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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- t'haiiucof showers (g- uiglil and Tuesday. Ixivv louigbt iu middle 50s. High Tuesday upper VOLUMK 92-NUMBKK CITY FINAL 10 CENTS CEDAIi KAI'IDS, IOWA, MONDAY, MAY 27, 1374 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Arrest Top Thieu Aide inSpyPSot SAIGON (AP) President Thieu's assistant for political affairs and one of his mosl trusted aides lias been arrested as part of an alleged Commu- nist espionage ring, governmenl sources said Monday. Nguyen Van Ngan, 40, began his career with Thieu as a legal adviser fo the armed forces in 19B4. There was no official gov- ernment arrest. announcement of his Medical Supplies Sources said Ngan owns sev- eral business firms in Saigon, and that he is suspected of aid- ing the Viet Cong financially and arranging to transfer med- ical supplies to them. Some sources compared the arrest to the recent West Ger- man case in which a top aide to Chancellor Willy Brandt was arrested and charged with spy- ing for the East Germans. But others noted that there has been a power struggle in the presidential pal- ace between a political faction led by Ngan and another led by Hoang Due Nha, the 32-year- old minister of information and an adopted nephew of Thieu. These sources speculated that Ngan's ouster and the charges against him could be -part of a political power play. It was the second alleged spy ring uncovered in the palace in the last five years, sources said. Another of Thieu's former special assistants, Huynh Van Trong, who handled political in- telligence, and 42 others were arrested in 1969. House Arrest One source said Ngan is un- der house arrest, but his where- abouts could not be immediate- ly determined. Sources said Ngan's bank accounts were fro- zen and liis property confiscat- ed. Ngan, a diminutive lawyer, joined the Viet Minh, predeces- sors of the Communist Viet Cong, at the age of 12. When he was 18, he was jailed by the Viet Minh for three years on spying charges. In Thieu's cabinet, he held the official title of special pres- idential assistant in charge of liaison with constitutional agen- cies and political parties. Ford Stands Against Nixon on Tape Debate DANBURY, Conn. (AP) Vice-president Ford has mad clear he plans to stand by his disapproval of President Nix on's decision to bar further Wa tergate evidence to the house impeachment inquiry. Ford told a news conference here Sunday night that theii differences were laid out "quite candidly" at his meeting with Nixon last Thursday and tha "f haven't backed off from ii since." Is and Will Be lie refused to say what Nix- on's reaction to his position was but said, "there was an under- standing that my position hac been, is and will be what it has been in the past. "Only the President, at this Three-Fourths Believe Nixon Guilty: Gallup PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) Nearly three-fourths of the coun- ry believes President Nixon was involved in the Watergate bug- ling or cover-up, according to ;he latest Gallup poll. However the percentage has increasec only slightly in three months. Seventy-three percent of the adults interviewed 'May 10- 13 said they believed the Presi- dent had been involved to some extent in the scandal. The sur- vey was taken aftej- toe White House transcripts were released April 30. Similar surveys showed 71 per- cent held the same opinion last ?ebruaiy and 67 'percent held it ast June. In all three surveys, those poll- ed were asked to select one of he following statements to match their views: Nixon planned the- Wategate lugging from the beginning; Nixon did not plan the bugging lut knew about it before it took >lace; Nixon found out about the bug- ling after it occurred, but tried o cover it up; Nixon had no knowledge of the lugging and spoke up as soon as le learned about it. A breakdown of the latest sur- rey shows that 8 percent be- ieved the President planned the ireak-in, 26 percent said he knew about it, 39 percent said he wered it up, 14 percent said he had no knowledge of it and 13 percent gave no Opinion. point, through his attorneys has taken a different, said Ford, who has repeatedly urged the White House to coop- erate with the house judiciary committee as much as possible "Any relevant information tapes, transcripts, other doeu ments relating to impeach able offenses I think shoul be made he said. do not think that the White House doors ought to be openet for all the