Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 4, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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89TH YEAR, NO. 200 PHONE 6734271ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 4, 1970 -SIXTY-SIX PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS
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Army Newscaster Says He Can't Tell Truth
SAIGON (AP) -- a military broadcaster on the American Forces Vietnam Network— AFVN - told his television audience Saturday night he and other network newscasters are “not free to tell the truth and, in essence, to tell it like it is.”
Spec. 5 Robert Lawrence, 27, of Atlanta, Ga., charged the Military Assistance Command in Vietnam—MACV-“has seen to it that all those newscasters who are dedicated to their work are sent away to other areas, in
some cases off the air completely. Mike Maxwell charged that there was censorship at AFVN,” Lawrence said, “and now he’s doing menial tasks in the record library on FM radio. Hugh Morgan’s gone, too, sent up-country and is off the air. That was another MACV request.
“Rick Frederickson leaves Tuesday. Rick tried to tell it like it is ... We have been supressed and I’m probably in trouble for telling you tonight
the truth. I hope you’ll help stop censorship at AFVN and any American situation under military rule.”
Lawrence said that as a newsman “I am dedicated to giving the public the news and events worldwide and on the local level. I am pledged to tell the truth at all times and I will always tell the truth either in the military or as a civilian.”
The military command said I Sunday that an inspector general will investigate Lawrence’s
charges, but that “until such time as this investigation is completed, there will be no comment concerning his action or the allegations he made.”
An inspector general is an officer who operates outside the regular chain of command and investigates complaints or grievances of individuals or groups.
An inspector general’s inquiry was ordered last year following censorship complaints from Spec. 5 Michael Maxwell, 21, of
Columbus, Ohio, another mili-itary newscaster. It reportedly concluded that most of the difficulty lay with “young and inexperienced’’ newscasters.
There was no immediate indication of what would happen to Lawrence.
“It was hard for me to do that,” Lawrence said later, “because I’m still in the military. I don’t know what the consequences will be. This is a pretty serious incident.
i “The thing is, I was convinced
about what MACV was doing here, how much control they had over us.”
Lawrence, who said he had been due to go from the ll p.m.
| show to a daytime schedule and had been told to report back to the station Sunday, added: “I’m willing to go to jail for what I believe in—freedom of speech.” Lawrence said, for example, he was told he could not select film for the war segment of his newscasts because his choices were slanted against the South
Vietnamese government of; President Nguyen Van Thieu and were too controversial. Most of the film was provided by the Columbia Broadcasting System.
“For two weeks, I was running film just about every night about the Saigon black market activities and repelling the closing down of newspapers by the Thieu government.
“They called me up one day and I was told the MACV Office of Information was upset and
had sent around a directive that I wouldn’t use any more silent films on the air. We voice some of them. They said it looked like we were editorializing even though we mentioned that CBS compiled the report. It’s all these things continually, the latest Hugh Morgan.”
A week ago, Sgt. Morgan, 25, a University of Arizona journalism graduate, was transferred to Ila Nang to join a production crew. Morgan said he was transferred because his superior believed he had been criticial of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and “I was aghast.”
The officer in charge of AFVN, Lt. Col. James E. Adams, said Morgan admitted he had made some editorialization but that he was sent to Da Nang to fill a vacancy.
American Forces Vietnam Is pail of the worldwide Armed Forces Radio and Television Service with headquarters in Washington.
The Saigon station carries a variety of programs, including news, comedy, variety, drama and sports, similar to most commercial stations. The U.S. Command has denied any censorship I exists at the station.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Is-lcount of the radar station hi-! lebanese Foreign Minister The station has carried on its
rael acknowledged in a radio jacking. Nassim Majdalani said the a1- newscasts such controversial
broadcast Saturday that Israeli! The israeli raid into lebanon l^ged abduction of an Israeli stories as the alleged My Lai
commandos captiuod a com ■, g^rly Saturday produced claims ‘Watchman by Palestinian gucr* I massacre, the Green Beret case
Commandos Hijack Egypt
armored car carry a
Smiling Israeli troops in an portrait of Lebanese President
Charles Helon as a souvenir of their raid into Leban
on Saturday where they blew up a guard post and returned with 21 prisoners. (AP Wirephoto)
craft installation from Egypt” a week ago.
