Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 17, 1975 · Page 9
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Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois · Page 9

Freeport, Illinois
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Thursday, July 17, 1975
Page 9
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Spy Ring Uncovered In Saigon SAIGON (UPI) - Authorities have cracked an intelligence ring allegedly set up by departing American officials to combat the new Provisional Revolutionary Government, official spokesmen said Wednesday. Saigon Liberation, the official government, newspaper, said authorities arrested all members of the group last month "along with their weapons and important files of American intelligence." An official spokesman said the ring had its headquarters in Soc Trang Province capital, 95 miles south of Saigon. Officials did not give the number of persons in the allegedly American-run intelligence network. They said authorities picked them up jn a Soc Trang security sweep that netted 100 prisoners. The arrests were part of a continuing crackdown on persons opposing the new South Vietnamese government. Saigon newspapers have run daily stories .to enlist popular support for the program. The Saigon Military Management Committee currently governing the Saigon area Wednesday warned of tough punishment for PRG opponents. An official committee order published in newspapers and read over radio and television said anyone hiding weapons or radio transmitters could expect heavy punishment, beginning with the confiscation of all his property. Residents who report illegal weapons or radios, the order said, "will be commended by the revolutionary authorities/' The Soc Trang intelligence ring case was the first of its kind reported by authorities since the April 30 takeover of Saigon by the PRG. Officials said American intelligence officials planted the intelligence per-, sonnel in South Vietnam to work against the new government. Officials did not say what American intelligence organization set up the group. The government already has charged several Vietnamese arrested in Saigon with being members of the Central Intelligence Agency, but apparently in most cases they referred to the agency of the former Saigon regime, not the American CIA. Hancock Among Smugglers In Colonies "• - • (Continued from page 7) officer's credentials were not dated, the captain of the Lydia refused him access to the cargo, and then some of Hancock's musclemen threw the officer overboard. It is small wonder that Gov. Francis Bernard of Massachusetts Bay and the customs officers demanded naval and military forces to assist them. Considering the attitude of the merchants and the many townspeople, the royal officials felt that they could do their work only under the protection of armed forces. When Gen. Thomas Gage arrived in the fall of 1768 with two regiments, however, the problems were not solved and more controversy erupted. ; "• In the case of the Liberty, John Hancock was arrested and ordered to pay a huge fine. A lawsuit followed with John Adams defending Hancock against charges of smuggling. After a three-month trial in 1769 Attorney General Sewell dropped the case for lack of conclusive evidence. Hancock got off scot-free on charges against him, but he lost the Liberty. The sloop was made into a revenue cutter and used in Narragansett Bay until a Newport mob seized the ship and burned it. Clearly, the enforcement of an un• popular British regulation in the colonies was very difficult if not impossible. John Hancock was only one of "many who tried to evade British trade regulations and import goods illegally in this period. The Liberty affair did boost Hancock's local prestige and he was elected to the Massachusetts General Court (the colonial legislature) in 1769. For the most part he supported the Patriot cause in the years ahead. A notable exception may be seen in the accompanying illustration from the Boston Chronicle, which shows Hancock as a violator of the nonimporta- tion agreement of his fellow Boston merchants. Ford Will Visit West German Capital En Route To. Helsinki BONN (UPI) - President Ford will visit this West German capital en route to the European Security Conference summit session in Helsinki later this , month, informed sources said today. The sources said Ford probably will arrive in Bonn on Saturday, July 26, and remain in Germany until the following Monday. While in Bonn, he will confer with President Walter Scheel and Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Ford may also leave Bonn briefly to visit U.S. army units, the source said. Now You Know By United Press International The bowerbird of Australia builds covered passageways of grass and sticks, decorated with bright articles, as playhouses to attract a mate. 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