snoopers and somi of them are to go in then and ransack the White House." The vice-president made i plain he intends to keep push ing for moderation, compromise and cooperation with the com miltee. Ford sounded that theme a several points Sunday as he spoke at a hospital building dedication in New York am campaigned in Connecticut for freshman Republican Rep. Ron aid A. Sarasin, who faces a dif ficult re-election fight in his normally Democratic district. "Compromise" Ford said he would do his best to assure enactment o compromise health insurance legislation, adding that "cooper- ation and compromise are the only means by which our form of government in this fiek and others can move aheac successfully." He then flew to Waterbury Conn., where he dedicated a new airport instrument landing system and declared that "co- operation and teamwork gets hings done." At the Danbury press confer- ence, his first since he was summoned to the 45-minute neeting with Nixon last Thurs- day, Ford was asked whether the President had sought a modification in his position on jroviding further material to he impeachment inquiry. "This difference has existed lefore the he said. 'It was laid out quite candidly during the meeting, and I have not backed off 'from it since." Ford also said he expects Nixon will obey any supreme court decision in the case in- volving special Watergate pros- ecutor Leon Jaworski's sub- poena of 64 Watergate-related .apes. Simon: Balance Budget To Curtail Inflation WASHINGTON (AP) Trea sury Secretary Simon says tin government should aim towan a balanced budget in 1976 as i key to controlling the nation'; "totally unacceptable" inflation rate. .Inflation cannot be containei in the long run unless there is control over governmenl spend ing, Simon said in an interview. He added that the feclera budget has been in deficit for 14 of Hie- last 15 years and "we have to get back to the old-time religion of spending what take in this country." Simon said that "having budg- et deficits is wrong Munis Sees Threat Meanwhile, A r t h ti r Burns, chairman of the Federal Re- serve Board, said Sunday that continued inflation at the present rale could place "the fu- ture of our country in jco pardy." "If long continued, inflation at anything like the present rale would threaten the very founda- tions of our Burns (old Toffwy'.v Chuckle. The (rouble with some pen- pic who don't linvc much In say In llwl, you have to listen so long lo find Hint oul. Convrlnhl graduating students at Illinois college in Jacksonville, 111. He said inflation could be de- feated, but not easily. He called upon congress to exercise fiscal responsibility, and said "the federal budget has to be han- dled more responsibly than in the past." Simon, who succeeded George Shultz as treasury secretary earlier this month, said he had no "bold new program" lo con- trol inflation. He indicated he (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) More Pressure H was felt in Washington that he j u d ic i a r y committee nay step up pressure on the White House this week to pro- vide the subpoenaed tapes and evidence. Despite Nixon's apparent de- cision Saturday to provide the panel with access to his income ax records, committee mem- bers are still angry over his stand on the tapes. They may ake action, in the form of ei- .her more subpoenas or a cita- ion for noncompliance, if he continues to deny them the evi- dence they need. Most of the impeachment land's 38 members were away "rom the capital during the long Memorial day weekend when he break came in the lax mat- er. Press Secretary Zicgler an- nounced from the Florida While louse that Nixon had ordered lis lawyers lo work out with (Continued: Col. 6.) Giscard Signs In TelBBholo Valery Giscard d'Estaing signs the constitutional document confirming his election as the 20th president of France during inauguration ceremonies Monday at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris. Behind him are Alain Poher who was interim president since the death of Georges Pompidou April 2, and Prime Minister Pierre Messmer. China Was Not as Hoped: Ray DES MOINES (AP) Gov. Robert Ray, who returned Sun- day from an 11-day trip to the Republic of China, said irospects for selling Iowa ag- ricultural products to the Chl- nese may not be as good as he loped. At a press conference Mon- day, Ray said details of a pro- losed soybean exchange be- ween scientists in China and at owa State university in Ames ire being left to the U. S. state leparlment. The