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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 8, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 1975 15 Cents FIGHTER-BOMBER LIFTS OFF FOR RETALIATORY RAID AGAINST VIET CONG HEADQUARTERS North Viet offensive aimed at ousting Thieu News analysis By GEORGE ESPER SAIGON (AP) North Vietnam's current offensive is a six-month, dry-season cam- paign to force the Saigon government to carry out the political provisions of the Paris peace agreement in a way favorable to the Com- munists, Western diplomats say. "North Vietnam doesn't be- lieve a general offensive is said one Western diplomat. "They feel they can accomplish their aims with limited military actions." Western analysts say the capture Tuesday of Phuoc Binh City, a provincial capital 75 miles north of Saigon, was part of Hanoi's strategy of reducing the South Viet- namese government's presence in the countryside, expanding control of the pop- ulation to give credibility to the idea of a Communist .government in the south and inflicting heavy losses on the South Vietnamese army. These analysts say that the underlying goal is the ouster of President Nguyen Van Thieu. Negotiations to carry out the political provisions of the peace agreement have been suspended since last April. The main stumbling point appears to be a provision in the agreement calling for for- mation of a Council of Torch launched, hostesses lunched Two Canada Winter Games' hostesses enjoyed an un- scheduled lunch with Canada's health minister Monday after missing out on an Ottawa torchlighting ceremony. Laurie Trojan, '22, of Fort Macleod, and Shirley Clark, 26, of Stirling, had been scheduled to escort Health Minister Marc Lalonde when he ignited the Winter Games' torch prior to its cross- Canada tour. But something went awry and the hostesses were not picked up from their Ottawa hotel in time for the ceremony. "It was just a com- munications breakdown." Doug Dunlop, in charge of public relations for the Winter Games Society, said today. Mr. Lalonde learned of the mixup at the ceremony organized by Sports Canada and made a special point of lunching with the hostesses at a buffet luncheon held afterwards. "Laurie called and said they had lunch and that he is a real- ly nice her mother, Gerda Trojan, said today. Mrs. Clark and Ms. Trojan are now escorting the ceremonial torch on the Maritime leg of its tour. A se- cond pair of hostesses will es- cort the torch through Central Canada and a third pair will bring it west. Faye Johner of Lethbridgc and Janine Folkins of Warner are scheduled to handle the Central Canadian leg. Vicki Cleland of Bow Island and Eleanor Kubik of Blairmore will take over in the West. the Games received a lot of tremendous publicity from the Charles Virtue, chairman of the Games' society, said today. "It was a delightful National Reconciliation and Concord, made up of the Saigon regime, the Viet Cong and an undefined "third force.1' "Saigon says the third ele- ment is to be chosen by both sides and the council's func- tion is only to organize general said one diplomat. "The Viet Cong say the third element is not to be chosen by two sides, that .anyone who shows up can belong, and that the council's function is to take over the government until elections are organized. "This is is an irreconcilable difference. You can't charge either side with bad faith for refusing to accept the other's definition." Thieu believes that the Viet Cong's version would be the first step toward a coalition government that would lead to a Communist takeover of the South. Released WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. District Judge John Sirica today ordered John Dean, Jeb Stuart. Magruder and Herbert Kalmbach released from prison. All three men had been serying sentences as a result of guilty pleas in Watergate- related crimes. i 40 Pa Classified i ..28-31J 24 Comment 33-35 Markets ___ Sports Theatres 25 .21-23 I; 7 6 Weather 3i; 7 don't care what Marlon Brando did. Washington is not mine to LOW TONIGHT -5; HIGH THURS. 10; SNOW, COLD. Hospital denies booking Brezhnev BOSTON (AP) An official of the Sidney Farber Cancer Centre said today there is no truth to reports that Soviet Leader Leonid Brezhnev will enter the hospital for treatment. "The report is absolutely William Koster, administrative vice- president, said. "We haven't been contacted at all." The Boston Globe said today it had learned from a police source that the 68-year-old So- viet Communist party chief would enter the cancer centre at the Children's Hospital sometime later in the day. In Moscow, the official Soviet news agency Tass said Brezhnev, his wife, their relatives and friends attended funeral services there for his mother today. The Boston office of the FBI and state aiid local police all said they knew nothing of the reported visit. In Washington, state depart- ment officials said they had "no evidence to support" the newspaper's story. Meanwhile, a funeral was held in Moscow today for Brezhnev's mother, Natalia Denisovna Brezhnev, and offi- cials said the Soviet leader was present. Mrs. Brezhnev's death was announced Tuesday. She