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OPINION
Friday, August 1, 1986

Page 6

The Michigan Daily

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Guidelines lack morals

To the Daily,
Vol. XCVI, No. 11-S The Daily reported that the committee
reviewing the guidelines on classified research
96 Years of Editorial Freedom will come out with a document that makes "a
strong moral statement" (Daily, 7/18/86). The
Unsigned editorials represent the majority views of the Daily's Editorial Board article stated that the committee's proposed
Cartoons and signed editorials do not necessarily reflect the Daily's opinion. guidelines do not allow researchers to
generate classified documents and called this a
moral stance. Actually the supposed "ban on
generation of classified documents" is not at
Rehnquist's past clause four of the recommended guidelines
acleafor inthe commitee'suepoiater
Associate Justice William requirements." says "the University will not permit restric-
Rehnquist will likely become Such narrow interpretation of the tions on publication...beyond approximately
America's sixteenth Supreme Court Constitution also led Justice one year". This is absolutely no different from
Chief Justice later this year. A Nixon Rehnquist to condone Nixon's secret the pesent guidlline Moreov r, rese er
appointee, Justice Rehnquist has invasion of Cambodia. Nixon's ac- classified research with access to classified
been one of the most consistently con- tions, argued Rehnquist in the New documents. As Vice President for Academic
servative members of the court and, York University Law Review Affairs James Duderstadt said, "Other univer-
at age 61, has the potential to exert his were "precisely the sort of tactical sities around the country do much more
influence on the judiciary for years to decision traditionally confined to the (have the same guidelinedo, even though they
come. There is no doubt of Justice Commander in Chief in the conduct of committee), so I don't think the report will
Rehnquist's legal ability or experien- armed conflict." have much of an effect on military research in
ce. Experience alone does not make a The issue of Justice Rehnquist's the future." In other words, military research
Chief Justice, and several important alleged 1960s harassment of black will continue to increase to its expected
issues must be dealt with by the and hispanic voters in Arizona has yet doubling next year.
issus mst e daltwit bytheand ispnicvotrs urtermrethe proposed guidelines
Senate Judiciary Committee before to be resolved before the Judiciary eliminate the enforcement mechanism and
confirmation can be justified. Committee this week. More impor- student and faculty influence on research
tant, though, is the effect the decision decisions. Currently, projects are reviewed for
-Rehnquist has been called a "reac- will have on the course of the compliance with the guidelines by two student
an~a xrms"a mria uiir.Ln fe and faculty bodies, the Research Policies
tionary" and "an extremist" as American judiciary. Long after Committee, the Classified Review Panel, and
regards his decisions on minority and Ronald Reagan has left the White the Vice President for Research. The commit-
women's rights. Justice Rehnquist House his Supreme Court Justices tee report replaces the RPC, CRP and Vice
has regularly ruled against the press will be sitting on the bench of the President with the department head. The DR-
in libel cases and is a supporter of highest court in the nation. And
school prayer. On the issue of school Justice Rehnquist, who once said it
busing to achieve desegregation he would not be "at all unreasonable"
wrote in the Arizona Law Review in for the Government to ask the We encourage our readers
1970 that "certainly there is nothing Supreme Court to reverse itself on respond to issues of their con
in the language of the Constitution it- Miranda v. Arizona, may well be University, Ann Arbor coma
self which can be said to impose such presiding over that court. national issues in a straightl

DA is just an administrative processing center
with neither the inclination nor the resources to
review projects. The project director and the
department head have the vested interests in
seeing that the project is accepted. This is like
having "the foxes guard the chicken coop". In
this case, the chickens research money and
these "foxes" are hungry. Without enfor-
cement any guidelines are totally useless.
Finally, the committee'sproposed guidelines
do not take a moral stance, but rather, take
away any moral stance that the guidelines
have right now. The July 18 article failed to
mention the fact that the committee's report
totally deletes the clause that prohibits
classified research destructive to human life.
This was the strong moral stance that students
fought for when the guidelines were enacted
during the Vietnam War. This was the strong
moral stance that three years ago, the
Michigan Student Assembly, the Faculty Sen-
tate, and the administration recommended by
extended to cover unclassified research as well
as classified. At that time the Regents ignored
the plea and now a committee appointed by
President Shapiro to review the guidelines has
proposed that the clause prohibiting classified
research destructive to human life by
eliminated altogether. We should not be calling
the committee's report a moral stance, but
rather a moral outrage.
- Robyn Watts
July 31
Watts is the Michigan Student
Assemblv's milirtary research ad-
risor.

'to use this space to discuss and
cern. Whether those topics cover
munity, state, national, or inter-
orward or unconventional man-
s a crucial function of the Daily.

Nominate Baker
Two strong candidates are vying needs at the forefront of U.S. policy.
for the Democratic nomination in the He would reallocate resources from
Second Congressional District next military to social services.
Tuesday. Between Don Grimes and Grimes' strength lies in his sense of
Dean Baker, the best choice is Dean the district's needs. He has per-
Baker. suasively shown this by his support of
Baker, a PhD candidate in dairy price subsidies and revenue
economics, has shown an ability to sharing that Pursell has voted again-
get things done. As an activist, he has st. Grimes' immediate opponent,
worked on the peace in Central however, is not Pursell, it's Baker.
America ballot proposal passed in the
April city election, a series of sit-ins, By choosing Dean Baker the second
resulting in 100 arrests, at incumbent district's Democratic voters can
congressman Carl Pursell's office choose a candidate more committed
protesting his vote for aid to the to peace.
Nicaraguan Contras, and his own
candidacy, which has brought further
attention to peace issues. l ifC t n
Baker has supported complete san-
ctions against South Africa. Baker The Daily's editorial board believes that the
would make human rights a con- University can participate in research ap-
in U.S. foreign policy. To plicable to either weapons development, or
siderationinbeneficial peacetime uses; only research
promote economic revival he suppor- specifically aimed at harming human life
ts a shortened workweek and a should be barred. An editorial in last week's
national industrial policy. edition implied that all weapons researchshould
These jplicies correctly put huma'n be barred

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