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Tuesday, February 27, 1968


Page Three

T u e s a y , F e b r a r y 2 7, I 9 6 T H M I C I G A D A L Y P g e h r e

. Vietnamese
Strike Khe Sanh
SAIGON (P) -North Vietna- sent out medics with stethoscopes
mese troops mauled a U.S. Marine but the medics detected no signs
patrol and blocked a rescue pla- of digging.
toon 800 yards outside the combat The digging of trenches and
base at Khe Sanh yesterday. tunnels was a Viet Minh strategy
American officers said the Com- to move troops in close to Dien
munists are moving in closer by Bien Phu before attacking that
the day to positions for an all French bastion in the crusher that
out offensive in South Vietnam's defeated France in the Indochina
northwest corner. war in 1954.

Riot Study Commission To Ask
Police Recruiting From Ghettos

WASHINGTON () - Sources ficers is one of several steps the
close to the President's Commis- panel will propose to bolster po-
sion on Civil Disorders said yes- lice departments. Other recom-
terday the commission will urge mendations call for increased'
that the nation's police depart- training and higher pay for po-
ments establish special offices to licemen and the recruitment of
improve relations w i t h slum m'ore Negro officers.
dwellers. "We're going ,to have to train
As an added incentive, these police in race relations and we
sources said, the commission will are going to have to pay them
recommend that the federal gov- better," a commission memberj
ernment pay 90 per cent of the said. "But most important, we are
salaries of these community serv- going to have to recruit more Nc-
ice officers. Still, there are indica- gro policemen."
tions that some police officials willN Mn

police-the arrest of a Negro cat
driver in Newark and a raid on s
night spot in Detroit.
"Police officers are the onl3
contact these people in the ghet-
tos have with our white society,"
another official said. "They are
the focal point of a lot of resent-
Another presidential panel, the
Commission on Law Enforcement
and Administration of Justice,
made. similar recommendations
last year to improve police-com-
munity relations.

U.S. strategists in Saigon say
as many as 40.000 Communist;
troops are in position around Khe
Sanh to jump 5,000 Marines hold-
ing the barren, sandbagged com-
bat base.
North Vietnamese troops, work-
ing in monsoon mist and fog, are
digging fortified, zigzag trenches
and tunnels outside the base pe-
rimeter. Air spotters detected one
trench 100 yards from Khe Sanh's
barbed wire.
Marine commanders guardedI
against the possibility the Com-
munists were tunneling under the
outer defenses of the base. They
Take Laotian
Border Post
PAKSANE, Laos (MP)-A mixed
force of North Vietnamese and
L ao t i a n Communists yesterday
o seized a Laotian military outpost
30 miles north of this Mekong
River garrison on the border with
The assault Sunday night-part
of a Communist offensive in Laos
that is believed coordinated with
Communist moves in Vietnam -'
brought consternation in Thailand,
a U.S. ally troubled by Communist
guerrilla activity.
But to reach Thai territory the
Communist force would have to
overrun Paksane and Laotian mil-
itary commanders expressed doubt
they would try that.
v Paksane is about 65 miles south-
west of the border of central North
Vietnam and 30 miles northeast
of the Laotian administrative cap-
ital of Vientiane. Its main high-
way links Route 6 which runs di-
rectly to Hanoi, North Vietnamese
* Gen. William C. Westmoreland,
U.S. commander in Vietnam, said
Sunday' the North Vietnamese
have ignored the neutrality of Laos
and neighboring Cambodia, and
used these countries to send men
and munitions into South Viet-
"Southeastern Laos has been
used for several years as a major
line of communications for the
movement of men, weapons, am-
munition and supplies," West-
moreland said. "It has become a
de facto part of North Vietnam,
since it is entirely controlled by
Meanwhile, North Vietnamese
forces are putting pressure on
Saravane, a town in southern
Saravane is about 75 miles south
of Laos' Route 23, which links up
with a road that runs directly
into South Vietnam at Khe Sanh
where 5,000 U.S. Marines are
braced for an assault by a North
Vietnamese force of perhaps 40,000

