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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbrtdge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27. 1974 10 Cents 46 Pages Byck planned White House kamikaze dive WASHINGTON (AP) Samuel Joseph Byck, who authorities said, killed two persons and himself in an unsuccessful airline hijacking attempt, planned more than a month before to the plane into the White House, columnist Jack Anderson said Tuesday night. Anderson said he received an hour-long tape recording through the mail Monday in which Byck, an unemployed salesman from Philadelphia, outlined the plans. He said the tape evidently was made over month's time. Anderson said Byck dubbed his plans Operation Pandora Box and "wanted to combine two dramatic deeds, a kamikaze attack and a hijacking, to dramatize the outrage of one man -over the Watergate mess." Anderson said the package containing the tape was mailed Friday from Philadelphia, shortly before Byck seized a Delta Airlines 'jet at Baltimore- Washington Interna- tional Airport. Byck also sent letters to three newspapers. Authorities said Byck shot a security guard and the airliner's copilot and then killed himself after being wounded by a policeman. Anderson quoted Byck, 44, as saying on the tape: "I will try to get the plane aloft and fly it towards the target area, which will be Wash- ington, D.C., the capital of the most powerful, wealthiest nation of the world. "By pise, threats or trickery, I hope to force the pilot to buzz the White House, I mean, sort of dive towards the White House. When the plane is in this position, I will shoot the pilot and then in the last few minutes try to steer the plane into the target, which is the White House." Anderson told a reporter that Byck had dated his comments Jan. 14 and therefore apparently was not inspired by the landing of a stolen helicopter on the White House lawn Feb. 17. The columnist said Byck spoke in "a mild voice, a matter-of-fact way" about his plans and mental problems. He said he verified the voice of Byck by playing portions of the tape to the man's wife and friends. Byck identified himself fully in the tape "and even spelled his Anderson said. In identical letters sent to three newspapers Friday, Byck said he believed citizens should take control of the government. Henry obtains Israeli list From JERUSALEM (CP) United States State Secretary Henry Kissinger arrived here today for talks with Premier Golda Meir on separation of forces with Syria amid indications he was carrying the crucial list of Israeli prisoners held by Syria. "I've been away for five weeks, which is a considerable time, and I've now come from Damascus, where I believe we made good progress on some of Israel's most crucial Kissinger said at the airport here. Usually reliable sources in Damascus reported earlier in the day that Kissinger has succeeded in getf ing the list of Israeli prisoners held by Syria since the October war. In Damascus, Kissinger had talks with President Hafez Assad on the disengagement of Syrian and Israeli forces on the Golan Heights front. Official sources said the secretary is due back in Damascus Friday for another round of talks with Assad after holding talks with Israeli leaders. Before taking off for Israel, Kissinger told reporters that his talks with Assad Tuesday night and today were "constructive." Kissinger, on his fourth Middle East tour since the October war, arrived in Damascus from London Tuesday. He also met Tuesday night with Foreign Minister Abdul Halim Khaddam. In addition to the prisoner list estimated by the Israelis at 80 names Kissinger hoped to get an assurance that Red Cross representatives can visit the captives. Israel- has said it will not negotiate with the Syrians until those two conditions are met. Syria, meanwhile, has been insisting on an Israeli commitment to withdraw eventually from all territory captured from Syria. The Israelis are willing to relinquish the territory they captured in the October war, but they have said repeatedly they will not return the Golan Heights territory they took in 1967. Kissinger also was discussing with the Syrians the establishment of a buffer zone manned by United Nations troops between the Israeli and Syrian armies. A UN force now stands between Israeli and Egyptian forces in the Sinai Desert. Full Watergate story known NEW YORK