Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
CLOUDY HIGH FORECAST THURSDAY 60. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 226 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES Armed Forces Told To Avoid Airline Flights WASHINGTON (CP-AP) The U.S. armed forces, concerned over the growing number of airline hijack- ers, have urged senior officers and other personnel with knowledge of classified or sensitive information to avoid commercial flights and find other means of travel. The army, navy and air force, in separate but sim- ilar directives, recently advised personnel to take buses or other means of surface transportation if they are unable to catch military flights in areas where hijackings are possible. "This could be almost anywhere by the way these hijackings are a defence official said. Secret NATO documents were on board the hijack- ed Pan American Airways 747 jumbo jet blown up by Arab guerrillas at Cairo ail-port Monday, a spokesman for the United States delegation to NATO said today. Start Investigation "NATO and U.S. authorities are looking this matter, and we can add nothing further at this the spokesman said. The investigation is believed to have followed a report from Cairo in wliich the Egyp- tian newspaper Al Ahram said documents relating to NATO's budget "and other matters" had been found by the Egyptian authorities after the Boeing 747 ex- ploded. The U.S. spokesman said that the documents, some of them classified, were on their way to the United States. The pentagon is reluctant to discuss the new rules for military personnel. But all navy and marine com- mands have been given special procedures for their personnel to follow if they can't avoid commercial flights. The other services have spelled out similar procedures. A directive from the chief of naval operations ad- vises wearing civilian clothes and carrying of identifica- tion such as a civilian driver's licence so sailors will not tip off their military status. Also, any classiifed documents are to be in sealed envelopes. Tlie instructions also warn military officers that at- tempts to destroy documents would only serve to call attention to themselves. Cracking Plane Hijacks Tough World Problem By WILLIAM L. RYAN AP Special Correspondent There are many reasons why airline hijacking is going to be a tough international problem to crack. One is an indication by the record, that hijacking can be an effective political tool. Another is that countries in which the piracies occur cannot or do not want to do anything about it. Hijacking for ransom not only is an attractive wea- pon for extremists, but it also does precisely what they want the most; calls world attention to their demands. In the United States, the Federal Aviation Admin- istration says it has a mechanical deterrent system using metal-sensing devises at ticket counters and boarding gates. The FAA says this has cut the num- ber of hijackings tin's year. It has not eliminated them however, and the hi- jackings abroad have increased both in number and violence, despite precautionary measures, Question Of Ethics International action would have to be ironclad, and here arises a question of the willingness of a given government to surrender a hijacker, who declares him- self a political refugee and seeks asylum. Sanctions against countries that become the desti- nation of hijacked planes could hurt the governments which invoke the sanctions as well as the targets, and in any case would likely have little effect on Arab hijackers. The Arab guerilla movement follows its own laws. There are about '15 separate Arab "liberation" organi- zations, many well armed, and representing everything in politics, including implacable enmity to any negoti- ated Mideast settlement. Many follow leaders who espouse the philosophy that tire political ends justify any means, including the risk of innocent lives. Sanctions Ineffective Egypt and Jordan are examples now of the in- effectivensS of measures such as sanctions. Egypt's President Nasser has little control in the guerrilla movement: it rejects his lead in the matter of negotia- tions and on tho issue of Israel's right to exist as a state. King Hussein of Jordan also has little control over guerrillas. Governments may be persuaded to adopt laws pre- scribing heavy punishment for political hijackings and kidnappings. But in order to lie effective, such laws would have to be universal. While havens continued to exist, such laws would lose their deterrent effect. In the second place, men and women in a mood to be martyrs, it necessary, are unlikely f.o he impressed by laws. ritish Plane Nab issengers Wjfe. TYPE OF JET HIJACKED This is a British Overseas Airways Corp. VC10 type jet plane similar to the one hijacked today while enroute from Bahrain, Persian Gulf to London. The plane landed at