Editorial-Opinion Page JVw Public Merest I* The First Concern Of Thit 4 Â· FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 1974 Co/son Project: A Giant Ray Cannon The Washington Merry-Go-Round Mr. Ford Sets His Cap Â·Â· President Gerald Ford's address to.thfc joint session of Congress Monday evening of this week was a tone-setter, clearly, for the balance of this session of the Congress and for the first several months of the new administration. Maybe longer. It was an eagerly received speech, more remarkable for its steady, even, uncomplicated tenor than for any signal of new initiatives. President Ford is an old hand at spear carrying .in the House trenches, he has never made any bones about it. What you see is about what you get with Ford, and that, more than anything else, proved a wondrous balm for Nixon-weary legislators-and the public at large -- last Monday. Among other achievements as a. member of the Congress, Ford has opposed civil rights legislation, championed big spending by the military, initiated moves to defrock Supreme Court luminaries Warren and Douglas, and gone down the line as an intensely partisan party disciple. But Ford's partisanship has been openly competitive -- in the great American football tradition -- and he has earned little enmity as a consequence. He is regarded as a good fellow, tough but' honest. In the aftermath of Watergate, these qualifications, lean by other standards, perhaps, loom in strife-weary Capital as a Godsend for the Republic. At least that is the Â·way the Ford administration seems to have gotten itself under way. A couple of things come clear in the President's opening negotiations with Congress, too. He intends to remain hard-nosed about plenty of money for the Defense De- Art Buchwdd partment. This leads credence to the notion that Mel Laird, former Defense Secretary, will be among the President's chief advisers, if not the next vice president. In addition, Mr. Ford appears bent on fighting inflation by cutting back on gov- ernment'spending in non-defense areas. This is so stolidly Republican dogma that one is prompted to wonder if Ford really believes he can balance the budget by merely kicking the loafers off the welfare lists. Perhaps, he is adopting a bit of subtlety in regard to cuts that'will ultimately catch up with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, too. Considering the enormity of military appropriations in the overall budget, it is doubtful that even a pretense of balancing the budget can be made without military Cuts. But coping with inflation, and the assorted aggravations of international monetary instability, will be a highly complex matter that will not lend itself to easy solutions, and we don't fault the new President , for keeping the discussion simple and above . board. . . To our ear the most reassuring thing that President Ford had to say this week was that he is acutely sensitive to the matter of individual rights; that he believes in a free press and the First Amendment; and that his administration's efforts to deal with the economy, and other pressing affairs of state, will be done in full view of the American public and the Congress. That's a good place to start arid we take comfort in the fact that President Ford apparently recognizes it as such. By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- Former presidential aide Charles Colson once considered firing a high- voltage Buck Rogers - style cannon at the White House to erase the taped conversations of Richard Nixon. Such a "Mission: Impossible" would have wiped out the evidence on the White House tapes which led to Nixon's resignation. Colson however, contends he never seriously pondered putting the scheme into action. Despite this denial, Colson did meet twice with an industrial research consultant, Gordon Novel, and discussed the possibility of using an exnerirriental "de-gaussing cannon" to fire a gigantic magnetic pulse at thÂ» White House tape storage room. A rough design of the ray gun, named after a magnetic measurement, was even drawn up. "Novel talked about driving by the White House and demagnetizing all the tapes," Colson told us from prison through friends. "It was something that he said would fire three blocks." Novel, who is also an electronics expert, told us he was visiting Colson in March on an unrelated legal matter when the talk turned to the taoes. Colson. he said, told him that tapes at the White House and the CIA "could causa 'he President's grief." Novel mentioned the "de-gaussing cannon" and Colson urged him to look into (EDITOR'S