8-C £!}<• <S«ltiraiim Saturday Morning, September 23, 1978 Social Security Corner Helms Regrets Not Telling About Anti-Castro Plots QUESTION: Can an individual who (ailed to enroll in Medicare Part B at age G5. enroll any time he wants to? ANSWER: The answer is he can enroll in Part B of Medicare in a general enrollment period during January. February and March of each year. We are in the 1978 general enrollment period until March 31. QUESTION: My husband and I were divorced after 15 years of marriage. Will I be eligible for social security payments on his record? ANSWER: Yes, but not this year. You will not be entitled on his record during 1978 as you were not married for at least 20 years. However, beginning with' 1979, the 20-year duration of marriage requirement will be reduced to 10 years. QUESTION: I will be 62 soon. My husband is only 60, but he is insured for social security. Can 1 receive benefits on his record now? ANSWER: No. Wife's benefits are payable only when the worker retires or becomes disabled and is entitled to benefits himself. However, if you have worked long enough in jobs covered by social security, you may be entitled to social security retirement benefits on your own record. Classified Ads Get FAST Results! WASHINGTON (UPl) Former CIA Director Richard Helms said Friday he now regrets he did not tell the Warren Commission about the secret U.S. plots to get rid of Fidel Castro. But Helms — addressing one of the most controversial issues in the John F. Kennedy assassination probe — also testified that the anti-Castro plotting of the late 1950s and early 60s was "a government-wide operation" known to many top officials, including Kennedy himself. He said any of these men could have informed the Warren panel of a cmcial background fact it never had in its deliberations — that the U.S. government, under Dwight D. Eisenhower and Kennedy, had plotted Castro's downfall and even his murder. It has since been learned that Castro knew about some of these efforts. Conspiracy theorists argue he may have had Kennedy killed in revenge, and that the Warren investigators at least should have been informed of this background. "It never occurred to me," Helms said in testimony before the House Assassinations Committee. "Then it was a mistake?" he was asked. "Absolutely," he replied, and added that, if he had the chance to do it again, "1 would have taken all the documents and put them on the Warren Commission's desk." Helms, who was a deputy CIA chief involved in clandestine operations at the time of Kennedy's 1963 murder, said he would not take "sole blame" for keeping the Warren Commission in the dark, however. "They were known to the attorney general i Robert Kennedy l, the secretary of defense 'Robert McNamara), the assistant to the president (presumably, national security adviser McGeorge Bundy). the National Security Council." Helms said. "All kinds of people knew. It was a government- wide operation to get rid of Castro." Although the Senate Intelligence Committe concluded in 1975 that there was no proof any president knew of the assassination plots, Helms said Kennedy knew and President Lyndon B. Johnson knew as well. The Castro murder plots reportedly continued into the mid-GOs, with Mafia figures aiding the CIA efforts. Helms said he had informed Johnson of the anti- Castro efforts on or about May 10, 1967. ''He was told specifically?" asked Rep. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. "Yes, he was," Helms replied. "Was he told about the role of organized crime?" Dodd asked. "That's what we were talking about," Helms said. When Dodd said he still found it difficult to understand "why you didn't inform the Warren Commission," Helms retorted: "1 can understand your difficulty, Mr. Dodd. I'm just sorry, it's an untidy world." Committee's chief counsel G. Robert Blakey asked Helms, "What possibly could be the moral justification for trying to kill the president of a foreign country?" "There was none," said Helms. "1 have apologized for this. I can do no more than apologize on public television. It was an error <yi my part. There was great pressure brought on me." Earlier, Helms said he never heard of a CIA proposal to kill, or drive insane, a Soviet defector who kept insisting Lee Harvey Oswald had no links with Russian intelligence. The principle of jet propulsion was discovered about 100 B.C. by Hero in Alexandria. This was used 2,000 years later to help make jet planes. 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