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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 6, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 'Soldier' Liddy says Nixon not ruthless enough THE SOLDIER WASHINGTON (AP) Convicted Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy says former president Richard Nixon did not act ruthlessly enough in coping with the scandal and should have destroyed the tape recordings that eventually drove him from office. In a televised interview Liddy also characterized former White House lawyer John Dean as a "stool pigeon" and former Nixon re-election committee head Jeb Stuart Magruder as "an accomplished, skilful liar." "I think in all fairness to the man you'd have to put him right up there with Judas Liddy said of Dean, who along with Magruder was a chief prosecution witness in the Watergate cover-up trial. Liddy said that if he is returned to prison, he would prefer not being sent to the minimum security facility where Dean is held because "I'd rather have an honest bank robber any day in the week" as a .cellmate. Liddy served about 18 months in prison before being released on bond while one of his sentences is appealed. He has been sentenced to six years and eight months to 20 years for his role in Watergate, 18 months for contempt of court and one to three years for his role in the Ellsberg conspiracy case. Liddy said he identifies with U.S. District Judge John Sirica, the man who imprisoned him and who has presided in most of the Watergate cases, because he "believes that the end justifies the means. He puts that into practice. He does what is necessary." Liddy said in an interview with Mike Wallace for a CBS 60 Minutes program broadcast Sunday that Nixon was sufficiently ruthless" in dealing with "these domestic difficulties in which he was engaged." Liddy said that when the existence of the White House tapes was disclosed, he would have stated publicly that "they are being destroyed; in fact, they have been destroyed." Liddy refused in the interview, as he has before, to break his silence on what he knows about Watergate. Hut he described Watergate as a justified intelligence gathering operation. "If one is engaged in a war, one deploys troops, one seeks to know the capability and the intentions of the enemy and things of that sort. If one is engaged in politics and one deploys his political troops, one seeks to learn the capabilities and inten- tions of the other side. The opposition. It's like brushing your teeth. It's basic." Liddy's wife, who participated in the interview at their suburban Oxon Hill, Md., home, described her husband as a hero for keeping silent on Watergate. She said he was "serving his country just as many of the military men have." THE COMMANDER The Lctlilnidcje Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 1975 15 Cents IRA wants Protestant meeting LONDON Irish Republican Army (IRA) has offered to prolong its ceasefire in Northern Ireland indefinitely if Protestant guerrilla groups will negotiate with it, London newspapers say. The newspapers, quoting sources in Dublin, say the British government is study- ing the IRA proposal. There was no official confirmation of the reports. The reports say the proposal did not include the IRA's long- standing demand for a British promise to pull out of Northern Ireland ultimately. Instead it calls on the British government to give its public blessing to direct peace negotiations between leaders of the Roman Catholic and i-rotestant extremist organ- izations. There was no immediate re- action from the militants who now dominate the Protestants in Northern Ireland. But they have repeatedly warned against concessions to the IRA since the Catholic guerrillas proclaimed a Christmas ceasefire Dec. 23 and extended it until Jan. 16. Militant Protestant leaders have threatened another gen- eral strike in Northern Ireland, like the one that brought down a Protestant- Catholic coalition government last May, if Britain gives too much in exchange for IRA pledges of peace. Leukemia doubted MOSCOW (Reuter) Mos- cow diplomats reacted skepti- cally today to a Chicago news- paper's suggestion that Communist party chief Leonid Brezhnev is suffering from leukemia. There has been no public comment from Soviet of- ficials on the party general secretary's whereabouts or state of health since Egyptian newspapers suggested last week that illness caused him to postpone a visit to Cairo this month. But diplomats in the Soviet capital who watch him closely say there has been no indica- tion he is suffering from anything more than tiredness or perhaps a heavy cold since rounding off his busy year-end program of diplomatic and internal political activity. TWO VEHICLES PIVOT ON EDGE OF SHATTERED TASMAN BRIDGE Ship takes bridge, 10 down under From AP-REUTERS HOBART, Tasmania (CP) Officials believe at least 10, and possibly 20, people were killed when a British ore freighter rammed the Tasman bridge Sunday night and brought down a 240-foot section of the span that took the ship to the bot- tom. The bodies of five of the ship's 42 crew members were recovered, and two other crew members