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Eighty years of editorial freedom
Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan

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News Phone: 764-0552

"YOU'RE A WAR crin
long-haired youthi
jacket told t h e agin
who sat eyes staring g
beneath massive eyeb
side the hotel room tw
curity agents anxious.
the scene through the
Edward Teller, father
bomb and indefatigable
of nuclear armed might
to Chicago and was s
den of lions, facing the
of the generation gap.
The occasion was a
"rap session" at the an
ing of the American.

Editorials printed in The Michigan Da.ily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.



Surveillance and the Sheriff

ONE THING you can say for S h e r i f f
Douglas Harvey: .He is determined.
Despite the official opposition of Presi-
dent Robben Fleming and Mayor Robert
Harris; despite the opposition of Student
Government Council; and despite his own
contradictory d statements, Harvey con-
tinues to push ahead in his efforts to es-
tablish a so-called "intelligence squad"
to check on political groups at the Uni-
versity and at Eastern Michigan Univer-
And now it appears that he has been
less than candid with the various police
agencies who would become a part of his
proposed tri-county 1 a w enforcement
The controversy began during the
Christmas break when Harvey announced
that he would apply for federal money to
set up a tri-county police force to fight
organized crime, to stop drug traffic of all
kinds and to set up surveillance on the
two campuses. But while the proposal it-
self may seem somewhat straightforward,
if unsettling, Harvey's handling of it has
been anything but.
When Mayor Harris opposed it by re-
fusing to allow the Ann Arbor police to
participate in campus spying, Harvey
came back with a blast at Harris 'which
attacked the mayor, rather than his op-
position to Harvey's plan. He said that,
"In the short time of two years Harris
has gagged his police chief, he has de-
moralized his police department, he has
hampered law enforcement and he has
contributed to explosive situations by
making political decisions on police mat-
On Wednesday, a story in the Detroit
Free Press said Harvey claimed he al-
ready had undercover agents on campus,
as well as some snooping equipment. Har-
vey also said that Col. Frederick Davids,
head of University security, had agreed to
the plan. The next day, Harvey denied the
Concern for
the disabled
in Ann Arbor
THE CURRENT cold snap, coming hard
on the heels of some generally mushy
weather, has left many sidewalks icy and
more than a few students suddenly and
painfully horizontal. This is of particular
concern to those who, for one reason or
another, are forced to go on crutches.
The University has attempted to relieve
the situation by providing a number of
reserved parking spaces close to class-
room and other buildings, so that dis-
abled students can get to class both
quickly and safely. However, some handi-
capped students have been complaining
that other people are taking their reserv-
ed spaces, forcing them to make long and
potentially dangerous journeys once they
have accomplished the miracle of find-
ing another parking space.
The message then is simple: Avoid us-
ing any space which is marked "Reserv-
ed for disabled students."
-R. B.
Editorial Staff
Editorial Director Managing Editor
JIM NEUBACHER Editorial Page Editor
ROB BIER. ............Associate Managing Editor
LAURIE HARRIS . .Arts Editor

JUDY KAHN Personnel Director
DANIEL ZWERDLING .......... Magazine Editor
ROBERT CONROW........... Books Editor
JIM JUDKIS........... Photography Editor
Chaney, Steve Koppman, Pat Mahoney. Rick Perloff.
NIGHT EDITORS: Jim Beattie, Dave Chudwin. Steve
Koppman, Robert Kraftowitz, Larry Lempert, Lynn
DAY EDITORS: Rose Berstein. Mark Dillen. S a r a
Fitzgerald Art Lerner. Jim McFerson, Jonathan
Miller, Hannah Morrison, Bob Schreiner, W. E.
Chaney, Steve Koppman, Pat Mahoney, Rick
COPY EDITORS: Tammy Jacobs. Hester Pulling, Carla
Anita Crnne, Linda Dreeben, Alan Lenhoff. Mike
McCarthy, Zack Schiller. John Shaniraj, Geri Sprung,
Kristin Ringstron, Gene Robinson. Chuck Wilbur,
Edward Zimmerman.
Sports S/aff

