Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 30, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
( hair* of light snow tonight. Lows tonight around 29 Highs Taos day In low Ms.CITY FINALCENTS
VOLUME 92—NUMBER 355
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, MONDAY, DKC. 30, 1974
Death Total May Rise; 15,000 Hurt
ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES
Says He '// Stay in House
Mills Admits Alcoholism
Teruo Nakamura, flanked by two Indonesian officers, held his rifle in his lap as he was interviewed by reporters Saturday at the air force headquarters on Morotai island. Nakamura, a Japanese soldier, went into hiding 30 years ago after Japanese forces lost the battle for the island during World war ll. He was found by an Indonesian air force patrol.
Say 3 CIA Officials Quitting
WASHINGTON (AP) -Three mere top officials in the CIA's counterintelligence division are stepping down in the midst of a reported policy dispute and allegations that the agency was involved in domestic spying.
Along with the resignation of counterintelligence chief James Angleton, the three departures leave vacant the top command of the • division. which is known to have disagreed sharply with CIA Director William Colby over detente with the Soviet Union and Colby’s public discussions of agency activities
"Colby is using this to clean house,” a well-informed source said of the departures
Meanwhile, it was learned that Angleton, named in published reports as the overseer of the alleged domestic spy operation, once served on an interagency panel that report-ed directly to the W hite House on the threat of domestic demonstrations and disturbances.
The so-called Intelligence Evaluation Committee was headed by Robert Mardian, former assistant attorney general and now a defendant in the Watergate cover-up trial. The sources said the committee was assisted by a staff which included Richard Oiler, who has been named as the man who ran the CIA's alleged domestic surveillance activities on a day-to-day basis
Angleton has denied any involvement in illegal domestic
spying. Oiler, once an aide to Angleton and now on the National Security Council staff, has declined to comment,
In addition to Angleton, 57, whose resignation was requested by Colby .'id days ago, Raymond Rocea. 57, No. 2 man in the* counterintelligence division, Newton Miler, 48. chief of operations, and William Hood, 54, executive officer, are also leaving the agency at the end of this month. Rocea. Miler and Hood confirmed Sunday that they were stepping down, but declined to discuss their reasons.
The CIA’s mandatory retirement age is 65 for most of its employes, but the agency requires those who have served overseas to retire at age (id and urges others to do so as well.
One source said Miler had been Angleton s choice to ultimately succeed him as counterintelligence chief
A source who worked with all four officials said their decisions were influenced in part by added benefits available to government employes who retire before the end of the year. However, the source said allegations of domestic surveillance and a long standing jmiIi-cy dispute with Colby were the major factors in the retirements of Roeca and Miler
It was learned that Angleton s name was mentioned in one draft of the 50-page report on the alleged domestic
spying that Colby has forwarded to President Cord Details of the reference to Angleton could not be determined.
A well-informed source said the counterintelligence staff disagreed "totally" with Colby over interpretation of events in the Soviet bloc and was more suspicious than higher policy-makers alwiut the Soviet Union’s expressed desire for detente.
Angleton and his staff were said by this source to believe that the agency was being destroyed by Colby’s disclosures of agency activities, including CIA involvement in Chile and agency contacts with U.S. journalists abroad
The source added that the counterintelligence staff objected in general to Colby’s policy of increased public appearances, particularly his debate earlier this year with Daniel Kllsberg at a panel sponsored by a research group critical of the (TA.
IIimmI was identified by several sources as head of the agency's operations in New York City during the early 1970s The New York Times reported in its Sunday edition that as many as 25 CIA agents spied on anti-war activists and other militants in New York during the late 1900s and early 1970s Hood called tin* report "absolute nonsense.’’
