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Saturday, Mo1, 24, l9-i7~ THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Three

U.S. allegedly discussed killing

W A S H I N G T ON (/) -
The Rockefeller Commission has
minutes of a 1962 meeting
which show that high adminis-
tration officials discussed possi-
ble assassination of Cuban Pre-
mier Fidel Castro, according to
authoritative sources. The sub-
ject reportedly was dropped
from consideration.
But while one source who has
seen the minutes said the sub-
ject was immediately dis-
missed, two sources say a
memo was written two days
later by an assistant to then-
Secretary of Defense Robert
McNamara directing the Cen-
tral Intelligence Agency to de-
velop contingency plans for the
possible assassination of the
Cuban leader.
THAT MEMO too was with-
drawn immediately, one source

said. But he said subsequent
U.S.-sponsored plots were made
against Castro's life.
The memo, which dealt with
a variety of subjects, does not
use the word "assassination,"
according to a source who had
seen the memo, relying instead
on more general terms such as
But the source said the memo,
clearly provided authority for
drawing up contingency plans
for an assassination.
THE SOURCES declined to be
The sources said minutes of
the Aug. 10, 1962, meeting show
it was attended by McNamara,
then-Secretarv of State Dean
Rusk- John McCone, then direc-
tor of the Central Intelligence
Agency; and McGeorge Bundy,

President Kennedy's adviser for
national security affairs.
"The subject of killing Castro
was raised and immediately dis-
missed," one source who has'
seen the minutes said.
THE MEMO, written by
McNamara assistant Maj Gen.
Edward Lansdale, was imme-
diately withdrawn, one source
said, although he acknowledged'
the subsequent attempts on
Castro's life.
Reached by phone, Mc-
Namara and Lansdale both said
they had no recollection of ei-
ther the memo or the meeting.
The minutes describe a meet-
ing of a special group known
as Operation Mongoose, which
approved all CIA covert activi-
ties against the Castro regime,
the sources said. Its official ti-

tle was Special Group Augment-
T H E minutes show that a
fifth member, then-Atty. Gen.
Robert Kennedy, was absent,
.according to the sources.
The minutes do not make
clear whether a specific plan
was discussed or whether any
approval or disapproval for a
plot against Castro was given.
THE LATER attempts were
based on plans drawn up by an
unidentified middle - level CIA
official responsible for contin-
gency planning connected with
problems dealing with unman-
ageable foreign leaders. These
contingency plans, which also
have been obtained by the
Rockefeller Commission, cov-
ered every possibility from a

coup to assassination to bribery,
the source said.
The planning effort was ter
minated when the official i*
charge was transferred to the
CIA station in Rome, the source
It could not be learned whe-
ther the Rockefeller Commis-
sion has been able to establish
any connection between the
meeting; the memo ,the contin-
gency planning and the subse-
quent attempts on Castro's life.
Bindy, Rusk and McCone all
have anoenred as- witnesses be-
fore the eight-member panel
headed by Vice President Nel-
son Rockefeller, bit the sub-
stance of their testimony could
not be le-irned. McNamars and
Lansdale have been unestioned
by the commission staff, sources

Group plans bike,
transit expansion

Expanded Dial-A-Ride serv-
ice, 122 miles of new bikeways
and more Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti
express bus service are includ-
ed in plans the Ann Arbor-
Ypsilanti Urban Area Trans-
portation Study Committee
(UATS) wants to implement in
the next 15 years.
UATS, a clearinghouse for
transportation plans in the six
township area surrounding Ann
Arbor, also projects extensive
road improvement. The work on
Observatory is one example.
"THERE will be some new
roads," says Cecil Ursprung,
UATS study director, 'but our
number one goal for streets is
to maximize use of the exist-
ing system." Improvements
along I-94, Washtenaw, Ply-
mouth, Packard, and Geddes
should ease access to Ann Ar-
bor. Although the Washtenaw
work should be done by 1980,
work on Packard may not be
completed until 1985 and Ply-
mouth construction is not sched-
uled to begin until then.
Ann Arbor's Dial-A-Ride sys-
tem could be expanded to in-
clude Ypsilanti runs and late
night service, pending action
by the Ann Arbor Transporta-
tiiin Authority.
"A system of corridors that
held potential for bicycle use
were investigated," Ursprung
says. Construction has already
begun on a route connecting