Free Press story and when Davids dis-
claimed any agreement, Harvey retract-
ed that previous statement.
Then, it came to light that Harvey, in
his communications with at least some
prospective members of t h e tri-county
unit, had described the organization as
e .entially a "narcotics squad," making
no mention of campus surveillance.
And yesterday, Harvey denied that
campus surveillance was mentioned at all
in his proposal, despite a section saying
that one purpose of the funds would be to
"provide adequate and appropriate infor-
mation for dealing with student unrest."
Now, Harvey said that "nowhere in our
grant application does it say. 'surveil-
lance.' If they had done some research at
the University and not relied on T h e
Michigan Daily, they would know that
our goal is to combat illicit drugs and
narcotics throughout the area."
The fallacious nature of this statement
is clear. In Harvey's own grant proposal
seven goals are listed. They range from
the coordination of intelligence gathering
activities with other police agencies to an
attack on organized and syndicated crime,
to the provision of, "intelligence for civil
disorders which would enable the police
and other public officials to more effec-
tively deal with the situation."
Whether or not Harvey was sincere in
his statement yesterday it represents the
first time that he has tried to disclaim
any attemps at surveillance, after weeks
of talking about it.
his typical response to any criticism
has been flagrantly self-righteous, simi-
lar to his reaction upon learning of Flem-
ing's opposition: "I don't care if we get
the grant or not. If I want to operate on
that campus I'll go ahead and do so,"
Harvey's performance throughout has
been both high-handed and insensitive.
The proposal itself is dangerous for the
threats to constitutional rights which it
presents, both through possible misuse of
electronic snooping and the compilation
of still more secret files which condemn
people without the benefit of any legal
recourse. Harvey's own involvement in
such a plan is hardly a factor to increase
confidence in it. His repeated inflamma.
tory remarks against students and h i s
less than gentle handling of the strike
last spring at Eastern and the South Uni-
versity riots hardly suggests that he
would be fair in dealing with students.
The confusion over Col. Davids and the
Free Press need not have happened. But
it did, raising t h e question of whether
Harvey is leveling with anyone on the
whole affair.
The fact is that Harvey's plan deals on-
ly in passing with the most pressing cur-
rent problem in Washtenaw county -
the spiraling use of hard drugs, especial-
ly heroin. A blue ribbon report issued last
month estimated that there w e r e 800
heroin addicts in Ann Arbor alone, and
its recommendations were aimed directly
at the hard drug traffic, calling, in fact,
for reduced marijuana penalties.
"Our main problem is the flow of hard
drugs from Wayne County into the city,"
Harris said in an early response to Har-
vey's plan. "The sheriff's proposal is not
a response to our needs."
APPARENTLY the only person who
claims his needs are being met by the
plan is Sheriff Harvey himself, whose un-
dersheriff Harold Owings, would head up
the unit. That plus his failure to make
any substantive' response to his critics,
strongly suggests that "better law en-
forcement" may not be Harvey's only mo-
tive in pushing his plan.
Several serious questions are raised as

well: What need is there, especially in
light of recent revelations concerning
Army surveillance of civilians, for y e t
another watchdog agency on campus?
Even if such a need can be established,
and that is very doubtful, does such a role
fall into Harvey's jurisdiction, as opposed
to the State Police as Harris claims? And
does Harvey's plan represent the best use
of scarce federal, money in view of both
the relatively calm atmosphere on cam-
pus and the increasing hard drug traffic?
The controversy over Harvey's ill-ad-
vised plan has become very much a one-
man show, with the sheriff seemingly de-
riving much enjoyment from making
numerous and contradictory statements

)WIN for limited warfare - limited in
minal!" the scope, limited in objectives but
inal! armye not limited in weapons. A local-
in an army ized, limited nuclear war will be
lumly from the answer whenever the Russian
rows. Out- method of ambiguous aggression
'o burly se- degenerates to an outright attack
ly watched against our allies.
door. The famous Cold Warrior who
r of the H- has argued for continuing atmos-
pheric nuclear tests, the construc-
erad comtetion of an anti-ballistic missile 4
itng din a system and development of the
eitting ine multi-warhead MIRV and is now
e other side building better H-bombs in Liver-
more, Calif.
anual meet- EVEN BEFORE THE young
Association man's outburst Teller was not
taking the session well. He was
not used to being criticized and
questioned face-to-face, and as he
w a s assaulted with questions 1
about the ABM, the arms race and
the strategic arms limitation talks,
he slumped further in his chair.
"You're a war criminal!" the
youth told him and it was too
much for Teller. His lower lip be-
gan to quiver and he quietly told
the discussion leader he was leav-
"I did not come here to be in-
sulted," he said in his thick Hun- But th
garian accent. least yo
T h e sincere discussion leader "Whe
begged Teller to stay and turned came t
on the young radical, demanding theatric
proof of his accusations as the rest the roo
of the group looked on with a was in
mixture of admiration and em- abstain
barrassment for his predicament. weapon,
The young man went into an day I cl
excited diatribe against capital- "I nev
ism, saying the Russians never politics
invaded the United States but that Roosev
we had sent troops to help crush ington
ler their revolution, speech
Teller, with contrived courtesy, long."'
cut off the Marxist polemic and give em
of Science, rhetorically asked if he could ex- groups
u n d social plain himself and his motivations. "Wh
aference on The room silenced and Teller be- 'It is s
gan his story, fingering his cane sponsib
s not well- as he spoke. structio
three-dozen not so.
mainly rad- "I GREW UP in Hungary but work of
out-of-the- I went to study in Germany and of freed
d out what saw the rise of the Nazis," the freedon
Dr. Teller physicist said, beginning quietly "I w
Dr. Teller and building up to a crescendo. plosives
tant role, in "And the dissatisified people who er exp
bomb which brought Hitler to power argued voice t
ple at Hiro- with the same kind of venom I an unc
nd who con- {just- heard in this room." He t
he principal The young man and his friends sending
gen bomb. jumped up, exploding with pro- to sign
ysicist who test. Before they could say any- ping of
lust prepare thing, however, Teller continued, by advi





