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Galesbur§ Reg^ 111. Wednesday/ Jufte 6, 1973 17 Are Americans Becoming Nation of Finks? Fink (ftogk), slang. - n. An Informer; stool pigeon, n contemptible or thoroughly unattractive person. By TOM TIBDE WASHINGTON (NEA) Armed with shotguns, dress- as wlldmcn and spouting adolescent braggadocio, federal narcotics agents raided a pair of Collinsvillc, 111., homes last month in what, if not for the terror of it all, would have resembled a replay of the Keystone Kops. The agents battered furniture, knocked people down and pointed pistols as if to use them. Finally, quickly as, they came, they left — mumbling something to one numb homeowner about "being in the wrong damn house." HOW COULD such a thing happen In America? Easy, as one of the unapologetic federal raiders said It: "We just got a bum lip is all." Is all? Never mind how It could happen, then, the question may rather be: How is it that such a thing does not happen more frequently In America? The "bum tip," after all, is given thousands of times daily to law enforcement officers. Along with the "crank lip," the "split tip" and the "good tip," it has become as much a part of police work as target practice. Long a discredited— not to say smelly and unreliable — tool of investigative work, the informant system nonetheless thrives and even appears to be expanding in the land today. WHY? PARTLY, say police authorities, because increasing numbers of citizens seem only too anxious to squeal on their neighbors. Sociologists might equate the phenomenon with the modern nomadic trends — one of five U.S. families move every year — which help create neighborhoods of strangers. Others believe prime-time TV is forming an audience of grubby gumshoes ("You get two kinds of shows on TV," says an FBI agent, "cops and robbers or robbers and cops"). Still others feel that the general shakeup in American values has resulted in the burial of old-time fair play — says one newsman familiar with the recent Collinsvillc raid mistake: "We're becoming a nation of finks." But if the public is more willing to rat these days, It is in good part due to governmental encouragement. Every federal agency with investiga­ tory powers (and what agency, as they say, doesn't have investigatory powers?) uses and sometimes abuses the informer system. In fact, they are lifting the tactic to something of an awful art. THE FBI HAS been known to wire informers for sound. Immigration authorities have trained foreign ne'er-do-we^s lo first sell illicit items to smugglers and then turn the same smugglers in. The Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs not ofily pays informers handsomely, but adds fringe benefits, "Moving them from city to city or from country to country if necessary." As for protecting squealers, the Justice Department recently requested that 25 federal jobs be made available to informant-witnesses who may have to be moved lo Washington for their health or well-being. The most flourishing of the modern informant techniques is the "hotline" procedure. It is perhaps also the most abused. Used for years by local police seeking private information on specific capers, the anonymous phone tip Is now national in scope. Dozens of cities have , set up special numbers to call for everything from drug control to "runaway" reports. So too has the federal government. For more than a year the Nixon administration's Drug Abuse Law Enforcement agency (DALE) has been receiving an average of 90 calls a day over its 800 number "Heroin Hotline." The idea, says DALE director Myles Ambrose, is to encourage good citizens to turn in their local drug pushers. INDEED, MANY have been doing just that. DALE information director Robert Feldkamp says that in a recently measured 13-month period the hotline'- had- recorded 2(1,788 calls, more than 24,500 of them considered significant. Ambrose calls the record "excellent." As many as 400 arrests have reportedly been made from the hotlines tips, 50 of which included other crimes besides drug abuse, and one which resulted in an alleged killer being captured. But if the results of the Heroin Hotline have been "excellent," they have also been highly criticized. One Washington civil liberties attorney says the operation smacks of Nazi Germany: "What the hell kind of gov- See 'Inf orming'- (Continued on Page 28) Anniversary in Dahinda 4/ Abouit; 30 reOialtiives of Mir. amid Mire. Uaiwirence VelNlaird, Da- Wndia, meit receMy in the tame of Mr. and Mrs. Rfctord Arnold to tamiar ttlhe VeNandis who ceileibnaibefd Itlheir 5(Kih wedding laraiiversairy. Three granddaughters, lAmnette Annioild, 'Oindy' Johnson and Bliizalbefih VeNlard, served