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Secrecy vs. McGovern

Secret iles
AT THE END of 1970, the Defense Cen-
tral Index of Investigations alone re-
ported it had 25 million index cards on
individuals and 760,000 cards represent-
ing files on organizations and incidents.>
The files of the Intelligence Command,r
based in large part on surveillance con-
ducted by the Federal Bureau of Inves-
tigation, were characterized by a Con-
gressional subcommittee report as, "one
of the most extraordinary chronicles of
domestic political activity ever com-
Of course, according to the Army, this
particular data bank has been dstroyed.
But are we to believe that when various
Army commands have been "amassing
files on the political activites of civilians
and soldiers for decades," they wvill
throw them out the window at the slight-
est murmur from a Congressional com- sen.
Skimming through the report of Sen.
Sam Ervin's Subcommittee on Consti- Even A
tutional Rights on Army Surveillance of seator fi
Civilians can be fascinating as well as
frightening. The in
One will find, for instance, that Army drasticall
files even include some generals-a case son; in s
in point being one who subscribed to an sexual ac
underground paper critical of the mili- address,c
tary. The files include "virtually every tion. relat
activist political group in America'"
and represent the combined efforts of
some 1200 intelligence agents working A mere
in 300 offices coast to coast. the files,

justify political paranoia


"1F MR. STEVENSON or anyone else in
the Truman Administration has a
plan to end the war, it should be put into
effect now," Sen. Nixon said. "The time
for ending the Korean War should not be
selected on the basis of the effect it may
have on an election."
The statement was issued twenty years
ago. Superficially \it was in reference to
a different war from a different era.
But one 'more important ethical
grounds, perhaps Nixon should apply his
own advice to the current tragedy of
Vietnam. For those who can remember
beyond the embarrassment of the Eagle-
ton affair, during the campaign four
years ago Nixon promised to end the war
with a "secret plan" to be announced aft-
er the election. Four years have passed
.and the plan is still a secret; Nixon has
only changed the nationality of the
corpses in Vietnam. It's about time Nixon
revealed to the nation what his plan is.
In contrast, in a few days McGovern
will announce his concrete proposal to
end the war in Vietnam. The proposal
will give a more detailed rationale for his
view that the war can be ended quickly
if he is elected.
Today's staff:
News: Gordon Atcheson, P. E. Bauer,
Meryl Gordon, Jim Kentch, Paul
Editorial Page: Lindsay Chaney
Photo Technician: David Margolick
Editorial Staff
PAT BAUER ..............Associate Managing Editor
LINDSAY CHANEY. .............. Editorial Director
MARK DILLEN ..... ......... Magazine Editor
LINDA DREEBEN ........Associate Managing Editor
TAMMY JACOBS .................. Managing Editor
LORIN LABARDEE .............Personnel Director
ARTHUR LERNER................Editorial Director
JONATHAN MILLER ...............Feature Editor
ROBERT SCHREINER .............Editorial Director
GLORIA SMITR ......................... Arts Editor
ED SUROVULL ........................ Books Editor
PAUL TRAVIS ..........Associate Managing Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Robert Barkin, Jan Benedetti,
Chris Parks, Gene Robinson, Zachary Schiller, Ted
COPY EDITORS: Diane Levick, Jim O'Brien, Charles
Stein, Marcia Zosiaw.
DAY EDITORS: Dave Burhenn, Daniel Jacobs, Jim
Kentch, Marilyn Riley, Nancy Rosenbaum, Judy
Ruskin, Paul Ruskin, Sue Stephenson, Karen Tink-
lenberg, Becky Warner.
Frisinger, Matt Gerson, Nancy Hackmeier, Cindy
Hill, John Marston, Linda Rosenthal, Eric Schoch,
Marty Stern, David Stoll, Doris Waltz.
Sports Staff
Sports Editor
Executive Sports Editor
BILL ALTERMAN ..........Associate Sports Editor
BOB ANDREWS ..............Assistant Sports Editor
SANDI GENIS ........,........Assistant Sports Editor
MICHAEL OLIN.........Contributing Sports Editor
RANDY PHILLIPS .......Contributing Sports Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Chuck Bloom, Dan Borus, Chuck
Drukis, Joel Greer, George Hastings, Bob Heuer,
Frank Longo, Bob McGinn, Rich Stuck.
Halvaks, Roger Rossiter, Theresa Swedo, Debbie

