Independent from Long Beach, California on January 22, 1975 · Page 10
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 10

Long Beach, California
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Wednesday, January 22, 1975
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A-IMNDtPiNDENT(AM) ·» PRESS-IELEGIM(PM) FBI Aluminum plant explodes Wreckage flies all around as a fireman, left foreground, tries to flee in this photo taken at moment of explosion of an aluminum plant in Yao City, Japan, Monday. The picture was taken by Takao Nakamoto, an army sergeant who was among fire fighters called to the scene. Eighteen persons were injured. -APWirephoto NEWS CONFERENCE (Continued from Page A-l) These fees, combined with other energy proposals, would reportedly increase retail gasoline prices by about 10 cents per gallon. Ullman said Ford has agreed to a congressional p l a n for splitting the permanent levy and a quick antireces- sion tax cut into two separate legislative packages. In defending his energy proposals against Democratic criticism, Ford said the revenues raised by the levies oh fuel will be channeled back into the economy. He declared this approach is far preferable to gasoline rationing, which he denounced as inequitable, unfair and a superficial a n s w e r to the energy crunch. When asked whether he would veto a rationing plan, Ford replied: "If Congress wants to require mandatory gas rationing, that's a judgment they can make, as bad as I think it would be. And a program o£ that kind, that was a superficial answer in my judgment, 1 would veto." With rationing, the President said, "there would be simply not enough gasoline-to go around ... a gas rationing system would limit each driver to less than nine gallons a week." IN ADDITION, he said, -rationing would do nothing to encourage development of alternative supplies of fuel. Jackson, a leading critic of Ford's energy program, said "no one up here that I know is advocating mandatory gas rationing. "It's a straw man," he told a reporter, saying the President was trying to contend that rationing was the only alternative to his program. Jackson said a ceiling could be placed on oil imports, with an allocation system for reduced supplies, Sunday gas station closings and other conservation measures. However. House Speaker Carl Albert, D-Okla., suggested Monday that mandatory rationing might be one alternative to the President's proposals. "Before we resort to higher gasoline prices to reduce consumption, we should consider a more moderate approach." said Albert in a televised response to Ford's State of the Union speech. "THIS MIGHT include gasoline rationing, gasless days, excise taxes on h i g h horsepower vehicles and other measures the Congress may deem ad- visable," said-Albert. He said Ford's proposals would increase fuel bills by up to 25 per cent without insuring a reduction in gasoline consumption. In stepping up his counteroffensive against Democratic criticism, Ford declared, "It is absolutely critical that Congress act quickly on my enetv proposals." He pledged to work with the Democratic-controlled House and Senate but added he would "use all of my powers as President to make certain that we succeed. Ford said his en'fergy and economic proposals are interrelated, but "one piece not being implemented would not bring about its downfall." HOWEVER, he added: "Until someone conies up with a total plan such as we have come up with, I think it's unfortunate to come up with this rather limited criticism." He again said that wa,ge and price controls are unnecessary. "I do not think any profit controls are a remedy either," he declared. When asked how high he expects unemployment, now at 7.1 per cent, to go in the months ahead, Ford cited figures of 7.5 per cent and 8 per cent. "Either figure is too high and my program, if implemented by the Congress, will remedy the situation," he said. "It seems to me that by the late summer we ought to see a turnaround both as to economic activity and, I hope, betterment in the unemployment figure." THE PRESIDENT said he hopes to continue to work for expanded trade with the Soviet Union despite the Kremlin's recent rejection of the 1972 trade accord. He hinted that he would ask Congress to restore Soviet trade credits without tying them to the promise of a freei policy on emigration of Soviet Jews. In confirming that he will ask for an additional $300 million in military aid for South Vietnam, Ford said, "I think that will be a proper action by us to help a nation and a people." He said he couldn't foresee any (possibility) at the moment of the United States reentering the Vietnam war. "Any military actions that might be taken would be taken only under our constitutional procedure." When asked whether this meant he might ask Congress to lift its ban on any bombing in Indochina. Ford responded: "I don't think it's appropriate for me to speculate on a matter of that kind." Rep. Hebert CIA PANEL abandons ^post fight WASHINGTON i A P Accusing House leaders of undercutting him. former H o u s e A r m e d Services Chairman F. Edward Hebert announced Tuesday he has given up his fight to keep that job. The Louisiana Democrat announced he will not t r y to get House Demo- c r a t s to reverse t h e i r rejection of him. Without naming names, Hebert said he will not carry the fight to the full