was believed to be about 87. Senator criticizes lack of oil tax retaliation Seen and heard About town MS. TROJAN MRS. CLARK ceremony involving the health minister, officials of Sports Canada, and a young school choir and Mr. Virtue said. The games are being held in Southern Alberta Feb. 11 to 23. Herald Washington Bureau WASHINGTON Failure rby the U.S. state department to take the "vigorous action necessary to protect American consumers" from Canada's oil-export policies has come under new criticism in Congress. Senator Bill Brock, the Te- nessee Republican who circu- lated a letter in late November calling on the Ford administration to retaliate un- less Canada drops its oil- export tax, said Tuesday that the state department response has been "unsatisfactory." The senator, whose November letter to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was signed by 16 other Senate colleagues, said Congress still has "no assur- ances that a strong Ameri- can policy has been developed to counter" the harmful effect on U.S. consumers of Canada's high oil prices and its phaseout of exports. Mr. Brock's statement was issued Tuesday when he released the text of a state department reply to the senators' request for a tougher administration stand against Canada. The state department letter, signed by Linwood Holton, assistant secretary for congressional merely reiterates the well-known' official posi- tion of tacit acceptance. Steve Vaselenak signing a letter to city council "your future mayor Jack and Eveline Edgar celebrating their 30lh anniversary with a flaming dessert and Reg Purdy complaining that all the rum "went up in smoke." 6CIA opened private maiP New York Times Service SAN DIEGO A man who identified himself as a former operative of the Central Intelligence Agency said Tuesday that when he resigned in 1959 the post office depart- ment was covertly assisting the C.I.A. in intercepting and copying the mail of American citizens. Dr. Melvin Grain, 53, a professor of political science at San Diego State University, said C.I.A. officials involved in the "mail tapping" acknowledged to him that it was an illegal and unconstitutional invasion of privacy and in violation of the national security Arson doubted in Wilson fire act of 1947, which created the intelligence agency He said his colleagues justified the operation, however, as being necessary to "achieve our mission" of safeguarding American security against the Soviet Union. A spokesman for the postal service in Washington, Jamison Vain, denied that the service "has ever or is now" involved in opening the investigation has private mail of American that arson was citizens. First class mail be cause of the Dec. 9 fire that destroyed one wing of Wilson Junior High School, Police Chief Ralph Michelson said today. An RCMP laboratory report from Edmonton, released by city police today, indicates that fire was "a fuel based fire" in an area in the drama and arts room where paint and paint cleaners were stored. While stating that police in- vestigation has not uncovered opened only by court order, usually in criminal cases, and tins occurs only on rare oc- casions, he said. The post office's alleged screening of letters written by Americans, mostly to relatives or friends -in the Soviet Union, was said to have started in the summer of 1958 during the second term of the Eisenhower administration when the late Arthur E. Summerfield was postmaster general. According to Dr. Grain's ac- count, the post office depart- ment set up areas in post of- fices in New York City and New Orleans, staffed by specially cleared personnel, where sophisticated equip- ment was used to open, copy and reseal letters from Americans about whom the C.I.A. sought information. "The surreptitious opening of U.S. mail was the last straw for said Crain, who resigned from the C.l.A. in June, 1959, seven months after he said he first learned of the mail surveillance carried out in extraordinary secrecy under an arrange- ment among the C.I.A., the post office department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A C.l.A. spokesman in Washington declined to com- ment on whether Crain ever worked for the agency or on whether such mail opening was carried out. Grain, who said he joined the C.l.A. in September, 1951, said the agency gave him a "Staff D" clearance a supersensitive security clearance in November, 1958, that made him aware of the highly secret mail interceptions. Thereafter, he said his office read about six intercepted letters from Americans each day. Most of the letters were in English, to friends and relatives in the Soviet Union, Crain said, and he could recall no instance where "positive use" was made of any infor- mation contained in.the intercepted mail. One purpose of the surveillance, lie said, was to develop contacts .with Americans who had acquain- tances in the Soviet Union. any evidence of criminal ac- tivity, Chief Michelson would not rule out the possibility of arson. The area of fire origin is one where accidental problems are most likely to occur. The area "most likely vulnerable to burglar and wilful damage had not been he explained. Despite the lack