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Sunday, April 28, 1974
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Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern Oj This Newspaper 4A « SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 1974 Hoover Figured The 'Risk Quotient' Issues And Positions We are pleased that major candidates are expressing support for proposed constitutional amendments which will be on the general election ballot next November. None are particular campaign issues, but it is traditionally difficult to adopt amendments in Arkansas without strong urging by elected officials. (The unanimity of the present effort, is underscored by the fact that Sen. Bill Fulbright, whose job in Washington has nothing to do with state consti- . tiitional reform, took the pains recently to tell a group of Arkansans that he intends to "vote for" the county salary reform amendment.) --We are pleased that gubernatorial candidate David Pry or appears to be balking at outright endorsement of a fixed portion of state revenue for city and county turn- back. The city-county forces pushed through a flat seven per cent share of state revenues during the last Legislature, and Gov. Dale Bumpers, who had opposed the idea, vetoed it. Similar legislation is promised again next year. --We are not pleased, meanwhile, that candidate Orval Faubus, says he'll be glad to sit down and talk with local government leaders on setting up a fixed level of sharing. The error of fixed percentages of rebate is that so many areas of public affairs and service are equally deserving. If one qualifies there is no good reason to deny others. In the end, therefore, the entire pie is cut up, inflexibly, and there is really no longer any need for biennial legislative sessions (much less special ones). --We are pleased to find gubernatorial candidates generally agreed in their sup- E ort of improved education and teachers pay Dr the state. Candidate Bob Riley, a politi- cal science teacher, doesn't even need to be asked where he stands. But Pryor and Fan- bus, when asked a few days ago, provided endorsements that would have done even the the lieutenant-governor proud. --We are content, too, with gubernatorial candidates' positions that stricter criteria need to be set for the formation of additional community colleges. The community college, we believe, is a good idea, but it should be based on area need. --We are content, also with the general agreement among candidates that state taxes are adequate for the present. --In the light of so much rational evidence to the contrary, we are not at all satisfied with the demagogic responses of Faubus and Pryor on the question of gun control legislation. We fully sympathize with the rural interests of 'the state, and the gun-bearing tradition that goes with a love of the outdoors. But gun controls are not, and never have been suggested for the state, except as they apply to short-barrelled, chpaply made handguns. Pryor says he is opposed to gun control because it "may jeopardize legitimate hunting and outdoor sports." We, too, would be opposed to gun controls on that basis. But that not only is NOT the question,.it is so conspicuously pejorative as to distort any reasonable consideration of the issue. --There seems to be a general con- census among major candidates that campaign finance reform is needed, and we find a bit more reason being injected into land-use reform than has been the case in years past. On the whole, the governor's campaign seems relatively businesslike.... So far. From The Readers Viewpoint No Dinners To the Editor: The following is an open letter to Sen. Bill Fulbright. Dear Senator: It's apparently immaterial, but I shan't attend any Fulbright dinners or rallies this time around. The last time I attended such an affair, as I vividly recall, you confessed to that little black group, devoid of news coverage: "I realize that I have done nothing to deserve your vote (true, true, how true!), but you'll under- stand, coming from a redneck state ..." No, I didn't and I don't understand: who, coming from what redneck state, and what about it? At any rate, you evidently picked up a few admittedly undeserved voles, returning to Washington and taking along a token black staff appointee (seemingly your concept of civil rights for all). You had made no promise, and I hold you to none. (If candidate Bumpers is berated as traitor and ingrate by some for not leaving you From Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO An otherwise placid City Council meeting was climaxed last night by flaring tempers when an angry alderman asked