IT IS a credit to McGovern that he is
willing to present specific proposals for
the American people to consider. This
openness stands as evidence for his at-
tempt to run a campaign based on is-
sues. It stands in direct opposition to the
surreptitious tactics of Nixon's adminis-
tration as evidenced in the ITT scandal,
the Watergate caper, the handling of the
Mayday protests and most recently the
"secret plan" to solve the welfare prob-
lem which will be announced "after the
Many people, especially students, have
become disillusioned with McGovern be-
cause of his "equivocations" during the
Eagleton affair and on his welfare reform
proposals A definite stand on Vietnam
will help to re-establish the support of
young voters.
Nor are McGovern's apparent "equivo-
cations" reasons to seriously discredit the
candidate. It is not reasonable to expect
a candidate to offer preliminary propos-
als free from contradictions on issues as
complex as welfare reform. But it is im-
portant that a candidate be willing to
offer proposals for public scrutiny, and be
willing to change and rework them in
response to public evaluation.
IN THIS ELECTION the ethics of run-
ning a government are in the balance
as well as two opposing philosophies. The
openness of McGovern stands ethically
in direct contrast to the clandestine tac-
tics of Nixon.
Vietniam: The
'lucy winners'
"U. S. REPORTS One Killed In War Ac-
tion in Week," the headline in the
New York Times read. Only 1 American
battlefield death.
No figures were released on "non-com-
bat" deaths-helicopter accidents, shoot-
ing accidents, grenade accidents, car ac-
cidents, and illness-related deaths. The
week's wheel of fortune did include, how-
ever, 6- Americans reported missing, and
13 wounded.
President Nixon's wound down war also
accounted for 631 "official" ARVN battle-
field adeaths, and 2,346 "lucky winner"
Also highlighted in this week's U. S.
Army Command's doublespeak-as it has
been throughout the war-is carnival
barker gloating over the ARVN's kill ra-
tio-that it, four times as many of "them"
were killed as "us" last week. The Army
Command claimed a body count of 2,879
North Vietnamese and National Libera-
tion Front soldiers for the week-making
last week's "take" 3,512.
"YOU MAY have already won," the ads
say. But the whole Vietnamese con-
test is rigged-"Vietnixonization" gives
the Vietnamese a better chance of "win-

cative in its accounts. "It is difficult to
imagine," the report says, "how records
of an individual's religion, annual in-
come, and marital status would be of
use to a task force commander trying to
quell a riot or contain a violent demon-
The implicit view of the report here
is that the Army saw no long-term use
for its files. However, if we think of the
files more as a possible means of in-
crimination, together with information
possibly valuable for the purposes of
blackmail or some other odious design,
the implications of the files become in-
finitely more dangerous.
On an instant's notice, the 'arned
forces would know who to put their fin-
ger on, and would have at their disposal
a whole history of political involvement.
This is why what the committee calls
"the vacuum cleaner approach" of col-
lecting all possible information "resulted
in great masses of information on indi-
viduals which was valuable for no legi-
timate (or illegitimate) military pur-
FURTHER, THE report states that the
U.S. domestic intelligence system is not
significantly used at present to stifle
dissent more because of governmental
intentions than because it lacks the cap-
What this all adds up to is a night-
marish justification of political paranoia.


