New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Britain wants details of Libyan plot
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Britain is seeking details about two Britons accused of serving on a libyan assassination squad and about allegations that Libya was plotting to kill British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, sources said today.
The British sources, who spoke on condition they not be identified, said British Ambassador Michael Weir met with Egyptian Foreign Ministry officials on Monday after the arrest last weekend of Anthony William Gill, 48, and Godfrey Philip Shiner, 47, both of London.
Egypt has accused Shiner and Gill of being
part of a four-member Libyan “hit team” sent to Cairo by Libyan leader Col. Moam-mar Khadafy to kill former Libyan Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Bakoush.
Libya, in turn, broadcast an appeal on its state-run radio Monday for the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
The British sources said Britain was seeking information about Shiner and Gill and statements by Mubarak and Egyptian officials that Ijbya was plotting to kill Mrs. Thatcher.
But the sources refused to give details of the meeting or say whether Weir received
information substantiating the claims that the suspects had related Libyan plans to assassinate Mrs. Thatcher, Chancellor Helmut Kohl of West Germany, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia and several other world leaders.
Mubarak has said Ubya also may have been involved in the Oct. 31 assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Gill, Shiner and two Maltese were arrested Saturday shortly before Mubarak announced that Egyptian security had used faked photographs showing Bakoush in a pool of blood to trick Libya into believing he had
Egypt said the libyan agents, who were to have hired Egyptian collaborators to carry out the killing, hired undercover police who staged a sham abduction and shooting of Bakoush. The collaborators had pictures showing Bakoush feigning death sent to the Libyan Embassy in Malta.
Libya’s official radio announced Friday that Bakoush had been “executed” by “suicide squads” loyal to Khadafy, but Bakoush appeared Saturday at a news conference in Egypt.
On Monday, Egyptian security agents took Shiner to a downtown Cairo bank to draw out $90,000, which officials said was to have been his share of the Ubyan reward for killing Bakoush.
In london, Gill’s wife Rosemary described the allegations against her husband as “a terrible mistake” and denied that her husband was a professional assassin
“My Tony would not hurt a fly,” she said. “I have seen him stop our car and pick up an injured bird or put a bee out of the window rather than kill it.”
Reagan advisors pessimistic about deficit slashing
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — President Reagan’s budget advisers are privately expressing alarm at what they view as the near impossibility of significantly reducing the federal deficit Without violating Reagan's campaign promise against raising taxes.
One administration official, speaking on the condition that he remain anonymous, questioned why Reagan issued a firm no-tax-increase campaign pledge in the face of overw helming odds that he would have been re-elected without it.
At the beginning of the campaign in August, the president said he would raise taxes only as a last resort. But as he continued to berate Democratic challenger Walter F. Mondale for suggesting there would be no way to cut the deficit without a tax increase, Reagan's pledge became more and more firm.
Finally, a few days before the Nov. 6 election, Reagan declared taxes would be raised "over my dead body.”
The official said the 12 high-level officials who form the group developing a 1986 fiscal year budget appear to be hopelessly deadlocked as they seek ways to achieve $50 billion in spending cuts.
The group includes the administration’s leading pragmatists, such as White House Chief of Staff James A. Baker III, Budget Director David Stockman and presidential assistant Richard G. Barman, along with its leading conservative. Counselor Edwin Meese and his .sometime ally, Treasury Secretary Donald Regan.
Meese. who will be nominated again in January to succeed William French Smith as attorney general, apparently believes the budget process is his last chance to lay out a conservative agenda for Reagan to follow in his second term.
While the group agreed to a target deficit of roughly $160 billion in 1986, declining to just over $100 billion in 1988. it currently has no idea where the $50 billion savings will come from.
Without further action, the 1986 deficit currently
is projected at $206 billion.
Although the group met for more than 12 hours last week, the official said some of the time was wasted with various statements of the obvious, such as “the government needs to make more money."
The quandary the group is facing is that the big-ticket items where the most significant savings could be achieved have been ruled off limits by Reagan.
