Saturday, June 29, 1968
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Saturday, June 29, 1968 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
* CAMPAIGN ROUNDUP:
Gov. Rockefeller doubts
" value of Paris talks visit
LINCOLN, Neb. (A')-Gov. Nel-
son A. Rockefeller said yesterday
Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy's plan
to talk with the North Vietnamese
delegation in Paris could turn out
to be "a tragedy for America" if
it resulted in delaying peace talks
to end the war.
Rockefeller described the Mc-
Carthy proposal at a news con-
ference here as "a little unusual
... a little out of my concept of
traditional diplomatic approaches."
The New York Republican add-
ed: "I just don't know what he'd
say to these people and I can't
imagine what the impact would
be on the negotiations. And God
knows that every American is
praying that we stop this loss of
"And therefore, any week that
it is postponed and any delay that
could result from these conversa-
tions would be a tragedy for Amer-
ica and for the families whose
sons are being killed."
When a newsman asked Rocke-
feller if he thought the Democrat-
ic presidential candidate's propo-
sal would have a bad impact on
the negotiations, Rockefeller re-
plied, "I think it could have."
Rockefeller met with newsmen
after breakfasting with Nebraska
Republican leaders and meeting
with the state's 16 convention
delegates on the second day of a
three-day swing through the mid-
west and southwest seeking sup-
port for his presidential candidacy.
His itenerary took him to Okla-
homa and Arkansas, where a
warm reception was waiting by
his brother, Gov. Winthrop Rocke-
Rockefeller said he is not dis-
couraged by the endorsement of
Richard Nixon by the governor
HHH looks for
support in N.D .
By The Associated Press
Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy and
Vice President Hubert Humphrey
both sought support yesterday
from the North Dakota Demo-
cratic convention in their bid for
the presidential nomination.
A delegate slate with 25 votes,
expected to be heavily favorable
to the Vice President, was to be
chosen later in the day after both
candidates had addressed the con-
A luncheon meeting between the
two candidates, the first since a
brief session in Washington two
weeks ago, took place at the
residence of Gov. William L. Guy.
Guy and other North Dakota
Democratic leaders, all consid-
ered supporters of the vice pres-
ident, greeted him at the airport
and rode with him to the resi-
Humphrey and McCarthy sat
opposite each other, the Vice
President at Guy's right, Mc-
Carthy at his left.
In his prepared remarks for
delivery to convention delegates
Humphrey denied that he is a
"status quo" candidate and
pledged a vigorous presidency
dedicated to "theachievement of
both social order and social jus-
"I do not seek the presidency
to preserve anybody's status quo,"
Humphrey said, responding to
the contention by McCarthy sup-
porters that the vice president's
support from oldline Democratic
politicians reflects a dedication
to the so-called "old politics."
"I seek the presidency to put
it to work for the people-and
work I will," he said.
WASHINGTON (P) -- FBI Di-
restor J. Edgar Hoover accused
Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy yes-
terdaw of either trying to mis-
lead the public or having "a woe-
ful lack of knowledge" of how the
He did not mention McCarthy's
name but said "it has been al-
leged by a prominent candidate
for the presidency of the United
Statesthat the FBI under my
leadership operates autonomous-
ly and without proper control."
McCarthy has said several
times that if elected he would
He said in an April 21 television
interview that "any police agency
in a democracy ought not to be
kept under the control largely of
one man to a point where the
agency develops into a kind of
fief really which is somewhat bey-
ond criticism and outside judg-
Although McCarthy said he
had no specific objections to
Hoover, he advocated a fixed term
of office for the FBI director and
questioned the policy of permit-
ting any director to remain so
long "where you could have a
great concentration of power."
Hoover said "All Americans
should view with serious concern
the announced intentions and
threats by a political candidate,
if elected, to take over and re-
vamp the FBI to suit his own
personal whims and wishes."
He said McCarthy's charge that
the FBI under Hoover operates
without proper control "is not
true, and it denotes either a con-
trived effort to mislead the pub-
lic or woeful lack of knowledge
of our governmental system of
checks and balances."
