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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 21, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta CIA accused of killing own agents, foreigners WASHINGTON (CP) Spurred by reports that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) kill- ed some foreigners and its own agents as well as spied on U.S. citizens, the U.S. Senate is gearing up for the first thorough probe of the agency since its creation 27 years ago. The Senate Democratic caucus, brushing aside concerns the investigation would infringe upon the jurisdiction of other committees, voted Monday to set up a committee similar to the one which probed the Watergate affair. CIA Director William Colby, meanwhile, was summoned to return to a closed-door Senate armed services committee today to testify on' the agency's overseas operations. During Monday's closed-door Senate Democratic caucus, members were told by one senator there was considerable substantive evidence the CIA might have been involved in assassinating foreigners and there had been rumors that low-level officials had contracted gunmen to murder CIA employees. Senate Republican leader Hugh Scott, meanwhile, said he has received "indications" the CIA soon will .disclose the size of its total an- nual budget, for decades one of the U.S. govern- ment's most closely-held secrets. Senator Alan Cranston (Dem. Calif.) said in an interview the secret budget's size apparently is expanded by contributions to the spy agency by foreign countries, including Iran. The budgets of the CIA and. other U.S. intelligence agencies are hidden in the annual appropriation for the defence department. Cranston, who attended the Democratic caucus, contended that there is no valid security reason for hiding intelligence spending figures. In his speech, Cranston listed alleged CIA ac- tions which he said focus the case against the agency, including: of domestic groups within the United States, including surveillance, break-ins and bugging in this country. secret war the agency fought in Laos, which he said was concealed from Congress for years although it cost billions of dollars to fight. overthrow the governments of Iran, Chile, Guatemala "and perhaps and giving direct aid to military dictatorships in In- donesia, the Congo and elsewhere. foreign elected officials, newsmen and others." Sources inside the caucus said Cranston also referred to charges that the CIA caused the murder, of some of its own employees. Countdown 20 days to go The letlibridne Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 Cents Cabinet begins series of anti-inflation talks Splat! RICK EFIVIN photo It's snowball throwing weather these days, as Mark Simons, 7, 2214 8 Ave. S., found out the hard way Monday. Here, a snowball shatters a split second after splatting into Mark's head. The Grade 2 lad should be able to get his revenge In the next two days, however, as the weather office forecasts continuing mild weather with highs of 40 to 45 expected Wednesday. Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Formal talks with the cabinet to try and ar- rive at a consensus as to the best method to cope with the threat of a recession and ris- ing inflation get under way today. Representatives of the Canadian Labor Congress are scheduled to meet with the cabinet in the late after- noon as the first in a series of meetings with represen- tatives of labor, business, financial professional and other groups. Finance Minister John Turner is expected to report to the opening session of the Commons Wednesday that the first meeting took place with organized labor. The House resumes its sittings after the Christmas and New Year's recess. They are to be exploratory talks seeking to ascertain the attitude of organized labour and business as well as professional and other groups to the problem of inflation and recession. The cabinet will be sounding out the groups to determine how they think the Hoarding worsens coin shortage The Canadian Press While Canadians keep feeding coins into vending machines, parking metres, pay telephones and cookie jars in their kitchen cup- boards, a severe coin short- age is beginning to develop. Most provinces have not yet felt the pinch but British Co- lumbia and Quebec report in- creasing shortages. A strike at the federal mint in in its second also adding to the shortage and no settlement is in sight. G. W. Hunt, master of the Royal Canadian Mint, says there now is a production backlog of 250 million coins. The mint released 862 million coins in 1973 and 1.2 billion in 1974. There now are eight billion coins in circula- tion in Canada. Mr. Hunter says a major problem is the habit of many Canadians to hoard coins. In the four Atlantic provinces, banks, retail stores and vending machine operators report a sufficient supply of coins. But in Newfoundland, a spokesman for the Royal Bank of Canada said a prolonged strike at the mint will be noticed eventually. Banks in the Montreal area say they have just started to notice a shortage of coins. PLO accedes to Geneva conventions GENEVA (AP) The. Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has notified the Swiss government it is acceding to the Geneva conventions oh warfare, Swiss authorities disclosed today. The Geneva conventions cover a wide code of humani- tarian laws ranging from the treatment of wounded and sick soldiers and prisoners to the protection of civilians in armed conflicts. A spokesman for the Swiss foreign office said a "letter concerning accession" from the PLO received in December is under study. combined-problems should be tackled. The government has estab- lished a "consensus secretar- iat" headed by S.D. Cameron. He was formerly with the prices and incomes commis- sion when it was headed by Dr. John Young. When that commission ceased active operations Mr. Cameron mov- ed to Consumer and Corporate Affairs. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Mr. Turner have been reluctant to spell out in advance what proposals the government will put before the groups it plans to meet. The "low key" approach is be- ing tried this time an official explained, pointing out that Dr. Young's well publicized attempts to arrive at a policy were not successful. Unlike the talks the prices and incomes commission had with different groups, the cabinet will meet with labor and others behind closed doors. Some of the com- mission's talks were held in public. Publicity did not help reach a solution when the commis- sion was struggling with the problem, it was decided. Ac- cordingly these meetings to reach a "consensus" will be held in private. At present the cabinet intends to "listen and learn." The private talks will go on to March with the cabinet meeting with some groups and in other cases a small group of ministers conferring with other groups. Mr. Turner has made it clear that the prime minister and he will take leading roles in the talks. The whole government is in- volved in this attempt to arrive at a national consen- sus. It has been talked about since Mr. Turner introduced his budget on Nov. 18. It is expected that ultimate- ly out of this series of talks may come some form of voluntary restraint for wage and price increases. 'Why don't we let the Arabs, buy them, wait five years then nationalize Inside 76 Pages i Classified........24-27 i Comics i Comment.........4; 5 i 15-17 i Family.........20, 21 i Markets...........23 Sports..........12, 13 i Theatres............7 Weather............35 LOW TONIGHT 25, J HIGH WED. 45, BRISK WINDS Quebec landslide forces evacuation of 25 families ASBESTOS, Que. (CP) A landslide at an open-pit mine near this town, 85 miles north- east of Montreal, forced the evacuation of about 25 families early today. The slide occured at the Geoffrey mines -operated by Johns-Manville Ltd. and con- sidered to be among the largest open-pit operations in the world. More than 150 men were working 950 feet below sur- face when the slide occured. However, nobody was injured as the men got out in time. Tons of sand and clay cov- ered about a one-mile-wide area of the pit after the slide. One house fell into the pit during a later shift of the earth following the initial slide.. Nightclub fire said deliberate MONTREAL (CP) Thir- teen persons, including three women, died early today in a fire-charred, padlocked night- club closet in what police speculated was a gangland rubout although most of the victims apparently were "in- nocent bystanders." One police officer described the killings as the worst "pre- meditated'.' mass murder in the history of Montreal, and it was generally regarded as one of the worst crimes of its kind in Canadian history. Police speculated the vic- tims were herded into the six- by-eight-foot beer-storage closet and the fire set with the aim of eliminating witnesses to an Oct. 30 double murder at the same night-club in the city's northeast district. But Constable Jean Gauthier, 25, the first police officer at the scene, said it appeared most of the victims had simply dropped into the club for a drink. Asked whether there was something "in common" among the victims, Constable Gauthier replied: "I think two or three of them may have had something in common but the rest were bypassers." Asked whether the others were innocent bystanders, Gauthier replied: "Most definitely. One of the victims was a father of four who had stopped in for a beer after his shift." Police listed Rejean Fortin, 44, manager of the night-club, which features top-less dancers among the victims. They said Mr. Fortin was the only victim had been shot in the back. A picture emerged of the victims dying from asphyxia- tion as smoke seeped around the padlocked door into the small closet where the bodies were found piled on top of one another. The fire started at a.m. and firemen said it took them three hours to get it un- der control. Shortly afterwards they found the bodies in the locked storage closet. Seen and heard About town Brook Harker trying un- successfully to round up last minyte dinner guests after wife Kathleen thawed out too much liver grocery store clerks Virginia Hillmer and Ruth Rolllngson, Magrath, very much relieved after rescued itself from a telephone pole without'their