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4 gQiesfajfQ Register-Moil, Golesburg, I If, Thurs.,June7, 1973 New Trend? EDITORIAL Comment and Review The War i, Americans may have been divided on the war in Indochina, but certainly not on file war against drugs. Virtually everyone — jven, one suspects, many of the addicts themselves — wants this scourge eliminated from the land. But how should the long, difficult battle be fought? * The approach favored by President fflxon calls for consolidation of federal jjntl-narcotics forces. In January 1972, for jjxamplc, he created a new Office for Drug &buse Law Enforcement under the aegis of the Justice Department. Its chief, Myles j|. Ambrose, was given broad powers to JJse the pool of enforcement personnel in |he Justice and Treasury Departments in Carrying out the President's orders. id * Now Nixon wants to go further. Under « proposed reorganization plan, all federal $rug law enforcement efforts would be Concentrated in yet another new agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration. The agency would bring together the Bureau <>f Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, the ;j)ffice for Drug Abuse Law Enforcement, Sind the Office of National Narcotics Intelligence. m » Reorganization plans usually receive itoutine approval, but this one may be in Seep (trouble. The House Government ^Operations Committee voted down the plan jpn May 22. A vote by the full House is Scheduled for June 7. The plan will take Iffect July 1 unless disapproved by the JHouso or the Senate by June 11. " Why shouVI anyone object to escalation of the war on drugs? Organized labor •opposed the plan because it entail;; transfer of 900 positions from the Justice Department's Immigration and Naturalization {Service to the Treasury Department's '-fcustoms Bureau. The American Federation Jif Government Employes argued that loss on Drugs of these jobs would weaken control over the illegal entry of aliens, regarded by unions as a source of cheap labor. Some Democrats who voted against the plan cited another reason. They contended that the proposed reorganization would tend to create a national police force. The President's proposal, they said, would bring the prosecuting and investigating arms of drug law enforcement into close proximity and thereby pose a threat to due process of law. That threat is not an idle one, as at least three American families have learned to their surprise and horror. Last January, state policemen broke down two doors of the home of a Winthrop, Mass., family, looking for drugs. They held the family at gunpoint and overturned furniture before realizing they had entered the wrong house. Then, in April, the same thing happened to two families in Collinsville, a suburb of St. Louis. The families said that groups of men attired like hippies — they turned out to be narcotics agents — broke into the two homes, screamed obscenities and death threats at the occupants, destroyed personal property, and made no apology when they realized their mistake and left. Then there is the case of Dirk Dickenson, shot and killed from behind when a narcotics strike force descended upon his cabin in rural northern California last year. Dickenson was unarmed when he was shot. And the giant drug laboratory he supposedly was operating turned out to be non-existent. "What happened to the infallible 'hard Intelligence' which was the basis for the (Dickenson) search warrant, which said the property housed a million-dollar lab?" wrote Joe Eszterhas, associate editor of Rolling Stone. Opponents of Nixon's reorganization plan should soon be asking similar questions. Tumbling for Tumblers * New York's Kelt Korum has booked &n athletic event for June 9-10 that it •probably would have rejected out of hand % year ago. The attraction is the Southern ^California Acrobatic Team, in June 1972, Jhe nation's gymnasts practiced their skills |n near-total obscurity, in June 1973, they yre a hot ticket. And they can thank the Jtussians and the Chinese for their increasing popularity. * The new passion for acrobatics originated during last summer's Olympic Sfcames. American television viewers — in- jpeed, viewers all over the world — were Captivated by the skill and elfin charm of ;plga Korbut, the tiny gold medalist on the Soviet gymnastic squad. Olga Korbut fan jL-lubs were formed. When she and other ^vomen members of the Soviet squad toured £hu United Slates earlier this year, they f layed to capacity crowds. A tour in IJC- ember Wi by China':; Shenyang AITUIJ.MUC ?Troupe was a smash hit, too. Ail of this confirms a long-time trend toward cross-fertilization in world sport. No longer can Canada claim unquestioned supremacy in hockey, nor can the United States in basketball. The performances of Soviet teams against all-star Canadian and American squads laid such notions to permanent rest. And now China is getting into the act. American men's and women's basketball teams have been invited to play a series of games in the People's Republic from June 16 to July 7. Nevertheless, some sports do not travel we'll. Except in Britain and the Commonwealth countries, cricket is an impenetrable mystery. The United States has yet to acquire a taste for soccer at the professional level, although the sport is booming In the nation's