Edward Te

for the Advancement
which, in its new-f ot
concern set up a co
science and youth.
The rap-session wa
publicized but aboutt
people, mainly young,]
ical, had come to an
way hotel room to fin
manner of man this
was - the legendary
who played an import
developing the atomict
killed over 200,000 peon
shima and Nagasaki an
tinued his labors as th
architect of the hydrog
The renowned phy
wrote in 1962: "We mi

here is one difference - at
ou will listen.
en Hitler came to power 1
o this country," he said, his
cal voice booming through
m. "One of the things that
my mind was the belief to
from anything to do with
s. I want to tell you of the
;hanged my mind.
er had anything to do with
but one day President
elt came to George Wash-
University and gave a
that was only 20 minutes
Teller leaned forward to
nphasis to his words as the
sat in rapt attention.
at he said in a nutshell was,
aid you scientists are re-
le for the weapons of de-
on. I am telling you this is
.If you scientists will not
n weapons for the defense
dom, this will be the end of
ent to work on nuclear ex-
s, rightly or wrongly," Tell-
lained simply. His 1 ou d
hen softened and took on
characteristic mild tone.
old of physicist Leo Szilard
him a letter urging Teller
a petition to stop the drop-
the A-bomb on Hiroshima
ising a demonstration test.
r said he went to the di-
of the Los Alamos lab,
he did not name but was
-fated J. Robert Oppen-
He asked Oppenheimer
e should do.
ng that Szilard was improp-
ing his position as a scien-
influence political affairs,
heimer told Teller not to
BADE A GREAT mistake
wrote Szilard I should do
g." Teller said. "Today we
that t h e Japanese would
urrendered on a mere dem-
ion. We could have proved
ience could end war with-
ing a single individual. In-
100 000 died."
udience did not know what
nk. The long-haired youth
is friends fidgeted, finding
ity within them for a man
mitted the mistake of kill-
ousands of people yet con-
to work on more frighten-
vices that could kill mil-
aps sensing the contradic-

Thousands homeless ...
tion, Teller mused for a few sec-
onds and continued. "It has been
said I hate the Russians. I think I
do not," he said, his voice loud
and convinced.
"I have a great deal of Russian
friends, but look what they have
done. They have crushed freedom
in Czechoslovakia, Hungary and
are helping Egyptians in an en-
terprise to push the Israelis into
the sea."
The Cold Warrior returned, sa-
bres slashing: "While some people
here may not take my advice as
a scientist, they will listen to me:
in Russia I would be sent to a
concentration camp or insane asy-
"Even today I have no r e a I

strong convictions about capital-
ism or socialism, although I do
about free speech," Teller said.
"What makes me want to live in
this country is not that we're at
the top of the totem pole, it is
free speech."
He raised his hands then to em-
phasize his words.. "I happen to
believe that the only way war can
be avoided is to put power in the
hands of those who want to avoid
tired. The old man with bulging
eyebrows limped slowly out of the
room to return to his laboratories,
the secrets of megatons and mush-
room clouds securely in his head.