For instance, the president promised during the campaign not to reduce Social Security benefits, and deputy press secretary Marlin Fitzwater reiterated that pledge again Monday.
Defense spending is another area where it appears unlikely Reagan would agree to reductions as he pursues his massive military buildup.
The budget group members disagree on whether to continue to increase defense spending, and if so, bv how much.
Westmoreland almost left interview
NEW YORK ( AP i Retired Gen. William C. Westmoreland says he considered walking out when (’BS News correspondent Mike Wallace surprised him with questions about a 14-year-old Vietnam War controversy, but stayed because he feared that would bt1 considered an admission of guilt.
Westmoreland testified on Monday for a third day in his $120 million libel lawsuit against the network, saying being interviewed by Wallace was like "participating in my own lynching.”
Westmoreland, who commanded I S. forces in Vietnam from 1964 to 1968. sued CBS, Wallace and others at the network over the 1982 documentary, "The Uncounted Enemy A Vietnam Deception.”
The broadcast charged Westmoreland deliberately suppressed information in 1967 showing enemy .strength was rising. Westmoreland, the broadcast said. wanted to show his forces were w inning the war As a result. CBS said. President Lyndon B Johnson and others in Washington may have been taken bv
surprise when the communists launched the powerful Tet offensive in January 1968.
Westmoreland told the jury that Wallace, who narrated the program, and George Crile, who produced it. persuaded him to come to New York for the 1981 interview by promising the broadcast would be "educational and objective" and not like "60 Minutes.” the CBS news magazine that regularly features stories by Wallace.
He was told the topic would be the general role of intelligence and the
press in the Vietnam War, particularly around the time of the Tet offensive, he testified. He said he researched those subjects to refresh his memory and prepare for the session.
The interview focused on a dispute in the fall of 1967 between Westmoreland’s staff and other analysts over the size of the enemy the U.S. troops were facing.
The broadcast showed Westmoreland contradicting his earlier public statements
'Door kickers' hit mote! in Seguin
Manhunt snares 3,000 fugitives
NEW YORK I AP) - The largest manhunt in U.S. history has led to the capture of more than 3,000 fugitives wanted for crimes ranging from murder and rape to bail jumping and parole violations, according to sources close to the two-month investigation.
More than IOO U.S. Marshals Service inspectors conducted the investigation that rounded up numerous “repeated violent criminals,” working alongside local and state police rn eight Eastern states.
The FIST operation — the letters stand for Fugitive Investigative Strike Teams — was the seventh conducted by the federal marshals, according to the sources.
The sources, marshals and police officers who worked on the operation, spoke on condition they not be identified until the investigation was revealed officially.
The U.S. Justice Department scheduled a news conference today in Manhattan. Officials said Attorney General William French Smith would announce the results of the probe along with Stanley E. Morris, director of the marshals service.
FIST 7 was coordinated in secrecy from an otherwise abandoned building at Fort Totten in the borough of Queens, which is headquarters for the 77th U.S. Army Reserve Command.
From there, FIST teams swooped down on fugitives throughout New York. New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania.
Rhode Island, Maryland. Massachusetts and Connecticut. Sources said the agents also developed evidence that led to arrests in California, Florida and Tennessee.
FIST teams operated in the five boroughs of New York City and upstate in Albany, Syracuse Rochester and Buffalo, according to the sources. There also were FIST subdivisions in Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton, Pa., and Hartford. Conn., according to the sources.
One of those arrested, wanted in an execution-styie slaying that police said occurred during a drug deal gone sour, was traced to Miami, where marshals and Dade County SWAT team members captured him after a lengthy foot chase.
Another, accused of killing his brother and wounding his mother and another brother, was arrested in Philadelphia.
"You’re talking about guys who are violent criminals, repeated violent criminals,” said one marshals service inspector who worked on the operation. "Many of these guys are career criminals.”
Four undercover sting operations were part of FIST 7.
In Connecticut, fugitives were contacted and told they had won a radio station contest for a limousine tour of Hartford and free tickets to an upcoming rock concert.
