President Pinochet's speech earlier this month setting forth an extended timetable for return to civilian rule has evoked widespread discussion, 'including criticism of tho pion's conservatisai free within the military regis* and suggestions from govemnent officials that the program is flexible. Hoet politically astute Chileans stem to viow Pinochet'* epeeohceitive room; they beliex. the President hoe opened door* that he will be unable to close. Debate over Chile'a political future appeare to be gathering momentum, and thie it likely to lead to increased pressure for modification of restrictive security practices. Government spokesmen have tried to portray the Preaident'p *pe*oh a* unrelated to international opinion or foreign preeeuret, but Santiago probably hope* that it ha* nouurning point in relatione uith the US.Original document.