-New. laws to fight big time to 2.3 per cent, and the rate for
gambling, and to compel the giv- teenagers declined from 12.8 per
ing of testimony concerning ac- cent to 11.3 per cent over the
tivities linked with organized month.
crime. Johnson wants 100 more The rates for both white and
assistant U. S. attorneys, 100 more nonwhite workers dropped inI
FBI agents, and "a substantial January, but the nonwhite rate
beefing up" of the number of - covering mostly Negroes - was
lawyers in the Justice Depart- still double the white rate.
ment's Organized Crime and Total employment in January
Racketeering Section. was 73.3 million, the highest for
-Enactment of alcoholism re- the month on record.
habilitation legislation to provide Nonagricultural employment
for treatment of alcoholics rath- rose by 35,000 but would have
er -than simple detention in jail.I been greater except for a 120,000
The entire federal anticrime ef-' drop in construction jobs, largely;
fort would cost about $557 mil- because of bad weather.
lion next year, a 28 per cent in- While state and local govern-
crease above the $453 million of ment employment rose 30,000 in
the current year, the President January, "federal government em-
said. ployment has been edging down
in recent months," the bureau
said.
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U.S. Bombs, Artillery 'Save

-Associated Press
A BUDDHIST MONK leads a funeral procession through Saigon for a recent victim of street fighting in the city. Behind him
is the coffin with a Vietnamese flag draped over it and a mourning woman.

City

By PETER ARNETT 50 Vietnamese soldiers died,
Associated Press Staff Writer along with more than 20 Amer-
BEN TRE, Vietnam - "It icans from the U.S. 9th In-
became necessary to destroy fantry Division.
the town to save it," a U.S. Lt. Col. James Dare of Chi-
major said yesterday. He was cago, commander of U.S. Ad-
talking about the grim decision visory Team 93, said "we will
that allied commanders made never know for sure the num-
when Viet Cong attackers over- ber of civilians who died."
ran most of this Mekong Del- "Many families are buried
ta city 45 miles southwest of permanently under the rubble,"
Saigon. he said.
They decided that regardless Jets and Heavy Guns
of civilian casualties they must Americans say 45 per cent of
bomb and shell the once placid the city was destroyed. The
river city of 35,000 -to rout the Vietnamese province chief said
Viet Cong forces. that if the village environs are
Heavy guns were turned on considered, Ben Tre was 85 per
the city's streets. Jet fighter cent destroyed.
bombers carrying bombs, rock- U.S. officers say the fire-
ets an'd napalm were ordered power had to be used and that
into the attack. allied casualties would have
Ben Tre was one of the cities been far higher if heavy fire-
attacked by the Viet Cong at power had not been employed.
the height of last week's fight- The battle opened when a
ing. Details of its destruction regimental sized enemy force
in the three-day battle to oust of approximately 2,500 men in-
the Viet Cong became known vaded the city and the sur-
yesterday. rounding villages, U.S. advisers
Allied Firepower said. The decision to use jets
Available casualty statistics and heavy guns to dislodge the
indicate that at least as many attackers was made early in
Vietnamese civilians as com- the battle when the Viet Cong
batants died in the battle. almost had the city under its
U.S. advisers said the heavy control.
allied firepower hurled on the The Ben Tre defenders said
city to drive out the Viet Cong the Viet Cong was containing,
probably contributed largely to Vietnamese and U.S. forces
the deaths of at least 500 civil- trying to counterattack and
ians and possibly 1,000. South that the Viet Cong seized the
Vietnamese officials say the radio station and began broad-
enemy dead totaled 451. About casting to the population.

U.S. advisers said the Viet
Cong occupied the city so rap-
idly it was not possible to warn
civilians of the impending air
strikes or the artillery bar-
rages, particularly with the
Viet Cong in control of the
radio station.
Allied firepower included
500 pound bombs, napalm,
rockets, various types of anti-
personnel bombs and 105 and
155mm artillery.
"We had to argue with our
corps headquarters at Can
Tho," a U.S. captain said.
"They didn't like the idea. But
they were convinced when we
explained that it was rockets
'and bombing or the end for
us."
Squatter Districts
Fighter bombers splashed
napalm on a 3,000 yard long
river bank -opposite the U.S.
military compound. Thatch
roofed homes went up in
flames.
Then Ben Tre radio station
was taken out in a bombing
attack by U.S. jets.
Armed helicopters made doz-
ens of passes at the rambling
market place in the center of
the city and two and three
story concrete homes and busi-
ness houses around the market
place became gaunt shells of
the blackened concrete.
Squatter districts and poor
people's housing at the north-
ern and western sides of the

city were leveled by the allied
bombs and artillery shells from
the 9th Division brigade base
of Dong Tam, a few miles to
the north.
Maj. Chester L. Brown of
Erie, Pa., spent hours over the
city as an Air Force forward
air controller directing heli-
copter and fighter bomber at-
tacks.
Mass Confusion
"It is always a pity about
the civilians," he said. "In the
mass confusion of this kind of
thing, the people don't know
where the lines are, they don't
know where to hide. And some
of the weapons we use are area
weapons, spraying, a general
area instead of a specific tar-
get."
"That way, people get hurt."
Brown said he had no doubts
about the necessity of the
bombing. 1I was giviig the
aircraft more and more targets.
I could locate the Viet Cong
from muzzle flashes, and they
were everywhere."
U.S. officials reported it was
impossible to determine the
attitude of the city's residents
to the bombing and artillery
fire. "Most of those we see
around appear mighty relieved
that they survived," one offi-
cial said. "But I know that
there are lots of refugees, may-
be 10,000 to 15,000, outside of
town in a camp and they may
not be so happy."

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