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Wednesday, June 13, 1973
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1 4 Galesburg Register-Mail, Golesburg, III. Wed,, June 13, 1973 ' It All Depends on How You Look at It ^ Ml « tat * «* M *» W Ml «• Ml * •at IM « a m m m if m m i at a w a tit m m 01 pa w ft EDITORIAL Comment and Review a a* ts it Mr. Agnew's Various administration officials are stepping up their criticism of the open Senate investigations into the Watergate scandal. The latest, is Vice President Spiro Agnew. Mr. Agnew and Archibald Cox, the special Justice Department prosecutor heading the Watergate investigation, and others want the television camera? and microphones in the Senate hearing room turned off. They reason that an open disclosure of testimony will jeopardize any chance for fair judicial trials of those involved and that reputations of some government officials who were not involved in the Watergate incidents will be damaged. "Even if the Senate hearings succeed in reliably establishing the guilt of some individuals in the Watergate, they will probably do so at the expense or ultimate conviction of those persons in court," the Vice President said Monday. The hearings will only "muddy the waters of justice beyond redemption," he declared. It is gratifying to note the enthusiasm of the administration to find the truth and to bring those who have violated the law to justice, but, unfortunately, Mr. Agnew and his colleagues have climbed on the Watergate bandwagon too late. If the Vice President will remember, the investigations Into the bugging of Democratic National Committee headquarters by the Justice Department began Late Arrival shortly after the incident a year ago. Since then, it has become apparent that the federal prosecutors made only a token effort to investigate-the affair and that the. White House itself apparently believed it necessary to take jShljC ia'-v.ieursOry'^'gilg'rtce^' ,, at the incidents. There is evidence to suggest that more than one administration agency .attempted to* halt or cover up. the • investigations. ' After the administration's foot-dragging, it was the persistence • of. a courageous Judge John Sirica and the press that forced the Senate hearings by Sen. Sam Ervin, D-N.C. If the Senate, Judge Sirica and the news media had bowed to administration pleas to leaveJne Watergate affair alone last year, the truth might never have been known. If the Senate, members of the judiciary and the news media bow to the administration pleas this year, the truth may never be known. Open Senate hearings at this time may not be the ideal method of insuring fair and complete adjudication of the Watergate , mess, but the administration had its opportunity to do the job properly and blew it more than once, Now, there seems to be no other workable alternative to resolve the matter. As unfortunate as it may seem, the administration has proved that it cannot be trusted with the investigation. to McCord i <m James Walter McCord Jr. is the kind of man who, but for fate, might have lived a life of relative anonymity. Attempts to reconstruct McCord's earljier life indicate that he preferred the shadows to the limelight, He worked for the CIA for two decades until his retirement in 1970. Before that, he was a clerk for the FBI—but left after four years for reasons unknown. Even the dates and places of his birth and education are shrouded in mystery. But fortune or misfortune intervened, the anonymity was shattered, and James McCord became a key witness in the un­ ravelling of the Watergate scandal. McCord, security director for the Committee for the Re-election of the President and luader of the crew that burglarized Democratic National Headquarters, was arrested with four others at the Watergate complex last June 17. A U.S. District Court in Washington found him guilty of conspiracy, wiretapping, bugging and stealing documents on Jan. 30, 1973. It all might have ended there, but it didn't. Sentencing On March 23, U.S. Dlsjjfct Court Judge John J. Sirica made'public a letter from McCord charging that other .persons had been involved in the case, that perjury had been committed during the trial, and that the defendants had been