Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 4, 1978 · Page 15
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 15

Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, January 4, 1978
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^ f............ Wednesday, January 4, 1978 Ukiah Daily Journal, Ukiah, Calif.—17 6y Jack Anderson WASHINGTON - , For, years, the Central Intelligence Agency's darkest secret was its undercover association with Mafia hit men who were recruited for international murder missions. We finally broke the story that the CIA had use common gangsters in six attempts upon the life of Cuban Premier Fidel Castro. Now we've learned that the CIA wanted to create its own branch of Murder, Inc. — a killer squad that would assassinate undesirable foreign leaders at %\ million a head. It has taken us years to dig out the ugly facts. We were able to report on March 3, 1967 that the CIA had "hatched a plot to knock off Castro." On Jan. 18,1971 we began.a series of three columns describing the six assassination attempts ^d naming the Mafia killers and their CIA contacts. Not until five years later did the Senate Intelligence Committee finally confirm our story. The CIA recruited, the hit men through Robert Maheu, a former CIA undercover operator, who had taken charge of the l^te billionaire Howard Hughes' Las Vegas empire and had developed mob contacts in Nfevada. Around the time that Maheu was setting up the Mafi? plot against Castro, we've just learned, the CIA also approached a former narcotics official with intimate knowledge of the Mafia. He was Charles Siragusa, a former wartime intelligence while pulling a Watergjalte- style break-in at the Chinese Communist news agency in Havana. Cuban police thought they had caught three small- fry burglars and locked them iq) on an island off Cuba. The CIA was desperate to get them back before their cover was blown. One knew the names of numerous CIA contacts in Cuba; in any event, the CIA makes every possible effort to rescue agents in peril. The CIA turned to Siragusa, suggesting he enlist Mafia types for a rescue raid. This proved impractical; instead, Siragusa b^gdn dealings with a Chicago lawyer supposedly close to Castro's brother, Raul'. The CIA authorized Siragusa to spend up to $1 million to effect the rescue of the imprisoned agents' by whatever means necessary. The Chicagoan received $10,000 from CIA funds but his efforts failed, Siragusa said. Eventually the three won their freedom through the legal efforts of a Havana attorney, retained by the CIA without Castro's knowledge. Siragusa also said he was involved in the establishment of a CIA "safe house" in Greenwich Village in the 1960s. But unknown to him, the apartment was turned into a sex trap for foreign diplomats and informants. We disclosed details of the entrapment operation on Feb. 5, 1975. It consisted of a one­ way mirror and camera concealed behind a painting, with a battery of microphones ISOLATED from his environment by a miniature sp^ce siiit, six-year-old David, a patient at Texas Children's hospital in Houston, suffers from a hereditary malady limiting his natural' immunity. The suit, called an isolator, was developed by NASA technicians to give him greater mobility in germ-Tree surroundings. JE /ecfr/cifyb/i/s New concept for computing officer who had become one of hidden in a Japanese screen to the Big Three in the Federal provide the sound effects. With these devices, the CIA was able to photograph and record the diplomats, stripped: of their pin-stripes, cavorting with prostitutes on a CIA retainer. Siragusa said he had helped in obtaining the premises. Footnote: We are satisfied after long talks with top CtA officials that the CIA has given up its love nests, murder plots and most other dirty tricks. We have learned that Siragusa was recently" interviewed about the murder squad by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Our calls to the committee for comment were unreturried. WHO'S NEWS - President Carter has engaged heavily in telephone diplomacy. He has placed personal calls to a number of world leaders in an attempt to break down the diplomatic protocol. —Sen. Bob Dole, R^-Kan., created a momentary flurry by protesting privately to the State "Department that the wrong Panamanian had signed the Panama , Canal treaty. Dole insisted that the Panamanian constitution required the president, a figurehead named DemetWo Lakas, to sign the treaty, ^me* actual signature was that ojf Panama's strongman Omar Torrijos. But the<j,State Department, in response to Dole's inquiry, insisted