The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 6, 1967 · Page 12
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WASHINGTON Merry-Go-Ronnd WASHINGTON- No one is likely to admit it officially, but American Special Forces are now venturing into Laos and even North Vietnam itself to spy upon the communist infiltration routes. The Americans are guerrilla specialists who speak the Vietnamese language and are at home in the jungle. Their chief function is to radio information about enemy movements to command posts, which in turn direct our planes where to strike. Sometimes jets, already in the air over Vietnam, will hit a target within minutes after the special forces have spotted it. The chief object of this secret surveillance is the famous Ho Chi Minh trail, which is actually a network of jungle trails running from North Vietnam, through Laos, into South Vietnam. Some trails are footpaths; others are wide enough to handle trucks and tanks. The American infiltrators have reported everything from elephants to bicycles hauling weapons through the jungle. Thousands of coolies, carrying packs on their backs or balancing bundles on the ends of bamboo poles, move like ants down the trails. Heavier equipment is dismantled and hauled in parts on bicycles, which have been converted into one-man cargo carriers. Rockets and heavy artillery are lashed to the backs of animals or loaded upon trucks. The Viet Cong have learned to space their trucks a mile apart, so the planes can never catch a convoy lined up like ducks. - o - —UNRELIABLE SPIES— At first, the Central Intelligence Agency hired Laotians and Vietnamese to spy upon the Ho Chi Minh trail. All too often, they took the CIA's money, then disappeared, presumably to spend it. What radio reports were received from inside Laos and North Vietnam weren't always accurate. As a result, the Army and CIA started putting Americans in charge of the reconnaissance teams. Sometimes they are hopped into North Vietnam by helicopter; sometimes they parachute into enemy territory. They have been called the "Gny Ghosts," because some have worn gray uniforms, or the "Black Paratroopers" because of their black parachutes. They are most active at night when the infiltration traffic is also heaviest. Vice President Hubert Humphrey has argued inside the policy councils that the United States should send guerrilla teams into North Vietnam on commando raids, thus giving them a taste of their own Viet Cong medicine. Up to now, however, the Special Forces teams are sent into enemy territory to spy; they engage in virtually no sabotage operations. The communists are fully aware of their presence, of course, so there is no military reason for all the secrecy. - o - —LITERARY WASHINGTON— Bill Douglas, the most prolific member of the Supreme DREW PEARSON Court both in books and opinions, has just written a volume which should bring some nostalgic memories to LBJ. It's called "Farewell to Texas—a Vanishing Wilderness." Bill doesn't say so, but some people think that the Texas wilderness has not entirely vanished, merely been transplanted to Washington. . . . Dan Tyler Moore, wartime super spy, has turned out an opus, "Wolves, Widows and Orphans," aimed at protecting widows and orphans from the wolves both on Wall Street and elsewhere. Moore exposes more ways to cheat than some Congressmen ever dreamed of. - o - —WHERE THE CRIME IS— Tuesday, June 6, 1967 Algona (la.) Upper Des Moines—5 phone calls during the Secretary's October visit to Vietnam. When McNamara finally got in his way, Lodge submitted his resignation. - o - —STRANGLE 'EM FIRST— A group of Navy fliers back from Vietnam, at lunch the other day with Rep. Charles Wilson, D-Calif., recalled President Johnson's hurried visit to Vietnam last October. They chuckled wryly over the President's plea about winning the hearts and minds of the people. This line seemed to them to be a little lofty for the war's realities. After the Presidential visit, related one of the fliers, Navy crews had painted this slogan on some fighter-bombers: "Grab 'em by the throat. The hearts and minds will follow." - o - —CARRYING AND TARRYING— From police blotters across the country, a picture can now be drawn of the typical criminal who is making our streets unsafe. He is not a hardened hood but a 15-year-old, dead- end kid. Consider these shocking crime statistics: 1. Of all criminals arrested by the police, the most frequent age is 15. 2. Children in the ll-to-16 age group, comprising 13 per cent of the population, commit half of all property offenses. 3. Young people under 25 are responsible for 88 per cent of all car thefts. 4. The Children's Bureau estimates that one of every nine teenagers will appear before a juvenile judge. 5. The cost of crimes committed by juveniles each year is estimated at $4 billion. To combat the alarming rise in teenage crime, President Johnson has called for a double- barreled program by federal and local authorities. Rep. Roman Pucinski, D-fll., is already holding urgent hearings in the House. But on the Senate side no action has been taken; no interest has been shown. The problem of juvenile delinquency has been entrusted to Sen. Tom Dodd, D-Conn., whose own delinquency will be debated on the Senate floor next week. Even if the Senate censures Dodd, as expected, Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, D-Mont., has made it clear that Dodd will remain chairman of the Senate Juvenile Delinquency Subcommittee. - o - —LODGE-MCNAMARA FEUD— Henry Cabot Lodge, who has just returned home after four years as ambassador to Saigon, has confided to friends that one reason for his resignation was a policy dispute with Secretary of Defense McNamara. Lodge protested against re- 'ducing the authority of American civilians in Vietnam, particularly putting the pacification program under military command at the same time that the United States was calling upon the South Vietnamese government to turn over more authority to civilians. The battle between Lodge and McNamara over this issue became so heated that Lodge refused to take McNamara's A government study of 57 mailmen in their rounds reveals that the average carrier spends only five hours on his route and takes off 47 minutes for personal matters. A Detroit mailman spent 21 minutes at one house, 19 minutes in a drugstore, and 89 minutes at a dry cleaner. Another Detroit carrier spent a full hour and 51 minutes at one house. A Denver mailman regularly completed his route in five hours and 25 minutes, then used the remainder of his eight-hour day attending to personal business. Government auditors calculated that the time lost on all 99,000 of the nation's city routes must cost the taxpayers millions. Last Meeting The Union Township Mothers and Daughters Club will meet at 10:15 a.m. June 8 at the Civic Center. They will then tour an industry nearby, and return to the center for a picnic dinner. Each one is asked to bring her own table service as well as a covered dish. Anyone wishing to come later for the dinner and not take the tour may do so. The afternoon will be spent on more tours or visiting. This is the last meeting of the year as July and August are vacation months. The new officers will start in Sept. BASS Duaine Enslow of Chariton had a fisherman's dream come true recently when he caught TWO seven pound bass from the waters at Red Haw State Park. Put your time in our expert hands Your watch will be back on Its old accurate time- track after our experts' precision adjustments. REGISTERED JEWELER AMERICAN CiM SOCIETY NEED BEDDING? (Stalk shredding? 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