The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on December 10, 1982 · Page 5
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Nation/World The Salina Journal Friday, December W, 1982 Page 5 Police didn't budge in stopping activist's 'time bomb' WASHINGTON (UPI) - Police decided hours before shooting a 66-year-old antinuclear war activist that they would not let him move his rolling "time bomb" from the Washington Monument grounds onto city streets, officials said Thursday. Specially trained marksmen were ordered to the scene as soon as the tense 10-hour standoff began, authorities said. Norman D. Mayer, obsessed with bringing an end to the arms race, was killed by the police snipers Wednesday night as he drove a truck he claimed was loaded with explosives away from the monument, in the general di- rection of the White House. The barrage of gunfire ended a siege that began when Mayer drove the truck to the front entrance of the 555-foot marble tower Wednesday morning. He threatened to blow up the national landmark unless the country focused its attention on the danger of nuclear war. Mayer, of Miami Beach, Fla., said he had 1,000 pounds of dynamite in the white van, which carried a sign, "No. 1 priority, ban nuclear weapons." But officials said later no explosives were found in the vehicle, which overturned about 200 yards from the memorial obelisk as it moved down a sidewalk. In the confusion, authorities initially believed a second man was involved in the siege, but a cautious, two-hour search of the monument after Mayer was killed failed to turn up an accomplice. Lynn Herring, U.S. Park Police chief, refused Thursday to detail the various strategies officials weighed but said authorities had to assume Mayer's claims were true, leaving one overriding concern: "If he did in fact decide to move that mobile time bomb, there was no way we would let him leave the monument grounds." Federal law enforcement sources said May- er had tried to purchase explosives in several locations, including Kentucky, recently, apparently without success. Park Police spokesman George Berklacy said the snipers, described as a special equipment team, were operating under instructions to disable the vehicle at any cost. Herring disclosed the snipers arrived at the memorial site soon after Mayer parked his truck at the main entrance to the marble tower and ordered people from the area about 9:20 Wednesday morning. "We put our plans into action, brought snipers in right away," he said. Herring said the decision to shoot was a collective one among the local and federal authorities involved, but he gave the final order. "That's correct," he said when asked if the truck rather than the man inside it was the target. An autopsy showed Mayer died of a single gunshot wound to the head and also suffered a wound to the face and to one arm. Repairs were made Thursday to a flagpole on the monument grounds hit by the truck, and the building was aired out to clear traces of teargas. It was closed to the public, but officials said the main reason was high winds, World Begin stands behind testimony TEL AVIV, Israel (UPI) — Prime Minister Menachem Begin, saying he "never imagined" Lebanese Christians would massacre hundreds of civilians, Thursday defended his previous testimony made to a panel probing the Beirut killings. Begin stressed neither he nor the Cabinet was told of Defense Minister Ariel Sharon's decision to allow Pha- langists into west Beirut's Sabra and Chatila refugee camps until the militias already had entered. Israeli occupation forces allowed the Phalangists to enter the camps Sept. 16 to clean out 2,000 Palestine Liberation Organization guerrillas left over after the August-September evacuation of some 14,000 PLO fighters from Beirut. Hundreds were killed in the Sept. 16-18 massacre but an accurate toll may never be determined. The bodies of 328 victims were recovered, according to the Lebanese Civil Defense, but many more were listed as "missing." "The picture drawn for us was one of difficult fighting — that the Lebanese Forces would be compelled to battle the many terrorists dug in at those 'camps,'" Begin wrote to the three-man panel probing the massacre. "Given this situation, it was never imagined that the Lebanese Forces, who are trained and organized military units and who were assigned to the task of fighting under difficult conditions, would want — or be able — to perpetrate a massacre," the letter said, repeating Begin's previous testimony to the panel. Maj. Gen. Amir Drori, commander of Israeli forces in Lebanon, requested the panel grant him a second hearing. Besides Begin and Drori, the panel also warned seven other top Israeli officials they might be held responsible for failing to prevent the massacre or stopping the killings. Begin declined the opportunity to testify again, question witnesses or submit further evidence. Fighting intensifies near Tripoli By United Press International Rocket, mortar and artillery battles killed 16 people and wounded 59 others Thursday in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli, and President Reagan said the United States wants to "speed" up the process for peace in the region. State-run Beirut Radio said fighting between pro and anti-Syrian factions escalated dramatically in the Syrian-controlled city. Fighting in Tripoli erupted for the third straight day after unidentified gunmen ambushed a Syrian army truck near the Syrian border. Police said four soldiers died and 11 others were wounded in the ambush. Tripoli, Lebanon's second largest city 53 miles north of Beirut, is base for numerous Syrian, Lebanese and Palestine Liberation Organization guerrilla groups, often clashing because of political and military disputes. Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rashid Karame appealed to Syrian President Hafez Assad to help stop the fighting — an indication that Syrian troops, who entered Lebanon in 1976 to quell civil strife, were taking part in the fighting. Terrorists promise more violence LONDON (UPI) - An outlawed Irish terrorist group that claimed responsibility for a discotheque bombing that killed 16 and injured 66 threatened more violence -against British troops Thursday if "acts of brutality" against jailed terrorists did not stop. In a statement telephoned to the media in Northern Ireland, the Irish National Liberation Army said it would mount similar attacks if Britain "did not cease" mistreating prisoners at the Armagh jail. The INLA, a Marxist offshoot of the banned Irish Republican Army, said it was responsible for the Ballykelly bombing Monday that left 16 people dead and 66 others injured when the concrete roof of the disco collapsed. The INLA statement said it had warned more than a month ago that British soldiers should not be served in the Droppin Well pub in Ballykelly, where the bomb exploded. In Ballykelly, police declined comment on reports they had a full description of a woman seen acting suspiciously at the pub before the blast. The province's 10,000 British troops remained confined to barracks after the bombing. Of the 66 people injured, 37 were hospitalized — 25 soldiers and 12 civilians. Nine were said to seriously hurt. 75 children die in Nicaraguan air force crash MANAGUA, Nicaragua (UPI) - A Nicaraguan air force helicopter crashed in a fireball Thursday near the Honduran border, killing 75 children aboard the craft, the defense ministry announced. The ministry communique said the Sandinista Air Force helicopter crashed as it passed over Ayapal, a town in Jinotega province near the Honduran border 200 miles north of Managua, where anti-government guerrillas have been active. The helicopter crashed into a gulch in the mountainous zone and exploded in a fireball that killed 75 children and injured seven other children and adults, the communique said. A defense ministry spokesmen at first said the children were killed on the ground, but a ministry communi- que later clarified they were in the helicopter at the time of the crash. The Defense Ministry said that an air force transport helicopter was carrying out evacuation missions from the towns of San Andres de Bocay to Mata, Kalpanini, Walakistan, in the northeastern Jinotega province. It was not known why the evacuations were being carried out. Civil defense rescue workers were mobilized in the Jinotega towns of Kalapani, San Andres de Bocay and Walakistan to recover the bodies, the ministry said. The ministry did not explain why the helicopter crashed but the children were apparently being evacuated from a zone that was occupied by anti-government guerrillas. The communique said rightist antigovernment guerrillas operating in the region about 200 miles north of Managua opened fire with machine guns on another helicopter sent in half an hour after the crash on a rescue mission. The other craft was only slightly damaged, it said. The air force helicopter that crashed was on one of dozens of medical rescue missions the government has been operating in the area in recent weeks despite the "permanent criminal harrass- ment" of the guerrillas, the communi- que said. "The Sandinistas Popular Army through its various forces will continue the labor of evacuating the civilian population from the border towns that have been affected by the Somocist bands in their cowardly and terroristic activities from Honduras," the commu- nique said. The Somocists are former members of the national guard of President Anastasio Somoza, defeated by leftist Sandinista guerrillas in a 1979 civil war. 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GOP senators vow to tie up gas tax WASHINGTON (UPI) - Several conservative Republican senators are prepared to "tie up debate indefinitely" when the Senate takes up President Reagan's proposed nickel-a-gallon gasoline tax increase, an aide said Thursday. The Senate Finance Committee approved the revenue package on a 15-4 vote Wednesday night, including a 5- cent increase in gasoline taxes to 9 cents a gallon beginning next April 1. The full Senate had hoped to start debating the tax proposal Thursday, but a filibuster threat by Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla., prevented Senate leaders from taking it up until today at the earliest, and possibly next week. The tax hike, approved by the House earlier in the week, would raise about $5.5 billion a year to fund needed high- way, bridge and mass transit repairs. The administration says the repair projects would create 320,000 jobs, mainly for skilled construction workers. Paul Lee, a Nickles aide, said the senator strongly opposes the proposal and is prepared "to tie it up indefinitely." Once it is brought to the floor, Lee said, the senator and some of his conservative colleagues "have a good couple hundred of amendments to offer." House Democrats, meanwhile, put final touches on an additional $5.4 billion program to create 800,000 job slots in public works projects including highways and bridges, rural water and waste sytems and public housing. Speaker Thomas O'Neill said the House Appropriations Committee will spell out the details today. Earlier this week, Senate Democrats proposed a $9.7 billion program to create 600,000 jobs through highway and bridge construction, rehabilitation of sewer and water distribution, "pothole filling and "leaf raking" programs in areas of high unemployment. 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