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Page 14-Friday, May 4, 1979-The Michigan Daily

State Dept.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The State
Department was guilty of extreme inef-
ficiency and serious mistakes in
judgment in its reaction to events
leading up to the mass murder-suicide
at the Peoples Temple commune in
Guyana, a department report said
yesterday.
But the report said it would be "pure
speculation" to say whether improved
performance by the department might
have prevented the deaths of Rep. Leo
Ryan, (D-Calif.), and fpur companions
or those of more than 900 followers of
the Rev. Jim Jones.
The report noted U.S. Embassy of-
ficials in Guyana "were severely cir-
cumscribed by their basic lack of police
or investigative authority." The
guyanese government did not try to
keep a close watch on the jungle en-
campment, the report said.
A CONGRESSIONAL inquiry of the
Jonestown tragedy also is under way.
The State Department report, written
by retired department officials John
| CHARLES CHAPLIN
I.*ftBCE

inefficient during Guyana incideni
Crimmins and Stanley Carpenter, por- evaluations of paranoia of Jones orf the warded to Washington. McCoy men-
trays a U.S. Embassy that feared potential for tragedy. tioned her warning to officials in the
harassment by the Peoples Temple, "CONCERN ABOUT the department's Latin-American bureau,
and of a Washington bureaucracy that FOIA ... reduced embassy reporting but he dismissed it as "nonsense."
buried warnings it received about a and led to an emphasis on the purely Five months later, when Ryan told
possible tragedy. factual at the expense of the the department he wanted to go to
One instance cited as a grave error speculative and analytical," the report Jonestown to investigate complaints
was the handling of a June 1978 ex- said. from parents of temple members, he
change of telegrams between the More errors occurred in the handling was not warned. The department, the
Georgetown embassy and Washington. of the warning from Jonestown defector report said, did not consider Jones or
U.S. AMBASSADOR John Burke Deborah Layton Blakey that Jones was his followers dangerous to outsiders.
recommended in his cable that he be rehearsing his followers in mass THe report recommended that the
authorized to ask the Guyana gover- suicide. department review "the necessity and
nment to take a more active role in Blakey escaped from the commune practicality of seeking amendment of
policing the commune. May 12, 1978, and went to the embassy the statutes" such as the FOIA, which it
But, the report said, the embassy for help. She gave a signed statement to says hindered the department, and it
staff was fearful the Peoples Temple consul Richard McCoy accusing Jones urged improvements in the consular
would obtain a copy of the cable of running "a concentration camp" and corps.
through the Freedom of Information she told him about the suicide rehear- Department spokesman Hodding
Act, which gives citizens the right to see sals. Carter said no disciplinary action had
government documents. The temple HER WARNINGS had little or no im- been taken against any individual in-
was adept as seizing on any shred of pact, the report said. The statement she volved in handling of the Jonestown
evidence to claim harassment and con- signed at the embassy was never for- case.
spiracy, the report said.
THerefore, the cable contained none
of the embassy staff's subjectiv 1952 eduction department l
1952 edu~iORdepatmen Spit

LIMvE LIGH T
CHAPLIN, BUSTER KEATON, CLAIRE BLOOM, & NIGEL BRUCE star in the story
of an aging music-hall comedian, whose life might appear to be a failure-but
whose abundant courage give strength to a young female protegee who he
can only love paternally. Chaplin's pathos is at his height in his last master-
piece-laced with some of his most freshly inventive comedy. Music and ballet
composed by Chaplin.
SAT: Bogart in THE MALTESE FALCOM
SUN: Jacques Ttis MR. HULOT'S HOLIDAY
CINEMA GUILD 730&10:00 OLDARCH150
MARTIN SCORCESE 1973
MEAN STREETS
Scorcese's first critically acclaimed film, set in New York's Little Italy, a world
of hyperactivity and violence, populated by loan sharks, brawlers and hooli-
gans competing for their own brand of honor. HARVEY KEITEL stars as the
troubled young heir to a local Mafia family. ROBERT DE NIRO gives a brilliant
performance as the hot-headed Johnny Boy. (112 min.)
SAT-Robert Altmans A WEDDING
SUN-TruffautGs JULES & JIM
TONITE AT ANGELL HALL, AUD. A
7:30 & 9:30 $1.50

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vantageous for higher education
overall. He said he felt its effects will
depend on some of the unsettled details
of the similar legislation prior to the
current bill. "There may be danger in a
separate department because there is
less interest in higher education," he
said.
Supporters argue a separate depar-
tment would save up to $100 million a
year, increase efficiency and accoun-
tability, and streamline the gover-
nment's management of educational
activities.
Jim Crutchfield, an aide to U.S. Sen.
Carl Levin (D-Mich.), said opponents
feel the separate department is giving

government a larger role than the
community. He said most educational
programs would function out of the
Department of Education but some,
such as Native American education
programs, will stay in the current
bureaucracy.
Frank Hartman, education con-
sultant with the state Department of
Education, said, "I've actively suppor-
ted the bill for the Department of
Education since it was introduced by
Senator (Abraham) Ribicoff (D-
Conn.). I think education is being ex-
pressed as a triumvirate. We need ac-
cess to the White House and you get
there through the Cabinet."

McLaughlin loud but
soulful, Coryell fine

(Continued from Page 13)
cluded, could not. His tone was rich, his
solos kept the listener absorbed and his
return to the tune's main theme con-
tinually delighted the audience. This is
a notable achievement considering the
tune itself has been widely overplayed.
Coryell's singing, although not out-
standing, was slow and soulful. He
began his last number singing, then
built to a crescendo during the guitar
improvisation and, finally effectively

slowed back down to finish the song.
Coryell's playing in general was ex-
citing. He did sacrifice some technical
skill, missing a few notes in order to
maintain his level of vibrancy. But
Coryell seemed to be having fun with
the audience and was as en-
thusiastically received as was
McLaughlin. Both musicians seemed to
be putting a great deal of feeling and ef-
fort into their work.

The Ann Arbor Film Cooperstive presents at ML 3
$1.50
FRIDAY. MAY 4
BANANAS
(Woody Allen, 1971) 7 & 10:30-MLB 3
This time Woody is Fielding Melishl an inept tester of bizarre gadgets. After
losing Louise Lasser, a strike oriented New York radical with an irresistable
overbite, Woody heads for South America, revolution, and a fake Fidel Castro
beard only to earn the enmity of the C.l.A.-F.B.I. Can this schlep survive? "An
indecent funny comedy."-V. Canby. With Howard "the man you love to hate"
Cosell.
CASINO ROYALE
(John Huston, etal., 1967) 8:30 ONLY-MLB3
A shimmering combination of slapstick, black comedy, corny jokes, zingy
one-liners, triple entenders, gorgeous women, parody, spoof, fantastic sets,
costumes, and gimmicks, underlined by the famous score by BURT BACHA-
RACH. With WOODY ALLEN, PETER SELLERS, URSULA ANDRESS, ORSON WELLS,
DEBORAH KERR, PETER OTOOLE, and more.
TOMORROW: MarIon Brando in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
and ON THE WATERFRONT

Sunday May 6, 2:30pm730pm Pbwer Center
Tickets: $1.50 Children, $3.50 Adults. Jacobson's Tix/ Info, Murphy's Landing
(Briarwood), Sylvia Studio of Dance (525 E. Liberty), Willoughby's LittleBoot
Shops (Washtenaw Ave. and Stadium Blvd.) Box Office Prior to Performance

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