NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 19, 1968
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(Studio) 15 antiballistic missile sites planned by Defense Department Seattle, Boston, Chicago area sites planned. Site in Chicago area causes criticism.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Waukegan, Illinois) Libertyville, Illinois, site chosen. Film shown. At Waukegan, Illinois, Defense Department explains plans. [Defense Department John FOSTER - explains program in terms of possible ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) attack by Red China.] [US Army Lieutenant General Alfred STARBIRD - explains safeguards on missiles.] [Nuclear Physicist George STANFORD - talks of accidental risks.] [Lay Clergy Committee Robert CLELAND - speaks of opposition on moral grounds.] [Nuclear Physicist John ERSKINE - opposes plan because of unclear authority if President United States of America not available in case of surprise attack. Thinks military has too much power.] Citizens and Army clash.
REPORTER: John Dancy