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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 17, 1973)
Wednesday, October 17, 1973
lincoln, nebraska vol. 97 no. 28
By Jane Owens
Americans must remain sceptical about the effects of the
Senate Watergate investigations, Anthony Russo said Tuesday.
Addressing a crowd of about 600 in the Nebraska Union,
the co-defendant in the Pentagon Papers trial said, "Watergate
could have a sot t of 'sunset' effect for democracy. As
democmcy descends, it appears to have a lot of bright colors.
"Alter Watergate is over, we might think we've purged the
government of its cottupt elements, while actually we've only
named a few scant -goat 5. "
The Watergate affair "grew out of the Vietnam War,"
Russo asserted in a press conference earlier Tuesday.
"Vietnam is an issue we still can't escapte," he said. "We've
got to get to the bottom of wh.it genocide is all about and why
the U.S. employed it in Indochina."
The Pentagon Papers provide evidence "as good as lhal
used in the iMucrenburg trials" of individual responsibility for
U.S. war crimes commuted during the Vietnam conflict, he
The former RAND Corp. employe, who worked two year-,
in Vietnam on a multimillion dollar tesearch program, was
charged with conspiracy, espionage and theft in connection
with the 19 71 release of the Pentagon Papers. He later was
"If we're serious about democracy, we've got to lye
concerned about these war crimes (cited in the Pentagon
Papers)," he said.
The nature of government policies always should
disclosed to the public, he said, although the manner in which
diplomats implement policies might have to remain a set -ret for
national security purposes.
"I'm certain there are other Pentagon Papers still to be
found in the government," he said. "No doubt there ate some
real 'bombshells' in demand studies done for energy policies. If
one had access to ITT files, he would probably find out some
amazing things about Chile and getting rid of Allende."
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Pentagon Papers co-defendant Anthony r.,.o
He suggested ili.-j citizens conduct public survcyv to obtain
feed bad: on novel r.nw.l policies.
"I .gbting cynicism (in govei nment) d pern !;,. njn the will
each one of us has," lie said. "You can't just sit b.,ck and
watch tin' government happen. You have to put yourself into
i ho pi tniu.
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Folk singer Pete Seeger
perforated n variety of new
and traditional songs
Tuesday in the Sheldon Art
Gallery Scupture Garden.
Story on Page 6.
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