governor said that in many of his attempts to make :onlact and exchange ideas and materials with the Chinese he lad little luck. "They don't say no they just don't answer Ray said. He said he was unable to give i set of 120-million- year -old owa fossils to an expert in banking and was unable to nake contact with the mother if an Iowa State university pro- cssor who lives in Peking. Ray said the Chinese may not 10 as interested in Iowa agri- cultural products as lie had roped because that country is irgely self-sufficient in food tuffs. But he added that China s trying to build up a grain (Continued: Page 3, Col. 4.) SLA Father Drops Effort LOS ANGELES (AP) The father of a Symbionese Libera- tion Army member has given up a week-long vigil to contact his daughter, leaving for home after saying he considered her and her comrades criminals. Frederick Schwartz left for his suburban Chicago home Sun- (Story on Patty Hearst's ap- parent conversion on page 15.) day after fruitless, tearful pleas to his daughter, Emily Harris, her husband, Bill, and Patricia Hearst to surrender. Schwartz said an intermediary claimed to have made direct contact with the three, but said two meetings arranged for him with his daughter failed to materialize. Schwartz, a consulting engi- neer, had said publicly he would walk "hand in hand" to a safe urrcndcr with the Harrises and Miss Hearst if they would only contact him. "Fugilivcs" However, he told an airport news conference before leaving: 'Emily and Bill Harris and Pa- tricia Hearst arc in my .view criminals, at least in the sense that they arc fugitives." Schwartz said a claim o. direct contact with the trio wa made in two telephone calls by someone he identified as an in- termediary. He said he went to an appointed place in the Los Angeles area on Friday, but ar- rived an hour late because of Freeway traffic. "Scoured Area" No one met him that day or on Saturday when, Schwartz said, "I did more than appear at the appointed place. I literal- scoured the area, making myself as visible as possible." Then he reported the calls to authorities. "If it was a hoax, it was a cruel he said. will never again work .tiro ugh he said. "And I will not work en- irely on my own without advis- The agent three, to be said by FBI the last persons sought as members of I he tcr- SLA, arc wauled on state charges of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnaping. They also are accused of federal 'ircarms violations. ing the authorities. I am sur that if Emily says I am to mee her alone, the FBI will respec that." He added: "If the voice o Emily or Bill or Patty th only three people in (he worli I'll talk to came to me a borne tonight and said to mee tomorrow at Hollywood and Vine, I'd be there." Van Stopped Meanwhile, the search for the hrce continued. A yellow van was stopped Sunday near Santa Barbara, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. Police released he male and female occupants after questioning, saying they vere satisfied they had no SLA connection. Authorities stopped the van lecause they said they had in- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 5.) Columnist Stewart Alsop Dies of Pneumonia at 60 WASHINGTON (AP) Col- umnist and author Stewart Alsop, a leukemia victim who once wrote that resisting death is bolh futile and wrong, is dead of pneumonia. He was 60. Alsop, who with his brother, loseph, was syndicated in nearly 200 of the nation's newspapers in Ihc 1960s, died Sunday in bospilal at the National Insti- tutes of Health in nearby Beth- csda, Md. He was admitted President Points to Achievement of Peace KEY Fla. (UPI) President Nixon, warning against isolationism, said Mon- day that for the first lime in Ihis century "a real chance exists for lasting peace." In a nationwide radio Mcmori- il day address, delivered from he Florida While House, Nixon ;aid, "In I97'l our hopes for a nslmg pence sire brighter Hum it any time in living memory iccnusc we now have a struct- ure, of pence and we nrc care- ully working loslrengllien II. "Settle Peacefully" "A momentum hns been rented Hint makes It easier for lie lenders of (he major powers sctlle differences peacefully, in negotiation instead of armed he added. He paid tribute to Americans who have given their lives in wans dating back lo Valley Forge and said, "II should in- spire us with a determination to keep America great and free by keeping America safe and strong in our own time, the lime (Tlie President's Memorial day proclcminlion is on page of unique destiny and opportuni- ty." Nixon snid Americans were called away lo war "under Ivy- ing ant) somclimcs hitler cir- cumstances" four limes in this century, the last lime in Viet- nam. "Only today, for the first time in this century, do we live in n time when, thanks to past sacri- fices, a real chance exists for lasting peace peace built not on vain hopes and good inten- tions, but on solid realistic grounds." "In Jeopardy" lie urged that pence ;iot be taken for granted and said that when Ibis happens "its survival is in jeopardy." 