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February 6, 1972
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STATINTL ? Approved For Releas~EOI~S~ ~ ~ 6 Feb ?1972 T~~ ~~~~~ ~~ue ~~?~~ Vlt ~~~ ~~~ ~~ a~~~~iL ~~~~til~ ~~~~~~ ~~~ ~i~lB~~ STATINTL By L FLETCNER P~OUTY IGHT HAD obscured the mountains when the Air Force cargo plane finally approached the Pikes Peak country from the west. Wearily, ~it seemed, the aircraft crossed the south shoulder of the peak, turned left, dropped flaps and began the long, gradual descent to Peterson Field ~~hich serves both -as an Air Force base anti the municipal airport of Colora- do Springs. The landing was uneventful. But from that point some strange things happened. The aircraft, a heavy-bodied C130 powered by four turbo- prop engines, taxied to a remote end of the field rather than to the regular ramp. A military bus quickly pulled up alongside. If any outsider had been there to witness some 20 men. disem- bark, he would have been told they, were soldiers from India scheduled for training at nearby Ft. Carson under a military aid program. But the troops weren't Indians and they never got to Ft. Carson. The loaded bus headed west- ward out of Colorado Springs, up the Ute Pass highway, and disappeared 'into the night. During the months that fol- lowed, other men like those in y?,~_ :the first conti~g~~?~~ide~~el~ele+a~lB~~OlA1~/C~~~IAPR-f~, ...7;....11., ;.. (~ntnrn~n Ct,rtnac to a ~ __t t__~ a,. -.,.,...? ~mnrtn~nc ln~ Or 1 ? The author, L. Fletcher Prouty, is a retired Air Force colonel who is now with the Center of Political Re- search in Washington, D.C. ~ who connected it vaguely with a - the same mysterious manner Ronald Coleman movie about and vanished into the mountains. Shangri-la. The identity of these men and There is nothing mythical; the nature of their mission about Tibet. It is an ancient makes a fascinating story -and, country with an area four times in some respects, a frightening that of Colorado, separated from one - with vast international India to,the. south by the Hima- implications. Recent develop- layan Range, many of whose ments in relations between the peaks are twice as tall as Colora- United States and Communist do's highest mountains. The China, which portend so much country's average elevation is for an era of peace, give that about 15,000 feet. Soon after the story a special t;>,ti~rlY t~c~},i.~ Approved For~Relea~~ 2~~~1~~~/04 : CIA-RDP80-0 '~JL .ll l~l; U ! `.J ~~ll, .1 ~! Ll ~ 1. r. /. '~CJi:u `,f. .-, Y,, av:', i'C'IJ~_.t znci Arrcios fled mainly into north- Flea:r~' Iissi:~fcr's trip to I es:- eru It`~?p:ll alt?r .tile 1859 revolt ir]~ r.rill tl-:o foi tllcv~];ill~ visit a! ana sim}-,1}' loo': Geer the country Yresitrl]i 1~+iY.v;1 t~ tlic Peo~~le's ~ ~ Cirl arld ~ 111 CoI1jl121Ct1GI1 vJltll t:;c jir'1'~itbi_C G: (:P:lrl'r i:rC 1':G1'1 ~:;t- U.S. rn211tdJ'}' 1i1 !\ri'~1. AS far' a5 1. ?'; tia t-::rn:alc::+~.ts pul;licity i;] tL?e anti?bcdy !:noti,~s, most of thorn are '. '~t tl'lS cjii)ai'%Ilt ~I. S.-Pliv tlGrl.. i,,1G~ rap; rc~;:^_~:~nt u,ans~,,er- ed-at lsast, !:ublic] ' arc. the de- }- ' t~liled spoci:'aticn in t17~ U.S. press d^':iL~rateiy sLei',a tG avoid these areas. 't'hey are the folloti?r- in~: . 11 n~Gl'tiiI'il lit!I'ma and Laos: ever file Chinese civil v~ar, t1rC t).S. CeiU'al _ I:rtC'lirl;:'r1Cc'. Agency has bei!e the i]?abiGly to hOi~ClE~S.? ~ SU,EC~J Or l(iOiu ~'1~'i?i r~ r2fll? 11111ii~c:ii1 fl~;htlll~ fCl:'E'CM Ili Tl- But the Tibetali ,,.ojlle are gees irI IIld1:i has l,oPr under- . liet, efforts cmtinttc to be ? contil;ui?l~ to cphus ^Chires. taken to s~?ttL> these Nep:.l. mad' to heel; an.intelligcnce based aa?ls from the The C}linese have trice, to ?inlo.h'illrul,.1 have fai.Et ,o ~. use Til)ctan.~ in their acL :u?is- cLstroy nationalism in iii rc,ag;:: ccnunuaity coll? high, Inr,;llltainous Iona north tinui~a, to join this secret . triaian. ~ Youths were tl:ken force.' away irc;~n Tibet he;,~intling in 'ot the Iii:,l.^.l:;y~_s. the eal?ly 19~Os for edacztioil in -This nationalism is no?,'; e~- Colllrounist China raca~ertecl Cenfra] China. Some of these ressed ,I?imari'_ ~ in ?:.ssive the olci iln )erial Cllir,^se claim ; P 1 3 I Chilies: tra.ned Tibetans `sere Pro ',~, 1]0P: i:vC?r. Tfi~. l'Cl'1?Ill'; tO 1'li::a. lit l~i~'J it?]Cj fClly 0^_Ch- } ~; ]11POly'Cd. forces 1'~i?iCi] fOi7oht. ti?v GC- pled tf]e 111Ootlj' u:? c~ . l~!iia 111 Ip QCtOb?]', 1G j'Otil]n TIi)itall o- r: Ctlrlyl"tig Cll'.l,E?sl 8.]'llly h%IGC 1~?JI. Jet?;' t:15t a1'lll"%i 1'CSI:?t" ~ ll n 1 O l' 8.dinllll?tCi?tO1'S ?.??Cl boon grorna datyn, ~uce Logan in hhaln ab:,nt, translators erere al?restec;. The. four years later. enact chr,r~~. are uravailat;l~ 1?1I11 L^li,#'S Orde;? It spread, le;:dir.g Lo the 1S:i9 here hilt invol ecj epj)osition to Heavy 2ttriiion of th