New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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Shultz: first strike possible
MILDENHALL, England (AP) — Secretary of State George P. Shultz said today that terrorists “seem anxious” to attack Americans and the United States must defend itself, even if it means striking first in some cases.
Speaking to reporters on a flight to Britain, Shultz dismissed arguments that U.S. retaliation risked provoking more terrorism, as well as accidentally hitting innocent people.
“They don't seem to need additional excuses to try to hit us,” he said. “They seem anxious to do what damage they can.”
Shultz was speaking two days after the ending of a six-day hijack of a Kuwaiti airliner during which
two American passengers were killed and two others beaten.
The plane carrying Shultz on a week-long trip to Western Europe was diverted to Mildenhall, a U.S. Air Force base in east England, for refueling after fog prevented landing at Gatwick Airport, 27 miles south of London.
Shultz planned to fly to Gatwick later today when the fog lifted to meet the British foreign secretary, Sir Geoffrey Howe.
He was due to spend the night at Howe’s country estate, Chevening, and leave Wednesday for Brussels, Belgium, to attend a three-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers.
Shultz is expected to confer with the allies in preparation for next month’s resumption of U.S.-Soviet arms control talks in Geneva. He is to make a brief stop in Frankfurt on Saturday to confer with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
A senior State Department official said consultations with the allies are very important to the Reagan administration in devising its negotiating strategy.
“Nearly every important arms control initiative that we have taken has been taken not only with the knowledge, but also the views and recommendations of our key allies, and I expect that to continue," he told reporters.
Reagan may ax economic advisers
American hostages to leave Iran soon
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
U.S. officials say they expect two freed American hostages from a hijacked Kuwaiti jetliner to leave Iran soon but Iran has made no comment. Newspapers in Kuwait ridiculed Iran’s reported rescue effort as theater and a “camouflage for collusion” with the hijackers.
The six-day hijacking, in which two Americans were reported killed, ended Sunday when the official Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA reported Iranian security men overpowered the four hijackers and freed their last seven captives — two Americans, the British pilot and four Kuwaitis.
Officials said they expected the two Americans — businessman John Costa. 50, and Charles Kaper, 57, an employee of the Agency for International Development, to leave Iran today after receiving medical traatment.
IRNA has reported the hijackers burned Costa with cigarettes in an effort to get him to say he worked for the CIA.
The terrorists reportedly sought the release of 17 people imprisoned in Kuwait for bombing attacks last year on the U.S. and French embassies. The bombings were carried out by Shute Moslems sympathetic with Iran’s government.
State Department officials withheld judgment on Iran's handling of the hijack, but Kuwaiti
newspapers charged the Iranians had cooperated with the hijackers. A man identified as a British expert on terrorism said in an interview with the CBS Evening News that the rescue could have been staged.
The ordeal was “sheer hell... terror for six solid days,’ the British pilot of the commandeered Kuwaiti Airways plane was quoted as saying. The hijack leader was “absolutely psycho,” said Capt. John H. Clark.
Most of the passengers were released in groups beginning Tuesday, but the hijackers killed one American on Dec. I and a second U.S. citizen on Thursda\
WASHINGTON (AP) - Word that President Reagan is thinking of scrapping his Council of Economic Advisers, whose former chairman Martin Feld-stein rankled the White House, has prompted howls of protest from economists, including current and former council members.
William Niskanen, the senior member of the panel, said he was “disturbed to hear” the report Monday that the president was considering abolishing the council as part of a budget-cutting move to save $2 5 million. He said, though, he hadn’t been told of any such plan.
Murray Weidenbaum. who was Reagan’s first chief economist, described the move as an overreaction to Feldstein's outspoken tenure at the three-member council. “I think they’re overlooking the important role an independent voice provides.”
Added Herbert Stein, council chairman from 1972-74, “It would be a mistake. I think the council is an asset to the president.”
As for Feldstein, who left the job in July to return to teaching at Harvard University, he wasn't at his Cambridge, Mass., office or home and couldn’t be reached for comment.
It was widely known that White House aides were disturbed by Feldstein’s persistent warnings about the negative effect on the economy of the federal budget deficits White House spokesman Ix)ITV Speakes publicly rebuked him for his views about a year ago, and Treasury Secretary Donald Regan advised a Senate committee to throw out the council’s 1984 report, chiefly written by Feldstein.
Since Feldstein’s departure, the chairmanship has remained vacant.
Niskanen has indicated interest in the job and said if he doesn't get it by the end of the year, he’ll leave. The other council member. William Poole, is expected to return to Brow n University early next year.
Social Security taxation due soon
WASHINGTON (AP) - Forty million Americans will get new statements from Social Security next month telling them how much they were paid in benefits in 1984 For 90 percent, it will bt* nothing more than a reminder of how much their monthly checks add up to over a year But for the other IO percent, it will be the first step in what promises lo be a painful annual ritual figuring out how much of their Social Security they must pay income tax on The 1983 Social Security rescue legislation provided that starting in 1984, people w ith income over certain levels would pay tax on up to half their benefits.
Social Security and Internal Revenue Service officials displayed on Monday the new forms that will be mailed out in January. They said they have set up machinery, including a toll-free telephone number. to field an expected 9.2 million inquiries.
All Social Security beneficiaries — including the elderly and disabled must pay income tax on up to half their lx*nefits if their adjusted gross income, plus tax-exempt interest from municipal bonds, plus half their Social Security benefits exceed
$25,000 for a single individual.
$32,000 for a married couple filing jointly.
Zero for a married couple who lived together for any part of 1984 and w ho file separate returns.
$25,000 for a married person who files separately but did not live with a spouse at any time during the year Acting Social Security Commissioner Martha A. McSteen said the new Social Security Benefit Statement Form SS A-1099 akin to a bank interest or dividend statement — and a companion Hts Notice 703 are “the simplest and clearest forms and directions that a government agency has been able to issue.”
The IRS is transferring the tax receipts to Social Security every three months, pumping an extra $2.3 billion into the system this year
Because the tax thresholds were not tied to inflation, increasing numbers of retirees w ill pay taxes in future years. Mrs. McSteen said 17 percent of all beneficiares will pay taxes on Social Security by 1990 Social Security pays benefits each month to 36 million people, but in the course of the year 40 million receive checks as people enter or leave the rolls, spokesman James Brown said.
It is costing Social Security $67 5 million to prepare the benefit notices and gear up for a flood of telephone calls and inquiries.
Starting Jan. 5, when the first forms will be delivered, and running through April 15, the tax filing deadline, people will be able to call this toll-free Aivnber to hear a two- 4 minute taped explanation: 1-900-200-1099.
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