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edbermac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-05 11:39 AM
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33 years ago today: The Watergate Break-In....
The irony of it all with the DSM coming to light...let's keep our fingers crossed!

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5 Held in Plot to Bug Democrats' Office Here

By Alfred E. Lewis
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 18, 1972; Page A01

Five men, one of whom said he is a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency, were arrested at 2:30 a.m. yesterday in what authorities described as an elaborate plot to bug the offices of the Democratic National Committee here.

Three of the men were native-born Cubans and another was said to have trained Cuban exiles for guerrilla activity after the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.

They were surprised at gunpoint by three plain-clothes officers of the metropolitan police department in a sixth floor office at the plush Watergate, 2600 Virginia Ave., NW, where the Democratic National Committee occupies the entire floor.

There was no immediate explanation as to why the five suspects would want to bug the Democratic National Committee offices or whether or not they were working for any other individuals or organizations.

A spokesman for the Democratic National Committee said records kept in those offices are "not of a sensitive variety" although there are "financial records and other such information."

Police said two ceiling panels in the office of Dorothy V. Bush, secretary of the Democratic Party, had been removed.

Her office is adjacent to the office of Democratic National Chairman Lawrence F. O'Brien. Presumably, it would have been possible to slide a bugging device through the panels in that office to a place above the ceiling panels in O'Brien's office.

All wearing rubber surgical gloves, the five suspects were captured inside a small office within the committee's headquarters suite.

Police said the men had with them at least two sophisticated devices capable of picking up and transmitting all talk, including telephone conversations. In addition, police found lock-picks and door jimmies, almost $2,300 in cash, most of it in $100 bills with the serial numbers in sequence.

The men also had with them one walkie-talkie, a short wave receiver that could pick up police calls, 40 rolls of unexposed film, two 35 millimeter cameras and three pen-sized tear gas guns.
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-05 11:47 AM
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1. I was just reading about a Newsweek article that...
blamed Deep Throat for the Iranian hostage crisis (should've just mowed the students down, kill as many as it takes) and for the mess Reagan had to fix, for 9/11, post 9/11 intel agency malaise, and basically, every significant bad thing in the country. All Deep Throat's fault. Not Nixon's, not Watergate's, but Deep Throat's.

From Newsweek.

I know as an amateur historian it's pretty much inevitable people will say those things but, do they have to be so crass about it?
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formerrepuke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-05 11:49 AM
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2. The biggest irony- this led to the resignation of a president.. all over
a lame burglary; no one died over it, no one even slightly injured. The present situation (DSM) puts the Watergate 'scandal' in perspective, doesn't it?
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