Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 10, 1975 · Page 1
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Wecrfher Outlook Cool Tonight; Fair Friday (Details on page 8) 128th Year, 16 pages FREEPORT JOURNAL-STANDARD Freeport, Illinois, Thursday, July 10, 1975 15 Cents White House Denies Infiltration By CIA (c.) 1975 N.Y. Times Service WASHINGTON - The staff director of the House Select Committee on Intelligence has seen documents indicating that a high-level member of the Nixon White House staff was repotting to the Central Intelligence Agency on activities in and 'around the Oval Office, according to a source close to .the committee's investigation.. The source, who asked not to be identified, said that the classified CIA materials viewed by A. Searle Field, the staff, director, gave no evidence that the CIA "penetration," as he called it, was known to former President Nixon or those around him. Rep. Robert W. Kasten Jr., a member of the select committee, said later that "information presented to me by the staff" indicated that there had been similar "infiltration" by the CIA into the Office of Management and Budget, the Treasury Department, and the'Commerce Department. Kasten, a freshman Republican from Wisconsin, added that the practice by the CIA had extended to "more than one" presidential administration. A five-page memorandum prepared Tuesday, by Field for the 10 select committee members, and made available Wednesday to the New York Times, contained a reference that the source said was based on the document in question. The memo contained a number of recommended areas of investigation, including "questionable matters not bearing on legitimate CIA functions, but bearing heavily on American citizens," among which, Field wrote, was "infiltration of the executive." Field declined repeated requests from reporters on Wednesday to elaborate on his use of the word "infiltration" or to say whether the White House had been the agency of the executive branch to which he had referred. A spokesman for the CIA would say only that "there was no infiltration, quote unquote, there was no penetration, quote unquote;' of the White House" by his agency during the five and a half years of the Nixon administration. The source said that while he was not certain,'he believed that the document that contained the suggestion of 'a high-level CIA operative inside the White House had been a report prepared by the inspector general's office of the CIA possibly sometime in 1973. The source pointed out, however, that although a "logical" reading of the CIA document would lead to the conclusion that the CIA had placed &• covert informer within the upper levels of the Nixon White House, there remained a "slim" chance that the language, which was not entirely explicit, "could possibly have been read another way." He also confirmed an account of the CIA document Tuesday in which Sam Donaldson, a reporter for the American Broadcasting Company, said that the CIA infiltrator had ranked just below H. R. Haldeman, Nixon's chief of staff, and John D. Ehrlichman, his domestic adviser. "It was the Oval Office" to which the man had had access, the source emphasized, and "not the White House,." This left a number of possibilities, including Dwight, L. Chapin, Nixon's appointments secretary, Ronald L. Ziegler, his press secretary, and Lawrence Higby and Alexander P. Butterfield, Haldemari's two chief assist- anjs. SAsked which, if any, of those offi- .cials he considered likely prospects, the source emphasized that the CIA document had given no indication of the infiltrators identity. The future of the select intelligence investigating committee was plunged deeper into doubt on Wednesday as the House Rules Committee met to decide the fate of the panel, which has been all but immobilized by the animosity between its chairman, Rep. Lucien N. Nedzi of Michigan, and most of its other Democratic members. Three weeks ago, the committee Democrats learned that Nedzi had been briefed a year earlier on political assassination attempts by the CIA but, as head of a separate house subcommittee charged with overseeing the agency, had taken no steps to investigate the matter. MRS. G. B. VOGELEI First Woman Will Head Chest Drive For the first time in its history, Freeport Community Chest will have a woman in the top spot as general chairman of the campaign for funds. Mrs. G.B. Vogelei will head the 197576 Chest campaign this fall, according to an annoucement made today by Robert B. Plager, president of the Community Chest Board of Directors. Plager said Mrs. Vogelei will be responsible for the development and supervision of the approximately 600-person organization involved in,the raising of funds for the Chest agencies. She is well qualified by her previous campaign experience, Plager said. Mrs. Vogelei, wife of Dr. G. B. Vo- gelei, has been metropolitan chairman of the drive twice, associate chairman and chairman of Chest advance gifts, a longtime member and past president of Amity Society, and a YWCA finance committee member and has assisted the Meals On Wheels program and been active in PTA work and council. She has