Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Congress Should Get CIA Reports: Bundy
The Cedar Rapids Gazette, Toes., Jane 4, 1174
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WASHINGTON (UPI) -f-ongress needs access to Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) information as much as the White House does, says a former adviser to Presidents Kennedy and .Johnson.
By obtaining information from the CIA, the lawmakers would “have it in their power to destroy forever the hobgoblin of an executive monopoly on inside information about the rest of the world," McGeorge Bundy told a senate committee investigating government secrecy.
I think the < ongress should have the same power to commission intelligence es-titrates as the President and his subordinates." he said.
Bundy, now president of the Ford Foundation, served as presidential assistant for national security from 19H1 to im
“The congress as a whole would be greatly reinforced by easy access to this major source of responsible and wide-ranging information on the rest of the world," Bundy said.
Bundy said congress should have its own intelligence reports from the CIA, not merely share reports made for.
the White House Such a system would not jeopardize any presidential diplomacy, fie said, but would provide congress with essential information with which to legislate intelligently.
Bundy said the CIA “has plenty of experience in presenting its assessments in ways that do not compromise either its sources of information or the policy options of the executive branch.
"Under this proposal the CIA will not tie giving the congress exactly the same documents it gives the President or the secretary of state, tint it w ill not be giving either party assessments that are inconsistent with what it gives the other," hi' said.
Unlike the Pentagon, Bundy said, the CIA has never been obsessed with excessive classification of documents. “It has always had a healthy interest in enlarging its readership. Still it has had a natural tendency to think of the President as its first reader and the cold war as its first subject,” he said.
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Japanese Ease Price Controls, Up Power Rates
TOKYO (AFO - Japan removed some price controls Tuesday, authorized a more than 50 percent increase in electricity rates and eased credit lo avert a possible increase of bankruptcies among small businesses.
The price moves had been under consideration for some time while the credit decision represented a quick reaction to Monday’s request by a big air conditioner manufacturer to go into receivership.
Citing an improved supply-demand situation, the government freed tissue paper from mandatory price controls and lifted administrative price curbs from tires, paints, certain fibers, polyester fiber, cardboard and light bulbs.
The government also approved an average 5H.82 percent increase in electricity rates, effective June I. Japan’s nine regional power companies, all of which are currently operating in deficit, had sought a 62.9 percent average increase.
On the credit front, the government announced a $539 million increase in loans available for small businesses in the April-June quarter.
Lawmaker Asks Ban On Exports of Coal
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hep. Ken Hechler (D-W. Va.) has urged congress to ban all exports of U. S. coal except to Canada "at a time when coal is critically in demand to meet the nation’s energy needs.”
Hechler said he was dismayed at recent National Coal Assn. figures showing that total U. S. exports of bituminous coal in the first three months of 1974 increased 18 percent from shipments in the same period of 1973.
“Did you ever hear of anything so crazy as stepping up the exports of coal at a time when we are suffering more and more damage from strip mining?" Hechler asked.
ON THIS DATE in 1973, the defense department reported that more than 10,000 American servicemen had died of non-combat causes in Vietnam
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SAC Chief — Your Guardian—Will Retire
By Bob CoRxldlnr
OMAHA — The fellow who han been in charge of protecting you, your family and property night and day since May I, 1972, turns in his uniform pretty soon Not much chance you ever met him, even though he was born in Brooklyn. But his record, characteristics, instincts, personality, boiling level, etc., in all probability fill large dossiers in Moscow, Peking, London, Paris, Rome, Bonn, Brussels, East Berlin, Ankara. Athens, Warsaw, Budapest, Bucharest, Tokyo, Saigon, Hanoi, the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CIA and its enemy and friendly counterparts.
His name is .John Charles Meyer. He is a four-star air force general in charge of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) headquartered at nearby Offutt air force base.
The mission of SAC is to deter attacks on the U. S. and our farflung allies. The general hangs up his hat and retires his row of ribbons August I.
His contemporaries and perhaps his enemies called Meyer “J. C.” during World war II, and at times it didn’t seem like an overstatement. He was an infallible figure at the controls of his P-51. He was credited with 37^2 victories, the last two scored under hardly finite circumstances on January I, 1945. It was in the course of the Battle of the Bulge, and Goering’s luftwaffe was as much a part of this last-ditch offense as was the German army.
