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Speaker supports laser weapons
By KRISTIN STAPLETON
The blame for America's economic woes should not
be placed on inflationary monetary policy or huge
budget deficits, but on lagging investment in moder-
nizing technology, a representative of an anti-nuclear
freeze group said yesterday.
Andy Rotstein, a representative for both the Fusion
Energy Foundation and politician Lyndon
LaRouche's National Democratic Policy Committee,
said that the most effective way of bringing the
economy out of its downswing would be to fund
"beam weapons research" - investment in anti-
missile laser defense systems.
ROTSTEIN SPOKE to about 25 people at the
Michigan League last night in what was originally
scheduled to be a debate between him and a member
of the Nuclear Freeze movement. He said all of the
representatives of the freeze movement he contac-
ted declined the debate.
The groups Rotstein represents oppose the freeze
movement because they believe it is controlled by
people who are against the development of science
and technology, Rotstein said. . "The nuclear freeze
movement is, in fact, a smokescreen," he said.
"The very idea that a nuclear freeze is a war-
avoiding strategy is completely fallacious, as well as
dangerous," Rotstein said. A more efficient defense
against nuclear war would be a laser weapon system
to destroy the ballistic missiles which carry nuclear
warheads before they can detonate their payloads, he
ROTSTEIN said the investment made in laser
defense systems would also provide the stimulus for
world wide economic recovery. He estimated that
with an investment of $300 million in fiscal 1984 and $1
billion for ten years after that, real GNP growth
would be "in the order of four to six percent per
Rotstein attributed this effect to "spin-off
technology" which would be caused by research in
the areas of nucler fusion and laser technology.
Asked how research would be financed, he said the
government should print new money. The effect
would not be inflationary, he said, since it would be
accompanied by increases in productivity resulting
from the new technology.
Jeff Masnari, a member of the Students for a
Nuclear Freeze whom Rotstein wanted to debate,
said he refused the request because he considered
Rotstein and the organizations he represents "ex-
"TO BE SEEN debating such an extremist group
would make us seem like an extremist group, and we
don't think that would be in the interests of the
nuclear freeze movement," Masnari said.
Masnari said the laser defense idea is not a solution
to the problem of nuclear buildup. "You're essen-
tially escalating into a new kind of arms race," he
Marnari also questioned the feasability of laser
defense systems. "The accuracy and effectiveness
(needed to pinpoint enemy missiles within the at-
mosphere) will not be there for sixty years," he said.
ROTSTEIN SAID that, although the idea is con-
troversial in academic circles, the technology to
build the system has already been developed.
Some experts say the idea is totally impractical
because laser beams are easily refracted by at-
mospheric phenomena, such as clouds, and could be
rendered ineffective with reflective missile shields.
Panel cites lack of time for not expanding inquiry
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COMMITTEE member Daniel
Ringler, a professor of laboratory
animal medicine, said that time con-
straints of getting the guidelines ready
for the March Senate Assembly meeting
would make sub-committee reviews of
individual grants before that time
A nearly impossible.
Ringler also said there was
siderable discussion over whether to
single out grants or to pick them at ran-
dom "with the committee feeling that
Eynon's and Kerson's selection of
questionable grants was debatable. It
seems the investigators perhaps did not
take all information into account in
similar to methods other committees
drawing up the report covering
military research on campus." Ringler
added that. members of the RPC were
not satisified that these research grants
would violate the Regents' guidelines.
Although no alternative proposal was
suggested during the meeting, Ringler
said he suspects that a proposal to
establish committees within each
school or college to review the research,
project proposals the units receive may
be presented during next week's com-
The committee was divided on the
issue. Some members favored an over-
seeing committee, a proposal some
committee members termed
Others suggested there should be a
check-off box on the form filed by the
researcher, indicating that the resear-
ch to be conducted conforms to
THE RPC ALSO discussed
mechanisms for policing the guidelines,
working with research policies have
drafted in the past, Marx said.
The RPC has worked for the past year
to produce guidelines for non-classified
research projects, which total more
than 2,400 per year at the University.
The Regents have already approved a
policy for classified research projects,
which are less numerous.
Democrat Cranston first to
announce 1984 candidacy
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substantial reductions in our arsenals
"NO PRESIDENT ever has given
ending the arms race the priority atten-
tion it demands," he declared.
Cranston said his stand comes not
from the nuclear freeze movement, but
from the fallout of Hiroshima and
the conference of 50 Americans who
gathered shortly after World War II to
discuss the meaning of the nuclear age.
"Ever since . .. I have concentrated
on arms control, defense and foreign
policy so that I could work construc-
tively and creatively, against the
holocaust of modern war," he said.