who authorized the transfer of trash dumping from the dump ground off Hwy. 16 east to the Lake Wilson site. Farmington school patrons 50 YEARS AGO R u n n i n g on a University building program platform. Sen. Jake Wilson who has been campaigning in Northwest Arkansas for several days, will speak here tonight beginning promptly a', V:30 o'clock. The regular April term of Circuit Court convened this TOO YEARS AGO Hon. Joseph Brooks was justly and fairly elected to the office of governor of Arkansas and is justly and fairly entitled to it, and we hope he may serve his term of office. Foiled in every attempt to recapture the lost office, which he usurped, Baxter, the distin- are showing a four to three preference for annexation to the Fayetteville school district in votes tabulated this morning in two separate offices. Jim Robertson was elected president of the Fayetteville Jaycees at a meeting last week and will be installed Thursday; he succeeds Phil Conrad. morning at the Courthouse with Judge W. A- Dickson on t h e bench. Fifty criminal suits and 88 civil suits are booked -- the lightest docket in years. Jonesboro's candidate for attorney-general, Hon. H. W. Applegate. spent today in Fayetteville meeting friends. guished guest of A n t h o n y House, alias the "Christian gentleman" has summoned the defunct legislature of 1872. Just how this legislature can aid Elisha in his dire calamaties we can not very well see. The mumps in all their hideous deformity, have made their appearance in our city. They'll Do It Every Time ROOTIKS FDR THE NEW CLUB BROTHER IN RESIDENCE-I HOPE SHEWED RIN6TH£FI6Hr HEBE.' IT'P MAKE THE PH1NSTER5 WIPE. 1 SHE OUSHTA TAKE UPYOPEUM- VOU CAN HEAR HER FOR. VMILES.' HE'S SOT THERE. 1 .' VOU PUT HIM ON OR raCO«£ THERE AH 1 PRAGHIMOUT-POH'T UE FOR HIM! PUT THAT SKUNK OH THE PHONE.' KITTY/THE PHONE OP, IS INTHEMIC/ae OFMKEW THAN KISSINGER. 1 a bye, because the two of you are Ike and Mike, he begs to disagree, and claims there is a difference. I nole that Mike has so far cast no senatorial votes against civil rights). But I must bring you sad tidings. Senator: while you were engrossed in guaranteeing civil rights in Spitzenbergen and Lapland, the bizarre has happened: life in Arkansas, as a result of desised leadership of Lyndon Johnson, (no Oxon- ian) has taken on a salt-and- pepper look, from education to politics, some more, some less. Look around all over the Old South and you'll find similar instances: why, even George Wallace, remember him standing in the schoolhouse door?), has deigned to "crown a black university queen," and is requited with endorsement by some black mayor. (Politics sure do make strange bedfellows, don't it?). You wouldn't recognize Ihe place, you've been away so long. Slrom Thurmond, Jim East- Jand -- these men have a "reason" for opposing equal rights: God d i d n ' t intend it, old Southern gentry wouldn't hear of it, and they aren't ready, and never will be ready for it. But your "rationale" I've failed to hear. Men like Claude Pepper, Albert Gore. Fred Harris, Ralph Yarborough couldn't write "Oxon" behind their names either, but they apparently find human and civil rights constitulional, sensible and right. Given your consistent, persistent opposition from the era of the "Soulhern Manifesto" through the last civil rights bill, or up to this moment, I can only assume that, as vicariously reputed, you're voting your convictions, even if you are concerned ahout Ihe better life in Orsk or in Opijek. I can only assume that you would be much happier and more comfortable joining Old Buddy, Ruthless Kissinger, your chance visitor (during your storm and stress) at Little Rock, just passing by on his way somewhere east of west or north of south. In such a position you would not have to bear the onus of representing a state t h a t has betrayed your ideal, of "slate sovereignty." (Name Withheld _. , , By Request) Pine Bluff Bible Verse "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He thai heareth my word, and beliovclh on him thai sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life." John 5:24 "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their a f f l i c t i o n , and to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1:27 If you arc in search of the real thing, here is some of the evidence to go on. This won't save a m a n but a man that Is saved will want to be a part of this k i n d of Chilstianlly. Wo are saved by Brace hut to grow In it we must he Christliko, W A S H ! N Ci T O N -- The secretive National Security Agoncy, which specializes In gathering foreign intelligence, once Ivied to get the; late J. Edgar