Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on March 7, 1968 · Page 5
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 5

Tucson, Arizona
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Thursday, March 7, 1968
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THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1968 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N Advisers Say PAGE 5 m Corruption Slows War Effort By DICK BARNES Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The intriguing story of how U.S. advisers played along with a corrupt South Vietnamese official until he was ousted during his own government's infighting is told in a series of private government reports to Washington Others frustrations of U.S. advisers trying to weed out corruption and inefficiency in South Vietnam's customs agency also are strikingly portrayed in the xeports, sent by the chief of a U.S. advisory team to his superiors in Washington. Copies recently were turned over to Chairman Ernest Gruening, D-Alaska, of the Senate foreign aid expenditures subcommittee, and made available to The Associated Press on condition the adviser's name not be used. The adviser has told the U.S. mission in Saigon that corruption is "permeating all echelons o f g o v e r n m e n t a n d society. . .unless it is substantially reduced on a broad scale, and very soon at that, iihere are serious doubts that this war can ever be really 'won.'" He proposed that the United States boldly take direct action against corruption, claiming there aren't enough honest Vietnamese officials to do the job. On the basis of the adviser's reports, Gruening announced Wednesday that his subcommittee would open a new investigation of corruption in the S o u t h Vietnamese government. In a report dated last Dec. 6, the adviser discussed the director-general of Vietnamese customs, Nguyen van Loc-no relation to the premier of the same name: "During the last several months it has become obvious that Director Loc has at the very least (1) condoned important contraband smuggling operations, and (2) was promoting the day-to-day system of payoffs in certain areas of customs activities. "In the instance of contraband it has been difficult but more importantly -- unnecessary to classify Loc's participation as being either personally involved for profit, facilitating smuggling on demand by those to whom he is indebted, or merely the acts of a negligent administrator. "In the second instance, that is fostering a system of tolls ·and payoffs as a standard system, it was apparent that Loc had structured this system by placing 'trusted' personnel in key positions. In this area we were satisfied that Director Loc was more than merely derelict in his duty." "Loc was vulnerable, and many of his lieutenants consid ered 'the time right for con fidential disclosure to their counterparts in this unit." "Loc was aware of, or a least surmised ithese dis closures, and he reacted with something resembling bravado He said that he would welcome any information possessed by this unit indicating corruption.' "It was decided that it woulc be useful to 'take Director Loc' declaration at face value, anc during the first part of the month a series of letters were Adult Classes In Art Set At Workshop A varied program of adul' classes will begin the week oi March 17 at the Workshop Center for the Arts, 1402 N. Alvernon Way. Fees for the 10-week sessions of one hour per week are $18 and $22; for two-hour per week classes, $23, and three - hour classes, $8. Tom Wiper, Tom Bakie, Lola Avery and Gen Milner make up ithe art instruction staff. Sub jects include painting, drawing jewelry, batik, weaving, stitch ery, collage and clay sculpture Rita Wolgemuth teaches ballet modern dance and exercise el-asses, and Steve Martin anc Gloria Dulgov will handle mu sic. Classes meet mornings and evenings. Court Sentencing Sentenced in Superior Court yesterday were: -- Alfredo Ayou Robles, 18 parole revocation, burglary two counts, Qh. to 5 years in State Prison. -- Jose Granados, petty thef with prior offense, 1-2 years in State Prison. vritten to him setting forth the specifics of certain pertinent in- idents. However, before this strategy was fully developed, he political picture clarified somewhat Luu Van Tinh was named finance minister and he was known to favor replacing Loc." "Loc, however, did not sur- ·ender at this point, but having nstituted certain investigations under pressure from his advisers, took those investigations to Luu van Tinh to demonstrate his diligence in this matter of corruption. He further extended an invitation to this unit to participate to the fullest." "Again it was decided that we would accept Mr. Loc's invitation." "Now, to absolutely assure Loc's destruction, his enemies have turned to the local press, giving them the same information they had earlier given to this unit." On Jan. 19, the adviser reported that Loc's "government tenure was the subject of much political maneuvering .Eventually it was definitely decided that he would go." The report continued: "We know of eight different figures who were approached about the position. Most of those approached flatly declined to accept it because of its controversial nature and because of the fact that no director-general since the establishment of Vietnam has ever remained long in office or left the position except under a cloud." Eventually, the adviser reported, the job went to Duong Thieu Sinh the deputy director general. "Mr. Sinh is obviously a choice made of necessity rather than preference. Luv van Tinh, minister of finance, was initially at least, opposed to Sinh. He has assumed office. We initially recommended him, we have excellent personal rapport, and have his pledge of utmost business-like cooperation." But in the same report, telling of an operation that put U.S. advisers right at the scene of customs collections, the chief adviser said: "We now find considerable resistance from the customs organization itself. This is an obvious consequence of the fact 'that the highly escalated duty collections resulting from our physical presence has created havoc with lucrative private arrangements entered into between individuals or groups of customs officers and some importers. As of this wit- ing, the situation has grown rather touchy." One report told how the South Vietnamese collected 740,000 piasters at Saigon's Tan Son Nhut airfield in the first seven months of 1967. In the next three months, after U.S. ad- visers went to work at the scene, collections zoomed to 3.9 million piasters. Other reports touched on problems like this: -- Recruitment for harbor patrol operations "Continues to be an unsolvable problem. . .The boat fleet personnel, having no opportunity for graft, are forced to do the impossible, that is, live on their salary." -- "A project was underway to construct an additional small building in the harbor to house the new equipment due in the first part of 1968. The Saigon Port Authority, which is now a solid coterie of GVN Vietnamese military officers, jumped on the bandwagon and disapproved the plans and offered to settle for a new super building, financed by AID, to house all port activities including the port authority." This obstacle, the adviser noted, was overcome. Men's Suits All of our suits by Varsity Town, Michaels-Stern Society Brand reduced for our 72nd Anniversary Sale. Sizes 37 to 46, Regulars, Shorts Longs. 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