Independent from Long Beach, California on January 20, 1975 · Page 12
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WJ-WOffENOENT(AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (MM i«n »»K. CMH., MM., in.», \m Russ U.N. mission fired upon; JDL suspected NEW YORK (UPI) - A sniper early Sunday Jired at ieast two ntl? shots into two bedrooms in the Soviet Mission to the United Nations, apparently in retaliation for Soviet policy toward Jews. No one was reported hurt, but officials at the mission told police that one of the two fifth-floor bedrooms was occupied. The officials would not elaborate. This was the second time in three years the mission has been fired upon. On Oct. 20, 1971, four shots were fired into a room of the mission, occupied by six persons -- including four children. In Sunday's incident. Det. Lt. James Dunne said that at about 3 p.m. a .22- caliber rifle with a telescopic sight was recovered under rubble in a vacant construction lot one block north of the mission. · The rifle was sent to ballistics experts to determine if it fired the two slugs recovered by detectives in the two rooms.. The gun was found 12 hours after the sniping incident apparently occurred. Russian officials told police they heard what sounded like three rifle shots but did not think anything of it until they saw bullet holes in the bedrooms. Meanwhile, an unidentified y o u n g man telephoned United Press International shortly before noon to say that three shots had been fired "with a .22- caliber rifle" on the Soviet mission "because of the (Soviet Party Leader Leonid) Brezhnev regime's repression of Jews in the Soviet Union.' 1 The caller then said, "Let my people go! Never again!" and h u n g up. "Never again!" is the slogan of the militant Jewish Defense League. A man answering the phone at'the mission Sunday night said the mission would have "no statement at all" on the attack. x. GAS (Continued from Page A-l) M a n y congressmen be- l i e v e mandatory steps such as gasoline rationing, rather than the econ o m i c approach chosen by Ford, should be used to cut down on U.S. energy consumption. Z a r b said that was a mistaken notion. "Rationing w a s considered very, very thoroughly ' ( b y " the administration)." he said. Zarb also disputed esti- m a t e s b y Sen. H e n r y Jackson. D-Wash.. t h a t F o r d ' s proposal w o u l d cost the average family of four an extra $800 or more per year -- three times the F'E.VS estimate. "When the Congress has its hearings ... we will h a v e an opportunity to examine n u m b e r s and determine who is right and who is wrong," he said. "I'm fairly confident ours will prove to be correct." Zarb contrasted the $3 billion the United States paid to oil exporting nations in 1970 with the $24 billion paid in 1974 and said "if we do nothing" the payments on imported oil will go up to $32 billion by 1977. Morton noted that Europeans have placed high taxes on fuel to cut consumption and said, "Let's start with the President's program in the Congress, and if it later needs adjusting, let's adjust it." Morton was interviewed on ABC-TVs "Issues and Answers." He said Jackson had not studied the Ford package e n o u g h before condemning it. "Most of Sen. Jackson's points were o n l y leveled in some way to prevent the President's p r o g r a m s f r o m being enacted." he said. MORTON, who is chairman of the Energy- Res o u r c e s Council, said Ford might be willing to c o m p r o m i s e w i t h Congress on the amount of a f u e l t a x . but said "it GESTURING as they talk to newsmen before separate appearances on TV Sunday are Frank Zarb, left, federal energy administrator, and Secretary of the Treasury William Simon. would be irresponsible for Congress not to act" on some form of energy conservation program. Meanwhile, T r e a s u r y S e c r e t a r y W i l l i a m E . S i m o n , t h e administra- t i o n ' s No. 1 economic spokesman, p r e d i c t e d Sunday that the nation's unemployment rate would crest at near 8 per cent and t h e inflation r a t e would dip to about 7 per cent by the end of this year. S i m o n also s a i d he would continue to serve in the Cabinet and would fight on Capitol Hill for approval of F o r d ' s economic and energy package. "I am very optimistic that we're going to succeed" in g e t t i n g the programs t h r o u g h Congress. Simon said. SIMON was interviewed on NBC-TVs "Meet the Press." One day after he met privately with Ford and received the President's reaffirmation of his status as top economic spokes- m a n . S i m o n said he stands fully behind the President and his program. There had been reports that