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Thursday May 30, 1974


Page Three


Doar calls evidence serious

Italians protest bombing
Italian leftists swing clubs daring an attack on the headquarters of the MSI, the Italian neo-fascist party. Police hurled
tear gas bombs to disperse the group which was protesting a bomb explosion which ripped through an anti-fascist rally
Tuesday. Violence swept through at least 20 Italian cities yesterday in similar protests.


kknocks t
Lured by promises of a "hot news
tip" Atlanta Constitution Editor Reg
Murphy fell victim to a right-wing
terrorist group that held him captive
far two days last February in hopes
of "straightening out the liberal-left-
ist press."
Although Murphy was kidnaped for
_ different reasons than abducted heir-
ess Patricia Hearst, they were both
x cposed to similar violent tactics.


DURING the weekly informal lun-
cheon of the Detroit Women's Eco-
nomic Club, Murphy yesterday re-
counted his harrowing experience in
detail and lashed out at those who
have labeled Hearst "a common
"No one has the right to judge
Miss Hearst now," he said. "She has
undergone extensive psychological
r damage and even if she were re-
leased today, it would be an extreme-
ly irresponsible act to file charges
until she's had six month to judge her
Murphy, who was released unharm-
ed after his 49-hour abduction, re-
gards himself as living proof that the
"politics of terrorism- fail."
TWO DAYS after his release, a

married couple was apprehended and -
charged with the kidnaping.
"Evidently, in the 70's, publicity is
the new money," he said. "But whatk
these bunglers don't realize is that
their terrorist methods are a pat-
ently unworkable way to bring about
change. "
Murphy, who is scheduled to ap-
pear on the Dick Cavett show with
Hearst's fiance, Steven Weed, hopes
to "aid in whatever way possible
those who have gone through the
same kind of tensions."
DESPITE the serious nature of his
tale, Murphy frequently joked with
the audience during his 30-minute r
extemporaneous speech.
"The kidnapers wanted to take
either me or the mayor of Atlanta,"
the gaunt, lean editor told his audi-
ence. "Since I've discovered the rea-
son they finally chose me was be-
cause our 250-pound mayor would
never have fit into the trunk of a
car, I've been eating eight meals a
Although he claimed to be some-
what discomfited by being on the
other side of the reporter's notebook,
the veteran newsman fielded ques -
tions like a political pro.
See EDITOR, Page 10
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resistance head
lectures at 'it
"After World War II, all U.S. aid to
the Philippines went to two per cent of
the population, the self - proclaimed
'heroes' . . . they went into barrios and
fought the prettiest girls; they went into
stores and fought the chickens and the
groceries," Luis Taruc told a group of
50 people at 'the Ecumenical Campus
Center last night.
Taruc was a leader of Philippine re-
sistance against the Japanese during
World War II. He is visiting campuses
in this country and Canada to inform
people here of two causes he has cham-
pioned for many years: agrarian reform
and benefits for Filipino war veterans.
"WHEN THE WAR started, our group
refused to serve under MacArthur's
command," Taruc explained. "We or-
ganized a resistance structure with a
mass base, hid our food, and set up an
intelligence network. We used brave,
beautiful women as spies. And so we
fought .. .
"We assisted the Americans and
fought the Japanese in guerrilla war.
But MacArthur had deep ears, a hard
heart and no conscience.
"He gave the Japanese land reform,
but in the Philippines he supported the
See REBEL, Page to