a degree in sociology from Northwestern University and is a member of First Presbyterian Church. She has four grown children and lives at 1448 W. Demeter Drive. This will be the 25th year for the Freeport Chest drive, the last 16 of which have been under local leadership. THE SELF-PROPELLED DIESEL UNITS of Amtrak's "Black Hawk" passenger train serving Freeport shown in this morning's stop should be replaced by a conventional train In the fall, under current Amtrak plans. The daily Chicago to Dubuque, Iowa, train has been in service since February 1974. In a recent poll among readers of the "Rail Travel News" magazine the. "Black Hawk" crew was rated first among all passenger train crews in the nation and the overall impression made by the train left it tied for second among 45 trains around the nation. (See story on page 4.)Journal-Standard Photo. Conventional Equipment May Present Amtrak Train Plans are being made to put conventional railroad passenger train equipment this fall on the Amtrak route serving Freeport and northwestern Illinois, according to a spokesman within the Illinois Department of Transportation (DOT). The rail diesel cars (RDC) now used will be shifted to Amtrak operations on the East Coast, said William Barwis, technical coordinator for the DOT'S intercity rail passenger office. Self propelled units which ressemble old interurban cars, the RDC's have been standard equipment for the "Black Hawk" since service was initiated between Chicago and Dubuque, Iowa, in February 1974. Barwis said the conventional train would be comprised of a diesel locomotive and three cars from Amtrak's equipment pool in Chicago/One passenger car would have a snack bar. No date for the changeover has been established, Barwis said. Track in a service area in Dubuque will have to be lengthened to handle a conventional train, he said. "A decision will be made shortly on how this will be done," Barwis said. Amtrak would pay a third of the cost and the state of Illinois two-thirds in its agreement with Amtrak to subsidize operating costs. Amtrak and DOT officials are hoping a shift to conventional equipment will spur patronage on the "Black Hawk." "We hope the train will be more consistent with coventional equipment," Barwis said. Mechanical difficulties have cropped up on occasion with the RDC's. Barwis said that with the new equipment, Amtrak will push the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad, which operates the train for Amtrak, to speed up the "Black Hawk" schedule, which has been criticized as being slow compared with autos and buses. One member of the "Black Hawk" crew said a conventional train could (Continued on page 4) Kissinger Meets With D'Estaing PARIS (UPI) - Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and President Valery Giscard d'Estaing of France held an Unexpected and dramatic meeting today. Kissinger, who had been scheduled to see only Foreign Minister Jean Sau- vagnargues for four hours, spent an hour with the minister and then drove to the president's Elysee Palace. There was no immediate explanation of the change of plans. However, Kissinger on previous visits during Giscard's presidency had always met with him. Kissinger's chief topics with the French had been advertised as an at. tempt to bring about a new Israeli- Egyptian interim peace settlement and an effort to arrange fresh talks between oil-consuming industrial and oil- producing states. Kissinger goes to Geneva tonight to • meet with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko who flew there today from Moscow. They will discuss the Middle East and efforts to limit nuclear arms. Then Kissinger will fly to Bonn for talks Saturday with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The Secretary of State arrived five minutes late for his 10 a.m. appoint- LSD Victim Of CIA Identified WASHINGTON (UPI) - Frank R. Olson, a former civilian employe of the Department of the Army, was identified by members of his family today as the man who was unwittingly given LSD by the Central Intelligence Agency and. later committed suicide. The Rockefeller Commission, in its report on domestic CIA activities, said a Department of the Army employe was administered the hallucinogenic drug without his knowledge in 1953 as part of a program of. behavior testing. The employe, who was not named in the report, crashed through a 10th- floor hotel window and fell to his death less than two weeks later. "My father,,Frank Olson, was the man to whom LSD was given without his knowledge by the CIA and who committed suicide as a result," Nils Olson said in a telephone interview. He said the family has retained a Philadelphia lawyer, David Rudovsky, to file suit against the CIA. The family has scheduled a news conference this afternoon, and Olson said, "We're going to tell the whole story." The New York Times, which first reported the story today identifying Olson as the LSD victim, said the CIA never told the biological warfare researcher's family the complete circumstances of his death. A CIA employe was with Frank Olson in the hotel room on the night he died, the Times said. "Olson's widow was later told