pressurecj to plead guilty.. Seven days 'later, Sirica deferred sentencing of McCord" until Friday, June 15, so that he could testify before a federal, grand jury and the Senate investigating committee. One of the unanswered questions of Watergate is this: Why did McCord decide to talk? He told the Senate Watergate hearing on May 18 that he had been offered various inducements to plead guilty. These included, he said, executive clemency, money for him and his family, and post- prison employment. This would appear to be a most attractive offer, considering that McCord was caught red-handed in a patently criminal act. But he decided to spill the beans, and it is sliU not clear why lie did so or, indeed, if he is telling the truth. Outlook for Democrats in 9 76-MS^mth LAKE TAHOE (NEA) - It is astonishing news that even as Watergate keeps busting out all over,' the Democrats do not seem enormously advantaged and may have real difficulties on both candidates and issues in 1976. ; The bluntest way to put the , candidate problem is to ask one of the many Democratic governors here for the national conference: "If not Ted Kennedy in 1976, then who?" The answer Is harshly simple. No bright alternative in sight. The outlook is very, Very bleak. Kennedy of course leads all polls of Democratic prospects today. He moves around the nation easily and often, performing the expected preliminaries for a candidacy. But he has made no kind of commitment, and intends to hold off for a long time on a decision whether to run. Meantime, Democratic and Republican governors in considerable numbers are saying either openly or privately that Chappaquiddick hobbles him gravely on the Watergate matter, that he can't raise the issue on moral grounds. Some go beyond Jhis arid say that, even without Watergate as a complicating factor, Chappaquiddick Is just sitting there like an indigestible lump — a thing that won't go away and is bound to haunt him in a 1976 campaign. One midWestern Democratic governor is wondering whether Kennedy, against this backdrop and other personal problems, really wants to make the race. Even granting that it's early, this governor doesn't think Kennedy is showing enough steam to be convincing. . The party pressures on Kennedy to run may prove immense. But if ho resists thorn, then what? This same mid- westerner says he can't think of a single alternative prospect who can attract a respectable crowd at a party fund-raiser. The roster of potentials, indeed, is painfully slim at this moment. Everybody knows that Sen. Henry Jackson of Washington and Sen. Walter Mondale of Minnesota are working at 1976, but neither one has the jazz. Jackson dan get money from labor and defense contractors, but his dismal' road-showing in 1972 primaries is still a guideline. Mondale Is judged bright and increasingly seasoned, but lacking in the needed fire. You can forget those reports that the old jtefenVlflI,<$en, Hubert Humphrey, has ti& Ufebed flnothefjt ^lp .WOrU^JlU fiwt • friends f£m vitalUfl#. hlrti ,Jhey won't work for him ever afiln. ,ln this situation, Democratic goveftfefs^ahd other party/peo pie tareMWgn,indulging ift,ihe common political fantasy u «f a fa'lback used 1 by Both,parties — that "sortUT: new face ftvty emerge in imV* They're JH a hard crack,arid they admtt'flt. As If this-were hot enough, many, concede that, bevond Die negative though pdtentlally^uie- ful galn's|?;,frl)m', Watergate 1 ^ the Democrats • fffe' barren of,'hew policy 6'nd;pfogram directions. Agreement Is general the jrich vein of Now Deal social, programs Is played out. Thcy-'see the engulfing ^problems,, of the ago "f^a 1 : tangled; econdmy, \ tax chaos, crime, popular disillusionment with government and other institutions. But they don't have a new idea in a carload. They are lost In thick woods. • (Newspaper, Enterprise Assn.) i Cambodians Call for Bombing of Hospita WASHINGTON - Classified Cambodian documents, smuggled out of P'hrtom Penh, reveal that Cambodian battlefield commanders have been calling for bombing strikes and strafing attacks on Communist field ~ hospitals. The documents don't specify whether American B-52s and F- 111s, or the mosquito-like Cambodian T-28s supplied by the United States are supposed to attack the hospitals. American authorities insist that U.S. planes are barred from hitting hospitals and pagodas. However, monitored • radio messages from U.S. bomber pilots to their observation planes over Cambodia tell a more confusing story. We have examined seven pages of radio transcripts which, indeed, show the pilots genuinely try to avoid hitting pagodas arid hospitals. .