schools and colleges. But who knows what the future will bring? The Miami Dolphins playing the Moscow Mules in the Super-Duper Bowl, perhaps? Or the New York Knicks taking on the Shanghai Gestures for the world basketball title? Don't rule those possibilities out. Long An H was Boston's Jale Richard Cardinal Cushing who used to say, in reference to avowed non-Communists who nevertheless repeated the Communist line: "If it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck, and quacks like a duck, I call it a duck." At least one family in Winthrop, Mass., and two others in Collinsville, 111., are today asking themselves a similar question. In Winthrop last January, 15 bearded, long-haired men waving guns and shouting obscenities suddenly invaded a home and proceeded to terrorize its occupants. In Collinsville on the evening of April 23, a similar group broke into a house and an apartment, again mouthing obscenities and brandishing weapons and, charges one complainant, held a gun to his head and threatened to kill him. In all three cases, the invaders turned out to be federal, state and local narcotics agents who, acting on tips, had mistakenly broken into the wrong of the Law Must Have Limits Comment ^ homes. In all three cases, they left without a word of apology. The question is: If a man looks like a criminal, talks like a crinvnal and acts like a criminal, what is he? And how much difference does it make if he carries policeman's identification in his pocket? According to Myles J. Am­ brose, special (assistant attorney general in charge of the Office fof Drug Abuse Law Enforcement, "Drug people are the very vermin of tnimahity. Occasionally we must adapt their dress and tactics." He did add, however, that the agents involved in these affairs "seem to have been guilty of a large dose of stupidity .. . People who use their badge for illegal purposes are worse than the criminals they seek." Four of the agents in the Collinsville raids, he said, had been suspended and he promised compensation for any damage they did. One of the victims has filed suit for $100,000. It is questionable whether any amount of apologies or monetary compensation can erase the memories of those moments of terror in the minds of the three families, as well as others who have gone through similar experiences that have not made the headlines. What is more disturbing is that such raids aro not illegal, though Mr. Ambrose flccmed to imply that tficy were, They aro made possible by the controversial "no-knock" provision of «he 1970 Drug Abwj Prfflvontlon and Control Act, whfch gives officials the right to ontor premises with warrants without notice based on "probaWo cause" if there Is reason to believe that evidence might ho destroyed or someone's life or #afely be endangered if notice were given. It is a far more serious matter than "misguided swal" In a good cause, m President Nixon remarked about the Watergate affair. If law enforcement offi- f cials make *a practice of adopting the methods of crime in the name of fighting crime, end if innocent people get hurt In the process, the nation may eventually lose something far more precious than it will gain by the rounding up of ia few criminals, What it could lose is a large chunk of its freedom. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Tracing Tax Mo ney in Washington Tough WASHINGTON - Information i3 as hard to come by as ever here. Neither Ron Ziegler's declaration that the last four years are "inoperative," nor Vice President Agnew's concession that the media may not be quite so vile as he thought, has made much difference. Every morning television crews are staked out around the houses of immediate past and present officials who won't grant interviews. Sometimes they sneak out the back and sometimes they come out the front and say they can't talk because they might jeopardize the judicial process. Then they slam their limousine doors on everybody's microphones and drive off to spend the day trying to bribe judges and destroy evidence. THERE ARE other ploys. Elliot Richardson, for example, has spend months saying he'd love to answer a few questions but he can't until the Senate confirms him. When the Senate does, then he's too new on the job to know anything, and then a couple of days later President Nixon moves him again. His nibs, our furtive leader, is hiding again, seeking ever more removed Caribbean islands. The questions pile up, but he darts from the Camp David White House where they had the pot-smoking Marines, to the San Clemente White House to the White House White House to the Key Biscayne White House to the Bahamas White House, but if he doesn't start answering some questions soon he may be doing his brooding in the Big House. To learn what's going on in the government you have to adopt methods that foreign intelligence agents use. They Comment By Nicholas Von Hoffman study the Congressional Record, other government publications, the newspapers and the magazines, clipping and filing bits of information until a pattern makes itself visible. This has been the modus operandi of 75-year-old Mrs. Smith Ely Jelliffe, a member of the National Taxpayers Union from Bronxville, N.Y. She has been reading and snipping for four years and has now come up with a document she calls, "Fantastic Use of My Taxes." She's