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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 22-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-Tuesday, August 6,1974 Here's Nixon statement Nixon too busy to care WASHINGTON (AP) - The text of a written statement issued Monday by President Nixon: I have today instructed my attorneys to make available to the House (of Representatives) judiciary committee, and I am making public, the transcripts of three conversations with H.R. Haldeman on .June 23, 1972. I have also turned over the tapes of these conversations to Judge Sirica, as part of the process of my compliance with the Supreme Court ruling. On April 29, in announcing my decision to make public the original set of White House transcripts, I stated that "as far as what the president personally knew and did with regard to Watergate and the cover-up is concerned, these materials-together with those already made available-will tell it all." Shortly after that, in May, I made a preliminary review of some of the 64 taped conver- sations subpoenaed by the special prosecutor. Among the conversations I listened to at that time were two of those of June 23. Although I recognized that these presented potential problems. I did not inform my staff or my counsel of it, or those arguing my case, nOr did I amend my submission to the judiciary committee in order to include and reflect it. At the time, I did not realize the extent of the implications which- these conversations might now appear to have. As a result, those arguing my case, as well as those passing judgment on the case, did so with information that was incomplete and in some respects erroneous. This was a serious act of omission for which I take full responsibility and which I deeply regret". Since the Supreme Court's decision 12 days ago, I have ordered my counsel to analyze the 64 tapes, and I have listened to a number of them Lady Patricia plans regimental visit LONDON (CP) - Earl Mountbatten, the Queen's uncle, and his daughter Lady Patricia Brabourne leave here Wednesday for a four-day visit to Canada where Lady Patricia will carry out her first official engagements as colonel-in-chief of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). Lady Patricia, 50, was a first cousin and god-daughter of the late Lady Patricia Ramsay, who gave her name to the PPCLI when it was raised in the First World War and who was colonel-in-chief of the regiment until her death last January. The new colonel-in-chief, appointed June 15, served in the Women's Royal Naval Service during the Second World War and is married to the seventh Baron Brabourne, a film and television producer. They have seven children. Lord Mountbatten, 74, and Lady Patricia are flying first to Vancouver where they change planes immediately for Victoria. There they will be greeted by Walter Owen, lieutenant-governor of British Columbia, and a 100-man guard of honor from the 3rd Battalion of the Patricia's. They will stay overnight at the lieutenant-governor's residence and visit the PPCLI barracks and the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific before flying on to Calgary Thursday. There they will be met by another 100-man guard of honor and attend various regimental ceremonies at Currie Barracks, head-(luarters of the PPCLL These include trooping the color on the parade square, receptions for all ranks of the regiment, and a ball in the officers' mess. Lord Mountbatten, who will be accompanying his daughter throughout the tour, has a number of private engagements with friends in Canada. They leave Calgary Aug. 11 for Ottawa, where they transfer to a Canadian Armed Forces plane for the return flight to Britain. Cattlemen accused of brutality BRISBANE, Australia (Reuter) - Australia's most senior Aborigine public servant accused United States cattlemen in northern Australia today of acts of brutality against Aboriginal tribesmen. Charles Perkins, an assistant secretary of the department of Aboriginal affairs, told reporters that the U.S. cattlemen have- shot at tribesmen and destroyed their homes. Perkins said: "At two large cattle stations (ranches) in the Kimberleys of Western Australia owned by an American company, a bulldozer was used to destroy shanties Aboriginals were living in and Aborigines have been shot at on cattle stations owned by Americans in the bottom portion of Arnhem-land." CAREERS ASSISTANT TO THE MANAGER A & W on Scenic Drive is looking for an assistant to the manager. We are looking for a mature person who is willing to work toward advancement in our company. Experience an asset but not essential as we have a complete training program. For a personal interview Phone KEN MARTIN at 328-6056 For Appointment YOUR FUTURE IS HERE. /dibsna GOVERNMENT Of ALBERTA PATROL OFFICERS EDMONTON, CALGARY, WHITECOURT, PEACE RIVER Several interesting positions are now available. The successful applicants will be required to perform enforcement and inspectional work In connection witn various Provincial acts and regulations, and operate permanent weigh scales. Requires grade XII with experience related to law enforcement work. Police training a definite asset. Salary $8,508 to $10,632. Closes August 21-, 1974. Competition number 6234-1. APPLY: GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE MAIN FLOOR, CENTENNIAL BUILDING 10015 - 103 Avenue, T5J 0H4 OR: ROOM 500 TERRACE BUILDING EDMONTON, ALBERTA, T5K 2C1 OR: ROOM 1101, JOHN J. BOWLEN BLDG. 620 - 7th Avenue S.W. CALGARY, ALBERTA, T2P 0Y8 myself. This process has made it clear that portions of the tapes of these June 23 conversations are at variance with certain of my previous statements. Therefore, I have ordered the transcripts be made available immediately to the judiciary committee so that they can be reflected in the committee's report, and included in the record to be considered by the House and Senate. In a formal written statement on May 22 of last year, I said that shortly after the Watergate break-in I became concerned about the possibility that the FBI investigation might lead to the exposure either of unrelated covert activities of the CIA, or of sensitive national security matters that the so-called "plumbers" unit at the White House had been working on, because of the CIA and plumbers' connections of some of those involved. I said that T therefore gave instructions that the FBI should be alerted to