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Friday, November 4, 1977
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1 6-Year FBI Probe of Hayden 11 County Projects Receive Go-Ahead Following up a court order voiding a federal requirement that 10 of federal government-allocated funds be spent with minority firms, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Thursday ordered a go-ahead on $9,4 million worth of public works projects. Approval for the 11 projects, part of more than $57 million in federal Public Works Employment Act funds allocated to the county, came in a unanimous board vote. The projects had been held up pending the outcome of a county challenge in the courtroom of U.S. Dist. Judge A. Andrew Hauk, Hauk lifted a temporary restraining order issued against the county, declaring unconstitutional the 10 minority business provision. He ruled the federal minority allocations provision 2 los SlngcleS Ei'mcs Fri., Nov. 4, 1977 -Part II 3 The largest project approved Thursday was a $3.6 million istallation of ventilation facilities in the Music Center's mall garage. Next largest was a $2.1 million allocation for three projects clinic additions, surgeries and a liver service at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey. Other projects include $1.4 million, surgeries at- Mira Loma Hospital, San Fernando; $422,000, aircraft hangars at a number of county airports, and $771,400, gymnasium, Mayberry County Park, Whittier. Also $676,800, gymnasium, Del Aire County Park, Hawthorne; $49,990, additional facilities, West Hollywood sheriff's station; $51,800, fuel storage, Biscailuz Center, East Los Angeles, and $328,969, Lakewillow Storm Drain, Long Beach. ' County engineers were authorized to award construction contracts to the lowest responsible bidders as soon as pos Hayden said there are "huge chunks" missing from the files the material on' his activities with Students for a Democratic Society, of which he was a founder; thousands of pages of files known to exist on the Indochina Peace Campaign and the specific "counterintelligence" activities FBI agents conducted against him in response to Hoover's 1968 memo requesting such activities. He accused the bureau of "footdragging" and cited the importance of the material coming out: "There's an impression that there's a new FBI and that they have stopped their practices of the earlier Hoover era. But there's nothing really in these files that convinces me that anything has changed except the image ..." He said, "I'm less interested in suing than in getting at the truth . . . The most charitable concept would be that they're reforming themselves but they want to forget the past , . It's easy to say that when there's no threat from the left, but what's going to prevent this same countering telligence program" from happening in the future? would have no effect on future public works programs. sible. I , , ., , , , II .1 I .1.1,. .,, i , ., ... ., Continued from First Page lances should be considered if they will not jeopardize your investigations or otherwise embarrass the bureau." Hoover reprimanded the office for not investigating Hayden's financial activities and said, "You should promptly pursue this line of inquiry to develop his financial status, the source of his income, and the source of funds which enables him to travel. This should be a continuing project. "You should also consider the use of telephone toll checks as an aid to determining his contacts ... In pursuing this case, you should bear in mind that one of your prime objectives should be to neutralize him in the new left movement. The bureau will entertain recommendations of a counterintelligence nature in order to accomplish this objective . . ." Hoover ended the memo with a final admonition: "The investigation of Hayden . . . is of prime importance to the bureau. You will be expected to pursue it aggressively and with imagination. Inadequate and delayed reporting of important developments will not be tolerated . . ." It is apparent from the files that Hayden was under investigation by the FBI as early as 1960, when, as editor of the Michigan Daily at the University of Michigan, he wrote an article that was critical of Hoover and the government's attitude toward Communists. Other documents describe Hayden's activities during the civil rights movement in the South which were "designed to eliminate racial discrimination," and proceed through his trip to Hanoi, the antiwar years, the Chicago Seven trial, his work with the Indochina Peace Campaign and up through his early candidacy for the U.S. Senate. There is a memo from the Los Angeles FBI office to FBI Director Clarence Kelley dated June, 6, 1975, which discusses Hayden's proposed candidacy for the Senate, and subsequent memos indicate that his name was taken off the security index because of his candidacy. The June, 1975, memo states, "You are reminded that no active investigation is to be conducted of Hayden during the period he is a candidate for public