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in the I near daily rash erial lows full I land ,000 this San and \their the itains and valleys of the Great Spirit, the sky, the setting sun, the stars, the moon and all of our brothers and sisters who inhabit this beautiful world with us; the animals, the birds, the plants, the trees, the stones." Great oaks from little acorns By Scott Kaufer The Oakwood High School Gorilla Los Angeles, Calif. (CPSQ: Do you think that a lot of the people who were killed in My Lai were Vietcong? F. EDWARD HEBERT (Chairman, House Armed Services Committee; was chairman of the House Subcommittee that investigated My Lai): There's no doubt about it. Q: There also is no doubt, though, isn't there, that a lot of people who were killed there were not Vietcong, couldn't possibly have been? HEBERT: What were they doing in that village, for 25 years a Vietcong stronghold? Q: Well, I'm talking about the women and children, though. HEBERT: What were they doing there? Q: Well, they were living there. HEBERT: That place had been cleaned out several times, and they went back to the Vietcong. Q: Right, I mean there's no question that some of those who were killed at My Lai could not possibly have been Vietcong; they were little children, they were 1 year, 2 years old.. HEBERT: They were just growing up to be big Vietcong. Those little children throw grenades.. Q: Yeah, but there were some children there who were 1 year old and 2 years old.. -HEBERT: That's going into testimony which we didn't take. All we said was that Vietnamese in civilian clothes were killed, wantonly killed, unnecessarily killed. That's what we said. Q: Those two things seem to be in conflict. On the one hand your report saying that they were unnecessarily killed, and on the other hand you're saying now that they just would have grown up to be big Vietcong. HEBERT: I can't resolve that either___I've said they're little Vietcong who'll grow up to be big Vietcong. Q. So why was their killing unnecessary? HEBERT: You can kill, in an atrocity, unnecessarily, even the enemy. Just because you kill them doesn't mean you can slaughter the enemy. Q: So then your real objection to the event at My Lai was not that it happened, but how it happened. HEBERT: How it happened. Q: The way in which they were killed, not that they were killed? HEBERT: That's correct. I think that would be fa':. People's Party As an outgrowth of the Alternative America Conference held at UK last month, plans are being made to form a People's Party in Kentucky. A statewide convention for the party is to be held in either Louisville or Lexington the first weekend in April. Watch for further details. Following is a 10-point "Statement of Principles for a People's Party of Kentucky" drawn up by a group consisting mainly of activist professors: 1. The people as a whole shall have democratic control over the government and other institutions that affect then lives. These shall include the means of communication, the courts and the educational system at all levels. 2. The people shall assert control over the land and the industries that produce the goods needed for a decent standard of living for all people. This shall include the power to end the destruction of our human and natural resources. 3. Control shall include the power to remove those elected to public office and replace them with men and women who will abide by the decisions of the people. 4. Control shall include the power to decide issues by vote of the people, instead of decisions being made by one or a handful of men. 5. Labor and farm unions shall be free of limits on their right to organize and bargain collectively. All laws limiting their freedom, including so-called right-to-work laws, shall be repealed. Every person shall be guaranteed a job or adequate income. 6. Every person and every family shall have the minimum income needed to insure enough food, housing, clothing, education, medical care and cultural and recreational facilities. This shall be theirs as a matter of right, by the fact that they are human beings. As of 1971 the Acapulco Gold SAN FRANCISCO (CPS)"Marijuana is now as American as Spiro Agnew's daughter"or so say forward-thinking executives of U.S. tobacco firms who have been covertly eying the underground market in "grass," officially valued at better than a billion dollars a year. The real figure, say Western entrepreneurs, is nearer three times that sum, and now that the possibilities of legal manufacture are being discussed in the boardrooms, bootleg suppliers are organizing to safeguard their interests. Long before New Years Day, when the government shut down a S250 million advertising industry by banning cigarette minimum need is $5,500 a year for a family of four. 7. All students shall be paid from the public treasury while they are in school. They shall receive enough to take care of all their needs, including books, tuition, food, housing, clothing, and cultural and recreational activities. 8. Every person shall be free of limits on her of his right to speak and organize, to belong to any organization one chooses and to exercise all other rights guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. 9. War shall be abolished as a means of settling disputes and the money used to build homes, hospitals, day-care centers, museums, libraries, schools, cultural and recreational facilities and all other buildings needed by the people. The military draft shall be ended and never again imposed on the people of this nation. 