co-ordinate with the CIA, and to ensure that the investigation not expose these sensitive national security matters. That statement was based on my recollection at the time-some II months later-plus documentary materials and relevant public testimony of those involved. The June 23 tapes clearly show, however, that at the time I gave those instructions I also discussed the political aspects of the situation, and that I was aware of the advantages this course of action would have with respect to limiting possible public exposure of involvement by persons connected with the reelection committee. My review of the additional tapes has, so far, shown no other major inconsistencies with what I have previously submitted. While I have no way at this stage of being certain that there will not be others, I have no reason to believe that there will be. In any case, the tapes in their entirety are now in the process of being furnished to Judge Sirica. He has begun what may be a rather lengthy process of reviewing the tapes, passing on specific claims of executive privilege on portions of them, and forwarding to the special prosecutor those tapes or those portions that are relevant to the Watergate investigation. It is highly unlikely that this review will be completed in time for the House debate. It appears at this stage, however, that a House vote of impeachment is, as a practical matter, virtually a foregone conclusion, and that the issue will therefore go to trial in the Senate. In order to ensure that no other significant relevant materials are withheld, I shall voluntarily furnish to the Senate everything from these tapes that Judge Sirica rules should go to the special prosecutor. I recognize that this additional material I am now furnishing may further damage my case, especially because attention will be drawn separately to it rather than to the evidence in its entirety. In considering its implications, therefore, I urge that two points be borne in mind. The first of these points is to remember what actually happened as a result of the instructions I gave on June 23. Acting Director Gray of the FBI did co-ordinate with Director Helms and Deputy Director Walters of the CIA. The CIA did undertake an extensive check to see whether any of its covert activities would be compromised by a full FBI investigation of Wa-, tergate. Deputy Director Walters then reported back to Mr. Gray that they would not be compromised. On July 6, when I called Mr. Gray, and when he expressed concern about improper attempts to limit his investigation, as the record shows, I told him to press ahead vigorously with his investigation-which he did. The second point I would urge is that the evidence be looked at in its. entirety, and the events be looked at in perspective. Whatever mistakes I made in the handling of Watergate, the basic truth remains that when all the facts were brought to my attention I insisted on a full investigation and prosecution of those guilty. I am firmly convinced that the record, in its entirety, does not justify the extreme step of impeachment and removal of a president. I trust that as the Constitutional process goes forward, this perspective will prevail. Desperate situation .. . desert woman scavenges scraps of meat from bones of dead goat. Millions of children threatened by famine One of the gravest catastropbles in history is still being ignored by most of the world; it is one of the reasons a World Child Emergency has been declared by the United Nations Children's Fund. By LEON DAVICO Chief of UNICEF Public Information Service The Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Fund has issued a "Declaration of a World Child Emergency", to call public attention to the fact that severe shortages of food, fuel and fertilizer, and skyrocketing prices, are threatening the health and very lives of millions of children in the developing nations. A rapidly growing state of emergency exists in many countries, but the largest and most immediately tragic is in six countries in the Sahel region of West Africa, where an ecological disaster of unprecedented magnitude has intensified other problems. The Sahel drought is not like other emergencies, such as earthquakes or floods which come suddenly and stop. It has been going on for years, but has now reached a decisive stage. It is a world of continual, unimaginable suffering, of thousands of desperate people withdrawing before the relentlessly advancing Sahara Desert, waiting for those who had the good luck to be born in more fortunate countries to become fully conscious of their plight, and to care enough to take action that will help the utterly helpless. It is a world of hot sand covering huge areas which only a fe%v years ago were rich, green pastures. The sand is littered with the dried bones of cattle 'that died of hunger and thirst, their decaying flesh eaten by other hungry animals and birds. Fragments of abandoned tents, which used to be covered with lamb -skin, now have no roofs - the skins were eaten. Trees which once gave shade against the, pitiless sun are now stumps - they were chopped down so the leaves could be eaten. And the people fleeing from the desert are barefoot - they have eaten their shoes and sandals! At Dori, a village in Upper Volta, a young doctor - ' Robert Cannonica - a Frenchman who has been there for a year, has 500 child patients from the village and 500 from nearby refugee camps. "For me", he says, "the greatest problem is child malnutrition. We have created two centres for the protection of mothers and children, where we distribute milk, medicines and vitamins to everybody who comes. We have been greatly helped recently by the arrival of rather large quantities of CSM. a mixture of corn, soya and milk, from UNICEF. You would be surprised to see the effects of this mixture on hungry children!" A "shock - treatment" lasting only one week suffices to bring a severely malnourished child back to a reasonably good state of health, but supplies are limited, and Dr. Cannonica is the only physician in the whole region, theoretically responsible for 200,000 patients! He has neither time nor material resources to visit tens of thousands of other children suffering and .dying through lack of medical care. Measles are killing thousands, he says, and soon it will be malaria's turn. A Gorom - Gorom, another village surrounded by thousands of refugee tents, there