•But the,.pilots often aren't sure whether they are attacking friendly or Communist troops. "THIS TARGET has numer* ous bunker positions," one bewildered pilot calls to his plane. "They todd me in this same area are friendly troops that I worked (bombed or strafed) toward earlier (this morning, so see what you can find out about that .... I can't tfJind out what the friendly situation is down there ...." The spotter assures the pilot that "this target was tapped by Blue Chip (approved) for us ...." Still unsure, the pilot replies: "Okay, like I say, it looks all right .... But like I said, those friendlies who were down there earlier, this morning within 500 meters .... The sp:(tter checks and is back almost immediately with the orders for the bombing run: "Go ahead ... 500 pounds maximum, no running east or west, don't hit any structures unless fired upon." THE RAIDS on hospitals, which violate international law, are detailed in officia\ messages written in French and Comment By Jack Anderson labeled "extreme urgent ... diffusion rest" — very urgent, restricted distribution. One pinpoints, a town named Phum Khyok in the "first military region" and lists tfour targets, three of them military.' The fourth is identified as a "hospital, with about 40 Vietcong/North Vietnam health personnel." Specifies the Cambodian field commander: "Kindly transmit. *he order to carry cut bombardments of (these) objectives." A second message from Cambodia's "fourth military region" gives map coordinates for a "tombing and staffing" attack on "200 to 250 men, shocks', provisions, PC (command post), and hospital." ' ; ' A HIGHLY-PLACED diplomat in Cambodia informs us that supervision 6i the joint Cambo'dian-U.S. Air Operations Center is entirely in American hands, along with most other air matters. . "The (Americans) tefl the Cambodians what, to do and the Cambodians. do it," the diplomat reports. ."The Cambodians couldn't possibly run the center by themselves." When the. Cambodian forces want a - strike on;' a hospital, .pagoda or shrine, the diplomat ' *#ays, the United States. refuses to do it, then secretly turns the assignment over to the Cambodian air force!^which''has no ' ; scruples at all, and will go ahead ,iamd bomb .. '•.," '[ Meanwhile, declares the diplomat, "the B-52s and F-1US are causing enormous dvlliiai) casualties (in) bmd^^ii^s. Just take a boat^up'tho-w^st bank of the Mekong;: Wiii$lt . see destroyed . villages/', • totally destroyed by bombing, not mortars. Every one otthfljse '-• targets .. .has been approved •'" by Americans." 1 -,V DOCUMENTS in h^>W associate Les\Whitte^;;VJsll^/the Cambodian ^emba^'h^^ahd spoke , w|fft., ^icl^s ^rPjirau They did not' deny ;th£tMUtaty commanders might .call' for strikes: on hospitals in-the heat > of battle,-particularly if„-the hospitals .^ere being usetf'.by Oammunist: troops "as pjh emplacements. . • • ' v ''I..' They v also .'contended/.that the field hospitals' are'^uiuharke'd. The documents itfrpuf'|poss'eS- sion, they pointed p ( Ut,',don'fc indicate Wat the''hospitals "were actually hit. Any 'bombing of hospitals is against Cambodian government 4 policy,' they 'said; • THE MAILBOX Oppose Building Editor, Register-Mail: Everyone in this area must, by this time, have heard of the proposition of building new buildings for the County jail, City jail and fire station. This would be one of the largest waste of taxpayers money that I can think of the present buildings are well constructed and should still be standing 200 to 300 years from now.... what they need is to be changed on the inside and properly maintained otherwise. You just don't see Knox College tearing down any of their old historic buildings .... No, they keep them in wel\ maintained condition.; My home on West Tompkins Street is over 110 years old and, as such, I presume I should