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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest I» The Firs! Concern O/ T/iis Newspaper 4 · TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1974 Coverup Syndrome Includes Post Office President Closes The Door President Ford's performances continues, in our view, to lack the dimensions of even normal acceptability. He may well be Jjonest and decent and well-meaning -- qualities his supporters laud most highly -- but rhe also seems to be sorely lacking in objective leadership, intellectual perception, or a 'sense of history, as it applies to the position he now holds. ·i: The ."pardon" was bad enough to mark his administration, even though, by his own testimony, it wasn't covertly concocted nor for devious reasons. The President says he -pardoned Mr. Nixon, before the ex-president .was indicted for anything, in order to shift ;the nation's attention to other pressing national matters. Well-meaning, yes; in the ·best interests of history, the national con- 'science, and a firm foundation for needed -reform of the political process, we think not! Nor, as it turns out, has it diverted attention away from the scandals of San Clemente, which gives an idea of Mr. Ford's perception. Now the new President adds insult to injury. Caught up in a spate of vetoes on ^matters of foreign policy (where he is taking 'all his cues from the thrust of the previous 'administration), he.adds another to an extremely popular, enormously valuable free- dom of information bill. His explanation seems to be without substance. The popularity of the legislation is marked by its adoption in the Senate, 64-17, and in the House 366-8. (An override was still possible at this writing.) The President, however, says he finds the bill unworkable, and possibly unconstitutional. Such an executive knee-jerk at the idea of having to do one's business in the open smacks so loudly of Agnew-Nixonism that it does the Ford administration's reputation for a return to "open door" government no good at all. The legislation, consisting of amendments to a previously enacted national Freedom of Information Act, is designed to give existing statutes better definition and sharper teeth. Among other things, the bill would allow judges to review classified documents (such as the Pentagon Papers) in chambers, and determine if properly classified. The judges would be able to release improperly classified material to public view. Needless to say the vast federal bureaucracy, which classifies much information simply to save itself the trouble of having to file and retrieve it for the public, helped persuade the President in his veto. Congress should not let the veto stand. From The Readers' Viewpoint Psychopathy To the Editor: Today millions of people are caught up in a crusade to restore capital punishment, based on the idea that our problems are caused by a few hundred "hardened criminals" and if we Just catch them and kill them, our people and our property will be safe like it used to be. We engage in righteous indignation at each instance of senseless violence. But the evidence all around us is that our society, and most of our world, is coming under the grip of a psychopathic ethic. "Psychopathy," strictly speaking, is a no longer "official" psychiatric term which refers to a category of disturbance that was known earlier as "moral insanity." A psychopath is a person who has no conscience, or anything that corresponds to a conscience. H« is concerned with only one thing--whether hli or her ' aggression works. Norman Cousins, in a recent issue of Saturday Review, says that terror and countertenor ire threatening to disfigure human society all over the world. In the Middle East terrorists kill unarmed Israeli men, women and children, and Israeli terroriits "retaliate" by killing unarmed Arab men, women and children. In northern Ireland, two religious groups, each claiming to worship the Prince of Peace, engage daily in a deliberate campaign to terrorize, torture and murder as many of the, others as they can. In the United States we hav» terrorism on a grand scale. Recently the Pentagon an- nounce'd that they had perfected a "smart bomb"--the result of years of effort. Thousands of the brightest Americans who have ever lived worked years to bring to the world this tremendous achievement of s c i e n c e , which combines television, laser, and computer technology to enable a bomb From Our Files; How Time f/ies 10 YEARS AGO : S o m e 175 artists are registered at the annual Arts :and Crafts Fair at War Eagle this year. Arlis Coger of Huntsville ;placed first in the Kings Round . ( of the National Crossbow ;50 YEARS AGO ; T a x a b l e property in W a s h i n g t o n County i t .