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Waterloo Courier (Newspaper) - April 13, 1979, Waterloo, Iowa 42 pages 4 sections April 13 1979 Waterloo Friday 25 cents U.S ousts two South Africans WASHINGTON AP The United States on Friday ordered the expulsion of two South African military attaches in retaliation for that country's decision Thursday to expel three U.S defense attaches in connection with an alleged spying plot Undersecretary of State David Newsom informed South African charge d'affaires William Relief of the expulsion order Friday morning department spokesman Hodding Carter announced Carter declined all comment on the substance of South African charges that the the United States had violated South African sovereignty by engaging in aerial photography of very sensitive areas of the country But Carter said 1 can assure you there won't be an apology to South Africa for the alleged spying operation WE DO NOT fee we have any reason to offer he said Carter said the South Africans ordered to leave the country were Cmdr Willem N du Plessis the defense and naval attache and Col Gert J Coetzee the air attache They were given a week to leave the United States Carter said The only other official U.S comment on the incident was an expression of regret Thursday a few hours after Prime Minister Botha announced on tional television from Cape Town that a spying operation involving U.S embassy officials had been uncovered The Stale Department statement said the timing of Botha's announcement was particularly in light of the final stages of negotiations involving the United States South Africa and other countries on ending South African rule over Namibia or Southwest Africa Carter said the administration hoped that strains in U.S relations with South Africa will have no effect on the tions South Africa has impounded the plane it claims the U.S Embassy used for aerial espionage and has ordered the United States to remove the craft once it is stripped of photographic gear A spokesman for the embassy in Pre- toria admitted the plane a C- was equipped with a camera and took aerial photographs but said he would not call the photography espionage Botha leveled the surprise spy charges on the 8 p.m TV news Thursday He charged that the plane was Ambassador William P Edmondson's private aircraft and that it was converted for use as a spy plane by the installation of an aerial survey camera under the seat of the pilot IN FLIGHT the device enabled the camera to take pictures of the ground below Botha continued Photographs in our possession reveal that the embassy aircraft was engaged in a systematic program of photography of vast areas of South Africa including some of our most sensitive installations He gave no details Community burying tornado dead WICHITA FALLS Texas AP This North Texas community's two funeral homes were booked with hourly services relatives buried 17 of 44 persons killed by the tornado that wiped out a area Disaster relief teams continued to pour into the disaster area while a net of security was pulled tighter Officials entry into the area without special passes issued to several hundred dents But despite patrols and doubled checkpoints more than 20 persons were arrested for looting and curfew violations overnight The hourly funeral services began at 0 One funeral home was so packed it could offer only graveside memorials An estimated of this city's residents were left homeless by the tornado that raked the border Tuesday leaving 15 other persons dead in Lawton Okla and Vernon and Harrold Texas President Carter declared Wichita Falls a disaster area Thursday Federal and state officials planned to open dis- aster assistance centers in the city day American Insurance Association ad- justers estimated insured damage at million in Wichita Falls while losses in Lawton were put at million Video trouble AP An assailant leaps into the air before knocking San Diego television camera crew member Kent Staab to the ground Thursday in a residential area of San Diego The assailant who police identified as Ken Robison was booked for assault Staab was not seriously injured in the assault Police said Staab was attacked while on a filming ment outside a home in which a woman was threatening to kill herself Robison was identified by police as a relative of the woman IPS is latest to get order Refunds mean extra summer cash This could be the summer of rebates for many lowans Iowa Public Service Co was ordered Thursday afternoon to refund some million to its customers for overcharges made since May 1977 The order follows a similar order re- quiring refunds by Northwestern Bell Also likely this summer are Iowa income tax rebates proposed by Gov Robert Ray The Iowa Commerce Commission which issued the IPS refund order said the about for each residential from an tric rate increase put into effect in 1977 subject to later ICC approval In announcing the refund order day the ICC said Both parties agreed that electric rates put effect in 1977 were excessive IPS however had asked that it be Phone rates Refunds on these items should mean extra