New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
4A New Braunfels Herald-Ze/funy Wednesday, March 2,1983OpinionsHerald-ZfitungDave Kramar, General Manager Hobart Johnson, EditorJack AndersonEx-CIA man's hit list included Billy Carter
The murky world of ex-CIA agent Edwin Paul Wilson was one of constant intrigue and murder-for-hire. His indictment for plotting murders in prison isn’t his first encounter with assassination.
According to my own lengthy investigation of Wilson, he ordered the liquidation of at least a dozen onetime associates, including his former business partner, Frank Terpil, himself an ex-CIA man and a flamboyant cutthroat in his own right. “Hit” lists traced to Wilson also included one of my reporters and ex-President Carter’s rambunctious kid brother, Billy.
Since he was tricked into the U.S. Marshals’ clutches from his Libyan hideout, Wilson has already been convicted of smuggling arms and explosives to Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi. He is now on trial for another explosives incident. He also faces charges that he offered $1 million for the murder of a Libyan dissident and $1.2 million for the murder of two federal prosecutors
and six former associates who testified against him.
My associate Dale Van Atta, whose own name was on one Wilson hit list, located the man who was supposed to rub out Billy Carter. The killing, intended to punish Billy for reneging on a deal with Qaddafi, was to have been accomplished by sending the presidential brother a literally explosive oil painting.
Another Wilson enforcer has come forward and traces his ex-boss’ assassination orders back to 1975. He asked that his identity be protected, so I’ll just call him Hit Man.
He was hired by Wilson to investigate three employees who had disappeared one weekend with some important files. Wilson found dozens of canceled checks indicating embezzlement, and told Hit Man: “Take care of the files, and then I want the S.O.B. dead.” He was referring to the ringleader, an elderly man.
So the hired gun. armed with a .38 and accompanied by a sidekick carrying a lead pipe, waited outside
the ringleader's Virginia apartment. But the assassins chickened out at the last minute, went to a bar and got thoroughly drunk.
Hit Man then lied to Wilson the next day, telling him they had been unable to find the old man. He subsequently stalled Wilson until the kill order was forgotten.
Hit Man’s next target was Douglas Schlachter, whom Wilson once treated like a son, but who apparently got too big for his britches. As Hit Man remembered it, Schlachter decided to “ease out of the operation.’’ Schlachter and a former high CIA official began "talking openly about murdering Ed and taking over.”
Hit Man added: “Because I was the one that Ed trusted the most, they wanted me to call him in London and lure him back home so that we could kill him.”
Hit Man put through the call, arranged to meet Wilson at Dulles Airport — and promptly told him all about the plot. Wilson, he said, handed him a wad of cash, appointed him his
bodyguard and said: "If any of those (expletive deleted) even looks like he's going to do me harm, I want you to blow him away.” Wilson promised the hit man protection from the law, saying: “Nothing’s going to happen to you. ITI take care of the consequences.”
Wilson then set up a meeting with Schlachter at a restaurant in downtown Washington. Hit Man’s orders were to wait outside; if the conversation didn’t go well. Wilson would signal Hit Man as they emerged from the restaurant, and Schlachter’s doom would be sealed.
But when they came out on the street, Wilson glanced in Hit Man’s direction and shook his head no. “I don’t know what happened between them, but it saved Doug's life," said Hit Man.
Wilson next became disenchanted with Terpil, a friend from CIA days, who had been the original contact with Qaddafi. Several Wilson associates speculated that there may have been nothing specific, that
Wilson simply felt compelled "to screw every person who ever became a business partner of his.”
At any rate, Wilson told Hit Man to kill Terpil — and for once Wilson would be in on it himself. Hit Man followed Wilson and Terpil as they drove toward Terpil’s home near CIA headquarters in langley, Va. But their car got a flat tire, and Wilson managed to signal the trailing assassin to keep going, that the hit was off. Wilson never reissued the order. (Terpil and Wilson broke up after they both jumped bail; Terpil was last reported hiding out in Beirut, i
The macabre footnote to Hit Man s story of aborted assassination is that he and Wilson eventually had a falling-out. The hit man and his family were threatened by Wilson and his was one of seven names that showed up on a list found on his apparent successor.