$12,542,845, according to a 'report made te the Quorum JCourt. · Arkansas stands next to the bottom, in valuation of the ·buildinf s of all state University ·100 YEARS AGO ; Paddock has a machine thst saws up stove wood In a :rnanner " calculated to make axes blush, ^ Parson Baker's horse'i tail Tournament held during the weekend at Governor's Hill in Huntsville. The annual Boston Mountain fall color tour will be held Sunday. and state agriculture building in the United States according to Dr. A. M. Harding, secretary of the Arkansas Alumni Association. G.A. Sines has installed full machinery to finish glass work for closed cars and windshields. w a s shaved by some mischievous boys while he spoke at Mitchell's school house last Saturday night. They'll Do Jt Every Time NP *,£ THE56 WHIL I WAIT?" HOW HUM WHIT BE? AWN 77 wazst. sr.f NWVOCK, ay. to be precision-targeted; that Is, -the bomb can be dfnpped exactly where we want it to be. The bomb carries a nuclear payload. And yet, having perfected, in s u c h a deliberate and methodical way, that kind of weapon, we condemn (He bombings of "terrorists' 1 . The United States and the Soviet Union each have the capability of destroying the entire planet more than four times over. We, the people of the world, live in a balance of terror maintained by the great powers of the world. Yet there is no great moral outcry. Few people in the world demonstrate moral indignation at this state of affairs. Most people are indifferent. People will become indifferent after a while to Just about anything, including terror. Who wants to accept the reality of a smart bomb? Who wants to accept the reality of an aerosal canister (actually in our Pentagon arsenal) that can spray a gas which can exterminate an entire c i t y in a matter of seconds. The problem is the psycopath, b u t it doesn't have a psychological solution. There is no psychotherapy that anyone can employ to cure a psychopath. Psychotherapy requires that the individual feel that there is a problem; feel some anxiety, some conflict, some c o n f u s i o n , some concern. Psychopaths feel no concern at all, they feel fine, they have no anxiety, nothing is troubling them; they know exactly who tliey are and what they are about; they have no identity problems. Those who are familiar with the career of Richard Nixon know that from the beginning his concern was to gain what he wanted. What happened to others along the way because of it was something outside his ken. When he became president, his concern was to exercise Ihe power that came to him. All under a cover of sanctimony. On a Sunday night a group of tourists wailing outside the San Clemente estate for a glimpse of their hero, was interviewed on TV. Some said they were glad Nixon was pardoned. One added: "Why shouldn't he be pardoned? He hasn't done anything!" HE HASN'T DONE ANYTHING!! Under the pardon deal, Nixon was supposed to be "contrite". That was the agreement. But not Nixon. All he would say was that he now sees, with the perspective of California, that he was "wrong in not acting more decisively." Not the s l i g h t e s t admission of criminality, of abuse of power, of establishing a dictatorship, of defying the laws of Congress, or failing to execute the duties of his office. He was entirely decisive in his destruction of civil rights in using goevrn- ment agencies like the FBI and the CIA and the IRS to hound people he didn't like--political o p p o n e n t s , newsmen, w a r protesters. But his admission was only lhat he made a few little mistakes." He has sought only to draw sympathy a n d rewards to himself. He hss been touched only by his loss of power. We know that there is no cure for tho psychopath. But the great change that has come about, in our country and around the world, Is lhat psychopathy is now treated as respectable. And there Is no recognition of the loss of our.mor- al leadership and the d r a i n upon our vital resources by what comes nndar the designation of "national security." But we need not despair; w« can keep f a i t h . Our great American prophet, William (CONTINUED ON PACE SIX) By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON-Like an episode out of the Watergate covcrup trial, two associates of P o s t m a s t e r General Ted Klasscn recently ^pressured a postal employe no to talk to the FBI about "malpractice" in the Postal Service. They have successfully intimidated the employe, who is keeping his mouth shut rather than risk losing his j o b. He canceled an appointment with FBI agent Frank Korn, ex- Dlaining that "I. am forced to bow out. 1 ' From Justice Department sources, we have obtained a copy of the postal official's sworn statement to the FBI. To protect him from possible retaliation, however, we have agreed not to disclose his name. Meanwhile, Klassen himself has been pulling wires on Capitol Hill to spike a congressional investigation of his postal operations. Hep. Charles Wilson, D-Calif., told us he had been subjected to "subtle pressure" to sidetrack his investigation of the Postal Service. "I resent it very much," he said. While all this has been going on behind the scenes, Klassen had the audacity to call a press conference and announce he would throw open the Postal Service's doors to investigators. He offered to provide a room for investigative reporters who want to dig up dirt on his conduct. They will be given access, he vowed, to the pertinent postal records. Just to make sure the records are complete, we will also The Washington Merry-Go-Round make available our poslal documents. These will sliow that Klassen lias squandered the taxpayers' money, favored friends w i t h . postal contracts and accepted a $22,917 fee from a firm that got postal business through him. The documents will include a letter from the postal employe that smacks of Watergate tactics. The letter discribes his encounter with the two Klassen associates. He identified them only as a postal superior and a former postal executive. "They pointed out to me." he wrote to agent Korn, "that they were aware of a telephone inquiry for me, at my office, that had come in from a Mr. Korn during my absence. They said. "We're aware of who Mr. Korn is. and of his interest in certain alleged malpractices in the Postal Service." The two men told him, according to the letter, that "the 'people up front' were plenty sick ami tired of all the adverse publicity, especially that being generated by 'disgruntled' employes. They considered the latter as 'insubordination' and 'disloyalty to the hand t h a i feeds one.' " He wrote that he was warned "if I consider making any kinds of 'dumb moves. 