Reports of the presence of a Soviet combat force in Cuba, has bogged down hearings on the SALT TWO agreement in the U.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Senate committee
SV Coretta King (widow of Rev. Martin Luther King) walking to seat
SV Retired military men, Thomas Moorer (former Joint Chiefs chairman) Daniel Graham (former Head of Defence Intelligence) (2 SHOTS)
GV Senate Council and two former military chiefs (2 SHOTS)
SCU Daniel Graham speaking
GV Senate Council, members and reporters
CU Admiral Thomas Moorer (retired) speaking CUT TO GV of Council, BACK TO Moorer (3 SHOTS)
GV Coretta King and two advisors listening
GV Senator Frank Church speaking
TRANSCRIPT: PETTIT: "SALT TWO is losing ground in the Senate amid growing preoccupation with Cuba.
Example. Coretta King for SALT as a moral necessity, was upstaged by retired military men against SALT and against Soviet troops in Cuba.
Thomas Moorer, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs; Daniel Graham former Head of Defence Intelligence, who was asked if he knew Soviet combat troops were in Cuba while he was responsible for intelligence, 1974-1976."
GRAHAM: "If they were, we sure missed them. And we were covering Cuba very well."
PETTIT: "Admiral Moorer was the classic hawk."
MOORER: "The SALT discussion should be halted until the Soviets reconcile this point. Certainly we should make it crystal clear to the Soviets and to the world at large that we are not going to tolerate this gradual creeping, creeping, creeping injection of forces all around the world."
PETTIT: "The pro-SALT forces are clearly floundering on the issue of troops in Cuba."
CHURCH: "The Senate is bound to view the two together, and that is just a simple statement of fact."
REPORTER: TOM PETTIT
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Background: Reports of the presence of a Soviet combat force in Cuba, has bogged down hearings on the SALT TWO agreement in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Signs that Soviet troops might be in Cuba were first detected in 1969 and early 1970, but were ignored. Then last month, a key photograph taken by a U.S. spy satellite, showed troops on manoeuvres. Administration officials said that it left no doubt about their nationality. NBC's Tom Pettit reports from Washington.