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The Eternal Blame

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A monstrous
future arsenal

AS TEMPERS FLARE on the Senate
floor over the future of Safeguard
ABM, a future pocked with bizarre new
instruments of death draws on apace
despite critical voices raised in alarm.
Dangerous as ABM is to the security
and well being of this country it is greatly
overshadowed by these new methods of
killing.,The list of weapons now in the
planning and development stages will
have violent effects on the international
community and possibly on the lives of
people everywhere.
Perhaps the most shocking item in
this country's gruesome future arsenal
is germ warfare. Through the careful
mutation viruses and microbes military
scientists have produced enormously vir-
ulent strains of disease to spread among
our adversaries. The research in this
field has now reached a fine degree of
perfection. The scientists are now tinker-
ing around with making the incubation
Reriods for the diseases more reliable and
the death ratio more exact.
FRIGHTENING as well and closely
lated to the use of germ warfare is
nerve gas and other forms of toxic and
mind affecting gases. Beginning with
their development before World War II
these gases have also reached a high
stage of sophistication. Outlawed by the
Geneva Convention these gases are cap-
able of wiping out the population of vast
areas in a matter of hours.
Detroit Free Press began with an
item asking why police officers charged
with beating black youths would be tried
before the same judge William Beer who
found Ronald August not- guilty in the
Algiers Motel case. Action Line replied
that they had taken the question to the
court administrator and 24 hours later
a anew judge was appointed. The new
judge, John T. 'Letts, a black, will hear
the case.
Can it really be true that Action Line
is the most effective political power in
this part of Michigan? Can they succeed
when all other fail? Maybe if someone
writes to Action Line -about inflation,
crime in the streets and Nixon those
problems will disappear too.

This country has large stockpiles of
these gases ready for use. No one should
be deceived by the attempts of the Army
to get rid of its old stock piles-this is
only being done to make room for newer,
more deadly forms of gas.
While both germ warfare and nerve
gas lend a grotesque aspect to future
warfare, the most immediate danger
comes from the multiple independently-
targeted reentry vehicle (MIRV). This
weapon which could be placed atop ex-
isting missiles making them capable of
striking, with nuclear weapons, as many
as three widely separated targets. A sys-
tem capable of doing this is now in the
final testing phases both in this country
and the Soviet Union.
Aside from the augmentation, even
farther into the realm of absurdity,of
the destructive power controlled by the
nuclear nations, MIRV would mean the
disintegration of any hope for an agree-
ment betweei the Soviet Union and the
United States on arms limitation.
country would be interpreted by, the
Soviet Union and rightly so as a blatant
offensive challenge, which they would
feel obligated to respond to.
A gross intensification of the arms
race with a consequent disruption of the
international situation would inevitably,
result from the implementation of MIRV.
More important is the direct effect
MIRV would have on the mechanics of an
arms limitation agreement. MIRV would
make it possible for a country to conceal
three times as many deliverable weapons
at one site. Therefore only detailed on
cite inspection would be able to monitor
an arms limitation agreement, and MIRV
would thus make any form of agreement
virtually impossible.
well as ABM and whatever other hor-
rors may exist only in the black board
stage, are ghastly reminders of man's
willingness to be inhumane. They all
bear the potential for causing massive
suffering and possibly an end to man's
existence. And they are all unnecessary.
Far from increasing the security of the
country they will endanger the security
of the world.

Introducing Shakespeare

JOE McGINNISS is a Philadel-
phia reporter who signed up a
year ago to do a book on Richard
Nixon's advertising campaign. He
won't publish until November, but
the galleys are about. They make
irresistable the impulse to cheer
McGinniss' name in the streets.
He seems to have come to the
subject with an open mind; and
Mr. Nixon's bearers talked to him
with the candor possible onlyhto
persons who have no idea how
disgusting they are, i.e., successful
Americans. He has brought us
back the only prize that could
compensate for the horror of
their society-a masterpiece.
Persons who have read Sue-
tonius will now read McGinniss
and understand that, beside Mr.
Nixon's staff, the court of Caligula
was Monte Cassino.
One of McGinniss' prime speci-
mens is Frank Shakespeare, the
chief of Mr. Nixon's "media and
advertising group." Shakespeare
was on leave from CBS where he
had been hanging about as a
vestigial remnant of the admin-
istration of James Aubrey, speak-
ing of Suetonius.
ON AUG. 21, the morning after
the Soviet Union invaded Czecho-
slovakia, Mr. Nixon's media group
met to contemplate the proposed
campaign commercials,

