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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Incredible transcripts almost 'Indecent exposure' my JAMES RESIGN New York Times Service WASHINGTON President Nixon has asked the American people to read the edited version of his White House conversations on Watergate and to be about them. If they he wrll almost certainly be impeached. For this official even .with its critical is as big and factual as the New York telephone book. And it must be the most damaging and self-incriminating document ever published by an American president. It is not really as Nixon but as Mary McGrory of The Evening Star-News here it is almost These White house conversations are almost beyond belief. You 'em and the president and his aides show signs of pity for poor who were or but in general they read like the conspiracy of devious and trapped trying to save their jobs even at the expense of their honor. What is and even is that every once in a while the president argues for telling the truth. He tells John Dean not to lie people lie says are usually convicted for the lie rather than the crime but mainly these conversations deal with evading the and avoiding the personal and political consequences of the scandals. You can read for hours in these conversations without finding any discussion of the true interests of the of right and without any respect for the Congress or any other dissenting even without any thought or philosophy or loyalty to the constitution or their own public arguments against personal and contempt for law and order. So there are now two major Why did they put out all this damaging And what are the Congress and the people going to do about On the first it is fairly cbar that they had to put it out because the Republican leaders in Congress were telling them that they couldn't it any longer but had to give at least the appearance of or even the would vote for impeachment Strategy working if the White House put out a massive document of edited it could take the mount a public relations campaign in the narrow the issue to the Watergate and split the House judiciary committee along party lines If the whole thing could be turned into a partisan then there would be enough votes to avoid conviction in the and maybe even impeachment in the House. This strategy worked fairly well for the president before anybody had time to read the documents. He argued his case and interpreted the documents on television before the judi- ciary committee had ever seen them The judiciary committee did divide among party as he nad on whether it had to have the tapes or be satisfied with his edited transcripts of the tapes. the of Representatives and members of its judiciary committee have a problem. The president has put them in a hard place. He has defied their subpoena for the tapes of those White House conversations He has given them his edited version of what the tapes said. He has insisted that his James D. St. sit in on the judiciary committee's but he has refused to allow the judiciary committee to send technicians to verify the White House tapes or lawyers and staff members to check out the accuracy of his published conversations So it be interesting '.u see wnac the members ot the house and the members of its judiciary committee do about all this. The evidence so far is that the me'mbers of even the members of the judiciary haven't even read the record. Not easy to find Trying to find them since the president put out his version of the facts has not been easy. Most of them seem to have been back not worrying about this constitutional but campaigning for re-election Maybe this is what the president had in mind by his bold strategy. Don't give them but give them more than they will read. Take the issue to the people by and tell them you have 'told all' Organize the party Appeal to its loyalty when the party is in trouble Put St. Clair on national television even before he goes to the hill or the courts. It's still a political and public relations operation. All this has been made clear to the House and and it has been working from the president's point of view fairly well. But the tapes are now public and they tell a frightening story. The public may not read them and maybe less than a tenth of the members of the congress will read but the lawyers and staffs in the congress and this may make quite a difference Public unimpressed with Nixon tactics N.J. Forty-two per cent of those who heard or read about President Nixon's televised Watergate speech last week came away with a less favorable opinion of Nixon ihan a special Gallilp poll indicates. Seventeen per cent of those polled said they had a more fa- vorable opinion after the speech and subsequent release of Watergate transcripts edited by the White 35 per cent said their opinion stayed the same and six per cent said they had no opinion. The Gallup organization conducted a telephone poll of 694 adults last Thursday. Poll officials said there was a four- percent margin of error. The poll showed that 44 per cent of those contacted believe there is enough evidence for impeachment by the equivalent to indictment in a court of law. Forty-one per cent said there was not enough evidence. At the same 49 per cent of those sampled said they did not believe the president's actions wer.e serious enough to warrant his removal from office. Thirty- eight per cent said he should be removed. The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXVII-121 MAY 1974 10 American style Banners proclaiming and hang across a street in down- town Rome as part of a American-style publicity campaign for a May 12 referendum on existing Italian divorce laws. Political parties and the Italian govern- ment will have spent some million in the campaign by the time votes are cast next week. Tycoon's daughter art thief DUBLIN Dr