NOTF. -- In order to permit President Ford to have an orderly transition of government, Art Buchwald has gone on vacation. He left behind 'some of his favorite .columns.) By ART BUCHWALD One of Gerald Ford's first acts as President was to ask Paul Delisle to stay on as rnal- tre d ! of the Sans Souci Restaurant. As -most people .know all the important government decisions are made -at lunch time at the Sans Souci, and the President felt it was essential that in order to have an orderly transition of government no personnel changes should take place at the restaurant. From Our Files; How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO Veteran Democratic Committeeman Clark M c C1 i n t o n was name dchairman of t h e Committee by a 23-17 vote yesterday afternoon. His opponent, Springdale attorney Jim, Cyperl, moved to make the election unanimous. Washington County g r a n d jurors are scheduled to meet . 50 YEARS AGO Rep. George A. Hurst was de feated for renonination by J.S. Holcomb by three votes, c- cording to the official count of the Democratic Central Committee this afternoon. Fayetteville citizens are reminded of their duty in hosting' the American Legion convention 100 YEARS AGO The convention has now got to work in earnest. The franchise and election and militia articles have been fixed up and adopted, and the apportionment articles are now under consideration. The work of the convention will now proceed rapidly. It is thought that the work will be completed by the first of September. If the proposed apportionment articles are adopted by the convention, this county will be en- again Tuesday. There . have been rumors this week of a pending indictment, but no official confirmation is available. Benton County Sheriff Hugh Black revealed today that he was sworn in yesterday as a deputy U.S. Marshal. He said he is resigning the post he has held for three terms. here next week. It is necessary for every family to make especial effort to allow a bed or a room to one or more visitors. Exclusive of express shipments. Washington County has shipped out over the. Frisco during the past year $2,830,132 worth of fruit, produce, livestock and dairy products. titled to three Representatives and one Senator. This will be cheering news to some of our patriots who are always ready to sacrifice themselves for their country's good. Mrs. Greenberry Suttle ot this city was bitten on Thursday last by a supposed mad-dog. The wound is very slight, consequently the physician apprehend no danger. The dog belonged to T.M. Campbell, Mr. C. has shot all his days. They'll Do It Every Time ' PHOOTKISS fllP THE WRONG spoKfsmr" IT WAS IN MlrTMÂ«6f COLUMN. HAPPV 1 HUNCH OW WT A FRee TICKET KK HE/, HAP- THAT WAS A SWEU-COUWH 'tfXJHAPONTHE ALL-STAR 6AM6- A White House aide told me, "We feel that Paul will serve us with the same loyalty that he served previous administrations. The whole world is watching what we do, and I can't think ot a better way of instilling confidence than Paul remaining in this key post in government." Many ambassadors who eat at the Sans Souci expressed delight at the hews that the President asked Paul to stay on. "We don't know President Ford," one told me, "but we do know Paul and we can deal with him. I have already cabled my government that Mr. Delisla will keep his maitre d' post, and despite the changeover in government' our country can still be assured of a table." LAWYERS AND high officials of the media were also pleased that Paul would stay on. One leading pundit said, "In this grave hour, of crisis the country needs continuity. 'Â·By asking-Paul to keep his position Mr. Ford is saying. "No matter what happens America will survive.' " As soon as the announcement was made I went over to see Paul to congratulate him on the appointment. He read a statement. "I am proud and humble that the White House would ask me to remain in office, r promise to see that nothing but the prices will change at the Sans Souci. Despite the arrguish of the past year and the shock that everyone has undergone, we must never forget government officials still have to eat. We have to forget the past and look to the future. The Sans Souci stands ready to face the challenge. I will now take questions." "Paul, it seems to me your major problem is going to be to take care of President Ford's White House. How will you be able to do this?" "It will be hard at first because I won't know who they are. Unless they make the reservation in the name of the White House, I may make a mistake and turn them away, but as time goes on I will know where