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Page 10-Wednesday, January 10, 1979-The Michigan Daily


House to investigate Rep. Diggs Trial in 1976 killingof
From Reuter and UPI Reports short of explusion-ranging from a vote on whether convicted
House Republican leader John Rhodes simple reprimand to a proposal to strip congressmen can hold a House sub-
d yesterday a push will be made for him of voting rights in Congress. committee chairmanship.
internal investigation of convicted Diggs was sentenced to a three-year In Diggs' case,' the position in
p. Charles Diggs (D-Mich.) that prison term and is appealing his convic- question is his chairmanship of the
uld lead to his expulsion from the tion. African Affairs subcommittee of the
M~pSources dlose to Rhodes said there House International Relations Commit- dAT~rmw da.+, L}dn iv Xnuneo ,ieteier



Rhodes told reporters a complaint
would be filed with the House Ethics
Committee to pressure the panel into an
investigation of whether Diggs should
be expelled due to his conviction on 29
felony counts of mail fraud and federal
payroll padding.
THE ETHICS Committee is expected
to take up the Diggs affair and could
make any of several recommendations

were two basic reasons for his move.
First, he wanted to make certain that
there would be an orderly investigation
*of the Diggs matter, and second, he
wanted to head off an immediate House
vote on the matter pending an in-
SO FAR, THE only official action
relating to the Diggs case was a
decision to let all House Democrats

TWO THINGS could possibly work in
Diggs' favor if the House were forced to
vote on expelling him. One is the fact
that his conviction is currently under
appeal; the second that he was re-
elected to the House by his east side
Detroit constituents in spite of his con-

Winter Semester

WASHINGTON (Reuter) - Te trial
of three Cuban exiles for the bombing
murder of former Chilean Foreign
Minister Orlando Letelier opened
yesterday amid extraordinary security
prompted by anonymous death threats
against the judge and the prosecutor.
In the strictest police vigilance seen
in a Washington courthouse, spectators
and journalists were searched and
scanned with metal detectors while
police dogs sniffed for bombs.
BUT JUDGE Barrington Parker
rejected a preliminary defense motion
to shift the location of the trial for the
murders of Letelier and his assistant,
Ronnie Moffitt. They were killed by a
bomb attached to their car as they
drove along Washington's "embassy
row" on September 21,1976.
Defense attorney Paul Goldberger
had argued that the threats received by
the judge and the prosecutor would
cause public hostility against the
defendants by implying that the three
Cuban exiles on trial are dangerous.
Guillermo Novo and Alvin Ross are
charged with murder. Guillermo's
brother, Ignacio, iis charged with per-

N OV O AND Koss aulegedy provi ea
the explosives that killed the 45-year-
old Letelier and Moffitt, his
assistant at the private Institute of
Policy Studies.
Exiled in Washington after the 1973
coup that overthrew President
Salvador Allende's socialist gover-
nment, Letelier became a leading
opponent of the Chilean military junta.
Three former Chilean intelligence of-
ficers, as well as two Cuban right-wing
activists still being sought by U.S.
authdrities, have been charged with
plotting and carrying out the murders.
GENERAL Manuel Contreras, the
former head of Chile's Directorate of
National Intelligence (DINA), and the
two other DINA agents, now are in,
custody in Chile pending a Chilean
Supreme Court ruling on a U.S. gover-
nment request for their extradition.
According to the indictments in the
Letelier trial, General Contreras or-'
dered Letelier's murder and it was
allegedly carried out with the aid of
Cuban exiles struggling to overthrow
the Fidel Castro government in Cuba.
The Chilean government has denied
prior knowledge of the plot to kill Mr.

