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The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXVI, No. 58-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, July 31, 1976 Ten Cents Sixteen Pages
No.2 FBI man
d rected sp unit

WASHINGTON (A') - Asso-
ciate FBI director Richard
Held yesterday acknowledged
his responsibility for disruptive
counterintelligence operations
against political militants in
Minneapolis in the late 1960s
and early 1970s.
But, he added, "to say that
I was directly involved is not
entirely true."
HELD ISSUED a statement
describing his involvement in
the so-called Cointelpro opera-
tion while he was in charge of
the Minneapolis FBI office from
October 1962, to Feb. 12, 1973.
In a related development, it
was learned that the Justice
Department has tentatively de-
cided to seek criminal indict-
ments against FBI agents or
officials involved in burglaries
daring the past five years.
Sources close to the investi-

gation said the case will be pre-
sented to a grand jury in New
York within a few weeks. The
grand jury review probably will
take several months, the
sources added.
HELD, THE second - ranking
FBI official, said he was issu-
ing the statement in response
to news accounts based on the
Senate Intelligence Committee
report of Cointelpro operations
in Minneapolis.
The committee report listed
five instances between 1968 and
1970 when the Minneapolis FBI
office used disruptive tactics
against political militants.
As the agent in charge of the
field office, Held said, "I had
the responsibility for all the
activities that flowed from that
office, good or bad. This re-
sponsibility could not be dele-
gated and I in no way wish to

do this."
HE SAID the Minneapolis
agents had a responsibility to
implement the Cointelpro opera-
tion instituted at the Washing-
ton headquarters.
But he added, "I was not in
any decision making position
when this program was insti-
tuted, nor did I direct it while
the program was active."
Held said the Minneapolis of-
fice was responsible for 207
counties in three states and had
an average case load of about
4,000.
"I WAS aware of Cointelpro,
but I was not aware of its day
to day activities," he continued.
"The same can be said for the
above 4,000 cases."
Nevertheless, he repeated
that "this program, while I was
in Minneapolis was my respon-
sibility."
The associate director noted
that Kelley in a speech May 8
issued a public apology for
past FBI wrongdoing and said
he concurs with the director's
statement.
KELLEY appointed Held to
the bureau's No. 2 job on July
16 when he fired Nicholas
Callahan because Callahan is
the subject of another Justice
Department investigation.
Sources have said Callahan
was fired because investigators,
found evidence that he was in-
See NO., Page 2

Justice vods Mass. ban
on aborfton for minors
WASHINGTON (A') - Supreme Court Justice William Brennan
barred Massachusetts officials on yesterday from enforcing a
state law requiring unmarried women under age 18 to obtain
parental consent or a court order in order to have an abortion.
Brennan's order was requested by officials and physicians
affiliated with the Parents Aid Society, which has challenged the
state law. The order will remain in effect until the Supreme Ju-
dicial Court of Massachusetts has ruled on their challenge.
THE LAW, passed in 1974, was ruled unconstitutional last
year by a three-judge federal court which said it imposed "a
parental veto" over abortions performed on minors.
On July 1, the Supreme Court ruled that the three-judge
panel should have withheld judgment on the question until the
highest court in the state had been given a chance to interpret the
law.
On the same day, the high court struck down a Missouri law
requiring minors in that state to receive approval of only one
parent to get an abortion. Put the Missouri law does not give
the minor the option of seeking a court order to overcome any
parental objections.
THE SUPREME Court's ruling on the Massachusetts case
said guidance from the state court was needed to determine if
the Massachusetts law imposed a "parental veto" or merely
stated a preference for parental consultation.
Parents Aid Society officials said enforcement should be
stayed while this question is being settled in order to prevent
"personal life-long hardship" to single pregnant women.
Otherwise, they said, "several hundred minors will have
been forced to forego abortions, seek underground abortions,
risk being thrown out of their homes, or undergo judicial pro-
ceedings that are foreign to them and an ambiguous maze to
attorneys."
They said no rules or- standards have been established for
the type of court hearings that would be required.

Dog's-eye view
This dalmatian look-alike fire hydrant on South University has
drawn more than a few curious stares from both human and
canine passersby.

PLANS POLL TO AID VP CHOICE:
Ford whistling Dixie

By AP and UPI
JACKSON, Miss. - With in-
fluential delegation chairman
Clarke Reed at his side, Presi-
dent Ford made a personal
pitch yesterday to get Missis-
sippi to give him a commanding
lead on the first ballot at the
Republican National Conven-
tion.
Reed, who came out for Ford
three days ago, said he thinks
the President has a majority
of the Mississippi delegates
now, and they would like to
see Mississippi "put Ford over
the lop" at the convention in
Kansas City.
FORD, SEEKING to widen
his margin over Ronald Rea-

gan, said Friday he would ask
convention delegates who they
favor for his running mate.
Delegates emerging from a
private meeting with Ford here
said the President told them he
will send a letter to each of
the 2,259 delegates, Republican
members of Congress and party
leaders soliciting advice on a
running mate.
He also outlined the charac-
teristics of the person he would
choose, citing the need for
similarity with his own posi-
tions, fiscal conservatism and
middle-of-the-road attitudes on
social issues.
FORD PRESS secretary Ron
Nessen confirmed Ford's plans
to ask for advice after some of
the Mississippi delegates told
reporters what the President
said to them in a closed meet-
ing.
The subject of running mates
was particularly hot in Missis-
sippi because of Reagan's
designation of liberal Sen.
Richard Schweiker of Pennsyl-
vania as his vice presidential
choice earlier this week.

The 30-vote delegation, which
may cast its votes as a unit
for its presidential choice, has
become a prime hunting ground
for the Ford campaign since
Reagan chose Schweiker.
FORD FLEW here to spend
fise hours talking with the dele-
gation that is now the largest
uncommitted bloc of conven-
tion votes. At the Ramada Inn,
he met with the 30 delegates
and 30alternates, together and
separately.
After a meeting with the full
delegation. Ford told reporters
"They had a lot of good 'hard
questions, but I think I ans-
wered them all." Asked if he
had changed any minds, he re-
sponded "You'll have to ask
them."
A Reagan supporter said he
thought Ford made an impres-
sive presentation but he had
not changed his mind about
backing Reagan.
BUT GIL Carmichael, a Ford
supporter, said he believed
Ford's strength had risen to 40
See FORD, Page 7

Election endorsements, Pages 4 and 5
Candidates on the issues, Pages 8 and 9

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