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Saturday, May 10, 1975 THE MiCHIGAN DAILY
Pentagon claims U.S.
mu Lst bribe to sell arms
WASHINGTON ( )-The Pentagon is telling agents base been in business for 2,000 years
Atnerican arms makers tbey most frequently and will be bard to eliminate entirely.
use bribery of foreign officials to sell tbeir The paper says the agents apply influence
goods in the Middle East. variously through friendsbips, family ties witb
A document prepared by a Pentagon arms government officials and through "payment of
salesman for use by U.S. weaos manufac- substantial stims of money to individuals in
turers says tbe bribes sometimes can total bhigh government positions with somewhat
millions of dollars and reach very high 'levels lesser amounts paid to lower echelon govern-.
of Middle Eastern governments. nient officials."
HEDOCUMENT does not name any coun- THlE DOCUMENT adds, "Influence is not at-
ciries where bribes are paid or 'any Amserican ways related directly to a cash gratuity. It
companies that pay them. However, Northrop can include the rent-free use of a villa in
Corp. is accused in a government lawsuit of France or a flat in London along with car and
paying $30 million over three years to sales servants. Sometimes the government official
agents and consultants without adeaquate ac- is a silent partner in the agency or other
counting, business completely divorced from his normal
Goveirnment documents indicate that at least activities from which" he receives financial
some of this money was paid to an tranian benefit."'
attorney and to a wealthy Saudi Arabian agent. The paper says the cost of the agent's fees
Northrop is fighting to keep details of these and bribes is included in the price of the arms
payments secret. Saudi Arabia recently signed paid by the government in question. It says
acontract to buy more than $756 million of tbe agent's "influence" can sometimes lead
-Northrop's F5E "'Tiger It" jet fighters. those governments to buiy sh ddy or ill-suited
The Pentagon document was prepared last military hardware.
ear by Joseph K. toenig, an official of the -The document doesn't say whether American
Aefense Security Assistance Agency, for use taxpayers get stung for any part of the bribe
by trade associations of U.S. arms makers. money, bue it doesn't appear that they do
It is unclassified an'd a copy is on file pub- Saudi Arabia, Iran and other big Middle Fast-
tiy in connection with the Securities and Ex- e rn arms buyers se their own money. e
change Commission's proceedings againsty
Northro. THE UNITED States does lend $3 milion
PENTAGON SPOKESMAN Joseph Laitin a year to Israel to buy arms, and much smali
said yesterday he had not read the document, er smiis to Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco and
but "We are four square against bribery." Tunisia, but they pay interest on these loans-
Asked if overseas arms bribery is going on at the same rate the U.S. government must
presently, he said, "I trust not." pay to borrow it originally.
Hoenig's paper gives a different impression. Thus there is theoretically no loss to the U.S
It says U.S. arms makers sometimes have no Treasury in these credit-sales deals.t
choice but to pay excessive fees to I agents Other American arms assistance goes i thei
who base or buy influence with their own form of direct grants of weapons with no
governments. Is says these Middle Eastern apparent involvement by agents ina
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Page Three
Margaret Bell Pool rate
increase called exorbitant
By SUSAN ADES and other ameneties provided by
A recent rate increase at the the pool. Nevertheless, she
Margaret Bell Pool which near- holds that the pool manage-
ly doubled the fee for use of the ment is aiding in the absorbtion
facilities has met with less than of the costs by repairing dam-
favorable reactions from pool aged suits on the premises.
patrons. The approval by the Univer-
"I already thought that 40 sity Fee Committee was, ac-
cents was too much to pay to cording to Chairman Ernest
swim in a bathing suit that I Zimmerman, "I a r g e I y de-
really didn't like anyway. Now pendent on whether the basic
I definitely won't pay 75 cents fee was in line with the costs."
to go there," commented senior "It's pretty obvious that the
Karen Clippel. old fees were not sufficient by
any stretch of the imagination,"
EXPRESSING "further dis- he added.
pleasure at the new rule requir-
ing all swimmers - even those DESPITE the new rules, the
participating in co-recreational pool administrators claim that
swim - to wear the pool-fur- the number of pool users has
nished tank suits, Clippel ex- not declined appreciably over
claimed, "Those baggy things?" last Spring semester. "They'll
Not only will tank suits be ,cometo accept it. If they want
mnot ornlwilloanksuisbe to swim they are going to pay
mandatory uniforms, but in ac- 75 cents," Goldberg speculated.
cordance with Health Depart-
ment recommendations, all pool However, that prediction at
users will be expected to wear best treads deep water. Former
swim aps.Margaret Bell Pool swinimers
swim caps' will probably flock to the Intra-
The final measure of the pack- mural Building pool, where the
age, approved by the Univer- fee remains at 50 cents.
sity Fee Committee in April, And with the advent of the
provides that even Physical Ed- summer heat, many people will
ucation majors, formerly ox- frequent outdoor pools, again,
emupt from paying the pool fee, taking advantage of rates well
will now.ay ave to pay their own below those of Margaret Bell.
way. y
Still, the Margaret Bell Pool
"THIS IS just something that matrons remain optimistic. "It's
had to happen," stated Fran- the best 75 cents you can
chon Goldberg, d spend," said the night attend-
In Gldbeg, pool director. ant "in fact, the women are
"In the last five yearn the rates saying they're enjoying it even
here have not changed, even more b e c a u s e it isn't so
though we have been operating crowded."
at a deficit for quite some time Finally, for those distressed
now." over the baggy tank suits, the
Goldberg attributes the rate night matron offers 'consolingly,
hike to the ever-increasing cost "Don't worry, when they get
of suits, towels, locks, laundry wet they cling to your body."
Gifted student group
conducts conference