Hoover said that "as most in-
formed citizens know, there are
definite limitations upon the FBI,
its authority and its operations,
all of which I consider most es-
sential and which the FBI has
meticulously honored over the
"With the exception of a few
presidential directives and in-
structions issued by the attorney
general, laws passed by Congress
are the sole source of FBI author-
ity and jurisdiction," Hoover said.
Further, he said the bureau in-
vestigates alleged violations of
federal law and then turns the
facts over to U.S. attorneys "with-
out comment or recommenda-
Hoover said also that FBI op-
erations are "under constant
scrutiny of the news media and
McCarthy was told of Hoover's
statement as he awaited a lunch-
eon with Vice President Hubert H.
Humphrey at the home of North
Dakota Gov. William Guy in Bis-
"I've said he ought to be re-
placed," McCarthy said. "I don't
snow if the FBI's gotten exactly
autonomous. But the director has
gotten to be almost sacred, and
that shouldn't be."
Then, warming to the subject,
he added, "I don't even know how
it, the FBI is. How competent is
it? The crime rate is going up. Is
that because of or in spite of . ..
and he did not finish the sen-
Of the bureau, McCarthy said,
"We should have a look at it
from the inside."
Asked whether he would prefer
a new director to be chosen from
within the FBI or from outside
it, McCarthy turned jocular.
"I don't know-maybe it should
be someone from the CIA; they
don't like the FBI much," he said.
And then, noticing a body guard
nearby, he added, "or maybe the
NEW YORK (N)-Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy's supporters
walked out on the Democratic State Committee yesterday,
charging they were being short-changed in the allocation
of at-large convention votes.
"It's a very sad, sad day for the Democratic party and
the voters," said Eleanor Clark French, a leader of the forces
backing the Minnesota senator for president.
The Minnesota senator won 61 of 123 delegates in a
primary election upset June 18. There were 29 delegates for
the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and 14 for Vice President
Hubert H. Humphrey for
president. In addition there
were 19 uncommitted dele-
On the basis of this victory, the
McCarthy group asked for at
least one-third, or preferably one-
half of the 65 at-large votes to
be allocated by the 345-member
'Instead, outnumbered nearly
McCarthy supporters leave state committee meetig 7-1 on the committee, the Mc-
S____._._ _ _--_'Carthy people were given 151
ALERTEI votes, less than one-fourth of the
ALERTED: ~total. Humphrey was the major
benefactor in the allocation.
Expect Saigon attack
SAIGON (P) - American and with additional machine guns,
South Vietnamese troops broke sand bags and barbed wire. The
out extra machine guns, sand bags U.S. Command has 6,000 troops
and barbed wire last night as on the edges of Saigon and an-
Communist forces were pushing other 4,000 stationed inside the
closer to the capital for a pos-,
sible new attack.
The Vietnamese army was on
full alert. All leaves were cancel-
ed and administrative clerks were
confined to quarters and told us
to prepare for fighting.
The heightened alert was at-
tributed in part to information
obtained from two high-rankipg
Viet Cong officers captured with-
in the past few days by South
Although 12.500 enemy troops
are believed to be hiding in the
jungled, marshy terrain around
Saigon, South Vietnamese sour-
ces reported only smallscale ene-
my movements -- presumably
scouting parties-last night.
Intelligence sources said, how-!
ever, that infiltration into the
capital military district had been
stepped up within the past two
days. A Viet Cong prisoner, seized
after he strayed from his unit,
was quoted as saying he was a-
mong 200 enemy troops who in-
filtrated into Gia Dinh, a suburb
north of the city, Thursday night.
Several big guns and recoilless
rifles have been positioned at the,
Binh Loi Bridge in Gai Dinh,
gateway to the capital. The bridge
has been the scene of heavy fight-
ing in past enemy assaults a-
At military headquarters in-
side Saigon, nerve center for'
combat operations around the
capital, defenses were bolstered
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criticizes body count
While Saigon prepared, U. S.
Air Force planes carried out "top
priority" raids against suspected
staging bases and infiltration
points near the city. B52 bombers
carried out eight raids Thursday
and early yesterday on three sides
Elsewhere across the country,
the only significant ground ac-
tion was reported in not thernmost
Quang Tri Province where South
Vietnamese and U.S. forces re-
ported killing 153 North Vietna-
mese in two separate clashes.
