Thursday, May 31, 1973
THE SUMMER DAILY
Ehrlichman blasts CIA action
LANSING - Despite warnings the bill
may be illegal, the Michigan House has
approved legislation permitting both hos-
pitals and their employes to refuse to per-
form abortions on moral grounds. The
measure was sent to the Senate Wednes-
day on a 94-7 vote. Similar legislation
cleared that chamber earlier this session.
Under the proposal, any hospital, clinic
or other health facility and any doctor,
nurse or employe working in them could
refuse to perform or participate in the
Los Angeles elected its first black mayor
as Councilman Thomas Bradley unseated
Mayor Sam Yorty in a run-off election.
Bradley collected 56 per cent of the vote
compared to Yorty's 43 per cent. Los An-
geles becomes the largest U.S. city to
elect a black mayor. About 16 per cent of
the city's population is black. Yorty, seek-
ing his fourth term as' mayor, refused to
Shell Oil Co. announced yesterday that
it will limit the amount of gasoline it will
sell its service stations starting Friday.
Texaco said it would ration drivers to 10
gallons at its stations on toll roads. The
new restrictions fell into a growing in-
dustry pattern of allocating supplies as a
result of the nation's gas shortage. Exxon
Co. and Gulf Oil Co. took similar steps on
LONDON -The U.S. dollar weakened in
money markets across Europe yesterday,
dropping to record lows in Paris and
Frankfurt. The price of gold hit new highs.
With the low volume of money changing
hands, there were no signs yet of the
panic rush out of dollars and into gold
that has touched off recent monetary
crises. Some dealers blamed the doltar's
new weakness on continued concern that
the Watergate affair will w e a k e n the
Nixon administration's ability to soloe
U.S. economic problems. But others sug-
gested individual f a c t a r s in European
countries were running the dollar down
on thin v o 1i u mi e, perhaps only for the
. . . are slim again today. There's a
meeting of the women's caucus of the
Human Rights Party at 7:30 p.m. in the
Anderson Room of the Union. And there
are always the movies: M*A*S*H at Aud.
A (7:30, 9:30) and Prime Cut and The
Chase at the MLB (7:30, 9:30).
A goad day to drop in on the diag. Today
will be partly sunny with a broken to
scattered cloud cover. Enjoy today for
tomorrow finds us in the grim clutches
of a northernly flow. Highs should be be-
tween 67-72 with lows tonite 4-s.
Bugging blame pinned on Walters
WASHINGTON UP) -- Former White House adviser John
Ehrlichman yesterday blamed the Central Intelligence Agency's
(CIA) deputy director, Vernon Walters, for the CIA's role in
the Watergate coverup.
Ehrlichman also said he can't recall asking the CIA to
help E. Howard Hunt, challenging testimony by former CIA
deputy Robert Cushman.
Ehrlichman testified behind closed doors to the intelligence
subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Subcommittee Chairman John McClellan (D-Ark.) said
later there has been seriously conflicting testimony in his
hearings. He scheduled former White House chief of staff
H. R. (Bob) Haldeman for an appearance today.
Ehrichman's statement dealt with two matters. One was
the 1971 burglary by Hunt and others of Dr. Lewis Fielding,
a psychiatrist who treated Pentagon Paper defendant Daniel
Ellsberg. The other was an attempt to limit the FBI's investi-
gation of last year's Watergate wiretapping.
Ehrlichman's account of the Watergate matter generally
supports a statement by President Nixon last week. Nixon
said he ordered Ehrlichman and Haldeman to ensure that the
FBI's investigations into Watergate didn't uncover secret
operations by the CIA or White House agents.
Ehrlichman said Walters and CIA Director Richard Helms
met with him and Haldeman in late June, 1972, Helms and
Walters said the CIA hadn't been involved in Watergate and
that an FBI investigation wouldn't uncover any past CIA
But Ehrlichman said Walters gave an "equivocal response"
to a question about whether any ongoing CIA activities in
Mexico might be uncovered. Walters was then ordered to con-
tact acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray and "give him all
Gray has testified that Walters told him to postpone FBI
interviews with two men, one of them a Mexican lawyer, whose
checks supplied a financial link between the Watergate wire-
tappers and the Nixon re-election committee. Gray said Ehrlich-
man interfered with his efforts to straighten the matter out,
and that he once warned Nixon that he was being mortally
wounded by men around him.
