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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 7

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, January 30, 1968
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STUDYING - DECORAH, IOWA - Luther students Don Erickson, sophomore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerhard Erickson of Grand Rapids, Minn, and Bruce Sundet, junior, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sundet, Algona, who are studying during January in Hawaii are looking at a cactus on the leaward side of the mountains overlooking North Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. WASHINGTON Mtrry-Go-Roand PIIW PEARSON WASHINGTON - Only a few now inside the State Department knew the details, but there was some significant history behind the call which Sen. John Sherman Cooper of Kentucky paid on President Johnson to urge a pause in the bombing of North Vietnam. The same John Sherman Cooper, himself a former ambassador, had called on another Democratic president, John F. Kennedy, just seven years ago, to give -somewhat similar advice regarding a crucial period in American history. Cooper had urged Kennedy to take advantage of the friendly mood of Nikita Khrushchev to begin talks regarding Berlin. Khrushchev had sent Kennedy a flowing telegram of congratulations on his inauguration, and Cooper argued this was the psychological moment for the United States to push for better Soviet- American relations. Otherwise, Senator Cooper warned, we might drift into a serious impasse. Kennedy spurned the advice, and Cooper's prediction came true. There was a disastrous confrontation between Kennedy and Khrushchev in Vienna, the building of the Berlin Wall, and the Cuban missile crisis. It took almost three years to get Soviet-American relations back on an even keel - thanks to the (act that .Kennedy spurned the Khrushchev olive branch in January, 1961. Last weekend - in January, 1968 - Sen. Cooper told President Johnson somewhat the same tiling - that we were not at a point in history where we could cash in on the good will of our friends to win peace in Vietnam or we could drift into escalation and serious consequences. - o - - WHAT WESTMORELAND MEANT - On his latest visit to Washington, Gen. Westmoreland said things were going better. What he really meant, according to military observers, was that supplies are moving in a more orderly fashion and U. S. troops are in orderly fashion. He was not referring to the minds of the Vietnamese, a majority of whom are still probably against the war. An indication of Westmoreland's real view on the war is that he continues to want an additional 500,000 men, making a total of one million. Another indication of why U. S. troops are needed was the First Cavalry operation in Binh Dinh, a province near Saigon. The First Cavalry was successful in taking this over, but the Viet Cong have simply gone up in the bills and have tied down both the First Cavalry and Korean troops with the problem of governing the area. Otherwise, the Viet Cong would come back. This is why so many U. S. troops are bogged down and why Westmoreland wants more men. - o- - REFORM STYMIED - South Vietnamese reforms, so essential in warding off communism, are bogged down. This is partly because of dissension inside the Saigon government. President Thieu is not even on speaking terms with Vice President Ky. More important, it's due to the fact that the South Vietnamese government cannot be pushed by U. S. officials. They know they have us over the barrel. We can threaten them that we will pull out, but they know we are not going to leave. As a result, pledges to end corruption and put across reform are so much talk. Vietnam has a land reform act which is not too drastic. Though dividing up the big estates, it permits each farmer to keep 250 acres — and if there are four or more members in the family, they can keep a total of 1,000 acres. Yet, even this mild land reform bill is not enforced. Meanwhile, landless peasants drift over to the Viet Cong because they have nothing to fight for. In the north, in contrast, peasants have been given land. It's important to remember that Malaysia, which did such a good job stabilizing the country with an anti-communist progressive government, did so while still under the British. The British could give orders. But in South Vietnam, the United States is not a governing authority, cannot give orders. There are some intellectuals and excellent civilians in Saigon who could help to form a government, .but the American Embassy hasn't cultivated them. We have played ball with the military. The military includes some of the worst