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Page 2-Thursday, November 18, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Reader's Digest source of Reagan

claim

IN BRIEF-

WASHINGTON (AP)- President Reagan's claim
that Soviet agents are partly behind the American
campaign for a nuclear weapons freeze was apparen-
tly based on similar allegations about the peace
movement in Western Europe and on an article in
Reader's Digest, one of his favorite magazines.
When Reagan's assertion at a news conference last
week was questioned, the White House produced a list
of published materials in an attempt to document the
president's statement. Those materials, however,
contain few references to the domestic freeze cam-
paign. And what little evidence they do cite relates to
the charge that the Soviet Union has sought to stir up
opposition to development of the neutron warhead
and modern nuclear weapons in Europe.
ACCORDING TO the White House press office,
Reagan also had in mind a recent Reader's Digest ar-

ticle when he told reporters that "there is plenty of
evidence" that foreign agents have helped organize
major pro-freeze demonstrations.
That article, written by John Barron and published
in the October issue, named five Soviet officials,
three of them United Nations diplomats, one embassy
official and an official of the Soviet Institute for the
U.S.A. and Canada who were said to have par-
ticipated in disarmament conferences in the United
States. The article identified them as agents of the
KGB, the Soviet secret police.
Reagan's charges have drawn demands, in
Congress and elsewhere, for hard evidence of in-
filtration. Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.) and a member of
the Armed Services Committee, asked Chairman
John Tower (R-Texas) yesterady to request the ad-
ministration to produce its proof at a closed hearing.

"The conclusions the president has drawn from this
evidence are so serious that I believe he should share
it . . . with the Armed Services Committee," Hart
said. Tower did not immediately answer the written
request.
Earlier, Sen. Mark Hatfield, (R-Ore.), a sponsor of
a nuclear freeze resolution, declared that "I have not
seen or been aware of any communist or KGB mem-
ber in the movement and I've literally looked behind
the doors and in the closet. If President Reagan has
evidence of infiltration, he owes it to the American
people . . . to disclose the evidence so that we may
eject or expel those infiltrators."
When Reagan was pressed for more detail at his
news conference, he said said, "I can't go beyond
what I've done because I don't discuss intelligence
matters."

Drug
PORTLAND, Maine (AP)
heat on in Florida, drug smi
found a paradise in the vas
and secluded coves alonj
miles of coastline in Maine
say.
A federal crackdown o
trade in South Florida 'h
many dealers northward t
which in addition to its c
more than 200 small,
airstrips and 50 unguarded
the Canadian border.
MAINE, SAYS U.S. Attor
Cohen, is "very desir
smuggling.
Just this week, 30 tons o
were seized aboard a 90-f

smugglers fina
- With the that docked in the night in the coastal
ugglers have village of Bremen, with eight Colom-
t woodlands bians among the 24-man crew.
tg the 3,504 Also, Cohen says, "there is cocaine
authorities smuggling going on by air" involving
people "normally seen in South
n the drug Florida."
as diverted MAINE traditionally has been an en-
o this state, try point for drugs, primarily
oastline, has mariujuana, that is immediately
unattended trucked elsewhere to be sold. But
Scrossings to Cohen says recent investigations in-
dicate Maine may be developing into a
ney Richard distribution center as well, with
able," for cargoes stored here and shipped out of
state in small loads.
f marijuana Cohen helped institute an anti-drug

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smuggling task force composed of state
police and federal agents, and one of,
President Reagan's 12 new drug-
fighting task forces is to be located in
New England.
But the Coast Guard's 1982 budget as
held to 1981 levels, and its vessels are in
dire need, of repair at a time when
smuggling "is getting worse," Cohen
said.
"IF WE'RE intercepting one in 10
smuggles, we're doing well," said
Cohen.
Authorities consider the smuggling to
be the work of organized crime, but the
individuals involved do not fit the con-
ventional image of hardened criminals,

n Maine
Cohen said.
"A lot of them are bright, young
people, veterans, some college
graduates," he said.
TO THE smugglers, he said,
marijuana is a "cash crop" that is not
harmful.
Sneaking marijuana into Maine is
becoming increasingly difficult, and
even the most clandestine operation
might be detected, Stern said.
"It's like a militia up here," he said
from his office in Penobscot County,
about three hours north of Portland.
Local residents, he said, "all have their
CBs on and they have their eyes open."