On Sunday, Sen. Proxmire (D-W’is ) said on ABC News’ "Issuer and Answers ' that lie had learnt from what he called very reliable sources of
Reports of Missing Plutonium Spark Call for Recycling Ban
WASHINGTON (AP) -Amid reports that the government cannot account for some plutonium, Rep Iz*s Aspin (D-Wis.) said Monday he will seek a five-year ban on pluto mum recycling to allow time for safeguards to protect the material from possible theft and use in homemade atomic wcapons,
The recycling process restores plutonium as a nuclear reactor fuel. At one point in the process, it is in the pure stale used for atomic weapons and as such would Im* shipped around the country, he said
"What happens when a bunch of crazies hijack a truckload of plutonium and announce they’re going to take out a city unless their de
mands are met?’’ Aspin asked in a statement released by his office,
"Hr need ta bf dead certain that It is impassible ta steal plutonium, not difficult, not risky, not unlikely, but completely Impossible ”
The New York Times redried Sunday that the federal government is unable to account for thousands of pounds of uranimurn and plutonium
The nuclear materials are unaccounted for at 15 commercial plants in the United States regulated by the Atomic Energy Commission, the Times said One unidentified plant has not accounted for about 9,(UMI pounds of highly enriched uranium, the Times article said.
The newspaper quoted experts as saying that the failure of the AEC to account for the missing materials leave doubts that they may have fallen into the hands of terrorist groups or hostile governments.
Aspin said the Atomic Energy Commission wants to refine and ship lh) tons of plutonium in the next IO years but has taken no steps to require that reactors and reprocessing plants Im* Its ated near each other
As a result, he said. "there will Im* a scatter of reactors and a scatter of refineries, with hundreds of tons of the deadliest substance known to man running back and forth among them.”
his own that the CIA did conduct surveillance, breakins and wiretaps while spying on American citizens in this country Proxmire called for establishment of "an independent special prosecutor with subpoena powers who will prosecute every illegal action by CIA agents, past or present ’’ Huston Plan On May 22. 1973. in a statement on Watergate, President Nixon said the Intelligence Evaluation Committee was established in December, 197(1. after the so-called Huston plan, which called for breakins and telephone monitoring, had been killed by objection of the late FBI director J Edgar Hoover The IEC included representatives of the FBI, W hite House, secret service, CIA and the National Security Agency, according to Nixon In its current edition, Newsweek magazine quotes an official familiar with the board s activities as saying that the CIA reports "showed a good working knowledge of the radical left, and, in my opinion,
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Ford Reported Eying Tax Cut
VAIL, Colo. (AP) — President Ford has been urged by some of his economic advisers to push for a tax cut to bolster the faltering economy.
Ford also was reported ready to abandon his protists! income tax surcharge, a measure he urged earlier this year when he declared inflation to Im* public enemy No I However, the deepening recession reportedly has led some White House (son oui ic advisers to push for a tax cut. That advice was said to have Imm*ii given to Ford over the weekend when Im* met with his economic adv isers There was no indication whether Ford will propose a tax cut. Ford has sworn Ins advisers to secrecy, and press Secretary Ron Nessen has said that Ford will not announce any new programs until his State of the Union address sometime after th e new congress convenes on Jan 14
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PATTAN, Pakistan (AP) -The earthquake that hit northern Pakistan over tin* weekend killed an estimated 4.7(H) persons and injured about 15,-(HHl m nine villages, rescue officials said Monday. They said the final casualty toll could Im* even higher when reports arrive from isolated regions north of Pattan.
The villages were clustered about Pattan, nestled among the snow-capped Karakoram mountains about 2IHI miles north of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. The quake struck Saturday evening and tremors followed intermittently for the next 24 hours First word of the disaster was brought out by runners.
The quake left hardly one house intact in Pattan, a town of HUMM). Senior army officers taking part in rescue operations estimated 50(1 inhabitants of Pattan were dead, 2,-(MMi injured and some 4(H) houses either completely or partially destroyed.
Around the Clock
Army rescue teams have been working around the clock since shortly after the quake struck, treating the injured, pulling bodies from the wreckage and mounting a helicopter-borne mercy airlift. Two field hospitals have been set up
Because of the widespread damage to houses many jm*o-ple have been sleeping in the open in temperatures that drop to near freezing at night Nearly every family has reported losing one or more relatives in the disaster.