llnovcr to break i n t o foreign embassies to steal their spy codes. This wns too much for Ihe Intrepid old Flit director who vetoed the project, according to a t o p - s e c r e I summary, "because of risk." Tho summary digests the testimony last year of Tom Charles Huston, n young While House aide, behind guarded doors of the Senate Armed S e r v i c e s Committee. T h e senators questioned Huston about his notorious plan, endorsed by President Nixon, to rool out radicals through housc- breakinss, wiretaps and intimidation. Some of Hoover's top aides, testified Huston, had wanted him to use teen-age informers on college campuses. At first, Huston refused to employ ' anyone under 21. But "after the voting age was lowered to 18 by Congress." said Huston. "Hoover permitted FBI campus informers to be lowered to 18." Hoover apparently felt anyone old enough to vote was old enough to spy. Some of Hoover's aides were privately skeptical of the o 1 d crime fighter's grasp of revolutionary activities, Huston told tho committee. He said the dissident FBI aides "believed Hoover didn t understand the difference between the Com- munitss of the '30s and 1 40s and the present-day I'L'volulionarics." Huston testified that, befoi'o Ilnuvcr scotched the secret scheme, federal intelligence agencies plotted tho house- brakings mid other criminal acts w i t h o u t concern for "the exact lines to be drawn" or for "their legality." "Thero wns never a discussion." he added, "as to limiting the activities to foreign inspired activities." In other words, relates the top-secret summary, Huston "assumed Ihe group w o u j d deal with both foreign-inspired and purely domestic threats to national security." A mysterious "NS1D-0" plan, mentioned in the summary, would have allowed federal agents to listen in on "communication of U.S. citizens using i n t e r n a t i o n a l facilities." T h i s presumably means wiretaps would have Iwen permitted on overseas phone calls. There was talk, loo. of mail covers to develop foreign intelligence in the United Stales. Hut Huslon insisted this might "entail Ihe identification of contacts of Soviet bloc intelligence sources." In other words, Ihe mail cover might interfere with U.S. informants. The idea of breaking into foreign embassies to steal their codes was proposed by Ihe f o r m e r National Security Agency boss, Adm. Noel Gaylor, who is now U.S. military commander in the Pacific. "Huston , said the NSA (Gaylor) wanted the FBI to conduct surreptitious e n t r y for foreign c r y p t o g r n p h I c material," stales the summary. "Hoover d i d n ' t because of risk." FOOTNOB: At the NSA, a spokesman declined comment. Huston, now practicing law In Indianapolis, also would not comment for the record. W A S H I N G T O N WHIRL: Intelligence reports warn that A r a b terrorists arc plotting to kill or kidnap Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Kissinger and his new wife nre guarded wherever they go by the Secret Service . .. Ex-Attory General John Mitchell's t a x returns show he is living on income from his former law f i r m , which removed his name from the door but is continuing to pay him. Mitchell, in turn, is paying the bills of his separated wife, Martha, including her telephone bills which run several hundred dollars a month...Watergate Sen. Edward Gurney, R-Fla., now on the receiving end of an investigation, will face a federal grand j u r y in Jacksonville, Kla., on May 13. The prosecutors will ask him to account for f u n d s that were collected by his political organization. Unless he conies up with the right answers, the prosecutors are considering charging him with graft... Of all the indicted Watergate d e f e n d a n t s , t h e special prosecutors admit privately .that their weakest case is against former White House aide Charles Colson. They "Tell Them She's Very Happy With Us, And They'll Hear From Us Again Later" State Of Affairs By CLAYTON FHITCHEY WASHINGTON Listening to the Defense Department especially the Navy, breathlessly campaign for enlarged U.S. military facilities in the I n d i a n Ocean, it might be thought Russia had just consolidated its hold on the Middle East and was no well on the way to dominating the Indian Ocean littoral as well. This is almost precisely the opposite of what is now really t a k i n g place in that area of the world, at least so far ^ a s Russia's influence is concerned. Moscow's perennially shaky foothold in the Middle East- P e r s i a n Gulf region is d i m i n i s h i n g , n o t growing. Nothing could emphasize t h i s wore e l o r j u p n t l y t h a n the arrival this week of the U.S. c