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iffer Afrgfgan Daily
Edited and managed by students at the
University of Michigan
Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual
opinions of the author. This must be noted in all reprints.
SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 1972 News Phone: 764-0552

The 'U' still plugs away:
Vietnam target practice

F THERE are war crime trials
after the Vietnam war is fin-
ally over, I wouldn't want to have
anything to do with the Univer-
sity's Willow Run Laboratories.
Certain University professors
have developed so much technol-
ogy for the air war in Indochina
that almost nothing happens there
without a University piece of
hardware taking part.
It has always been difficult to
explore the scope of this classi-
fied, top secret war research. How-
ever, a recent windfall allows the
disclosure of official proposals
from Willow Run for 12 projects,
all but one of which have al-
ready passed through the Univer-
sity's Classified Research Com-
mittee screening process.
All 12 proposals specifically men-
tion research for the purpose of
targetting aerial weapons.
REGRETTABLY, excerpts from
the proposals are obfuscated in
scientific jargonified top secre-
teeze - but the gist gets through:
---"Major emphasis will be di-
rected toward relating these image
quantities to a weapons guidance
and delivery task;"
-". . . is clearly of importance
in assessing the performance of
the SAR system for weapon deliv-
ery missions;" and
"Signature data are needed
tar performance evaluation of var-
ious proposed air-to-ground wea-
pons system."
These are not quotations from
Pentagon documents. They are
taken directly from proposals by
University professors which have
been sent to the defense depart-
ment - many without prior re-
quest from the Air Force, or any
other contracting agency.
the primary researcher in most of
these projects, conrols over $1,-
000,000 in research funds. He
spends little time at the University,
preferring to fly around the coun-
try testing all his new radar sys-
tems, and working out. of the
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Ward Edwards of the psychology
department is presently working
on a decision-making program bas-
ed upon personality data on world

leaders collected by the Central
Intelligence Agency. He has pri-
vately admitted that his work is
funded by the CIA.
President Fleming says t h e
University must allow this kinl
of research at least temporarilv-
otherwise all the people at Willow
Run would lose their jobs. He
,apparently discounts the thous-
ands of people in Southeast Aia
that have lost their jobs, and their
lives - partially as a result of the
work which has ee and s
being done here.
not want to stop the eight mil-
lion dollars of war research the
University does. each year. And
some people decry the digging of
bomb craters on the Diag as hein-
ous and violent activity.
Others argue, however, that
all the people of this- community
have an obligation to act, and to
force the end of war research

within the "sanctuary" of the
Even those of us who have long
known of the University's willing
complicity and participation in the
air war have been astounded by
the magnitude of the most recent-
ly disclosed proposals.
All the people who do not help
end the research, all of the people
who do not try to bring the Uni-
versity to its knees, are jut as
' guilty as Leonard Porcello and
Ward Edwards.
NOW THAT the ground ca, is
winding down and the air war i.
winding up, major responsibility
for the destruction of Vietnam
rests right here in Ann Arbor.
Remember the old saying - Go
Michigan, Beat Vietnam!
Jay flack is a former administra-
tive vice president of Student Gov-
ernment Couneailindsis presetly
charged aitha mlicious destraction
of property for alleged crater diggings
on the Diag.

t,'jIa -

What, me worry?
Ca(i)n Aihel be a crook?
TADA, TADA. The wheels or justice are in motion. The
Securities and Exchange Commission has accused
two of ITT's top officers of serious crimes.
It seems that cheerful Howard Aibel, senior vice
president and general counsel, and John Navin, corporate
secretary and counsel for corporate affairs, unloaded over
4,000 shares of International Telephone and Telegraph
stock last June after receiving inside information on the
settlement of an antitrust suit against ITT.
ITT stock took a nosedive when the settlement, which
involved the Hartford Life Insurance Company, was
announced publicly in July.
Aibel allegedly sold out his 2,664 shares for a paltry
$163,000 only a day after learning of the justice depart-
ment decision.
Of course, Atty. Gen. Richard Kleindienst didn't know
that any of the businessmen with whom he hobnobs could
pull a sneaky trick just to make money.
THE AMERICAN SYSTEM of justice is to be tested once
again, The trial, if it ever takes place, will in its own
way he a political one,
So Aibel must have been gratified with the vindica-
tion of Angela Davis and the release of Bobby Seale and
Huey Newton.
Even odds he doesn't serve more than a year.
C0M G~

These refugees have been: (A) South Vietnamized.
(B) North Vietnamized. (C) Victimized.
(D) All of the above.