Beirut, then departed again, where it landed in the desert airfield held by Arab guerrillas near Amman Jordan. Stanf ield Plans Speech On Unity At Meeting Of Conservative MPs OTTAWA (CP) Some 60 Conservative MPs were going behind closed doors today to hear their leader lay down the law on parly unity. Sources said Hobert L. Stan- field was prepared to take a tough stand on the unity issuv two weeks after a Saskatoon meeting of some western Con- servatives spawned widespread reports of party dissension. Reports from that meeting in- dicated that the leadership of Mr. Stanfield came under some fire as tlie western members as- sessed their party's position. Sources say the party leader wanted to tackle the criticism head-on at today's caucus meet- ing. The meeting was arranged long before the Saskatoon gath- ering and the idea was to have a day-long discussion on unem- ployment and the postal situa- tion before the Commons recon- venes Oct. S. The postal dispute has since been settled. Unemployment and agricul- ture will be discussed, sources say, but the over-riding issue will involve party unity and that Saskatoon mealing. CORNERED HORNER Mr. Stanfield, during his re- cent Alberta visit, already had private talks with Jack Horner who helped or- ganize the Saskatoon meeting. While the meeting was de- Tiny Submarine To Survey Oil Leak In Sunken Barge Canadian Press Correspondent the sunken barge Irving Whale SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. (CP) which is spewing thick bunker oil into the waters north of A tiny two-man submarine was to be taken to the Gulf of St. Lawrence today to survey into the waters north Prince Edward Island. The fisheries research sub Government Bans Use Of Pesticide OTTAWA (CP) The federal agriculture department will ban food-crop and other uses of tlie pest killer ODD, also known as Immediate Ceasefire Ordered From AP-Reuters AMMAN (CP) The Jordan- ian army chief of staff, Maj.- Gen. Mashour Hadilha, an- nounced today he has assumed full powers under King Hussein, and ordered an immediate ceasefire between Palestinian Arab gua'rillas and Jordanian troops. In a statement broadcast by Amman radio, the general said TDE or Rhothane, it was learned today. The ban on use of the pesti- cide goes into effect Jan. 1. This chemical, along with the pesticide DDT, was singled out by a government inquiry in the United States last year as pesti- cides which should be virtually eliminated within two years. The Canadian government has already taken action aimed at reducing the use of DDT by 90 per cent. In its latest action, tlie only use that may be made of DDD after Jan. 1 will be by special authorization of the agricultural minister for public health or plant quarantine purposes where no suitable allernalive exists. A similar exception was rec- ommended by a U.S. govern- ment commission. The commission's report, which touched off tlie Canadian government action against DDT early this year, based its rec- ommendation for elimination of the two chemicals on human health hazards and the tendency of the chemical to become con- centrated in the foods consumed by man. "DDD was among a long list of pesticides on which the federal food and drug directorate re- duced the safety margins in foods in June. Pisces arrived here from St. Andrews, N.B., to be loaded aboard the Canadian Coast Guard ship Wolfe for transport to the scene of the sinking 35 miles north of the western tip of P.E.I. It is not known whether condi- tions will permit the Pisces to be lowered to the sunken barge today. The unmanned Irving Whale sank early Monday with gallons on bunker C fuel oil in its eight compartments. A huge oil slick, stretching in patches for 15 miles in length and eight miles in width, was moving toward the New Bruns- wick north coast Tuesday but was nearly stationary today. POTENTIAL THREAT The slick poses a potential threat to the north shores of both P.E.I, and New Brunswick on wind direction. Tons of peat moss are piled up in an airport hangar here for use in the event oil reaches shore. Meanwhile, a boom is being flown here from British Columbia to be placed around the oil leaking from the barge. This would be designed to con- tarn the oil and prevent it from joining the present slick. The slick of bunker C oil is about 15 miles long and up to eight miles wide in patches. Tlie Guerrillas are here for peace talks, sir.' he had taken "all powers" in Jordan at the request of Hus- sein. "In my new position I order all army units throughout the country to cease fire at he said. "I will mete out the severest punishment on viola- tors." Palestinian, guerrillas and Jordanian soldiers earlier were reported battling for a second day in northern Jordan, follow- ing the collapse of a brief cease- fire concluded Tuesday between Mic Amman government and guerrilla leaders, McLain