'ot freighter

Area treated to meteor shower show

(Continued from Page 1)
MANY METEORS-especially big
ones like Tuesday's-are airy and
hollow, Loudon said. "Like cotton can-

dy." These airy meteors never make it
to the earth's surface.
Tuesday night was also special
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nual meteor shower. The Leonid
shower-no relation to the deceased
Soviet leader-appears yearly in the
sky, and is one of a series of meteor
showers that occur for a few nights
each year.
Tuesday's fireball, however, was
probably unrelated to the Leonid down-
pour, Loudon said. The best time to see
the Leonids was late Tuesday and last
night, The next meteor shower will be
the Orionid shower, coming to the Ann
Arbor area Dec. 13.
Daily staff writer Richard Cam-
pbellfiled a report for this story.
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Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Factory use hits record low
WASHINGTON- Nearly one-third of the production ines at U.S. factories
stood idle last month as the recession deepened, in what one economist
called a "near depression." The 68.4 percent factory-use rate reported
yesterday was the worst on record.
The October decline was the 13th in 15 months. And rather than getting
smaller, the monthly drops have been getting larger: 0.2 percent in August,
0.6 in September and now 0.8 in October.
There were new declines in two major industries: Factory use fell to 49.7
percent for automakers and to 42 percent for iron and steel producers. The
latter figure was that industry's lowest since a big 1959 strike stifled output.
For the first time in the recession, overall factory use fell below the 1975
low of 69 percent, a figure that had been the lowest level in statistics going
back to 1948.
Owen elected House speaker
LANSING- Senate Democratic Leader William Faust held on to his job
yesterday despite a labor union challenge and Rep. Gary Owen, as expected,
was elected the new speaker of the Democratic controlled House.
Faust won re-election to the position he has held for five years over Sen.
Gary Corbin in a tight 11-9 secret ballot election conducted behind closed
doors. Only one vote was taken.
"I don't see a significant change in policy," Owen, who was unopposed,
'said after his selection. "I've got the same leadership team, and that gives
anyone starting out an advantage."
The Senate Democratic leadership election was most vigorously disputed
contest. Faust emerged from the one-hour meeting saying the 20 Democrats
he will lead beginning in January are "a united caucus."
Faust is the only surviving incumbent of the current leadership team.
Owen replaces retiring House Speaker Bobby Crim (D-Davison). House
Republicans selected Michael Busch of Saginaw Tuesday to succeed William
Bryant of Grosse Pointe Farms who did not seek re-election.
State committee passes
anti-pornography bill
LANSING- The Senate Judiciary Committee, with little debate, complied
with the wishes of anti-pronography groups yesterday and approved a tough
bill cracking down on peddlers of obscene material.
"Michigan has been in need of a strong obscenity statute for years," said
Jean Rulman, spokeswoman for Citizens Against Pornography.
She said the measure combines the best of laws which have been'ruled
constitutional in other states and is considered legally sound by obscenity
statue experts.
The measure, passed by the House and sponsored by Rep. Jelt Sietsema,
adopts a U.S. Supreme Court standard which determines that material is
pornographic based on "community standards."
The bill also provides penalties of up to 20 years in prison on a second of-
fense for distributing pornographic materials and contains portions w'hich
allow civil actions to close pornographic shops and destroy obscene
material.
Former CIA agent convicted
of smuggling arms to Libya
ALEXANDRIA, Va.- A federal court jury dismissed former CIA agent
Edwin Wilson's claim that he was working for the CIA in Libya and convic-
ted him yesterday of smuggling five weapons to officials of that radical Arab
nation in 1979.
The seven female and five male jurors, mostly housewives and office
workers from the Washington suburbs, took a little more than four hours to
decide that the husky, dour-faced Wilson, 54, was guilty of seven of the eight
charges against him.
The jury acquitted him on one count of interstate transportation of four
pistols from North Carolina to Virginia, but left him facing a maximum
penalty of 39 years in prison and a $240,000 fine. Sentencing was set for Dec.
17.
Wilson's chief lawyer, Herald Price Fahringer, said he was "awfully
disappointed." He said he would appeal the verdict, partly on the ground
that pretrial rulings had limited his ability to subpoena officials in support of
claims that Wilson was working surreptitiously for the CIA in Libya.
Reagan considers Jan. tax cut
WASHINGTON- Despite estimates that the federal deficit is headed for
$200 billion, President Reagan is thinking about a six-month speedup in next
year's 10 percent income tax cut, as an "appealing" way of boosting con-
sumer spending.
The Treasury Department proposal, would make the cut effective in
paychecks beginning Jan. 1 rather than July 1. Officials say that would put
an additional $14.6 billion into workers' hands, enabling them to help spend
the weak economy out of recession.
"We're thinking about it. We're talking about that," Reagan told reporters
yesterday in Florida, just before returning to the White House. "It would
stimulate the economy. That's what so appealing about it."
The idea of speeding up the cut is being pushed by Treasury Secretary
Donald Regan, who proposed it to the president within the past two weeks,
according to administration sources.
However, budget director David Stockman and chief White House
economist Martin Feldstein are strongly opposed to the move as a weak
economic tonic that would increase an already bloated budget deficit, ac-
cording to the sources, who did not want their names used.

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Thursday, November 18, 1982

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