Simon was unhappy with Ford's anti-recession measures and had hinted he might leave the Cabinet if Ford's program seemed likely to produce a federal budget deficit of more than $40 billion in liVii;. A budget deficit of at least that size now seems certain. Simon was asked about his current estimates of how many people would be jobless and how much improvement could be expected in rate of inflation during 1975. "OUR forecast is constantly being revised as events change," S i m o n said. "But right now we believe t h a t the unemployment rate will peak in the area of 8 per cent and that inflation will come down in the area of 7 per cent toward the end of this year." He did not say whether some predictions by nongovernmental experts of an extra 2 per cent increase in inflation to take into account the impact of a $30-billion boost in fuel costs was included in the 7 per cent estimate. ARABS FIRE ON PLANE 'Continued from Page A-H "The Egyptians h a v e done us great service. As you know, contacts with the two men are extremely difficult." " T h e g u e r r i l l a s h a d previously refused food for themselves and the captives. "The hostages share our fate," the gunmen shouted out to police from their stronghold in tlv. 1 men's washroom. Mousse! said the gunmen wanted a jetliner to fly them to an unspecified · destination in the Middle East before releasing the remaining host ages. He said one of the guer- r i l l a s a p p e a r e d to be wounded but all the hostages seemed to be "safe and sound." Police reported 21 persons injured Sunday afternoon in the airport ^lioot- out with S of the victims requiring medical a t t e n - tion. One riot policeman was shot in the stomach MOL'ssET said police, u s i n g listening devices 1 . 1 -_.s.,»rJ « U r t tVlCf piai.X'U muumi 11"- «*·"* room, believed the guerrillas took seven hostages - a man in his 60s, three men in their 30s, another man and the woman and child. At first, the Arabs were reported holding three or f o u r hostages. Then an official spokesman said there were six: four men, a woman and a child. After t h e w o m a n a n d child were released, the figure was revised again. "The first objective of French authorities is to save the hostages." Mousse! said. Police sources said the g u n m e n claimed to be members of the splinter Arab guerrilla group that took responsibility for last Monday's abortive bazooka attack against another Israeli jetliner. It was a perfect day for airplane-watching w i t h h u n d r e d s of v i s i t o r s crowded o n t o the Orly observation deck. The guerrillas paid 50 cents apiece for tickets to the deck and joined the crowd as an El Al 747 jetliner was taxiing for takeoff. THE GUNMEN threaded their way to the front of the platform, suddenly produced s u b m a c h i n e guns and then opened fire on the departing aircraft. As bullets ricocheted, s c r e a m i n g bystanders tripped and fell over each o t h e r , dropping to the ground or huddling behind pillars and .stuffed chairs. "I heard gunfire and people fell down on the floor." Celine Ktorza said. "They weren't aiming at anyone but just spraying bullets in all directions." The plane, flight 418 to Tel Aviv, took off safely, however, with the pilot apparently unaware of the attack. Police said the jet was not hit. The guerrillas, dropping grenades to cover their retreat, seized hostages and forced them down a stairway into the men's lavatory. Two women wriggled free of the guerrillas and ducked into a nearby rest room. A I R P O R T police, strengthened a f t e r l a s t Monday's attack, were reinforced by special riot police, tear gas experts and sharpshooters w i t h bulletproof vests. During the evening, police tried to rig a periscope to watcli the rest room corridor, but the Arabs shot the device to bits, witnesses said. Two s h o t s rang out from the direction of the r e s t room e a r l y t h i s morning but authorities d e c l i n e d to o f f e r any explanation. In Beirut, the Palestine Liberation Organization, the main Arab guerrilla group, disavowed responsibility for the attack. Medicare financing revised Council votes to use general funds, not boost taxes By JOHN STOWELL WASHINGTON (AP) 'The Social Security Advisory Council reversed itself Sunday and voted 9 to 1 to recommend general f u n d financing of M e d i - c a r e h o s p i t a l benefits rather t h a n a boost in payroll taxes for upper- income Americans n e x t year. At the conclusion of a w e e k e n d s e s s i o n , t h e g o v e r n m e n t - a p p o i n t e d panel o( 13 private c i t i - zens said its new recommendation w o u l d f r e e Medicare revenues now raised by