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Vietnam Veterans Against The War #26956

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 27, 1973
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(Studio) 8 Vietnam Vets Against War to go on trial for disrupting Republican convention in 1972. ABC's Gregory Jackson conts. reports on Vets with regard to high number of drug charges against VVAW.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Gainesville, Florida) VVAW plagued by drug arrests in mos. preceding Repb convention Elton Faus, VVAW Miami leader, almost turned informer against Vets. Involved in heavy drug abuse after return from Vietnam, Faus met with Miami police to discuss demonstrations by organization during Republican convention Under-cover agents Harrison Krenshaw and Gerald Rudolph present at meeting Same agents arrested Faus 3 weeks later on LSD charges. Before arrest, agents offered Faus this deal on July 7, 1972. [Faus' half brother John McDOWELL - says agents said they wouldn't arrest Faus if he would talk to FBI about VVAW.] [REPORTER - asks why Faus agreed.] [McDOWELL - states Faus afraid he would be jailed if no cooperation. Says he and Faus didn't go by meeting place with FBI. Believes agents used scare tactics against Faus.] Faus' attorney Bruce Rogo testifies FBI was waiting and told them Faus wouldn't show-up. 2 -days later, Faus and other VVAW members ordered to appear before grand jury in Tallahassee, Florida. Faus was one of 8 indicted on conspiracy charges. On return to Miami, Faus arrested on drug charge. Faus was convicted and now on probation.
REPORTER: Gregory Jackson

(Studio) Report on VVAW conts. next week
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Jackson, Gregory;
Smith, Howard K.

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