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Criminal bill labeled 'repressive'

Frank Wilkenson, director of the
National Committee Against
Repressive Legislation (NCARL), con-
demned the bill to revise the federal
criminal code and said the legislation
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has published a bibliography of
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of the study of education at the Univer-
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"The History of the School of
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was prepared as part of the School of
Education's centennial celebration of
the establishment, in 1879, of a Chair in
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The handbook cites some 900 articles,
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Copies of the handbook are available
from the School of Education.

violated the "civil liberties of in-
Wilkenson, speaking last Friday in
the home of two local chapter American
Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) mem-
bers, criticized U.S. Senate bill S 1437,
claiming it is more repressive than the
current criminal laws.
"THE BILL is worded in such a way
that basic civil liberties are am-
biguously protected," Wilkenson told
the group of 10 persons.
Wilkenson claimed that under the
proposal, prison sentences and fines
would be much harsher than under the
current criminal code. For example,
the current maximum penalty for non-
violent civil disobedience is a $150 fine
and seven days in prison. Under the
proposed bill, the maximum sentence
would be $100,000 and a three-year
prison sentence, Wilkenson claimed.
Wilkenson said the unclear language
of the bill could lead to unchecked
violations of civil liberties by police, the
FBI and the CIA.
WILKENSON attacked the
legislation, condemning the fact that
lawmakers are trying to include the en-
tire federal criminal code into one bill.
"We all agree that there is a need to
revise the federal criminal code,"
Wilkenson said. "But this omnibus

bill ... poses a. serious threat to our
civil liberties."
Wilkenson also said the legislation
was hastily passed in the U.S. Senate in
January, 1977.
"Many of the Senators had not retur-
ned from the Decbmber break and at no
time during the debate were there more
than eight senators present," Wilken-
son said. He added that the
congressional agenda did not announce
the bill's debate until the day before it
was scheduled.
AS NCARL director, Wilkenson spen-
ds the majority of his time criss-
crossing the country lecturing on
repressive legislation. NCARL was
formed in 1960. The group received
national attention in 1975 when NCARL
helped abolish the House Un-American
Activities Committee.
The NCARL and the ACLU have en-
couraged more than 500 independent
newspapers to oppose the bill, Wilken-
son said. Under the bill, anyone
receiving classified government
documents, such as the Pentagon
Papers, could be accused of a felony,
Wilkenson said.
Most of the task of revising the
federal criminal code is the respon-
sibility of House Judiciary Committee
and the committee chairman, Rep.

Robert Drinan (I)-Mass.). The commit-
tee will soon review the 700-page
document that was originally spon-
sored by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-
Mass.), and Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-
AT FRIDAY'S talk, Wilkenson
produced a memorandum which he
said was "confidential." The memo,
from Kennedy to Drinan outlined
suggested revisions in the proposal.
Wilkenson claimed the memo proves
Drinan will rewrite the criminal code to
delete some of the civil liberty
Wilkenson expressed anger in Ken-
nedy's decision to support the
legislation. But the NCARL director
refrained from attacking Kennedy per-
Ken Feinberg, Kennedy's chief of
staff, said yesterday in a telephone in-
terview that Kennedy was, well aware
of Wilkenson's displeasure in the bill.
"I am aware of Frank Wilkenson's
criticisms of the bill. However, a com-
prehensive reform of the federal
criminal code is needed," Feinberg
said. "The key word of this issue is
'comprehensive'." A viable reform
requires an omnibus approach."

Carter defends end to treaty



WASHINGTON (Reuter) - The Car-
ter administration went to court
yesterday to defend the President's
power to end the mutual defense treaty
with Taiwan following U.S. recognition
of China.
In papers filed at U.S. District Court
in Washington, Carter sought either
dismissal or a decision without the
delay of a trial of a suit brought by
Republican Senator Barry Golwater.
IF THE court grants the presidential
request, the judge would ,decide the
case quickly on the basis of the written
presentations, rather than requiring a

Goldwater has challenged the
President's right to abrogate the 1954
treaty without the advice and consent of
Congress. Treaties require a two-thirds
vote of approval by the Senate, but the
Constitution does not mention their
Administration documents said the
court lacks jurisdiction to decide the
complaint, which the administration
says raised political questions outside
the court's powers.
Warren Christopher, in a sworn af-
fidavit, said the United States and
China had to remove the long-standing



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