KEY TESTIMONY in the trial wil
come from American expatriate
Michael Townley, a reputed DINA
agent, who has agreed to turn gover-
nment's evidence in exchange for
reduced charges and the promise of an
early parole.
Townley is named in the indictment
as the agent who placed the bomb under
The 36-year-old Iowan, who has lived
in Chile for the past 20 years, is being
held under heavy guard at an un-
disclosed location near Washington.
they would seek to discredit Townley's
testimony by showing that he was also
involved in other terrorist actions
abroad on behalf of the Chilean gover-
Townley has reportedly told U.S. in-
vestigators that DINA plotted the mur-
ders of other exiled anti-junta
The prosecutor, Eugene Propper,
said he would attempt to limit
Townley's testimony to his involvemet
in the Letelier case.
The trial is expected to last about six



Thursday, January 11
8:30-10:30 P.M.
1429 Hill Street

MSA gives support to organize
lobby for Union modification

Sponsored by:
at the UnWersity of Miciprn
*Council of Jewish Organizations

Michigan Student Assembly (MSA)
members were urged at their meeting
last night to get "fired up" and organize
support for proposals which call for
modifications in the Michigan Union's
operation. N
Jeff Lebow, MSA's representative to
the Board of Directors of the Michigan
Union, outlined a campaign which
would involve telegrams, telephone
calls and letters to the Regents.
MSA ALLOCATED $500 for the lob-
bying effort. From this fund $250 will go
to reimburse members for telegrams
and letters, $75 to flyers and mail direc-

ted toward student organizations, and
$250 for ads in the Michigan Daily.
However, Lebow, who is also the
Chairman of Union Programming
through the University Activities
Committee, stressed that money from
MSA wasn't enough to make the lob-
bying effective. "The students have to
be informed on what's going on with the
Union, and money isn't enough. We
need bodies," he said.
The Regents decided to table a
decision on Union modifications last
month, and requested more infor-
mation. Proposals before the Regents
had called for transferring control of
the Union to the Office of Student Ser-

vices and converting the building's
hotel rooms into dormitory space.
MSA PRESIDENT Eric Arnson said
a considerable amount of effort should
be. put into lobbying in order to show the
Regents that students are interested.
In other action MSA appointed Law
School representative Jeff Supowit to
chair the student advisory committee
in the University's presidential selec-
tion process.
Supowit said his first priority was to
negotiate the procedural guidelines in
the process, because MSA still has the
right to recall the committee if its
demands for input aren't met by the

'Racist' I
(Continued from Page 1)
Honeyman pointed out. "We show films
for entertainment and to educate
people. We don't tokenize anything. We
just show movies."
the Guild should realize the social'
ramifications such a movie may have
before showing it.
"The purpose of showing a film is to
educate people," Sokolow said. "This
film doesn't do that. It's a disservice to
the community.
' "We feel they (the Guild) are accoun-
table and they should take into con-
sideration what films they want to
show," he added.
THE ALLIANCE has already gained
the support of several persons outside
its organization, including Rev. Don

iovie tofac
Coleman of the Guild House and his
wife, Rev. Ann Coleman.
The Ku Klux Klan has used the film
in the past to gain support for its con-
flicts with blacks and other minorities.
Last summer in California, the Klan
showed the movie to arouse crowds
against Chicanos.
HOWEVER, many people contend
that the film's cinematic charac-
teristics justify its being shown. "Birth
of a Nation" is considered by experts to
be a landmark of the silent movie era.
Prof. Frank Beaver of the Speech
department has shown the movie to his
film classes for several years because
of the film's outstanding qualities.
"The movie is used because it is the
first great cinematic work of art,"

e protest
Beaver said, but added, "it's a very in-
flammatory film."
SOME OF Beaver's students have
voiced complaints over the film's racial
content. As one viewer remarked, "By
the end of the movie everyone was
rooting for the Klan."
. Beaver said he explains the historical
inaccuracies of the film before its
showing, and contends students should
realize the true nature of the film's im-
"It is a film that will not go away," he
pointed out. "It will simply not go
away. It's such an important film, it
has to be shown. It's important to know
what it is that you're fighting against."
However, Beaver said he is recon-
sidering showing the film to his classes.

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