Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 14, 1974

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June 14, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- ('haute of rain to- night. Ixm tonight near 60, Sunny Saturday, highs in 70s. VOLUME yi CKbAK llAi'iiJS, iOWn, riliDAV, JUMK 14, 1974 U. S. NUCLEAR AID CITY FINAL 15 CENTS i'llhSb, UPI, NhW VOKK 'IJMKS EGYPT Green Light For Trying Ehrlichman WASHINGTON (AP) U. S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell Friday ordered John Ehrlich- man, former While House aide, to stand trial along with other defendants in the plumbers case and set a new trial date of June 26. After nearly three weeks of struggle with the White House over the issue of executive priv- ilege, Gesell said President Nixon has allowed sufficient access to White House files for Ehrlichman's ward. trial to go for- The judge said he had wanted to make sure Ehrlichman would have access to specific files left behind in the White House which might aid his case. "That has taken he said. Ehrlichman and three others were briginally scheduled to go on trial next Monday in connec- tion with the 1971 breakin at the office of Dr. Lewis Fielding, a Beverly Hills, Calif., psychia- trist who treated; Daniel Ells- berg, Pentagon Papers figure. But earlier this week Gesell said he would sever Ehrlich- man's case from that of the other three because of an ap- parent impasse over Ehrlich- man's attempt to gain access to his files. Gesell said at that time that Ehrlichman would be tried later. The break in the legal logjam came Wednesday when Nixon waived executive privilege for some documents then in the judge's hands. Until then, Nixon had been as- serting ultimate authority to de- c i d e if those handwritten notes documents, of Ehrlich- man, could tie admitted as evi- dence. Ehrlichman and the three others are accused of conspiring in the breakin. In addition, Ehrlichman is charged with one count of lying to the FBI and three counts of lying to a grand jury. Sawhill Bids for Boost in Mileage WASHINGTON (AP) Fed- eral Energy Chief John Sawhill has launched a new campaign to conserve gasoline, starting by trying to get automakers to im- prove the gasoline mileage of their products. He met Thursday with Ed- ward Cole, president of General Motors, in the first of a series of planned meetings with auto ex- ecutives. Buzhardf Sidelined for At Least Two Months WASHINGTON (UPI) The White House confirmed Friday that Counsel J. Fred Buzhardt had suffered a heart attack and said he would not be able to participate in President Nixon's Watergate defense for at least two months. His condition is reported as "serious but stable with no par- ticular complications time." at this Rodino: Tax Harassment Is Key Issue WASHINGTON (AP) The h o u s e judiciary committee chairman considers charges of administration tax harassment of its political enemies a "very significant" part of the commit-j lee's impeachment inquiry. Rep. Rodino (D-N.J.) said ev- idence dealing the IRS "raises a question of whether there has been a serious abuse of power by the office of the presidency." The charges, involving audits of selected tax returns and leaks of tax information, were originally aired in the senate Watergate hearings last year when existence of the White House enemies list became known. They also include charges of favorable tax treatment for friends of the administration. Mezvinsky Comment Rodino spoke at a news brief- ing Thursday after conclusion of the IRS presentation to the com- mittee. He declined to say if any of the evidence linked Pres- ident Nixon to the IRS actions. However, another member. Rep. Mezvinsky said "we wouldn't be looking at it" if there was no indication of presi- dential involvement. Mezvinsky said he considered the IRS portion of the impeach- ment inquiry "as significant, if not more so, than the Watergate matter." Another member, Rep. Mc- Clory said he did not detect any serious problem for the President in the IRS presen- tation. Key Lack The committee lacks a key bit of evidence that could bear on Nixon's knowledge of IRS use for political purposes. It is a 17- minute segment of a White House tape that was deleted from a longer conversation by U. S. District Judge John J. Sirica. The Sept. 15, 1972, tape was one of the original nine tapes (Continued: Page 2, Col. 4.) Brezhnev Eyes Curb of Tests MOSCOW (UPI) Leonid Brezhnev, Communist party general secretary, said Friday that the Soviet Union is ready to agree with the U. S. to restrict underground nuclear tests and in time to ban them. In a Kremlin speech, he said the improvement of U. S.