Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 193
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 193

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
Page 193
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Ex-Defense Secretary Clark Clifford. Algerians paid his law firm $750,000 during five years. Richard Kleindienst, Nixon's /Attorney General. He a/so works for Algeria, has earned $200,000. Ex-Sen. ]. William Fulbright. His law firm works for Arabs, who tried to reeled him but failed. Win Wort for FflranCHdras WASHINGTON, D.C. D uring the past two years a highly confidential document has been circulating throughput the Middle East. It outlines plans for the Arab world to spend as much as $15 million annually on a far-reaching propaganda program in the United States. That secret proposal, whose contents have never before been publicly disclosed, calls for a massive effort to swing American public opinion about the seemingly endless Middle East conflict away from the Israelis and towards the Arabs. Specifically designated as targets of that propaganda campaign are the nation's highest elected and appointed political leaders, the country's news 'media, "naturally sympathetic citizen groups," special interest organizations with political influence and, "to a lesser extent, the general public" A PARADE investigation shows that since that blueprint was completed, the by Robert Walters Arab nations have mobilized a vast network of influential lawyers, Washington lobbyists, public relations experts, political consultants and a host of other highly paid specialists to implement the plan. The Foreign Agents Registration Act requires that all individuals and organizations engaged in disseminating propaganda oj- related activities on behalf of another country must file public reports with the Justice Department's Criminal Division. 'Program for Arab World' Those reports show that in recent years the oil-rich Arab world has been spending millions of dollars annually to finance operations similar to those outlined in the secret 1974 plan, which is called "Public Affairs Program for the Arab World." Among those currently receiving generous fees to represent various Arab interests are: · The law firm headed by Qark M. Clifford, a former Defense Secretary and one of Washington's most powerful attorneys. It receives a $150,000 yearly retainer from Algeria. · Richard G. Kleindienst, Attorney General under President Richard M. Nixon. He, gets $120,000 a year from Algeria. · Former Sen. J. William Fulbright, an Arkansas Democrat and longtime chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His Washington law firm, Hogan Hartson, is paid $25,000 annually by the United Arab Emirates. " · Frederick G. Dutton, the principal political adviser to the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy during the 1968 Presidential campaign. The Saudi Arabian government pays him $100,000 a year. · The polling firm headed by Patrick J. Caddell, who conducted public opinion surveys for Sen. George S. McGovern -in the 1972 Presidential campaign and is doing the same work for Presidential candidate jimmy Carter. Saudi Arabia recently signed an $80,000 contract with Caddell's company. A three-month-long PARADE survey showed, that during the past several years the Arabs-have spent far more money than any other interest group to support the activities of foreign agents in this country. Next to the Arabs in spending and organizational effort are the British and French promoters of the Concorde, the supersonic commercial jet transport that last month began regular service between the United States and Europe. To gain landing rights for the controversial plane, the European interests also purchased the services of influential American political figures. For instance, the law firms of both former Sen. Charles E. Goodell,a New York Republican who is one of President Ford's closest political advisers, and William P. Rogers, a former Secretary of State, have been working for the French. Their activities will be described in a forthcoming PARADE article. Information center The most visible element of the Arab propaganda effort now underway is the Arab Information Center, with offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco. It represents the League of Arab States, a confederation of 20 nations. That organization publishes and distributes in this country a biweekly newsletter, "Arab Report," whose often strident language includes allegations that some Israelis are "religious and political fanatics" motivated by "paranoid insensitivity and primitive passions" -and that "Zionism, as such, has become a more dangerous movement than apartheid." Last year, the Arab Information Center spent almost $750,000 to underwrite its propaganda program in this country. More than $60,000 was used to finance

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