10. None of the rights set forth above shall be denied to a person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, economic condition or political belief. There shall be affirmative action to end racial injustice in all forms and totally remove its effects from our society. commercials on television, the tobacco men had been busy on contingency planning"one firm is allegedly running a furtive sale test scheme in Hawaii. At the start the big manufacturers would market their joints at about 25 cents each, well undercurrent black market prices. Business sources predict the end of the marijuana ban will follow the close of the Nixon era, for the soundly all-American reason that the swollen costs of the "new prohibition" exceed any good it may do. Enforcement costs in California alone are running at $32 million a year and courts are clogged with untried cases. Already 23 states including Kentucky have eased penalties, with more to follow. Former U.S. Attorney, John Kaplan, a Stanford University law professor, and an authority on the subject, said last January that marijuana "could and should" be legalized. He inclines to a government monopoly which would rule out advertising. Packets of the weed, graded by strength and heavily taxed, might be sold in government-licensed shops. Mr. Kaplan believes this open system would discourage use, particularly by teen-agers. Revenue would help to step up control of "hard'* drugs. But the underground does not mean to yield its rich, quasi-sacred grass market to the big-money men. "It's the economic basis of the counter-culture," says Blair Newmen, a prominent San Francisco pot advocate. "We have to keep it out of the hands of the tobacco tycoons." Believing legislation will come "within three years," Newman and his friends have formed a "philanthropic," nonprofit organization called Amorphia, to stake their claim. . More confident still is a San Francisco consortium of pot dealers known collectively as Felix the Cat. "Marijuana is legal," they say in publicity for their bold new venture"a packaged, filter-tipped brand of pot cigarettes named Grassmasters. One "Mr. Felix" spokesman n for the group told a radio station interviewer that 320 dealers in the Bay area are handling his first consignment of 5,000 cartons. A packet of 18 joints now sells at S7.50, but he hopes to pass on savings to the smoker as the business grows. By early spring they plan to have an automated rolling factory in Mexico and two more, underground, in San Francisco and Berkeley, with distribution centers from coast to coast. Wouldn't the police object? "Oh, sure. But the government just isn't willing to push this thing. It's like the last days of prohibition when beer trucks drove openly around. I hope to have some trucks painted with our Felix symbol soon." How was business? "We turn about a ton of grass a month in the San Francisco area. That's worth $250,000." Mr. Felix claims to have a bail fund reserve of $125,000 and is prepared for two supreme court appeals in the next couple of years. "Then we'll be out in the clear." J. Edgar Hoover as Clark Kent By Ron Dorf man From the Chicago Journalism Review CHICAGO (LNS)-Two reporters showed up at a recent peace demonstration in De Kalb, Illinois, home of Northern Illinois University, claiming they worked for WJJO-TV, "the cable TV station in Lawrenceville." Local reporters were a little curious about the pair, since Lawrenceville is 250 miles south of De Kalb, and the peace demonstration hardly seemed worth the long-distance effort by a tiny TV station. When they checked, they learned that there is no station whose call letters are WJJO-TV-except in the files of the IBI, the Illinois Bureau of Investigation. The incident was only the latest example of a current trend. * In Wichita, during a visit by Vice President Agnew in October, press -credentials were issued to at least one and probably four local cops who took pictures of persons engaged in a spoof of the V.P.'s speechmaking outside an auditorium. One of the policemen was exposed by local reporters. * A Detroit policeman posed as a photographer for the Grand Rapids Press to observe the action at the General Motors' stockholders' meeting. He was exposed by a reporter for the paper. * in Washington recently a reporter received a tip that U.S. Army Intelligence had purchased equipment for its agents to use while posing as a television crew. The Pentagon issued a denial. * Policemen and FBI agents posing as newsmen became so numerous in Washington a few months ago that more than two dozen Washington Star reporters issued a statement saying they would expose, on the spot, any agent they found using such cover. The press corps itself is not immune from being spied on. Former correspondents report that a year ago. the CIA suggested to the privately-owned servicemen's newspaper, Overseas Weekly. that its problems in getting PX distribution could be overcome if the paper would take two agents ("highly qualified men") on its Saigon staff. The paper refused. Shortly after, two reporters exposed two Saigon correspondents for the "American University Press." as intelligence agents; the two had never been on the payroll of American University, and their press credentials were revoked. blue-tail fly/3