Independent from Long Beach, California on January 21, 1975 · Page 7
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 7

Long Beach, California
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Tuesday, January 21, 1975
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CIA (Continued from Page A-l) sipn's second day of closed ^hearings, acknowledged a" public report that Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon each expressed to him their extreme concern about dissident antiwar demonstrations in the late 1960s. But Helms did not answer when asked if that concern led to domestic spving operations by the CIA. Johnson first spoke to him about his worry in 1967, Helms said. "He expressed concern about dissident organizations and their foreign connections," Helms said. "I was only concerned about t h e i r foreign connections." Helms said that Nixon later expressed the same concerns to him. "It was something he expressed to me in person -- I don't know if there w a s any written direction," Helms said. Rockefeller said for the first time that he fell cert a i n the eight-member commission would make r e c o m m e n d a t i o n s to strengthen the prohibition in the CIA charter against domestic spying. Former CIA Director John McCone, who testi- f i e d before the commission f o r 2M hours Monday, told reporters that to his knowledge there were no domestic spying activities when he headed the agency between 1961 and 1965. "There were none that I knew about," he s a i d . "You will note of all the accusations t h a t h a v e been made none were in the time frame that I was director. If any instance arises that was taken during my regime I'd be very glad to discuss that with the commission -- but there are none t h a t I know of. 1 ' MeCONE said he believed the CIA probe was necessary b e c a u s e "a mere denial by the agency will not satisfy public opinion. When a l l - the information is developed and the facts known, it will be constructive and beneficial instead of a destructive backlash." Stennis, of Mississippi, pleaded loudly in Democratic caucus debate that the CIA not be subjected to an investigative process that might destroy it. But m e m b e r s instead heeded Sen. John Pastore, D-R.L, who said there had to be an "in-depth, exhaustive investigation to correct abuse and bring to account any officials responsible and reassure public confidence." Pastore said the panel would be composed of between seven and 11 senators selected by the leaders of each party. The action requires approval of the full Senate. THE a c t i o n followed published allegations the CIA c o n d u c t e d wide- s p r e a d surveillance of a n t i w a r militants and others in recent years. On Sunday the Washington Post reported the FBI kept dossiers on the personal habits of congressmen. After the vote, Stennis told a news conference, "I think the present operations of the CIA have b«?n impaired and I hope to see it restored as soon as possible." The Senate caucus indi- c a t e d t h a t a n i n i t i a l budget of $750.000 would be provided for the select committee w h i c h w i l l have subpoena powers but no legislative authority. However, it will be expected to produce recommendations for correcting any abuses it finds and for more effective oversight by Congress in the future. STENNIS is something of a specialist on the CIA because as chairman of the Senate Armed Services he has been one of a select small number of key lawmakers kept current on CIA activities over the years by confidential briefings. Last week Stennis conducted hearings by the intelligence subcommitte of the Senate Appropria- t i o n s Committee during which CIA Director William E. Colby detailed some instances in which the CIA spied on Americans for national security puriwscs. PRtSS.TiliGR/W(PM) Um mtfc, C»IH.. Tun., Jin, ll. mi Liddy pledges to surrender to U.S. prison WASHINGTON (UPD - G. Gordon Liddy. who already has served longer in jail than any Watergate defendant, told U.S. District Judge George Hart Jr. Monday he will surrender Wednesday at the federal prison at Danbury, Conn. In a brief courtroom appearance, Liddy signed a personal guarantee that he would submit voluntarily to serve the remainder of a term of 6 years, 8 months to 20 years for masterminding t h e 1972 Watergate bugging. He has been free pending outcome of an appeal, which was turned down by the Supreme Court. Liddy's total lime of 21 months already served in prison is by far the longest of any Watergate defendant. Twelve d a y s a g o , U.S. District Judge John Sirica ordered Watergate convicts John Dean, Jeb Stuarl Magruder and Herbert Kalmbach freed from the remainder of their sentences. Kalmbach served the longest, 10 months. A few days later, the Supreme Court (timed down the appeal of Liddy. who has refused to testify about any aspecl of Walc-rgale. Liddy, a former FBI agent who was G. GORDON U . S . court Monday. L I D D Y leaves in Washington --AP Wirephoto finance counsel for President Richard M. Nixon's re-election committee, has been given three separate prison sentences. Court strips Colson of license to practice law FBI will RICHMOND, Va. (UPI) -- The Virginia Supreme C o u r t disbarred former W h i l e H o u s e Special Counsel Charles C o l s o n Monday for his role in Ihe burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist. The court stripped Colson of his license to practice law as a result of a hearing last Dec. 2 at which the Virginia State Bar argued he should be expelled from the