The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 6, 1953 · Page 2
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, April 6, 1953
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PAGE TWO BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COUHIER NEWS MONDAY, APRIL fl, 1988 Wt'n QMng Away Atomic Secret!— Confidential Facts Spill Over Albuquerque's Bars EDITOR'S NOTE: NBA Reporter Douglas Larscn, who has covered atomic energy activities for several years, first got wind of the •tartltng facts about atomic security, reported below, when he was covering recent nuclear tests at Yucca Flats. To dig deeper, he teamed up with Doyle Kline, managing editor of the Albuquerque Tribune, and his staff. Both checked their Information with the most responsible sources. This Is the first of their four dispatches. By DOUGLAS LAKSEN and DOYLE KLINE NBA Correspondents ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. — (NEA) You can spend an hour or so in almost any downtown bar here and learn about the next series of hydrogen bomb tests at Enlwetok. The list of persons to go is being made up. you discover. Further, unless you're deaf, you'll hear the scries touted as the most crucial ever planned. You'll get the dates, approximate number of people involved and how they plan to travel to the atoll. You're skeptical'.' Then ilrop into another bar a few blocks away, or drive to Santa Fs, 62 miles north. You'll be convinced when you hoar the original story repeated and amplified. If the talk about the nexi H- bomb test in the La Fonda bar at Santa Fe gets repetitious, just shove your chair a llttte to the right and take in a fascinating discussion about some new construction at Los Alamos, the Atomic Energy Commissions' private city only 40 miles away. It produces such phrases as "get- ting hot stuff through" and "niter- ing the process-piping to make it easier, etc. . . ." This probably doesn't mean so much to you but 11 would to an enemy fluent. WagRlnK toiiBues, giving away our vital secret*! Within a radius of 100 miles of Albuquerque there Is a heavy concentration of atomic weapons projects. The most important', the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, where the atomic and hydrogen oombs were boni; Sandla Base which includes a nuclear weapons school and nuclear weapon "hardware" center, the Air Force Special Weapons Does This Story Tip Off Spies— assure readers that none! of these Incidents, a» handled, is regarded as further endanrer- Ini security. , The sad fact Is that security has already been Imperiled by the loose tongues of Albuquerque. These facts are presumed tn lie in enemy hands. No further damaee can be done by revealing them. In fact, privately officials believe some Rood may be done by frank reporting of these revelations. Numerous hitherto unpublished facts about the blf U. S. atomic bases In New Mexico are reported here. bo they violate security? Do they aid spies? The answer Is "No." NEA reporters Larscn and Kline discussed 'their discoveries with responsible officials. There Is no of- flHal machinery for clearance or censorship of such matters. Reporters and editors must be guided by their good judgment and patriotism. However, It Is Loose Talk About Atom Is Direct Threat to U. S., Legion Head Says By NEA Service WASHINGTON (NEA) —.Loose talk about America's atomic program "poses a direct threat to the life of the nation." Lewis Gough, Rational Commander of the American Legion, said after reading NEA Service dispatches from Albuquerque, N.M. These disclosures of incredible laxity in our atomic program should have a shocking and sobering effect on every American," he said. "Every ex-serviceman knows that loose talk cost American lives in World War II. Now when the stakes are bigger and the enemy represents a much greater destructive force, gloose talk and inadequate security * ^measures pose a direct threat to the ife of the nation Itself. "It's bad when the enemy steals our secrets, but if they are served up to him on a silver plater—as Indicated by these dispatches from the atomic testing and development area—then it is time to recognize eecllrlty breaches as a crime and mete out punishment to fit it. "I believe that the Joint Congressional Committee on atomic energy should lose no time In establishing the basis and