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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 4

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4-A THE BAYTOWN SUN Friday, August 3t, M§7 Jack Anderson $8 mi 11 ion remairis in frozen ac:cc>unts An estimated $8 million remains in frozen accounts in a Swiss bank, possibly the residue from more than $17 million held in secret accounts opened during the tenure of the infamous Iraii-Contra scandal that rocked the Reagan administration for several months. Now that a Swiss court has given independent counsel iLawfence Walsh access to the secret Swiss bank accounts, enough evidence for indictment of those responsible for weapons deals with Iran and with funneling money to Nicaraguan Contra rebels may become available. In a departure from custom, the Swiss court gave special prosecutor Walsh authority he must have to proceed with criminal indictments against key figures in the Iran-Cpntra scandal. ;Swiss banks normally do not divulge information about their accounts, except in extraordinary circumstances. Although Walsh declined to say when the account records might become available, his investigators are ready to begin reviewing them. So far. none of the principals involved in the Iran-Cbntra scandal has admitted ownership of the disputed bank funds. The court decision %vas welcomed, and Walsh plans to present records to a special grand jury. He praised the Swiss government for acting "expeditiously" because the bank records are vital to the U.S. government's case. In another victory for Walsh, a federal court upheld his bid to subpoena a handwriting sample from Lt. Col. Oliver North, If he refuses, he could be j ailed. As expected, release of bank records was opposed by retired Air Force Gen. Richard Secord, his Iranian born business partner Albert Hakim, and Iranian arms dealer Manucher Ghorbanifar. From Sun files controlled WASHINGTON — It should be obvious that the White House would never have offered arms to Iran in exchange (or American hostages unless the Ayatollah Khomeini's government controlled the fate of the hostages. Yet the Reagan administration still won't acknowledge what it has known all along: that Tehran calls the shots in the terrorist camps of northern Lebanon. Here is a story that was pieced together by U.S. intelligence agencies long before the White House tried to deal with the Khomeini regime: Khomeini formed the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in September 1981 to oversee terrorist operations. He issued a call to arms to the Moslem world. "All Moslems must rise up and conquer their fear of death," he proclaimed, "so that they can conquer the whole world." From Shiite Moslem communities around the world, he recruited fanatics who swore their willingness to die for him. They were brought to Iran for indoctrination and training in nine basic "boot camps." Their apparent function is to serve as the terrorist arm of the Revolutionary Guards. Together, they formed the Islamic Revolutionary Movement, which appears to be directed by the Iranian foreign ministry. At least, orders have been intercepted from the foreign ministry to terrorists in the field. In June 1982, Khomeini dispatched an estimated 350 Revolutionary Guards to the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon. They set up headquarters in a dilapidated former school house in the town of Baalbek. They immediately joined their terrorists comrades in forming a secret joint command known as the Council of Lebanon. Their ultimate aim: To create another theocratic Islamic regime in Lebanon in the Khomeini image. The terrorists set up headquarters in a former Lebanese army post,on a hillside above the town. The Revolutionary Guards, meanwhile, began recruiting and training more .terrorists from the dispossessed, depressed and deprived Shiite community. The Hotel Khawan was converted into a military training school. Apparently the terrorists are divided;into different groups, whose loyalty and reliability varies. They operate under various names — Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Islamic Amel — but all take direction from the secret Council of Lebanon, which receives its orders from Tehran. Individual terrorists also draw arms and salaries from Iran, tunneled into the Bekaa Valley through the airport in Damascus. :, ' i::.: i ; ;•.' ' ;: •, Though different groups have engaged in kidnappings, the hostages reportedly are turned over to the Hezbollah security chief, Imad Mughnyahi He follows orders from Tehran, collaborates closely with the Revolutionary Guards and is said