Ambush Platoon
T he ambush of the Marine pa-
trot - a platoon - came before
Communist artillery continued
to pound the base itself. Several
hundred rounds crashed in dur-
ing the day. In accordance with
the new regulations on military
information, the number of Ma-
rine casualties and the extent of
damage was not disclosed.
Although only 5,000 Marines
defend Khe Sanh, there are scores
of thousands of other Marines
and U.S. Army and South Viet-
namese troops available for coun-
terattacks against any Communist
invasion of the northern sector.
The U.S. Command is depending
heavily on air strikes.
The command said there were
five B52 strikes inside the country,
three late Sunday and two yes-
terday morning. The Strategic Air
Command- bombers hit around
Khe Sanh, Dak To, Kontum and
southwest of Hue.
Air Strikes
Over North Vietnam, U.S. Navy
planes attacked the Haiphong rail-
road yard 1.7 miles northwest
from the center of the port city
Sunday night.
It was the closest strike to the
center of Haiphong since Jan. 4.
The strike near the port city
and others in recent days ap-I
peared to mean that U.S. pilots
again were being assigned targets
in Haiphong-Hanoi areas that had
been off limits s i n c e early
A traveler just back from Hanoi!
told newsmen in Saigon the North
Vietnamese are convinced the new!
year offensive gave them "tremen-
dous victories."

-Associated Press
U.S. MARINES AT KHE SANH dig protective bunkers and trenches to shield them from rocket,
artillery and mortar fire with which the North Vietnamese pound the outpost. A force of 5,000
Marines is preparing for an assault by an estimated 40,000 Communist troops who surround the
base. The Communists are also reportedly digging in for a prolonged attack.
an Proposes Peace Talks
ith Arab States,U Envoy

resist the move This commission said a 1966
Hybrid' Officers Cities and states "obviously can't survey showed only 38 per cent
Hrafford to do the job." he added. of cities with more than 100,000
Community s e r v i c e officers "Money is going to have to come population had a community re-
would be recruited from ghetto from the federal government." lations unit.
areas and they would work in the But the commission may not "In short," the panel said, "most
ghettos l one source said. But attach a price tag to this or any of the smaller departments have
partnt-the'll be hybrid police other proposed program, sources no unit or program; and in many
officers." said. large cities, community relations
The commission recognizes that One investigator said the panel's are handled without any central
officers recruited from the slums final report will show that both organization because of lack of
may not be able to meet the same the Newark and Detroit riots were sufficient funds, personnel, initia-
qualifications as other officers, the triggered by incidents involving tive, or other reasons."
source said. It is this fact that
probably will draw fire from police
spokesmen, one of whom R om-
plained, "They could even havenMo
criminal records." T r v n a i lD s r e
"We need well educated, highly Prevent Disorder
qualified police officers in this
area, not just anyone," a police LANSING (M) - Gov. George -Passage of a statewide open
officer said. "I think they can Romney and the mayors of 18 housing law by the Legislature.
spend their 90 per cent of federal Michigan cities yesterday agreed -Reasonable tenants rights
funds in a better way." on a multipoint plan to help head laws.
Brick Throwers? off potential racial disturbances -Implementation of an effec-
The community service officers, in the state's cities this summer. tive state housing authority and
while part of the police depart- Romney said the purpose of the housing program.
ments, probably would not carry neeting was to "determine if our -Complete review of existing
arms. This prompted the police state agencies and offices can be youth programs.
official to ask: "What does he do more effective or useful in helping , -Upgrading of police programs,
if he sees. a bank robbery being prevent disturbances." -Greater emphasis on meeting
committed? Throw bricks?" The multipoint progranm in- recreational needs.
The 11 member commission, apr cluded a proposal fo'r increased -Establishment of an urban
pointed by President Johnson af- taxation "ability and flexibility" affairs department or office in
ter last summer's Newark and De- for cities in the income and excise state government.
troit riots, meets today and to- tax areas. Individual mayors appeared op-
morrow to complete work on its Cooperation timistic following the meeting in
final report, scheduled for release "If we can have full cooperation Romney's office.
next Sunday. of state governmentgand local of- Cavanagh Request
Hiring of community service of- Ificials and private organlizations Mayor Jerome Cavanagh of De-