“It was a feat probably unequalled in modem warfare,” said the state radio station’s military commentator, Haim Herzog, a reserve army general and for mer head of army intelligence. “It is the only operable radar of its type in the free world.” Herzog said the station was
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP)—ed States will stand by its treaty “I think that was simply a that might make it necessary designed for use wi,h Soviet*
Vice President Spiro T. Agnew obligations. He then struck the resolution to indicate that‘the for him to seek re-evaluation bv bui,t SA'2 surface-to-air missiles
said Saturday President Nixon theme of Asian self-help on ar- President wouldn’t move unilat- the Congress. and had an orating range of
won t send U.S. combat troops riving for a two-day visit in erally to engage us in any con- Agnew said he doubted he!18® J11*!®8,_Other ^knowledgeable
plete P*12 type Soviet antiair-1jn a news dispatch in Beirut rillas two days ago did not jUBti and attacks by U S. senators on
. .. vietnamese govern-
Agnew Praises Thai Self-Reliance
to Asia unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Agnew also praised Thailand, a staunch U.S. ally, for its
As he made the four-hour flight from Formosa on Air Force Two. part of it across
self-reliant attitude” in fight- South Vietnam, the vice presi-ing insurgency at home while dent discussed with reporters
helping in South Vietnam.
He demonstrated within a 24-hour period the two sides of the Nixon doctrine. He pledged to President Chiang Kai-shek of Nationalist Clima that the Unit-
the administration’s reasons for supporting the congressional ac-
said the unit was on two trailers and
flict — further conflict in Asia would get into the question of sources
beyond the Vietnam situation— future levels of U.S. forces in moun,e<
without returning to the Con- Thailand during talks with Thai surroun(le^ b>r concrete revet-
gress for approval of such ac- officials. About 6,000 of the me?ts,w , y antenna
tion,” Agnew said. 48,000 Americans here were PI0,rudlnf> above ground.
BATTLING OIL FIRE — Hawley and Anson Volunteer firemen joined with Pride Refining Inc. workers to fight the blaze Saturday night at the company’s plant some three miles north of Abilene’s city limits on Highway 277 when a 60-foot tall “bubble tank” caught fire. (Staff Photo by Simon Benfield)
Burned Man Is Critical After Pride Oil Tank Fire
“I think it also indicated the withdrawn last year.
President’s conviction that we Agnew’* first day here fol-would not become involved in lowed the script of earlier visits non last month barring use of any other combat activities with to the PhiliDnines and National-ground combat troops in Laos our troops in Asia unless some list China He was welcomed at or Trail and without congres- very extreme, provocatory and the airport with full military sional approval. substantial action took place honors by the Thai prime minis
ter, Field Marshal Thanom Kit-tikachom, Foreign Minister Thanat Khoman and U. S. Ambassador Leonard Unger.
While greeting members of tho diplomatic corps, Agnew was surprised when a young woman greeted him and announced she was a second cousin from Greece he had never seen. She is Evy Vondjidis An-agnostopoulo, who is here as executive housekeeper of a new lotel.
Thai public reaction to Ag-new’s visit was possibly the coolest in recent memory. Saturday afternoon shopping crowds on the motorcade route barely paused to see the vice president pass.
Only brief reports of Agnew’s visit were carried in Thai language newspapers. The English language Bangkok Post, which usually reflects Foreign Ministry views, gave a warm editorial welcome to Agnew. It called his visit “a welcome gesture to Thailand.”
