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Atomic test cover-up probed

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (UII)- A federal in-
vestigation started yesterday into a former medic's
charges that the Army covered up exposure to
soldiers of high levels of radiation at atomic bomb
tests in the 1950s.
The ex-medic, Van Brandon, disclosed Sunday he
followed orders to prepare phony records at four
atomic tests in 1956 and 1957 at Yucca Flats, Nev.,
and observed falsified documents prepared at a fifth
test in November'1955.
A SPOKESMAN for, the U.S. Defense Nuclear
Agency said Monday "a bunch of people" were
digging into 25-year-old records to determine if the
charges were true.

Brandon said his top secret medic group prepared
two sets of books-a "hot set" with the true infor-
mation and a phony set that showed the soliders
received less than the maximum permitted. level of
Brandon, 45, said he was warned when he left the
Army in 1961 that if he told anyone of his experiences, .
"I could be charged with treason under the, National
Security Act."{
A VICTIM OF degenerative discogenic spine
disease, Brandon said he was denied veterans
benefits and tol' his top secret medic unit never
"We have no re ords in our files on what these

fellows did," said John Hickman of the Veterans Ad-
ministration in Washington. "We have to go to the
Defense Nuclear Agency."
Lt. Col. Dale Keller, spokesman for the Defense
Nuclear Agency, said in a telephone interview from
Albuquerque, N.M., that it was "difficult to go
through historical data and dig out information. We
have people trying to do that now."
"At this time I'm unable to confirm, or deny any
portion of (Brandon's) story."
Keller said that although 700 documents have been
declassified concerning atomic tests in the 1950s, he
was uncertain that documents bearing on Brandon's -
case would be open.

Bursley murder trial is
postponed until May 10
(Continued from Page 1). considerate in some of the delays that
William Delhey, one of two have been occasioned by us. It's the
>rosecutors working on the Kelly case, kind of case that requires a lot of time,"
vas only mildly upset by the delay. he said.
'Any prosecuting attorney wants to try The Pontiac attorney said Kelly's
a case as soon as possible," he said. defense would be temporary insanity.
The longer it takes for a case to come He said he expects testimony from
o trial, according to Delhey, the more psychiatrists representing the state,
lifficult it becomes for witnesses to and from psychiatrists and
emember exactly what happened. He psychologists representing the defense.
also said the transient nature of Ann "It is a challenging defense,"
Arbor makes it harder to gather wit- Waterman said. "It will be a,unique
nesses and keep theri available for an case in terms of the psychological
extended period of time. testimony that will be presented."
WATERMAN said he is not at all Waterman predicted that Kelly will
listurbed by the .delay, and yesterday be found not guilty by reason of in-
>raised Judge Campbell for "being sanity.

Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Leftist guerrillas continue
attacks in San Salvador
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador- Leftist guerrillas bombed 16 buses
yesterday in the worst siege on the capital in several months and kept up a
string of nationwide hit-and-run attacks designed to undermine next month's
The siege of a provincial capital and dozens of other rebel operations in the
past week forced the military to take up defensive positions around the Cen-
tral American nation.
UAW, Ford continue debate
DEARBORN - Negotiators for the United Auto Workers and Ford Motor
Co. debated job security and a proposed wage freeze yesterday, the eighth
straight day of talks that Ford hopes will make it more competitive with
foreign automakers.
Bargainers spent the day in subcommittees. Neither the union nor the
company gave any immediat'reports on progress in the contract concession
talks, but negotiators for both sides said over the weekend they were op-
timistic an agreement could be reached.
Autoworkers at Ford, where 1981 losses are estimated at $1 billion, are
keenly aware of their company's financial problems, UAW officials said.
GM, on the other hand, has announced a $333 million profit for 1981.
Reagan sets stage to resume
cheical weapons production
WASHINGTON - President Reagan formally set the stage yesterday for
resuming the manufacture of new chemical weapons after a nearly 13-year
The president; in a brief letter to House Speaker Thomas O'Neill, told
Congress that the production of new lethal nerve gas munitions "is essential
to the national interest."
This formal certification is required by law before production can begin.
Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, in his annual report, said the Pen- -
tagon plans to produce two new chemical binary weapons. .
A binary weapon is one in which two agents are packaged separately in
non-lethal form, but become killing nerve gasses when they,mix after the
shell or bomb is launched. Specialists sdy such weapons are safe for U.S.
troops and civilians and dangerous only to an enemy in the target area.
Haig prepares for speech
criticizing Warsaw, Moscow
MADRID, Spain - Secretary of State Alexander Haig said yesterday he ex-
pected no real problems in delivering harsh criticism of Warsaw and
Moscow for the military repression in Poland at the Conference on Security
and Cooperation in Europe.
Haig is to speak today and Moscow and Warsaw have both warned they
will not tolerate the United States and its allies to turn the 35-nation con-
ference into a forum for criticism of martial law in Poland.
U.S. officials said the American delegation would not be surprised if the
Soviet and Polish representatives tried to prevent the issue of martial law in
;Poland from being raised, possibly through a filibuster.
Ships collide off Florida coast
MIAMI - A 450-foot cargo ship from Bangladesh col#led,with a ptera
huge freighter in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday, forcing 26 crew members to
abandon ship, the Coast Guard said. Ten others-stayed behind- to help
salvage the leaky vessel.
Reports from the scene indicted there were no injuries from the 2:30 a.m.
collision between the Banglar Baani, registered in Bangladesh, and the 585-
foot U.S. Potomac about 150 miles west of Key West, Fla.
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Tuesday, February 9, 1982
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