found that among the things the Nixon Administration may be hiding is an expenditure of $20,324 to study the mating calls of Central American frogs. Five grand has gone into an investigation of the diving behavior of seals, while another $20,000 has been invested in research on the blood groups of Polish Zlotnika pigs. That makes more sense than the $70,000 spent to learn about the srnell of perspiration given off by the Australian aborigines. © 1973 by NIA, Inc. This is a "Will everyone kindly get a hold of himself? Thk directors' meeting, not an 'encounter group'." Qalesburg lister-Mail Of/Ice 140 South Prairie Street Gaiesljurg, Illinois, K140J TELEPHONE NUMBER Register-Mall Exchange 343-7181 Entered us Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Galesljurg, Illinois, under Act of Congress of March 3, 187IJ. Dully except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington'* Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Ethel Custer Prltchard, publisher; Charles Morrow, editor and general manager; Robert Harrison, managing editor; Michael Johnson, assistant to the editor; James O Connor, assistant managing editor. National Advertising Hopresenta twos: W»rd Griffith Co., Inc. New Vork. Chicago. Uetiuit. l.os An- gelt.-., s.-jji Kt .un 'isi'o, Atlanta. Minneapolis, I'lttbbuigh, Boston, Charlotte SUBSCRIPTION HATES By Carrier In City of Oalcsburg S(Jc a Week By RED mall In our retail trading zone: 1 Year $16.00 3 Munlhs S5 25 6 Months $ 0.00 1 Month $2 nu No mall subscriptions accented In towns where there Is established newspaper boy delivery service. By Carrier in retail trading zone outside City of Galesburg 50c u Week By mall outside retail trading zone In Illinois, Jowa and Missouri and by motor route In retail trading zone; 1 Year $22 00 3 Months $0 00 (^Months $1200 1 Month f2_50 By n.all outside Illinois, Iowa and Missouri: 1 Year $20 00 3 Months $7.30 6 Months $14.50 1 Month »3.W BUT THAT is as comprehensible as the $20,000 for the study of German cockroaches, a project more puzzling than the 817,000 spent on a dry-cleaning plant so that the Bedouins can have clean djellabas. The $32,459 given to the masochistic officials of Kenya for the purchase of extra wives is defensible, if peculiar, but why $37,314 for sending a potato-chip machine to Morocco, a nation that is not known to grow potatoes? So. give the University of California 71 grand to study the history of comic books ... but $42,000 to the University of Mississippi for not planting cotton, and $22,000 to the University of Arkansas for not planting rice, and $19,000 to Libby McNeil for not planting cotton, and $14,000 to the Ford Motor Company for not planting wheat? On the other hand, the $203,979 to Travelers Aid to help migrants lost on the Los Angeles freeways is certainly justifiable. That's hardly enough to ilo the jqb. NO CULTIVATED person can object to the $5,000 for an experimental analysis of violin varnish. Nor the $50,000 for the documentation of the Weltanschauung of the Guajiro Indians of Colombia. It might have been money better spent to hire the Guajiros to study our world view. They might have been able to explain to us why we gave a $5,000 award to a poem entitled "lighght," or paid the Pentagon to produce 12 different movies on how to brush your teeth. But surely the 50 G's that went into the study of the Canadian and U.S. fur trade between 1770 and 1820 was worth it, as was the $2 million given to Marshal Tito to buy himself a yacht, according to Mrs. Jelliffe. However, the odor-measuring machine ($28,361) for Turkey may have proved to be more beneficial. All the above costs about one- tenth of an hour's bombing in Cpmbodia, but since there's no way to stop that, Mrs. Jelliffe is understandably bitter about this other use of her tax money. "I've worked alj my life and the government doesn't even ask me to put the money up. I don't give a damn for those other countries. I don't care if they're all dead," she says. Mrs. Jelliffe is also very dubious about publishing this kind of secret information, but with admirable pluck,for one of such advanced years, she promises that, "If you get put in jail for it, I'll send you jams and jellies." Copyright, 1973, The Washington Post-King Features Syndicate The Almanac By United Press International Today is Thursday, June 7, the 158th day of 1973 with 207 to follow. The moon is in its first quarter. The morning stars are Mars and Jupiter. The evening stars are Mercury, Venus and Saturn. Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. British fashion expert George "Beau" Brummell was born June 7, 1778. On this date in history: In 1864, delegates meeting in Baltimore nominated Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson to head the Republican presidential ticket. In 1933, Great Britain, France, Italy and Germany signed a 10-year peace pact. Less than six years later, Germany started World War II. In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth became the first British monarchs to visit the United States. In 1943, . Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower became president of Columbia University in New York City. A thought for the day: American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait." 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