New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 29, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Dave Kimmv, General Manager lafcstt Isfcaiaa, EditorJames J. Kilpatrick
§Smear job —a blow-by-blow account
Let me ask you lo look back, if you will, to a period of about eight days in December 1912, when Tha Washington burled an attack against members of the board of directors of the Legal Services Corporation. The attack had all the trappings of an artillery barrage — smoke and fire and thunderous noise. While it lasted, the assault was deafening.
This was the substance of the Post’s news stories and editorial comment — that the IO board members appointed by President Reagan early in 1902 were a bunch of highbinders feeding at the public trough; that the Reagan appointees had been pulling down ‘Tat fees” for their services; that these fees were collected at a rate “at least twice as large as thoae paid to any previous board.’*
There were juicy tidbits and
sidebars. The Post centered its fire on board chairman William F. Harvey: He had turned in an expense account for driving to Washington from his home in Indianapolis; the /^/thought he should have traveled by air instead. The Post huffed with outrage at a bill Harvey had submitted for cab fares. The Post, breathing heavily, charged that Harvey had finagled the election as LSC president of his former student and protege, Donald F. Bogard, and had rewarded Bogard with a sweetheart contract of unprecedented generosity. The contract included a clause that — gasp! — covered dues few Bogard in a private club of his choice.
“It is disgusting,” said a Post editorial. The New York Times, playing pigtail, chimed in; the Reagan appointees were “chiseling
on the poor.”
Very well. All this, as I say, was in mid-December of 1912, just as the 97th Congress was ending its lame-duck session. The Post’s barrage served a tactical purpoae: It diverted attention from a “continuing resolution” affecting the Legal Services Corporation that otherwise might have been examined critically. The effect of the resolution was to freeze LSC contracts for two years, thus preventing any board and any president from imposing any significant reforms. The Reagan appointees, never having been confirmed by the Senate, were going out of office; they were too busy defending themselves from charges that they were, in a word, crooks.
Now let me direct your attention, if
I may, to Aug. SI of this year, just four weeks ago. Eight months had passed since the Post had its glorious day at the races. Senators Kennedy of Massachusetts and Weicker of Connecticut had demanded that the General Accounting Office . investigate the charges raised by the Post. The GAO had done its job. Its final report was released.
The report vindicated the Reagan appointees absolutely. True, their collective fees in 1982 were larger than the fees paid to Carter board members in 1981, but there were good reasons for this: The Reagan board met 27 times; the Carter board met only 12 times, and besides, Congress meanwhile had raised the per diem rate by 15 percent. The GAO concluded tha Harvey had done nothing wrong at any point; he had not
finagled Bogard’s election as LSC president, and the contact provisions for Bogard were comparable to those of his predecessors.
The GAO report made other points. Far from padding their expense accounts, the Reagan appointees had not asked for even the reimbursements lawfully due them. Harvey, for one example, did not put in for $13,460 covering 457 hours of work on LSC business. Another Reagan appointee, Washington lawyer William J. Olson, similarly had dedinad to seek reimbursement for 12 days of his time. Compared to other government corporations, the Legal Services Corporation had provided almost a model of prudence and economy. The GAO recommended some minor internal controls on expense accounts in the future, but
gave the Reagan appointees — all of them now departed — a clean bill of health.
This was on the morning of Aim* 31. The New York Times gave the GAO report a grudging eight paragraphs on page A-21 on the morning of Sept. I. The first paragraph reported the GAO’s finding that the Reagan members “had acted properly.” The second paragraph reported the finding that “several board members could have claimed more than they did.” Paragraphs three and four were background. Paragraphs five, six and seven dwelled upon the GAO’s suggests for internal controls. Paragraph eight was more background.
The Washington Post carried not one single word.Jack Anderson
Soviets guilty of espionage blamed on airliner
WASHINGTON - Evidence locked in secret CIA files suggests that the Soviets knew exactly waht they were doing when they shot down an unarmed civilian airliner that had strayed off course into Soviet airspace.
The bitter irony is that Russian airliners are probably guilty of the aerial espionage that the Soviets wrongly thought the doomed South Korean airliner was engaged in.
The CIA report, stamped “Secret” and barred from foreign distribution, claims that Aeroflot, the Soviet airline, “is a significant instrument of Soviet intelligence collection.”
The report cites “a prolonged employment of Aeroflot by the Soviets for both counterintelligence and foreign collection purposes.” The Soviets are suspected, for example, "of using Aeroflot for signal intelligence collection operations.”
Once, the Soviets rescheduled an Aeroflot flight "to permit coverage of a UJS. command post exercise.” Another time, an Aeroflot airliner, flying over the United States, “was viewed as having a collection mission since signal intelligence intercept gear was observed on the aircraft.”
Yet there has never been the slightest suggestion that Aeroflot planes should be shot down whey they intrude into U S. airspace with their espionage gear.
