Daniel Ellsberg was not a psychiatrist.
> 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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