Adlai Stevenson III Sen. Sam Ervin
In the files Asking questions

dlai Stevenson III, the junior
'om Illinois, is included.
formation in the files varies
ly according to place and per-
ome it purportedly documents
tivities, as well as the obvious
date of birth, training, occupa-
ions, police record, and demon-
compilation of the specifics of
though terrifying, misses the

point. In fact, the Ervin subcommittee
concluded that, "the major impression
f4rom our long study of these files is their
utter uselessness."
The question is: why does the commit-
tee conclude what-it does, and is this in
fact the right conclusion to draw?
PERHAPS THE main reason for their
conclusion is the fact that the Army's in-
telligence was uncoordinated and dupli-



Lansky, extradited on. evidence



tice Department secretly furnish-
eded Israel with Internal Revenue
and Immigration Service memos
to help convince Israeli authorities
to deport aging crime lord, Meyer
Lansky tried to take advantage
of Israel's strong refugee law,
which offers a home to all Jewish
refugees. But the Israeli authori-
tes decided that the law was not
intended to protect fugitives from ,
Among the U.S. aocuments sup-
plied to the Israelis was an Immi-
gration Service memo linking Yan-
sky to the notorious gangster
"Bugs" Siegel.
The memo quotes aA informnvr
named Benjamin Baron a.; saying
that Lansky "was a co-leader with
Bugs Siegel of a gang employed
as 'protectionist' of a bootlegging
combine and . . . was involved in
murder and kidnapping."
A memo from the Internal Re-
venue Service summed up Lansky's
career"in these words: "Lansky's
history shows that he has been a
criminal all his adult life. Dur-
ing the entire time he was closely
associated, both personally and in
his business rackets, with many of
the leading criminals in the United
Blacks Pressure Ali
Black leaders in America and
Africa are trying quietly to per-
suade boxer Muhammad Ali not
to go ahead with his planned exhibi-
tion bout in South Africa in No-

The day before Ali's recent fight
against Floyd Patterson, Ali's b asi-
ness manager, Herbert Muham-
mad, met privately with several
black African leaders at a c o z y
lunch at the United Nations. In-
cluded were Ambassador Farah of
Somali and Ambasador Thian, the
permanent representative of t h e
Organization of African Unity.
They argued at length that Ali's
visit would be a major setback for
opponents of South Africa's hated
policy of apartheid. But apparent-
ly their arguments were unavail-
ing. Herbert finally shrugged and
said Alihad signed a contract and
that no one could change Ali's

But the black leaders haven't gi-
ven up. They intend to appeal to
the aging leader of the B I a c k
Muslim movement. Elijah Muham-
mad himself, to convince Ali not
to go to South Africa. Ali is one
of old Elijah's most devoted dis-
Making the appeal to Elijah Mu-
hammad will be Dennis Brutus, a
47-year-old black South African
poet now teaching at Northwestern
University. It was Brutus who,
last summer, was so successful in
I elping persuade Avery Brund-
age to prohibit Rhodesia from oar-
ticipating in the Olympic games.
Intelligence Reports
War Widens - Israel apparently
is planning military operations
against both Iraq and Libya f o r
their support of a Palestinian ter-
rorists. In the past, both scountries
have been immhune to Israeli re-
prisals because of their distance
from Israel, but now secret in-
telligencs reports warn that Is-
rael is preparing to retaliate
against Arab nations beyond its
immediate borders. Israel is said
to be especially upset over re-
porfts that Libya has given S25
million in oil revenues to the Pal-
estinian terrorists.
Gangster Playland - In t li e
Bal mas, Prime Minister Lynden
Pindling is following up his solid
parliamentary election victory by
seeking full independence f r o m
Britain - a move Britain does nct
oppose. But intelligence reports
claim that Pinidling has reoeived
strong financial support from Am-
erican gangsters. Whet .the British