of evidence and the conclusion of the police investigation to date suggesting that arson was not likely, the investigation of the fire will continue, he added. Ford energy plan to hike gas price WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford has decided on an energy policy that deliberately increases gas- oline prices to discourage de- mand but rejects direct fuel restrictions or rationing, an informed administration source says. The source also said Tues- day that Ford has won the voluntary agreement of auto makers to improve gasoline mileage, but that he would not propose federal mileage stan- dards or a horsepower tax. However, Ford was ex- pected to propose standards or tax credits to improve building insulation. The administration's energy policy is to be made public this month. Many of Ford's expected proposals would re- quire congressional action, es- pecially in imposing or easing taxes. Ford was expected to stick to his goal of reducing oil de- mand by one million barrels a day by the end of this year and to select a target for limiting oil imports by 1985 to something between 10 and 20 per cent of U.S. demand, com- pared with the present 36 per cent. But his energy policy was not expected to include a deci- sion on stockpiling oil against the threat of sudden shor- tages, a subject to be studied further in the next several months. Soviet Union refuses to replace Egypt arms BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) President Anwar Sadat said Tuesday the Soviet Union has refused to replace Egypt's arms losses in the 1973 Middle East war. "I want to declare that up to this moment Egypt has not replenished its arms losses in the .last war although the Soviet Union totally made up Syria's losses 14 months ago, even before the Sadat told the Beirut new- spaper Al Anwar. The account of the inter- view in Cairo indicated this was the real reason for the postponement of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev's visit to Egypt. Sadat told Al Anwar: "I want every Arab throughout the to know that since the ceasefire of October, 1973, up to this has received from the Soviets only some weapons bought and paid for by (Algerian. President Houari) Boumedienne and small quan- tities of ammunition and spare parts." Wilson may be eyeing income freeze Herald London Bureau LONDON Prime Minister Harold Wilson has been sending out unmistakable signals to British trade unions that it is time for them to pay more than lip service to the social contract. Senior trade union leaders say privately that it is more than a matter of publicly criticizing production-losing strikes. They believe that the prime minister is thinking the unthinkable, a statutory incomes policy. Late in December, the director-general of the Engineering Employers Federation told a private lunch that he would bet five-to-one that there would be an incomes policy by Easter. On the face of it, this is highly unlikely. Several government ministers have said a wage freeze forms no part of the economic policy of the Labor party. But the prime minister has said frequently since the October election that the British peo- ple should expect no increase in living standards for the next year or two. He also has been under pressure from the Confederation of British Industry, the employers group, to do something to curb the size of wage settlements or face massive un- employment and widespread business bank- ruptcies. The sharp drop in December of Britain's of- ficial reserves of gold and foreign currencies was a shock to the government, as well as to London's financial circles. Similarly there was shock over the extent of the difficulties of Bu'rmah Oil and British Leyland. This led to the prime minister's very tough speech in his constituency about "manifestly avoidable" strikes that were forcing state- backed factories to run at a loss. His ire was particularly aimed at the automobile industry and specifically, the Aus- tin-Morris division of British Leyland at Cowley, Oxfordshire. He warned that "public investment and par- ticipation cannot be justified on the basis of con- tinued avoidable loss-making." This plant lost man-days due to strikes in 1974 and Mr. Wilson said this lack of pro- duction had led to imported cars taking 35.64 per cent of British sales in November, representing an "unacceptable failure to compete by our home factories." The British automobile industry has two per cent of the total employees in the country and accounted for one-eighth of the man-days lost in 1974 and almost one-third of man-days lost in 1973. Undoubtedly, part of the reason for the many strikes is the sheer boredom of assembly line work as compared, for instance, to the Aston Martin factory, where the skilled men building the hand-made cars rarely had an industrial dis- pute. But a major cause of the endless disputes is that power in the auto factories lies at the shop steward level and some skilled industrial agitators have infiltrated the stewards' ranks to create trouble for their own ends. Senior union officers privately admit that they are frequently in thrall to shop stewards who in- sist on constant confrontation. ;