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Page 10-Friday, July 7, 1978-The Michigan Doily
FBI official fired for withholding
NEW YORK (AP) - J. Wallace IN WASHINGTON, the FBI confir- ouster.
LaPrade, ousted head of the largest med that LaPrade was dismissed on "WHAT IS VHE top secret foreign in-
FBI field office, was fired from the orders of Bell, but the agency declined telligence information that Griffin Bell
agency yesterday by Attorney General further comment. wishes to suppress at all cost?" he
Griffin Bell for withholding testimony LaPrade called a news conference to asked rhetorically.
from a grand jury investigating a announce that he received the ter- "I am being fired for refusal to
terrorist organization. mination notice at 7:30 a.m. from Bell. discuss this information with the Civil
LaPrade, an assistant FBI director He said he would appeal the action, Rights Division of the Justice Depar-
who headed the 800 agent New York of- which is effective at 5 p.m. today, to the tment. If I had discussed it, I would
fice for three years, said the agency Civil Service Commission. have been fired for revealing it."
was using him asa scapegoat. LaPrade, 51, accused Bell of having The 27-year veteran of the FBI said-
"They had to get somebody," forbidden him to reveal information the necessity to "get somebody"
LaPrade said of the Justice Depar- that would have cleared him of the ad- stemmed from a "post-Watergate syn-
tment's action. "They got me." ministrative charges leading to his drome." This meant that if there was

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testimony
something wrong in Washington, there
must be something wrong in the FBI,
LaPrade went on.
FORMER FBI Acting Director L.
Patrick Gray, W. Mark Felt, the retire
No. 2 man, and Edward Miller, onetime
chief of counterintelligence, await trial
on charges stemming from the same
probe.
They were accused of violating the
civil rights of the suspected members of
the Weatherman, a radical un-
derground group active in the late 1960s
and early 1970s, and theiracquaintan-
ces by sanctioning the surreptitious n-
try of their homes.
Jesse
Jackson
sees crisis
in U. S.
DENVER (AP) - The Supreme
Court decision in the Allen Bakke
academic discrimination case lays the
groundwork for another century of
struggle on the issue of racial
discrimination, civil rights leader Jesse
Jackson said yesterday.
Jackson told delegates to the
National Conference of State
Legislatures that the decision, com-
bined with the passage of the property
tax reducing Proposition 13 in Califor-
nia, is producing a crisis in Ameican
society.
AT A MEETING later with members
of the National Conference of Black
Legislators, Jackson described plans
for drafting what he called model anti-
Bakke legislation that the lawmakers
could take to their home states.
If states acknowledge the existence of
past discrimination, he said, courts
would be free to protect quota systems
in academic admissions.
Of Proposition 13, Jackson said it is
"punitive rather than redemptive" and
"divides, rather than unites people."
AT A NEWS conference following his
speech, he said Proposition 13 "ex-
ploited the people's aggressive rage"
and predicted that it will be repealed.
Jackson said the Bakke decision
stemmed from racism that split the
logic of the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court ruled last week
that the medical school of the Univer-
sity of California at Davis had
discriminated against Bakke, who is
white, in denying his consideration for
one of a specific number of places held
for minority-group members.
AT THE SAME time, -the court
upheld the constitutionality of less
restrictive affirmative action
programs in higher education.
Jackson said the court engaged in a
"logical contradiction" when it argued
that racial considerations are accep-
table-but not in the form used at the
medical school.
Legally, the Bakke decision
"represents the end of the period of
the second Reconstruction and lays the
predicate for anothr century of struggle
around the issue of racial
discrimination," Jackson said.
"The court's decision was a
devastating but not a fatal blow
because the court did not leave us un-
protected, but it left us less protected,"
he said. -
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