After a brief stop at his hotel, Agnew went to Chitrlada Palace for an audience with King Bhu-mibol Adulyadej and Queen Siri* kit. The king was presented four black slivers of the lunar surface and a Thai flag by Cmdr. Eugene Cernan, one of the Apol lo IO astronauts who has been traveling with the vice president.
After the presentation, the Agnews, Cemans and Ungers sat around the upstairs sitting room and chattered with the slim, bespectacled king and his pretty, black-haired wife.
that three Israeli soldiers werejty the “violent campaign killed in the two-pronged attack I launched by Israel against Leb-across Israel’s northern border, anon.
At the same time, the Leb- Ten of the Arabs taken prison-anese government ordered its er bY the Israelis were Le-delegation to the United Nations banese soldiers, the military in New York to inform the Secu- command said in Tel Aviv
rity Council of the Israeli intrusion.
The government, however, did not call for a special session.
DEATH TOLL REACHES 341
By SIMON BENFIELD
Reporter-News Staff Writer
Vernon Click, 45, of Lueders was in critical condition in Hendrick Memorial Hospital late Saturday night after undergoing surgery for burns received during a tank fire at the Pride Oil Refining Inc.’s plant north
Hospital authorities said that about 81 :>er cent of Mr. Click’s body, which was heavily coated with oil, had been burned.
The fire was confined to a 60-foot tall “bubble tank” surrounded by de-salting tanks, heat exchange tanks and a control office at the southwestern section of the plant.
The bubble tank was the refinery’s “main crude oil
fractionator,” according to Pride President Frank Wood, who said the tank handled about 6,000 barrels each day.
The tank receives hot crude oil and separates diesel oil, jet engine fuel and other gasoline fuels before passing it all on for further processing.
No damage estimate was immediately available, nor was the cause of the fire known late Saturday. Wood said an inspection tour would have to wait until daylight.
Volunteer firemen from Hawley first answered the call with their pumper around 7 p.m., and were joined by Anson
telephone and everybody went out there,” said Hawley volunteer R. B. Woodward.
According to Robert Bristow, also of Hawley and the first volunteer to arrive, the tank “was burning straight through to the top” while an unidentified Pride worker “was cutting the valves” to stop the outflow.
Jones County Sheriff Woodrow Simmons and his deputies joined company workers and officials at the fire, as did Taylor County Deputies Ken Hobbs and Jack Lowe.
An Elliott’s ambulance from Abilene stood by in case there were further casualties, while Highway Patrolman Oscar
volunteers with their engine and Anson and Ws
two converted jeep-type units.
“People went to calling on the
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ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mile radius) — Clear t0 partly cloudy with no important temperature changes Sunday, Increasing cloudiness and turning colder Sunday night. High Sunday In the lovier 50s, with a low reading of around 22. High Monday near 45. No rain or snow forecast, for Sunday or Monday.
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Sunset last night: $:45i tunriaa today 7:41; sunset tonight; 5:47.
Barometar reading at 9 p.m.t 1127, Humidity 9 p.m.: 58 par cant
In another development Saturday, Israeli commandos slipped into Lebanon aud came home with 21 Arab prisoners.
The 2Mt-hour raid over the Lebanese frontier raised tension along that border, already primed for a major confrontation between the Israelis and Arab guerrillas.
The Israelis said they mounted the attack in retaliation for what they called a series of “aggressive” border incidents, including the seizure of an Israeli night watchman on New Year’s Day.
Top Israeli leaders have gone on record with warnings to the Lebanese to stop Arab guerrillas from crossing the border on sabotage missions in Israel—or risk a severe military response.
But significance of the raid tended to pale in comparison with the just disclosed account of the capture of a new Soviet-built radar station which—according to informants—was taken apart by the commandos and flown to Israel in helicopters Dec. 26.
The seven-ton radar station, reported to be worth about $1 million, was hijacked by a commando team which crossed the Gulf of Suez and raided an Egyptian army camp near Ras Ghareb, 115 miles south of Suez City.
