The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 10
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 10

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A10 Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 12, 1976 Alaska Pipeline Scandal Charged House Reveals Falsification of Weld X-Rays THE PLACE TO BUY MICROWAVE OVENS ana The radiographers were employed at double-joint yards in Fairbanks and Valdez. They claim that the falsification scheme was devised by a quality control supervisor on the project. Representatives from Interior and Transportation attended the executive session but were not called as witnesses. The subcommittee plans a public hearing on the pipeline Tuesday. MlCROWAVE'OVEN 5 Roasons j( We have q large .election of top nam brand.. why ... o Wo havo a domon.trator to answer all your question, before and after you buy. We have microwave O. ! fective or lacked the required X-rays. That problem was uncovered in 1975. The staff's charges were made in a memo to subcommittee chairman Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.). The staff recommended that the subcommittee consider asking the Justice Department to investigate whether there was a conspiracy to ignore the defective double-joint welds. It also recommended that the Transportation Department and Alyeska audit all the double-joint X-rays. Although the staff released copies of its memo yesterday, it refused to identify the radiographers. "The witnesses who have been cooperating with the subcommittee staff fear that their livelihoods would be jeopardized if they are identified," the memo said. "By blowing the whistle on the faked films in Alyeska's double-joint operations, it could conceivably cost Alyeska hundreds of millions of dollars to audit and repair the welds as well as a potential delay in pipeline operation." The subcommittee staff has criticized work standards on the pipeline and charged that quality control inspectors were threatened with assault if they were too strict. Alyeska denied those charges and accused Dingell of seeking publicity. The subcommittee met in executive session Friday when it was believed the latest pipeline problems were discussed. WASHINGTON (AP) - Radiographers for the nearly completed trans-Alaska pipeline have told a House subcommittee they took part in a scheme to falsify up to 200 X-rays of defective double-joint welds. The falsification took place after the 200 pipes with defective welds were strung along the 800-mile pipeline without repairs, the staff of the House energy and power subcommittee charged. Finding the defective welds and correcting them could cost "hundreds of millions of dollars" and delay the pipeline's opening, now set for mid 1977, the subcommittee staff warned. The staff charged that the Departments of Interior and Transportation may have conspired with Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., the consortium constructing the pipeline, "to cover up or at the very least actively ignore another serious welding problem on the pipeline." A spokesman for Alyeska told the Anchorage Daily News that the pipeline company was unaware of any falsification of double-weld joint X-rays. "We categorically deny a conspiracy with anyone," he said. The X-rays of the 200 double-joint welds were taken in sample audits of some 42,000 double-joint welds made by machines at Fairbanks and Valdez, the subcommittee staff said. It is possible that more X-rays were falsified, three unidentified radiographers testified. Alyeska is just completing repairs on 4,000 manual welds that were de 14. We service the microwave oven, we .ell. A 50 year old reputation. 5' tft feffi M .. I SAIH! 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HORROCK (c) New York Timei WASHINGTON - A federal grand jury in New York questioned about 20 agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation this week about alleged burglaries and illegal wiretapping reportedly directed against the Black Panther party, sources familiar with the investigation said yesterday. At least one agent refused to answer questions about illegal wiretapping, citing his right to avoid self-incrimination under the provision of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, the sources said. One source said other agents may have also refused to answer questions on Panther cases. The swift and unexpected use of grand jury subpoenas in the Black Panther matter came as the Department of Justice's wide-ranging investigation entered its ninth month. Until recently the department had concentrated on agents of Squad 47 which had been assigned to apprehending members of the Weather Underground who had fled federal or state charges. The men subpoenaed last week were from other intelligence squads in the New York office, the sources said. Federal prosecutors refused to comment on the case. Jack B. Solerwitz, a Long Island lawyer, confirmed that some 16 FBI agents whom he represents received subpoenas to appear before a federal grand jury. He declined to discuss their testimony, but said his clients have "done nothing illegal." According to sources familiar with the investigation, some five weeks ago, government lawyers began informally contacting agents who had been involved in Panther and other security investigations outside of the Weather Underground case. The agents were told they were not targets of an investigation nor were they given their "Miranda warning," a reading of civil rights required when the government seeks to interview someone under criminal investigation. Some agents agreed to cooperate informally with the investigation; others did not, the sources said. The matter appeared to have passed, one source said, when "out of the clear blue" two weeks ago, the government subpoenaed some 20 agents before a grand jury sitting in the federal building. The grand jury, said one source, appeared to be concentrating on whether illegal wiretaps have been directed against the Panthers or their supporters in New York. A "field agent," this source said, might well have "sat on a wiretap" without knowing whether it had been properly authorized or was illegal. Another source said that it appeared that one or more agents involved in Panther investigations was giving the government lawyers information, possibly under a grant of immunity from prosecution, and that this information had provided the base for the sudden use of the grand jury. Despite the length of the investigation of FBI burglaries and other illegal acts, there have been no indictments of either present or former agents. ATTENTION MEN! 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