Independent from Long Beach, California on March 22, 1976 · Page 16
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 16

Long Beach, California
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Monday, March 22, 1976
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INDEPENDENT PRESS-TELEGRAM 604 Pine Avenue, 90844 Telephone 435-1 161 Herman H. Ridder -- 1952-1969 Daniel H. Ridder -- Editor and Publisher Samuel C. Cameron ·-- General Manager Miles £. Sines -- Executive Editor Larry Allison -- Managing Editor Don Ohl -- Edilor,Edilorkjl Page Berl Resnik--Assistant Managing Editor Don Nutter, Advertising Director E. H. Lowdermilk, Circulation Director Milton A. Lomas, Production Manager U.S. intelligence: it flunked 6-2 LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, MONDAY, MARCH 22, 1976 Editorials Low blow from Bell The simple rule that Republicans shouldn't engage in personal attacks on f e l l o w Republicans somehow came to be called the Hlli Commandment The title, if not blasphemous, docs seem a bit too elevated for so simple a political rule. But calling the principle the llth Commandment had one great virtue: it emphasized its importance to a minority party that has to have unity in general elections if it is to have any hope of winning. Ronald Reagan has been bending the commandment a little more out of shape each day as he battles Gerald Ford in the presi- d e n t i a l primaries. B u t i n Reagan's hands t h e commandment hasn't snapped yet, and Reagan should fit comfortably into the fall GOP campaign--even though he's Saving trees Pressure f r o m environmentalists and the courts have led three lumber companies to adopt a set of rules restricting their logging at the edge of Redwood National Park in Humboldt County. The rules fall short of those desired by the National P a r k Service, but they exceed the requirements of the new California F o r e s t Practices A c t , and a spokesman for the companies said " ' the rules are probably the most restrictive and m o s t cosily imposed on logging anywhere in the United Stales. The annual rate of harvesting of old-growth trees will be cut almosl in half. Thai should provide a considerable measure of -;" protection for the national park. not very likely to head it. In California, though, Rep. Alphonzo Bell blilhely shattered the commandment the other day with an attack on Robert Finch, the front-runner in the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. senator. Bell, like Finch and fellow Republicans J o h n Harmer and S. I. Hayakawa, is after the Senate s c a t of Democrat John Tunney. And Bell hinted with some glee that attacks on Harmer and H a y a k a w a will follow. "I think Ihey have some vul- ncrabililies," Bell said. The congressman said he was attacking Finch for his record as U.S. secretary of health, education and welfare. But he talked m o r e a b o u t r e p u t a t i o n t h a n record; it is always easier to say a man has a bad reputation lhan it is to establish that he did bad things. Bell said Finch "had the reputation for bein§ vacillating and indecisive, for being unable to stand up under pressure, for being an incompetent administrator and of lacking the courage of his convictions." Bob Finch had the good sense not to reply in kind, beyond observing that Bell's attack smacked of "desperation tactics." Our hunch is thai Bell's allacks will nol pay off in the primary election battle. And should Finch win Uie nomination, as seems likely, we would hope that he and his Democralic opponenl could creale a 12th Commandment that would k e e p mud-slinging out of the general election campaign. Voters --Republican, Democratic and independent--are in no mood for dirty campaigns this year, we suspect. Off limits to civilians In Oceanside, Ihc relired Marine general who is the town's new mayor has declared part of City Hall off-limits to the public. "I don'l feel the city offices should be like Grand Central Station," Mayor Paul Graham told reporters. "1 just don'l like to sec 50 people walking up and down the hallways without having any business there." So Oceanside has the only city h a l l in America w i t h a "No Admittance" sign in the lobby. Intrigued by the idea, we called the Oceanside city manager. He was oul, but his sccrelary assured us that members of the public can talk to a receptionist in Ihe lobby about whatever brings them to city hall. Can the receptionist allow them to walk down the hallowed corridor and actually talk to a city official? "It depends," Ihe secretary said. Can reporters By BOB WTEDRICH KnJghl News Service The American intelligence community is dangerously weak and has failed In the job of protecting national security. That is the real secret contained In the House Intelligence Committee report that Congress voted to keep bottled up under administration pressure, not the shocking tales of isolated assassination plots and deadly shellfish toxin that sidetracked the media from the more important long-range story. The hair-raising stuff grabbed public attention. It made good reading. And the material for those headlines was selectively leaked or disclosed by C a p i t o l Hill politicians and executive branch functionaries who either sought personal publicity or had reason to divert attention from the real conclusions of the House committee report. But were the full document to be published today, the thoughtful reader assessing Us contents would be appalled by the basic thrust of the report. For it lays bare, with supporting evidence, an outrageous t a l e of repeated failure, intramural and interagency bickering, and political interference that raises questions about how we spend an estimat- ed $10 billion annually on intelligence gathering and analysis. AMONG OTHER things, the report charges that: 1. American intelligence completely lost track of major Russian army units moving through Eastern Europe for two weeks prior to the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in August, 1968. 