Heavy fighting near the demili-
tarized zone began Thursday af-
ter an estimated 500 North Viet-
namese regulars were spotted in
an abandoned village along the
coast 10 miles south of the DMZ.
Naval gunfire was called in and
more than 300 rounds were fired,
into the area.
A report from a shore based'
spotter said the Navy guns sent
several of the enemy "running
into the South China sea in an
effort to escape.
Weather over North Vietnam'
was reported relatively good
Thursday, enabling U.S. strike
planes to get in 138 missions
against supply lines and storage
areas in the Panhandle, above
the DMZ, the U.S. Command
said. Returning pilots said they
either destroyed or damaged 22
supply barges, 13 trucks and
seven warehouses. No MIG inter-
ceptors or missiles were sighted
during the raids, spokesmen said.'
In a highly emotional confron-
tation, with McCarthy support-
ers roaring their support, Mrs.
French t o 1 d the committee:
"You cannot do this and expect
to win elections in November. If
you persist in presenting Hum-
phrey as the party's candidate,
you are giving New York State
to the Republican party."
The committee also turned a
deaf ear to Paul O'Dwyer, who
won the Democratic senatorial
nomination 'on McCarthy's coat
tails earlier in the month.
He declared: "I beg you, I im-
plore you, to give fair treatment
to the youngsters who worked for
McCarthy. If you do that I can
assure you that they will repay
you on election day."
"Sixty-one of the 123 delegate
votes to the national convention
were won by McCarthy in the
primary. You mean what you
say if you now give fair treat-
ment to the McCarthy delegates,"
It was O'Dwyer who eventual-
ly marched out of the meeting
at the head of the McCarthy
A similiar walkout was staged
last week at the Connecticut
state convention, where the Mc-
Carthy supporters also claimed
they weredbeing shortchanged by
Even after the walkout, the
heat engendered by the party
split lingered on.
Two young men, McCarthy
supporters who had remained be-
hind, were thrown bodily out of
the committee meeting after out-
bursts against the allocation of
the delegate votes. One of them
called the meeting "a farce and
for 2 1 days
LOS ANGELES (') - Sirhan
Bishara Sirhan, accused assassin
of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was
granted an additional three weeks
to enter his plea to a charge of
Defense attorney Russell E.
Parsons won a delay from Super-
ior Court Judge Richard Schauer,
saying he needed more time to
study the transcript.
The hearing, which lasted nine
minutes, was conducted in the
third floor chapel-auditorium of
the Los Angeles County Jail un-
der strict security.
Sirhan, 24-year-old Jordanian
immigrant, entered the room
flanked by four. large deputies
who virtually hid the slender de-
fendant from the approximately
150 newsmen on hand.
Judge Schauer at Parson's re-
quest appointed a psychiatrist,
Dr. George Abe of Metropolitan
State Hospital in suburban Nor-
walk, to examine Sirhan and sub-
mit a confidential report for use
of the defense .
Dr. Abe will replace Dr. Ed-
ward Stainbrook, who declined a
request to examine the defendant.
Another physician, Dr. Eric Mar-
cus, already has examined Sirhan
for the defer-e.
Sirhan walked into the tem-
porary court, apparently recover-
ed from the sprained ankle that
forced him to use a wheelchair
when he was arraigned on the
murder charge. The ankle was
injured while he was being sub-
dued after Kennedy was shot and
mortally wounded during an elec-
tion victory celebration June 5.
Before granting the continu-
ance to July 19 the judge asked
Sirhan if he would waive his right
to go to trial within 60 days after
the return of the indictment.
"Yes, I do," Sirhan said, so
faintly he was asked to repeat it.
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WASHINGTON (P-A veteran
Army intelligence officer has at-
tacked the body count as a "du-
bious and possibly dangerous
measurement for determining the
enemy's combat potential" in Viet-
Lt. Col. Richard A. McMahon,
who served in an intelligence as-
signment in Vietnam, expressed in
the Army Association's monthly
publication what many other of-
ficers have said privately.
"Some U.S. units in Vietnam
really count bodies," he said. "Oth-
ers probably never do, but under
pressure from higher up report
whatever body count would be ex-
pected for a particular action."
