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  •  A year before Watergate, Nixon ordered a break-in (1+ / 0-)
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    of the Brookings Institution, to get a certain file. This can be heard on Nixon's tapes. I think it's most likely, at that time, that he was going for Johnson's evidence, which was in the "X envelope." The break-in apparently never occurred, but already, in June 1971, he had the idea for the "Plumbers."

    Robert Parry covers this in his latest book, "America's Stolen Narrative" (review here), and in this article:

    "Do we have it?” Nixon asked his chief of staff H.R. “Bob” Haldeman. “”I’ve asked for it. You said you didn’t have it.”

    Haldeman responded, “We can’t find it.”

    National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger added, “We have nothing here, Mr. President.”

    Nixon: “Well, damnit, I asked for that because I need it.”

    Kissinger: “But Bob and I have been trying to put the damn thing together.”

    Haldeman: “We have a basic history in constructing our own, but there is a file on it.”

    Nixon: “Where?”

    Haldeman: “[Presidential aide Tom Charles] Huston swears to God that there’s a file on it and it’s at Brookings.”

    Nixon: “Bob? Bob? Now do you remember Huston’s plan [for White House-sponsored break-ins as part of domestic counter-intelligence operations]? Implement it.”

    Kissinger: “Now Brookings has no right to have classified documents.”

    Nixon: “I want it implemented. … Goddamnit, get in and get those files. Blow the safe and get it.”

    The Paragraph: “We dance round in a ring and suppose, But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.” - Robert Frost

    by hungeski on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 06:07:58 PM PDT

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