2. Intelligence evaluation techniques failed miserably in predicting the Communist Tet offensive in South Vietnam in January, 19C8- 3. Our espionage services blew it totally in interpreting certain telltale signs that would have enabled the United States to warn Israel of an Impending Egyptian attack in October, 1973. ·1. The s a m e kind of bureaucratic bungling botched the intelligence job concerning events leading to the coup against Archbishop Makarios and the subsequent Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. IN THE CASE of the Tet offensive, it was the politicians who intruded. The CIA juc'ged its information correctly, that the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong were marshaling their forces for the first time in conventional lines of battle and had the capability of launching a major offensive. hfilitary intelligence insisted on downgrading the Communist effort as a guerrilla force without such capability. And the Johnson administration accepted the military intelligence assessment in line with a political decision designed to lull the American people into continuing to believe that they were engaged only, in a limited war in Southeast Asia. In fact, American military academicians are now teaching the nation's future armed forces leaders that the Tet offensive was the worst surprise attack sustained by U.S. fighting men since Pearl Harbor and that it was a defeat of intelligence operations. IN ESSENCE, the report charges that we are not getting the proper analysis of intelligence information in some instances or the information is not getting to the right people in time to do something about it. Even worse, there are indications some vital intelligence has been ignored in high places or political decisions have intruded on realistic appraisal of the facts. Rep. Otis Pike D-Ky., chairman of the now defunct Intelligence Committee, told the Congress last week that in each event weighed by the panel, the question was asked: "What was our intelligence telling us about the likelihood of these events before they happened?" Then later he concluded: 'The basic thrust of our report is that despite the billions of dollars we expended on it, despite the genius of the scientists who work in our intelligence community, despite its occasional small successes, in every single instance in which we compared what our intelligence community was predicting with what really happened, our intelligence community failed. "DROWNING in red tape, incomprehensible data, and daily tons of paper, burdened with so much trivia that no forest is visible among the trees, constantly prejudiced by political judgments and w i s h f u l thinking, our intelligence comm u n i t y is repeatedly, consistently, unchangingly, and dangerously weak. That is the thrust of our report, but that is a secret. "If the CIA and the State Department could provide, digest, and analyze objective intelligence as well as they can plant stories in the media, lead the Congress around, and put the secret stamp on their embarrassments, horrors, and failures, we could all sleep better at night." Pike's words were a damning indictment. They were also a battle cry for legislation to correct the mistakes of the past and to fund a strong intelligence community with Ihe proper congressional and executive branch safeguards to get the job done. They also contained a plea for complete publication of the committee report so that the President, the Congress, and the American people together can know the truth upon which to base a rational judgment about where we have been and where we should go. pass the No Admittance sign? "I'd rather nol say," the secretary told us. Somehow, we had a feeling the g e n e r a l neglected to t e l l the troops how all the details of his new plan to shield his officers from their employers will work. Later, the city manager called. He supplied more details. Members of the public could call for appointments, he explained. So c o u l d reporters. Or reporters c o u l d ask t h e i r questions by phone. He managed to give the impression t h a t t e l e p h o n e i n - quiries would be preferred. The city manager assured us that the mayor's plan includes a provision for the public to watch its city council in action. That is encouraging--if the mayor gives the council a chance to act. He didn't bother to ask them lo vote on his No Admittance plan. Lakewood standards Error continues The law that requires a home in Lakewood lo be inspected before it is sold is a good law. It helps keep Ihe homes up lo the standards set by the building department aixl helps people who are buying the home to know thnt it is not falling apart. We bought a home in Lakewood last year. The inspectors required the previous owner to bring Ihe home up lo standard. All the things that were fixed were those which he had done himself and were not quite right. We voted for two of Ihe three persons elected in the recent election. We wonder to whom those people should be responsive --the people who are going lo be living hi-rc or Ihose who will be moving oul. Are our councilpersons goinj! to bow to the pressures of the realtors and those who will be moving away? LESLIE G. WING I-akewood Can anyone stop Jimmy Carter? By JEROME CAtm.L Knight Nfws Senior CHICAGO--Standing in the lobby of Ihe Drake Hotel the morning after the Illinois primary. R. Sargent Shriver had a warning (or the old pros of Ihe Democratic Party who now have Jimmy Carter to contend with as a real presidential pros- pecl. "Jimmy Carter is going to be hard lo handle. Anyone who thinks otherwise is whistling in the dark," said Shriver. whoso attempt lo stop Carter was endorsed by only 18 per cent of the Illinois Democrats who voted Tuesday. The third place finish behind Carter and Wallace ended Shrivcr's bid for the presidency. CARTER'S success in Illinois was measured not so. much by his first place finish in the popularity contest--Ml hough that won him the headlines--but by his