JUSTICE: The Amnesty Issue

Public debate continued last week over President Ford's plan for conditional amnesty for Viet Nam War resisters, which he had courageously proposed the week before at the convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (TIME, Sept. 2). The whole idea was quickly and predictably denounced as unfair by some conservatives, including the V.F.W., and berated as inadequate by some of the war resisters themselves, but Ford stuck to his guns. "I have made a decision," he declared in his press conference, "which I think is right and proper: no [unconditional] amnesty, no revenge, and ... individuals who have violated...

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