Just about every Aeroflot flight, suggests the CIA, has an ominous passenger on board — A KGB officer. “On domestic flights over the U.SJS.R.,” reports the CU, “the KGB officer probably acts in a security capacity to inform on the activities of foreigners or to block attempts by them to gather intelligence.
“On overseas flights, the function of the KGB officer would be to maintain control over the flight crew and prevent any possible defections. The use af Aeroflot for cover, coupled with the KOB presence on most flights and the inherent collection capability of the aircraft, corroborates the threat that this airline constitutes...” concludes the secret CU report His Soviets probably attibuted to the fateful South Korean airliner what their own commercial planes would do over someone else's territory. The airliner strayed dangerously close to the Kuril Islands, which are loaded with Soviet military installations.
The islands contain early warning radar rites, surface-to-air missile rites, military airstrips, a maritime base and a geophysical seismographic observatory which, according to a secret Defense Intelligence Agency report, “is involved in anti eubmarino warfare-related projects in the northern Kurils.” Earlier this year, SD MiG-23s were moved onto tbs biggest airstrip, which is located on the Kuril Island of Hump. Oddly, tanks are also stationed on tbs tiny island where they would seem to have no place to to*
Concludes the DIA report: “The military significance of the four islands is considerable.**
Tho South Korean airliner passed north cf Kurils ever tbs Aaa of
Okhotsk. The Soviets are extremely sensitive about this area, according to classified papers obtained by my associate Dale Van Atta.
The United States takes the position, states a top-secret CU report, “that the Sea of Okhotsk is an international body of water.” Yet any U.S. penetration into the area invariably draws a Soviet response. “Such operations usually provoke reconnaissance and surveillance by Soviet naval aircraft and ships,” notes the report.
Intelligence sources insist the Soviets couldn’t possibly have been confused about the identity of the South Korean airliner. They deliberately, cold-bloodedly shot it down, these sources say, probably in the belief it was engaged as an Aeroflot airliner would be in extracurricular spying. “The Soviets were just being tough b——s,” one source commented.
How can U.S. intelligence be so sure this wasn’t a case of mistaken identity? The United States operates a top-secret intelligence post, the 6920th Electronic Security Group, on Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido. It monitored the entire tragedy from close range.
Footnote: There was positively no surveillance equipment aboard the downed South Korean airliner. The United States has sophisticated equipment that doesn’t require the use of commercial airliners.
The Marxist regime of Grenadan Prime Minister Maurice Bishop is having trouble with an unlikely segment of the island’s population: the marijuana-smoking members of the Rastafarian cult, who worship the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and wear their hair in carefully braided “dreadlocks.”
The free-living Rastafarians have been accused of “anti-socialist tendencies.” Translated, this means they make lousy communists. “They don’t participate in the revolution — and they are a bad influence on the youth,” explained a Bishop aide. In fact, the Rastafarian ways are clearly popular with Grenadan young people.
Troublo in Paradis*
When the tropical island of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka, “the resplendent land”) won independence from Britian in IMI, the United States held out high hopes for its success. It also held out huge quantities of aid. Sri Lanka now gets more UJ. aid per capita than any other Asian country.
But the snake in paradise, as the CIA predicted, was the ethnic rivalry between the Buddist Sinhalese majority and the Hindu Tamils, which recently boiled over.
The CIA sees no easy solution to the longstanding hostility and recurring bloodshed. Even if the Tamils are given a bigger voice in the government — which is unlikely — that would be no guarantee of future
Does occasional insanity allow us to be irresponsible?
The story of the respected doctor in Columbus, Ohio, is terrible but fascinating.
Dr. Edward Franklin Jackson was in internist member of the board of directors of the hospital. Everyone thought he was a good dueler living a normal life with a wife and two children.
A year ago Dr. Jackson made an unlikely house cfh —*4 was arrested in the apartment of two women be had come to rape. He has since been charged with committing a series of 38 rapes and 80 felonious crimes.
Ed Jackson had been a very good student at Columbus North High. The editors of the school yearbook had the kind of things to say about him that they always say about bright, likable people.
It wasn’t until bs graduated from Ohio State Medical School in 1966 that there were any indications <M*g was wrong. That year he was arrested near the school The Mack hag he carried wasn’t filled with stethoscope sad pills, it contained burglary hah.
Tho charges against tha yaig
doctor were dropped by the police but the hospital was not so forgiving. Dr. Jackson was asked to leave, so he joined the Army and served as a doctor at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. You wonder what stories there are about him there.
When he got out of the Army, Dr. Jackson went back to Columbus, hoping everyone had forgotten, and started practicing again at another
In 1975 there began a series si sex crimes that baffled (he Columbus police. They were ovbiously committed by someone mart.
Finally a nMn William
Bernard Jackson, who looks a lot like Dr. Jackson, was convicted of the rapes and sentenced to prison. It loomed as though the case was over, antu diy int Septomebor when Dr. Jackson was fight in die women*! apartment
After nearly five yearn in prison for crimes he didi*t commit, William Bernard Jackson was released.
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