Donovan Probe Spinoff: Attorneys for the Justice Department's Organized Crime Strike Force in
Brooklyn are presenting evidence to a grand jury that could lead to perjury indictments stemming from last year's investigation of Labor Secretary Ray Donovan.
The grand jury is hearing evidence that two officials of Blasters Union IiOcal 29, I/mis Sanzo and Amadio Petito, lied to Special Prosecutor I'©on Silverman when they claimed no knowledge that “no-show" employees had been paid by Donovan's former firm, Schiavone Construction, on a tunneling job.
Silverman concluded that “perjury and similar violations of law were committed by persons involved in the no-show scheme." Because Donovan wasn't involved. Silverman turned the case over to Justice.
At least IO witnesses have testified so far, and last week Sanzo provided samples of his handwriting for comparison to signatures on payroll records
WHEN IWP WZE IO LIVE FOREVER
Old jobs never get finished; they lead to more jobs
There are ways we all think that are so wrong that I can’t imagine why we continue to think that way. For example, we think that if we have a job to do, we'll start it, work away at it and finally finish it.
Wrong thinking I Most of the tune we do nothing like tliat. We start the job, drop it somewhere in the middle or make a mess of it and have to start over. More often than not we create more problems than we solve. It doesn’t seem to matter what the job is. It may be vacuuming the living
room rug. working on the checkbook, planting a garden, painting a wall or writing a letter. In each case, trying to do one simple job leads to another which is not quite so simple.
Vacuuming the rug you realize you ought to move the couch and after you move the couch or the chair to get under it, you remember the bag needs emptying. You go to the trash can in the garage and find papers stacked on top of it which ought to be bundled and tied. Meanwhile, the living room rug and the displaced couch wait. One job has led to another.
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You start your checkbook and realize there are some receipts you need. You check the pockets of a jacket or pair of pants in the closet, find a spot on the pants and decide you better take them to the cleaners right away if you’re going to have them for work Thursday. One job has again led to another.
We’ve just had our kitchen modernized with a lot of fake oldfashioned stuff It’s very nice, but we’ve been practically camping out for a month, and Saturday it was time to move the pots, pans and utensils into the new cabinets We had packed them all in boxes and put them down in the cellar while the work w as being done. I started bringing the boxes upstairs and my wife was going to arrange things in the drawers.
“Wait a minute,” I said. "We ought to line the bottom of those drawers with cork, or paper at least, so they don’t get all scratched up.”
She said they weren’t supposed to need it, but I stopped bringing things up from the basement and tried to decide what to line the drawers with. After two trips to the hardware store, the drawers are still unlined, the pans and utensils are still in the boxes and we aren’t getting along as well as when I started the job.
Small states bracing for big-time politicos
Bv DONALD M ROTHBERG AP Political Writer
MANCHESTER. N.H. To the cheers of a crowd pumped up by a band, balloons and campaign songs. Walter F. Mondale vowed to seek out the voters of New Hampshire, wherever they might Ire "No meeting, no matter how small, is safe,” he said.
That is the style of presidential campaigning in New Hampshire “You want to ask your questions eyeball to eyeball,” said the former vice president It’s the style in Iowa as well and it s being practiced intensely by all the contenders for the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination The* unsettling fact is that those candidates are out running hard in February 198:1, a full year before Iowans will attend the precinct caucuses that open tile process of selecting national convention delegates.
Mondale and Sens Alan Cranston, Gary Hart, John Glenn and Ernest Hollmgs and former Gov. Keubm Askew are showing up regularly in places like Mason City, Iowa, and Dover, NIL Four years ago no one had yet inflated the red, white and blue balloons. A few lonesome politicians were traveling around the country without fanfare, giving speeches to whomever w ould listen.
