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The Michigan Daily

Vin Yr Nn A&S

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, July 25, 1980

Ten Cents

Sixteen Pages

Senate to
investigate
Billy Carter's
Libyan ties

From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - The Senate
created a nine-member panel yester-
day to investigate Billy Carter's links
with Libya's radical Arab government
and to determine whether the White
House influenced a Justice Department
investigation of the president's younger
brother.
The chief White House spokesman
said President Carter would "respond
fully" to the Senate investigators and
would not rule out the possibility that
the president himself might testify
before the panel.
WHITE HOUSE counsel Lloyd Cutler
told the Public Broadcasting System

Funky monkey
Not every tot at the art fair views the crowds with such apprehension but
this street urchin isn't about to let go of the organ grinder's hand it's holding.

Police storm cell blocks;
20 hourlong rioting ends

that the president could give evidence
to the committee either by testifying,
answering written questions or con-
vening a meeting at the White House.
Meanwhile, the White House
acknowledged that Carter met once,
and his top security adviser huddled at
least three times, with Libya's charge
d'affairs after Billy Carter contacted
the Libyan government.
White House press secretary. Jody
Powell confirmed Carter met with Ali
Houderi on Dec. 6, following a meeting
the Libyan had with Zbigniew Brzezin
ski.
THE PRESIDENT was "under-
scoring the concern he had on the at-
tack on the U.S. Embassy" in Tripoli by
militants," he said.
The committee will "pursue the truth
wherever the truth may lead," said
Sen. Birch Bayh (D-Ind.), chairman of
the new panel.
Billy Carter registered as a foreign
agent on June 14, under pressure from
the Justice Department. He has
acknowledged receiving $220,000 from
Libya, which he described as an in-
stallment on a $500,000 loan. Carter and
Libyan officials deny, however, that he
acted as an agent of that government.
THE CARTER administration has
denied influencing the Justice Depar-
tment decision not to prosecute
President Carter's brother for his
initial failure to register as an agent of
the Libyan government.
Questions persist about the case,
however. Numerous Republicans in
Congress, GOP presidential candidate
Ronald Reagan, and John Anderson,
the Illinois congressman seeking the
presidency as an independent, have
called for further investigations.
The agreement creating the Senate
panel directs it to look into "activities
relating to individuals representing the
interests of foreign governments."
IT DOES NOT name Billy Carter.
The president's outspoken younger
brother will be asked to testify before
the Senate panel, Bayh said, adding
that he hoped it "would not be
necessary" to call the president as a
witness.
Bayh said he hopes to start hearings
next week, but did not want "to do
something hastily and give the im-
pression this is not a serious effort."

FromAPandUPI
BOISE, Idaho-With the help of five inmates acting in
secret to free a hostage, guards and police stormed prisoner-
held cell blocks. yesterday and regained possession of riot-
ravaged Idaho State Penitentiary.
No deaths were reported from the 20-hour-long rioting at
the 500-inmate prison eight miles south of here, but 18
inmates were injured and three cell blocks were severely
damaged, said state Corrections Director C. W. "Bill" Crowl.
THE INMATES WERE armed with clubs, baseball bats,
hammers, screwdrivers, crowbars and honed knives and
spoons-but apparently no firearms. They had taken over the
facility Wednesday in reaction to a shakedown in which
authorities seized some possessions from their cells.
Before dawn, Crowl, fearing for the life of prison guard
Lynart Orr, 26, ordered a special prison tactical squad of
about 12 men to storm Cell Block 11 and free Orr. The 5:30
a.m. operation, aided by five inmates inside who were
protective of Orr, took about five minutes and no one was
injured.
A half-hour later, police carrying riot guns and automatic
weapons swept through the prison yard and buildings,
herding approximately 400 inmates to a nearby athletic field.
"MOVE IT! MOVE IT!," the police shouted at inmates,

who offered no resistance and kept their hands on their
heads. Police kicked and shoved some inmates to speed the
movement.
Crowl said the rescue was "a calculated gamble" made
necessary by reports from inmates inside that the rioters were
sniffing glue and lacquer and were brewing a huge batch of
homemade whiskey in the prison kitchen. He said he believed
Orr could be in grave danger.
* The other hostage had been released unharmed before
nightfall Wednesday.
AT 8 A.M., THE riot over, Crowl and his staff began
contacting state and federal prisons in surrounding states to
see if they could take some inmates if necessary.
He said he was considering using tents to house the
inmates on the field last night. Idaho National Guardsmen
arrived at the cinderblock prison yesterday morning to offer
backup security.
Crowl said three or possibly four cell blockawere heavily
damaged, but two medium-security wings for 144 inmates
were serviceable.
The riot was triggered at midday Wednesday when prison
officials conducted a surprise shakedown of cells while the
prisoners were at lunch. When the inmates returned and
See JAIL, Page 7

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