The Messerschmitts and the FW’s creamed 156 allied aircraft in a series of desperate sweeps over airdromes in France, Holland and Belgium. When they struck Asch, Belgium, without warning, of course, Meyer, by then deputy commander of a fighter group, raced for his fighter, got its engine started, and took off into the teeth of the incoming sweep. He was forced to fly through his own flak. His fighter’s wing was slashed by anti-aircraft fire, but he knocked down two of the incoming "luftwaffe fighters and was on inc tail of a third when he ran out of ammunition and had to limp home.
Those two were his last World war II victories. Shortly thereafter, his Jeep turned over while churning over a rutty road and he was hurt badly enough to miss action during the last months of the war.
There is no telling how many more he would have scored except for what his fellow superace, Gabby Gabreski, calls “that friendly Jeep.” Gabby continues, “How about something like that happening to a guy who had 200 missions? He was the greatest fighter pilot who ever lived.” (Five years and more later, Meyer engaged in the first all-jet dogfight over Korea, flew 30 more missions in his F-86, and scored two triumphs over North Korean MIG-15s.)
Though not a West Point graduate (he was Dartmouth), Meyer rose rapidly in the military. He held deputy command positions in both SAU and the Tactical Air Command during the early stages of the war in Vietnam, was vice-chief of staff of the air force and finally, at a critical time, commander-in-chief of SAU.
SAU, in a large sense, permits President Nixon and Henry Kissinger to create detentes. SAU is the silent voice that lends authority to what American politicians and planners state in the name of peace and world order. SAU tempers the voice (once so threatening) of the Kremlin and the People’s Republic of Uhina, not to mention Albania and Uuba. SAU is an insurance policy that guarantees you’ll wake up tomorrow as more than a radioactive cinder.
Meyer and SAU’s more than 160.0(10 military and civilian people attend to these awesome facts of life and death. SAU’s “enforcers,” if that’s the word, are 1,000 Minuteman and 54 Titan II intercontinental ballistic missiles buried in puncture-proof silos, 350 aging but still highly potent B-52s, 70 long-range, swept-wing FB-llls, more than 600 jet tankers, exotic reconnaissance aircraft such as the Mach 3-SR-71, airborne command posts (4-engined jets with a general aboard) that could take over if SAC headquarters, a hard-to-believe global command post buried in the Nebraska soil, were ever destroyed, and breathtaking' electronic gear.
SAC’s missiles, each tended by two air force officers who live in underground quarters hard by their IUBMs and spend their spare time studying for master’s degrees, could respond to an enemy attack within a couple of minutes and the Titan lls about as swiftly. More than half the Minutemen are equipped with MIRV (Multiple Independently Targeted Reentry Vehicle) warheads. Somewhere out in space, each warhead could fly down on the enemy capital for which it has been programmed. Targets can now be changed, depending on the political times, as easily as dialing a telephone number.
In short, SAC is the most appallingly apparent peacekeeper in the history of arms. Its weapons could overkill every would-be enemy and the enemy’s peoples four or five times. Its fantastic reaction time, and punch, has been bolstered by the development OI the lethal Short Range Attack Missile (SRAM), an air-to-ground knockout punch which will gain even greater importance when it is earned by the upcoming successor of the an
cient B-52, the supersonic swing-wing B l
General Meyer entered the army air corps in 1940 for an odd reason He was a runner in his uncle’s Wall Street bank He spent most of his working days on his feet, standing up on the subway corning to work, standing up (or running) at work, standing up at lunch at some financiai-area quick-and-dirty, and standing up on the homebound subway.
Once he found a seat, but at
the next stop a pregnant lady got on the car and he gallantly stood up to give his seat to her. Instead, some slob who weighed twice as much as Meyer pounced on it. Meyer pulled him up and took a punch at him. The next thing he remembers was that he was lying on the platform of the next subway stop. He had been clobbered for his gallantry.
So he decided to enlist in the air corps. He went to Flushing (N Y.) airport and paid five bucks for his first plane ride. Then he journeyed to Mitchell
field, Long Island. Two doors confronted him. One was marked “Ground Crews,’’ meaning mechanics. The other was marked, “Air Cadets.” He entered that one and signed up. The rest is air force history.
General Meyer has already chosen his post-service career He will be an Omaha hanker A seated one.
-ON THIS DATE in 1936. the first Socialist government of France took office under Premier Leon Blum
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