SEGUIN i AP> Authorities were searching today for three men who kicked in the door of a Seguin motel room and robbed the occupants Police say they believe the Monday morning robbery was another in a series of what authorities have labeled "kicker" robberies, which have plagued Central Texas for the past two years.
Officers said the robbery at the Best Western Motel off Interstate IO in Seguin was similar to one Sunday in San Antonio and one last Thursday in San Marcos. Authorities are trying to determine if there is a connection between the attacks In each case, police said, one or more robbers kicked in the door of a motel room, flashed guns, and
robbed the occupants.
Elinda Woodyard, 35. and Leslie Rutland, 33, both of Houston, told investigators they were asleep when the door of their room at Seguin was kicked in about 3:40 a.rn Monday "All the robbers said was ‘Just shut up and be quiet,'" said Robert Zoboroski, Seguin assistant police chief "They repeated that several times while they were there.” Zobroski said two of the intruders pointed guns at Woodyard and Rutland while another man went through the pockets of a pair of jeans.
"They got $30 in cash, that pair of Wrangler jeans, and a belt buckle embossed with the name Ianda,” Zoboroski said "I’m hoping that since they didn’t get a very big haul
here, these people might go elsewhere from now on.”
Victims described all three intruders as being in the middle to late 20s and said they were wearing dark clothing.
The dead bolt was fastened on the door that was kicked in Monday, "and it took a good chunk out of the frame." Zobroski said.
At San Marcos, two men. one with a gun, entered a room at the Shafer Motel and took about $1,200 and a .38-caliber pistol belonging to a guest. On Oct. I, doors to two rooms at the Shafer were also kicked in and the guests robbed.
A guest at a San Antonio motel was robbed Sunday night after his door was kicked in.
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Thursday November 22, 1984
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A dreary gay was forecast for most of Texas today as forecasters called for mostly cloudy skies cool temperatures and ram or
scattered showers over most o' the state Only extreme West Texas Aas e*pected to have clear slues and Aarmrng temperatures A blanket of lo a clouds covered all but West Texas at dawn today Some light ram Aas reported along southern pontons of the EdAards Plateau between De' Rio Junction and Sanderson
Early morning temperatures a ere neat free/mg rn the Panhandle and in the upper 30s over the rest of West Texas Elsewhere readings were rr jst v in the 40s except in South Texas where readings in the 50s and low 60s were common Extremes ranged from 31 at Amarillo to 63 at 8rownsv> ie Other readings around fie state early today included 40 at W .hit,, Fails 41 at Da 'as Fort Worth 43 at Longview 44 at Waco Austin and Sa' Antonio 47 at Corpus Christ 46 at Houston 37 at Sa< Angelo 33 at Lubbock and 36 at Doth Midland and El Paso
Forecasts called for cloudy stues and coot temperatures with widely scattered showers in North Te»d"> Highs were to range from 45 to 49 Isolated showers were expected rn the Concho Valley early today but the rest of West Texas Had cloudy skies east of the mountains ana sunny skies were expected rn tar West Texas Higns were to range tri m 42 in the Panhandle to 72 in the Big Bend area of Southwest Texas It was to be cloudy and cold in South Texas with a chance of ram Highs were to De in the 50s and 60s
A high pressure system oyer Canada pushed cold an into much of the nation east of the Rockies today
A record low was set at Hartford Conn where a 19 degree reading this morning broke the previous record of 20 tor Nev 20 1956
Temperatures overnight dropped to near /era over northern Mmeesota and tem peratures in the teens to 20s were common from the northern two thirds of the Plains to the northern half of the Atlantic Coast
The Northwest was rainy and f travelers advisory for snow at higher elevations was posted for the Washington Cascades A few showers dampened parts of the Carolinas and southern Florida
Snow was falling south of lases Michigan Erie and Ontario where travelers advisories were in effect As much as four inches of snow were expected
Light snow was reported over northern Michign and inland pontons of western New York state
Temperatures around the natron at 3 a rn EST ranged from 1 below zero at In ternational Fads Mmn to 77 at Kay West Fie
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