Suspended NEW YORK (AP) Pitcher Denny McLain of Detroit Ti- gers was suspended for the re- mainder of the Aineri c a n League season Wednesday by baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn. Tlie suspension follows an in- cident 10 days ago when Mc- Lain dumped two buckets of water on a pair of Detroit sportswriters following a game, in Detroit, Pheasant Hunting Permitted EDMONTON (CP) There will be a pheasant and Hun- garian partridge hunting sea- son tills year Dr. J. Donovan Ross, Alberta lands and forests minister said today. Analysis s h o w s concentra- tions of mercury in the birds will be within health regula- tions this fall, he said. The season for the game birds was cancelled last year because muscle tisue taken from birds in southern Alberta contained as much as .45 parts per million of residual mer- cury. TYic maximum allowed by Inc.'federal food and drug ad- ministration .1 parts in a million. Dr. Ross said there has been a reduction in the use of mer- cury by the agricultural indus- try since that time. Further bird collections and investigations will continue, he (aid, scribed as friendly, Mr. Stan- field was reported to have clearly stated his objections to unauthorized party meetings which result in public bickering over the leadership question. Tlie sources say that no disci- plinary action is planned against any of the MPs taking part in the Saskatoon meeting. Mr. Stanfield's approach, they say, will be to suggest that the Saskatoon session be forgotten, but that it never, never be re- peated again. Anyone with criti- cisms to make was to be invited to state his views in caucus. Should Mr. Stanfield ask for a vote of confidence, the sources said it was almost certain to be unanimous..There is said to be a n overwhelming consensus within the party to avoid further public discussion of any internal differences. Former leader John Diefenba- who attended the Saskatoon meeting, is not attending this caucus. He has not attended caucus since Mr. Stanfield be- came leader in 1967. Most of the MPs who have school-age children came back to Ottawa during tlie weekend. Others attending today's caucus' began arriving Tuesday. Chairman of the Conservative caucus is George Hees (PC- Prince a for mer "cabinet minister in the Diefenbaker government. Confidence Vote Not BEIRUT, Lebanon (Reuters) A hijacked British airliner carrying more than 113 persons, including four Arab guerrillas armed with dynamite, took off from here today for the com- mandos' desert airstrip in Jor- dan. Reuters news agency said there were 123 persons aboard including the guerrillas. The As- sociated Press, which earlier reported 76 aboard quoting an airline spokesman, revised its figures to 103 passengers and 10 crew members total of 117 counting the guerrillas. The of British Over- seas Airways Corp. took off at a.m. EDT, just five min- utes short of two hours after it landed here to refuel for the 40- minute flight to the airstrip. A total of 198 passengers and crew from two Western airlin- ers hijacked Sunday already are being held hostage there. Sources close to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Pal- estine said there that the Front, which executed Sunday's mass hijacking, seized the BOAC plane, which carried at least 40 Britons, in order to exert pres- sure on the London government to free female Arab guerrilla Leila Khaled. REJECT ENVOY'S PLEA Before the plane took off Brit- ish Ambassador Alan Eddon went to the control tower and pleaded in vain with the hijack- ers by radio to let off the women and children on board. There were believed to be about 30 women and several children, including at least one baby. The hijackers also refused a request from the control tower that two guerrillas who boarded man and a escorted to the plane by a secu- rity man. This apparently was to pre- vent the guerrillas from smug- gling aboard bombs with which the plane could be blown up after landing as a Pan Ameri- can jumbo jet hijacked to Cairo was Monday. The hijacker in the plane la.ughed and said: "Don't worry, we have all the dyna- mite we need." Tlie ambassador later told Reuters: "I an: satisfied that no one was hurt aboard the 'plane. I did ask for the release of the women and children and this was referred to Amman and refused." The hijackers renamed the silver and blue British plane Safad One, after an Israeli town. The Swiss and American airliners hijacked to Jordan Sunday were renamed, after Haifa and the Gaza Strip. Pierre Gemayel, Lebanese public works minister, told re- porters at the airport that the two guerrillas who boarded at Beirut had been searched be- forehand with the knowledge of the British ambassador. He said he would propose to the cabinet that Lebanon an- nounce that it would not permit any more hijacked planes to land at Beirut. The latest was the