leave, the reports warn, the. Ba-
hamas may become a paradise for
the American underworld.
Around the U.S.
Lest We Forget - President Nix-
on told visitors privately the oth-
er day that he was distressed over
the ITT and Watergate scandals,
but that he didn't think they would
hurt him on election day. They
were too complicated, he said, for
the public to understand. The Pres-
ident also commented that t h e
public's memory on government
scandals- was short. He suggested
that the voters have already for-
gottin, for example, what the ITT
scandal was all about.
Judging Statistics -- ' o p po-
lice officials continue to lament
the current state of official crime
reporting in the United States. In
Washington, D.C., for example,
the Justice Department claims the
D.C. crime rate is steadily declin-
ing, but a special audit of police
department crime statistics has
revealed that many D.C. crimes
simply have not been reported. In
Philadelphia, meanwhile, official
records indicate that the rate of
crime is spiraling upward. . But .
most knowledgeable police offic-
ials say that the crime wave is an
illusion caused by a uniform sys-
tem of crime reporting put into
effect two years . ago. As a re-
sult, crimes not previously report-
ed in Philadelphit are now show-
ing up on the record books.
Deadly Sleighs - The winter
snowfall are expectd to b r i r: g
out more than one million snow-
mobiles, but owners are cautioned
that last winter over one 'hundred

people died and 6,000 were injured
riding this modern version of the
one-horse-open-sleigh. The safety
hazards continue to worry federal
Hungry hogs - A group of hog
farmers have complained to us
that people are getting too finicky
about their garbage. Incinerators
and trash compressors have re-
placed garbage dumps in so many
eastern cities that farmers can-
not get enough loose garbage to
feed their hogs. Out West, farm-
ers can grow gain to fatten hogs,
but on smaller eastern farms, the
hog raisers complain they are go-
ing out of business. They warn
this will mean higher pork a n d
bacon prices:
Political Potpourri
Our political pollster, Jimmy the
Greek, recently surveyed 400 Dem-
ocrats in a titanium plant in Tor-
onto, Ohio, and found a whopping
62 per cent favoring Richard Nix-
on in the presidential race. Ap-
parently, McGovern's appeals to
labor in Ohio are not catching ol
In New York, friction has de-
- veloped between Governor Nelson
*Rockefeller and the President's
campaign organization. Rockefeller
has grumped privately that he is
supposed to have a free hand to
run the President's New York
scampaign ..McGovern campaign
aides in California are gloomy
about their man's prospects. Or-
ganizational problems have pla-
gued the liberal Californians. One
major problem is that too m a n y
aides have become involved in lo-
cal issues not directly associated
with the presidential race.


Muhammad Ali

Morn ing-afterpill and cancer

To The Daily:I
IN RESPONSE to the f r o n t
page story (Daily, Sept. 29) which
called my article in the Septem-

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b-A.L. er issue of Her-self a 'cancer
scare,' I would like to make the
following reply: (The Daily arti-
cle was based on the views of Dr.
Lucille Kuchera of the Student
Health Service.) My challenges
against the use of the morning-af-
ter pill were not based, as the
Daily said, on the eight cases of
vaginal cancer among daughters of
women who took DES to prevent
miscarriage; obviously with t h e
morning-after pill there is no off-
spring. They were based on facts
stated in my article, and conven-
iently avoided by Dr. Kuchera and
the Daily that the morning-after
pill is 3,500 times the dose t h a t
caused cancerous tumors in cows,
and 11,000 times the dose held by
the National Cancer Institute to be
too high for such a "spectacularly
dangerous carcinogen."
When fed to cattle at 2 parts per
billion over a period of time, DES
caused cancer. When fed to women
at 22,000 parts per billion for 5
days, DES is supposed to be harm-
I notice that Dr. Kuchera took

humans. A H-rvard Medical Scho:;l
study, published Sept. 28 in The
New England Journal of Medicine
gives still more evidence that DES
causes cancer in humans. Six cas-
es of a rare uterine cancer have
been found in women who took
DES in daily doses as low, as one
mg. over an extended period of
time to stimulate menstruation in
the treatment of gonadal dysgene-
sis. The morning-after pill is 50
times this dose.
Her-self was too generous whcn
it criticized the Health Service for
not informing the thousands of
women to whom it dispenses DES
that it is a "known potent carcino-
gen", but rather telling them only
that it is "dangerous."
Dr. Kuchera has now indicated
that they are told even less: "We
do tell the girls it is an emnr-
gency type of treatment and that
if they have a continuing need for
contraception they should use oth-
er means." No wonder she was
able to get 1,000 women to take
DES in her study!
If women want to take, in a
massive short-term dose, what has
caused cancer in infinitesimal long-
term doses, that is their right;
however, they should be fully in-
formed by the Health Service of
the facts, and treated as intellige it
human beings.
Dr. Kuchera seems to! assume
that massive short term doses are
safe because they are rapidly ex-
creted. To determine whether or
not short term doses provide .)ng-
term effects would pose prohibitive
sampling problems since *effects