office." However, the last entry in the files is a newspaper article published Jan. 19, 1976, in the Sacramento Bee describing Hayden's just-released campaign platform. There are hundreds of pages of documents relating to the Chicago Seven trial, in which Hayden and six other antiwar activists were tried for activities stemming from the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. The seven were indicted in March, 1969, and the trial lasted from September, 1969, to February, 1970. The defendants were convicted of crossing state lines to incite a riot, but the convictions later were overturned. In a memo from Hoover to the New York office of the FBI in November, 1968, the former director stated that "Most available evidence indicates a strong intention to Hundreds of agents were assigned to the case resulting in indictments. mmMmmmmmmmmmmmmm disrupt after his arrival in Chicago, but there is little evidence to support such intention before the convention began." Hundreds of agents were assigned to the case, resulting in the indictments. One month after the indictments, U.S. Atty. Thomas Foran met with federal Judge Hoffman, according to the documents and the meeting was reported by Foran to the FBI office. In a memo dated April 14, 1969, to FBI headquarters, the Chicago office reported: "Foran confidentially advised that he had talked with trial judge Julius Hoffman and strongly feels that subsequent to the trial of above defendants . . . that the defendants and their lawyers may well be held in contempt because of their behavior and public statements prior to and during the trial." The defendants and their attorneys were cited for contempt. The released documents raise the question of the value of compiling certain material. For instance, four of the Chicago Seven defendants appeared on the Dick Cavett television show in March, 1974, which was monitored by Los Angeles FBI agents. Although there is a cover memo indicating that nothing was said by any of the four that "would be in violation of federal law," there is included in the file a 55-page transcript of the program. Throughout the documents are sprinkled reports from sources described as "reliable" who attest to Hayden's loyalty to the United States. Yet, at the same time, there are bureau documents that classify Hayden as a "subversive" because of his ideas which were "inimical to the United States." One informant in a November, 1964, memo described Hayden as "a responsible, aggressive student leader whom I regard as completely loyal to the United States." And the informant said he could not associate Hayden with any Communist activity. Hayden, interviewed about the files, questioned why he would be the subject of an investigation for practicing his constitutional rights of freedom of speech. "It's very interesting that they would assign agents to track somebody that they would consider loyal. It shows that Hoover was running a personal preference system that became imbedded in the agency." He said he originally asked for his file from the FBI in 1975, and, during the first year, got only about 140 pages of material. In May, 1976, the FBI asked a federal judge for four more years to process Hayden's petition, but the judge denied the FBI request and ordered the bureau to process the petition. It has cost Hayden about $8,000 to $10,000 for attorney's fees, search and copying fees, and he questions whether he will ever get the remaining material. Crash Closes Freeway 2 Hrs. The Ventura Freeway was closed in both directions for 2V2 hours Thursday morning in the Woodland Hills area when a big tractor-trailer rig collided with a trash truck, killing one man and seriously injuring another. The CHP said the 18-wheel, flatbed tractor-trailer apparently overtook the trash truck in an eastbound lane and was unable to slow to avoid hitting it. The trash truck flipped over, crushing to death Steve O. Sherman, 34, who had been thrown out of the vehicle. The victim was the son of the trash truck driver, John A. Sherman, 59; of North Hollywood. The older man was unhurt. Clarence W. Hollipeter, 60, of Newhall, driver of the tractor-trailer, had to be freed from the cab of his rig by firemen. He was taken to Tarzana Hospital, where he was reported in serious condition. LIQUIDATION AUCTION SALE UNITED STATES ENTRY I.D. 3347926 HAND MADI ORIENTAL CARPETS AND RUGS Shipment C03 ordered ay phone t Ionian warehouse 56;, 23 eiceii bales aimed toi Angles mill. Eicess refused by importer. We have teen commissioned to auction Ihe eicess 73 bales to avoid reshaping to tondon and realize cash to cover various charges incurred en roule. Auclionem nole we have eiammed Ihe bales and found the rugi to be ol line quality and in (Utlltnl condition the vary in we liom J'i2' Id 18.12' in various makes and origins Ihis is a fitil oipojlnmly lo obtain line rujj and should ml be missed. AUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE SAT. NOV. 3 AT 2.00 P.M. 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