Bridget Rose daughter of a British appeared in the special criminal court here today charged with 10 counts of stealing valuable art treasures and possessing' firearms and explosives. She showed no emotion as the list of charges was read and she was remanded in custody until May 17. Miss Dugdale was arrested Saturday at a country cottage near Glandore in southwest Ireland. One of the charges related to possession of weapons in an area of Donegal where churns filled with explosives were dumped from a helicopter and landed near a police.barracks. The police said that in the cottage they found 16 of the 19 paintings stolen April 26 by a woman and four men from the country home near Dublin of Sir Alfred and the other three paintings were in the trunk of the car. They included masterpieces by Goya and Velasquez and were valued at more than million. The gang had sent the police a note saying it would destroy the paintings unless million in ransom was paid by May 14 and unless the sisters Dolours and Marion Price were transferred to a prison in Northern Ireland The sisters are serving life sentences in a London jail for. bombings in the British cap- ital. B.C. strike halts building projects VANCOUVER Vancouver area members of 12 building trade unions today joined electrical workers in their strike against the construction tying up an estimated million worth of construction projects. Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical who walked off their jobs last were joined by members of the 12 which had been bargaining jointly with the Construction Labor Relations Association The construction unions' joint bargaining committee announced Saturday they planned to take strike action against the which represents about 800 construction firms in British Columbia. He estimated the e'ectrical workers' strike shut down about million worth of construction in the lower mainland and Okanagan Valley areas of the province. Today's strike action halted an additional million worth of construction projects in the Vancouver he estimated. Experts still claim tape gap deliberate NEW YORK The fi- nal draft of a report on the ISVfe-minute' gap in a Watergate tape still concludes that the lapse was caused by numerous erasures and an assistant to a member of a group of experts said Sunday. After a six-month investiga- the six-man group of ex- perts turned in its final draft report to District Court Judge John Sirica Saturday. The results were not made public. Ernest an assistant to Mark vice-president of Federal Scientific said in an interview the final draft is substantially the same as the preliminary report given to Sirica 15. Weiss and five other elec- tronics experts were appointed jointly by the White House and the special Watergate prosecutor's office to examine tapes of several White Houe conversations. The la-Vz-minute gap occurred on the recording of a conversation President Nixon had with the then White House chief of H.R. on June 1972. Air controllers staying on job OTTAWA Air traffic controllers remained on their jobs today after voting to accept a tentative contract agreement hammered out last week between union and treasury board negotiators. The controllers had threat- ened a national walkout at midnight Sunday unless a satisfactory agreement was reached. A strike could have virtually halted commercial air traffic. But late Sunday even the controllers in two potential trouble Montreal and had agreed to abide by the national majority decision. The national vote was 57 percent in favor of the settlement. The agreement will provide pay raises of 15 per cent dating from July with 12 per cent retroactive to Jan. 1. The controllers will get a further raise of nine per cent Jan. 1975. The controllers now have salaries ranging between and annually Most earn between and Controllers in Montreal and Victoria were unhappy with the proposed settlement and had threatened walkouts regardless of the national vote. Late they decided to go along with the majority. Jim president of the Canadian Air Traffic Con- trol called upon all controllers to stay on the but said he understood the frustrations of members of the association. saw other labor dis- putes in the public service re- ceive swift and generous attention as a result of illegal strike he said airport firefighters were offered a 30 per cent pay increase by treasury board despite an illegal strike The firefighters dispute goes to arbitration Tuesday following rejection of that proposal. The contract will not be signed for a few weeks because there are details to be ironed he said. In addition to. the pay in- the agreement doubles severance pay for those who leave their jobs before improves annual leave provisions and allows the association to appoint a member to inquiry boards investigating ac- cidents. In where a six hour study session disrupted air traffic local chairman Fred Ager said controllers were not happy with the settlement. The Montreal controllers voted more than 80 per cent against the agreement. Meeting cancelled VANCOUVER British Columbia Indians have cancelled a meeting with federal government negotiators over land claims scheduled for and no new date has been set. French facing bitter runoff PARIS Socialist Francois Mitterrand will face conservative Finance Minister Valery Giscard d'Estaing in a close runoff battle for the French presidency May France's voters decided Sunday Backed by the powerful Communist Mitterrand led a field of 12 candidates on the first ballot with or 43.36 per cent of the total cast. Giscard a member of the Independent Republican ran second with or 32.85 per cent. Since the heavy turnout of 25 million voters gave no candidate a a runoff must be held between the two high men in two weeks. But the voters dealt a shattering blow to the Gaullist which dominated French politics for more than a decade under Presidents