Ehrlichman painted the matter as a misunderstanding.
See EHRLICHMAN, Page 11
MEDELLIN, Columbia (') - Two mask-
ed hijackers with submachine guns oem-
mandeered a Colombian airliner with 89
persons aboard yesterday and forced it
to the Caribbean island of Aruba.
They demanded $200,000 and freedom for
140 "political prisoners."
PILOT JORGE LUCENA radioed the
Medellin control tower from the-Dutch Is-
land that the hijackers, who wanted to
take the prisoners to Cuba, had set a 9
p.m. EDT deadline for Colombian action
to meet their demands.
The Caracol radio network said the hi-
jackers threatened to blow up the four-
engine Electra turboprop and the passen-
gers if the demands were not met. The
9 p.m. deadline passed with no report of
action by the government or the terrorists.
Eighteen of the passengers - women
and children - were allowed to get off the
plane at Aruba in two groups of nine. That
left 71 aboard, inclidin the hijackers,
said to be leftist guerrillas.
THE PLANE remained at the Aruba
airport. The pilot said in a shaky voice:
"Negotiations with the government should
Lucena said the hijackers wanted the
political prisoners taken with the ransom
money to Panama, where they would be
pickedtup by the hijacked plane and
F flown to Cuba.
About 150 persons, accused of having
guerrilla connections, were arrested in
Colombia last year in an official cam-
paign against the leftist National Libera-
tion Army. Only about 40 of those arrest-
s he prepares to ed remain in custody.
Base for his trip TWO YEARS ago, Lucena foiled a hi-
rench President jack attempt by grabbing a grenade that
playing a bully- turned out to be fake from the terrorists.
President Misael Pastrana met last
- night with other Colombian officials and
the foreign minister messaged Aruba
E asking authorities for "protection for the
II passengers and crew of the aircraft."
Aruba is 20 miles north of Venezuela
and 45 miles west of the Dutch island of
Curacao, which also had been mentioned
ched for comment. SAM AIRLINES, -owner of the plane,
ion becomes effec- said it had 85 passengers and a crew of
-pcts Pear's nomi- four aboard when it was seized before a
uncil at next Mon- scheduled stop in Medellin.
The Colombian plane was hijacked on a
domestic -flight that started at Cali, in
resident, Pear re- western Colombia, After it stopped in
to degree from the Pereira and was on its way to Medellin
graduated from the the pilot was ordered to advise the control
ol in 1966. tower that the plane had been taken over
a member of the and the Medellin airport should be closed.
ough not politically The hijacking was the first in Colom-
nson indicated he bia in more than a year. A new Colom-
member to fill the bian law increased prison terms for air
. piracy to 15 years,
He's off to Ice land
President Nixon waves to the crowd at the Elipse yesterday as
board a helicopter to take him to nearby Andrews Air Force I
to Iceland on Air Force One. He will hold talks there with F
Georges Pompidou, hoping to dispel any fear of the United States
boy role in Western Europe. Story on page 10.
Stephenson nominee for city a
soon to be approved by Coun
By GORDON ATCHESON
Mayor J a m e s Stephenson has tapped
Edwin Pear as his nominee for the post
of city attorney according to several high
level City Hall sources.
The 12 year old Pear pra tices law
with the Ypsilanti firm of Lawronce, Ul-
rich, Tripp, Pear, and Leutheuser.
BEFORE PEAR can officially assume
the post, however, his nomination must
be confirmed by City Council. Confirma-
tion would seem to be automatic since
seven Republicans sit on council and only
six votes are needed for approval.
The present City Attorney Jerold Lax
met with Stephenson and Pear Tuesday.
During that meeting it became apparent
Stephenson had chosen Pear as the next.
cit attorney, Lax said.
Several o t h er city officials voiced a
s i m i l a r understanding yesterday. One
termed Pear's nomination "absolutely cer-
STEPHENSON refused to comment on
the likelihood of Pear's nomination. His
secretary said he wished to confer with
Lax before releasing a statement.
Pear could not be rea
Lax, whose resignat
tive July 15, said he ex
nation to go before co
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University in 1963. Heg
Wayne State Law Schc
Pear is reportedly4
Republican Party, althc
active. Earlier Stephe
would seek out a GOP
position of city attorney