-Soviet relations was "one of the most important foreign policy events in recent years." Brezhnev called for "max- imum restraint" by both coun- tries in development of new strategic weapons. On President Nixon's forth- coming visit, he said, "One can read in the foreign press p simistic appraisals of the possi- ble outcome of the meeting in Moscow. We are of a different opinion. "The improvement of Soviet- U.S. relations can and must continue. Nobody of course is going to solve hastily the ques- tions that have not matured. But time must not be marked either.'1 Nixon and Sadat Seal Agreement Teleptioto HOLDS COURT OUTSIDE PLANT A deputy sheriff at his side, Judge Hunter Stair orders ar- rest of pickets at a struck Dodge plant at Warren, Mich. Radical Group Links Self to Blast Shattering Gulf Oil Corp. Offices Find No Incriminating Data About Kissinger PITTSBURGH (AP) The radical Weather Underground has claimed responsibility for an explosion wbich shattered of- fices on the 29th floor of the Gulf Oil Corp. skyscraper head- quarters. No injuries were reported but police said damage from the Thursday night blast was exten- sive. Assistant Police Supt. Rob- ert Coll said the cause was ap- parently dynamite. The Wast tore a hole two feet in diameter in the floor, shat- tered windows and left a jumble of furniture and lamps in the of- fices of Gulf Asian Corp., a Gulf subsidiary. There was no fire. A switchboard operator at the building received a telephone warning from someone claiming to represent the Weather Un- derground about 20 minutes be- fore the explosion. Police and firemen were beginning to search the 44-story building when the bomb went off. Seven of them were trapped in an ele- vator for about 40 minutes. Blew Off Doors One of the trapped men, Fire Capt. James Flavin, later said the explosion "blew off every el- evator door" on the 29th floor. The bomb apparently was plant- ed across the hall from the ele- vator bank, authorities said. Minutes before the explosion at p.m., the Associated Press received a telephone call from a woman who claimed to be a member of the Weather Underground. She said the group had planted a bomb in the building in retaliation for Gulf's racial policies in Por- tugal's African colony of Ango- la. The city's two daily newspa- pers received calls of a similar nature, as did WCBS-TV in New York, although that call came well after the explosion. There was no immediate dam- age estimate. "Senseless Act" "This is a senseless and vi- Paul Sheldon, Gulf vice-president for public -rela- tions, said. "Foreign political issues are not settled toy vio- lence against innocent people." Gulf's presence in Angola con- sists of oil exploration and pro- d u c t i o n operations, Sheldon said. It was the second time in two weeks that the Weather Un- derground claimed responsi- bility for a bombing. On May 31, a bomb the group claimed to have planted damaged the Cali- fornia attorney general's office in Los Angeles. That bombing was described as an expression of sympathy for the Symbionese Liberation Army. Arrow Sign In both bombings, news media members were directed to tele- phone booths where they found letters signed "Weather Un- derground" and bearing the sign of the radical group an arrow piercing a rainbow. The Gulf letter was an eight- page pamphlet addressed main- ly to Gulf "crimes" against peo- ples around the world. WASHINGTON (UPI) majority of the U.S. senate has expressed confidence in Secre- tary of Stale Kissinger in the wiretap controversy, and prose- cutors told congress they found nothing to indicate criminal con- duct on his part. Senator James Allen said senators have signed a resolution calling Kissinger's in- tegrity :nul veracity "above re- proiii-li." The office of the special Waterfall' prosecutor, I .con .la- worski, informed the somite foreign relations commillc it had found no incriminating in- formation concerning Kissinger in the course of its Watergate investigation. It gave the assur- ance in response to an inquiry] from the commillce, a source told UPI. Kissinger has threatened to resign unless cleared of any wrongdoing in the wiretapping of III former aides and four newsmen during 1959-71. The foreign relations commillce has agreed at his request to reopen hearings on thp subject. The Washington I'osf reported in Friday editions that Kis- singer also has asked the slate department legal adviser, Car- lylc Maw, to conduct Ills own in- veslignlion of the allegations. Today's Index Comics Crossword Daily Record Dcnihs Editorial Features Farm Klnnnelal Marlon Movies Society Sports State Television Want Ads ....22 ....22 .....I! .....It 12 ....23 ...II H-15 10 17-20 ...21 25-29 The group, which splintered from the Students for a Demo- cratic Society in the late 1960s and was originally'known sim- ply as the Weatherman, took its name from the Bob Dylan song "Subterranean Homesick Blues" "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." After the Los Angeles bomb- ing, FBI agents said the group was' "relatively small, 20 to 30 persons." Their leader is be- lieved to be Bernardine Dohrn, an FBI fugitive since 1970. New Threat The Gulf headquarters was evacuated at noon Friday fol- lowing a reported new bomb threat. Police bomb and arson squads went to the scene. A search turned up nothing. A Gulf spokesman confirmed that a telephone call was placed to a Gulf operator. The spokes- man said a male caller said, "Listen carefully, you have 17 minutes. I mean business." Exit Rejected, Italian Premier Tries Again ROME (AP) Premier Mariano Rumor Friday began trying to talk the Socialists into rejoining his Chrstian Demo- crats