money in the pockets of many lowans this summer allowed to keep part of certain tax benefits associated with construction costs by use of the accounting method THE ICC denied that request and said all tax benefits should go to the utility's customers In a statement issued late Thursday IPS President Frank Griffith criticized the portion of the ICC ruling dealing with refund of tax benefits When a power plant is built Griffith explained several expenses are incurred in addition to the actual construction cost Most of those expenses end when the project is finished As most other business IPS is legally allowed to take tax deductions those he said Our annual taxes are partly reduced by the amount of these would like to spread those deductions over the life of the plant and give those tax benefits to future customers who will be paying for the plant BY BEING forced to pass on all the tax benefits to customers immediately fith said Our children will be paying higher rates in the future IPS officials say they can't evaluate the effect of the order on operations until they receive and study the ICC documents relating to the order Until then they said it is impossible to accurately state the amount of refunds Waterloo IPS spokesman Jim Coyle said the refund order would not affect a rate increase scheduled to go into effect Sunday That increase the first to go into effect since May 1977 will raise the average electric by 9.5 percent Coyle said This increase too is subject to later ICC approval and could result in a refund sometime in the future The refund order is the second in four months for IPS In December 1978 the ICC ordered the utility to return million to customers the result of a rate overcharge between December 1975 and May 1977 That refund amounted to about for the average residential customer Bremer board approves Hormel rezoning By LINDA KETTNER tr By LINDA KETTNER Courier Staff Writer action that came as no surprise here Friday the Bremer Board of Supervisors unanimously proved a rezoning request that gives the Geo A Hormel Co of Austin Minn the go-ahead to build a new ing plant north of Waverly The supervisors action rezoned 112 acres of land owned by Eldon and Mabel Diercks about five miles north of Waverly from agriculture to industrial Following the action opponents of the plant wasted no time in renewing their vows to take further legal action to prevent the plant from being built THE OPPONENTS have 30 days in which to appeal the zoning ruling Legal counsel for the Hormel nents Hellman of Waterloo said You can reasonably anticipate we'll sub- mit this matter to the court on all grounds that we have previously David Dutton chief counsel of the opponents was not at the Friday meeting The opponents about 50 landowners and farmers who live near the proposed plant have fought the plant for alleged environmental and esthetic reasons They also questioned the impartiality of the supervisors handling of the Hormel ing matter Although opponents were unhappy with the action spokesmen for Hormel and proponents of the plan obviously were pleased WE'RE GREATLY relieved by the supervisors decision We feel they did an excellent job and came to a well-reasoned decision said McCormack of Austin who is corporate attorney for the com- pany He said at this time Hormel has no idea when construction of the plant will begin The Diercks also voiced their pleasure with the decision The decision came on the heels of a stormy meeting Monday al which both opponents and proponents of News briefs CEDAR FALLS residents who are customers of Cedar Falls Utilities will not be affected by the order according to Dean Crowe general manager Municipal utilities such as Cedar Falls are excluded from regulation by the ICC and rate increases are subject to approval by city authorities All electric rate increases must first be approved before being added to customers bills Crowe said so no re- funds have been necessary Occasional refunds on gas bills are necessary he added because the utility passes on supplier rate increases im- mediately Later if the rate boost is rejected by federal officials the local utility passes on the subsequent savings to customers in the form of refunds The IPS refunds will begin in August and the refund amount will include 9 interest plus sales taxes the rezoning proposal stated their cases supervisors Though there was little discussion among the supervisors Friday they con- curred their decision reflected what they believed was best for all parties involved in the matter THE PROPOSED Hormel plant would eventually employ about 400 persons and would be designed to handle between 1000 and 5.000 hogs per day Commandos hunt Amin KAMPALA Uganda AP While Tanzanian commandos hunted for de- posed President Idi Amin Uganda's new provisional president Lule and his Cabinet were sworn into office Friday in Parliament Square Security was tight and the crowd was searched There was a drum roll then the relumed exile leader I swear I will be faithful and swear true allegiance to the sovereign state of Uganda and to preserve protect and defend the