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OPINION

Page 4
Edited andmanoged by students at The University of Michigan

-Sunday,.September 13, 1981

The Michigan Daily

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Vol. XCII, No. 4

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Editorials represent a majority opinion of the Daily's Editorial Board

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T WAS bad enough that Michigan lost
to Wisconsin 21-14, shattering a lot
of hopes for a perfect season. But there
was something else missing from
yesterday's game.
Bob Ufer.
It just didn't seem right not listening
to a Michigan game on the radio as a
man honked a horn, cried, and
screamed until he was hoarse. But
that's what yesterday's game was like.
There were a scant few features
about it. For instance, it was
refreshing listening to the description
of exciting plays as they happened
rather than trying to decipher garbled
strains of Michiganeese to get an ida of
what was going on. And Frank Beck-
man did do a good job of keeping
score-even if the score was disappoin-
ting.

But still, there was something
missing without Ufer.
Earlier this week the Voice of
Michigan Football announced that,
because of his health, he would not be
broadcasting Michigan games. For
-more than 35 years, Ufer has maize-
and-blued the hell out of Michigan
football listeners. And while, at times,
he may even get the most ardent
Michigan fans nauseous with his
tirades on the glory of Michigan, his
presence at yesterday's game was
missed.
Ufer had the ability to make a mun-
dane Michigan victory exciting. And
when Michigan lost, Ufer could find
something good in it.
There certainly was something
missing yesterday. Who knows, if Ufer
had announced* maybe Meechigan
would have won?

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ICASSO'S "Guernica' left the
United States last week.
It was, for security purposes, a quiet
Eparture. There was no fanfare and
Rant ceremony; the crate in which the
OPge mural was flown to Spain was
iharked simply "use no hooks."
Inconspicuous as the event was,
however, it was filled with significan-
O. The fact that finally, after over 40
years abroad, "Guernica" is on
panish soil testifies to the amazing
1anrges which have taken place in that
tion in the years since Generalisimo
Franco's death.
E It was Franco who, during the
spanish Civil War in 1937, ordered the
erman Luftwaffe to bomb the Basque
own of Guernica. The savage raid was
tter admitted to be the first ex-
eriment in blanket bombing.
Picasso painted "Guernica" in Paris
shortly after the raid, and later

requested that the painting be returned
to his native Spain only after "public
liberties" had been restored.
But the mural is more than just a
protest of war; it is a protest of
inhumanity. It seeks to teach a lesson
that goes well beyond the events of one
night during the Spanish Civil War. It
seeks to explain that oppression is
neither just nor wise, and that pruden-
ce never lies in inhumanity.
Some critics have suggested that
Spain has not changed sufficiently sin-
ce the days of Franco to warrant the
transport of "Guernica." Yet the
progress in Spain has been very en-
couraging, and the utter failure of the
recent coup attempt seems to indicate
that lasting and significant changes
have occurred.
Despite the criticism, the point
remains. Spain, at the very least, is
moving in the right direction.

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CHICAGO - In the shadowy world of
private intelligence gathering systems,
perhaps the most bizarre is the network con-
trolled by cult leader and perennial presiden-
tial candidate Lyndon LaRouche.
With offices in 20 U.S. cities and nine
foreign countries, the LaRouche network
transmits information over a sophisticated
Telex system coupled to a computerized data
bank at the group's headquarters in New
York City.
ITS AGENTS produce a dizzying array of
printed material ranging from Executive In-
telligence Review, a slick magazine aimed at
corporate exectives, to Nevi Solidarity, a
truculent newspaper with screaming
headlines designed to bolster street sales.
The LaRouche network also operates under
many names. At airports it appears as the
Fusion Energy Foundation with a scientific
magazine, Fusion. In predominantly black or
suburban neighborhoods it is the National
Anti-Drug Coalition, selling a'colorful glossy
magazine, War On Drugs. LaRouche's elec-
toral arm used to be called the U.S. Labor
Party, but now is the National Democratic
Policy Committee. New groups come and go
at the rate of almost two per year.
What stays the same is the iron-fisted con-
trol of Lyndon LaRouche himself, a 59-year-
old former management consultant turned
ultra-right-wing political guru who directs the
widespread intellligence activities of an
estimated 300 hard-core organizers and 2,000-
3,000 followers nationwide.
FEW TRAVELERS realize that a business
card handed to a Fusion Energy Foundation
airport representative is later attached to an
intelligence report which lists their political
or religious views, and characterizes their
potential as sources of information or finan-
cial support.
LaRouche's agents spend hours on the
telephone every day trading information with
various contacts. They also review numerous
local, national, international and trade
publications for items of interest.
The information is simmered down at the
New York headquarters into a daily in-
telligence briefing which sometimes is hand
delivered to subscribers.
THE LaROUCHE NETWORK would be a
model for an efficient private intelligence
network if it were not for its steadfast belief
that the world is controlled by a complex and
arcane web of interlocking conspiracies con-
trolled by sinister cabals of spies. Among its
most common themes, charges the Jewish
Anti-Defamation League, is an anti-Semitic
"fantasia in which Jews and Zionists are
alighed with the British monarchy, the
British nobility and upper classes, the British