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Pakistan relief
To the Daily:
WHEN MEN are trapped un-
derground by a mine explosion,
when a child falls on a con-
struction site, when a family is
wiped out by fire, when a plane
crashes with a school team, we
understand the disaster and our
hearts go out to those affected
by it. If we can, we help. But
when we learn of catastrophe
on a huge scale, our imagination
falters and our feelings dim. It
is all beyond understanding, and
it seems too big for what little
we coulddo.
If we are not to lose our own
community, we must not let this
happen with the disaster in East
Pakistan. The greatest natural
calamity of our time has cost
the lives of tens, perhaps hun-
dreds of thousands. It has left
millions homeless, without food,
without drinking water, almost
without hope. They share this
planet with us; can we not share
our concern and our wealth with
There are things that can be
done, that will help, and that
must be done. Will you join in
contributing to the Pakistan
Cyclone Relief F u n d, either
through the Ecumenical Cam-
pus Center, 921 Church Street,
or through the Pakistan R e d

Cross Relief Fund, c/o Ameri-
can R e d Cross, 2729 Packard
Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan
48104? (Tax deductible). Will
you urge the organizations to
which you belong to h e 1p by
sponsoring benefits, by contri-
butions, by soliciting their mem-
bers, by whatever means they
can think of?
The need is great. Please.
-K. Muzammel Huq
Pakistan Student Assoc.
-Robben W. Fleming
University' of Michigan
-Gerhard L. Weinberg
Faculty Senate
-Martin A. Scott
Student Government Council
-Charles E. McCracken
Local 1583 AFSCME
November 30, 1970
The Editorial Page of The
Michigan Daily is open to any-
one who wishes to submit
articles. Generally speaking, all
articles should be less than
1,000 words.


Hiroshima, 1945

balanici ng teacups
When I was 75, it was a very good year
nadine eo hModa N

AN. 1 was a brisk, sunny day in the nation's capital.
On a quiet street near the Justice Dept., a joyous
event was occurring in a red brick house with white
shutters, one car garage and large antenna rising from
the roof.
Inside, a group of dignitaries including Atty. Gen. John
Mitchell, Gov. Ronald Reagan, presidential aide Herbert
Klein and Efram Zimbalist, Jr., were milling about the
living room.
As the last guest entered, the lights were dimmed, the
kitchen door opened and two G-men carrying a four-foot
high cake with 76 candles emerged singing "Happy
Birthday dear J. Edgar, Happy birthday to you."
For it was J. Edgar's 76th anniversary of life, and what
a birthday it was for the FBI czar born Jan. 1, 1895,
right there in Washington D.C.
J. EDGAR spent the day quietly, though. It was
just nice to relax around the telephone taps with a few
close friends. After all, 1970 was a vintage year for the
FBI, and vintage years, as everyone knows, take some-
thing out of a body.:
As the party got going and as the guests were chewing
their way down to the last foot of cake, J. Edgar brought
out his birthday present to himself from himself, which
he shared with the partiers: The 1970 statistics of FBI
Not only did the FBI locate more fugitives, convict
more criminals and fingerprint more fingers than at any
other time, but, J. Edgar noted with understandable pride,
his gang even made money.
"Fines, savings and recoveries in FBI investigation
during the period reached the record figure of over
$422 million, a return of $1.60 for every dollar appropriat-

ed to mention include the expansion of the 10-Most
Wanted list to 16. This is apparently in line with the
inflation now creeping all over America.
Connected to the expansion of the 10-Most Wanted
List is the Affirmative Action program for Women J.
Edgar established by adding four females to the tradi-
tionally all-male list. The recent additions include stellar
fugitives Angela Davis, Bernadine Dohrn, and Susan
Saxe and Catherine Power, both wanted for their alleged
participation in a Massachusetts bank robbery.
NOT EVERYTHING was rosy for the FBI, however.
The chief detective admitted that New Left violence,
aircraft hijackings and killings of policemen by black
militants were on the rise.
To this the FBI czar minced no words. "As long as
crime continues to increase and dissident elements con-
tinue to strive violently to destroy our current way of
life," J. Edgar declared, "law enforcement cannot afford
to look back for long on past accomplishments but we
must look ahead and seek new ways to meet old chal-
J. Edgar did not elaborate.
Instead, he sank into his easy chair and replayed some
old Martin 'Luther King tapes as the guests began to
ALL IN ALL, MOST of the partygoers and even J.
Edgar himself agreed that it was a swell get together.
But unbeknownst to the guests because it was un-
announced by their host, was a piece of information
which would severely minimize the impact of J. Ed-
gar's present.
You see, although J. Edgar's boys reported sometimes


Thus the FBI during the past year was averaging a
conviction of 1.22 fugitives a day as compared with a

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