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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE Approved For Release 2000/08/0A0f1li1 ff 6-00149R000100320009-0 SCIENTIFIC STUDIES SEEN ENDANGERED Anthropologists Warned i CPYRGHT Z tI h d overnment' sa An important group of social scien- tists was told here last night that at- tempts to do part-time undercover work for the government could work against the long-range interests of the United States. Prof. Ralph Beals, an anthropologist ' pen with the University of California at Los Angeles, said he believes some anthro- 'line pologists may have done part-time intel- resi ligence .work while retaining their po- ; of 1 sitions as university faculty members. B But. he added: poly der "I can't prove that." froi Beals has completed a nationwide study of the relationships between his the profession and intelligence operation's.' ern mQetip of 2500 to 30l() ar tabrnpol4gists --stietitists who study human c ltiires, mankind's remote past, and racial char-'su acteristics. a$' His report is expected to serve as a basis for guidelines to be drawn up by ? the American Anthro ological Associa- c, tion during its fouriday annual meet- h by the group are to be made public c;i: -late tomorrow or Sunday. 'In an interview, Beals said his report '`do t anthropologists because of restrictions on their work overseas. :.Ile said the social scientists are ham- i , g .onsequen y, e should also give more, support to an- thropology in the area of basic re- search. training, and by "not doing things than, hurt anthropologists" (such, as restricting their access to other by regulations controlling ais- countries). nation and discussion of research Solution in Changing Titles ngs, disclosure of the identities of The entire problem was brought into arch sponsors and even disclosure focus last year when the Army's $4 mil- ie purposes of the research. lion project Camelot, a study of how' als said he believes some anthro-: ists are being "seduced into un Communists capitalize on revolutionary over work" by offers of . grant? change in developing countries, was' phony foundations-"from organi- widely criticized and eventually can c eled. ns'who need information, although, - The roject to have been carried out p , are not necessarily related to gov- in Chile, was described as a study of sent." "insurgency and counter-insurgency." ch actions, he said, are creating Beals said he thinks part of the icion of anthropologists in many problem could have been solved by seas countries. changing the project's description to We have to have the confidence resolution." the people 'we're studying, and we 't get it if they think we're spies," Few anthropologists were involved in declared. Project Camelot, Beals said, but he ted it b represen lems added that the pro als said, he found hints that some are of interest to all universities doing men had posed as anthropologists, research, in social science fields over-' add of thai `much of this is in the, seas. rumor." A similar problem cropped up last eals noted that the United States April when Michigan State University 'ernment uses information obtained was linked to CIA operations in Viet anthropologists and hires