Dodd Plans Investigation Into May 2nd Movement
Senator Thomas J. Dodd (D-Conn.) will seek an investigation of the May 2nd movement, one of Dodd's administrative aides told the CRIMSON yesterday.
Dodd's action comes in response to M2M's disclosure last week that it intends to ship supplies to the Vietcong and to train volunteers to join the rebel forces in Vietnam. Dodd has asked the attorneys of the Senate Internal Security subcommittee, of which he is vice-chairman, to determine the legality of the M2M move before he presses for a complete investigation.
The aide said Dodd is convinced, however, that the M2M's proposals violate several federal laws. Dodd maintains the M2M's plan to train troops for the Viet Cong is a direct violation of a statute prohibiting Americans' enlistment in foreign armies engaged in combat with U.S. forces.
The M2M's supplying of the Viet Cong might also be prosecuted under the federal Export Control Act, the aide suggested. The act outlaws exporting goods without an "export license," which would not be granted for shipments to North Vietnam. If the M2M attempted to export goods without a license, its members would be subject to a $10,000 fine and two years' imprisonment.
The aide, who asked to remain anonymous, denied that Dodd is undertaking a "commie hunt," as members of the M2M have intimated. "The Senator has always insisted that free speech must be protected," the aide continued, "but free speech does not include recruiting Americans to fight other Americans supplying the enemy, or burning draft cards."