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Th Michigan Daily
Edited and managed by Students at the
University of Michigan
Wednesday June 4, 1975
News Phone: 764-0552
CIA spy files still exist
NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT Ford Rowan reported
Monday evening that the CIA and Army are still
maintaining and updating domestic surveillance files on
thousands of anti-war protesters despite promises from
the intelligence agencies four years ago that all such
material would be destroyed.
Rowan also named the University of Michigan as
one of twenty American universities who may have par-
ticipated in a computer linkup designed to store andj
transmit domestic surveillance information under the
direction of the CIA, the Department of Defense, and
the National Security Agency. It has-not yet been de-
termined what role the University's computers may have
played in the operation, or whether in fact the memory
banks harbor CIA-accessed files on anti-war activists.
Even so, a verification of University involvement in
such an operation could not make its implications any
more sinister; it would merely bring its impact some-'
what closer to home.
THOSE APOLOGISTS FOR the intelligence establish-
ment who so staunchly defend the agencies' right to
look out for 'national security" priorities should take
a good hard lnnk at the gross subversion of civil liber-
ties and defiance of legal authority implicit in Rowan's
revelations.
The U. S. security network, though ostensibly found-
ed for the purpose of protecting the U. S. from the sin-
ister designs of foreign powers, has consistently shown
itself to be a tool for those in power who would sup-
press and distort the positions of those in a political
minority.
The Congress should make every effort to compel
the VIA and defense department to heed the directivs
they chose to ignore four years ago.

HRP, Democrats still divided

THE ONLY winner in the city
budget battle was the Re-
publican appointed City Ad-
ministrator, Sylvester Murray.
Because no party holds a ma-
jority on City Council and since
all three parties presented bud-
get proposals, the Administra-
tor's budget prevailed for lack
of the seven votes required to
overturn it.
Fourth Ward Democrat Jam-
ie Kenworthy understated the
problem when he said tiat,
The City Administrator's bud-
get priorities favor the bnrsau-
tracy rather than human
needs."
The unfortunate culmination to
(of?) the budget controversy de-
monstrates the crucial need for
the Democrats and the Human
Riehts Party (HRP) to work to-
gether to promote progressive
policies and priorities. The bud-
get debacle proves that t h e
Democrats and HRP will either,
have to cooperate or stagnate.
If the two leftist parties had
sat down together with their
respective budget pro als and
hammered out a c-ompromise
that aji six members co tid sup-
port, Murray might well have
been more inclined to change
his budget. Instead, these nego-
tiations never took place, t h e
Democrats and HRP presented
senarate proposals, and Mur-
ray, lacking direction from a
majority of Council, acted uni-
laterally.
IT SHOULD now be obvious
to the Democrats and the HRP
that they are ineffectual on
Concil without each others
heln. Democratic Mayor Al
Wheeler has been developing
some worthwhile ideas that will
need HRP backing to be :mple-
mented. Hopefully he will recog-
nize the need for sufficient in-
put from HRP to assure their
support for these policies. HRP,
for its part, must be willing
to place the. broad interests of

the city ahead of any narrow
partisan considerations.
Among the major priorities of
the Wheeler administration is
the creation of a Human Serv-
ices Department. I's purpose
would be to co-ordinate a wide
variety of scattered social cer-
vices such as day care, health
care, legal aid, consumer pro-
tection, and recreation.
Wheeler would fund this de-
partment by using a "good deal
of the Community Development
Revenue Sharing money and
maybe al of it eventually.' As
this plan is more fully devel-
oped, HRP ideas should ie in-
corporated. Dialogue between
the parties must remain open.
The entire city would benefit
from a co-ordinated and de-
cently funded effort t: provide
these basic social services.
There would be no excuse if
Democrats and HRP could not
find agreement on a tarmula for
implementation.
MAYOR WHEELER is now in
the process of forming a group
to write a rent control ordin-
ance. It is urgent that thin pro-
posal be completed by Septem-
ber so that renters Willb e pro-
tected in the next leasing per-
iod. Wheeler should draw on the
expertise of those in HRP who
have worked on this issue for
two years. The support of HP
is essential to assure that a
strong rent control measure will
be paased.
A third- major priority of the
Wheeler administration will be
the creation of a crime commit-
tee which would examine and
evaluate present xvlicies of the
Police Department. The city's
criminal code would be review-
ed with the intent of eiiminating
victimless crimes whics divert
police energy and cause need-
less spasms in community po-
lice relations. A final aim of
this committee would be to
channel more effective citizen
control into the Police Oe-
partment. These are goals