that her husband's escort had been awakened at 1:30 a.m. to see Olson going at a full run toward the window," the story said. "He said he saw Olson go through both the closed window and a drawn shade." The commission report said it learned that on one occasion during early phases of testing on "unsuspecting persons in normal social situations ... LSD was administered to an em- ploye of the Department of the Army without his knowledge while he was attending a meeting with CIA personnel working on the drug project." The report said he "developed serious side effects and was sent to New York with a CIA escort for psychiatric treatment. Several days later, he jumped from a lOth-floor window of his room and died as a result." The commission report said the General Counsel ruled the death had resulted from '"circumstances arising out of an experiment undertaken in the course of his official duties for the U.S. government,' thus ensuring his survivors of receiving certain death benefits." ment at the Quai d'Orsay. He greeted Sauvagnargucs in French and Sauvag- nargues replied with a broad smile. Kissinger turned to newsmen with a grin and said, "When I speak to him in French he answers me in German." The two then marched into Sauvag- nargues' office. As Kissinger passed news reporters, he wagged a finger and said, "Some day when I walk by, I am going to say something historic." The French and Soviet talks on a new Middle East peace pact were warmups for Kissinger's meeting in Bonn Saturday with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The secretary, playing the role of a marriage broker of peace, has been trying to get Israel and Egypt to agree to a new military disengagement agreement in the Sinai Desert. "There are a number of crucial issues which have to be solved," a senior American official traveling with Kissinger said Wednesday. But the official told reporters of "an evolution of both positions since Rabin was in Washington" last month for talks with Kissinger and President Ford. Kissinger, speaking in Washington before setting out on his trip, said Wednesday the United States would do "whatever is humanly possible" to bring about a new Israeli-Egyptian accord. Egypt has demanded Israeli pullbacks from key oil fields and mountain passes in the Sinai Desert. Israel has been willing to abandon the Abu Rudcis oil fields but has hesitated about giving up the Gidi and Mitla passes. The senior official with Kissinger indicated that one key issue in dispute Israel's demand for an agreement lasting 'several years -has apparently been settled. "Its no longer a crucial issue," he said. Despite the reported progress in the negotiations, there was little chance of a major development until Sunday, when Rabin meets with the Israeli cabinet in Jerusalem. Diplomatic observers said additional progress might move Kissinger to resume his shuttle diplomacy between Cairo and Jerusalem next month In a bid to seal a new pact.' But the secretary, whose last shuttle talks collapsed In March, was unlikely to launch a new Middle East peace mission unless convinced of success. AMIN „" HILLS British Lecturer Freed In Uganda KAMPALA, Uganda (UPI) - Ugandan President Idi Amin today dramatically freed an imprisoned British lecturer and said he wanted to strengthen ties with the country's former colonial ruler. Amin freed Dennis,Hills, 81, during talks with British Foreign Secretary James Callaghan at the Kampala State House. Hills was sentenced to death for calling Amin "a village tyrant" in, an unpublished manuscript. "I have kept my word to release Mr. Hills," Amin said, "This proves I am not mad as British newspapers said." In the three months since Hills was jailed Amin demanded and got an apology from Queen Elizabeth II, demanded 'that Callaghan fly to Uganda, accused Britain of preparing to invade Uganda and threatened to jail 700 British residents as "spies." Callaghan said he would fly here only if Amin commuted Hills' life sentence. Amin did, partly at the request of other African leaders, Latest Episode About Stealing Trash Told WEST PALM BEACH! Fla. (UPI) They caught a National Enquirer reporter filching Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's garbage. This time it was another newsman creeping away with the National Enquirer's own garbage. 'Palm Beach Post reporter Steve Mitchell got away undetected with the Enquirer's dripping discards. And, said Mitchell, amid the half-eaten pizzas and empty boxes of fried chicken he found a memo from the Enquirer publisher instructing his staff to "touch our readers' souls ... cause them to smile, to get lumps in their throats, to break down and cry." Mitchell and photographer John Freeman came back from the offices of the Enquirer at nearby Lantana with "a veritable treasure trove of trash. "There was enough that I could be selective," Mitchell wrote in his story of the garbage. "It wasn't until we began going through our loot that we realized what a prize we had found -a memo from publisher Generoso Pope Jr. himself," Mitchell said. Mitchell said the memo, dated Aug. 17, 1073, told reporters to "Prod, push and probe the main characters in the story. Help them frame their answers. Ask leading questions like 'Do you ever go into the corner and cry, or has God forsaken you?' "We want the Enquirer filled with stories like the classic, 'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus'," Mitchell said the memo read. Mitchell ended his article with an observation. "I'll say one thing for their trash. I bet it's a lot more interesting than Henry Kissinger's and a lot easier to rip off," he said. When Mitchell went out to his. unusual assignment, he said he told Freeman: "If we're captured, reveal nothing but your name, job title, religious affiliation, if any, your press card number, and nothing more." Walker Vetoes Portion Of School Aid Budget 'OT-fcT^v»t*** T^VTT%¥ TX -nt /»t-r%T v y» • _ ^ "••__..