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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - March 8, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OPPICI Carbendale Murphysboro Herrin 710 N Illinois 212 N Southern IlUn LS N DECfcTUk 62525 Volume 82Ne 57lflc Copy Two Sections SuccMior to Prii Ntrrln Dilly Journil Murphyiborj Indipiirtwtf FRIDAY MARCH 11974 CarbondaleHerrlnMurphytben Nixon proposes new reforms to outlawdirty tricks Washington AP President Nixon today pro posed hew restrictions on cam paign financing and new steps to outlaw socalled dirty tricks saying that campaign abuses recently publicized proclaim that the electoral process needs reform I am doubtful that any legislation can provide the panacea that some seek to guarantee absolute integrity in the electoral process he declared in a message to Congress But he proposed a series of reforms and stated his op position to some other sugges tions which if enacted would change the face of American elections Nixon said campaign financ ing is the most important area for reform and the area in which reform is most urgently re quired I conclude that the single most important action to reform campaign financingshould be broader public disclpsure he said Nixons eightpage message listed these specific financing proposals No individual could con tribute more than any Senate or House candidate or more than to any presidential candidate These limits would apply separately in primaries runoffs and general elections No cash contribution above no donations from foreigners no loans and no donationof such nonmoney assets as stocks would be allowed Organizations other than political parties such as the AFLCIOs Committee o n Political Education or various industry political action com mittees could not donate directly to a candidate They could continuecontributing to political parties All contributions to a can didate could flow through only one committee and wouldhave to be deposited in a single bank An independent federal elections commission would supervise federal election law taking over functions now scat amongst the House Senate and comptroller general Nixon said he opposed public financing of political campaigns and proposed no overall limit oh the amount a candidate could spend In the dirty tricks area Nixon said existing laws are unclear and have been unevenly and sometimes unfairly enforced through selective prosecu tion Most recently a Nixon cam paign operative Donald Segret ti was convicted and sentenced to jail for disseminating a fake letter during Jhe Florida cam paign primary in 1972 v A number of former Nixon aides have been indicted for other campaign activities or the coverup of those activities in1 the Watergate affair Nixon recommended that federal law prohibit three areas of campaign practice Disruptive and willfully misleading activitiessuch as disseminating falseinformation or rigging public opinon polls Coercive activities such as organized use of demonstrators Jo impede to a campaign rally Fraudulent election day practices such as stuffing ballot boxes or rigging voting machines Varying state laws deal with some of these activities Nixon proposed that presidential campaigns be shortened by holding no state presidential primary or state nominating convention before May 1 of an election year And he said presidential na tional nominating should not be held until Sep tember Id moment Tonight showers and thun derstorms likely with lows in the 60s Saturday continued partly cloudy warm and mid Chance of thunder storms Highs in the upper 70s or lower 80s Fair Sunday through Tuesday Warmer Monday and Tuesday INDEX ClasfHItd Religion TV Bridge Crossword Family living Records Weather map 5 21 20 Washington And Associated Press Washington Taped White House conversa tions that the House Judiciary Committee has so far been unable to obtain in its impeach ment inquiry reportedly center on the time when President Nixon says he first learned of to cover upadministra tion involvement in the Watergate bugging opera tion The conversations between Nixon and some of his top aides took place a few days before and a few days after March 21 1973 and are thought tobe recorded on sixtapes that the Judiciary Bribe attempt alleged Contractors indicted Springfield AP Two Illinois contractors were tadicted today by a federal grand jury on charges they conspired to bribe the late Secretary of State Paul Powell allegedly to make huge profits on the rehabilitation otrthe State Capitol Named in the Indictments were Ralph Vancil 53 pi Cairo and Milo H Vogt 46 of Petersburg Both men also were indicted for allegedly submitting rigged bids in connection with the heating and air conditioning work they performed on one phase of the Capitol renovation project in 1969 US Atty Donald B McKay said Powell received of about approval of the riggedxbidsand had been promised Another aUhe time of his death in 19701 Some in cash was found in shoeboxes in Powells hotel room following his death The money could not be ac for through state records i Committee requested from the White House 10 days ago ac cording to reliable Capitol Hill sources 1 The six tapes are among the items thatthe WhiteHouse thus far has refused to turn over to the committee The panel served notice at a meeting Thursday that further refusal of evidence would result in a subpoena for the material The March 2rdate is signifi cant because it was on that day that Nixon claims he first learned that payments had been made to buy the silence of the original defendantsin the Watergate case It was then he says that he told former White House counsel John W Dean III that it would be wrong to pay hush money to prevent from being implicated m thescandal v A recording of conversations that took place in the Presidents office on March 21 apparently is among the 18 tapes the President gave the special prosecutor and which he will turn over the Judiciary Committee i The Committee waiting for promised delivery of that tape and approximately 700 other documents for its impeachment inquiry is rhoping thematerial wont be the end of White House cooperation After examining the offer unade Wednesday by Nixon Counsel John Dear said it ap peared Nixon was trying to narrow the scope of the inquiry and restrict the committees access to White House evidence Nixon has promised to give panel everything he has given the Watergate grand jury and advised the committee that he thinks that it is all it needs The