payroll taxes to be spent on increasingly e x p e n s i v e r e t i r e m e n t benefits for more than 30 million persons. Less than a month ago, the council had tentatively voted 7 to -1 for levying new Social Security taxes on the first $24,000 a person earns each year, compared with the present $14,100. THAT WOULD h a v e meant a 70 per cent increase for workers at the top range. The panel's report to Congress, clue last Jan. 1, w i l l be further delayed w h i l e a new financing chapter is written and'ap- proved formally, in about two weeks. The final report w i l l be delivere' 1 even later. There were no specific dollar figures on the new agreement, but an observer said it would involve "substantial infusion" of general tax revenues into Medicare for the aged and h a n d i c a p p e d . It was u n d e r s t o o d t h a t t a x money would be phased into the Medicare benefit , structure. If Congress adopted the recommendation, t h e r e would he no increases in the Social Security tax r a t e s b e y o n d t h o s e already written into law. The present rates of 5.85 per cent on employers and e m p l o y e s now -is scheduled to rise to 6.05 per cent in 1978, 6.30 per cent in 1081, 6.45 per cent in 1!V6 and 7.45 per cent in the year 2011. THE WAGE base upon w h i c h Social Security taxes are levied is adjust; ed each year under a congressional formula. The increase from $13,200 last year to $14.100 this year means that workers at the u p p e r limit w i l l h a v e $824.So withheld f r o m their 1975 earnings. The council's e a r l i e r decision, which it reversed Sunday, to raise the wage base to $24.000 in 1976 would have meant a maximum Social Security tax of $1,404 at the current rate. Payroll taxes now pay for the bulk of Medicare hospital expenses, with beneficiaries p a y i n g a smaller amount for the first day and after the tifnh day! The optional Medicare p r o g r a m c o v e r i n g doc- t o r s ' b i l l s a l r e a d y receives general t a x reve- n u e s . It also charges b e n e f i c i a r i e s a s m a l l monthly premium for the coverage. THE"COl'XCIL'S reversal of its earlier tentative decision was not i n f l u - enced greatly by negative reaction to the $24,000 base proposal, an informed source said, but rather represented a search for a "new alternative." Some of the members had voted earlier for a higher wage base rather than a higher tax rate w h i c h would h a v e burdened wage earners at all income levels. The council also real- f i r m e d its recommendations to make future Social Security benefits far less sensitive to inflationary spirals by tying them directly to wages earned rather than a combination of wage and p r i c e increases, to liberalize benefits for men, ease proof of disability require- mc-ns for workers over 55 years of age imd allow retirees to earn more out- ide income without losing some Social S e c u r i t y benefits. Settlement hopes crumble Indians reject offer GRESHAM, Wis. (UPI) - A band of armed Indians said Sunday they would rather die than compromise their demands for enfiins their 19-day-old occupation of the Alexian Brothers abbey' near here. The National Guard brought in replacement troops to man checkpoints around the abbey. Hopes of a quick settlement began to crumble Saturday when the Indians' rejected an offer from the Alexian Brothers, a Roman Catholic order, -for an agreement which could allow the local tribe of Menominee Indians to convert the abbey to a medical facility. ·The Indians renewed their demand for the deed to the property and an unconditional amnesty. They accused the Alexian Brothers of reneging on some terms of a verbal agreement. The Alexian Brothers held their own news conference Sunday and said their offer was in "good faith." Neal Bennett, an Alexian spokesman, said the offer gave the Indians six months to raise the $750,000 to pay for the abbey, and demanded evidence that a health care, or an educational program, would indeed be set up at the abbey. Lawmaker to ask probe of FBI files on congressmen WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Robert W. Kastenmeier, D-Wis., chairman of a H o u s e Judiciary subcommittee, said Sunday he will call current and former FBI officials to testify on charges that the agency kept personal files on members of Congress. Kastenmeier called the practice as "insidious as Watergate" and said he will call on such witnesses as FBI Director Clarence J. Kelley and former acting Director L. Patrick Gray III to testify under oath within the next three weeks. The Washington Post Sunday quoted two former high-ranking FBI officials.as saying that while the late