were missing. But police said they believed two and possibly four cars plunged from the bridge into the Derwent River 150 feet below. They had no idea how many persons were in the. cars, but one vehicle may have held six occupants. The ship, the Lake Illawarra, stayed afloat long enough for the other 35 crew members to get off alive. Three were in hospital. The survivors included'the ship's Quake toll still unknown BEESHAM (Reuter) A week after the catastrophic earthquake in northern Paki- stan, there is still no real idea how many persons it killed. captain and the chief engineer. The four-lane, mile-long bridge connected the business district of Hobart, on the west bank of the river, to residen- tial areas on the east side. The city is the capital and largest city of Tasmania, the Australian island state 150 miles south of the mainland. The accident occurred about 9 p.m. during a fight rain, officials said. The Lake Illawarra, carry- ing tons of zinc concentrate, smashed into and demolished two of the bridge pylons, shearing away three spans. "The ship steered to the left of the navigation span and hit the bridge on the third pylon from the eastern said Maurice Allan, who saw the accident from his home. "The ship went straight down after the bridge collapsed on top of it after wavering for about 60 seconds." Allan's son, Gordon, 20, said he heard "a big bang and saw a car heading into town swerve across the bridge. It hit an oncoming car and both fell into the river." One driver, Murray Ling, said he stopped his car three feet from the brink as the road disappeared in front of him. Inside 'Find out where he buys his meat' 20 Pages Classified........16-19 ft! Comics............14 ft; Comment...........4 ft; .11-13 3 Markets...........15 Sports............8-10 JS Theatres............7 8 TV.................6 3 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 20; HIGH TOES. 30; MOSTLY SUNNY. Prosecutor doubts Nixon knew of Watergate break-in NEW YORK (AP) The chief prosecutor in the Water- gate cover-up trial has told Time magazine he doesn't think former president Richard Nixon knew in ad- vance of the Watergate break- in. Time said prosecutor James Neal stated flatly that Nixon didn't authorize the bugging. In support of his opinion, Neal said that tapes showed Nixon experienced "some sur- prise" when told of the break- in. Neal, who resigned last week after the trial, said Nix- on was at least indirectly responsible for the actions of his aides. CIA hit by two inquiries WASHINGTON (AP) Congressional leaders say their planned investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency will proceed even though President Ford has ap- pointed an eight-man commis- sion to look into the spy organization. Ford named Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller to head the commission created Sun- day to "determine whether the CIA has exceeded its statutory authority." The CIA, which is limited by law to foreign intelligence, allegedly has spied on U.S. citizens in the United States. The commission is to report LEGAL LOOPHOLE LETS SHERIFFS BEAT INFLATION SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Seven officials in California have found a way to beat the soaring cost of living. They collect a salary and a pension for the same government job. By retiring from office for only a few days, the seven- including five taken advantage of a loophole in state law. They are now eligible for two cheques a month. All seven left office Dec. 31. They begin new elected terms in the same offices today and will begin to receive both pension and salary. Monterey County Sheriff W. A. Davenport started it all. He still gets a pension along with his salary. "I think morally and honestly I am said the 55-year- in days. Ron Nessen, White sheriff of his annual salary benefits totaling "I know House press secretary, said that I am right legally." Any local elected official over the retirement which varies from 50 to eligible to do the same under the state's pension system. the report will be sent to Congress and released to the public. The other commissioners appointed by Ford were former California governor Ronald Reagan, retired Gen. Lyman Lemnitzer, former solicitor-general Erwin Griswold, AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Joseph Lane Kirkland, former com- merce secretary John Connor, former treasury secretary C. Douglas Dillon and Edgar Shannon, retired president of the University of Virginia. 