1 then not only will I be 'eased out of the Postal Service,' but it will be made virtually impossible for me to land a new job of comparable professional status, that· pays in the neighborhood of my present salary." The postal employe informed the FBI agent, therefore, that he couldn't talk to him. "If I possessed sufficient financial moans'," he wrote, "I would throw 100 per cent effort into assisting you in your investigation. But I do not possess the necessary resources... "I can only add that if you have been given the go-ahead to really 'root out' the facts behind the many . allegations made in the media, and in and around certain congressmen, you will build your case without any input from me." The letter'does not allege that Klassen personally was con nected with the effort to shut him up. But · we have established that the Postmaster General contacted congressmen, labor leaders and businessmen in an attempt to bring pressure on Wilson to scuttle the hearings. Klassen held a series of private lunches and huddles on Capitol Hill with members of the House Post Office committee, including Chairman . Thaddeus Dulski, D-N.Y., Rep. David Henderson, D-N.C., Rep. Edward Derwinski, R-I1I., Rep. John Roussclot, R-Calif., and Wilson himself. The Postmaster General sought to get the Wilson hearings called off, then postponed. When Wilson made it clear he was going ahead with the hearings, Klassen asked Derwinski to cancel a trip to Tokyo "Don't Forget To War Your WIN Button" State Of Affairs Press Conference Reform Suggested By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON-MOW ' t h a t television has transformed the presidential press conference into a national institution, the public, along with the President and press corps, has a stake in the rules, behavior and general format that make the conference what it is. The big, formally televised sessions which have largely supplanted the once small, intimate Oval Office meetings of yore have become everybody's business, so it is generally fell that they no longer should be conducted in the old hit-or-miss way.- As a result, one or two modest changes are being gingerly tried out, and other possible changes a r e in the wings. None that has been discussed, however, seems very promising, especially in finding ways to achieve more order and a more balanced and fairer protocol for questioning the President. As any television viewer can see, the present method, is use for many years, is at best a messy, haphazard procedure which allows, indeed invites, tho incumbent President to favor reporters who, hopefully, can be counted on not to he too hostile. That was not much of an advantage to former President Nixon, for he ended up alienating the press so completely that nearly all the correspondents were asking embarrassing questions during tho last years of his Administration. Also, on t e l e v i s i o n presidential favoritism m a y look more real than It really is, for the so-called White House "regulars" (Ihe reporters who cover the President full time) traditionally occupy the first rows of seats immediately in front of the President, so it's only natural for him to give them precedence. GENERALLY, t h e l a r g e televised conferences are held in the East Ballroom and are frequently attended by more than 200 reporters, with the "regulars" constituting possibly a quarter or a fifth of those present. The precedence of the "regulars" is accepted by the others because, first, it is their "beat" and. second, most are t o p - n o t c h journalists familiar however which can and should with presidential problems. There a r e drawbacks how- be eliminated. Now that President Ford is allowing the reporters to follow up on their own questions, there will be even fewer opportunites for the nonregulars to get in on an act which usually 'lasts only 30 minutes and is limited to between 20 and 30 questions. As competent as the regulars are, they are not specialists and hence not always qualified'to deal with the sophisticated explanations of a President who has been carefully briefed by the top experts in his Administration. Washington is full of journalists who devote themselves to important but recondite, fields such as, for example, atomic energy or disarmanent o r international m o n e t a r y problems. Many, t h o u g h no longer attend the White House press conferences,' for the chances are remote of getting a question in unless they continually jump up and down, shout, wave their arms and otherwise try to attract the attention of the President. It's a gracfress and thankless ordeal, except for those who can't resist the lure o! being seen on the TV screen. TH E WHITE HOUSE Correspondents Assn., along with the Presidnct's press secretary, could well take a tip from Selective Service and introduce a lottery system that would be both orderly and fair to all. In the W h i t e House press room before each conference the reporters who wish to ask questions