Re: [sixties-l] Operation Gemstone

From: William M. Mandel (
Date: Tue Feb 13 2001 - 20:14:44 EST

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    Daniel Ellsberg was not a psychiatrist.
                                                                Bill Mandel

    radman wrote:

    > 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."
    > 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
    > demonstrators.
    > 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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