fixing responsibility for these conditions In the Nevada and New Mexico area. The Congress has a right to know why •nd how the conditions developed, and the people have a right to insist that corrective action be taken to prevent their recurrence." Tax Committee Turns to Payers For Suggestions WASHINGTON f/P)—If you want to know about taxes, ask the mnn who pays them. On that theory, the Joint Senate- House Committee on Taxation sent out questionnaires to every state In the Union. Result, with more still coming in: 13.000 suggestions from 5,000 individuals. Such bountiful help will boost the congressmen toward their goal of a composite new tax law, to replace whnt one of them called the present, "crazy quilt" structure. The new legislation, the first general overhaul of tax laws since 1875, should be ready for action early next year. The questionnaires were In general agreement on one thing: that taxes are too high. Center at Ktrtlnnd Air Force Bnse. and the Atomic Energy Commission office, which conducts the nuclear weapons tests. The U. S. could be losing World War III right here. This is the time fertile orchard of information which Klaus Fiichs, David Greenplass, the Itosenberffs and Harry Guld gathered their harvest of espionage, Thousands of persons who sincerely believe themselves to be patriotic citizens are contribuitiny daily to other harvests by newer agents through sheer carelessness. These reporters took their findings to the security officers ot these bases and asked them: "How can this be? What can be done " Each expert has his own ideas: one fault lies in the very concentration of secret projects in one area. There's no single top official responsible for security here. Current security is lop-sided, diluting the effort by trying to keep every- j thing a secret. | There's the opinion that America's! basic security is still tailored to World War II needs and now is! hopelessly inadequate. Another view holds that Americans just won't believe what a dirty game the enemy plays, won't button their lips. | Officials ar« most concerned over! (he mass of secret information leak-j hi£ out through loosened tongues at! cocktail parties, braggadocio of minor officials and the gripes of workers. In addition, there is the geoRra-jhy of the area. You can't classify j Coffee Hour On Way Out In Washington WASHINGTON (/P) — The coffee hour, almost as common in government operations ns the paper clip, may be on the skids. The administration has moved n»ainst It. through Secretary of the Navy Anderson. He ruled that In predominantly Navy buildings, cl- lllan employes will not be allowed to go to the coffee shops in midmorning and mid-afternoon to sip and nibble. The American Federation of Government Employes (AFL) said the rule wuolcl defeat Its own purpose. With fewer snacks, argued the union, workers will need more time for lunch, so the cafeteria lines will stretch out ninre and employes will be away from their desks longer. Besides, said the union, the coffee hour was good for morale. mountains. Nor can you bottle up the 85,000 persons dependent on the atomic program In New Mexico for their livelihood. It isn't that security officials are asleep to the danger. Speaking before a recent American Legion meeting In the state, a high naval intelligence officer said: "There probably are more enemy agents in New Mexico, per capita, than In any other state in the union." Almost every security officer with whom we talked asreed privately that he works on that assumption. In succeeding dispatches, we will report concrete and shocking examples of security leakage In the Albuquerque-Santa Fe area. (Tomorrow: Holes in the mountain.) Ferguson Tells State Department 'Stick to Policy' WASHINGTON (/Pi—Sen. Ferguson (R-Mich) says he thinks the State Department should confine itself to making policy and quit running agencies like the Voice of America. In this, Ferguson told interviewers yesterday, he believes he supports the view of Secretary of State DulJes. The secretary recently said he thinks the department's staff j could be cut in half. Hearings Await Ike's Changes WASHINGTON f/P) — Sen. Watkins fR-Utah) says he Is waiting for the Eisenhower administration to propose changes in the McCarran- Walter Immigration Act before he holds hearings on it. The measure was passed last year