JERUSALEM (P) - Israeli For-
eign Minister Abba Eban agreed
yesterday to meet Arab diplomats
in direct talks, with UN peace en-
voy Gunnar V. Jarring as cvhair-
There was no word' from Egypt
or Jordan, Israel's chief antagon-
ists in the June war, that they
would accept the Eban formula.
They have steadfastly refused to
negotiate directly with Israel.
Speaking in the Knesset, Is-

U.S. Commanders Restrict
Release of Military Reports

rael's parliament, Eban said the I sidered will be possible next steps
government had told Jarring it and prospects for entering into a
was willing to meet with Arab new stage in discussion with the
diplomats at any place he consid- parties," the announcement said.
ers fit. Eban told the legislators, how-
Eban's statement indicated a ever, that Israel still insisted on
modification of Israel's former direct talks with the Arabs as the
stand that it did not accept Jar- only basis for reaching a settle-
ring as mediator, but only as an ment to their long feud.
emissary to bring the two sides to But by agreeing to such negotia-
the conference table. tions "We have made a maximal
Sources said Israel apparently contribution to advance Jarring's
now wished to give the weary {international peace mission," he
Jarring a breathing space and said.
bolster his mission amid reports of "We shall regard the readiness
growing Arab pessimism of its of the Arab governments to sit
chances of success. down with us face to face as a
T=statementfollhaweek st of their actual desire to make
Th secstatemn efledatIaekl ec"Eban continued. "A re-
of secultio her tht Isaelfusal to meet face to face is to be
was willing to sit at a peace con-i
ference in Nicosia, capital of Cy- terpreted as a refusal to make
prus, with Jarring sitting in. pead
He said Israel has submitted a
At the United Nations, Secretary detailed list of points it thought
General U Thant announced he is should be on the agenda of the
recalling Jarring for conferences talks and that the key to peace
on "prospects for entering a new was secure and recognized borders
stage" in the attempt to obtain for Israel.
an Arab Israeli settlement. The minister stressed that "only
An announcement from Thant's the fixing of agreed and secure
office said Jarring, after his talks borders will be able to break the
in New York, will return to the deadlock manifested in the cease
Middle East. fire agreement," that ended the
"Among the subjects to be con- "June war.

and citizens we believe it is pos-
sible to avoid these disturbances
next summer," Romney said.
However, Romney said he has
not recommended raising the limit
on city income taxes, which now
stands at 1 per cent for residents
and one-half of one per cent for
Other points included:
-Reshaping of resources and
activities of state government to
be. a maximum assistance to local

troit said he felt the cities' great-
est need lay in the area of fund-
ing, adding that he believed .the
city income tax ceiling should be
The two Negro mayors attend-
ing the conference, Henry G.
Marsh of Saginaw and John H.
Burton of Ypsilanti, were hopeful
about the chances of their cities
going through the summer with-
out violence,
Flint's Negro mayor, Floyd Mc-
Cree, did not attend. r

SAIGON ( ') - The U.S. Com-
mand imposed restrictions yester-
day on the release to the press of
some military information it be-
lieves could be of intelligence'value
to the Communists. Involved are
reports of U.S. casualties, damage
done and the number of enemy
shells fired.
The restrictions apply to opera-
tions at fixed installation, such as
the U.S. Marine combat base at
Khe Sanh or the Tan Son Nhut
air base in Saigon.
Brig. Gen. Winant Sidle, infor-
mation chief for the. U.S. Com-
mand, said yesterday the directive
he issued leaves correspondents
'free to report what they observe
in the field.
There was no immediate indica-
tion the directive .imposes full
censorship on news dispatches-as
was the case in World War II and
the Korean War.

During those conflicts the mili-
tary established censorship offices
where news dispatches were sub-
mitted by correspondents for
clearance before publication.
In Washington, a Pentagon
spokesman said the directive was
not expected to have any effect on
the Defense Department's daily re-
lease of casualty lists and its week-
ly report on the over all toll of
men killed or wounded.
The new directive is in line
with the views of Gen. William C.
Westmoreland, the U.S. com-
mander, who is said to feel too
much security information was
being released by the U.S. Com-
mand itself.
Sidle's directive read: "As you
know, we have always reserved the
prerogative of withholding infor-
mation which would give aid and
comfort to the enemy."



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