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Approved For Release 2011/08/17 :CIA-RDP09T00207R001000030037-2 Sauce For 'i'~ie Gander ABROAD AT HOME that South Korea's Central Intelligence 'Agency (the K.C.I.A.) inspired 1974 demonstrations by Mr. Moon's follow- ers against the impeachment of Rich- ard Nixon. The K.C.I.A. has also reportedly been using its physical muscle inside the United States. Its agents are said to operate in a large Korean commu- nity in Los Angeles, intimidating and even beating individuals opposed to President Park. All .this offends ,the most basic American sense of self-respect, far a minor foreign power 'to treat the United States as a target for bribery and intimidation is humiliating. And South Korea is not the only country to have agents acting here in a brazen way. Chile and Iran are two other examples. The Chilean secret police are believed to have connec- tions with Cuban exiles suspected of va~`ious acts of terrorism, including the murder in `Washington of the former Chilean Foreign Minister, Orlando Letelier. 1Vlost Americans must find it repel- lent to have such things happening in our coun?ery. But how many have stopped to think that what has been done here is exactly whoa we have done unto others? The American C.I.A. has paid politicians and edit rs in countries around the globe. It has planned assassinations, waged secret wars and encouraged military coups against constitutional governments. All that is. familiar stuff after the in- teIligemce investigations of the. last When President Ford was a~_ ced in 1974 whether it wah Ius policy to "d~e- stabrlize" other goveraxnents, }3e re- plied that every .country does t'ZLat sort of thing. It was a cynical answer -and one that. is self-defeating foa- this country because it does not fist our image of oti~se7V~s: ? The Carter Administration sho~{ld move Quickly to do what Mr.' Ford refused: Limit covert operations by law to situations that, in Clark Clif- ford's phrase, threaten to have "a profound impact on the continued existence of this country." And the Administration should underline its commitment to law by bringing to book, at last; those United States ln- teiligence officials who lied under oath and committed other crimes. None of that is easy, but as a matter of self-interest it is neces- sary. And after all, it was Jimmy Carter. who said, beginning as long ago as last March, "Our. policies should be open and honest and decent as the American people themselves." By Anthony Z.ewis BOSTON, Nov. 10-One of the :early problems to confront Jimmy Carter as President will almost certainly be the ripening scandal of South Korean covert activities in this country. It is a delicate problem with disturbing im- plications, involving as i~t does both foreign policy ?and domestic politics, morals and law. Agents of Park Chung Hee, the South Korean dictator, have spent mil- lions here in recent .years. trying to buy influence: That, much is already clear from newspaper investigations. What makes it especially awkward for Mr. Carter is than leading Demo- cratic Congressmen have begn among the mau~n recipietrts of the Korean largesse. Tl:e House Democratic w1~ip, Rgpre- serctative Jahn J. McFall of California, admitted after the electiorn'-an aide had denied it tiefare-that he got $3,000 from Tongs~in Park, a Korean businessman and operator in Wash- ingtan. The money was not a, cam- paign contribution but went into gezv- eral office ids for Mr. McFa(rl's use. He also got an expensive digital watch and silver tea service. The retiring Speaker o! the House: Carl Albert, has had warm. relations with South . Korean representatives; and he has on liis staff in an influ- ential role a person of Korean birth, Mrs. Sue Park Thomson, Last summer the House International Relations Committee, in a rare action, voted unanimously for a resolution that among other. things criticized the trial in Seoul of eighteen opponents of President Park. At the fast minute Speaker Albert took the resolution off the House calendar. There are suspicions, too, about the activities of the Korean evangelist Sun Myung Moon. Recant reports suggest two years:. ' The Ka:~an scandal`2~etnirbds us how dangerous it ~'s fvr the United States to act as if its cansti~tutional, legal and ethical standards stopped alt the water's edge. If we ;day foreign poli- ticians as a matter of course, and wiretap our nationals abroad and plat violence; it is hard to object to other countries behaving the same wax. The first stop in dealing wiRh the covert South Korean activities is to have a tough official investigation arni get the facts out in the open. The next is to make clear that this country will not tolerate . dirty tricks here ? by rthe secret policemen. an~ agents of other countries-whether, them gov-- ernments are Communist enemies" or right wing "friends." But such acbions_ are not likely to be effective unless we caavince the world that we are prepaic+ed to abide . by sianPiar rules ourselves. .~ Approved For Release 2011/08/17 :CIA-RDP09T00207R001000030037-2