Murray
largely shared by IRP, and
their responsible involvement
will be needed if this important
watchdog group is t be formed.
THESE AND other enlighten-
ed and thoughtful proposals will
face solid Republican opposition.
Unless Democrats and HRP can
put aside political bickering and
posturing, little ornothing thai
is positive will be achieved. In
a recent interview, Mayor
Wheeler said, "I'm not about
to be mayor on HRP priorbies.
I won't be swung around by 'he
tail for one vote." While such
a statement is not surprissig
from a newly elected Democrat-
ic mayor, it must be remember-
ed that Wheeler would never
have been elected without the
second choice votes of nearly
90 per cent of HRP's support-
ers. He has a clear responsibil-
ity to seek accommodatien with
HRP. At least for the next year,
an activist and responsive city
government depends on it.

G-Man Central: Monuments, magnums

W A S H I N G T O N - The
blue-suited tour guide began by
explaining that the Federal Bu-
reau of Investigation is an
"open" agency, after all - so
the rap went - the general
public never gets to see the in-
side of the CIA complex.
But when one of the dozen
tourists whipped out a yellow
legal pad to take notes, the
guide looked askance.
"I'm not sure you can do
that," he said in a polite but
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that's what they want you to
believe - protecting mom's ap-
ple pie against dangerous hood-
lums and subversives, being
tough and honest, and since 1972-
affirmative action employers to
boot.
Highlighting the hour long ex-
cursion into the world of real
life Efrem Zimbalist Jr.'s was
the demonstration on the rifle
range.
A rugged - looking agent -
that's the only kind there seems

"The agent then explained that the FBI
doesn't use submachine guns except for de-
monstration purposes -- perhaps because
they are such crowd "leasers."

all kinds of expensive equipment
designed to spot clues no matter
how small or well hidden. Still,
if the gizmos are so good why
hasn't the FBI found Patty
Hearst yet?
In one section of the lab, an
empty file labeled "incoming
ticklers." Maybe everyone is
waiting for a tickler on Hearst
and the SLA. Of course the file
might be a repository for intra-
office jokes or information on
perverts who tickle people while
committing felonies.
Further down the hal, a row
of women clad in blue lab coats
hunkered over microscopes and
studied a bloodied knife. Then
one of them cracked a joke, per-
haps about enraged killers, that
got a chuckle right down the
line. The "tickler" file wouldn't
be empty tomorrow.
THE LAST LEG of the tour
featured displays on crime and
criminals and a room devoted
to the good buys. First there is
a big tote board proclaiming
that crime was up 17 per cent
last year, murder is commit-
ted every 27 minutes and rob-
berv every 12 seconds.
Most of the tourists recoiled
at these numbers, figuring that
it really isn't safe to walk the
streets. But a couple of them
probably began to wonder
what's wrong with government
when it pays a Magnum-toting
FBI agent $18,000 a year to.
catch criminals but does little
to get at the root of the prob-

"Then, out of no-
where looms a portrait
of Mr. Hoover himself.
His ghost doesn't real-
ly pervade the place,
but one can't help
thinking about h i m
when the FBI is men-
tioned."

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firm southern drawl.
"But you just got through
telling us this is an open
place . . " came the response
from a slightly frazzled sight-
seer.
"I'll check it out," the guide
said as he stepped into a secur-
ity office and made a quick call
to Claernce Kelly or whoever
handles things like unorthodox
tourists.
Finally, it was decided that
the guy could take notes, but
snapping, photos was still a
no-nao.

to be - fired a hand gun and
a Thompson submachine gun
which shredded the paper sil-
houette of a man that served
as a target.
The agent then explained that
the FBI doesn't use submachine
guns except for demonstration
purposes -- perhaps because
they are such crowd pleasers.
G-men do carry the .38 caliber
pistols he demonstrated, but
can request Magnum revolvers
which rate a good real higher on
the macho meter.

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lem. the tooth fairy, is the followin
Oh, such impure thoughts. tribute: "The greatness of S
Then, out of nowhere looms gar Hoover will remain insei
a portrait of Mr. Hoover him- arable from the greatness a
self. His ghost doesn't really the organization . . the in
pervade the place, but one can't vincible and incorruptable d
help thinking about him when (Continued on Page 10)
the FBI is mentioned - even in Gordon Atcheson, Dil
passing. Co-editor in Chief, is spend
UNDERNE TH the ing the summer in W
picture of the man who hated ington as an intern for tI
pinkos and believed organized Knight Newspapers Wash
crime was just about as real as ington Bureau.

FROM THERE IT was a'
THE PEOPLE AT the FBI quick run through the labs to
are wonderful folks or at least watch technicians fiddle with

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