'Lasting peace can be achieved only through lasting awareness, lasting pre- paredness, mid lasting strength, both physical nnd moral." He said there are sonic people in America "who would like to turn inward and away from the world's who believe America has enough problems of ils own without intervening in others'. But he said America must continue to be a part of a larger world. "Wi may seek to ignore the he said, "but the world will not. ignore us." Apparently referring tlia's detonation of to In- nuclear device, Hie President said in a day when atomic weapons are spreading, when famine stalks parts of the earth and when parts of the world arc a tinder- box, "lo turn our bucks on our responsibilities for world leader- ship, would, in the long run, be disastrous, not for only us, but for all the people in Hie world who seek peace." "Today, America's isolation can only lead to Ihc de- he said. "Peacemaker" He stressed that Ihc Atlantic Alliance is the coraeirJone of the nation's foreign policy and pointed out the U.S.' role as a "peace-make in explosive areas like the Middle East." lie said the U.S. htis had dip- lomatic successes in the last five years while he has been President but said such policies (Continued: Pago 3, Col. 3.) there two weeks ago for his lat- est round of treatments for acute mycloblastic leukemia, a rare cancer of Ihe blood-produc- ing bone marrow. The pneumonia was described as a byproduct of the cancer, which the veteran writer of the Washington political scene had suffered from for three years. Writing about his fight with the disease last year in his book, "A Stay of Execution: A Sort of Alsop said, "A (lying man needs lo die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a lime when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist." Despite the illness, Alsop continued writing unlil his death a weekly column in Newsweek magazine. In Key Biseayne, President Nixon said Alsop's "hard, val- iant struggle against cancer has ended at last, but his life and his writings will remain a stan- dard for his profession for years to come." Newsweek Editor Osbornc El liott described Alsop as an in- spiration lo his colleagues and friends. "Like those who knew Slew as a friend, his many readers also came to know him well as n man of intelligence mid grace and fairness and he said. 'alestinian DAMASCUS (AP) Syria ublicly criticized Secretary of .ate Kissinger Monday and inted at new negotiating trou- les as Kissinger resumed talks ith President Hafez Assad. An official statement from the yrian Arab News Agency barged Kissinger with injecting issue of Palestinian guerillas Jito the talks on an Israeli- yrian disengagement on the jolan Heights. "Waste of Time" "He who wants to discuss this subject must solve the Pales- inian problem and discuss this ssue with the Palestinian lead- the statement said. 'Any other attempt is only a waste of time." The statement said the Pales- tinian matter was only one of several "difficult points" re- maining in the negotiations, but did not elaborate. There were reports Sunday night of a new snag in the negotiations con- cerning the buffer zone between Israeli and Syrian forces. Kissinger conferred with Assad in the presidential palace for 5te hours until a.m. Monday. The talks started again after the two men had a few hours to rest. Meanwhile, an announcement in Moscow that Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko was flying to Damascus Monday added another uncertain ele- ment to Kissinger's 30-day peace mission. The Soviet news agency Tass revealed the visit, saying he was coming "at the invitation of the leadership of the Syrian Arab Republic." Syrian sources, however, said he apparently was coming with- out an invitation and U.S. of- ficials declined to indicate why Gromyko was coming back on he stage. Share Spotlight Observers speculated that ;romyko, who last met with
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