the power is and adjust my reservation list accordingly." "But can you handle all this new business?" "I BELIEVE I can. Many of the former Nixon aides are no longer in Washington, for one reason or another, so their tables will be filled by the new regime." "Will you still accept reservations from former Nixon people who have not been sent away?" "Of course. They may have to wait until the present White House staff is fed, but as long as I am maitre d' anyone who worked in the White House and can still afford it will be welcome. I still have customers from the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and, although they no longer have decision- making powers, they get the same food as everybody else." "One last question. Some of the plotting of Watergate and the coverup took place at the San Souci. Did the FBI ever question you about what you knew?" "Yes, but I couldn't give them much help. Every lime they asked me about someone I always replied 'That wasn't my table.'" (C) J974, Los Angeles Times it. Colson insists he gave the c o n s u l t a n t "no encourage- rn6nt." Novel, however, obviously thought he had a mandate from Colson. He journeyed to El Paso, Tex., and spoke with J a c k Prentice, innovative research and design chief for Jetco, Inc. Jetco already was using "de-gaussing" principles, Prentice told Novel, and confirmed to us, that he had built a prototype cannon and could, construct in operational one for $25.000 to $30,000. Prentice's view was that since the tapes belonged to the President, there would be no crimie In erasing them, if Colson. acting for the President, okayed it, The Jetco specialist drew up a simple plan for the "degaussing cannon." using capacitors, a switch, a parabolic reflector and a spe-ial heat- resistant coil. The electronic artillery piece could be housed in a van. or mounted in a light plane Or helicopter. On March 21. Novel wrote Colson that he would "forward by hand courier the known facts on the El Paso erasure matter, "the code name for the "de- gausser." Shortly thereafter, the industrial consultant Hew to Washington again and talked to one of this area's best known electronic men, Allan Bell, presi- Ominous Shadow dent of Dektor COuntirintelli- tenc* and Security. Bell threw cold water on the mission, saying that it was'")fify" and "impractical." At its best, advised Bell, the biiarre device would obliterate a few layers of tape, leaving the rest Intact. At worst, it would destroy huge quantities of other taped material and s c r a m b l e .all computer "memories" in Us path. Since one part of the scheme was to bombard the CIA, the irresistible jolt of magnetism might blot out priceless files of Russian and Chinese agents and other espionage and security matters. ' Novel went back to Colson s office with his report. Novel s assessment was that hidine ,m the heavy woods near the CIA, or "de-gaussing" the tapes from the tank-van while .they were in transport, offered a belter chance of success than magnetically bombarding the CIA or the-White House from * BuTas Novel recalls it, they mutually decided not to pursue the plan because o! its danger to national security tapes and computers near the target Colson scoffs at the idea that the magnetic beam tver came that close to development. I lauehed at It," he said. "It was a little bit of comic relief. o o State Of Affairs New Presidents Disturb World By CLAYTON FR1TCHEY WASHINGTON -- If there seems to be some uneasiness abroad over the sudden change of power in the United States, it probably can be traced not so much to doubts about President Ford as to the fact that nearly all new Presidents have posed problems for the rest of the world. For more than 50 years, most of our new Chief Executives have first approached foreign policy in a cautious, conservative, even hard-line frame of mind, suspicious of "foreign entanglements" on the one hand, yet on the other often practicing Pax Americana. After being in office for a time, many of them have relaxed a n d liberalized their policy but seldom at the outset of their administrations. The advent of the Harding Administration in 1921, for instance, spelled the end of U.S. participation in the League of Nations and the Wilson! an dream of "saving the world for democracy." Contemporary Americans think of Franklin D. Roosevelt as a supreme internationalist, but he wasn't at the beginning of his long reign. One of his earliest major acts was to torpedo the famed London Economic Conference, which was called in an effort to relieve the world depression then existing. Nevertheless, F.D.R. ended