that Torrijos has the constitutional authority "to direct foreign relations." Narcotics" Bureau "and had handled the bureau's liaison with the CL\, The bureau had cultivated informants inside the Mafia and had compiled the best available files on the crime syndicate. Siragusa was a logical person, therefore, for the CIA to sound out about forming a Mafia hit squad to kill for the United States. The retired Siragusa, breaking a silence of more than 15 years, told us about a strange conversation with a CIA official in Washington around 1960. After a few mintues of chit-chat, the CIA man made this startling suggestion; that Siragusa, drawing on his knowledge and contacts in the underworld, would recruit a crew of Mafia torpedoes ' for standby assassination duty. They would be paid a bounty of $1 million in fees and expenses for each kill. The CIA woultfE|ssign the missions and underwrite the payoffs from its secret funds. At this, point, the visitor Stopped, waiting for Siragusa's reaction. "At first I thought he was joking,"' Siragusa told us, still amazed at the recollection. When be realized the proposal was deadly 'serious, he flatly rejected it. "In wartime, it's one thing," he told the CIA emissary, "but in peacetime, it's something different." He heard nothing more of the matter. Siragusa Speculated that the CIA selected him as the man to set up the murder squad because of his handling of two other special CIA requests. On the first occasion, three Spanish-speaking- CIA operatives had been arrested A thought foi*-the day: Irish poet James Stephens said, "Women are wiser than men' because they know less and understand more." By ROBERT P. STUDER Copley News Scryice SACRAMErvJTO — There was a time not long ago — before droughts and energy shortages and eras of limitations — when power companies were trying to sell more power. They encouraged its juse. They even gave price breaks to their large users because they could serve those customers at lower cost to themselves —and because in a mass-production nation, corporate success came from a growth in sales. Now all of that has changed, and- California is moving rapidly down the path toward a new concept in utility billing. It is time-of-day rates. The three largest public utilities in California —Pacific Gas & Electric in Northern California, Southern California Edison land San Diego Gas & Electric — have already introduced time-of- day rates for their largest commercial customers, those using 4,000 kilowatt-hours or more of electricity per month. PG&E led the way by putting its plan into effect last January; the two Southern California firms began such pricing for their largest customers more recently. On the,drawing board are plans to bring this new pricing concept to firms using 1,000 kilowatt-hours or more. PG&E has already filed a request for approval for such a move with the state Public Utilities Commission. The other major utilities are expected to follow suit. Toward .,the end of 19|8, ' firms using between 500 and 1,000 kilowatt-hours will be included. All of this, an internationally known power consultant said in an interview, wil have a signifi'cant impact upon users of electricity in California. Such a plan, he said, is even practical for customer? who use as little as 100 or even 25 kilowatt- hours of power. "It will be as important then for a firm to consider when power is used as it is to watch how much is consumed," explained Sarkis Soultanian, executive vice president of National Utilitv Service. The firm, with offices in San Franciscpi London, I^aris, Toronto, Brussels, Sydney, Milan, DusseldOrf, Hong Kong and Johannesburg' advises industrial and ^ommerical users of power how to- best utilize increasingly scarce energy. r , Such advice a/lso is available from the public utilities. Changing concepts ,in marketing of electrical power are being brought about by soaring costs of such energy. A new report compiled by National Utility Service, Soultanian disclosed, names California's PG&E as "the public utility that leads the nation in the percentage of increase in electricity rates over the last two years for commercial and industrial users of 1,000 kw or greater. It is second among the nation's 24 largest utilities in the percentage of increase for residential users." "PG&E's industrial bills," the report said, "have increased 103,8 percent between December of 1975 and September of 1977; residential bills haveincreased 54 percent in the same period." Southern California Edison, during the same time frame, increased pricing for large industrial' users by 27.7 