Shakespeare came in. He was
"What a break!" he said. "This
Czech thing is just perfect. It
puts the soft liners"in a hell of a
The business done, Shakespeare
lingered to talk about Czechoslo-
vakia with Leonard Garment, Mr.
Nixon's law partner:
"They're out to get us, Len.
They always have been and they
always will be. They're ruthless
bastards andethey're trying to
conquer the world. We have to
stand up to them at every turn.'
"I don't think it's quite that
simple,' Garment said. 'I think
maybe some things have changed
in 20 years.'
'Goddammit, Len, that's just
typical of the naive liberal posi-
tion. I don't see how a man of
your intelligence could even con-
sider it. Especially in the fact
of what's just happened.'
(Garmentust'But even there it
was different from 10 years' ago.
They didn't murder hundreds of
people in the street.'
(Shakespeare) '. ..Look what's
happened to Dubcek.'
(Garment) 'What's happened to
(Shakespeare) 'He's been taken
somewhere and shot.'
(Garment) 'I hadn't heard

(Shakespeare) 'Well, they
haven't announced it yet, but I'm
sure that's what they've done ...
You certainly don't think they're
going to let him live.'
(Garment) 'They might.'
(SHAKESPEARE) 'Oh, Len, the
Russians don't work that way.
If he's not dead already, I'd be
amazed. These are Russians, don't
forget. Communists. That's the
trouble with this country. Every-
body conceives them as humani-
tarians, like us. And it's simply
not true. They're murderers.'
(Garment) 'Then you don't
think we've made any progress
toward coexistence in 20 years?'
(Shakespeare) 'No, and what's
more I don't think any such thing
is possible. You can't coexist with
tnen who are trying to enslave
you. All that's happened in 20
years is that Americans have al-
lowed themselves to be deceived
by leftist elements in the press.' "
So there you have Frank Shake-
speare. And do you know where
Mr. Shakespeare is now? Mr.
Nixon was so taken with his sen-
sitivity, his judgment . and his
detachment that he appointed
him Director of the U.S. Informa-
tion Agency. That's right. Director
of the U.S. Information Agency.
Copyright-New York Post