to have personal ties to the Ayatollah's son, Ahmad Khomeini. Khomeini formed the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in September 1981 to oversee terrorist operations. "All Moslems must rise up and conquer their fear of death," he proclaimed, "so that they can conquer the whole world." Thus, Ayatollah Khomeini:indirectly controls the fate of the hostages. He determines who shall live, who shall die and who shall be released. His orders reportedly are relayed by the Iranian foreign ministry to the terrorists and torturers in Bekaa, the valley of death. ; For example. CIA official William Buckley was delivered to Revolutionary Guard headquarters in Baalbek for interrogation and torture. It was the beginning of a nightmare .from which there was no awakening. Rumors that Buckley had been tortured to death were positively confirmed, according to the Tower Commission, on Dec. 5, 1985. Yet the Reagan administration, fearing the news might disrupt its secret negotiations with Tehran, denied any knowledge of his death. CONFIDENTIAL FILE — The Soviets are quietly pursuing the restoration of, diplomatic relations-'with Israel, ruptured when the Israelis humiliated Moscow's Arab clients in the 1967 Six-Day War. Why is tffc Kremlin so interested? An ultra-sensitive CIA document — several levels above Top Secret — suggests the Soviets' motiveslin terms as familiar as a current White House briefing: "According to a sensitive source . . . a growing number of Soviet officials in Moscow favor relations with Israel, arguing that the absence of Soviet-Israeli ties favors - Washington's Middle East diplomacy." And the U.S. Navy was sent into the Persian Gulf because . . . ; UNDER THE DOME .— Not every member of the House Appropriations Committee wjib wanted a home-district road project had to dip into the general fund to avoid kowtowing to Chairman Jim Howard, D-N.J., of Ihfe. Public Works Committee, who rules the gasoline-tax trust fund with an iron hand. Appropriations Chairman Jamie Whitten, !D- Miss., who has favors of his own to dispense, was able to persuade Howard that $10 million worth of startup money for four road proj' ects in Whitten's district was worth the e.x : pense. Similar improvements ; to the rest of the same roads would cost S481 million, equal to about 5 percent, of the highway trust fund. THE CONSTITUTION'S bicentennial year- would be a good time for some basic civics lessons! For example, a recent story in the Washington Post disclosed that suburban developers feel they've been "disenfraiv chised" because candidates for local office have been turning down their huge campaign donations. Whether.the word was the re-; porter's or the developers', somebody should point out that no one has suggested that developers not be allowed to vote — at the rate of one vote per developer. They just; shouldn't be trying to buy future favors for current contributions. United Fetturr columnlit Jtct AoOenxx »~«f **tirtr< byDflf V*nAn*ln trritlag tpdty's ttory. • Lt. Pridmore finishes ordnance course in '67 From The Baytown Sun files, this is the way it was: 55 YEARS AGO W.T. Morrison will teach the Everyman's Bible class on Sunday mornings at the Texan Theater. Rice Institute students this fall will include: Rosalie Winterhalter of Baytown ; and Joe Matthews of Barbers Hill. Bill Swain enrolls at Texas Tech. C.I. Fortinberry of Goose Creek is awarded a contract to build an addition to Mont Belvieu Methodist Church. 50 YEARS AGO Felly's new movie theater, the Alamo, opens today with a matinee showing of the outdoor drama. "God's Country and the Woman." Prices are 20 cents for adults and 10 cents for children. The Alamo replaces the NuGulf Theater which burned to the ground. J.L. Hollo%vay, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Holloway of 102 W. Gulf. suffers a fractured right leg and other injuries when he plunges off the Southern Pacific railroad trestle over Goose Creek Stream. He was riding his bicycle across the trestle when the front wheel became twisted between two cross-ties, throwing him to the ground 15 feet below. M.M. Weaver of Center. Texas, is awarded a S147.900 contract to j build houses and barns in the Farm Resettlement project in Highlands. 