in the government and tackling Italy's fast-paced spiral of violence and inflation. The Socialist party announced it was ready to go along with Rumor's proposed austerity package of higher taxes and a selective credit squeeze but only if it was accompanied by mea- sures to prevent large-scale un- employment. Rumor's previous center-left coalition of Christian Demo- crats, Socialists and two smaller parties collapsed Mon- day after the Socialists and labor unions rejected his auster- ity program. Bui. after three clays of talks with political leaders of all fac- tions. President Giovanni Leone rejected the resignation and told Rumor it was the cabinet's duty to stay on, smooth over its dif- ferences and act quickly to cope with the grave economic situa- tion. "High Time" was high time for someone to stand up and tell the politi- cians we elect them to run the nation rnllicr than wasting time and money said a Roman barman, Gioffredo Gian- quinli, as half a dozen custom ITS nodded agrermenl. CAIRO (AP) President N'ixon wound up his triumphal to Egypt Friday with an announcement that the U.S. would provide large-scale aid to Egypt for agricultural and in- dustrial development, including luclcar power. It was stressed that the pro- gram of nuclear aid was for peaceful purposes. He then flew off to Jidda, Saudi Arabia, the second stop on his Middle East tour. Display of Royalty In Jidda, there were none of the cheering throngs that greet- ed him in Egypt, only a dazzling display of Saudi royalty and a few white robed spectators who braved the searing desert sun. King Faisal does not encour- age what he considers vulgar crowd scenes, and Nixon proba- bly will see little of the city's inhabitants and will have to content himself with some car window views. After an overnight stay in Alexandria, a visit to the Pyr- amids and a final conference, Nixon and President Sadat of Egypt appeared together at a ceremony in Cairo to an- nounce a joint statement of principles. It included agree- ments worked out earlier by Secretary of State Kissinger and Sadat. No figures were given on th cost of the aid program. The joint statement said th American and Egyptian govern ments will negotiate an agree Judge Appears Atop Truck To Order Arrests WARREN, Mich. (AP) Judge Hunter Stair made gooc a threat to reconvene a mobile court Friday and personally or- dered the arrest of 10 demon stratora outside a Dodge truck men t io enable Egypt to gener- Italy has had 36 governments since, the fall of Benito Musso- lini in 1943, an average of one each 10 months. The Rumor cabinet resigned after less than three months in office. The four parties planned to hold separate parleys to discuss the president's demand. Never before had a president asked a premier to withdraw his resignation and stay on at thej head of the same cabinet. The unprecedented action under- scored the political and econom- ic impasse which many fear will escalate until botli industry and Italian democracy collapse. Out of Control With no party holding a ma- jority in parliament and a ma- jority unable to agree on what must he done, inflation and labor unrest have got out of con- trol, the foreign trade deficit is running to a billion dollars a month and the government's credit is exhausted. Trices have been rising at an annual rate of 20 percent. There is an unending series of strikes, and increasing violence by ul- tra-rightists has raised the specter of resurgent fascism. Rome newspapers reported Friday that investigating magis- trates say they have found in- dications the Mafia is joining the nco-Fascists in a plot to throw the nation into chaos. plant, which had virtually closed by a wild cat strike since Mon- day. In a repeat of Thursday after- noon's performance in which 20 demonstrators were arrested, he county circuit court judge appeared atop a Dodge flatbed truck in his judicial robes Fri- day and warned about two dozen sign-carrying pickets they would be arrested if they did not disperse immediately. He had issued an anti-pickel- ng order Tuesday. Uses Bullhorn "If you do not leave immedi- ately, you will be arrested for contempt of the judge said over a bullhorn as the :ruck carried him along the plant gates. Several protesters refused to nove and Stair ordered dozens of police to arrest them one by one. The protesters had vowed Thursday to return despite Stair's promise to impose auto- matic sentences should they show up again. Another 15 demonstrators vol- untarily crossed the street and were not arrested Friday. The rickets were protesting what :hey claimed were health and safety hazards, work speedups, larassment and discrimination at the plant, which employs about men. The protesters are members of United Auto Workers Local 140. whose officials oppose the strike. servers in Europe and the U.S. are convinced that Israel is able to turn out such arms. When asked if the While House expected any protests when N'ixon visits Israel Sunday, White House spokesman Ron Ziegler said, "None whatever." Dayan Hope But former Israeli Defense instcr Moshe Dayan, intcr- iewed on NBC-TV's Today show the U.S., was asked if he rusted