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Kennebec Journal (Newspaper) - September 25, 1975, Augusta, Maine 7 KENNEBEC JOURNAL VOL. CL. AUGUSTA, Thursday, September No. 230. CIA opened Nixon s mail I r -WASHINGTON (AP) The secretly an.d illegally read the mail of many prominent Americans and opened at least one letter addressed to Richard M. Nixon before he became president, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Wednesday. Later in the-day, the panel agreed un- animously to ask Nixon to testify in its wide-ranging probe of improper" ac- tivites by U.S. agencies. Chairman Frank Church, DIdaho, said members" felt Nixon was the "best witness" in a numbe.r including questions surrounding the short-lived Huston plan to give intelligence agencies sanction to break the law at times Nixon is not being called under sub- poena, and Church-would not-say when or in what manner Nixon might appear Earlier, disclosed that in June 1968 the agency opened and rend a letter-, which commented-on Nixon's prospects in that year's presidential election, writ- ten by speechwriter Raymond Price while traveling in the Soviet Union. i And Church said that one of his own letters, written to his mother-in-law from the Soviet Union, was included in correspondence found his cornmit- tee's staff while probing the CIA mail-- opening operation a project which was begun in 1952 and not closed down until Feb. Church's first" statement op the matter Wednesday morning, offered no detail but implied a wider scope to the mail surveillance than he later outlined- In part he said. "We want to know why the CIA opened the mail of organizations such as the Ford Foundation, Harvard University, and the Rockefeller founda- tion or why mail to and "from persons such as' (Federal Reserve Chairman) Arthur Burns, Rep. Bella Abzug, Jay Rockefeller. Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon himself, Hubert Hum- phrey and Edward Kennedy should have" been regularly opened and scrutinizethby theCIA." An aide subsequently questioned by reporters said at first that Nixon mail had been opened both before and during his'tenure as president and that mail of other presidents had been scrutinized as weH. The aide later withdrew that statement, sayiffg he had misunderstood committee investigators, and Church himself confirmed the narrower, version. Church said that all the letters in- tercepted by the CIA were either sent from Communist Bloc countries or Ford vows caution WASHINGTON (AP) As Presi- dent Ford vowed to be cautious in future campaign-style travels, an aide revealed Wednesday that Ford had heeded Secret Service advice to stay away from "the crowd where a would-be assassin lurked on Mon- Ron Ford's press secretary, said the President followed a Secret Service rec- ommendation that he not plunge in- to a crowd of San Francisco well- wishers for his customary round-of handshaking. Ford was aboutTfJ ieet away when a shot rang out. Nessen said Ford would not relax his travel plans, despite the Presi- dent's statement that, "I'm anxious to be as careful as I can." Mrs. Ford said she has advised her husband to continue his travels, but to be more cautious and to cut down on forays which bring him into such close contact with strangers. "I think he can be more cautious perhaps not do so much Roundup It wasn't just one of your run-of-the-mill roundups. Dallas police put away their guns and got out their lassos early Wednesday when a cattle truck flipped over near downtown Dallas and more than 100 head of cattle spilled out. The animals roamed the not so- wide-open streets until police completed (he cattle drive. Rush-hour traffic was diverted. (I PI) Tim Wilson to develop stato ombuJsn ion program mailed from the United States to persons-..... in-those nations. He said the mail files oty prominent -persons included single letters in some- cases and a series of letters in others. "These names were never on the (CIA) Vvcftthtot, ao it io obvious that "in the opening of mail- they have gone very far afield indeed." Church turned to-James Angleton, the CIA's former counterintelligence chief, to ask why the.agency found it necessary to open the letter to Nixon. "I would say it was very much in er- Angleton replied. But Angleton insisted the overall operation had been valuable. He cited leads it provided in the still unsuccessful pursuit of Kathy Boudin. a woman al- legedly seen running fronran "explosion which destroyed the Greenwich Village bomb factory of the a radical leftist group, on March "When we went back through the mail program letters we found she had writ- ten from