"I believe in the necessitiesofadefen-
se, but we have overleaped the bounds
"There can be no limited nuclear
war .. . only devastation," he said.
"The cost of this insane policy - for
both America and Russia - is that
neither of us can meet the most basic
aspirations of our people."
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Marine draws pistol when
challenged by Israeli soldiers
WASHINGTON - A U.S. Marine captain climbed aboard an Israeli tank,
his pistol drawn and loaded, and faced down an Israeli commander who tried
to push his column through an American checkpoint in Beirut yesterday, of-
The Reagan administration immediately called an Israeli representative
on the carpet over the "gravity" of the episode.
The column of three Israeli tanks backed off after Marine Capt. Charles
Johnson, of Rock Island, Ill., pulled his weapon and loaded it in front of an
Israeli lieutenant colonel, scrambled onto the commander's tank and
demanded the withdrawal.
Johnson told the Israelis "they would have to come over him," Pentagon
The incident stood as the most dangerous to date in six or seven face-offs
between Israeli soldiers and U.S. Marines serving as peacekeepers in
Lebanon. The Israeli commander', not named by U.S. officials, was said to,
have been involved in at least two of the previous incidents.
"The recurrence of challenges to the Marines by Israeli Defense Forces is
unacceptable," said State Department spokesman Alan Romberg. "We
view such incidents very seriously, both because they endanger the safety of
the troops involved and hamper the peacekeeping efforts of the
Crucial U.S.-Sino Talks begin
PEKING - Secretary of State George Shultz arrived in Peking yesterday
on a crucial fence-mending mission but China's foreign minister told him
"dark clouds" still hung over Sino-American relations.
As Shultz began a long round of talks with Foreign Minister Wu Xuegian,
China's official Communist Party newspaper blasted Washington and
demanded a halt to joint U.S.-South Korean was games.
"This perverted action," said the People's Daily, "has seriously en-
dangered stability in the Korea peninsula... .The Chinese people resolutely
oppose such arrogant and reckless acts of the United States."
Arriving from Tokyo for a four-day visit, Shultz told reporters on his plane
that North Korea's declaration of a military alert in response to the war games
was a "provocative" act that "raises the level of tension" in the Korean
peninsula. But he said he saw no risk of a military "explosion."
Shultz added that President Reagan dispatched him to China in the belief
"there is a great need for renewal in the United States-China dialogue."
Supreme Court halts prayer
In Alabama public schools
WASHINGTON- A Supreme Court justice yesterday ordered a halt, at
least temporarily, to state-sponsored prayer sessions in Alabama public
Justice Lewis Powell set aside the effect of a federal judge's order that had
allowed such school prayer. In the same order, Powell reinstated a previous
injunction outlawing the prayer sessions.
Powell's action came only hours after he was asked for help by the
agnostic father of three Mobile, Ala., schoolchildren.
The justice said, in effect, that Alabama officials cannot enforce a cop-
troversial 1982 state law until he rules on the father's plea.
The legal saga took an unexpected turn last month when U.S. District
Judge Brevard Hand of Mobile ruled that federal courts are powerless to
prohibit such classroom worship.
Hand's ruling came in a legal challenge to a 1982 law that allows teachers
to lead willing students in a prayer at the start of each class, and provides to
all schools a suggested prayer.
Two :charged in $11 ilionheist
NEW YORK - Two men, including the lone guard'n duty at'Sentry Ar-
mored Car-Courier Co. the night of an $11 million robbery, have been
arrested in connection with the largest cash heist in U.S. history, the FBI
Lee Laster, assistant director in charge of the FBI's New York office, said
Christos Potamitis, 24, of Queens, was arrested late yesterday afternoon in
San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Potamitis was on duty at Sentry's Bronx warehouse the night of the Dec. 12
robbery, Laster said.
A man identified as his "associate," George Legakis, 21, of Brooklyn, was
arrested Tuesday night, Laster said.
Both were charged with bank larceny.
Laster told a news conference that the two arrested men "were not acting
Senators demand military cuts
WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, R-
N.M., said yesterday President Reagan's proposed domestic spending cuts
are extreme and military spending must be reduced.
Budget Director David Stockman, however, defended the 1984 budget,;
saying: "There is nothing way out of balance, there is nothing drastically
He hinted, however, the administration may bend a bit on militaiy spen-:
ding and aid for the jobless.
"There is a channel, an area, for hard and tough argument, and it cer-
tainly includes the defense budget, but it (defense) is not the solution to the.
problem of this budget," Stockman said.
When Democractic Sen. Donald Riegle sharply questioned Stockman, a
fellow Michigander, about the high unemployment in their home state,
Stockman proposed taking an inventory of available government programs
to help the unemployed.
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