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The Michigan Daily
Edited and managed by Students at the
University of Michigan
Tuesday, July 15, 1975
News Phone: 764-0552
Pursuing the open door
GRADUALLY, SINCE the final days of the last decade,
the stage has been set for the dawn of a new era of
cooperation and learning among the peoples of the
United States and the Republic of China.
In government, and in the towns and countryside of
both nations, thousands of people have seized the energy
of the moment and begun working toward the day when
their nations can share the fruits of progress and grow
together, unhindered by the stranglehold of mindless
diplomatic impasse.
Yet, in this country at least, for every person who
envisions a hybrid of mutual trust and concern emerging
from the thaw, there are, sadly enough, several more
who stubbornly choose to portray the Chinese as the Red
Menace of Cold War days.
It is not enough to begrudgingly assume the myopic
attitude of those who grumble, "Like it or not, China can
no longer be ignored. A nation of billion people has to be
dealt with."
THE DISCERNING eye will recognize that the awe in-
spired by the Chinese people stems not from their
sheer bulk, but from the incredible record of progress
and social reform they have compiled over the past
twenty-five years.
In that relatively short span, the Communists of
China have wiped out venerael disease, (the scourge of
the nation during its pro-Western days); achieved total
employment: rid themselves of the unchecked crime,
corruption, and vermin that once infested Its cities; and
provided a blueprint forsurvival based not on the fal-
lacious creed of spiraling consumption and depletion of
resources, but rather on eauitable distribution of the
tools for a meaningful existence and emohasis on the
plight of its least nowerful citizens instead of the ex-
clusivity of its wenthiest.
THE NIXON JUNKET of four years ao did not, as
some wonid have it brine an end to the politics of
lenorance and blind ahhnrrenee nnee held toward the
Chinese The Nixon trip was. if anything. a belated re-
sponse to the bureonins sense of understanding and
respect venerated amon and within the two nations.
The U.S-China Peonles Friendship Association is doing
all it can to provide the momentum needed to sustain a
free flow of cultural, political and technical ideas that
will withstand the strictures of ideological difference.
The Association is sponsoring a program tonight en-
titled Growing Uo and Working in New China. (See letter
below) Among its featured speakers will be Carma Hin-
ton, a China native who participated in the Cultural
Revolution and now teaches at the University of Penn-
sylvania.
TONIGHT'S ADMISSION-FREE program represents an
important stride toward engendering an active aware-
ness of the lives and lifestyles of New China and its sig-
nificance for peoples throughout the world.
Letters
China unmasked

*C
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Timothy Lear y: A post-mortem

SAN FRANCISCO, July 14
(PNS) - Timothy Leary -
former Harvard professor and
L.S.D. exponent - is actively
cooperating with federal author-
ities by testifying before a se-
cret federal grand jury in San
Francisco, Pacific News Service
has learned.
Leary has been seen in the
escort of U.S. marshals and
F.B.I. agents going to and from
the grand jury room in the San
Francisco Federal Building,
where he has been testifying
about his 1970 escape from a
San Luis Obispo (California) pri-
son.
Leary, who has put on weight,
cut his hair and grown a mus-
tache, dresses in conservative
suits and is reportedly staying
in an expensive suite in a down-
town hotel paid for by the gov-
ernment.
Sources close to the case in-
dicate that Leary is implicating
The g o v e r n m e n t.
dropped 29 drug-relat-
ed counts against
Leary shortly after he
decided not to testify
on behalf of Nick Sand,
a defendant in a drug
conspiracy case.
members of the Weather Under-
ground - as well as former
Leary lawyers - in nis Sepm-
ber 10, 1970, escape in one final.
bid to gain his freedom from
federal custody. In two months,
the five-year statute of limita-
tions will run out on the cass,
barring the government from
seeking further indic'ments
Last year, Leary tes'ified be-
fore grand juries in Chicago and
Orange County, California, but
his testimony failed to result n
any indictments.