is a dispensary and an elementary school - but the town was not planned for a large population, and water is becoming scarce. The frightened villagers want the refugees to leave. They say, "Go back and we will send you help". "Go back to where? To do what?" "I had thirty cows", one told me. "They all died. Why should I return to the desert, without my cows? To die?" Children in the refugee camps play, like children everywhere. They make toys with bits and pieces of wood and bone. One big attraction is an old autombile tire. But these children are badly nourished, ill and deformed. Many walk with the help of their hands: polio victims. Many have a melancholy, dull stare: they have tuberculosis and hepatitis. Some are going blind. Others, with big bellies. are the next candidates for death: they have severe protein malnutrition (kwashiorkor) which kills. New sources of water must be found, and the desert must be blocked in its continuing advance southward. One possible way is to erect barriers, by planting rows of "Gao" trees. The roots of the Gao go down as far as 20 metres and find their way to water. That is the ecological aspect of the problem. But above all there is the human aspect. The refugee nomads must find a new way of life. This will re-quire time, money, and education. In the meantime, emergency aid - medicines, antibiotics, vitamins, milk, flour, well - digging equipment - must be provided. There is no easy solution to this problem, but it is time for action. Help must be provided. Quickly. \o leadership in U.S. crisis WASHINGTON (CP) - The business-as-usual image that the White House has so consistently cultivated is being abandoned these days as President Nixon devotes nearly full time to the fight to remain in office. One of the most serious victims of the switch in presidential tactics is likely to be the vital area of economic leadership. Despite the worrisome vigor of inflationary forces in the American economy, Nixon has in recent days cancelled a private briefing with Treasury Secretary William Simon and postponed two scheduled meetings with his panel of economic advisers. The White House made no attempt to gloss over the reason for the postponements. Aides said Nixon was busy reviewing the taped conversations and documents which the United States Supreme Court ordered him to give up to the courts and which he also will release to the Senate. Similarly, his weekend consultations at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md.-a prelude to Monday's release of more damaging transcripts- were restricted to defence lawyer James St. Clair and a handful of close advisers. Such conduct is in direct contrast with Nixon's own frequent assertions in the past that Watergate had gone on long enough and in the portrait that White House officials had sketched of Nixon as a man occupied solely with affairs of state. But as the process of impeachment gathered steam and the ranks of Nixon's backers in Congress steadily withered, the image of a president too busy to care had come to seem increasingly unbelievable and inappropriate. If the president continues to devote most of his time to defending himself, however, the question of economic guidance moves to the fore. The primacy of the president in setting the tone and making the hard choices for the American economy has been unchallenged since Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New DeaL So far, none of the president's qhief economic advisers has shown a clear ability to take up the slack. Even Kenneth Rush, former deputy defence secretary named as White House economic coordinator, has made little public impact. The tight-money policies being pursued by Arthur Burns, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, are a key feature of current U.S. policy and they have come in for some criticism. But no one is suggesting dramatic changes and Burns's position gives him considerable independence. Senator William Proxmire. the Wisconsin Democrat who is chairman of the jomt congressional economic committee, urged Nixon to turn oyer the presidency temporarily to Vice-President Gerald Ford so the White House can concentrate on economics while Nixon works on his personal defence.' Others have suggested formation of a special task force of cabinet officers and White House staff, under Ford's nominal leadership, until the impeachment issue is resolved. While Watergate dominates debate in Congress and in official Washington, most public-opinion polls rank it far behind the economy as a concern of the American public. The pattern of recent weeks and months has been one of escalating wage settlements, a broad array of material short-ages for industry, high interest rates and tight supplies of capital. Inflation, however, appears to be dis-couragingly persistent and unemployment remains high. If no leadership is forthcoming from the White House on economic issues, the public is likely to turn for answers to the politicians who come around seeking votes in the November elections. At a time when even economists are at a loss for answers, it is not a prospect that will cheer many congressmen. Skydiver falls to death KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Authorities said he apparently A young Canadian skydiver misjudged the distance to the fell to his death Sunday, ground. Montana hit in pocketbook HELENA, Mont. (AP) -Transportation specialist Gene Carroll of the Montana agriculture department says rail freight rate increases have taken $16 million out of the state's economy. He said a one per cent increase in grain freight rates-costs Montana grain farmers $500,000, but in less than a year, the state's railroads have been allowed 13 rate increases amounting to 32 to 34 per cent. Kerry M. Zacharias, 20, of Grand Forks, B.C., hit the ground with his parachute partly opened while competing in a skydiving meet at the Kalispell municipal airport; "He apparently lost his depth perception and didn't open the parachute in time," a spokesman for the sheriff's office said. He said Zacharias had pulled the ripcord and the chute was beginning to billow when he hit. Officials said Zacharias jumped from 5,300 feet but did not pull the ripcord until he was 200 feet above the ground. Annual Income on 5 year Guaranteed Investment Receipts. Fully guaranteed by Royal Trust for term of deposit. 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