The Texas Wedge _
"AI need two cabs for nineteen-hundred West Stadium and one for
one-hundred North Fifth," cried the dispatcher into the radio for the
fifth time in as many minutes.
"Forty at State and Hill, over," I replied. There weren't many cabs
on the road, no one at the downtown stands, so what the hell, maybe
I was close enough to pull the North Fifth order.
"Forty," the dispatcher said, "that's City Hall, the Police Station
"Right, forty, over," I acknowledged, speeding through a caution
by the State Theatre.
"Forty," she announced, "make sure your passengers show you their
fare. They said they wanted to go to Ypsilanti."
"Right," I answered, "what's the quotable price to Ypsilanti?"
"Three-fifty," she said.
I could sure use three-fifty: The best hours of the afternoon I had
spent sitting on the Union stand while the old creeps that cluster on
the downtown stands had picked up al the good orders. True, around
six it came alive, and I took a half-dozen or so for close to six bucks,
but still, it was seven-thirty, and if I didn't start making money now the
night would be a disaster.
I honked the horn twice while in the Police parking lot, but no one
cane out. It was still light out and I could see three guys sitting in the
lobby, two of them arguing. I honked agin. The cop at the desk held
up his hand and pointed toward the three, who now seemed to notice
me for the first time. Out came one and shouted for me to wait a min-
Five minutes later they sauntered out: two blacks and a white, all
near twenty in age. One of the blacks wore modish clothes and had
grown his hair long. With his glasses, he resembled a black Groucho
Marx. The other was dressed straight and was attempting to grow a
mustache. The white dude was wearing a short-sleeve multi-color knit
sweater, had dark curly hair, and sat in the middle of the back seat.
"Cab driver, how much is it going to cost to go to Ypsilanti?" asked
the straight black who sat directly behind me.
"Three-fifty for one, and a dime extra for each additional passen-
ger," I told them.
"I'm not gonna go!" cried Groucho. He opened the door and got out.
"If it's nly a dime extra," said the white, "you might as well. He's
gonna pay anyhow," he said pointing to the straight black who was
nestling in the corner.
"Well," muttered Groucho, "if it's only a dime, I'll go." And he
climbed back into the cab, and shut the door.
"Where to in Ypsilanti?" I asked.
"Monroe Street," the straight black answered.
"Is it better to take Washtenaw or Packard," I queried as we pulled
onto Fifth Avenue.
"Either way is good, as long as we get to Monroe Street," he said.
"Okay. Packard it is then," and we turned off Fifth onto Packard,
and headed on our way.
By the time we had reached Hill street, however, all was not well
in the car. They had started arguing again.
"We had a good day goin' before you had to get us into trouble. We
had a lotta beer and shit and women, and then you hadda decide to
take us to Ann Arbor and bring the Man down on us," Groucho angrily
The white dude remained silent as the blacks accused each other of
everything under the sun. Seemingly each was competing for the white
dude's presence. By the time we had reached Packard and Stadium the
argument had almost reached fists.
"Cab driver, how much is this gonna cost?" asked the straight
"Three-fifty, like I told you before."
"Then you," he said, pointing to Groucho, "gotta pay at least one-
"I'm not paying no one-third, just ten cents," Groucho shouted.
"Then cab driver," the straight black cried, "if I gotta pay three-
fifty and him only a dime, let him off."
"If I'm getting off, then he's getting off with me," Groucho said
pointing to the white. Groucho and the white began to whisper to each
other. In a minute it appeared that Groucho and the white were going
"'Let us off here," shouted Groucho, and I stopped the cab at
Packard and Platt.
"Wait! You don' wanna go with him," the straight black told the
now thoroughly confused white. "He don' know nothing. Come with me
and we'll have a gooood time."
Groucho had gotten out and the door remained open. The straight
black quickly shut it and locked it as a surprised Groucho stuck his
face to the window and stared meanly at the two.
"Drive on cab drver. He's not coming with us."
Reluctantly I started up.
"Tp here in some apartments I know of there Is some real rich
women who we stay with," the black told his white friend. "Pull off
right here cab driver!"
I turned at Woodlawn apartments and was directed to wait out-
side while the two went in to get some bread. I was too smart, I thought,
for that play. As they disappeared into the apartment building I fol-
lowed them. Some detective. As soon as I entered the building I com-
pletely lost sight of them. I walked through the building for a minute,
and, then, walked back to the cab, where I waited lest the stereotype
be amiss and they return to pay.
Fifteen minutes later I called the dispatcher.