up as an architect of the United Nations. TODAY, AMERICANS admire the late Harry Truman as the leader who sponsored the Marshall Plan, NATO and the Atlantic Alliance. Nonetheless, Truman also is the President who, upon succeeding Roosevelt, promptly killed lend-lease and left a war-crippled Europe exposed to communism.' Like F.D.R., however, he later reversed himself. Even Dwight Eisenhower, who served all over the world, began his Presidency in a cojd arm's-length way In the area of foreign policy, notably in allowing his secretary of state, John Foster Dulles, to threaten .Europe with an "agonizing reappraisal" for resisting Washington's views on unification. The first year or so of John F. Kennedy's Presidency was especially distrubing to the rest of the world. Coming to office as a hard-liner and an apostle of bigger, arms, he quickly became involved in the disastrous invasion of Cuba, the V i e n n a confrontation with Khrushchev and U.S. intervention in Vietnam and Laos. He, too, settled down. At his death his proudest achievement was the nuclear test ban treaty with Russia. From his campaigning in 1964, the world had a right to believe that Lyndon Johnson would liquidate U.S. involvement in Vietnam rather than enlarge it, as he did, into a full-scale war just after his inauguration. It was a painful period for America's allies. The opening days of Richard Nixon's .Administration were not auspicious either. At his first press conference he pointedly slammed the door on rapprochement with Communist China, while calling for big"gcr and better missiles. Looking back, it seems improbable that this is the President who accomplished detente with both China and Russia and possibly ushered in a "generation of peace." SO, ALL IN all, the rest of the world has good reason to be wary, when the United Slate* changes Presidents', for it usually means changes for them, too. Nevertheless, for special reasons, Gerald Ford may turn out to be the exception. There are good reasons (or thinking so. In the first place, he was not elected and hence takes over without the burden of restrictive, even reckless campaign commitments on foreign policy which have-sometimes handicapped other new occupants of the White House. Moreover, he Inherit* from Mr. Nixon an ongoing policy that still has a lot of momentum. Mr. Ford obviously recognizes that the policy is esteemed by a public which rightly regards it as effective and successful -- at least up to .this point. Finally, in Henry Kissinger he also inehrits perhaps the ablest and most admired s e c r e t a r y of state of his time. N o b o d y seems to Ford, who has gone out of his way to secure the continued services of the secretary. In the circumstances, it would seem that our old allies as well as our new detente friends can relax, for Mr. Ford is not likely to rock the Kissinger boat, certainly not in the foreseeable future. The President's most immediate problem centers on the internal debate over the detente with' Russia, where there appear to be differences between Dr. Kissinger and Secretary of Defense James Schlesirrger over arms agreements, and between Kissinger and Sen. Henry Jackson CD- Wash.) over other aspects of Moscow. THERE IS REASON to believe, however, that the Kissinger-Schlesinger d i f f e r - .ehces are not as great as reported and will probably be resolved without a public shojv- down. Last week the secretary . of state was to have been the first witness at the opening of the-Senate Foreign Relations Committee debate on dentente but had to postpone his appearance because of the presidential crisis. When he does appear soon, his testimony will be of even greater interest for it will then unquestionably reflect the views of the new President. Furthermore, it ought to provide some clue aa to how Mr. Ford is goiirg to reconcile hji ardent lifetime support of the Pentagon (as a congressman, the military's wish was his command) with his more recent support of the Nixon-Kissinger detente and its centerpiece, strategic arms limitations. C) 1174, Lw AaÂ«*l*t Tlmt* President Nixon, hawevir; h|4 feÂ»rs that' CqlÂ»on was a suck** for Just such farout Ideas. In the. transcripts, Nixon i t id Colson "loves'the action . .". Colson would do anything." ' Footnote: Colson and Novel also discussed a caper'to patch II.R. Haldemah' voice onto: a tape along with an actor who would imitate President Nixon and make false confessions. The fake tkpe' would be sent with a phony Â· authenticating note from an allegedly disgruntled Secret Service man.to the Sena t e Watergate Committee which,,Colson surmised, would leak it. Then he and Noyel would reveal the tape was fra_u- dulent and the hoax would tend to discredit the whole case against Nixon. Colson said it was "true" he discussed this idea. "Wouldn't that be a great gag?" his statement said. ' B A K E R ' S BOMBSHELL: Bobby Baker, the former Senate aide who; went 10 prison in a celebrated scandal of the early. 