Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 6, 1976 · Page 169
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 169

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 6, 1976
Page 169
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scribes Gottlieb as "one of the more responsible critics of U.S. policy." But those credentials did not deter a small army of federal investigators from intercepting Gottlieb's mail, infiltrating private meetings and maintaining a ceaseless surveillance of his legal political activities. · The FBI files contain summaries-often little more than rewritten versions of newspaper stories--of his antiwar speeches. · When Gottlieb reserved a room at a Washington hotel for a meeting of an antiwar group, the FBI made a note. · When a letter-to-the-editor he had written was published in The Washington Post, a copy was placed in his file, as was a New York Times "Man in the News" profile of Gottlieb. · Some of the documents in the files involve thoroughly legitimate activities relating to a citizen's traditional right to participate in electoral politics. The FBI, for instance, had an unexplained interest in a Chicago meeting of reform-minded Democrats held shortly before the 1968 national convention. · One secret State Department memo discussed, in somewhat sinister terms, a 1960 effort by Gottlieb that had "the avowed purpose . . . to influence the Presidential election campaign." Other documents hint of questionable activities on the part of govern- ment investigators. One FBI memo reports on a Sane meeting at a private home in Skokie, III., presumably attended by a government informant. The files turned over to Gottlieb by the CIA include two letters written to him by other antiwar activists, with no indication of how or why the mail was intercepted. The FBI file also seems to indicate inept intelligence work. For example, it contains a copy of a 1964 Drew Pearson column that favorably describes a trip to the Soviet Union made by Gottlieb and 68 other Sane members. But an FBI report on that trip says "four members of Sane toured Russia." According to Gottlieb, Pearson's count was wrong by one. A total of 68 men and women made the trip. Cotllieb went to work for Sane as a full-time, paid employee in February, 1960, but six months later the CIA apparently was unaware of that affiliation. An agency memo wriuen in August says he "had an interest" in Sane "but nothing is known of this interest." And in 1969, an FBI memo erroneously reported that he had severed his connection with the organization. A People such as TV personality Steve Allen have solicited "Sane" funds. Otis G. Pike (D., N.Y.), who led the House CIA probe, praised "Sane." report on an antiwar meeting in Annandale, Va., a Washington suburb, incorrectly described Gottlieb as "the former director" of Sane. Finally, there are questions about the materials provided to citizens exercising their right to see what information the government has collected on them. In theory, the. two laws require full disclosure, but they contain loopholes. The CIA, for instance, gave Gottlieb complete copies of 14 documents nnd partial copies of five others--but it refused access to 18 other mcmos and reports. Unnecessary, inefficient Others who have obtained copies of their files from the government say Gottlieb's experience was quite typical to the extent that they find federal agencies indulging in unnecessary snooping but not terribly efficient or consistent in their intelligence activities. "The government has no right to be placing under surveillance groups nnd individuals who arc doing nothing more than exercising their right of freedom of associalion guaranteed under the First Amendment," says Gottlieb. "But a look at the files shows that when they do so, they reveal their incompetence," he adds. "They make errors in fact, they record useless trivia and they rarely show any ability at polilical intelligence." GET NEW SCAMPER AND SWEEP SOME GREEN BACK INTO YOUR POC We'll give you back a buck when you buy new Scamper--the world's funniest looking outdoor sweeper. Because funny as it looks, Scamper sweeps circles around ordinary push brooms. It's beautifully lightweight, to make sweeping a breeze. What's more, it cleans at any angle. On most any outdoor surface Another thing. Morisanto backs Scamper with a one-year full warranty. It's that tough. So look for Scamper where brooms are sold in many of your favorite stores. Then send in proof-of-purchase, along with the certificate on the right, for your dollar refund. All things considered, it's a pretty nice way to clean up. OUTDOOR SWEEPER 1 ^Monsanto The hardworking outdoor sweeper that's hardly any work at all "I Return this certificate along with tho words 'outdoor sweeper from the Scamper sleeve to: Scamper, P.O. Box 629, Maple Plain. MN 55359 State Limit one- refund per family. Allow) weeks for refund. Hurry! Offer expires December 31, 1976.

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