40 YEARS AGO First National Bank lets a S15.000 contract for construction of the new bank building at Texas and Gaillard. Cedar Bayou High School pep squad will get new uniforms, reports Mrs. Mildred Smith, sponsor. Annelle Rodecape. a new graduate of Southern Methodist University, will teach physical education this fall at Baytown Junior High. 30 YEARS AGO A.C. Kraft will become active as president of Harris County Savings and Loan Association next week after retiring from Humble's Baytown : Refinery with the longest stretch of service. Kraft hired in on April 11, 1919. The mantle of seniority at the refinery now falls upon W.J, "Josh'' Wells, who went to work for Humble on June 28.1919. W.B. Killough retires from Humble's Baytown Refinery. He will become an associate professor of physics and electrical engineering at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins. W.Va. 20 YEARS AGO Second Lt. James Pridmore Jr. completes an ordnance course at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Fred Bailey, 48. of Highlands, died of an apparent heart attack yesterday. Police Lt, Charles Cowan speaks at a meeting of the KiwanisClub. Services are being held today for Mabel Maud Ruyle, 89. A resident of Baytown 51 years, she died vesterdav. "That'll be $12.50 for the gas, $3.10 for the oil, and there's no charge for the naval escorts in the Persian Gulf." Son's courage remembered Kevin: It's been a good life 7 Readers 7 views TO The Sun He said what? I found Mr. Jimmy Johnson's comment of Wednesday, i Aug. 26. hard to believe — hard to believe he had the audacity to say it. that is, 1 am referring to to Mr. Johnson's assertion that those who expect favors from those in office should be expected; to support them in their elections. Do I err? His comment, as quoted by The Baytown Sun was "If you expect us to help you . . . you need to get on the side of the people in office." He directed his statements to the firefighters union who supported another candidate in the past election. Now wait! This may appear to be a relatively innocuous statement, but is it? Do our public officials adhere to the principle of "you rub my back and I'll rub yours?" I thought we voted for the person most qualifed and that person made an informed decision based on the best interests of all his constituents. Or am I naive to believe that the democratic system of government really applies to local government. Leon Brown ............. ; ..... . ..... . , . ; ............... Editor and Publisher Fred Homberger ................................ '.....;. Assistant to Publisher FredHartmon ......... ; . . . : . ... . ; ........ . , ......... Editor ond Publisher. 1950-1974 EDITORIAL DfPAftTMim WondoOrroo .!..•.. .......... ..... ...... . . - . ...... ; ............. Managing Editor Romooo Merril! . ..... ... ................... . . : ...... Associate Managing Editor •DVttTBMtC MMftTMtNT Russell Maroney .... ......................... '. ............ Advertising Manager CMCVIATNM Gory Dobbs ................. ............. !.'..' .......... Circulation Manager The BavTow-i S«n CUSPS p<6~180) :<s *r*en»d as wccx^d class «*3" f o* T** &sv*owri. Te*as Post, Office 77522 under T*e Ac? of Corigress °* March 3, 1879 Pubi*sh«si after-ioons M<xx3cv Through Friday and Sundays or 130! Memorial Drive rfi Boy!own, Te*as 77520 Suggested Sut*scr'OTicr. 3<res By co^,*r S5 25 per tnonn\ $63 00 ov y«r. wnghs CODY ortc*. 25 cents DOI(Y. SO.ce^rs SU*X*GV M « !i ^res <y- -eauesr Pepres*n?ed fxirkyxsltv t>v Coastal °O Bo* 90. Boyto««\ T«. 77522 Th* no* o*twr Press is enrrtl«d e»cKV*JveV^> Jhe us* 'or reootrfrttrion TO onv news d'soorches credited to it or "•* T*WS POD*? end *ocol news c* stxyroneous orio,;* publ-shed herein R,ghn of republicotioo of ad otCur morwr hjiein or* o)>o reserved. The BCMOW So" retains fxjf=oooHv vnowo svx*«res «*x»* wri«»y *»W«d s?ori« en utfd rfrouglxxiT t^elnewsoaw, There ore t.-nes ~*<*" these ornci*s do not refter The Son's Mr. Johnson's statements make me wonder. Heaven help us if we as citizens feel coerced to support a certain candidate or else suffer the consequences later should our candidate not be elected. Isn't there something basically wrong with this? If this were a state or national official, we would have calls for impeachment — or at least that official would be subjected to very close scrutiny by the press in all his dealings, particularly anything that could be construed as favors for voters. Now I am not suggesting that we run Mr. Johnson out of town on a rail, but I do wonder what possessed him to make such a brazen, statement < and to back it up with photo documentation so that we really got the point!) Mr. Johnson would do well to confine his comments to the matters at hand and be darn certain he votes in an informed and responsible way. Perhaps the voters will forget his ill-chosen remarks before the next elections—and then again! maybe they won't. Rita Starr 3407 Coachlight Lane Bible verse The Sun «K they that hear the word of