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Thursday, June 17, 1971

Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, June 17, 1971

Govt. tries ti

NEW YORK IP)-The govern-
ment made a new attempt yes-
terday to recover secret Penta-
gon documents on which the
New York Times based its con-
troversial series of articles on
the origins of the Vietnam war.
The government seeks to ex-
amine 47 volumes of a classified
study, "History of U.S. Decision-
Making on Vietnam Policy," and
also a classified document en-
titled "The Command and Con-
trol Study of the Tonkin Gulf
Incident," done by the Defense
Department's Weapons Systems
Evaluation Group in 1965.
Federal Judge Murray Gur-
fein scheduled a hearing on the
government request for 10 a.m.
this morning, although he had
denied an earlier government
plea for recovery of the docu-
Gurfein on Tuesday ordered
the Times to halt publication
of its Vietnam series pending
tomorrow's hearing on a request

by the attorney general's office
for an injunction.
In his order, Gurfein said:
"At this stage of the proceed-
ing, I do not direct the New
York Times . . to produce the
documents pending the outcome
of the litigation. I do not believe
that the New York Times will
wilfully disregard the spirit of
our restraining order."
The Times series began Sun-
day. It was based on the 47-
volume study, made at the re-
quest of former Secretary of De-
fense Robert McNamara, enti-
tled "History of United States
Decision Making Process on
Vietnam Policy." Prepared in
167-68, the report covered the
period 1945-617.
Gurfein ordered today's show-
cause hearing after Asst. U.S.
Atty. Michael Hess, conducting
the civil injunction suit against
the Times, said in an affidavit
the documents were "important
to the proper protection of the
national interest.".

) regain
Fifteen copies of the volu-
minous Pentagon study had
been disseminated with a secret
or top secret classification on
the contents.
Hess said the government did
not presently know the extent
of the documents in the posses-
sion of the Times. He told news-
men that Gurfein's scheduling
of today's hearing would make
it incumbent on the Times to
produce the documents in court
at the time.
Meanwhile, Arthut Ochs Sulz-
berger, president and publisher
of the Times, flew home from
London yesterday. Newsmen at
Kennedy airport asked him if he
believed the publication of the
Vietnam series by the Times had
endangered national security. as
the government claimed in its
"I do not," he replied.
Sulzberger also was asked if
he and the Times editorial NEW7
board would publish the series Frank
again if they had it to do over. newspi
"Yes, we would," said Sulz-
berger, adding that he approved
of the editorial board's decision.
Saying the Times was pre- I-
pared to fight the case to the
Supreme Court if need be, Sulz-
berger called the government's a
suit "an abridgement of the F n-
First Amendment to the Con-
stitution." s
---- .__----- Adver
to halt I
TONIGHT at Pentago
7 0 E.Mthe Tim
over the

Viet study


Mr. Metzger has never quite
attained Joseph von Sternberg's
feeling for dazzling decadence,
but he has the master's
humorlessness, and though his
production of spectacle has
been limited by his budgets,
he is every bit as morally
uplifting...preoccupied by the
way nude bodies and sexual
acts look when photographed
sideways, in zoomy long shots,
In roving close-ups...ripe
with incredible color and
decor and movement."
-Vincent Canby, N.Y. Times

-Associated Press
YORK TIMES EDITORS Laurence Hauck (left) and Max
el discuss the recept court orders against the Times in the
aper's city room.
ress criticizes govt.
tion in Times case


By The Associated Press
se reaction to recent gov-
t court action attempting
the publication of a secret
on report by the New York
- coupled with praise for
nes - has come from all
e world

The London Daily Mail declar-
ed "the Pentagon papers reveal
a president utterly deluded as to
the effectiveness of military pow-
er and passing this delusion en
with interest to Congress and U.S.
public opinion."
Saigon's English language Viet-
nam Daily Mirror said the Times
performed a public service, add-
ing that "Johnson lied at every
turn in the entry into the war."
The $oviet News agency Tass
said the Pentagon papers "show
the utter hypocrisy of American
authorities who, concealing their
secret plans from the U.S. public,
dragged the American people
into the dirty war in Southeast
At home, the reaction was
generally more resrained, but
nearly as unanimous in its ap-
plause for the Times.
Sen. Frank Church (D-Idahon)

called the government's action
"nothing less than censorship of
the press ...
"All those who value freedom
of the press must wonder about
the motivation of this administra-
tion . . . The publication could
not conceivably damage security
interests," he said.
Sen. George McGovern cD-
S.D.) said the government's court
action is designed to suppress in-
formation about the deception of
the American people.
American newspapers were
also harsh in their criticism of the
Said the Miami Herald: "We
trust that the public will now bet-
ter understand what the press has
been talking about when it writes
of 'the credibility gap.'
A dissenting opinion was regis-
tered by Vice-President Spirc
Agnew who criticized the Times
judgement and reliability.
He also denied a suggestion by
a reporter at a news conference
that Congress and the American
people were misled in 1964-65 by
LBJ on how large the U.S. mili-
tary air and ground combat role
wnld heome in Vietnam.

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