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GAZETTE-MAIL CITY E D I T I O N THE OUTLOOK--Warm with a chance of thundershowers. High in the 80s. More weather on Page 6A. Charleston, West Virginia, August 13, 1972 S. Viet Torture Revealed 'Legal Aspects Do Not Count... 9 By Sydney H. Schaiiberg © New York Times Service SAIGON -- Documents smuggled out of South Vietnamese prisons and extensive interviews wi*-h former prisoners paiui; picture of widespread tor ture of people jailed by the Saigon government since the North Vietnamese offensive started four and a half months ago. Here is a sampling of the prisoners' accounts: ^·"Nguyen Thi Yen was beaten unconscious with a wooden rod. Later, when she revived she was forced to stand nakec before about 10 torturers, who burned her breasts with lighted cigarettes." »-"Trinb Dinu Van was beaten so badly in the face that the swelling shut and infected his eyes. The police drove needles through his fingertips and battered him on the chest and soles of his feet until he was unable to move." *-"Vo Bi Bach Tuyet was beaten and hung by her feet under a blazing light. Later, they put her in a tiny room half flooded with water and let mice and insects run over her body." These particular accounts are said to describe the torture of three student leaders still being held in South Vietnamese jails on suspicion of being Communist sympathizers. The accounts in these documents and many obtained by this .correspondent were purportedly written by prisoners--and in some cases by sympathetic guards--and then smuggled out. The three accounts are typical of the stories told in the other documents .and in toe interviews about the treatment of the thousands of students, workers, peasants, women and children arrested by the national police and military authorities in the "pre-emptive sweeps" made in the search for Communist sympathizers and agents since the North V i e t n a m e s e army launched its offensive. Some of the d o c u m e n t s r e a c h e d this correspondent through friends of prisoners or critics of the government to whom the papers had been pas- Some of the interviews sed. were also arranged this way. Additional information w a s gathered on the basis of other leads. THERE IS no way to verify the accounts of torture first hand for the Saigon government refuses to allow journalists to visit its prisons, which it calls "re-education centers." A (Please Turn to Page 6A, Col. 4) Happy Sailing A shoeless Gov. and Mrs. Moore beam their pleasure at being at the Cherry River Navy Festival in Richwood Saturday. The state's first couple is "guarded" by two lovely Admiralettes at the annual Nicholas County event. More pictures on Page ISA. (Staff Photo by Lawrence Pierce) \ixon Qaims, Democrats Rap, Success that Hanoi signaled this intention in late 1968 but instead of taking the opportunity to negotiate Nixon opted for shoring up the Saigon regime. North Vietnam, of course, never has off* daily acknowledged that it has troops in South Vietnam and the signal that Harriman and Vance spoke of was an indirect one. The State Department said in a statement that no record of "any such so-called signal" has been found. "Mr. Hamman reportedly says it -- the signal -- came in October or November 1968," the statement said. "This raises the question as to why no action was taken on the so-called signal for the next three months, WASHINGTON--Iff) -- In ai In an introduction to a report claim of economic success disputed immediately by Demo:rats, President Nixon said Saturday heavy new spending by Congress this year could bring 'big increases in the cost of iving or big new taxes"-- or both. put together by his Council of Economic Advisers for the anniversary of the trols he began last Aug. 15, Nixon made his strongest pitch to date for adoption of a $250- billion ceiling on federal spending. And the report claimed the EASY Spy Finds Nothing to Stop Him Front Sacking Intelligence Agency By Robert A. Dobkin WASHINGTON-yPV-The Pentagon's super-secret Defense Intelligence Agency has been penetrated by an agent who roamed through guarded offices, stole secret documents, planted electronic listening devices and even operated the agency's main computers. Using homemade credentials, the agent posed as a DIA em- ploye to carry out his espionage activities in some of the most heavily protected offices in the Washington area. No, the agent was not a Soviet spy but an Army intelligence officer assigned to test security --or the lack of it--at DIA installations. The relative ease in which he succeeded caused embarrassment within the Pentagon and led to a series of security lectures last week for nearly all 4,000 DIA employes, civilian and military, whose job it is to gather and disseminate intelligence information to the armed forces. *· OFFICIALS REFUSE to discuss the episode or even acknowledge it occurred. But a DIA employe who attended one of the sessions recalled this account of how the in-house spy went about his business: Unfamiliar with the inner- workings of the DIA, the agent first mingled with employes picnicking on the grass at lunchtime at one of the agency's installations in suburban Virginia. This was so he could photograph their identity badges and make a duplicate to get inside restricted areas. Cameras are forbidden on the grounds but no one reported him or questioned his identity. The agent said he needed their pictures for a security campaign he was conducting. Inside, the agent said, security was almost nonexistent. On