percent and residential users by 9.5 percent, the survey ^aid. In another report, studying 9omparative electric costs among 12 major Western utilities, San Diego Gas and Electric's major industrial users were shown to have received increases of 9.6 percent during the same two- year period, Soultanian said. Utility companies across the nation, the National Utility service study . disclosed, showed electricity rates for large commercial users rising an average of 45 percent. "The pace with which rate increases are being absorbed by,industry is accelerating," Soultanian warned. Dear Ann Landers: I am a 59-year-old grandfather who needs an answer. I'm sure other grandpas have been fated wth the problem and all of us could profit from your solution. Recently I took my three-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter for the day. Suddenly she announced, "I have to go potty." Question: Should I take her to the ladies' restroom where I do not belong? Or to the men's room where SHE does not belong and where she might see things that could be upsetting? I opted for the women's room and was very lucky. There wasn't anyone in there. I did get an awfully funny look, however, from a woman who was coming in just as we were leaving. For the next time, what's the best solution? — Mr. Dunno Yet Dear Mr. D.: Don't press your, luck, friend. Next time take your granddaughter to the men's room. I doubt that she will be traumatized by anything she sees there —especially if she has a little larother. . , ,Dear Ann Landers: Hope you can stand another letter about in-laws who speak their native tongue. The subject really hit home. My husband and his parents have been in this country for 21 years. He can think, write and even dream in English. His parents are not nearly so fluent. You are correct abdut them speakings in their native language because it is easier, btit they are totally insensitive as to how rude their behavior is to me. For? example, we will be conversing in English, then all of a sudden they start yartimering in Greek and the nonverbal message is clear. "You are an outsider and no longer a part of the conversation." So, I try to absent myself and find something else to do — like read a magazine or book, do some mending, or phone a friend. I keep telling myself I should admire and respect them for coming to a foreign country to make a new life, and I ask mysdf, could I have done so well? But still it hurts. Any suggestions? — Left Out Lizzie Dear Liz: If misery loves company,, you've got it, > dear. I received hundreds of letters from Lizzies who are being "left out" all over the North American continent. My advice is to enlist your husband's help. Tell him how you feel and let him know how much you would ' appreciate it if he would switch the conversation back to English when his parents lapse into their native tongue. Dear Ann; It's time someone rode herd on the American housewife for looking like a slob when she does her marketing. I refer specifically to those who appear in public with tight fittng T-shirts, no bras and rubberized'slacks that show everything. I once read a very clever comment that says it all: "Sweaters and pants should be tight enough to show you are a female but loose enough to show you are a lady." - L.H.C. Dear L.H.C: I'm pleased you thought the pomment was "very clever" I liked it, too — when I wrote It about 15 years ago. Even if drinking is the "in" thing in your crowd, it needn't crowd you out! Learn the facts from Ann Landers" booklet, "Booze and Yoii — For Teen-Agers Only." Send 50 cents in coin and a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 11995, Chicago, Illinois 60611. ^ Television Highlights^ Wednesday's TV Highlights By United Press International 8 p.m. CBS, Good Times. J.J. decides to teach Michael a lesson in responsibility NBC, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams. Inept silver prospectors pollute the streams poisoning wildlife in the area. ABC, That Thing on ABC, Cheryl Ladd, Bill Bixby kidnap the girls of a bordello to ease their boredom. NBC,^ The Black Sheep Squadron. Pappy hunts for an enemy radar shi^ with inexperienced flyers. ABC, Charlie's Angels. The Angels elbow their way into professional tennis to find out who is "eliminating" top female players, PBS, Great Performances, "Dance in and Henny Youngman star in America: Paul Taylor Dance a comedy variety special. Company." PBS, Nova. "In the Event of a Catastrophp." y 8:30 p.m. CBS, Szysznyk, Foftwengler's in love and Nick's advice on the sanctity of marriage backfires when the couple decides to elope. 