- _ .. _ . ^laa^^ SPRINGFIELD, 111. (UPI) -Gov. Daniel Walker has vetoed nearly- $140 million out of the $1.7 billion school aid budget the legislature approved this spring. The cut was part of a sweeping series of vetoes announced Wednesday which included virtually every education-funding measure passed during the spring session. . Also killed were bills which would have allowed school districts to raise taxes as much as .12 cents per $100 without prior referendum and permitted some districts to stabilize the amount of state aid they receive. But Walker said he will ask the legislature this fall to consider a bill which would guarantee that no district will have its state aid reduced. That "hold harmless" concept will restore $20 mil- lion of his cuts, the governor told news conferences here and in Chicago. A spokesman for the Illinois Office of Education said the office has asked Attorney General William Scott how to handle state aid payments in light of the veto. It is likely, he said, that each monthly installment of state aid will have to be trimmed to reflect the cut. That would mean that local districts would get less state aid than they counted on starting as early as next (Freeport School Supt. Robert Ashby said this morning the Freeport school district "will not get as much state aid as anticipated" prior to Gov. Walker's action Wednesday. He said the district "may still get a few additional dollars but it will be lost because of inflation." (State Supt. of Education Dr. Joseph Cronin. who was in Freeport Tuesday, announced the governor had made a six per cent cut on Tuesday. ("It is a sad day for education," he said. "Tonight (Tuesday) I will be looking at the folders of 100 employes in my office of which 50 will be notified tomorrow morning that their jobs will be terminated. So it's hard all over." (The superintendent has a staff of approximately 1,000 persons including professional and supportive persons.) , The IOE <was expected to discuss other aspects of Walker's actions at a regularly scheduled meeting today. Walker cut $81 million -or 4.9 per cent -from the amount earmarked by the legislature for "distributive" grants, which are general-purpose state aid payments. He chopped 11.4 per cent from special-purpose grants designed to fund programs for the handicapped, bilingual education, vocational training, courses for the gifted and pupil transportation. And he reduced the IOE office budget by 6.4 per cent and the state's contribution to teachers' retirement by 6 per cent. The reduction vetoes may be overridden by a simple majority vote in both houses of the legislature. Walker said he reduced the education appropriation because the state faces a continued financial pinch and because the legislature failed to make the 6 per cent across-the-board cut he recommended. Walker also said the legislature failed in its attempts to make the school aid formula work more equ- itably for downstate urban districts. Under the present formula, he said, some 400 districts would receive less money this year than they did last year. Among them, he said, are Rockford, $1,659,160 less; Bloomington, $524,423; Peoria, $673,518; Springfield, $1,061,159; Champaign, $1,206,095; and Urbana, $212,057. Others, including Decatur, Moline and Rock Island, "would be right on the line of losing money," the governor said. Most of the cuts would result from declining enrollment. The formula is calculated partly on the basis of average daily attendance, on the assumption that districts with more students need more money. The legislature, in an effort to prevent any actual dollar reductions in aid, approved several revisions in the formula. They included measures, all of which were vetoed, which would have allowed districts to; -Raise taxes by as 12 cents per $100 of assessed valuation over a two-year period. Taxpayers would have had to initiate a referendum if they wanted prevent imposition of the tax. -Retain their old assessment level for school aid purposes when state action reduces that level. -Use new voter-approved tax rates in calculating state aid payments for the year after the tax is approved, rather than waiting two years as law now requires. -Maintain their current tax rates, even when state aid payments have reached a level which under current law would mandate a tax rollback.

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