People joked about how much time George Bush was spending in Iowa His effort paid off many months later with a surprise victory over Ronald Reagan in the precinct caucuses. But that triumph didn t last long Reagan
campaigned hard in New Hampshire and scored a landslide primary victory that set hun firmly on the road to the GOF nomination and the White House
This year is different, say many Democrats, including the people around Mondale
The rules of the game have changed The Democrats decided to shorten the process and succeeded rn lengthening it.
In 1980 there was a month between the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. This year there will be eight days And then on March 13. the first day the new rules allow other states to start choosing delegates, at least IO slates will hold primaries or caucuses
The compression of the schedule has potentially conflicting effects on campaign strategy
Reagan had a month to get hts act together for the New Hampshire primary. Eight days probably wouldn't be enough tune for a front-runner to recover from the embarrassment of an upset loss in a state every one thought he would carry.
On the other hand, under the 1980 schedule there was tune for campaign money to start flowing to an upset victor in Iowa.
In 1984, an upset winner in Hie Iowa caucuses must already have his fundraising base in place because he will be forced to move right on to New Hampshire before the mail will show any surge of checks from people unpressed by a win in the caucuses.
Money is a big reason why candidates are out this early.
Creating more probems than I solve seems to be a specialty of mine, although I know I’m not alone iii the world. I see too many other people doing the same thing to feel bad about it (You’d think that once I’d written a column that would be one piece of work out of the way for me but it isn’t. Someone always w rites to say I should have written "...to feel badly” not "to feel bad.” And I have to write them a letter defending myself for not using the adverbial form when I’m writing rn a conversational style.)
For years I’ve had a dependable little clock radio next to my bed, but about a month ago the light that illuminates the dial went out. I .ast night I brought the clock radio downstairs and started taking it apart, hoping to be able to replace the bulb, while I was watching the news. I thought Dan Rather was eyeing me suspiciously and he was right. The clock radio is now in pieces, I’ve lost three of the screws and have no idea how to get it back together. Furthermore, I never got to where the bulb is.
The only way I ever stay with everything that ought to be done is by not starting a job in the first place. That way, I don’t go to bed with more to do than when I woke up.
College funding, auto fees hot issues
By EDMUND KUEMPEL State Rep., Diet. 48
A large majority of the House voted to pass HJR 19 to the Senate Tuesday iii a 138-7 vote. The constitutional amendment would create a dedicated fund for financing construction for seventeen colleges and universities in Texas. The resolution had a $125 million escalating base adjusted for inflation annually on the basis of the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI).
This portion of the proposal lended itself to several problems. Federal programs based on CPI have shown the index to be an unrealistic indicator which in turn leads to financial troubles for the programs. In a floor amendnunent, we voted to abolish the CPI index and establish future funding through the vote of the legislature. Should HJR 19 pass the Senate, the Governor would consider signing the measure. As a constitutional amendment, it must then be approved by a majority of voters. This election date is set for April 30, 1983.
in auto fees has also been under discussion at the Capitol. A $755 million revenue increase for the 1984-85 biennium is predicted should present plans go into effect. Although weight-based license fees have been justified (since increased deterioration of highways is proportional to heavier vehicles), proponents of a value-based system say there are problems. Presently, the owner of a $8,000 Dodge Diplomat pays virtually the same fee as the owner of a $33,000 Mercedes 300.
Unfortunately, figures I have seen would raise fees from $15.80 (on an average priced car) to $156. I cannot support the raising (rf fees for auto owners by a factor of six to ten times in this difficult economic period.
The House Labor and Employment Relations Committee met this week to hear discuss in on HB 340, dealing with a change in the definition of employment. Because the transfer of a business entitles the former owner and shareholders to draw unemployment compensation, this places a higher unemployment tax rate on the new owner.