9 p.m. CBS, Movie. "The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday," starring Lee Marvin and Oliver R6ed. An hidian scout and his friends 10 p.m. NBC, Police Woman. An accountant uncovers some suspicious bookkeeping and gangsters try to silence him. ABC, Baretta. Tony's senior citizen friends hide the world's most valuable race horse in their apartment. PBS, "Whitewater, Pa." 10:30 p.m. PBS, Bookbeat. John iFowles, author of "Daniel Martin," guest. HEARING AID OWNERS FOR REPAIRS WHiLE YOU WAIT BRING YOUR HEARING AID TO OUR LABORATORY WE SERVICE HEARING AIDS NATION WIDE STOCK BATTERIES FOR ALL MAKES- NO HEARING AIDS ARE SOLD: HOURS: AAON. THRU THURS.,9AMto5 PM. FRI DAY, 9 AM to 2 PM How to use your house to borrow up to ^30/>00 (How you UM the monsy is up to Television In Review CTWgoesto commercidl TV By JOAN HANAUER , California. "He handed tne UP! Television Writer this book and told me I had to NEW YORK (UPI) - read it. 'It's a fairy tale.' I Namia is a magical land said, ahd he said,'Shut up and discovered by four children as i-ead it.'" they wander through the back Connell read the'^hole of a wardrol^^loset in„an old spries.for enjoyment, and it ifehglish country home. wasn't until three or four In Narnia the children meet years later that he began a heroiclion named Asian who looking with a professionaL seeks to free Narnia from the eye into the ri^ts to the spell of the evil White Witch, books. C.S. Lewis, who ordinarily To further back his concentrated on more mature argument he points to the fact themes, wrote seven books that "The Chronicles" that make up "The Chronicles American publisher, Mac- of Narnia" and became a chil- millan, has sold 6 million dren's classic. He also said, "I am almost inclined to set it up as a canon that a children's story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children's story. The good ones last." Children's Television Workshop, the folks who gave us copies of the books in this country in the last five years, perhaps half to college age youngsters. "I am at this moment three blocks from the UCLA campus," Connell said, "and the bookstores all around Uie campus have huge displays of 'I think ^ 'Narnia' otie "Sesame Street" and 'The Chronicles^'Think about "ElectricCompany,"hpw will those kids who were in college be turhing the first book of the seven or eight years ago — Narnia series, "The Lion, the they are likely to be young Witch and the WardrobQ^'into parents now. two hour-long animated special to be broadcast in early prime time on CBS-TV in 1(J79, sponsored by Kraft, Inc. Ill is is CTW's first move into prime-time commercial television, and its first experiment with full-length animation. David Connell, CTW's vice president for production and executive producer (or the first "Narnia" show, believes the show will be a huge success with the whole family. ^ "I first became aware of the books 10-12 years ago when I was visiting a friend for a could become one of the true classics of family entertainment, watched every year the way 'The Wizard of Oz'is watched." The show is being done in animation because the special effjGcts of — for e>xample turning Narnia from eternal winter into beautiful spring, would take an unlimited budget in the $25 -StO million area. Instead, with a really excellent animation specialist like Chuck Jones ("How The Grinch Stole Christmas" and "RikkiTikki-Tavi") as drink in his New York.apart- producer-director, the art ment," Connell said in a work can be spectacular and telephone interview from within budgetary bounds. A dress code for Exchange CHICAGO (UPI) - The MidAmerica Commodity Exchange took on a' new look today with imposition of the first dress code in the ex- <±ange's 109-year history. In an effort to promote safety and a businesslike, if hectic, atmosphere on the trading floor, the MidAmerica exchange requires now that members, employees and guests wear jackets and neckties or turtleneck sweaters. The new code bans blue jeans, T-shirts, gym shoes and other casual attire. Also forbidden are smoking, eating or drinking in the trading area. Violations of the new code are punishable by a $25 fine. LILLI ELECTRONICS CO. Phone 442^211 We m3ke Home Equity Loans. For anywhere from $5 ,000 to $30,000, secured by a combinaition o< real es]i,ate ar>d personal property. It's money you can use to clean uphills lor a fresh start o^ri your budget... rtiake home improvements... buy things,:.. travel., do the things yoo want to do. ^ At BenevesJ, you. have your' choice QT convenient payment plans. 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