AN OPERATION IDENTIFICATION participant engraves his driver's license number on his bi-
cycle. Engraving other valuables helps protect them against theft,
Operation Identification to,
Combat i robbery rate
By CATHERINE REUTTER O P E R A T I O N Identifi- proof against them.
Stacks of cartons line the cation (OID) is a four-year-old Fred Williams, who runs the
walls. A stereo system box nationwide program designed to police property room, guesses
leans against the wall on top help prevent theft and provide that although more than 80 per
of a pile. The corner of a small identification of stolen goods. cent of all stolen goods he re-
television set juts above the Participants in OID simply ceives are returned, the OID
edge of another cuate. It looks engrave their driver's license recovery rate is better.
like a furniture warehouse - numbers on their metal valu- "We have never had an oc-
but it's the property room at ables. They also receive a casion when we haven't been
police headquarters. sticker to paste on their front able to get in touch with an
Eventually some of these door or some other highly vis- OID user,'5 he- says. The own-
stolen goods which fill the room ible window. This alerts would- er of one television set was
will be auctioned off since be thieves that if they steal traced all the way to California.
there is no way of positively from an OID home that the en- FRED DAVIDS, director of
identifying who owns them. graved numbers can be used as See OPERATION, Page 6

Special problems highly-intel-
ligent students encounter are
the subject of a two-day con-
ference being sponsored by the
Association for the Gifted at
the Ann Arbor Inn Thursday
and yesterday.
Gifted children, so called
because they score in the top
five percentiles on tests, face
the problem of social acceptance
by their classmates and intel-
lectual stimulation from their
course material.
JOANNE CAGE, one of the
conference's committee chair-
persons, says, "These children
do not make friends because
they are so different," A school
psychologist might tell parents
that their gifted child is neu-
rotic, failing to recognize the
But many students attending
the conference disagree with
that conclusion. A dozen stu-
dents from Roeper City and
Country School in Bloomfield
Hills attended the conference
with their teacher.
One of the students, Aarrr Ro-
sen, says, "I don't like to think
of myself as a gifted child -
I'm rated as a human being."
He explains that he has his
friends at home, and that he's
also part of "the Roeper Com-
A MAJOR factor in a stu-
dent's adjustment seems to be
the kind of school he or she at-
. At Roeper, says student Jo-
anie Luby, "The basic philoso-

phy of the school is that is
shuild be free and helministict
There's a diverse selection of
classes mainly geared to stu-
dents' interests." Students have
a strong voice in shaping cur-
riculum, although some require-
ments like three years of a lan-
guage and nmastery of Algebra
It still remain.
In contrast to Roeper's free
structure, in the Ann Arbor
Public Schools there are no pro-
grams for gifted children, ac-
cording to Cage. "They won't
promote them above their
chronological grade level " she
added. However, some students
take courses at community col-
leges while attending high
SOME- bright students take
advanced placement exams to
gut college credits and avoid
classes like freshman composi-
See GIFTED, Page 6
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