itlhe anniversary cake wih'idh was taked by Mrs. Arnold, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. VeflMiairid. The couple Unas eight children, 21 graniddh'Idirien and nine gre'alt gnaniddhilidren. By President Response to Story Divulged ly&tiuls of hand Acquisition By NORMAN KEMPSTER WASHINGTON (UPI) - A $1.25 million contribution by aerosol king Robert Abplanalp to • the purchase of President Nixon's San Clemente cam- pound might never have come to light if it had not been for a news report wteh the White House described as false., , Washington Window •'. Pnesidenit Nixon issued just enough information about the San Clemente deal to refute specific charges (that he considered too damaging to go unanswered. White House spokesmen left little doubt that nothing would have been saidi at all abouit the complex real estate tramsacion if ho Santa Ana (Calif.) Register had not said a Senate committee staff member was investigating the possibility that leftover I960 campaign funds were used to pay off the mortgage. Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler criticized the Register for printing the story. Ho called it "totally falsa and unfounded." President Borrows Questions about the financing of the SpanMvstylo home overlooking the- Pacific persisted. So on May 25 the White Houso issued an explanation which answered some of ithem. The While Houso said Nixon purchased a total of 28.9 acres in 196!) for a total of $1.5 million. To make Uhe down payment and meet other expenses, Uho President borrowed $025,000 from Abplanalp, a Bronxvillc, N.Y., industrialist who became a multimillionaire by developing a successful valve for the aerosol can. The loan was not previously announced. Nixon only wanted the house and the suirrounding 5 .9 acres. So, the White House said, he sold the ollher 23 acres for $1,249,000 to "am investment company set up by Mr. Abplanalp for the purpose of acquiring and holding this land." The sale was made Dae. 15, 1970 but was not previously announced. What is the name of Abplanialp's investment com pany? Ziegler, despite frequent inquiries, refused to say. SpcctucuJur Ocean View Although Abplanalp -or bis investment company —owns 23 acnes of Nixon's compound, he is not using the land. The President continues to have full use of tthe entire estate. For a net investment of $374,5,15 ($251,000 of the purchase price plus $123,514 in improvements) Nixon gets the house and the surrounding 5.9 acres including some excellent 'bcadhes and a spectacular view of the Pacific. For his $1.25 million, Abplanalp geits 23 acres now being used as a buffer zone to protect the President's privacy from the curious public. For 83 per cent of the money, Abplanalp or his company gets 79 per cent of the acreage. When reporters asked Ziegler why the itransaction was kept secret for two and a. KaDf.years, he replied, "I think perhaps one reason ... is that I can see a certain senisitiviity on the part of Mr. Abplanalp in assisting the President." Matter Is Closed As newsmen sought more details, Ziegler said: "We responded to a news story ... (that made false allegations againBib the President of the United States; severe, serious, falsa allegations against the President of the United States in relation to the purch'aso of the California home ... "We went on to explain in detail in the statement, because those allegations had been made, precisely the transactions that had ilaken place." Ziegler made it plain that he was not willing to saiy more. So far as iho White House is concerned, Uio matter is now closed —unless there are other charges which the President feels he must attempt lo answer. Training Classes Held at Hospital Persons employed in the housekeeping department of St. Mary's Hospital this week started an 8-week job skill retraining program. Richard Thai, hospital administrator, said that films and discussion sessions will be used to teach participants lo apply sound principles of patient care lo everyday housekeeping procedures. Among topics lo bo discussed during Uio sessions arc infection control, chemicals and patient relations. Greatest Discounts in 97 Years $ 100,000 FURNITURE SALE * t ...... - — SAVE 20 30 EVEN 60 chairs bedroom suites $159.95 Kroehler Velvet Chair with Casters. Arm Caps. $120-$ 190 1 Group of Chairs. 6 Discontinued Styles. $119.95 Pontiac Highback Rocker. Herculon Color Choice. $139.95 Pontiac Swivel Rocker. Nylon Velvet. $120. Pull Up Chair. French or Medit. Style. Velvet. $ 99 95 SgfjOO Swivel s 89 95 $ 79 ss $ 79 95 $219.95 Medit. 3-Pc. Set Dresser, Mirror, Chest & Bed $1QQ95 in Dark Oak Finish. — 109 $450.00 Hardrock Maple 3-Pc. 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