God, MM! keep II. Luhell:* By JERRY and ANN HENDON To The Baytown Sun: It has been one year since you told the story about Kevin's life and his struggle with cystic fibrosis. Kevin faced his adversity daily and lived his life simply, trying to make the most of each day and taking in all of life he could. He never really gave any thought to being recognized for the courage he displayed and for the inspiration he gave to others: however, he loved the adulation and publicity your stories brought him. Being interviewed and photographed for the stories and then getting letters, calls and gifts after the stories were printed were some of his happiest days. Those days will always be very special in our memories of Kevin, and you will always be very special to us for telling Kevin's story. We want to share with you an event that illustrates his courage and zest for life until the very day he died. Kevin's health declined shortly after your stories appeared and on Aug. 29. 1986. he entered the hospital for treatment. Initially he improved, but after about one week he contacted some type of virus. Since his overall health was poor because of cystic fibrosis. we. believe the virus overwhelmed his defense systems and his health began to deteriorate. Everything that could be done to control and arrest his declining health was done, but by the end of October, it was obvious that we were "losing ground." Any apparent improvement disappeared in a few hours or a day or two. Kevin continued fighting and struggling. His spirit was still strong through most of November. He was planning to get out of the hospital and go to Florida with a friend, but by late November, Kevin was becoming discouraged. Late in the afternoon on Wednesday, Nov. 26,1986, our family had a session with our counselor, and Kevin told the counselor, "I feel like I am getting better, standing still, and dying all at the same time." He was restless and after that session did not sleep during the night. About 11 a.m. on Thursday, Kevin talked with us about how to get him some rest. Kevin asked what might help him j We said that talking about what was troubling us had always helped. We told him we had talked often in the past about death and dying and how to cope with his dying, but we had never done it. We told him that might bo one thing on all our minds, and we were not sure what else might be on his mind Kevin immediately said that he had been wanting to talk about his plans for dying, and htv wanted to talk about it then: During the next hour, Kevin carefully made plans for his funeral. H# discussed what he wanted to do with his personal things. He said he wanted his story told and wanted a movie made about his life. We told him we believed he had already told his own story through his poems and other writings and anything we could do would build on that. We told him we could not promise him anything, but we would do what we could. He was satisfied with our answer. In October. Kevin had already talked with the doctors about some aspects of his dying. He. wanted to be made comfortable, but he did not want to be put on a respirator which would keep him alive when he could not breathe on his own. Kevin had made it clear that just existing was not the way he wanted to live. The quality of life meant more to him than the quantity of life."lie mentioned this to us again. This seemed the most difficult time in our parental lives, and when we finished, his father said out loud. "What a miserable life, what a miserable life," and began to cry. Kevin emphatically replied. "Oh no Daddy, it's been a good life, it's been a good life." For the next several minutes w6 all hugged and cried and experienced a wonderful closeness. Kevin's restlessness diminished, but throughout the day and night, he continued to fight to stay • awake and to breathe comfortably. On Friday morning, we asked for stronger medicine to relax Kevin because we were afraid he would exhaust' himself without any rest. Finally by early Frida^ afternoon he began to get more comfortable. His last word before he fell asleep was "succeeding." At 3:05 p.m. he died quickly and peacefully while still asleep just as he wanted. He never lost his courage, and he never lost his ; fight. Cystic fibrosis took his life, but it never brok'e his spirit. We will always draw strength from the memory of our last talk, "it's been a good life, it's been a good life." He was a hero in your stories and ' he is a hero to us, too. Please accept our warmest • appreciation for coming into our lives and telling Kevin's story. •-'

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