Efforts to bring in more blankets and tents have tM*en hampered because the Kara koram highway, which runs through the disaster-struck region, has been either severed or demolished along a 70-mile stretch.
The highway, which runs from the Chinese border nearly to the Indus plain in the center of the country, is the main artery through which vital commodities are brought into the poverty stricken northern areas of the country
Flown to Hospitals
Some of the seriously injured were flown to hospitals in Rawalpindi.
One survivor, Mohammad Yasin, said there were several tremors and many of the victims were crushed to death by Insiders from the mountainsides.
Another survivor, 24-year-old Kuna Khan, said: "I was sitting inside my house when there was this big earth tremor. The whole house* collapsed on top of me.
"I was rescued, but three of my relatives — an aunt, a young girl and a man — were kl Heel The whole village was destroved
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep Wilbur Mills said Monday he intends to remain in congress despite an illness that he described as acute alcoholism "I know that I am a well man as long as I do not drink, and, by the grace of God and with comiM'tent medical advice and the support of friends, I will remain well,” Mills said He added:
"In light of the above, it is my intention to continue in the congress of the United States. My years of experience have given me some ability to
make a contribution toward the solution of the problems of the times in which we live,” the Arkansas Democrat said.
Mills is in Bethesda Naval hospital, which he entered after appearing on a Boston stage with Annals*! Battistel* la, the strip tease dancer in whose company he was found when police stopped his limousine at Washington’s Tidal Basin earlier this year. He issued his statement through his office.
"I now realize, after several weeks of treatment by the d<Mo
tors and soul-searching of my own, that I had developed a severe drinking problem, not as a daily drinker but as a periodic heavy drinker,” Mills said
Mills said that he had scarcely noticed in the last several years that his drinking habits had changed drastically
He said he understands now that his pattern of drinking corresponds with alcoholism, which he called "a physical illness, as much as cancer and
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Terrorists Release Captives, Fly to Cuba
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nine terrorists Monday released hostages they held for WI hours and flew off to Cuba with 16 sympathizers freed from Nicaraguan jails, officials said The Roman Catholic archbishop of Managua went along to guarantee their safety A national guard officer at the airport said he believed but could not confirm that the Mexican and Spanish ambassadors and the papal nuncio in Managua also accompanied the terrorists to Cuba.
The break came only a couple of hours after the broadcast of a guerilla demand that six points be met before noon or they would begin shooting one hostage every 12 hours. The government had said it would not allow the hostages — at least 12 men — to Im* taken to Havana No details were available on whether the government met a $5 million ransom demand. A source close to the negotiations said the government agreed earlier to pay the ransom in small bills
A source close to the negotiations said the government agreed earlier to pay $5 million in small bills, release 18 other Sandimsta National Liberation Front members from jail and fly the guerillas and hostages to Havana But later the five men and three* women guerillas made additional demands for salary increases for many workers, year-end salary bonuses, and an end "to all repression’’ in Nicaragua
Nicaraguan President Anas-taste Si ii rn i/a met with aides at his home Monday to work out details of the exchange The drama began Friday night when the leftists burst into a suburban Managua home during a party for I S. Ambassador Turner Shelton, who had left minutes earlier Four persons were killed in the takeover, including the party’s host, June Maria Castillo. a wealthy business man
and former agriculture minister.
The guerillas freed more than a dozen hostages Saturday and five women Sunday, including the wife of the Chilean ambassador. They kept her husband, Gen. Alfonso De-neeken Diaz, captive.
The women were freed after Archbishop Bravo entered the house to negotiate with the kidnapers.
Among the Nicaraguan hostages were Foreign Minister Miguel Alejandro Montiel.
Guillermo I .and, consul in New York and ambassador to the United Nations, and Luis Valle, mayor of Managua
The American embassy
identified one of the hostages as David Carpenter, a Rockville, Md., business man and Castillo’s son-in-law
The kidnapers had demanded $5 million in $5, $1(1 and $20 bills. The government made a counteroffer of $1 million The newspaper Novedades said the ransom money was being flown in from the U.S.