profession. Colson, 42, had pleaded guilty June 21, 1974. to a felony charge of dissemi- n a t i n g confidenial i n f o r - m a t i o n d a m a g i n g to Daniel Ellsberg's defense in the Pentagon Papers Case. "This has to be viewed as one of the mosl serious felonies because il goes to the very heart of his responsibility as an attorney," said James Wrenn, special counsel for the bar at the hearing. Colson, in a statement submitted at the hearing, said he was "following Ihe orders of the President of the United States." His attorneys argued that Colson had already suffered e n o u g h and should be spared being stripped of his profession. The state supreme court said in a one-page order it "is of opinion that the license to practice law in this Commonwealth heretofore issued to Charles Wendell Colson should be revoked. "It is therefore adjudged and ordered that the license to practice law in the courts of Ihis Comm o n w e a l t h heretofore issued by the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners to the said Charles Wendell Colson be, and the same is hereby, revoked, and t h a t the name of Charles Wendell Colson be stricken from the Roll of Attorneys of t h i s Commonwealth," Ihe court said. Colson, long known as the While House "lough guy," is serving a 1-3 year senlence al Ft. Holabird in Baltimore. After his conviction Colson said he had accepted Christ and had become a changed man. y for probe By MARGARET GENTRY WASHINGTON (AP) The FBI agreed Monday lo provide Deputy Arty. Gen. Laurence Silberman with all the material the agency has compiled on at Jeast 10 members of Congress, a J u s t i c e Department spokesman said. Silberman "asked the FBI to t u r n over all material on the congressmen mentioned" in a Washington Post report describing the FBI practice of maintaining files on members of Congress, said Robert Havel, the department's public information director. THE FBI agreed to S i l b e r m a n ' s r e q u e s t , Havel said. The Post quoted an unidentified source as saying he had seen personal information gathefed by the FBI about Sens. Mike Mansfield, D-Mont; Lowell W e i c k e r , R-Conn.; A b r a h a m Ribicoff, D- Conn.; George McGovern, D-S.D.; Edward Kennedy, D - M a s s . ; a n d A d l a i Stevenson III, D-I11.; and Reps. C a r l Albert, D- Okla.; Wilbur Mills, D- Ark., and Ihe lale Hale Boggs, D-La. The late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover at one lime ordered agents to gather derogatory information on the personal life of former Rep. William Anderson, D-Tenn., the Post's sources said. MEANTIME, two former FBI officials confirmed in interviews that the agency routinely collected and filed information about members of Congress. But both said the data usually was gathered as part of other investigations, r a t h e r than a specific effort to amass files on congressmen. A high-ranking official of the FBI after Hoover's death said the information oh members of Congress IMPORTED OIL PLAN (Continued from Page A-l) barrel on all oil -- the 12.5 million barrels of domestic oil and 6.5 million of imported oil t h a t the country consumes every day. Kennedy said he understood Govs. Hugh Carey of New Y o r k , R e u b i n A s k e w of Florida and M i c h a e l D u k a k i s of Massachusetts were planning to sue to block the , tariff. He said they would argue the 1D74 trade law required the administration to hold hearings and issue a finding that the national security compelled the imposition of a tariff before Ford could act. However, a Washington lawyer who looked into the matter on behalf of critics expressed d o u b t t h a t t h e courts w o u l d block a tariff. The 1974 act calls for hearings "if appropriate" and Ford need merely to declare t h e m inappropriate, he said. K E N N E D Y s a i d he would prefer closing gasoline stations one day a A-eek and imposing an absolute l i m i t on how much oil could be imported for making gasoline. Jackson said he favored import limits and presi- Aliens' bodies found stacked on embankment VISTA i A P - T h e bodies of t h r e e men thought to be illegal Mexican aliens were found stacked atop one another on a 200-foot embankment six m i l e s northeast of here Monday. San Diego County Sheriff's officers said. They apparently suffocated while confined in a tight space like the trunk of a car, officers said. D e p u t y Coroner Jay Johnson s a i d t h e men were in their 20s, had no identification on t h e i r bodies and no marks to indicate violence. dentially i m p o s e d gasoline rationing as last resorts. Ullman said on the CBS Morning News that rationing, while "a tough bullet to bite," is still going to be "the ultimate objective and the thing we're going to have to do." Sen. Jacob K. Javits, R- N.Y.. opposed Ford's tariff and decontrol plans and called for a "crash" e f f o r t to develop new energy resources. THE White House said M o n d a y t h a t Ford remains convinced higher prices and not rationing is the w a y to hold down gasoline consumption. Asked if Ford was taking another look at gas rationing, Press Secretary R o n N e s s e n r e p l i e d : "Certainly not." Asked a b o u t p u b l i c opinion poll reports saying the public preferred rationing to higher prices. Nessen said the President is aware of what people are saying. "And the more his plan is looked at and compared with rationing, the more firmly he believes his is the right way." Nessen s a i d the ques- tion should be not whether one prefers rationing or higher prices, but "which would you