a r r i e r , Iwo .lima, at Tort Said at the top of the Sura C a n a l . Before the relations between Moscow and Cairo h f g a n to deteriorate Port Said was a special Soviet naval f a c i l i t y but is no longer. Moreover, in response to q u e s t i o n s about special ICgyptian facilities that have been reserved for Russia in nthrr Mcditorranr-an harbors, President AnxvEir el-Sadat says tho U.S. ficot will now have ct|iial rights. This scorns to be a logical follow-up of Sadat's ejection of Russian land anr] air forces f r o m his country and his just announced d e t e r m i n a t i o n to look beyond Russia for f u t u r e T I I K P R O P A G A N D A f o r building up a m i l i t a r y base on tho i s l a n d of Diego Garcia in the center of the Indian Ocean has envisaged an Kgypt d o m i n a t e d by Moscow, with a reopened Suez Canal R i v i n g Hie R u s s i a n fleet u n r e s t r a i n e d passage tr tho I n d i a n Ocean. The vision has also included a growing Russian presence in the P e r s i a n Gulf, t h e other m'njor Middle Kast outlet to the Indhm Ocean. Thiit threat, loo, is f a d i n g . The Persian Gulf Is largely tho domain of three notably anti- Communist countries: Iran, the biggest military power in the area, plus oil-rich Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, who apparently are prepared to bankroll the f u t u r e arming of Egypt's military forces. The Pentagon, in asking for an i n i t i a l $29 million to develop Diego Garcia as a naval and air base, pictures the need as an emergency, requiring an i m m e d i a t e supplemental appropriation. What is this emergency? How docs it square with what the Administration was saying in previous years? In 1972, the State Department assured Congress that, while the United Slates would keep its vessels passing through the I n d i a n Ocean, "we have no intention o fcngaging in competition or m a i n t a i n i n g a regular force there." Later, Navy Sec- proparerl to bankrool the f u t u r e rotary John Chafce said, "We ought to go slowly here and not oscillate the ting But no wAdm. Elmo '/Mm- wait, chief of U.S. naval operations, warns Congress that Russia's "tentacles are going out l i k e an octopus into the Indian Ocean." That k i n d of testimony is to i n t i m i d a t e Congress, but f o r t u n a t e l y there is' a growing number of skeptical and well-informed senators and representatives who are prepared to challenge the often jingoistic rhetoric of the military leaders. One of the new breed is Son. Claibornc Pell (O-R.!.), who asks what has happened in the past year "to cause such a monumental shift in our f n d i a n Ocean policies." He is also raising questions as to the Defense, i n f o r m a t i o n . He told Congress t h a t the "name of tho game" the Navy is playing is, "The Russians Are Coming.' The Navy, he says, "should eoase and desist from t r u m - m i l i t a r y n n i l foreign policy i m p l i c a t i o n s of nn expenditure that would establish for the first time a permanent U.S. m i l i t a r y presence In the Indian Ocean. With Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and A l a n Cranston (D-Calif.), Pell is calling for U.S.-Sqviet talks on limiting naval installations in the I n d i a n Ocean as an alternative to- going forward with a new base that "could well trigger a U.S.- Soviet n a v a l arms race costing many times the $29 million presently being sought in the supplemental bill. PELL'S VIEW THAT t h e r e is no persuasive evidence t h a t the Soviet Union w a n t s an I n d i a n Ocean naval arms race is shared by Rear Adtn. Gene LaRocque (Ret.), now the director of the Center for poling the Soviet naval threat to the skies ami r u n n i n g down U.S. c a p a b i 1 i t i e s." Exaggerating Russia's navel strength in Ihe I n d i a n Ocean or elsewhere, lie adds, "yields the Soviets unnecessary and undeserved political gains, especially in the Third World countries." As an example of the Pentagons misleading propaganda, bnlh Adm. LaRocquc and Sen. Pell cite the Navy's claim that Russia leads the United States in the number of "ship days" spent by naval vessels in tho Indian Ocean. This figure is nhlaincd by m u l t i p l y i n g tho number of ships in the ocean times the n u m b e r of days spent there. It is misleading, however, because it ignores tho types of ships and tho combat capabilities. Small Soviet mine sweepers, for example, count equally w i t h giant U.S. aircraft carriers. Pentagon testimony reveals that Iho Soviets have only eight or nine s u r f a c e combat ships of destroyer si/c for the whole I n d i a n Ocean, while tho United Stales