The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 4, 1955 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, November 4, 1955
Page 7
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FRIDAY, NQVEMBER 4,19S8 BLTTHBVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN Federal News Censorship Has Long Been Big Issue By JAMES MARLOW Associated Press Newt Analyst WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in both the Truman and''Eisenhower administration have put blocks in the way of a fully free flow of information from government agencies when the information did not involve national security. Both Democrats and Republicans, depending upon which of them was running the government at the time, have accused each other of suppressing legitimate news. Newspapermen — particularly through the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the American Newspaper Publishers Assn., have banged away at the government, seeking to force out more information. Wednesday the subcommittee is-1 sion of news. It had commissioned In the past two days the Eisenhower administration got a double jolt on this score: From a congressional committee and from a special' report of the American Civil Liberties Union which stud- led the problem. And next week the House committee starts public hearings in its Investigation of alleged news suppression. That investigation will last into 1956. . During the Korean War — in September 1951 — President Truman set up strict controls on the release of information from government agencies which might aid the enemy. This covered all of the government. \o Censorship Intended Truman said no censorship was intended, and he instructed agency heads not to use his order to suppress nonsecurity information of cover up mistakes. This left a great many editors unsatisfied. They blistered Truman's order. They considered the order so broad that it was like an umbrella under which agency heads could conceal information that was embarrassing to them or which they didn't want known for other reasons that did not involve security. Late in 1953 President Eisenhower narrowed down the field of government agencies which had had the right under Truman's order to withhold information. He took it away from 29 agencies, but still left It with 16. Under Eisenhower's order, information supposedly was to be withheld only if its release endangered security. It could be withheld only if it was marked "top secret," "secret," or "confidential." That seemed simple enough. But the ACLU in a 70-page report yesterday said all Eisenhower's order did was eliminate some of the "more glaring absurdities" In Truman's order. These two orders of Truman and Eisenhower were the background for what follows. This year the Democratic-run Government operations Committee of the House instructed a subcommittee — headed by Rep. Moss (D- Calif)— to investigate the whole government's handling of information. Monday it begins hearings. But in getting ready for these hearings Moss' group last summer sent a list of 80 questions to 63 executive agencies about their information policies sued a 552-page summary of the replies. 30 Rave Been Added This summary showed that about 30 classifications have been added by the individual agencies to the three which Eisenhower authorized. Here are some of the classifications being used by agencies to keep information away from newsmen and the public; Not for publication: official use only; for administrative use only; for official distribution; strcted. Yesterday its report on government suppres- administratvely re- the ACLU produced Rand Estate Is Probated ST. LOUIS un — The estate of Edgar E. Rand, president of the International Shoe Co., who died last week of a heart attack at the age of 50, was left in trust for his three daughters, to be shared equally by them. His will was filed for probate Wednesday. A relative told newsmen the value of the estate will exceed one million dollars. His daughters, all of the St. Louis area, are Mrs. Owen H. Mitchell Jr., Mrs. Donald S. Wohltman and Miss Helen O. Rand. Rand was divorced hi 1951 by the former Miss Sarah Frances Moore of Nashville, Term. Cops Indicted For Burglaries LOS ANOELES (Jfh- The county grand jury has indicted five west Los Angeles policemen on burglary charges. Indicted were Lester M. Friday, 34, Encino; Charles H. Farnell, 32, El Segundo; Charles F. Brock, 31, Los Angeles; Elmer Bolsters, 30, Woodland Hills, and Frank Grossman, 32, Canoga Park. All are patrolmen except Grossman, a member of the vice squad. They were arrested last Wednesday. Officers said thousands of dollars worth of articles were seized from them, including power mowers, cameras, movie projectors and sports a New York newspaperman, Allen Raymond, to do the job because freedom of Information is basic in the ACLU's work and operations. School of Wholes Perish on Island MELBOUURNE, Fit. (* — A school of pilot whales perished on ;he beach 11 miles south of Melbourne yesterday. Fifty-three mammals, ranging In weight from > ton down to 100 pounds, died rather than remain in ;he warm waters of the Gulf Stream. Brevard County officials sent road machinery to the beach to bury the carcasses. During the night, voracious sharks discovered the stranded whales In the shallows and reduced some of them to skeletons. Whales frequently swim to shore ,o escape warm waters but it is unusual for it to occur this far south. These whales apparently strayed from a cold water channel and ran into the Quit Stream. Raymond turned put n critical study. He said: highly •Invisible government is now worse than at any time in many years. These abuses have curtailed the power of the press and of Congress itself to be of service to the people by finding out what goes on in government." The report said It is a fair consensus among Washington corre* spondents that abuses of the power in federal agencies to suppress information of value and interest to the nation were "never so rampant as now. That meant the Eisenhower administration was worse than Truman's In holding back information. While he was at it, Raymond took a crack at Congress for the many times its committees make important decisions on, legislation behind closed doors which prevent the public from knowing who said or did what. GAO Shakeup Is Ordered WASHINGTON Comptroller General Joseph Campbell has ordered a personnel shakeup in the General Accounting Office division which investigates federal agencies for Congress. In disclosing this Wednesday night, a GAO official said he "could not deny" that the revamping is partly connected with a disputed GAO report last July alleging conflict of interest on. the part of former dollar-a-year man Howard I. Young. He said William L. Ellis, director of investigations for GAO, and Ralph Ramsey, his deputy, have been shifted to , the GAO genera] counsel's office. Kirt Johnson, of QAO's New York office, has been brought to Washington to succeed Ellis on an acting basis. Campbell made his own inquiry into the report on Young after it had been denounced by Young's attorney as "misleading" and con- taming gross errors. Some Congress members also criticized it. The GAO later acknowledged part of Its report was wrong but stooc by other parts. SAVE UP T0 $ 35 00 Qoeen Anne >nso/e Here's an opportunity to buy a SINGER CONSOLE SEWING MACHINE at a worthwhile saving Some of these machines are brand new—some having been used as demonstrators or floor models. 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SOUTH'S LARGEST Lake Okeechobee, in Florida, Is the largest lake In the southern states. It Is 40 miles long. 23 miles wide, and only 22 feet deep at Its deepest point, with mo»t of the lake being much shallower. Read Courier News Classified Adi. Motorists Save Child FRANKFORT, Ky. «•)—A four- year-old girl owes her life today to j two quick-acting motorists. State Police said yesterday when Linda Louise Rodgers fell into the 18-foot well at her nearby home, her mother ; hailed Charles Oliver and Juett ' Tackett. Oliver lowered Tackett In- LOOK Ladles and Gentlemen — If you want to get ahead—make ft salary from S85 per week up—have a. secure future—then get in on the ground floor of Union Bankers Insurance Company's gigantic expansion program. For full information or A confidential interview, see or call Mgr. Leon Gambill Friday after 7:30 p.m. or Saturday a.m., Room 208, Ingram Building, lOSJA E. 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