"Forty, here," I said, "the party I was to take to Ypsilanti skipped
out on me without paying at Woodlawn apartments."
"Go back to City Hall, forty," came the reply over the radio," and
see if they have any information that might lead to payment. How
much was the fare?"
I parked and went in. There was a cop at the information desk
speaking to a young redneck dressed in a T-shirt and khakis.
"Those kids on South U are pasting shit all over the signs down
there. They're throwing bottles at cars and walking into the street like
they owned the damn thing. Can't you do something about them?" he
"Every time we send a cruiser through that area," the cop replied,
"they settle down. But when the patrol car gets forty feet away, they're
up and at it again. If you see the guy who threw the stuff at your car,
and if you can get him and identify him when a patrol car comes up,
and if you sign a complaint, we can arrest him," the cop said. "But
that's all we can do."
The redneck thanked him and left. My turn came.
"Hello. I drive a cab for Veteran's and around seven-thirty I pick-
ed up three youths here who skipped out without paying me. My dis-
patcher thought you might have their names and addresses, so I could
go about getting paid."
"Two Negroes and a white?" he asked.
"I remember them but good. But their names," he said, pounding
the desk angrily at his loss of memory, "I can't remember."
"Wait! Let me think a moment on this. Maybe then I'll remember,"
he said. He gritted his teeth and compressed his eyelids trying to recall.
I was growing impatient. All of a sudden he reached into the waste-
basket and pulled out a small tab of paper.
"I think these were the ones, yes, I'm sure of it. Wait a minute."
Five minutes later he returned with a lieutenant to whom he re-
peated the details of the situation.
"If you fill out this lack of payment form," the lieutenant told me,
"then we'll put some detectives on it right away, and we'll probably
have your money by tomorrow. You see, they came to inquire whether
a certain car was stolen or not and one of them left their names."
"You're goingtoput detectives on this for $2.55? You got to be

'Dealing with the needs of the people'

(Editor's Note: The following is an official
statement of the White Panther Party. It
was written by John Sinclair, Minister of
Information for the party.)
IN THE PAST three weeks the city of
Ann Arbor has put itself through
a major crisis by refusing to deal with
the needs of its young people in any
effective manner. T he city govern-
ment is just beginning to realize that
there is a large segment of the general
populace which has special needs and
interests that have to be answered,
and the only way the city and its var-
ious enforcement agencies (including
Washtenaw County Sheriff Douglas
Harvey,nwho seems now to be deter-
mining policy for the, city of Ann Ar-
bor) will deal w i t h these needs is
through a show of military force, hop-
ing that these needs will shrink and
vanish before that force.
The needs of the people can't be
wished away. They have to be dealt
with. A military solution to the prob-
lems and needs of the people in a con-
temporary urban ,situation is no so-
lution at all.
The real problem is the police and
their administrators, particularly Sher-
iff Douglas Harvey and Ann Arbor
Police Chief Walter Krasny. T h e s e
men have proved that they are in-
capable of dealing with the needs of
the people and aren't even concerned
with the needs of the people. Their in-
terest is in beating long-haired young
people, black people, and anyone else
who gets in their way, throwing us in
Jail, cutting our hair off, collaborating
with the prosecutors and judges to get
absurd bonds and sentences imposed,
and doing everything under their pow-
er to keep us from getting together and
having a good time with each other.
'Thannlna s~- a-OA he - c

Many of the people who were beaten
were not even arrested.
*The street party of the night be-
fore. which was not interferred with
by police, was a peaceful gathering,
with no vandalism or looting. The peo-
ple partied in the street and cleaned
up after themselves, leaving the street
in better shape than when they start-
ed. A window at Discount Records on
South University was broken acciden-
tally, and the people took up a collec-
tion and offered to pay for it. The be-
havior of the people at the party may
have been offensive to the police, but
no person or property was hurt and
the area was policed and cleaned by
the people themselves.
0 Harvey and Krasny used the peo-
ple those three nights (June 17, 18,
and 19) to test their riot-control battle
plans even though there was no ap-
propriate provocation. And since the
police control the daily news media
they were able to put the blame on
the people instead of themselves so
the taxpayers as a whole would sup-
port them and revile the people. When
the people get together, it costs the
taxpayers nothing: we supply free en-
tertainment, we police the area our-
selves, we clean up after ourselves, we
pay for necessary equipment out of
our own money, and we have a good
time. When the police carry out their
parties, it costs the taxpayers plenty:
Sheriff Harvey submitted a request for
over $10,000.00 to the County Board of
Supervisors for overtime pay for his
Washtenaw County troopers in t h e
South University military action, and
the police were not even needed.
* Krasny, Harvey, Mayor Harris, the
Ann Arbor News and all other media
hear Ch -ava o a a .r r'rac -Tn