Israeli Nuclear Scientist Gets Defense Post
JERUSALEM (UPI) - Is-rael has appointed a top nuclear scientist to the strategic planning division of the defense ministry, news reports said Monday.
The reports came three weeks after President Ephraim Katzir said Israel had a nuclear potential that should cause concern throughout the world
The English language* Jerusalem Post said Prof. Saadia Amici, a nuclear chemist at Hebrew university and a senior staff member at the Na* hal Sorek Experimental Nuclear Research center, would serve as deputy to Yehoshafat Harkuvi, assistant to Defense Minister Shimon Peres for strategic policy.
Cover-Up Case to Jury
W \MII\GTO\ (AP) - The rase of five farmer Nixon administration and campaign aides charged with conspiring to obstruct the investigation Into the Watergate break in went to the jury Monday.
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W ASHING ION - Judge John Sirica instructed the Watergate cover-up trial jury Monday to ignore the (cardon granted Richard M Nixon iii considering the guilt or innocence of five former Nixon administration and campaign aide*s.
"Neither the pardon of former President Nixon nor any
other cases or extraneous matters should have any effect on your deliberations or your verdict,” Sirica said Seven of the 12 jurors re-portedly indicated iii closed* door questioning at the start of the lengthy trial that they thought it was unfare to prosecute Nixon's aides after the former President was pardoned by his successor
Repeatedly Sirica explained that the cover-up would be a conspiracy to "influence, obstruct and impede and corruptly endeavor to influence, obstruct and impede, the due administration of justice in connection with the Watergate investigation and in connection with the trial of the original Watergate defendants
The five defendants are former Atty. Gen. Mitchell, ex* White House aides ll R. Haldeinan and John Ehrlich-man, former assistant Atty Gen Robert Mardian and Kenneth Parkinson, one-time lawyer for the Nixon re-election committee.
All are charged with conspiring to obstruct the investigation of the original Watergate breakin All but Mardian are charged with obstruction of justice Mitchell, Haldeman and Ehrlichman also are charged with perjury
Sirica informed the jury for the first time that he had dis missed two counts in the indictment which charge! Ehrlichman and Mitchell with lying to FBI agents
Americans Safe; Never Held in Laos
VIENTIANE, I>aos (AP) -Nineteen American civilians who were in Ban Houei Sal when rebellious laotian troops took over the Mekong river town in northwest lams six days ago arrived safely in Vientiane Monday.
Jack Huxtable, in charge of the U.S. Agency for International Development's program in the Ban Houei Sal area, said they left because of a "total breakdown in law and order ”
"We didn t want to leave all our (laotian) friends, but it iMiame very evident this morning that we could not stay,” said Huxtable, 36. from Richfield Springs, N Y.
The Americans, an Italian missionary and a Briton crossed the Mekong river to the Thai border town of I’hieng Khong and were flown from there to Vientiane. 250 miles to the southeast.
They included liuxtable’s wife, 5-year-old daughter ami 4-year-old son; Karen Smith, a nurse at the U.S. embassy in Vientiane who was holidaying in the town when the rebels took over; Mrs James Linn, wife of the director of International Voluntary Services in Ban Houei Sal, and her two daughters, 3 and 5 years old, William Sage arid Wayne Johnson, refuges* relief workers for All); Johnson’s wife; Gary Alex and James Bowman, two agricultural special ists; Raymond Boone, the* Rev .Jerry Torgerson, a mission ary, and his wife ane! thre*e* children, and Wyndham James, a British offic ial of the World ll<*alth Organization The identity of the* Italian was not immediately learned Sage was take*n off the* plane on a stretcher and taken to a hospital but U. S embassy officials >aid he had not bc*e*n hurt by the reheels The»y explained that lie was in a hospital in Ban lh*ue*i Sal recovering from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident when the rebeds took over the town The* (ethers appeared in goes! condition
I’he* I S eon bassy said ear* lier that the rebels ke*pt the Americans unde*r house* ar-
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