Letters to The Daily

To The Daily:
HRP) consistentl
whereas it is sigp
ent from the Dem
no essential diffE
Democrats and Re
It is certainlyt
it comes to noise,
ent from the Dems
what HRP wouldl
the important thin
rhetoric. The HR
duced and canno
gets, legislation
significantly diffe
Democrats' budg
and financing.
The, real reaso
state law imposes
what local goverr
lack of funds imp
straints, and fina
of one good polio
with the pursuitc
Although nuch
ence between HRF
is style and rheti
ences between tY
Republicans and
parties are genuin
strated by the(
lican lawsuit aga
HRP city budget.
The budget tY
want differs from
budget in signif
among them: (1)
money for emerge
the poor; (2) the
ey for Ozone H
amount of mone

HRP noise centers; (4) funding of the dial-a-
' ride transportation system, and
(5) public monetary support for
RIGHTS Party the Free Medical Clinic, Com-
y argues that munity Coalition and Commun-
ificantly differ- ity Park (rock concerts).
locrats, there is The real issue boils down to an
erence between understanding of the realm of
publicans. choice open to a Michigan home-
true that when rule city in 1972. Within the range
HRP is differ- of choice that is open, the Ann
. But no matter Arbor Dens are on the left and
have us believe, the Ann Arbor Republicans are
1g is action, not on the right. Although HRP
P has not pro- makes superleft noises, given the
t produce bud- constraints, these are only radical
and financing symbols. HRP has been unable to
rent from the come up with any legal or finan-
ets legislation cially feasible proposals that are
distinguishable from those of the
ns are simple: .Dems
sharp limits on Many voters pay only superfic-
nment can do; ial attention to local government:
oses further re- they are attracted by HRPs sym-
mlly the pursuit bolic gestures and so, for a time,
:y may conflict vote HRP rather than Democra-
af another good tic. Durint thistitnie the con-
servatives could easily regain con-
of the differ- trol of Ann Arbor.
? and the Dems Eventually this lesson will be
ric, the differ- learned. But how long will it
he conservative take?
the other two -Paul Jess
e - as demon- Vice Chairman
current Repub- Ann Arbor Democratic
inst the Dem- Party
June 16

shock to read the lead story in
the Friday, June 16, 1972 issue of
The Daily. With the exception of
last Fall when about 60 beds were
not initially assigned the experi-
ence of Michigan's residence halls
has been to turn away students.
Had the Freshman class not de-
clined by 200 students last Fall
or the dorm capacities not in-
creased by nearly 100, students
would have been turned away
again in 1971-72.
For Fall, 1972 the Housing Of-
fice fears a real shortage of tra-
ditional residence hall space for
any new student other than
Freshmen. The community col-
leges were warned this Spring to
counsel prospective upperclass
transfers that dorm space is at a
premium at Michigan. Neither the
data provided to The Daily re-
porter or our long interview of
May 26 supports the general con-
clusions made by the article.
Much of the article is accurate
and helps the community under-
stand student housing issues. The
glaring errors cited above, how-
ever, are a great disservice to the
many students and staff that have
contributed to an atmosphek
where residence hall living is at-
tractive and sought after.
-John Feldkamp
Director of Housing
June 16
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.

l~t~ii. ~ Ia~-we- --" -a-

he Republicans
the Dem-HRP
'icant respects:
the amount of
ncy housing for
amount of mon-
louse; (3) the
y for day-care

Mild shock?
To The Daily:
HAVING JUST experienced a
record number of returning stu-
dents opting for residence halls
for Fall, 1972, it came as no mild

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