over former President Truman's veto. President Eisenhower has said the law is discriminatory and needs changing. Watkins is chairman of a Senate- House committee keeping tabs on the act. up the cart. He Was Superstitious Lord Byron, famed poet, firmly believed in lucky and unlucky clays. He disliked undertaking anything on Friday, avoided being helped to salt at table, and knew something terrible was going to happen if he spilled salt or oil, let bread fall, or broke a mirror. Hannibal crossed the Alps in 21B B. 0. PROVED BILLIONS OF TIMES ' MILLIONS OF PEOPLE Tri-5rate Aberdeen Angus Sale Saturday, April IS, 1!)53 At Selby Counly 1'enal Farm Mi'niphis, Tennessee 5-1 Females M Bulls Good foundation stock is obtainable in this sale. These animals consigned by breeders of Arkansas, Mississippi, and West Tennessee. Plan now to attend this sale. For further information or catalog, write— ROY W. TURNER Secretary Covinglon, Tennessee Businessmen Go Back to College HOUSTON W) — Twenty-Jlvt Houston businessmen are entering college to learn how to bfl topflight executives. They wll! be the student* for » special University of Houston courM designed to train men (or top p«l- tions In management. Thiy now »r« In middle management Job* but at* considered by their companies *o bt destined for leadership. The "students" will live on the campus for six weeks. DEAD ON YOUR FEET? Special Formula nee Do you feel run-down, norvom or ilo- prcsscd? Lost your appetite-constipated-bothered by digestive upset?* Vou may be suffering from iron-and- vitamin starvation over a prolonged period. BEXEL, the Special *W*;P««^» Formula supplies supplementary Quantities of iron for rich red blood ind qoicli vitalizing iiicrjy. Each BEXEL rapsulo gives you 5 tim«t». daily minimum requirements of b oo I- building iron; more than the daily minimum of all essential B-v.UimMj plus amazing Vitamin B,, and trace minerals. Get wonderful new pep and energy with guaranteed BEXEL-now available at all drug stores. lets than «<• *yl MONIY BACK GUAHANIftPI * MeKESSON'S High Pofencf BEXEL SPKMl FORMU1A CAPJUIB Woods Drug There nre IB separate muscles, grouped in four muscle lnyers, In the sole of ctich human foot. Casualties Identified WASHINGTON (/I'l—The Defense Department toclny identified 70 Ko- rcnn Wnr disunities (List No. 784). Of the total 25 nre dcnd, 47 wound- eel. 2 missing In notion nnd 2 Injured in bnttlc-zone accidents. England's Queen V 1 c t o r 1 n reigned for 63 years. Telephone Company Local Taxes in Blytheville Are Enough to Educate 215 Youngsters a Year Tax figures are impersonal statistics — until you look behind them at t h e things they buy. For example, it doesn't mean much to most people to say that the telephone company paid 518,500 last year in local taxes here in Blytheville. But when you realize that this was enough to pay the cost of educating 215 grade school children for a year, the importance of telephone taxes lq everyone in the community becomes clear. - In the past seven years, while w« have spent $1,150,000 gross and added 2,500 telephones to keep service improving and growing with your needs, our role as a good taxpayer has grown too. Here in Blytheville, our local tax hill has tripled since 19-16—a big and important increase in the telephone company's :onlributions to Blytheville's progress. BENEFITS TO BLYTHEVILLE EMPLOYER . . . provides good Jobs tor 62 people who earn $17,750 a month—and spend most of It here in Blytheville, TAXPAYER ... pnys $18,500 a year In local tnxes nlone—enough to cover the cost ot educating 215 grade school children for a year. DIVIDEND PAYER ... to more than 2,800 Arkansans who have Invested $10 million of their savings in telephone securities. SOUTHWESTERN BELL—ARKANSAS Famous Congoleum uosa >eai or Armstrong's Qyaker in 6-9-12 Ft. Widths • Choice, Heaviest Grade • Beautiful Patterns • Nationally Advertised • Now Drastically Reduced M ^ BfSQ. Wliile Quantities Last • ^U YD. (This Price Equals 1.05 per Running Foot on 12-Ft. Widths) Remember, this is the Heaviest Grade Material * * Made by these two famous manufacturers! Kelio C. Brooks RUMfer W- W. Mitchell Wire Chief Virginia Davis Cblef Operator 62 TELEPHONE PEOPLE . . . PARTNERS IN BLYTHEVILLE'S PROGRESS Phone 4409 FURNITURE Blytheville

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