corruptionists in the country. There have even been cases where the commanders of our special forces, organized by the U.S. Army, collected taxes and put the money in their own pocket. Some of our special forces have actually set up road blocks along the highways to shake down travelers. This is some indication of why a bi-partisan group, ranging from John Sherman Cooper, Republican, to Mike Mansfield, Montana Democrat, to ex-Gov. Alf Landon of Kansas, believes that the time for intensive peace efforts, even though they result in a stalemate, is at hand. - o - - POWER AND POLITICS- The FBI is supposed to be a part of the Justice Department yet the Justice Department officials had never until recently, seen a raw FBI file which gives some indication of the power accumulated by the FBI and the possibility that it is becoming similar to some of the police bureaus of Europe, such as the "Deuxieme Bureau" of Paris. The Deuxieme Bureau has long been known as more powerful Tb AVERAGE Food Co* It IOWBI AT HOOD'S-Day After Day. Wo Invfto Yog To 0Mck Our BAMilar Skttlf ^FwW fW^Jp^PPW «PVW^ww PricM A COMPARE Tuesday, Jan. 30, 1968 Algona (la.) Upper D«t MehM-7 than any French political figure because of its knowledge of the private lives of cabinet officials and members of the chamber of deputies. The power to inform, the power to eavesdrop, and the power to operate without having funds double-checked by any other government agency can become dangerous. The FBI, in our opinion, is the most efficient police agency in the United States. Nevertheless it cannot engage in politics; and several recent developments indicate that it does. When it became known that the FBI had engaged in wholesale wiretapping for a period of years, Attorney General Ramsey Clark requested J. Edgar Hoover to give him a list of all cases in which illegal evidence had been obtained by wiretapping and eavesdropping. Clark wanted this so that he could ascertain whether or not to proceed with certain indictments or to release men illegally imprisoned. J. Edgar Hoover refused this request. He was polite about it; nevertheless categoric. The Attorney General is supposed to be the chief executive of the Justice Department, but one of his subordinates, J. Edgar Hoover, simply ignored his order. He countered that the Attorney General give him a list of cases in which he was interested, then he, Hoover, would tell the Attorney General whether wiretaps had been used to collect the evidence. - o - -FBI LOBBYING - This necessitated exhaustive preparation of a list of cases for the FBL A lot of work would have been saved had Clark's request been honored. More recently J. Edgar Hoover has sent some of his men up to the Senate to lobby against the "crime-in-the-streets" bill. It provides for the FBI to train all police forces in the United States. Attorney General Clark is opposed to this because, he argues, the FBI already has enough to do. If it took over police training for every city, it would have time for nothing else; further- more, would trend even more toward a national police state. J. Edgar Hoover will probably continue to lobby on Capitol Hill, contrary to the views of his boss, as long as he personally occupies a sacred position with the President. He does what military men do when they go up to Capitol Hill to undermine Secretary of Defense McNamara with Rep. Mendel Rivers, D- S.C. President Johnson, having worked with Hoover to undercut the Attorney General when he, Johnson, was a Senator; and having worked with brass hats in the Pentagon, was chairman of the Senate Preparedness Committee, understands this type of undercutting. He doesn't crack down on it. It means, however, that the Attorney General is not the boss of the Justice Department, and the Secretary of Defense is not the boss of the Pentagon. This led to Secretary McNamara's recent resignation and there is every indication that the FBI has been trying to induce Ramsey Clark to resign by telling the President that Clark is soft on Stokely Cavmichael, black power and crime in the streets. Such is politics where you would least expect to find it inside the FBI. Watch Repairing Don't loose another minute! We restore your watch to peak efficiency » quickly, economically. Why not see us today? BARGAIN-PRICED COLOR TV TIM AftUM M«M FJ-543 Uf dU*. 1*0 M). In. picture RCANnCTORAW^aCOLORTV Whoa you're Int In Color TV, thom'i |ot to bi • ... mm. And 3tJJ more U*hli|M bf%Miwss this J y«r fe jwl om of th* noiofls why ywi'tl priftr HCAVWorCotor. 389 THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN ELECTRONICS Tom's Radio & TV RCA VKTOH SALIS ft SfRVlCI ALQQNA

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