constitution of Each minister took the same oath preceded and followed by beats from African drums We now have a legal government in Lule said bringing cheers And now Amin is a rebel So come over surrender hand over your weapons and you will be protected Iran executes 10 more TEHRAN Iran AP Firing squads executed 10 more of the shah's men Friday including the general in charge of political prisoners at Qasr Prison and the chiet of air force In a renewal of tension meanwhile hundreds of de- assembled in a park and an estimated Khomeini supporters marched through the capital The Islamic Revolutionary courts also sent five policemen to jail and freed one The latest deaths announced by the state radio raised to 119 the number of confirmed executions since the forces of Shiite Moslem leader Ayatollah Khomeini ousted the last royal ment of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi two months ago Rebel offices attacked LUSAKA Zambia AP Rhodesian commandos in a ing two-hour raid in- side Zambia's capital destroyed the guerrilla leader Joshua Nkomo and two other guerrilla headquarters before dawn Friday They also attacked and sank a ferry in Botswana A spokesman for the British ment in London said the raid would peace even more elusive Hospital sources said at least 10 persons were killed and dozens wounded They said most of the casualties were guerrilla guards The Zambian ment confirmed there were casualties but did not say how many Botswana said at least three persons died in the ferry attack on the Zambesi River Nkomo of the Patriotic Front guerrilla alliance fighting the dominated Rhodesian government was not in the building at the time Western diplomatic sources said Planes seek schooner BALTIMORE APi The U.S Coast Guard sent seven long-range aircraft into an area of the Atlantic Friday 240 miles east of the Virginia coast in search of the schooner Pride of Baltimore and its crew of 11 The sailing vessel is four days overdue in Norfolk Va Baltimore City officials said the crew which includes a seasoned captain Charles Whitcomb 52 eight men and wo women most of them in their 20s with some sailing experience may have tried to avoid a weekend storm off the Carolinas and headed out to sea The search area was selected with the aid of a computer used hy the Coast Guard to analyze information known about the ship and weather conditions Nkomo The Iron Duke Security problem A lot of people in and out of government are becoming seriously concerned about the erosion of law enforcement intelligence brought about by the general hysteria that followed Watergate Sen Orrin G Hatch Utah Republican and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who participated in some of the Internal Security Unit's hearings is one of those who believe we have gone too far in the rash of recent privacy legislation in particular the Freedom of Information Act A former agent for the Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigation told me the other day that this act has shut off a good deal of information that the FBI and the Secret Service formerly obtained from informers This individual who has worked in the Freedom of Information section in the Washington headquarters of the Severin FBI says the kind of information convicted felons are obtaining upon demand under the Freedom of Information Act is almost unbelievable ONE WROTE from his prison cell demanding an FBI manual which the agency was forced to mail to him The prison warden held the manual up for a while because it contained information on how to combat gases such as tear gas or mace that are sometimes used to quell prison disorders Other information obtained by convicted felons is ob- desired by them for use in furthering their criminal careers One even obtained a schematic drawing of a bank which he had previously robbed Sen Hatch has concluded that our law enforcement agencies have been stripped of much of their ability to deal with domestic subversion espionage and terrorism and with the depredations of organized crime He asserts that the Secret Service is receiving only one quarter the amount of intelligence it used to receive and has had to recommend that the president not visit certain cities Are you concerned about security in our nuclear power Sen Hatch says that security programs in both the federal and private sectors have been for all practical purposes nullified and that effective background checks have become impossible in every sphere from hospitals to nuclear power plants IN VIEW OF the rising crime rate and the fact that terrorist groups are becoming more active throughout the world maybe we should take a second look at some of this legislation that has hamstrung the agencies we rely on to protect the security of this nation and its people inside Your questions are answered in Call the Courier Turn to page 6 Weather Mostly cloudy and warmer Saturday with high in upper Com- plete weather page 2 Capitol quips One rule for dieting is to confine your eating to one room in the don't eat everything in the kitchen
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