Charles de Gaulle and Georges Pompidou. The official Gaullist candi- former premier Jacques polled only or 14.64 per in what was billed as a battle against Giscard the leader of the junior party in the Gaullist coalition. The consensus of politicians and newspapers was that the major shakeup in the political pattern made the outcome of the runoff with the result likely to be a photo finish The big question mark was how many of the 14 per cent who supported Chaban- Delmas after a campaign marked by personal bitterness toward Giscard d'Estaing would switch their votes to the 49-year-old finance minister. Conceding his Chaban-Delmas maintained his resolute opposition to the Socialist-Communist union but avoided naming either Mitterrand or Giscard d'Estaing. Gaullist party leaders were meeting today to decide their tactics Should large numbers of hard-line Gaullists stay home May Mitterrand might squeeze through to victory. Mitterrand said he is ex- actly the same position as were Gen. de Gaulle and Georges Pompidou after the first rounds of the elections in 1965 and as we they were Michel d'Ornano. secretary- general of Giscard d'Estaing's indicated a campaign for the next two weeks. will parents of schoolchildren think if the minister of education is a Communist party he asked. will the farmers think in a similar case0 and hoard About town Maureen MacKenzie falling asleep during Last Tango in Paris salesman Wayne Wintemute claiming if bull was he'd be rich Kelly Price's dog Jason chasing friend Romeo Thibert two blocks 13th Street. Junta asks rebels to lay down arms LISBON A top military leader of Portugal's military junta appealed today to guerrilla fighters in the country's African territories to lay down their a'rms. Gen. Francisco da Costa chief of the armed forces general staff and re- garded as the second-ranking member of the seven-man issued the appeal in a statement before leaving the Angolan capital of Luanda where he had talks with mili- tary and civilian the authoritative Portuguese Lusitania news agency said. us lay down the weapons of war and take advantage of the new possibilities of the liberal atmosphere which we are now experiencing in he said. The junta headed by Gen. Antonio de which came to power 11 days ago after nearly half a century of authoritarian has proposed a loose federal system for the territories Under this they would have virtually equal status with metropolitan although Lisbon would retain control of foreign defence and finance. The junta now is focussing its main attention on the key problem of the African territories where guerrilla warfare has been going on for 13 years. This has put an intolerable strain on the country's taking up more than 40 per cent of the national budget. The junta has pledged to ap- point a provisional government by mid-May and to hold free general elections for a constituent assembly within a year run her up then Inside Classified....... 16-19 Comics............ 5 Comment.......... 4 District............13 Family....... 15 Local News___ 12 Markets ...........20 Sports...........8-10 Theatres......... 7 TV................ 6 Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT HIGH TUES. MAINLY SUNNY Drug commission treated 'unfairly9 by MLAs By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission will resist any attempts to turn it into a political says its chairman. In a blast levelled at some Richard Anthony said politicians were prepared to sacrifice the stability of the commission for political gain. don't think we were treated Mr. Anthony said of the commission's appearance last week before a legislature sub- committee. not coine to take a backseat to these guys. a politician tries to exalt his it becomes a political Mr. Anthony said in a telephone interview. He was grilled by MLA's for more than two hours at one tense committee meeting. The led by MLA Ron Ghitter Calgary centred on the alleged lack of a philosophy on the part of the commission and its withdrawal of funding for a Calgary drug information centre. Mr. Anthony said he felt a second mepfino nf the committee was more that the commission was getting through to the MLA's about its aims and operations. they are serious about their they should take them to the commission before taking it into the political arena. I felt a little bad Mr. Ghitter and some of his cohorts are taking a run at us and making it look as if the commission isn't doing its Anthony said the MLA's proved they are no exception ignorance about alcohol and drug abuse. have to be educated too. The people at the second meeting got a little more education'. And we're going to follow that up with invitations to visit centres like Kenwood alcoholism treatment centre near It was apparent that MLA's had not read the commission's reports about policies and he said. He said he offered more information than required under the legislation establishing the commission. He suggested a lilpo tha stnntr-rtl board would have offered much less information to MLA's. knew we were going to face some controversies but you have to stand for what you believe in. We weren't a He said the commission has done more in the past year than the last five years combined. Mr. Ghitter said in an interview he fully recognizes the good things accomplished by the commission. He singled out an impaired drivers' program and establishment of intoxication recovery centres far nrafcp from a philosophical point of I think they're going about it the wrong way. The attitude towards the community-organized drug information centre is indicative. The commission is generally imposing programs from the top down. input in this is solely in hoping to get a change in direction of philosophy so the commission can operate more effectively. Mr Anthony and commission members are sincere in their approach. But the philosophy of the approach ;