He cited what he termed the
very real danger "of falling vic-
tim to our own inflated statistics."
Intelligence estimates and oper-
ations plans "based on exagger-
ated enemy casualties can result
in disaster," McMahon said.
The intelligence specialist sug-
gested that as South Vietnamese
army units began realizing that
their efficiency was judged by
their count of enemy bodies,
"these figures rose remarkably."
"Anyone who believes a U.S.
adviser checks on ARVN South
Vietnamese Army body count,
corps by corps, either has not
been to Vietnam or, if he has, has
never gotten out of Saigon," Mc-
Military sources here and in
Vietnam have said privately in
the past that the body count
evolved, at least in part, from the
insistence of top Washington of-
ficials, including former Secre-
tary of Defense Robert S. McNa-
mara, for some measurement, some
statistics to gauge progress in a
war which has no battle lines.
However, he added, some Amer-
ican and many South Vietnamese
World news roundup
units began "submitting estimates
which reflected favorably on their
prowess rather than their accur-
acy, and even high speed aircraft
flying over jungle terrain began
reporting body counts of their'
own.. The credibility of the term
became quickly strained," he said.
A body count, McMahon said,
might serve a purpose "if we were
mighting a fixed force in an is-
land-like region where we could
prevent his reenforcement."
By The Associated Press
PARIS - Prince Souvanna
Phouma of Laos called yesterday
for the withdrawal of North Viet-
namese troops from his country
as a key to an effective cease-
fire in Vietnam.
"If you stopped the bombard-
ment of North Vietnam without
the removal of North Vietnamese
troops from Laos, how could the
Americans accept the situation?
It would leave their western flank
uncovered," the Laotian premier
told a group of reporters.
The United States has raised
the Laotian question at the Pa-
ris peace talks, bet the North Viet-
namese have refused to discuss
that or any other issue until the
United States halts bombing raids
over the North.
Laos, which stretches along
the entire western boundary of-
North Vietnam and about 250
miles along South Vietnam's
border, has been used as a ma-
jor route for North Vietnamese
arms and troops pouring into the
When and if the issues of U.S.
bombing over the North and
North Vietnamese evecuation of
Laos are settled, Souvanna said,
the entire discussion of South-
east Asia should be handed over
to a big international conference,
including Asian, European and
Then, he said, any settlement
worked out should be supervised
by an enlarged International
Control Commission ICC, opera-
ting by the majority vote.
* * *
WASHINGTON - Living costs
continued climbing in May at an
annual rate of more than four
cents on the dollar and a federal
official said Friday no letup is
in sight in the nation's steepest
price rise in 17 years.
"The upward trend of prices
will continue for several months,"
said Assistant Commissioner Ar-
nold Chase of the Bureau of Lab-
Sharp increases in prices of
clothing and food led the over-
all rise of three-tenths of one
per cent in living costs last month,
pushing the government's Con-
sumer Price Index to 120.3.
The index shows it cost $12.03
in May to buy goods and services
which cost $10 in the 1957-59
period on which the index is.
The Bureau reported also that
average wages of 45 million
rank-and-file workers, more than
half the nation's labor force, rose
$1.59 a week to a record high of
$106.03 because of a two-cent
rise in average hourly earnings
and a longer work week.
But because of rising prices,
purchasing power of the average
paycheck was still 37 cents a.
week below the high point of last
WASHINGTON - President
Johnson signed Friday the bilk
adding 10 per cent to most tax-
payers' income tax and requiring
him to cut his budget $5.2 billion
if Congress itself does not do so.
In 15 days, employers must be-
gin withholding an additional 10
per cent from employes' pay.
The new law, over which Con-
gress and the executive branch
have been tussling for 'most of a
year, also provides a speed-up
of corporation tax collections.
It continues the excise taxes
on automobiles at 7 per cent and
telephone service at 10 per cent,
instead of letting them drop to
2 per cent and 1 per cent respec-
tively as existing law provided.
The combination of tax meas-
ures is estimated to yield $15.2
billion in the year starting July
1. The surtax expires at the end
of that year unless extended, but
there already is talk that an ex-
tension will be required.
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