astonishing performance 1 in the contest (or delegates against a favorite son slate pledged to Sen. A d l a i Stevenson and through Stevenson, to Mayor Richard J. Daley, boss of the Chicago Democratic machine. Carter snatched 60 delegates out from under the nose of the Stevenson- Daley combine, three times more than seasoned politicians expected. Florida was the turning point for Carter in Illinois. His victory over Wallace in Ihc Florida primary just a week before the Illinois vote helped lo establish the former Georgia governor as something more than just another politician with an impossible dream. Carter pollster Pat Caddell uncovered a disturbing trend in a survey in Illinois just before the Florida primary. "We found that many of our own people were planning to vole for Carter in the popularity conlesl but were nol voting for our delegates." Caddell said. "In other words. Carter was not yet perceived as a real candidate." WITH FLORIDA providing the break in that trend, the Carter campaign here undor the Rev. James Wall, an editor of Christian Century magazine, mounted a fulliimo campaign in the five populous suburban counties ringing Chicago lo put over the Carter delegates. The counties- known as "collar counties" in Chicago-- nre heavily Republican, hut the Democrats there are lean and liberal and anti-establishment and in rnce after race.Ihey rojocl- ed regular Democrats running under the banner of the popular Stevenson in favor of Carter volunteers. In Chicago. Carter's strategy was to woo the black vole from Shriver. who as former director of the Great Society's War on Poverty counted on his name arid popularity lor a good showing. An early Caddell survey showed Shriver beating Carter 40 per cent to 16 per cent among Chicago blacks, but on Primary Day the black vote went to Carter 2 to 1. A BIG RALLY for Carter in a South Side black church and commercials on black radio stations that featured the Georgian's endorsement by the Rev. Martin I-uthcr King Sr. turned the lide. Almost overnight, in a primary battle where race was nol an issue. Carter was transformed from a virtual unknown to a winner. What has impressed politicians and pollsters is Ihe breadth of Carter's support. lie ran well in the suburbs, among Catholics and among ethnic voters. He got more votes from people leaning to Wallace than his Alabama neighbor did himself. In several delegate contests. Carter slates beat regulars pledged to Hubert H. Humphrey. Mr. Sams in his letter of March 16 wants to be forgiven for an error that he may still be practicing, an error that he has nol yet recognized. He says that, considering the frightening circumstances of World War II, the incarceration of "innocent Japanese" in 1912 should he forgiven. Is not Mr. Sams guilty in 1976 of that same bias that caused the abrogation of civil rights in 1H2? Mr. Sams refers lo those who who were locked up as "Japanese," not as United States citizens of Japanese anceslry, nol even as Japanese-Americans! My mother came (rotn Kngland; yet I have never had the experience of being referred lo as English. Perhaps Ihe "regrettable" incident of 1912 should still be considered unforgivable until we who were responsible fully realize the true motives for the injustice and resolve that this aspect of history never repeals itself. RICHARD A. WILKINSON Long Beach Final blow II appears the city dealt its final death blow lo our block. P.ilm trees formerly arrayed m perfect be.iuty that stood tall portraying an elephant-like trunk w i t h plumage on top were stripped of their beauty by Ihc city. Men with helmets quickly scattered lo (heir trucks looking satisfied. Adjacent blocks still display beautiful palms. ARDEN NORDBY I/jng Beach Ace In a letter to the editor. Barbara Hoc- p f l ridiculed "the terrible things Mrs. 1'hyllis Schl.ifly and her supporters insist will h.ippcn" if the Equal Rights Amendment is passed, but she (ailed to mention one of the Schlafly arguments or bear the burden of proof in refuling the argument or arguments she failed to mention I'm sorry, dear lady, but it appears lhat the ball was in your court when you Ms.'dil. R I C H A R D PAXTON Long Beach Worthy crusade I have a feeling Ihe ghost of Ihe Omar Hiibbard Building may be lauding Peter Devereaux for his efforts concerning the future of this landmark. The story seems quite plain. Mr. Devereaux' aim is to save the building and all it stands for: prestige, service and tax money. The city's outlook has an opposite trend, although prestige and lax money also are involved. With one lone man fighting City Hall, one dares hope Ihe city will look again at both sides of Ihc problem. I lived in the old building for 18 mnnlhs .unlil Ihe city found a new home for me-one much nicer than the one I had in the Omar Ilubbard. Yet I can still sec that Mr. Devereaux may have a point in his stubborn actions. An engineer who owned Ihe apartment I lived in lold me the Omar Hubbard was "siill the bcsl-buill building in Long Beach." A new 110-aparlmenl building now would surely cost several million dollars, whereas renovation of the oid landmark could be done for a million. If the art museum-nol yet built-found a nearby site, then possibly perspective and lime-honored values would once again hold sway. VERNA LE?: CLARK Long Beach Cut boat taxes Many boat owners in the state do not realize that they are the only recreational group paying full properly tax on their choice of vehicle. While luxury motor vehicles and private aircraft are taxed at no more lhan 1.5 per cent, the taxes on boats, regardless of cost, arc two to three limes greater. If readers believe lhat all recreational vehicles--whether they fly. float or roll on wheels--should be taxed equally, they are urged to write to their assemblyman and slate senator and tell them to vote for Assembly Bill 2656, which will reduce boat taxes to 1.5 per cent, equalizing them with Ihc other groups. pj. A. ANTON Garden Grove

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