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April 27, 1972
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01601 Approved For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP80- DECATUR, ILL. HERALD M - 35,332 HERALD-REVIEW S - X5,924 APR 2? 19c iEditori&s 0If1IIINIL Our Opinions Throw Out CIA Case THE JUSTICE Department is an expose Of tI c. CIA's clan- What is regrettable is that the again in- the - coui`ts trying to destine activities. Justice Department should go to prevent publication of materials His former CIA boss, Adm.1 bat for the CIA in the courts to it says would "result in grave Rufus L. Taylor, former deputy prevent a former government and irreparable damage to the director of Central Intelligence, employe from speaking or national defense interests of the told the New York Times. that writing. United States and the conduct of Marchetti has' never, so far as The Justice Department foreign relations." he knows, revealed intelligence should have learned in its d P to on Pa ers n t b P This time it is an ex - agent of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who has written a magazine article` about the organization's activities. Ironically, the manuscript has been rejected by Esquire magazine and, so far, has not even been sold to a publica- tion. The . temporary restraining order also prevents Victor L. Marchetti, the former agent, from publishing a book about the CIA, a book,. incidentally, that has not even been written yet. All he has is a contract with a publisher for a book on the CIA. The interesting aspect of the case is that Mr. Marchetti does not seem at all bent on writing g e a ra secrets. Adm. Taylor said he cgle has read one other article by case that the U.S. Supreme Mr. Marchetti and accounts of Court does not look lightly on several interviews with him; all the imposit;on of "prior of them, he said, were "inac- restraint" to prohibit the curate but not damaging." publication of articles or Mr. Marchetti has described documents. And Mr. Marchetti's the book he plans to write as "a article and proposed bode about balanced attempt to try to ex- the CIA certainly pose much plain how the agency works." less of a threat to national He even said he plans to submit security than Justice Depart his book manuscript to the CIA ment officials claimed for the for scrutiny before it is publish- Pentagon Papers. . ed. The federal judge who granted 'This incident reveals the ex- the temporary restraining order trcme nervousness of CIA of- should waste no time in throw- ficials at the prospect of having ing the case out. And he might more and more of the agency's ocouple that action with a operations scrutinized by the reminder to the Justice Depart- public. But that is long overdue. ment that it has better things to It certainly can be done with- do tfian to continue in attempts out jeopardizing the nation's to abridge the First Amendment security. - to the U.S. Constitution. Approved For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP80-01601 R001200270001-2 STATINTL Approved.For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP80-01 DECATUR., ILL. HERALD h -- 35,332 HERALD-REVIEW S -- 55,921 ~v?9t.icU vii ! 6 ~ TIIE ROLE of the Central Intelligence Agency, Tiether real or imag; ., 1; has-- been enormous . in many foreign countries. Evidence points to CIA functionaries plotting and executing major foreign policy decisions without the knowledge or approval of official Washington. 'Mis role has been so widespread - and so disturbing that it has become a serious anchor around the neck of American diplomacy. Foreign diplomats' speak with open con- tempt for the CIA. Fears of the secret agency's presence lurk in the minds of friends and foes around the world to a point where all -American activity is suspect. . Evidence 'of the difficulty the CIA can cause is found in Mile where various forces claim the assassination of former Vice :President Edmundo Perez Zu- jovic yr as caused directly by the ri (2 1 , ! - "', ( b t-) American intelligence agen- cy. A simple look at the facts would indicate this judgment is totally wrong. Perez Zujovic was a member of the Christian Democrat party that was ousted by Marxist President Salvador Allende. Why would the CIA have any reason to murder a former political official whose party was friendly to the U.S.? The difficulty persists because the CIA has a reputation of being behind all violent plots and intrigue in Latin America and elsewhere. The agency's role in Guatemala, Gr:ece, Iraq and Cuba are some of the more famous attempts by the U.S. government to use subversion to achieve diplomatic goals. Little can be done now to remove the fears created by past episodes. Yet 'flat assurances from President Nix- on that the CIA will pull in its fangs and refrain from any ac- tivity that involves undermining foreign governments would be welcome. 'llie President has repeatedly stressed the importance of self - determination as it applies to national interests in other coun- tries. Self - determination can- not succeed if secret agents are doing all they can (which is considerable in terms of CIA resources) to set a different course. With regard to .Chile, Mr. Nixon could take the important step of establishing better rela- tions with President Allende's government in an effort to allay and - American sentiment in that country. If Air. Nixon is. sincere about supporting .democratic countries, he should quit hiding behind the old Com- munist scare fears, regardless of the domestic political' repercussions. Approved For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP80-01601 R001200270001-2