could drop their names in two bowls, one for the regulars and the other for the much larger group of non- regulars. Ten names, say, would then be drawn from the regular bowl. The first one would be entitled to Question No. 1, the second to Question No. 2 and so oh up to No. 10. Another 20 name scould be drawn from the nonregular bowl, with the first one entitled to Question No. 11 and so on up to No. 20 names could be drawn from than 30 questions, the additional ones could be handled at random as at present. The job of the press secretary would merely be to flash the next number a f t e r each question was answered. The President himself would be ., assured of a more, dignified show, as well as toeing immunized from complaints of favoring c i t h e r friendly reporters or the representatives of the media giants. It would be a better performance for allowing more of the nonmighly in on it. -(C) 1374, Los Angeles Times In order to defend him at the hearings. Derwinski went to Tokyo but got back In time to attend. Meanwhile, the Wilson investigation has already, substantiated a number of our charges and caught Klassen in some glaring mlsstatements. INDIAN GIVING: The Interior Department appears to be welshing on one of President Nixon's most charitable. gcs. tures toward the Indians: $690,000 in federal funds to help Indian fishers in the far'North- west. The money was to be channeled through Interior's conservation agencies under a federal court decision which affirms old treaties granting Indian fishing rights. B u t internal I n t e r i o r documents show that Secretary Rogers Morion did a last- minute turnaround on ' t h e money. At a private meeting with Washington stale officials, who were under heavy pressure, from non-Indian sport fishing interests, Morton agreed to let the states handle the $690.000. This gives control of th« money to s t a t eofficials, including Washington state gama men who have raided, beaten and shot at Indian fisherman. --United Feature Syndicate What Others Say NEW ETHICS FOR HUNTERS Recent surveys from several sources confirm what most hunters have known for far too long: The sport has what political promoters might call an image problem, a problem brought on in large part by the antics of a small number of rogues operating in the sportsmen's banner. Most visible result of this situation of the increasing appearance of "NO HUNTING" signs on private property. In the field, the behavior of this renegade minority ranges from outrageous to illegal, with plenty of ill-mannered stops along the way. And the great mass of hunters pays for the sins of the outcasts. To make clear the difference between sportsman and rogue, and at the same lime provide the decent hunter with standards for measuring his own behavior, the Hunting Hall of Fame Foundation Has issued "An Ethic for the · Hunter." Adopted at the Foundation's annual meeting in Memphis on April 20, the "Ethic" is based on" the high prinicples of sporting conduct which govern all aspects of the chase. Perhaps most important, "An Ethic for the Hunter" expresses the sportsman's deep concern for the world around him: "He respects also the rights and properties of others, and above all, he reveres the beauty and character of the environment he shares with his game." AN ETHIC FOR THE HUNTER Ever mindful of the rich traditions of his sport, the ethical hunter maintains hunting skills and physical condition of the .highest feasible degree; studies his game, it's habitat, so that he may respect not only that game but the laws, written and unwritten, governing both its fair chase and its management. He respects also the rights and properties of others, and above all, he revers the beauty and character of the environment he shares with his game. Ever conscious of both present and future needs of his sport, the ethical hunter practices the best prinicples of game preservation, seeks only the finest experience of selective hunting without regard fop competition with other men, and in all things moral or cultural so comports himself that fie acts as an honorable example, to broaden public understanding of hunting in our time and to provide guidance lor all concerned with the --Ark. Out-of-Doors (Art. Wildlife Federation) ROHWER: LEST WE FORGET . T h e remains of the camp at Honwer, where some 10,000 Japanese Americans were held during the second World War always has had a special significance in these parts. It should have. The bleak remains at Rohwer are not only a rebuke from the past, but a warning for the future, They stand as an admonition against pride, a corrective for the assumption that America is somehow immune to panic and fear, and the concentration camps others perpetrate. IT CAN happen here. Americans too can grow so angry or confused or greedy as to mistake legitimate saftey for striking out blindly, even against fellow Americans. Perhaps the 'best hope that Americans will do better is Rohwer itself. Not what it was in the past, but as it sum** now -- an injustice remembered. PERHAPS THE best hope of avoiding Rohwers in the future is that Americans have not hidden the evidence, but remembered it. The news that Rohwer now has been included in the National Register of Historic Places means that it has achieved a special significance beyond these parts, that it as been recognized as something for the nation to remember. --Pine Bluff Commercial

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