committee which is looking into many areas of presidential activity besides Watergate does not agree No one outside this com mittee should set of this inquiry Doar He however in heading off an attempt by some com mittee Democrats to issue a subpoena for White House documents that have not gone to the Watergate grand jury Disruptive tactics by FBI revealed For nearly four years the FBI employed secret disruptive tac tics against black militants and other radical groups The purpose was to destroy organizations the FBI con sidered violenceprone and to topple their leaders from whatever power and influence they had amassedin the black and white communities ac cording to secret FBI memos madepubUcThursday The sheaf of documents reluctantly released by the FBI Atty William also disclosed details pf similar counterin telligence operations against the Socialist Workers party and the KuKluxKlan The Socialists have challenged the constitutionality of the tac tics in a lawsuit pending in New York The documents indicate that the counterintelligence pro grams differed considerably from the agencys more tradi tional investigativ e func tions According to the memos the campaign against militant black nationalisthate groups was launched Aug 25 1967 and expanded a year later to involve 41 FBI field offices across the nation The campaign against the Socialists began with a memo dated Oct 12 1081 and against the Klan with a memo dated Sept2 1964 All three operations were of ficially terminated by a previouslyreleased memo dated April 281971 Jill and Larry Hart watch SIU Photo by Jack Grlggs Four malt and femalestreakers ptunged Into th pond at SlUCs Library Thursday afternoon Photo by Jack Grlggs Streakersand watcherssurge into streets What makes girl streaker run Stories pictures pages 381221 By Dave Butler Of The Southern Illinoisan Downtown Carbondale was turned into mass hysteria ebout 3 am today as hund reds of persons blocked two of three lanes of US Rt 51 waiting for streakers to appear Only once did streakers out number spectators as the new est campus fad roared into high gear in Carbondale and at Southern Illinois Univer sity Numerous reports of streak ers were given to police throughout Thursday a n d early this morning In downtown Carbondale a crowd estimated at 1000 per sons watched for the streakers until am today Sam Denoms a senior majoring in journalism at SIUC said it was like mass hysteria Everyone was out onthe side walks or in the streets Denoms said he saw several streakers including four nude males who were carrying a nude female and accidentally dropped her in the middle of the street He said the partylike at mosphere lasted from 2 am until am Carbondale police had no report of the activities on file today al though Carbondale police were reported at the scene There were noarreste During Thursday activities it was 3000 spectators to about 50 streakers in the af ternoon 250 to ahandful in the evening and 1000 to about two dozen at midnight ac cording to SIUG police But the tables turned about 130 am today when 30 streakers ran into downtown Carbondale near the Southern Illinois Avenue and East Grand Avenue intersection Except for a few police there were no spectators Not since the spring dis turbances in 1970 have so many students turned out in crowds at the university Last time it was to close down the university This time its to take off clothes According to police Thurs days activites began about pm in front of Morris Library A crowd that reach ed 3pO persons waited for what had been announced as an SIUC massive streakin During the early moments of the streakin only a few nude bodies took advantage of the springlike weather First two nude males and a female ran through the crowd hand in hand Later a few nude males ran through the crowd But the crowd was getting so large that the streakers got stuck trying to run down the sidewalks A couple of ingenious streakers danced across the roof of Fairer Hall the hu manitiessocial sciencesbuild ing They were on the sec tion that hasnt been com pleted and were chased away by workers who appeared more shocked by the streakers than streakers were of them A short time later nine nude males ran through the first floor of the library Po lice then sealed off thatrbuild ing and others to streakers Security Officers Thomas L Lfcffler said the streakers were upsetting people in the buildings Next six males and two fe males ripped1of f their clothes and splashed around in the pond in front of the library After the brief episode sev eral other lone streakers zoomed past thecrowd One lone girl streaked ac ross the edge of the crowd and drew cheers because of the turnout of females Another female came out of he libraryand ran through the crowd accompaniedby a roar of cheers Still others ran around the crowd Several malefemale teams made brief appearan ces at various times Thursday afternoon About pm the crowd broke up During the last few minutes only a few lone male streakers showed up The crowd hardly noticed Tlie action picked up from 8 pm to midnight when about 250 people turned out at the Thompson Point residence halls A handful of streakers made brief appearances ac cording to police More people turned out at whenabout 1000 spectators and an estimated two dozen streakers made appearances near the Univer sity Park residence area And the streaking event happened about a m today when an estimated 30 streakers ran around the South Illinois Avenue and Grand avenue intersection near the SIUC campus Po lice report no spectators were at the scene No arrests were reported Thursday Lfeffler said arrests would be made only if trouble de velops He said his office has received some complaints about the streaking but add ed the Jackson County states attorney has told us not to arrest anyone unless the tfoing gets out of hand For today anonymous or ganizers of the s t r e a k i n g planned another rally for the afternoon in front of the lib rary Police report they have been told that many streakers will appear in downtown Car bondale tonight Leffler said police will sit back and watch He also said police have been told that streakers will run through the SIUC and Carbondale Police offices Leffler had a warning for streakers who plan to run through the SIUC police of fice which is located in an old house I told them our office isnt in any condition to run 60 bad that theyll probably fall through the worse I   

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