Moscow to 40 letters to people in the United Angleton said. "These were the only leads the FBI had. She's still a fugitive. It raises in anyone's mind the question of whether she's in .Moscow." (See: CIA letters, P. 2) handshaking but still he can get out and meet the Betty Ford told reporters Wednesday. Nessen's remarks followed Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott's prediction after a meeting with Ford. would indeed be trimming his travel. Scott, of Pennsylvania, and other GOP congressional leaders visited Ford at the White House to discuss his safety in the wake of the two re- cent attempts on the President's life by women with guns. The senator said that Ford told him: "I know what people are ing and I'm anxious to be as careful asTcan." Scott said he thought there would be "some hiatus" in Ford's travels "before too long." When pressed for the source of that belief, Scott re- ferred vaguely to items he had read in newspapers. Questioned about Scott's re- marks, Nessen said "truly there's been no change in the President's travel plans as the result of the two incidents" in California. Ford now is scheduled to go to Chicago Sept. 30 and to Detroit Oct. 10, and several side trips associated with those two journeys are under consideration. Nessen noted, however, that there wilLbe" a .letup Jn ember and December when the (President will be concentrating on the -budget-and-other-reports- to be submitted to Congress in January. Nessen hinted that Ford has begun to bow more to the Secret Service's advice in traveling situa- tions. As an example, he said, the President followed the recommen- dation of his bodyguards that he avoid handshaking in the crowd from which a shot was fired at him in San Francisco Monday. The press secretary said the President "is more than satisfied with the security he receives from the Secret Service." Even so, he "certainly is not going to try and block" a planned Senate investiga- tion of the agency. Nessen said. Both Scott and House Minority Leader John Rhodes. RAriz.. said after their meeting with. Ford that the Secret Service should expand its efforts to locate potential assassins before they can get within range of the President. But Rhodes, asked if he approves of the congressional probe, replied "I certainly do not" on ground that Congress may already have gone too far in delving into the activities of intelligence and law enforcement activities. Betty-Ford talks topless Wednesday ?cffy advise J. WASHINGTON (AP) Betty Ford the First Lady, but also a worried wife said Wednesday she has advised 'the President to con- tinue meeting the people but to be more cautious after two assassina- tion attempts. She said she doesn't fear for the President's life. "I don't think he's in danger." Mrs. Ford said. Mrs. Ford seemed to be of two minds one personal, one political as she discussed the President's future travels. She said it is important for her husband to get out and meet the people, but she- also said he should try to keep his .distance from the crowds. "Or course I've talked to him I'm a wife." she said. The First La'dy said she had ad- vised the President "just to stay away from the people, keep going, but stay away from the people." "I think he can be more cautious perhaps not. do so much handshaking but still he can get out and meet the she said, talking to reporters -at a White House picture-taking session. Mrs. Ford said sire believe" that gun control would help any because there would be "bootleg- ging" and people still would be able to obtain guns. When asked if she thought there had been too much publicity about the two assassination attempts and the threats against the President, she said, "The less publicity the less would be happening." Arnold marcher; By DAN SIMPSON State House Bureau An ideii that has been kicked around the State House for years but never .got anywhere hasJmulU put to work by Gov. James B. Longley. Lowe said Wilson is ideal for'the job. "I would characterize Wilson as a man who was impatient to get things done." he said. "He was chosen becyuse of his empathy towards this type of cnncepf He concern for people Longley's office announced Wednes __ 'tfodnerry H 1 won't be'r'etuo- tanl to press his own branch" t frank. and, -implement whpleUs the. chips fall where they- an oinciaTlvTio ifF" work Ls already lining canFeti OUT in government" One, although it has not been publicised rri II iMU MJWy ?V se to citizens, oe tne citizens Assistance Line _'JI'.J. i, -fnr iri FTate, nffi l.'lSshfl get treated p r opeTly. jf lie is not
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