just Letters to the Editor tear it down and build a new one. Of course, I oan't do that because the taxpayers will not. pay for my brand new home. Besides this home of mine should be standing for many, many years to come. I do hope, for the benefit 6f the taxpayers, the City Council and the Knox County Board of Supervisors will do a lot of constructive thinking and vote NO on this proposition. Now, I'd like to hear from some other taxpayers and get their views on this thing. — Paul Nolan, Galesburg Crossword Puzzle Thank You Editor, Register-Mail: The Knox County Council for Mentally Retarded, Inc., would like to thank the Register-Mail for their cooperation and Understanding given to us through-* out the year. Through such efforts the problems of the retarded are brought to the at­ tention ' of; the public. Given proper education and vocational ; training, .85 per cent of the nations .6;-.million retarded can V learn to earn their own living and \ take' • their -own place in community life. S'ixn it y s-ide School and M.G.T,'.industries (new • name, for our' workshop) are two of these facilities .whose aim is to continue improving the services available- to the retarded. The, retarded can be helped.—Mrs. Clifford Bowman, Pub. Chairman, KriQx County Council for Mentally Retarded EDITOR'S NOTE: Thfl GsUestmnt Regiijter-MaU welcomes tempered, constructive expressions 0/ opinion from its subscriber? br» current topics of Interest, in the form,of a letter to the editor.. The Register- Mall, however, ossumeB ho responsibility for opinions - therein : expressed. Because of space' limitations, letters should'hot exceed 200 words In length.. Thsy win .,pe'fub- ' ject to condensation,' The Re^Igter- Mail would prefer letters typed iind double-spaced. Letters must include the writer's, signature, and address. Defamatory material Will be rejected.' No letters con be returned. Travel Answer to Prtvlow Puzzle M 3 Negative contraction 4 Irish fuel 5 Tote 6 Friend (Fr.) 7 Lovers (coli.) 8 Go by 9 Lily plant 10 Maize 11 Flying toy 19 Summer (Fr.) 21 Mariner's direction 23 Ruthenium , (symbol) 24 Long trip 25 Reversal ACROSS 1 Journey 5 Auto 8 Prepare for a trip 12 French river J3llove (Latin) 1 14 Standard ! (Fr.) '15 Italian volcano 16 Edge 17 Kind 18 Dog breed 20 Jewish ascetic ! 22 Novices 24 Small pie ) (Fr.) 1 28 Of no avail 33 Butter substitute 34 Artistic (coll.) 30Way(Fr.) 35 Arm bone 36 Asian country 37 Printed route diagram (2wds.) 41 Beautiful view 42 Near 44 Enroll 48 Go from place to place J S3 Obnoxious plant 54 Samuel's teacher (Bib.) 56 Unavoidable end 57 Slave 58 Religion (ab.). i>'.) poker stake CO Plant part CI Sun 02 Kicct DOWN 1 PcJai digits 2 Ceremony The Almanac 31 Boy's nickname 32"Auldlang 38 Masters of ceremonies (ab.> (comb, form) 39 Changes 26 Girl's name 40 Italian river 27 Natterjack 4Undian weight 52 Ogle 20 Secular 43 Quiet 55 Masculine 44 Female nickname sheep (pi.) 45 Bird's home 46 Unaspirated 47 Same (Latin) 49 At a distance 50 Weather indicator 51 Feminine name By United Press.International Today is Wednesday, June 13, the 164th day of 1973 with 201 to " follow. The moon is approaching its full phase. The morning stars are Mars and Jupiter. The evening stars are Mercury, Venus and Saturn. Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini, • Famed U.S. Army Gen, Winfield Scott was born June 13,1786. On this day in history: In 1935, Jim Braddock decl- sioncd Max Bacr to win the .,jifiavywcjghl boxing crown. In 1944, Germany began using v')(s "buzz bomb" secret weapon on England during World War II. ' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1?' 13' 14 15 16' 17 18 IF p 20 21 24 25 26 27 • 28 29 30" sr 3*" n 34 35 36 V 42 IT 1 44 45 W 47 49 60 62 53" 54 w 66 57 59 60 ei 62 13 Qalesburgf %fefer-Mai1 Office 140 South Prairie Street Galesburg, Illinois, 61401 TELEPffONE NUMBER Rsglster-Mall Exchange 343-7181 _ SUBSCRIPTION RATES By Carrier in city of Galesburg .- . 60c a Week Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at GuJesbuig, lit lluyls, under Act of Congress ot Match 3, 187U. Daily except Sundays und Hollduys other than Washington's Birthday, Columbui Day and Veterans Day. 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