Officer Says Cheating Charges Ignored Rv'nirv RADUCC r , .. . . *Â·* ** +-* By DICK BARNES Astociated Press Writtr NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - An Army lieutenant says the military and Congress have failed to properly investigate his charges that a group of officers cheated on secret exams qualifying them to control nuclear- missile-firing units. Lt. Earl M. Bricker III first! filed his charges with the Army two years ago while serving in a Nike-Hercules missile battalion at Homestead Air Force Base, Fla. The base is headquarters for prime defenses against attack from Cuba and for protection of air space over nations may have been I 1 '*- 'Key Biseayhe vacation White House. Early this year, while Bricker continued trying to air his allegations, a House Armed Services subcommittee called U.S. air defenses of the Southern border area virtually useless. The subcommittee report followed an investigation of how a Cuban plane was able to fly undected through the sophisticated U.S. defense system and land in New Orleans. Bricker cites indications that cheating on the written exam- Media Executives Abuse Press Freedom, McGee Says FORT COLLINS, Cold. (AP) tion of the flow of news to the -- Sen. Gale McGee, D-Wyo., charged Saturday that reside- Officer Blasts National Park Service TOST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) -- A Glacier National Park Service employe has charged the National Park Service with intimidating employes who oppose park management practices and claims he had been ordered transferred to a post in Omaha because of his professional criticism-of environmental programs at the northwest Montana Park. R i 1 e y McClelland, until recently a resource management specialist,' a 16-year veteran of'(he National Park Service, said he had offered written and verbal criticism on the dumping of sewage in alpine streams, the construction of a boardwalk at Logan Pass and the use park of herbicides in the Leonard Volt, NFS regional director.. _ at--, Omaha, said McClelland has been ordered to report to Omaha by June to undertake a position which involves the writing and review of environmental impact statements. "Regardless of what imagine^ ry circumstances are surrounding the case, each region .is confronted with requirements slate- were on'environmental impact merits," Volz said. "If I starting coid with this, the best man in the region to select to rin environmental statements is Riley." McClelland said his transfer was ordered by Glacier Superintendent William Briggle. Not so said a spokesmen for the superintendent, who added: " I d o n ' t think there is any animosity on liriggle's part." McClelland reported he had been ordered transferred lo Bighorn 'Natural Recreation Area Feb. 25 and when he refused to go was told .that his only alternative was dismissal. "I was told by the personne' officer 1h.it' it (Ih3 transfer] was not an offer, hut a direct order and that I had no choice whether I want to go or not,' he said. "He told me that I was being moved because the superintendent of Glacier had requested that I be transferred." Regional director Volz denied k " allegation, saying: " Tl " the "The only reason McClelland did nol go lo Bighorn -- would have in sisted on that -- was because the other job at Omaha came up. I accepted his declination o the Bighorn position because there was a bigger and better job lo do in Omaha." McClelland has until June to make Ihe move, Volz said "Come June he has a decision to make. But he must get clown here. There's a job to do." jublic by many n e w s ' m e d i a xecutives "is as much an abuse of freedom of the press as the hreat of government censor- hip." Speaking before the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Press As- ocialion's annual convention at CoJorado Stale at - Colorado Hate University, McGe'e said, 'In too many instances we see ibvious examples of how the aered trust bestowed upon the iress in this country irst amendment is broken by le'wspaper management ; iroadcast executives. "For example," he said, Â·ooking at the print media we ee too many instances of how editorial page opinion is reflecl- d in the make-up and content if the front page--in too many nslances we see editorial page ipinion reflected in the selec- ion or restriction of what news terns will or will not appear in newspaper." He added that, "Selection of news items and emphasis given o certain stories over other in- ormation available to the elec- ronic media also fends (o dis- ort the perspective of what is available to the public. "Through the restriction of nformation and opinion, or the distortion of it," McGee said, 'we have infringement of press Teedom carried on by the very jeople who operate under the "irsl "amendment guarantees." McG.ee said the news media must promote the presentation of the widest possible assortment of information and opinion in an accurate manner. '"That, after all," he said, "is ivhy it was given the absolute freedom it was under our Bill of Rights." widespread than just (lie Homestead incidents. Bricker, now in the Army Re- ;erve, said .national security xnild be endangered in a crisis because "an unqualified 'officer nighl fail to be able to react ^ropcrly in case of attack" An Army investigating board which looked into some of Bricker's allegations questioned a lumber of witnesses to establish that an unqualified officer could not precipitate a crisis by accidental firing because: he would be unable (o launch a Nike without proper knowledge. Bricker contends an unqualified officer indeed could nol launch the missile--even if it should be. launched to defend against attack. -The Nike-Hercules is designed to intercept enemy missiles or aircraft. Lt. Casey J. Sauers. who said he had been offered help on the test, told the inquiry board thai twice he was on a , crew dril with a lieutenant wlx was accused of cheating but was qualified according to the testing procedures. He said the lieutenant didn't know what to do either time when confronted with a simulated situation requiring rapid response. The Army responded to brie: congressional inquiry abou Bricker's charges in April 1971 It quoted the mixed findings ol the investigating board, which however, had not questioned i number of persons accused bj Bricker. ion 'of the .qualifying for duty, as. a missile-ballery control of- "cer. Bricker; slill pursuing the liatler on a (ulHtme basis from n's home in Norman,, said confessional interest ceased fol- owing Die Army reply. The young officer's ''involvement -began in late 1S88 he was assigned to Bat- :ery A, 2nd Battalion, of ihe 52hd Artillery in Everglades National Park in south Florida. In an-, .affidavit eventually filed in April 1970, Bricker said that while he look the written missile exam,.the baltery commander and executive officer coached two other officers through the test. Evqn after he made his allegations, Bricker said, officers he charged had cheated remained in position lo. act as missile-battery control officers. In February 1969, Brickci was designated lo administer the qualifying test to a group ol officers. The battery commander ordered him to turn over the lest materials and indicated he would allow and encourage unauthorized coaching on the test, Bricker said. The two clashed and Bricker ultimately was reassigned. Months 'later, Bricker said he and Sauers found some batteries had unauthorized copies of secret lest questions and oth er materials which they be lieved compromised Ihe exam three-officer board , probed the charges. Most officers involved in the exam-room incidents had been routinely transferred intervening months a verc neither summoned as witnesses nor asked to make de- josHions, so Ihe board coulc nake no finding on a number of Bricker's.and Sauers' princi al allegations. The board did reprimand one lieutenant for making an un authorized copy of a classitie dpcumenl. But it said other les aids which Brisker and Sauers found in the batteries were no unauthorized. The board said the allega tions "reflect a lack of knowl edge as to the procedures, checks, and double checks necessary before the release of a missile is possible." The board did not address itself to the reverse situation, where a missile which should be launched mighl not be due lo an officer's lack of knowledge. During Ihe investigation, Capt. Alan G. Frazicr, who supported Bricker and Sauers, testified that when he was In Korea on a prior assignment, officers were memorizing parts of the exam and then compiling a copy of it for others lo use. In March 1971, Hricker said, he tried to interest the Senate A r m e d Services Committee. 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