and encouraged by the so-called power
structure instead of reviled and de-
precated. We have encouraged people
to petition for redress of grievances_
(the park concerts, where the people
were successful in getting the city or-
dinance banning amplified music
changed, and now the recall Harvey
campaign), we have encouraged people
to attend city council meetings and
make themselves heard where it counts
instead of sitting around bitching
about conditions, we have supplied le-
gal advice, medical advice and other
services to the people for which the
city rightly should assume responsi-
bility. And we supply information
which the newspapers rightly should
supply but don't. We serve the needs
of the people the city and the tax-
payers would rather forget about.
What we get in return is the scorn
of the city government, attacks from
the media, lies, assaults and ridiculous
arrests from the police, and vitupera-
tive attacks from the taxpayers who
understandably don't know what we
are really doing because the news me-
dia misrepresents our work so vicious-
* When the people take their prob-
lems to the city council they are ig-
nored and, in some cases, hassled by
the police outside council chambers.
People are photographed by police
agents inside city council chambers.
We are constantly hounded by the po-
* Krasny, Harvey and their collab-
orators have been using the murder
investigations to further harass the
people and to gather information about
-the people's habits and life-styles in-
stead of information about the mur-
ders. Consequently the people will not
"1% +n +1 n ni -n n h nf -m in Oh II

not even followed up. We have taken
reports to the police from at least three
girls in Ann Arbor who have been at-
tacked on the street, and these leads
and reports haven't even been checked
out now, two weeks later.
0 Krasny, Harvey and company
h a v e created the situation on the
streets and in the parks to take pres-
sure off their agencies because they
haven't been able to solve the murders,
They know they can attack us and
hound us because we haven't any ef-
fective power to deal with them, and
they are supported by the news media
and the city government because,
again, it's much easier for the police
to stir up a controversy over the "hip-
pies" and then act on that controversy
than it is for them to simply solve the
murders, keep the peace and leave the
people alone.
We don't hurt anybody, and we can't
ever forget that. When Terry Tate's
worn clothing fell apart at West Park
it didn't hurt anyone, but the police
wanted desperately to move in a n d
beat people's heads for it. When the
masses of the people in West Park
drank wine and smoked grass a n d
talked to one another in their normal
parlance no one was hurt, although
the police wanted to move in and hurt
people. And no one ever reported that
the people cleaned up West Park after
the concert, even though the group
that had used the park the day before
for a city-approved event had left pa-
per and debris all over the park.
The trouble or alleged trouble that
was caused at West Park was really
a media event staged by Harvey, Kras-
ny, the Police Officers Association un-
der Robert Flynn, Guy Larcom (City
A dministrator.iM vnr nhert Harris

rock and roll, get high and have a good
time. Instead there were over 400 po-
lice summoned to town by Krasny and
Harvey to preside over a peaceful pic-
nic in the Arb. The Ann Arbor police
force patrolled the Arb 1 i k e storm
troopers, they hid behind bushes, spied
on the people, and moved among un-
armed youths weighed down with the
standard police arsenal: guns, 3-foot
riot clubs, blackjacks and the like. And
all day long Harvey's helicopter circled
ominously above.
Motorcycle riders who planned to at-
tend the concert were followed from
Detroit all along the expressway, stop-
ped and harassed regularly by police
goons of all t h e agencies including
Wayne and Washtenaw County Sher-
iff's Departments, State Police and
Ann Arbor Police. They were even es-
corted out of town by these creeps.
The bikers bothered no one and, con-
trary to the hysterical reports issued
to the media by the crazed police agen-
cies, there were less than 50 bikers in
all who came to Ann Arbor. Again the
police and papers pulled off a media
ruse on the people and the taxpayers.
WE ARE sick and tired of having
our lives run by some creeps who re-
fuse to act in our interest or in the
interest of the community as a whole.
If the police and the misled taxpayers
want an armed camp, they'll get it. If
they want to bring in 400 troops every
Sunday to spy on us wherever we gath-
er, then the taxpayers had better get
ready to pay for it. If they want their
county run by a maniacal buffoon like
Doug Harvey, they can try it. But they
should knowdwhat is really going on
so they can decide for themselves. We
have decided - we will not stand for

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