WASHINGTON (1-- The House Ju-
diciary Committee completed the first
phase of its impeachment inquiry yes-
terday and chief counsel John Doar said,
"I think the matters are of extreme
The initial phase, carried on entirely
in closed session, dealt with the evi-
dence the committee staff has compiled
of President Nixon's role in Watergate.
Albert Jenner, minority counsel for
the impeachment inquiry, echoed Doar's
words at a post-session briefing when
he said, "I think what has been pre-
sented to the committee up to this mo-
ment is of extreme seriousness for the
Constitution and institutions of the coun-
BOTII DOAR and Jenner cautioned
against making any judgments until, in
Doar's words "we have considered all
the evidence."
Chairman Peter Rodino (D-NJ.) em-
phasized at a briefing after the closed
session that the panel's investigation of
the Watergate cover-up is not complete.
He said additional evidence including
testimony from witnesses will be receiv-
ed later.
Earlier James St. Clair. the Presi-
dent's chief Watergate lawyer, suggest-
ed that the committee ought to hear
the entire Watergate case before moving
on to other areas such as the ITT anti-
trust settlement and political contribu-
tions from dairy cooperatives.
BUT RODINO rejected St. Clair's sug-
gestion, saying, "We are proceeding as
we had planned to proceed and as we
will continue to proceed."
Doar said that one reason the com-
mittee would move on to other areas
before returning to the Watergate cover-
tip was that its investigttion had reach-
ed the time period just pror to the tp-
pointment of Archibald Cox as special
Watergate prosecutor in May, 1973.
One of the alleguitiiois the committee
is consideriiig as a possible imeach-
able offense is the firing of Cox on Oct.
20, 1973.
DOAR SAID that since the special pro-
secutor was investigating a number of
areas other than Watergate at the time
he was fired, it was decided to present
evidence in these other areas before tak-
ing up the dismissal of Cox.
The initial reaction from rmmittee
members appeared divided along party
Rep. Charles Wiggings (Calif.), a
strong defender of the President said,
"It most issuredly is not at overwhelm-
ing case."
REP. JEROME Waldie, (D-Calif.), a
strong supporter of impeachment said:
"I think it is a substantial case . . . It
would be difficult for anyone to conclude
the President did not participate in an
impeachable offense, obstruction of jus-
IN WHAT was apparently a change of
opinion, Vice President Gerald Ford said
earlier in the day the Judiciary Commit-
tee should proceed with the tapes and
transcripts it already has. Ford had said
recently that he would favor disclosure
of the remaining subpoenaed tapes.
In another Watergate development, an
Internal Revenue Service investigation
revealed that the agency's handling of
the White House enemies list had result-
ed in tax adjustments for "a number of
tax payers."

Voters face school board election

City voters will go to the polls June
10 to elect three members to the Board
of Education from a crowded field of 11
candidates and to vote on a 1.3 mill
school levy.
The absence of most of the student
papulation during past summers combin-
ed with the large flock of candidates vy-
ing for the liberal-radical vote has given
conservatives a 7-2 voting majority on
the nine-member school board,
THIS YEAR, eight of the candidates
are generally considered to be either
liberal or radical.
The cast of official candidates includes

Wendy Barhydt, Astrid Beck, Stanley
Bielby, E. Stevens Binder, William Cash,
Eliot Chikofsky, Tanya Israel, George
Kolasa, Manfred Schmidt, Will Simpson
and Peter Wright,
The Human Rights Party (HRP) is
also backing a write-in campaign for
Larry Mann, a 14-year-old Pioneer High
School student. His nominating petitions
were ruled out of order because of a
state law requiring candidates to be reg-
istered voters.
ALTHOUGH the election is officially
non-partisan, HRP ix also backing Beck
and the Republicans are backing Bar-
hydt, Bielby and Wright. A loose coali-

tion of Democrats, who call themselves
the "liberal caucus," is supporting Simp-
son and Israel.
The hottest issue in the campaign cen-
ters around the controversial .'Plan F,"
which was recently passed 6-3 by the
The proposal, prompted by over-
crowding in Huron High School, involves
busing some North Campus children to
Angell and Bader junior highs.
PLAN F also calls for transforming
Clague Middle School into a junior high.
Middle schools combine sixth, seventh,
and eighth grades in one school,
Also on the ballot is a 1.3 mill levy

aimed at funding "school operating ex-
penses." It is expected that the money
will be used for establishing a full-time
attendance officer and a curriculum ci.-
ordinator as well as to provide for main-
tenance expenses and inflation costs.
Conservatives generally support the
millage proposal with HRP hopefuls op-
posed and liberals split over the issue.
IN THE CAMPAIGN conservatives are
stressing tighter disciplinary policies and
more standardization of curricula be-
tween junior and senior high schools.
They also charge that -North Campus
families are not "living up to their finan-
See SCHOOL, Page 10

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