third hijacking there. While the plane was on the ground here, the hijackers threatened to blow it up if any attempt was made to seize con- trol of it. The VC-10 took on gal- lons of fuel and headed out. The hijacking was the first ever of a regularly scheduled British airliner. The hijackers threatened to blow up the VC-10 if any at- tempt was made to regain con- trol of tlie plane. Jji London, BOAC said that 32 Britons were among the 49 pas- sengers who boarded the plane in Bahrain. Of the others, three were Americans, two were In- dians and 12 were from Bah- rain. Plane Lands LONDON (CP) A spokes- man for the British foreign of- fice said word had reached London that the hijacked Brit- ish jetliner, with at least 113 persons aboard, was forced to land near two other captive airliners on which nearly 200 persons were being held host- age in the Jordanian desert. The spokesman said the plane, after circling over the Middle East for hours, landed at the same guerrilla held base where the two other planes were under guard. As in the "ase of the four hi- jacking plots earlier this week, the Popular Front for the Lib- eration of Palestine assumed responsibility. "Let's see what British Prime Minister Edward Heath does a guerrilla spokes- man said. Meantime, Cairo airport's area control declared the air- port closed today to prevent the jetliner from landing in Cairo. Necessary Urge UN Meet OTTAWA (CP) George Hees, chairman of the Conserv- ative caucus, said today party leader Robert Stanfield has the confidence of the caucus and that a vote of confidence in his leadership is unnecessary. Mr. Stanfield said as he en- tered the caucus meeting that he will not seek a vote of confi- dence. Jack Horner, Conservative MP for Crowfoot who attended an unannounced meeting of Prairie MPs in Saskatoon, said he has full confidence in Mr. Stanfi.eld's leadership. "I know of no rebellion in the he sa_id. "We can win the next election with Mr. Stanfield as Mr. Horner added in ringing tones. UNITED NITONS (AP) The United States and Britain asked today for an urgent meet- ing of the United Nations Secu- rity Council on the current wave of airliner hijackings. The council was expected to meet at 3 p.m. EDT. This is the first time the ques- tion has been formally placed before the 15-nation council, al- though the hijacking problem was debated last year in the General Assembly. Open Negotiations Jetliner Crew Dies In Crash NEW YORK AP) Federal Aviation Administration o f f i- cials say a DC-8 jetliner that crashed Tuesday at Kennedy In- ternational Airport killing all 11 crew members apparently scraped its tail on the runway during takeoff. The Trans International Air- lines plane was on a ferry flight lo Dulles International Airport at Washington where it was lo have picked up 250 youths for 3 charter flight to Europe. As it left the runway carrying only the crew, it rose almost vertically to a height of about 300 feet, then tilted on its left side and plunged to earth, ex- ploding m Barnes the FAA said, GENEVA (AP) The Inter- national Bed Cross Committee said it opened negotiations with Palestinian guerrillas today on behalf of the British, Swiss, American and West German governments. A spokesman said the Red Cross has received a mandate from the four countries to nego- tiate the freedom of about 188 hostages held captive in the Jor- dan desert in their hijacked Swissair and Trans World Air- line jetliners. In return for their liberty, the Red Cross is authorized to agree to the release of seven members of the Popular Front for the liberation of Palestine held in Britain, Switzerland and West, Germany, (he spokesman said. But he stressed that there will be no separate deals for the re- Tiemors Rock City BELGRADE (Reuters') Three medium strength earth tremors rocked the central Yu- goslav city of Sarajevo early a total of nine in the area in the last 50 hours. Wednesday's tremors caused damage to buildings in Vogosce, near Sarajevo, lease of certain nationalities among the hostages. "We will only negotiate for the release of all passengers and crew regardless of national- he said. The Palestinians are demand- ing the release of Arab prison- ers in Israeli jails as part of the ransom. The Red Cross con- firmed that it has not had any approach from Israel, which has refused to join in any ex. change and has condemned the willingness of tlie Swiss and German governments to release their prisoners. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN TTNDERWATER S W I M- ming expert Barb Gorko claiming quickness rather than big lungs is what en- ables her (o swim two lengths of the Y11CA pool Tom Band showing off the hair- cut he got while in Spain Concert master Dr. Cliff. Palmer, remarking on tak- ing his daughter to the U of C, "I may be first fiddle in the orchestra, but I'm second fiddle here."