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May 26, 1978 - Image 8

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Page 8-Friday, May 26, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Carter blasts Congress

CHICAGO (AP) - President Carter,
complaining that he "can't compete at
all, even peacefully," with Soviet and
Cuban adventuring in Africa, criticized
Congress yesterday for restricting
presidential ability to take decisive ac-
tion abroad.
"There's a trend in Congress that is
building up that puts too much con-
straint on a President to deal with
rapidly changing circumstances," Car-
ter told a nationally broadcast news
WHILE announcing that he has or-,
dered a review of legislative restric-
tions, Carter specifically said he has
"no present intention of asking for re-
peal of legislation which has direct or
indirect U.S. aid to forces in Angola.
The President met with reporters
shortly after arriving in Chicago to ad-
dress a Democratic fund-raising dinner
and began by condemning Cuban and
Angolan involvement in the fighting in
He said both countries "must bear a
heavy responsibility" for the violence
and killing in Zaire. He said the in-
vasion was mounted in neighboring
Angola and was aided by the Cubans.
CARTER ALSO said U.S. par-
ticipation in the multi-nation effort to
rescue westerners trapped in Zaire was
virtually complete and American tran-
sport planes used in the operation soon
would return to their bases.
In discussing the African crisis, Car-

ter expressed his concern, stated recen-
tly in several meetings with members
of Congress, that some provisions of
security assistance legislation place
narrow limits on when and where the
aid can be used and he said he has
asked Secretary of State Cyrus Vance
to review the laws with congressional
leaders to determine if any changes are
advisable. -
Carter said he has no intention of
sending military forces into Africa but
he does want authority to use economic
aid, loans, food and other peaceful
means to try to combat Soviet-Cuban
"I have no intention of getting in-
volved in Angola," he said and then ad-
ded that "I am not going to advocate
any change in existing law" pending
the results of the review. "I will oppose
further restrictions," he said.
But then Carter made a point of
saying he doesn't plan now to ask for
repeal of the Clark Amendment, which
bars U.S. aid to factions in Angola.
After being asked whether Soviet
sponsorship of the Cuban forces in
Africa would lead him to consider
suspension of strategic arms
negotiations with the Russians, Carter
responded that he opposes such
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PRESIDENT CARTER criticized Congress in a news conference yesterday for
restricting his ability to take decisive action abroad. However, Carter said he
has no present intention to ask for repeal of legislation which restricts presidential
action in Africa.
Death row in1mate gets
temporary reprieve
ATLANTA (AP) - The U.S. Supreme "There will be no execution
Court refused yesterday to postpone tomorrow," Tidwell said.
today's scheduled electrocution of A spokesman for Busbee, Duane
murderer Ron Douthit, but he won a 20- Riner, said that when the stay of
day reprieve from the judge who first execution expires on June 14, Douthit's
sentenced him to death. attorney still may seek a commutation
The governor's office said a 90-day hearing before the state Board of Par-
stay could follow. dons and Paroles which would cause
Judge Luther Hames of Cobb County Busbee to issue another stay of
Superior Court granted the stay - to execution up to 90 days.
June 14 - at the request of Douthit's at- Hames was the judge in Douthit's
torney, Eugene Deal of Atlanta, said murder trial.
Hames' secretary, Jean Woodl. Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court,
BUT EVEN before Hames signed the by a 7-2 vote, turned down Deal's
stay, Gov. George Busbee's legal ad- request for a postponement of the
visor, Charles Tidwell, said Douthit, 24, execution until a formal Supreme Court
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