Egypt not to develop uclear weapons and replied: We hope we can (rust the mericans." In Tel Aviv, Information Min- iler Aharon Yariv said the sraeli government must closely xamine the issue of U.S. nu- lear aid to Egypt before issuing ny official reaction. But the Israeli state radio gave the nuclear news as the First item in its bulletins, and indicated Israeli concern over the possibility of Egypt devel- oping nuclear weapons. Nixon pledged American money, capital investment and echnological aid to help with Egypt's reconstruction, industri- alization, agricultural improve- ment and scientific and educa- lonal advancement. The joint statement said the U.S. also "agreed to help strengthen the financial struc- ture of Egypt" and Treasury Secretary Simon would visit Cairo in the near future to get this started. ate nuclear power by the early 1980s. "Upon conclusion of such an agreement, the United States s prepared to sell nuclear reac- tors and fuel to the statement said. Provisional Agreement While these negotiations are under way, the U.S. and Egypt conclude "a provisional agreement for the sale of nu- clear fuel to it added. The joint agreement did not specifically prohibit Egypt from using American nuclear aid for .veapons. But the U.S. is bound iy the Nuclear Non-Prolifera- tion Treaty to insure that any nuclear assistance it provides does not end up in weapons, and he announcement Friday said :he sale of nuclear material to Sgypt would be "under agreed safeguards." This American aid would enable Egypt to close some of the nuclear gap between it and Israel, which has two nu- clear reactors and numerous first-rate scientists. Israel's leaders have repeat- edly said they have no inten- :ion of producing nuclear arms, out political and military ob- Nixon f 250 Million has already asked congress for million in eco- nomic aid for Egypt 5n the 1975 fiscal year. The statement said joint committees will be set up to work out projects and propos- als, and these plans will be reviewed by a joint commission ater this year in Washington. The committee will deal spe- cifically with reconstruction of 'he Suez canal, increased trade and investment, agriculture, scientific and research develop- ment with "special emphasis on the exhange of med- ical cooperation and cultural ex- changes. As a token of the new spirit of cooperation between the two governments, the U.S. govern- ment said it would assist in the reconstruction of the Cairo opera house, and the Egyptian government will send the collec- tion of treasures from the tomb of King Tutankhamen to the U.S. for exhibition. Advance copies of the joint statement furnished to newsmen made no mention of the Pales- tinian question which Sadat told Nixon publicly on Wednesday must be resolved before there (Continued: Page 2, Col. 2.) Ford: People of Faith Can Avert Breakdown New Issue Local President Arthur Har- vey said a new issue added to the list of grievances was the reported discharge of 50 pro- testers by the company Thurs- day. He said a strike authorization vote would be taken next Thurs- day, and he predicted over- whelming support. Those arrested Friday were placed in a police van and the judge held court in the van lo hear the contempt He said he would dismiss the charges as he did against the 20 Thursday. Officials said nearly all the day shift workers showed up for work Friday and produc- tion was near normal. Tortnij's Chuckle Men aren't perfect, but they arc the only opposite sex we've gOt. Coovr DALLAS (AP) Vice- president Ford said Friday that the faint of heart may fear "a national nervous breakdown" of this country but enough people of faith exist to prevent it. He told nearly dele- gates lo the Southern Baptist Convention that this nation stinds at a crucial moment of decision. "We can surrender to anarchy and agony. Or we can reject negative thinking and gel our selves together to move forward to a higher stale of moral re and sponsibility Ford said. "Healing Spirit" "The prophets of doom and gloom have written a self-ful- filling scenario nf the due-line and fall of the American repub- lic." Ford called on churchmen ol all religions to generate ;i healing spirit of love, coopera- tion and understanding that can sweep this nation out of the depressive condition that af- flicts too many of our people." "I envisage a sort of divine consciousness in which the power of God is personally ex- perienced by the individual who chooses to involve himself posi- tively with his community and he said. "There are enough men and women of faith in the U. S. to think spiritually and lo think af- firmatively to prevent us from having a national nervous breakdown as the faint of heart fear." Mid-East Efforts Ford then returned lo a theme he has pressed for the past few days praise for President Nixon and Secretary of State Kissinger for their efforts in ar- ranging a Middle East truce. Ford called Nixon's and Kis- singer's prccnt trip "a sacred mission lo that region where the Son of God offered the Sermon on the Mount." lie described Kissinger as "a man of the faith of the Old Tes- tament who lias brought forth modern miracles." ;