the University and EMU along
Packard Road. Segments under
various jurisdictions will vary
in 'form. Route types include
curb cuts along existing side-
walks, an asphalt lane sep-
arate from the road, and the
painted lane in Ann Arbor.
OTHER bikeways have been
suggested along Huron River
Drive, Scio Church Road, and
other scenic routes. Connections
are possible to paths planned in
Jackson Township and Wayne
County to form a trail across
southern Michigan. Paths lead-
ing to recreation areas like Ken-
sington are also being consid-
The extensive UATS plans
will be implemented gradually.
"The projects are scheduled in
three 5-year stages, extending
to 1990," Ursprung explains.
"We allocate $850,000 a year,
and that sum is set through
June, 1977. However, we expect
the budget in the next three
year period to be substantially
"Funding is a combination of
federal, state and local money,"
Ursprung continues. One source
of revenue is the 1973 Bikeway
Bond Issue in Ann Arbor. The
Federal Highway Trust Fund,
the state gas tax, a small por-
tion of the Road Commission's
budget, and money from local
governments are combined to
fund the projects.

Justice Dept. to review
defense of election rules

W A S H I N G T O N (O) -
In a policy shift, the Justice
Department decided yesterday
to review its defense of the new
federal election law after a top
official questioned the law's
A spokesman said Solicitor
General Robert Bork, who ar-
gues the government's cases be-
fore the Supreme Court, got
Atty. Gen. Edward Levi to
agree to prepare briefs in op-
position to the new law which
was passed in the wake of the
Watergate campaign money
THE LAW establishes the
Election Commission to enforce
campaign laws, lmits federal
campaign donations and spend-
ing and provides partial public
financing for presidential cam-

The spokesman said at first
that the department would file
briefs in court arguing on both
sides of a pending lawsuit that
attacks every major provision
of the law.
Later the same spokesman
said opposition briefs were be-
ing prepared but that no deci-
sion had been made on which
ones would be filed. "Levi wants
all the arguments in by next
week, the spokesman said.
The Justice Department shift
came as a surprise to officials
of the new Federal Election
Commission, which has taken
over the primary burden of de-
fending the law. The shift an-.
gered lawyers for Common
Cause, which had been working
closely with Justice Department
lawyers in preparing a legal

AP Photo
Body search
Det. Sgt. Bernard Price of the Ann Arbor Police, left, and Jerry Smeenze lean on a fence while
a Lenawee County Jail trustee digs for possib ly two more bodies near where two others have
already been found in Onstead, Mich. Gary Tay lor, a fugitive mental patient and former owner
of the property which Smeenze now owns is being held in Houston, Tex., charged with five sex
State to consider bond issue
to finance a new 'U' Hospital
By ELAINE FLETCHER in both houses, voters will still planning for the University
A bill allowing a referendum not see the bond issue on the It was chosen as an alterna-
for a $150 million bond issue, ballot until November 1976. tive to yearly state financing
financing the construction of a Kennedy labeled a new has- which "is a sort of pay as yo
new University Hospital, will be pital as one of the "top priority go plan" that would also "use
introduced in the state legisla- needs" of the University, but up all the available financing
ture next month. added that it would be "essen- for a number of years, for every
Uniersty ffiial ar opi- tially a replacement facility" other building project in the
University official are opti for the "rcongestedand serious- state," said Kennedy t
mistic that the bill, co-spon- ly outdated" 1,100-bed unit cur-
sored by Rep. Gary Owen (D- rently in use 'i Should the bill pass and ond
Ypsilanti) and Rep. Dominic igan voters approve the bond
ati)ndep, D A group of University admin- issue, it still may be quite a
Jacbetti (D-Neganuee), will pass istrators have been working number of years, as many as
by the end of this year. Richard with state legislators since Jan- "six or seven" according to
Kennedy, vice president for uary on funding for the new Kennedy, before a new hospital
state relations and planning, hospital, said Kennedy. is completed.
said, "The idea for the legisla- Plans for a new hospital al-
tion at - this point has come USE OF A bond to finance a ready have been kicked around
largely from the legislature it- new University Hospital was since "way back in '69," Ken-
self," first considered around March nedy added.
31 of this year, according to Jacbetti and Neganuee were
SHOULD THE bill pass by Doug Sherman, assistant vice not available for commeot last
the t~wo-thirds majority needed president and director of capital night.

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