help. MPs to debate pay hikes again Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA MPs return to work tomorrow and are ex- pected to jump right in where th'ey left off, on the question of salary increases for themselyes. After receiving a mixed reaction in their constituen- cies over the holidays, it is still not decided if MPs will push for the latest proposed a one-third increase in salaries and ex- penses now, retroactive to July 8, and future increases tied to the Industrial Com- posite index of wages and salaries. MPs are expected to try to agree among themselves before introducing the issue again. Whatever the decision they can expect to be criticized by some of their colleagues. The NDP has indicated it will not go for as large an increase as is now proposed, and there has been no weaken- ing of the NDP position. Another blast is expected from former -Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, who was not present in the Commons when the issue was raised before Christmas. Diefenbaker has returned from the Bahamas where he was working on his memoirs and has promised to enliven the salary debate. Diefenbaker will advance his long-held view that increases voted by one Parlia- ment should not. become effec- tive until the next Parliament. There will be other oc- casions for fireworks in the renewed session. Opposition spokesmen have new ammunition for their re- ported criticism of the Government's handling of economic affairs. Recent statistics show unemployment rising, as a further indication of threaten- ing recession; and continued high inflation. Statistics Canada reported last week that unemployment had jumped to 6.1 percent of the labor force, on a seasonal- ly adjusted basis. The agency also reported that cost-of-living increases in 1974 were the worst under peacetime conditions. Opposition parties have al- ready indicated they will press the Government for a revised, expansionary, budget in the near future and for im- mediate increases to projects such as winter works to take the edge off soaring un- employment. Texaco refuses role in Syncrude CALGARY (CP) Texaco Exploration Canada Ltd. will not participate in the finan- cially troubled Syncrude oil sands project, a company statement said today. Texaco had been rumored to be investigating participation in the Syncrude project following the withdrawal of Atlantic Richfield Canada Ltd., which controlled a 30 per cent interest in the oil sands extraction project. A statement from the Tex- aco office said the company decided not to participate in Syncrude because of the large cash investments the billion project now requires. The company said it will continue to review oil sands projects which wijl represent an important future oil source when economic and govern- ment policies improve. The Syncrude consortium, which now includes Imperial Oil Ltd., Canada-Cities Ser- vice Ltd., and Gulf Oil Canada Ltd., announced Friday that the project will be abandoned unless they can attract ad- ditional partners lived underground PHNOM PENH (Reuter) About people lived un- derground for more than eight months and had to resort to eating cats and dogs in the longest siege by Communist- led insurgents of the Cambo- dian war. The reports said that all the inhabitants of the garrison town of Kompong Seila, (8 miles southwest of here, lived in bunkers during an eight- month seige. Israel requests tripled aid from U.S. New York Times Service WASHINGTON Israel has asked the United States for billion in economic and military assistance for the next fiscal year, more than three times what she current- ly .receives in U.S. aid, American and Israeli officials said Monday. About billion of the re- quest is for military aid, either in credits or outright grants. Foreign Minister Yigal Allon discussed the unusually high request with President Ford, Secretary of. State Kissinger and Defense Secretary James R. Schlesinger during his visit here last week and said he had "satisfactory results." A state department official said the administration was studying the Israeli request the largest ever made except for the 2.2 billion in military aid allocated to Israel in the aftermath of the October, 1973 war but has made no firm decisions. In the past year, the U.S. has pledged to give aid to Israel a high priority, partly as an inducement to persuade Israel to take a more flexible attitude on'negotiations with its Arab neighbors. Congress so far has sup- ported the administration's request and in the current aid authorization, through this June 30, increased the amount allocated for Israel. Kissinger, who is seeking a new Egyptian Israeli accord on the Sinai front, has agreed to visit Israel again and has dispatched Ambassador Her- mann F. Eilts back to. Cairo to seek President Anwar El- Sadat's assent. American officials are planning on Kissinger's going to the middle east about Feb. 7 for a week to seek agree- ment on the dimensions of the next accord. The dimensions of the Israeli request can be measured by the fact that the entire U.S. foreign aid authorization for the current fiscal year amounts to billion. ;