which it was taken, as for exam-
ple, radiation. Those women who
have vaginal cancer because their
mother - took DES developed the
cancer, 20 or 30 years after the
drug was given.
I note that the Health Service is
quick to add that they are search-
ing for other types of syntheti.f es-
trogens to use in place of DES,
while contending that DES is harm-
less. I hope when these are admin-
istered to women they will be in-
formed of the evidence implicating
all exogenous synthetic estrogens as
potential carcinogens; the inci-
dence of 'female' cancers is rising.
(New Eng. Jour. of Medicine).
If Her-self is accused of )erpe-
trating a cancer scare, then so
must be the National Cancer In-
stitute Journal (No. 33, 971), The
New England Journal of Medicine,
Science (Sept. 28, Vol. 177, No.
4046), and Nature (Vol. 238). We
are in good company.
-Kay Weiss
Hier-self staff
Oct. 2
Insult to women
To The Daily:
ON THURSDAY, Sept. 28, Dr.
Peter Coyle gave the first of sev-
eral lectures on neuroanatomy in
Neuroscience 690 (also listed under
Anatomy, Psychology, and Z o o1-
This was an introductory lecture,
and included a presentation of
slides showing various views of
the brain, a schematic representa-
finn o th( - nervita,,, .,,cf-m anti n

of the most blatant, unashamed
examples of oppression that I have
witnessed at this University. In
order to make a ridiculous point,
and, not incidentally, to spice up
an otherwise vapid lecture, D r.
Coyle decided to use material
which was not only totally irrele-
vant to the subject matter, b u t
grossly insulting and humiliating
to the women in the class and,
indeed, women everywhere.
' It is difficult to be a female
graduate student. With professors
like Dr. Coyle, it is a mark of
rare courage that women are ab e
to continue at all.
-Name Withheld
net. 2
To The Daily:
JUDGE ELDEN should pass a
law that possession of any vege-
table is a crime punishable by
90 days or $100.00. This will guar-
antee equal protection of the
laws. Why favor one herb over
another? Our criminal statutes
make a mockery. of the effective
administration of criminal justice,
unless they are uniformly applied
to all vegetables.
The only exception to the law
should,-be carrots, which should be
available 'by prescription only, to
judges, so that they might im-
prove their vision.
-Rose Jacobs
Oct. 2

politics to believe that we (student
in Ann Arbor) are represented by
people in Detroit, Clevejand, and
Now we are not naive enough to
believe that our problems as stu-
dents at Michigan set ,us ap',rt
from the rest of the world, how-
ever, is_ it asking too much that
our "supposed representatives" ac-
cord us the'honor of attending the
University and residing in Ann
Suffice it to say, t is time for
a change. It is apparent that the
SGC doesn't care; and it is all
the more apparent that SGC daesn't
want to care.
It was Thomas Jefferson w h o
said "that government which gov-
erns least governs best" I daresay
that SGC has carried this idea to
an extreme.
-Wendell Jones
and five others
Sept. 27


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great comfort from the fact that
there are no offspring in w h i c h,
the cancer can manifest itself -
thereby assuming DES must not
be cancer-causing.
She also said that it was good
that the FDA banned DES in poul-
try and beef, citing its effect on
retarding bone growth in children,
as if this were the reason the FDA

Get involved-
write your reps!
Sen. Philip Hart (Dem), Rm.
253, Old Senate Bldg., Capitol
Hill, Washington, D.C. 20515.
Sen. Robert Griffin (Rep),
Rm. 353 Old Senate Bldg., Cap-
itol Hill, Washington, D.C.
Rep. NMarvin Eseh (Rep), Rm.

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