Informants said Israeli jets provided cover for the commandos as they dismantled the radar station with steel-cutting torches before it was hoisted aboard the heavy-duty helicopters. At the same time, it was earned, the Israelis captured four Soviet-trained Egyptian radar technicians and inflicted “several casualties” on camp defenders.
The story has been an open secret rn Israel ever since, but military security prevented publication until it was printed overseas.
One clue came in a published statement made to the commandos after their return by Israel’s army chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Haim Bar-Lev.
“What you did,” Bar-Lev said, “was so complicated and involved that it seems like something from the film world rather than from the world of reality.”
According to one report, the acetylene torches being used by the commandos to dismantle the station failed to work properly —and the helicopters promptly flew to Israel and brought back new equipment to finish the job There was no Immediate rear tion in Cairo to tho Israeli ac
Witnesses reported that the Israeli task force plunged into Lebanon about midnight and split into two groups. One blew up a guard post at Tel Nehas, just north of the Israeli border town of Metulla. The Lebanese occupants surrendered without! a fight, according to these re-
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS1P°rts*
The traffic death toll rose to: More prisoners were taken in 341 Saturday, with another full toe second group’s attack on the day left in the four-day New1 nearby border village of Qala, Year’s holiday weekend. where the kidnaped Israeli night The count of traffic deaths watchman was believed in Le-began at 6 p.m. Wednesday banese custody, and will end at midnightJ Members of the task force lat-Sunday.
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Abilene Events ....... 1-B
Amusements ..... 12, 13-C
Astrology ............ 5.B
Austin Notebook ...... 3-B
Berry's World ........ 12-C
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Bridge ..... 5-B
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Crossroads Report...... 6-B
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Letter to Servicemen .... 2-B
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Texas! .............. 6-B
To Your Good Health . . 3-B
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Breck First National Plans
New $500,000 Facility
, is completed the new struc- of the existing Burch Hotel and e will be known as “The First Walker Building RMh hniidino*
By NELL BILLS Reportcr-News Correspondent
BRECKENRIDGE (RNS) -The continuing “business boom” in Breckenridge was highlighted Saturday when William A. Craig, president of First
tuns win De Known as "Tile first!Walker Buildings. Both buildings National Bank lower.” . have been pronounced bv (Yaig also said that detailed Keren’s engineers as fireproof plans for the project will be and as structurally sound as new handled by Preston M. Geren, buildings. New automatic high-Architect and Engineer andlspeed elevator service will be
National]Bank of Breckenridge , Associates, of Fort Worth. A provided and central year-round
announced that First Natinna ronrAi.'Qni<)ii..a nrik. .... . * * .
announced that First National representative of the Geren firm Bank has purchased the Burch estimated it will be four to six Hotel Building and the adjoining months More actual on-the-job Walker Building. work starts.
“The First National board of
air conditioning will be installed.
The ground floor plans include a recessed arcade under the existing structure with full
directors-decision to expand has| “The delay in starting will (a£num8w5ls entrant
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firms which occupy facilities on marblp? an(l spa(.e wl|, bp
the first and second floors of the reworked on the ground floor to buildings involved. Apartment form a lobby and bank quarters, tenants will not be involved in ^ customers’ lobby area will be moving and current operations of all businesses operated by the Burch Hotel will continue under the management of Eugene and Calude Thompson Inc. until such time as remodeling begins,”
The project will Include com-; plete renovation and remodeling Turn to BRECK, Pg. 4-A
been in the planning stage for over a year. The board’s move was generated by the tremendous growth in the bank and the economic growth of Breckenridge and Stephens County. The move from the present location was not an easy decision. Every avenue of expansion at the ^resent location was explored,” Craig said.
Craig said that when the project, cost of which is estimated to be in excess of $500,-
designed to include a display room which will enable viewing of exhibits from the inside and outside under the arcade.
the arcade a broad bronze aluminum will
PROPOSED BAHK BUILDING IN BRECKENRIDGE ... First National purchases two buildings