one occasion a door to a vault holding top-secret documents was left open and unguarded. Sensitive papers were often on desks at arm's reach from open windows, he said. · PRETENDING one day to be a Pentagon courier, the agent asked for classified information needed for a high-level briefing of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. But a disbelieving DIA employe, at first refused. It's a "rush, hot item," the (Please Turn to Page 6A, Col. 6) economy is sound and growing despite some lingering problems such as food prices. Spokesmen for the presidential campaign of Sen. George McGovern, D-S.D., disputed the report's conclusion that the one-year run of economic controls has been a great success, saying in a statement: "In the past year the Nixon administration has demonstrated that if you knock a ball down hard enough, it will bounce back a bit. This is kind of good news -a rather grim kind." In a separate attack on the Vixon report, the Democratic members of the congressional Joint Economic Committee said hat if the economy is to continue to expand and if the unemployment rate--currently 5.5 per slam on the fiscal and monetary brakes must be resisted. Both Democratic criticisms accused the Republican administration of making high unemployment a deliberate economic policy to battle rising inflation. » NIXON SAID the budget situation in the current fiscal year is critical. The administration is determined to resist more inflation and higher taxes by keeping the budget under control, he said. | The President said the out-! cent--is to be cut, moves to Shriver's Peace Claim Supported By Lawrence L. Knutson WASHINGTON (AP) -- Averell Harriman and Cyrus Vance, the two original U. S. negotiators at the Paris peace talks, said Saturday President Nixon ignored a peace opportunity in 1969 when North Vietnam withdrew most of their combat troops from South Vietnam's northernmost provinces. They said in a joint statement President's Campaign Tactics Hit before the present administration took office. "It also raises the question as to what the so-called signal consisted of and who in the new administration was advised of the so-called signal. "It must be recalled that within a matter of weeks after the new administration took office, the North Vietnamese mounted a military offensive in South Vietnam," the statement said. »· PRESIDENTIAL press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said the White House "wouldn't have comments on statements such as that." The two former U.S. ambassadors made their allegation after Secretary of State William P. Rogers accused Sargent Shriver of "political fantasy" in claim- ng President Nixon in 1969 "blew" a historic chance to end :he Vietnam War on better terms than he can get now. Shriver, who said he stayed on as U. S. ambassador to France for a year after Nixon's inauguration because he thought the President would quickly end the war and he could help, is now the Democratic vice presidential candidate. "We support completely Sargent Shriver's view that "President Nixon lost an opportunity for a negotiated settlement in Vietnam when he took office," Harriman and Vance said in a joint statement. "At that time North Vietnam had signaled its willingness to reduce the level of violence by withdrawing almost 90 per cent of its troops--22 of 25 regiments --from the northern two provinces which had been the area of fierce fighting," they said. · THE JOINT statement of the two negotiators, both Democrats, was issued from Harriman's home. Harriman is a longtime party figure and was governor of New York as well as a former ambassador to Moscow. Vance was deputy secretary of defense under President Lyndon B. Johnson. They said that half of the North Vietnamese forces did return after the Hanoi offer, moving some 200 miles north into their country. "The United States was then (Please Turn to Page 6A, Col. 7) The Washington. Post WOODSTOCK, N.Y.-Defense Secretary Melvin Laird and Secretary of State William. Rogers "have obviously been given the assignment of chief fright-mongers" for the Republican reelection campaign, Sen. George McGovern charged Saturday. "That i» . always toe main workload in a Nixon campaign," t h e Democratic presidential nominee said. McGovern, spending the weekend with friends in upstate New York, issued his criticism in response to recent attacks from the two Republican Cabinet officers. McGovern repeated his earlier complaint that the President's chief foreign policy and defense advisers have usually stayed out of partisan political attacks, but Nixon has broken that tradition. "MR. NIXON is'the political figure seeking office again," McGovern's statement s a i d , "and should properly carry the public debate on international matters instead of hiding behind the departments of State and Defense. McGovern said Rogers' remark about former Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark's visit to Hanoi (Please Turn to Page 6A, Col. 6} GAZETTE-MAIL SPOTLIGHT Election: No Single Issue Stands Alone --Page ID Floating Cities- They're Wave of Future --Page 3D Page Always on Sunday .... IB Building News 6B Business News 8B Classified Ads .... 4D-9D Columnists 1D,2D Community News 7B Current Affairs ID Editorials 2D Home, Family .. 