rather have -8 or 9 gallons of gas a w e e k maximum or as much as you want at 10 cents or 12 cents a gallon more." HE SAID rationing also would curtail long auto- m o b i l e v a c a t i o n s , be "especially devastating" to the motel and hotel business and add more woe to the auto industry. "The President is not by any means convinced that a majority 'of the public is opposed to his program," Nessen said. The press secretary said the President's anti- r e c e s s i o n p r o g r a m is complex and needs lo be" explained to the public. He said Ford will have a news conference t o d a y and will make an economic speech to businessmen and economists Wednesday night at the Washington m e e t i n g of the Conference Board. Nessen said Ford would travel across the nation to make speeches explaining his program. The trips probably would start nexl month. Ford tax plan won't help most, Albert says WASHINGTON (UPD H o u s e Speaker C a r l Albert said Monday almost half of President Ford's proposed 1974 tax rebate would go to the rich while his proposed energy lax increases would wipe out the tax rebate to low- and moderate-income A m e r i cans. In a Democratic answer to Ford's S t a t e of the U n i o n address, A l b e r t said Ford's proposed $2-a- barrel tax on crude oil would increase gasoline prices up to 25 per cent, with similar increases in heating o i l . electricity, food, fertilizer and other products. "This h u g e rise in prices would more than wipe out the positive effect of a tax cut," Albert said in a national radio address. "What conceivable'good will it do for a family to receive a $75 to $100 tax rebate if that same family is required to pay $250 to S300 more during the year for gasoline to get to and from work and to heat their home?" Albert said Ford's proposed rebate, 12 per cent of 1974 taxes to a maximum of $1,000, "puts 43 per cent ef the refund into Ihe hands of the richest 17 per c e n t of t h e population." Wallace takes oath as 'governor of all M O N T G O M E R Y , A l a . (UPD George C. Wallace -- looking ahead to his next presidential campaign -- sfnnd near the spot where he once vowed segregation would live forever and pledged Monday to be governor of "all the people of Alabama." Inaugurated as the state's first three- term governor, Wallace told a crowd of supporters, "I will continue-my interest in national affairs. I will say to those who don't like it, if they don't like it they can do what they want to do about it." With the first black ever to serve in a governor's cabinet sitting to his right, Wallace said, "We have shown that gov--' ernment in this state has cared for all -of the people of our state, black and white... "We in Alabama might be able to give some courses to people in other areas of the country on how to get along." Three times during his address, Wallace referred to what he called the "unity of all our people." · Although paralyzed from the waist downty an asassination attempt during the 1972 presidential campaign, Wallace stood on a special platform, gesturing frequently in the cold wind. Aides said the governor was eager to impress Democratic Party leaders that he is a reasonable, healthy man capable of heading the party's ticket in 1976. Consistent with his new theme that he has never been against black people, Wallace said, "Twelve years ago we were much misunderstood." Wallace was first elected governor in 1962 and drew national attention a short while later with his "segregation forev- GOV. WALLACE salutes as cannon marks his inauguration Monday. -*"·' er" inauguration speech and his futile "stand in the school house door" in an attempt to block integration of the University of Alabama. His late wife, Lurleen, was elected governor in 1966 and Wallace was elected again in 1970. He was reelected last November with the first significant black support in his political career. Wallace, who has run three presidential campaigns, is expected to announce later in the year that he will enter a string of presidential primaries in 1976. was scattered t h r o u g h three types of files. One set is the criminal files on persons, including congressmen, under active criminal investigation, said this source, who asked not to be named. Another set was similar to f i l e s most government agencies maintain for use in legislative dealings with congressmen. "THEN there's the general information files which include lots of hearsay and scurrilous infor- mationi and that's why the FBI is so careful about who sees those files," this source said. He recalled that during his work at the FBI he "saw a few" files on members of Congress. But, he said, "most contained nothing but news- paper'dippings." One exception, he added, was the file on a congressman under criminal investigation. He declined to discuss its contents. Asked whether the FBI preserves information collected about a congressman through a wiretap on some other person, the source said yes. "If a congressman called X at some Eastern bloc embassy, yes, his name would go into a file," the source said. RULING DUE ON TOPLESS WASHINGTON (UPD The Supreme Court Monday agreed to review a lower court decision that statutes outlawing topless dancing in bars and other public places are unconstitutional. The case involves a broadly worded law enacted in 1973 by North Hampstead, N.Y., which bans topless and bottomless dancing in "a cabaret, bar, lounge, dance h a l l , or discotheque or any other public place." · c reductions A

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