J. Edgar Hoover was director, the FBI put together files which included data on the girl friends and drinking problems of members of Congress. The two are Cartha D. DeLoach, assistant to Hoover until 1970, and Louis B. Nichols, who held that position until 1957. They said the information did not result from direct surveillance unless members of Congress were under criminal investigation. Rather, they said, it was volunteered by persons interviewed by the FBI on unrelated matters. Kastenmeier said his subcommittee, in cooperation w i t h another, would investigate the FBI files as part of its probes into invasions of privacy. "The Congress has been lied to," he said. "There has been a cover-up so this would not be revealed." He added: "Anytime you have files on congressmen you have the question of destruction of our form of government because of intimidation of members of Congress." Sen. John 0. Pastore, D-R.I., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee's judiciary subcommittee, said he wanted an investigation of the FBI files by a select congressional committee expected to be created to probe domestic spying by the Central Intelligence Agency. Senate M a j o r i t y Leader Mike Mansfield, D-Monl., said he would assume any joint congressional committee to investigate the CIA also would probe FBI intelligence gathering activities.' Uniroya! layoffs go to 1,400 DETROIT (UP!) - Uni- royal Tire Co. has laid off 587 workers at its Detroit plant and about the same number at four other U.S. plants to reduce large inventories of car and truck tires, a company spokesman said Sunday. The spokesman said the latest layoffs raise · the total in Detroit over the past 90 days to nearly 1,400. The cutbacks resulted f r o m continued lagging new car and truck sales and production. Other layoffs concern blue collar workers in Chicopee, M a s s . , Eau Claire, Wis., Indianapolis and Opelaka, Ala. In addition, the company said, it is putting about 1,300 hourly workers at Ardmore, O k l a . , on a four-day week. Alleged bandit identified The stocking-masked man killed by Anaheim police Saturday in an alleged drugstore holdup Has been identified as Steven-Anthony Soils, 22, of Anaheim. Police said they cut Solis down with two blasts from a .12-gauge shotgun;' after he suddenly darted f r o m behind three hos-··: tages he was using as a shield inside the Medical Arts Rexall Pharmacy; 1120 W. La Palma Ave. CHINA (Continued from Page A-l) certainly help strengthen the p a r t y ' s centralized leadership over the structure of the slate." He cited in particular a provision that says: "The chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China -comm a n d s t h e c o u n t r y ' s armed forces." The provision was striking because it did not name Mao, who has held the post for 40 years. The original draft of the new constitution, which f i r s t circulated in the Communist Party in 1970, not only named Mao but described him as "the supreme commander of the w h o l e nation and the whole army." It described Lin Piao, then the defense minister and the Si-year- old M a o ' s designated successor, as "the deputy supreme commander of the whole nation and the whole army." The chairman openly broke With his successor at a Central Committee meeting held in September 1970, charging that Lin was scheming to install himself as head of stale in defiance of Mao's wish to h a v e the post abolished. Lin died in a plane crash a year later, allegedly after failing in a coup attempt. A g a i n s t t h a t background, it appears likely that the removal of Mao's name f r o m the constitution conforms to his own wishes. Following a pat- t e r n set w h e n the Communist Party adopted a new constitution for itself in 1973, the state constitution published last week refers to "Mao Tse-. tung thought" but not to the man directly. CHANG'S speech offered no explanation for the chairman's decision to stay away from the National People's Congress and the Central Committee meeting that preceded it. Indeed, the references to Mao in the speech almost made him seem to be more of a historical figure than a present-day force. "We are beginning to see the picture," remarked a Chinese analyst here who s p e c i a l i z e s in Communist affairs. "It's Maoism without Mao. His language is t h e r e , his thought is there, but Mao himself is not." The chairman is believed to be in his native Hunan Province. He was photographed on two occasions this month receiving foreign guests- oil ce while the Central Committee was in session and once while the National People's Congress was meeting. 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