[sixties-l] Operation Gemstone

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Date: Tue Feb 13 2001 - 17:51:52 EST

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             Forgotten History - Tuesday, February 13, 2001
             "Little known facts and overlooked history"

    Operation Gemstone

    Gordon Liddy had been hired by the White House to run their
    intelligence squad. At first, they were called the "Plumbers"
    and one of their first actions was to break into the office
    of psychiatrist Daniel Ellsberg. Now, as Gordon Liddy walked
    through the Justice Department building, he was about to
    submit his plan to Attorney General John Mitchell. The plan,
    which was unquestionably criminal, was known as "Operation

    Gemstone outlined the methods to be used on demonstrators at
    the Republican National Convention in Miami. These demonstrators
    were to be captured, drugged and held hostage in Mexico. Those
    people carrying out the plan included professional killers who
    had accounted for maybe twenty-two deaths between them so far.
    They came from the ranks of organized crime and could be
    trusted to do the job. Gordon Liddy presented this plan to the
    chief law enforcement officer of the United States.

    Other plans included bugging airplanes and the leasing of a
    large barge which would serve as headquarters for the President's
    lawbreakers. One of the bedrooms on the barge would
    be used to house local prostitutes whose job it would be "to
    go out and to seduce into the barge high campaign officials."
    Liddy said they were searching for high class women who would
    be seduced by the power of the Democratic staffers. Liddy also
    spoke of agent provocateur tactics that would discredit the

    Liddy's tactics included destroying property, such as wrecking
    air-conditioning units in the hotels that Democrats were
    staying, which would in turn make conditions for the Democrats
    difficult. Amazingly John Mitchell, who was the Attorney
    General at the time, didn't fire Liddy but told him to come up
    with something more feasible. While Liddy went back to the
    drawing board, John Dean, who was present at the meeting,
    suggested to White House chief of staff H.R. Halderman that
    the administration have nothing to due with the lawless Liddy.

    Liddy now started up on his plans to break into the Democratic
    headquarters. What were they looking for? They were looking
    for the financial records of Lawrence O'Brien. O'Brien had
    been kept on a retainer by Howard Hughes and Nixon wanted to
    find out the information and thereby discredit O'Brien. To do
    this, and other illegal activities, Liddy and former CIA
    operative E. Howard Hunt hired several anti-Castro Cubans to
    be their muscle.

    The Cubans prowled the convention and tried to disrupt the
    activities of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Nixon
    held veterans in contempt. Veterans hospitals often made it
    difficult for returning GI's to get the type of care they
    needed. When Watergate finally exploded, those anti-war
    veterans remembered the Cubans from the convention.

    The Cubans were next sent to Washington where they were shown
    a picture of Daniel Ellsberg and were told: "Our mission is
    to hit him, call him a traitor, and punch him in the nose.
    Hit him and run." What this meant in legal terms was to go
    and commit assault. The men were arrested but then released
    when Nixon operatives spoke with the police.

    Things looked good for Nixon. Polls were showing him ahead of
    front runner Senator George McGovern and with George Wallace
    out of the race due to an assassin's bullet. The President
    seemed on his way to an easy victory. However, Nixon still
    craved an even greater victory. Preparations were being made to
    break into the office of George McGovern and the offices of
    the Democratic Party. Gordon Liddy said to E. Howard Hunt,
    "that's our next job."

    Sources:  The Arrogance of Power, Anthony Summers
               The Wars of Watergate, Stanley I. Kutler
               Interview with Vietnam veteran Barry Romo

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