1E-14E Magazine 1M-24M Obituaries sc Page Opposite 3D Sports 1C-8C Travel 22M.23M Your Bridgework .... ISA HEROIN Trying to Kick Habit, Addict Finds Drugs Easier to Get in Jail Than Out come "will depend most of all. MIAMI, Fla. (AP) -- A young heroin addict who begged a judge to put him in jail so he could kick the habit has asked the same judge to free him because drugs are "easier to get" on the wishes of the American people." He presumably referred to the presidential election but didn't say so. Char»»slon 4 Toledo 1 "If the people insist on spending beyond the $250 billion ceiling I have urged, such spending will be done." he said. "But if the people join me in insisting that federaT spending be held down, to avoid reviving inflation now and paying higher taxes soon, the government will act responsibly." The administration has sounded almost the same theme about the spending ceiling in recent days, but usually it has said that excessive spending could bring either a new round of inflation or new taxes--not nece- searily both at the same time. day that drug traffic is well organized in the minimum-security facility. He said five major dealers specialize separately in heroin, cocaine, marijuana, barbiturates and LSD. r "There's no chance of getting 'No one bothers you," Monroel busted," Kinchen said, "that's it was with more guards, high walls "and a search every time someone moves, and that's exactly what we don't want." "It's a training and treatment center," Green added. "We're a superminimum-security facility. , , ,,. ,,,,,,, ,,.,,,,, 0 ... it's a calculated risk." Kinch- Kmchen, 19, told Criminal!why most people want to get en ^d he told Green about Court Judgejintojthe stockade. drug use at the stockade, "but in prison. Paul Baker. "It "The first couple of days is easier to get drugs (Dade in the County) KINCHEN be from the stockade. stockade than on the street." Kinchen was back home Satu r d a y after Baker granted his request to r e l e a s e d you're there, someone has to buy for you. But after that, you go straight to the man. Everyone knows who he is." Kinchen said about 95 per cent of the inmates "are on something. Maybe half of them use heroin." OFFICIALS at the stockade The youth told the judge Fri- the didn't do anything about it." Green agreed that Kinchen had told him about the drug problem and said that "several people" were transferred from the stockade to the Dade County jail as a result. "It's a constant surprise to me that people are surprised that in an institution like ours thcr are drugs," Green added. . - * *** *-· *** "fj j j vii. \*\ii, dUUvU. admitted there was a drug prob- "There are drugs tn the Army lem, but supervisor Lt. Martin drugs in the schools, drugs on Green said the only way to stop! (Please Turn to Page 6A. Col. 8) The Gazette offers something for every reading taste: *Women--Sandy Wells' Fashionating column. *Sports--Special this week, Shorty Hardman reports on the Mountaineers. *Humor--Gazetteer James Dent always brightens that morning cup of coffee. *Help--Our Help Line is your link to unanswered questions. *Environment, Consumer--Monday's L i v i n g Page keeps you posted on these two vital areas. "·Opinion--Our Editorial and Page Opposite pages swirl with the latest views on today's major questions. *Amusements--The best comics, crossword and horoscope columns. *Surveys--Terry Marchal continues his reports with Anatomy of Charleston. Several years ago Kenny Rankin was consi- dered one of the promising new faces on the pop music scene. Then he got into drugs and he went down, down, down. Rankin took two years out to "get his head together" and he's back-- straight. He has released a new album dedicated to the antidope Phoenix House. Rankin's story will be recounted in a review of the record in another chapter of the "Great Dope Turn Off" on Saturday's T-T-T page. A wild run with Wildwater Expeditions Unlimited. . . Staff Writer Mary Walton, who says she is so fainthearted that a dooter once ruled her legally dead, survived a raft trip down the New River and even managed to take a few watery photographs to accompany her upcoming real life adventure. To keep abreast of your world, always reach for The Charleston Gazette The State Newspaper . iff. { This Week You can take your pick of interesting reading this week in the Daily Mail, with topics ranging from a questionnaire on marriage, to football coverage, to business news and to features. For instance: ABOUT WOMEN: Should a husband do housework? I? women really want to be addressed as Ms.? Yoi/11 have a chance to express your personal opinion on these and other questions concerning the status of women at the local level jy filling out a comprehensive questionnaire to appear next week in our Women's Pages. PUNT OR PASS: Football coverage kicks off next week. Sports Editor Bill Smith will be reporting from Morgantown where WVU's highly touted Mountaineers begin practice Monday. And. Sports writers Keith Walters and Chuck Landon begin making the rounds of Kanawha County high school practices. TRAVELING: Reporter Ann Johnston Haas will attend the Junior Achievement National Conference at Indiana University on Wednesday and Thursday. She'll have a report later in the" \\cck an the activities of the eight-member delegation Crom the Kanawha Valley. BOOMING BUSINESS: Appalachian Electronics Instruments Inc. of Ronceverte. which started in 1954 with five people and a capital of $5,000, today is a $l million dollar business. It is a onc-of-its- kind in the United States, specializing in electronic equipment which detects tiny defects in woven cloth. Reporter Larry Maynor has the story. Sound interesting? Right. There's more in your (Jbarlefton Patio mail

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