'MUST GO AHEAD' Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott praised the com- mission members but said it was necessary for the congressional inquiries to go ahead. A CIA investigation pre- viously was announced by Representative Lucien Nedzi, chairman of a committee which is supposed to oversee the work of the spy agency. Nedzi said he would appre- ciate any insights the commis- sion may offer "into the prob- lem of reconciling a secret agency with an open society." But he was skeptical about how much work the commis- sion could produce in 90 days "because the CIA and the in- telligence community are very large and the problem (of reconciling a secret agency and an open society) is very large." .The make-up of the commis- sion came under some criti- cism. One lawmaker, who asked not to be identified, said the close personal relationship between Rockefeller and State 'Secretary Henry Kissinger made it a "self investigation." Military threat irks Arab oilmen Debris final orbit covers lots of land HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Reuter) They shot a Saturn in the air, and soon it falls, they know not where. But at least they enough to have advised the United Nations Security Council that up to pounds of space debris from the second stage of a United Stales Saturn 5 moon rocket willreturn to earth this Friday. "We want to make sure they know it isn't some kind of a said James Clark, an official at the National -Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) centre here. But.Guy Jackson, another NASA official, said the possi- bility of the debris striking people or property is almost -non-existent.' The centre is predicting that the second stage of the which placed the 100-ton Skylab space station in orbit in May, re-enter the earth's atmosphere at about 2 p.m. EST Friday. Clark said this remains subject to about 12 hours' change either way because the rocket is tumbling in orbit. It is looping the earth at about miles an speed at which it will strike the earth's dense at- mosphere, causing parts to burn out and spew fire in the sky. Clark said the stage, known as S-2, has fallen to an altitude of about 100 miles from its original 170 miles in the last two weeks. The prediction now is that about half the rocket stage will remain intact on re-entering the atmosphere, of- ficials said. As much as the emp- ty liquid oxygen tanks, steel structures and struts inside the rocket, and five big could stand the terrific heat that will accompany the re-entry. Given the proportion of water to land on earth, the odds are that the debris will fall into a sea or ocean. But one space centre official said the trajectory in its final orbit could place the S-2 in a line covering 70 per cent of the earth's land mass. One orbit lakes about 90.minules. While some of the large structures of the S-2 are ex- pected to keep their shape, the stage is expecled lo blow apart into possibly as many as 100'pieces and cover an area of anywhere from to square miles. BEIRUT (AP) The Arab world has reacted angrily to U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger's statemenl thai Ihe Uniled Slales mighl conceivably intervene militarily against Middle East oil producers if they threaten "slrangulalion of the in- dustrialized world." His comments, published by Business Week magazine, prompted editorial and gpyernmenl prolests in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya and Iraq over Ihe weekend. A member of the Kuwait cabinet, Abdel Aziz Hussein, told Egypl's official Middle Easl news agency: "American organs have been making such threats fre- quently, so it is now eslablish- ed in people's minds thai their purpose is to check the freedom of oil producers to sel a jusl price for Iheir oil." SEES CONSPIRACY The semi-official Cairo newspaper Al Ahram says Kissinger's threats were evidence of a U.S.-Israeli con- spiracy to attack the Arabs "in the same way Israel join- ed France and Britain in at- tacking Egypt after nation- alization of the Suez canal in 1956." The paper urges Ihe Arab stales to "lay down a new strategy immediately al the economic and mililary levels so Ihey may face the possibili- ty of U.S. action against Arab oil fields." A leading Lebanese news- paper said today that Kissinger has senl imporlanl messages to five oil-producing countries on recent developments on Ihe oil queslion. The five counlries were Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Iran and Venezuela, An-Nahar said in ils unsourc- ed reporl. The paper said Ihe messages were sent afler last week's remarks by Kissinger. An-Nahar added lhal Ihe conlents of the messages were not known. The only country to confirm that it had received Kissinger's message was Kuwait. Libyan Premier Abdel- Salam Jalloud declared: "We are nol afraid and we will fighl for freedom." President Houari Boume- dienne of Algeria said U.S. military action against any Middle East oil country would lead lo the destruction of the oil fields. He accused Washington of resorling to psychological warfare and warned lhat the Uniled Slates "will need Arab oil and gas for a long time yel." Visit delay seen as aid to peace THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Israeli governmenl leaders were reporled oplimislic Sun- day lhal the indefinite posl- ponement of Soviel leader Leonid Brezhnev's trip to Egypt will permit new progress toward a Mideast peace. An Israeli government source quoted by the Jerusalem Post said the failure lo end Ihe Cairo- Moscow split has weakened Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's bargaining posilion. and heard About town A young Jim McLaughlin wandering all over Park Lake searching in vain for a hay ride sponsored by SI. Augusline's Anglican Church, Hawaii bound Con Van Home palling his snow shovel in fond farewell. ;