House because of "intimi- d a t i o n , r e p r i s a l s a n d threats" a g a i n s t both Republicans and Democrats if they voted for him. Hebert also said that Common Cause, a citizens' lobby, and "the antimili- tary group were out to get me no matter what I did." Meanwhile, Rep. Frank Thompson, D-N.J., said he w i l l challenge R e p . Wayne Hays, D-Ohio, for c h a i r m a n s h i p of the House Administration Committee. (Continued from Page A-l) sided over the Senate during much of the day's debate. S e n a t e sources said Pastore c o u l d be c h a i r man of the proposed committee if he desired, but he said he would "reject any invitation" to serve on the panel. The six D e m o c r a t i c a n d f i v e Republican members will be named after Monday's vote. Creation of the panel would be seen as a defeat for Senate Armed Servi c e s Chairman John C. Stennis. D - M i s s . , w h o traditionally has been in charge of CIA oversight hearings. MEANWHILE, a review of p r e v i o u s published testimony s h o w e d t h a t Helms assured the Senate F o r e i g n Relations Committee two years ago that the domestic surveillance of antiwar activists was not a proper function for the CIA. At the time, the agency was still engaging in .1 sec r e t domestic program that involved the infiltra- tion of "about a dozen" undercover agents i n t o A m e r i c a n dissident c i r - c l e s , according to t e s t i - mony given last week by William E. Colby, the current CIA director. Helms, chief of the CIA from 19G6 to 1973. returns to the Foreign Relations Committee today to testify anew on this and other possible conflicts in his testimony, taken in 1973 when he was undergoing confirmation hearings on his n o m i n a t i o n to be ambassador to Iran. SO.ME senators h a v e complained a b o u t t h e apparent discrepancy in H c l m s ' s assertion t w o years ago that he could not recall whether the White House had requested him to begin domestic operations during periods of large-scale antiwar act i v i t y . In a statement released l a s t week, he said thai I h u C I A had begun such activities "in response to the direct conc e r n of the president" a b o u t growing antiwar and dissident demonstrations. LIGHT JOLTS BRAWLEY (AP) -- Two small earthquakes jolted residents, h e r e Tuesda- but caused no damage, police reported. The first quake, at 8:47 a.m., measured 3.4 on the Richter scale and the second, at 9:14 a.m., registered 2.8. (Continued from Page A-l) sealed'out. of view and sight 6f you or anyone eise?"'Wai5i? asked. "I can only say I know of none," Kelley answered. The FBI .chief went on to say he had made an "affirmative e f f o r t " to find out if such files existed and was assured that "there is nonfe, and there is none now being maintained." ' Kelley denied that any material is obtained illegally, and said FBI policy is to "solicit information concerning members of C o n g r e s s only where t h e r e is investigative jurisdiction to justify collection of such information." BUT .HE said'that when "unsolicited information" is received, it is "appro- p r i a t e l y retained f o r record purposes." Kelley said FBI policy limits information collected "to assistance in investigations and back- g r o u n d checks," and stressed that the files are "never used to influence the judgment or actions of any m e m b e r of Congress." Kelley's remarks were made in a statement. He refused to answer reporters' questions, but contended reports the .-FBI improperly solicits information on congresmen or misuses the data were "erroneous and without any basis in fact." says wo turn on jury WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supremo Court Tuesday ruled 8-1 that women cannot be automatically excused from jury duty. It was another victory for the women's rights movement. · The decision reversed a ruling 13 years ago in which the court said a slate could require that women volunteer in order to serve as jurors. Since then, two-thirds of the membership of the court has changed and the justices have ruled favorably on a number of women's rights cases. "It is untenable to suggest these days that it would be a special hardship for each and every woman' to perform jury service or that society cannot spare any women from their present duties," Justice Byron White said for the cpurt. The lone dissenter, Justice William Rehnquist, said some of the reasoning relied on by the majority "smacks more of mysticism than of law." The women's rights case involved the appeal of Billy Taylor, who was convicted on a kidnaping charge by an all- male Louisiana jury. State law at.the time required women to yolunteer if they wished to be jurors. The law has since been repealed and now no state has such a requirement. ·'· -··, The court said the requirement vio- . lated Taylor's right to be tried by a representative cross-section of the community. "...,.- ' It ordered a new trial for Taylor- Attorneys for the Center for Constitutional Rights told the court in; October that five states -- Missouri, New York, Alabama, Rhode Island and Tennessee -- automatically excuse Women from jury duty. They said nine states and two-thirds of the federal judicial districts excuse them if they have children in their care. .;. ! ' . - Financier stands trial in March SAN DIEGO. 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