has been m a i n t a i n i n g nn a i r c r a f t task force thero for some time. Srn. Pell Is surely right in calling for more In- f n r m n l l o n on the Dingo Garcln proposal before Ihe United Slates plunges nn with It. (C) 1074, I.os Angeles Times debuted up to Ihe last mtnuta whether to include tilm in the indictments.,.The M a r r i o t t holel-rcstiuirnnl chain, whose founder J. W l l l m c l MiirrloU r u n both the 101)8 and 1!)72 Inaugurals for President N i x o n , has removed sonic of tho Nixon portraits from Us hotelj. The expensive pictures had been tefnccd with graffiti... The House folding room, w h i c h Is located in a poorly lit mid vcnllhitcd basement called "The Hole" by workers, operates In gross violation of the Occupational Safety anr! Ilenllh Act which the Congress pusscd and expects commercial f i r m s to obey...John Volpe, the U.S. ambassador to Rome, has written to President Nixon congratulating him on his choice of James SI. Clair to defend h i m against impeachment charges. When Volpe was governor of Massachusetts, he said, St. Clair did a "brilliant" job directing a stale investigation of police corruption. Mr. Nixon. Lets It All Hang Oat By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON -- One of ths most successful hooks on the year is "Plain Speaking." Merle Miller's interviews with Harry Truman when the former President was living in Independence, Mo. Mr. Truman was quite f r a n k about liis opinions of Hie people he knew when he was President. It is quile possible that 20 years from now someone like Merle Miller might take his tape recorder to San Clemente and interview former President Nixon on his Blst birthday. It could fe'o something l i k e this. Q--Mr. President, what do you consider was your greatest accomplishment when you wera in the White House? A--I kept them from getting the tapes. They did everything they could but they never found them. Do you know where they were hidden? Q--No, sir. A--I had a pumpkin patch and I hid the tapes in the pumpkin . I got the idea from Alger Hiss, (laughter) Q--That was a great idea, Mr, President. Without the tapes, of course, they couldn't find any evidence to impeach you. A--You can say that again. To this day no one has been able to find them. You know the special prosecutor is still asking for them. Every week someone serves me a subpoena. But I've ignored them all. If I've said it once I've said it a hundred times, 22 years of Watergate is enough. Q--I noticed you were just served with a subpoena last week. What do you intend to do about it? A--James St. Clair is in the next room writing an answer to it. Q--Is he still working for you? A--Yup, he's getting a liltia deaf and his eyesight is not as good as it used to be, but he's still one heck of a lawyer. Anyone that can keep stringing along the House Judiciary Committee for two decades is my kind of man. You see, the trick was never to say we wouldn't give them the tapes. The trick was to always say we were working on it. and we'd give them an answer in a fe\y weeks. It's been going on .since 1974 and here we arc in 199.1. and they still haven't got what they'va asked for. Q--Next to keeping the House from getting the tapes, what do you consider your greatest accomplishment as President? A--Paying my back income fn.xes. I want to tell you that was some blow when they asked me for a h a l f - m i l l i o n dollars. If I hadn't gone into the real estate business with Bcbe Rebozo after I left the White House. I don't think I would ever have gotten even. But now t h a t we've got the San Clemente Sun City for Senior Citizens and (he Key Biscayna Singles Condominium Project, we're in fat city. Q--ilow would you assess Ihs people who worked for you? A--They were the f i n e s t men I've over known. N a t u r a l l y I was sorry to sec so many of them go to jail. Hut when you're President of the United Slates you can't let personal emotions get involved in your decisions. Q -- W h a t did you think of Gerry Ford? A--I never trusted the man. He kept saying t should t u r n over nil the evidence I had to the committee. You know something? I don't think he w n s as d u m b as everyone said he was. He k n e w if f turned over the evidence he'd become President. Q--Mr. President, It's been la years now since you left office. Is there one thing you would have done d i f f e r e n t l y ? A--Yes. I would have dtlvisct) George Allen of the Redskins to send Lnrry Drown off liicklc instead nf having Billy Kilmer throw a pass to Charley Taylor In the Super Howl, .. (C) 11)74, Los Anjiclcn Tlmei

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