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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIOGE August Here's Nixon statement Nixon too busy to care WASHINGTON (APi-The tt'Xt of a written statement is- sued Monday by President Nixon: I have today instructed my to make available to tlie House (of Representa- tives i judiciary committee. ;ind I am making public, the transcripts of three conversa- tions with U.K. Haldeman on June 23. 1972. I have also turn- ed over the tapes of these to Judge Sirica. part of the process of my compliance with the Supreme Court ruling. On April 29. in announcing my dec'ision to make public the original set Of White House transcripts. I stated that "as far as what the pres- ident personally knew and did with regard to Watergate and tlie cover-up is concerned, these materials with those already made tell it all." Shortly after that, in May. I made a preliminary review of seme of the 64 taped conver- L sations subpoenaed by the special prosecutor. Among the conversations I listened to at that time were two of those of June 23. Al- though 1 recognized that these presented potential problems. 1 did not inform my staff or my counsel of it. or those ar- guing 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 real- ixe the extent of the implica- tions which these conversa- tions might now appear to have. As a result, those argu- ing 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 responsi- bility and which I deeply re- gret. Since the Supreme Court's decision 12 days ago, I have ordered my counsel to analyze the 64 tapes, and I have listen- ed to a number of them ady Patricia plans -egimental visit LONDON (CPi Earl Mountbatten. the Queen's un- c le. and his daughter Lady Patricia Brabourne leave here Wednesday for a four-day visit to Canada where Lady Patricia will carry out her isrst official engagements as colonel-in-chief of the ''rineess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLli. Lady Patricia. 50, was a tirst cousin and god-daughter of the late Lady Patricia Hamsay. who gave her name i') the PPCLI when it was rais- d in the First World War and who was colonel-in-chief of ihe regiment until her death ijst January. The new colonel-in-chief, June 15, served in ihf Women's Royal Naval Ser- vice 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 tor Victoria. There they will lie 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 resi- dence and visit the PPCLI barracks and the Lester B. Pearson United World College i if the Pacific before flying on io Calgary Thursday. There they will be met by another 100-man guard of honor and attend various regimental ceremonies at Currie Barracks, head- quarters of the PPCLI. These include trooping the color on the parade square, receptions tor 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 Australia iReuten Australia's most senior Aborigine public ser- vant accused United States cattlemen in northern Australia today of acts of brutality against Aboriginal tribesmen. Charles Perkins, an assis- tant secretary of the depart- ment 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 liv- ing in and Aborigines have been shot at on cattle stations owned by Americans in the bottom portion of Arnhern- land." CAREERS ASSISTANT TO THE MANAGER A W on Scenic Drive is looking for an assist- ant 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. Liberia 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 to Closes August 21, 1974. Competition number 6234-1. APPLY: GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE MAIN FLOOR, CENTENNIAL BUILDING 10015 103 Avenue, T5J OH4 OR: ROOM 500 TERRACE BUILDING EDMONTON, ALBERTA, T5K 2C1 OR: ROOM 1101, JOHN J. BOWLEN BLDG. 620 7th Avenue S.W. CALGARY, ALBERTA, T2P OY8 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 in- cluded in the record to be con- sidered by the House and Senate In a formal written state- ment on May 22 of last year, I said that shortly after the Watergate break-in I became concerned about the possi- bility that the FBI investiga- tion might lead to the ex- posure 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 I therefore gave instructions that the FBI should be alerted to co-ordi- nate with the CIA, and to en- sure that the investigation not expose these sensitive na- tional security matters. That statement was based on my recollection at the 11 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 ad- vantages this course of action would have with respect to limiting possible public ex- posure of involvement by per- sons connected with the re- election 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 cer- tain 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 for- warding to the special prose- cutor those tapes or those por- tions 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, how- ever, that a House vote of im- peachment 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 addi- tional material I am now fur- nishing may further damage my case, especially because attention will be drawn sepa- rately 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 ex- tensive 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 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 mis- takes 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 impeach- ment 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 catastrophies 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 "Declara- tion of a World Child to call public attention to the fact that severe shortages of food, fuel and fertilizer, and sky- rocketing 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 un- precedented 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 con- tinual, unimaginable suf- fering, of thousands of desperate people withdrawing before the relentlessly ad- vancing 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 ac- tion that will help the utterly helpless. It is a world of hot sand covering huge areas which only a few 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 Cannoriica a Frenchman who has been there for a year, has 500 child patients from the village and 500 from nearby refugee camps. "For 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 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 responsi- ble 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 back to where? To do "I had thirty one told me. "They" all died. Why should I return to the desert, without my cows? To 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 pro- tein 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 equip- ment must be provided. There is no easy solution to this problem, but it is time for action. Help must be provided. Quickly. No leadership in U.S. crisis WASHINGTON (CP) business-as-usual image that the White House has so con- sistently cultivated is being abandoned these days as President Nixon devotes near- ly full time to the fight to re- main in office. One of the most serious vic- tims of the switch in presiden- tial tactics is likely to be the vital area of economic lead- ership. 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 House made no attempt to gloss over the reason for the postponements. Aides said Nixon was busy reviewing the taped conver- sations 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 con- sultations at the presidential retreat at Camp David. a prelude to Monday's release of more damaging were restricted to defence lawyer James St. Clair and a handful of close advisers. Such conduct is in direct contrast with Nixon's own fre- quent 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 im- peachment 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 un- believable and inappropriate. If the president continues to devote most of his time to de- fending 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 chief economic ad- visers has shown a clear abili- ty to take up the slack. Even Kenneth Hush, former deputy defence secretary named as White House economic co- ordinator, has made little public impact. The tight-money policies be- ing pursued by Arthur Burns, chairman of the Federal Re- serve Board, are a key feature of current U.S. policy and they have come in for some criti- cism But no one is suggesting dramatic changes and Burns's position gives him con- siderable independence. Senator William Proxmire. the Wisconsin Democrat who is chairman of the joint congressional economic com- mittee, urged Nixon to turn over the presidency tem- porarily 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 offi- cial 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 es- calating wage settlements, a broad array of material short- ages tor industry, high interest rates and tight supplies of capital. Inflation, however, appears to be dis- couragingly persistent and un- employment remains high. If no leadership is forthcom- ing 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 econo- mists are at a loss for answers, it is not a prospect that will cheer many congressmen. Skydiver falls to death KALISPELL, Mont.