1960s, has completed more than half of a-book thit will embarrass some present senators. ' . '? Now a successful businessman. Baker insists he isn't writing a cruel book about those who condemned him. Indeed, the book will contain many warm anecdotes about prominent political, figures: * ; But the book will'charge that Sen. Barry Goldwater, R^Ariz,. now the Senate's "Mr. Clean," twisted arms for political funds when he was the Republican Senate camcaign chairman. Baker -will also chide thÂ« present apostle of political reform, Sen. Sam Ervin, D- N.C., for voting consistently against reform in HmÂ« past.'.". Baker will also point out that Sen. Carl'Curtis, R-Neb.. who saw no great wrong in "President Nixion's cortducl. lashed out against the Democrat'* Involved in the comparatively small-potatoes Baker case. The former Semite hoy wonder h o_p e s to publish his book after the din of Watergate dies down. Â· Â·cwff Discusses A Nut Pie 1 By ALLAN GILBERT MS Things just weren't working nut too well along about theT middle of last week. I received; word that the D-Lux Restaurant; was sore about some plugs 14* given the Farmer's Daughter}; My wife was in Washington^ General. I'd just flunked an in-; surance physical. And threi- headlines and a Billy GrahaiSt column were missing in thK composing room. . Â· :y You could have stolen my.; lunch'box and not even gottejg;; a quiver. Food was not on my_; mind. Right about that time thÂ«N phone rang and a voice on thÂ«M other end says, "Howdy, Cou's'C in..how're things in good olSn Fayetteville?" '.:;" "Fine," I lied, thingking hotirj familiar the voice sounded. 'Â·"" "Listen, Cousin," the voicÂ«; went on. "this is Chill Wiljs^ and I'm settin' up here in a; round hotel in St. Louis -- the~ Slauffer House (or some such! name) -- looking fer a placs! to spit." ".-.' I sensed a hoax of some de-1 minsion. : ,?i "Umm," I commented. ;-Cl "Trouble with a . round- building," the voice went on, ii; it got no corners." Â»"Â·Â· "That figures." I admitted;'! "Listen, Cousin," the voiced' went on, "The reason I'm cal-" lin' is that I want a . big oK writeup about the doin's Saturg day at Holiday Island. We'r*^ goiri' to have an old-fashioned; good time .. . Molly Bea . . .Pat;; Buttram and everyone. Ain't^ gonna cost anybody any-' thing... just gonna enjoy our?! selves." : ."Â«Â·* "I see," I said, dismissing thC notion that the voice might; bii Loris Stanton playing a joke on; me. The truth was. it really. DID sound like Chill Wills. Â«- "Now what was it you wanted; me to do?" I asked, seeking,^ to pick up a piece of the caller'*; narrative. X5 "Why, we're having a shindf(Â£ over at Holiday Island," th"Â«" caller explained, "and we want" you to give us a good send-off.' Invite all those boys and gal 15 over there to come join us. Willi you do that, Cousin?" ;^"Of course," I said. ' Â·Â» "You know, my wife and Â·!Â· bought us a place over at Hpli^ day Island," he said. "My wifÂ«.- just loves Eureka Springs. And: I've gotten'to where I can't:do.1 much but fish. And this Ozarlci fishin' is about as fine as you'll:: find anywhere. Of course, I like! It over your way, too. Say;:; there's a little ol' restaurant,-; over there, of .the lefthand sid_Â«^ v going toward the airport. An.- old gas station., cept thÂ«; pumps aren't their anymore;.^ "Bill Drake's Place?" 'Ii guessed. : :-J3 "That's it," he said. "Thai lovely little lady there makes' the best black walnut pie I ever* tasled. I tried to buy a whole- pie and you know what she-, said. She said she couldn't sell* a whole pie because if she did' Â· she might run out and it" wouldn't be right to tell a custOS mer that she'd run out because ; she'd sold a whole pie to oney customer. Now ain't that thÂ« prellicst thing you ever heard?-!** Chill asked me to bring him* a black walnut pie if I could^ But Drake's Place in the meanÂ£ time has been bulldozed InWU nothing but fond memories ot such customers as Mr. Wills. :;X' No pie, then. But I can ex--j lend his invitation to visit h!m- . at Holiday Island tomorrow^" That's the least I can do jot: a fellow who recalls with fondness having eaten in F*yetU- vllle.
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