Leary reportedly laks credi-
bility with jurors because he has
offered so many versions of his
escape - in books, interviews
and court testimony.
Apprehended by agents of the
Drug Enforcement Adnialstra-
tion in Kabul, Afghanistan, in
January, 1973 - following two
and a half years as a fugitive
Leary was returned to Californ-
ia, taied and convicted of es-
cape. During the trial he told
the court he had already written
17 versions of the episode.
Transferred to Folsoin Priso'n,
Leary faced 25 years behind
bars - five for the escape count
and ten each on two earlier
drug-related convictions.
The government agents who
brought Leary back from Af--
ghanistan also paid the way for
the return of his two compan-
ions -- Joanna Harcourt-Smith,
Leary's self-styled wife, a n d
Dennis Martino, Leary's daugh-
ter's brother-in-law and a Leary
disciple.
Both Harcourt-Smith and Mar-
tino later admitted in court that
they agreed at that time to work
as undercover informants for
state and federal drug authori-
ties. Both claimed their motive
was to help secure Leary's free-
dom from federal custody.
Martino, who died mysterious-
ly in Spain last Msrch whsle
vacationing with Harcour.-Smich
told reporters he was responsi-
ble for at least 25 arrests and
16 convictions - many of them
Leary acquaintances.
In June, 1974, Itarcourt-Smith
appeared as chief prosecution
witness against Leary's former
attorney George Chula in a co-
caine case. Chula had been ar-
rested after Harcourt-Smith cal-
led him on several occasions to
bring her cocaine awhile she was
staying in bugged hotel rooms.
Leary also testified against
Chula, claiming Chula had
smuggled hashish to him while
he was in prison. The jury re-
jected Leary's testimony, but in-
dicted Chula on the cocaine

To The Daily:
ON TUESDAY, July 15, the
U.S.-China Peoples Friendship
Association of Ann Arbor is pre-
senting a program on Growing
Up and Working in New China.
Three people will present their
experiences along with a slide
presentation. The first speaker,
Carma Hinton, is particularly
qualified to speak on growing
up in New China. She was born
in the Peoples Republic of China
in 1949 and attended Chinese
schools. She participated in the
Cultural Revolution along ' with
her Chinese schoolmates. In
1971, she moved to the U.S. and
is now a student and teacher at
the University of Pennsylvania
in Philadelphia.
Two other speakers, C h r i s
Gilmartin and Richard Gorden

of New China magazine, b a t h
participated in a China w a r k
group which visited China in
April and May 1975. They work-
ed in Tachai commune and in a
Shanghai factory.
We feel that this program will
communicate the China exper-
ience in a way really meaning-
ful to Americans. Carma is at
home in-both cultures and so-
cieties and has a unique per-
spective on Peoples China.
WE WOULD like to invite all
interested people to attend this
program on July 15, Tuesday, at
7:30 p.m., in the Michigan Un-
ion Ballroom. Admission is free.
-Mark Zucker
U.S.-C.P.F.A.
of Ann Arbor
July 11

I Imothy .... I imothy
charge.
In late 1973, Leary ag-eed 'o
testify in -behalf of Nici Sand,
a defendant in a federal drug
case in San Francisco. After
meeting with Assistant U.S. At-
torney John Milano, however,
Leary changed his mind. Short-
ly thereafter, the federal gov-
ernment dropped 29 counts pend-
ing against Leary in a drug con-
spiracy case.
In February, 1975, Leary was
paroled from California prison
and formally transferred to fed-
eral custody in what Caiifornia
officials described as a paper
transaction because of his co-
operation with federal authori-
ties. t
Leary remains in federal cus-
toy on a 10-year sentence stern-
ming from a 1965 conviction fer
smuggling slightly more than
one ounce of marijuana across
the Mexico-Texas border.
Freelance writer Do v i d
Weir, formerly edited Sun
Dance Magozine and Pa-
cific Basin Reports. Copy-
right, Pacific News Service,
1975.

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