By Chip Berlit
intelligence agency, various cults and secret
societies."
Nevertheless, the network raises more than
$3 million per year, according to its own
financial records, with the bulk of income
from publication sales.
LaRouche recently lauched another
newsletter, Investigative Leads, described as
a "twice-monthly intelligence report whose
aim is to provide, at low cost, a continuous
flow of dependable intelligence on the
breaking situations in the fields of terrorism,
drugs and organized crime." The newsletter
is aimed at private security agents and "U.S.
-law enforcenent and intelligence agencies,"
and emphasizes charges that various en-
vironmental and civil liberties groups are
part of a global terrorist plot.
ALTHOUGH POLICE officials around the
United States have confirmed the link bet-
ween Investigative Leads and LaRouche, the
publication has maintained that it is indepen-
dent, and that its information is accurate.
One government information specialist,
however, characterized LaRouche's in-
telligence as "completely unreliable," saying
"most of the material they produce is not
credible and'does not represent a responsible
view . . . . It is hysteria." Several other in-
telligence experts said there were two
categories of law enforcement officials who
received information from the LaRouche
network: the more sophisticated agencies
using the material to keep tabs on LaRouche;
and less sophisticated local police and cor-
porate security officials who sometimes ac-
tually believe and act on the information.
Investigative Leads contains "a patina of
fact," said John Rees, publisher of Infor-
mation Digest, a conservative intelligence
newsletter, and it thus "tends to confuse the
less sophisticated."
In Philadelphia a LaRouche network in-
telligence briefing "predicting a terrorist
disruption of the Bicentennial celebration"
led mayor Frank Rizzo to request federal
troops, according to Frank Donner, author of
an exhaustive study on intelligence systems
titled "The Age of Surveillance."
DONNER ALSO REPORTED a series of
meetings and communications between New
Hampshire State Police officials and
LaRouche agents who were described in one
police report as "'well-informed gentlemen.''
The LaRouche agents were claiming the 1977
Seabrook, New Hampshire, anti-nuclear
demonstration was "nothing but a cover for

terrorist activity," according to information
released in a lawsuit.
One hapless Republican mayoral candidate
in Chicago was forced to publicly retract
some particularly unusual charges against
his opponent's campaign manager affer
reporters discovered his source as a
LaRouche publication: The booklet claimed
the "British Oligarchy" was trying to seile
control of the city.
Law enforcement and elected officials con-
tinue to appear at LaRouche-sponsored
national Anti-Drug Coalition meetings
nationwide, despite the coalition's contention
in its basic reaseach guide that heroin
smuggling in the United States is controlled
byJewapiBritish Agents.
'VICTIMS OF LaROUCHE'S intelligenice
networ-Ikpan the political spectrum from left
to right and often find themselves listed as co-
conspirators in leaflets handed out on busy
street corners or train platforms.
The conservative Heritage Foundation,
listed in one LaRouche dossier as part of a
Soviet spy ring, called the charge "unworthy
of comment,.totally ridiculous and some sort
of aberration."
Linda Valentino, Los Angeles chapter
director of the American Civil Liberties
Union, said she and her associates on'a com-
mittee opposing police surveillance were
harassed by anonymous phone callers after a
LaRouche report charged her group was in-
volved in"terrorism and drug running."
Earlier this year, California Congressmail;
Paul McCloskey used the Congressional,
Record to denouce LaRouche for circulating
among members of Congress a. dossier
charging McCloskey staff aide Charles Fager
with being "a Soviet KGB-linked mole."
McCloskey wrote: "Demented though he
may be, LaRouche clearly has the financial
means, organization, ability and deter-
mination to attempt to cause major changes
in U.S. law and policies."
Fager, who was roughed up by LaRouche
agents in the mid-'70s after he profiled
LaRouche in a Boston newspaper, added that
he does "not put him past acts of violence.
While LaRouche's operatives have not
engaged in such violence since a campaigh 6f
attacks which ended in 1976, Investigative
Leads boasts that most of its staff "have
received counter-terrorism combat training"
from self-styled soldiers of fortune and for-
mer government spy Mitchell WerBell III.
Berlit is a Chicago-based writer and in-
vestigator. specializing in intelligence
abuses and civil liberties research. He
wrote this article for thePacificNews S'r-
vice.

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