- Classic overblown breathlessness at all things Obama Nixon ordered White House Chief of Staff Bob Haldeman to Get the word out, down to the IRS that I wantMessage 1 of 1 , Jun 10, 2013View Source
Classic overblown breathlessness at all things Obama
Nixon ordered White House Chief of Staff Bob Haldeman to "Get the word out, down to the IRS that I want them to conduct field audits on those who are our opponents." Nixon ordered that its investigator begin with Lawrence O'Brien, former John F. Kennedy's, former campaign manager and White House aide, and former Democratic Committee Chairman,
Nixon's minions had the IRS set up a special internal arm "the Activist Organization Committee" in July of 1969 to audit an "enemies list" provided by Nixon. Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy was at the top of that list along with a small army of well-known journalists. The IRS later renamed its political audit squad "Special Services" and it targeted over 1,000 liberal groups for audits and 4,000 individuals. On September 27, 1970, Nixon ordered Haldeman to get the IRS to investigate Ted Kennedy who was then the presumed frontrunner in the 1972 presidential contest, sharing the field with Edmond Muskie and Hubert Humphrey who Nixon also ordered audited.
Soon after Chotiner was named special counsel to the president, Nixon established Operation Sandwedge. Organized by H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, the two main field officers were private investigators Jack Caulfield and Anthony Ulasewicz. Operation Sandwedge involved a secret investigation of Edward Kennedy. Caulfield later admitted that Ulasewicz's reports on Kennedy went to three people: Nixon, Chotiner and Bebe Rebozo.
In an article published in the Los Angeles Times (31st March, 1973) it was claimed that Chotiner had received copies of the tape recordings that had been made by Alfred Baldwin as a result of the bugging Democratic campaign headquarters in the Watergate building.
It became Baldwin's job to listen to phone calls received by bugs planted inside the Democratic Party office in the Watergate. Over the next 20 days Baldwin listened to over 200 conversations. These were not recorded. Baldwin made notes and typed up summaries. Baldwin was never charged or convicted in relation to the Watergate scandal. Years later he stated the phone calls he monitored at the Democratic campaign headquarters indicated some Democrats were involved with call-girls. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKchotiner.htm
(The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate by James Rosen, pg. 291)
Nixon personally put White House Tom C. Huston, former president of the Young Americans for Freedom, in charge of setting up the new IRS "anti-radical squad" to make sure that the IRS's bureaucracy were not Democrats politically. The scheme included tapping phones without warrants, infiltrating organizations that had been critical of the President and, purging IRS agents who refused to tow the Republican line. Nixon also enthusiastically authorized a series of "black bag jobs" including breaking into offices, homes and liberal think tanks like the Ford Foundation and the Brookings Institute which Nixon believed was home to many former Kennedy Administration officials.
The FBI lowered the age of campus informants, thereby expanding surveillance of anti-Vietnam War college students. In 1971, the FBI reinstated its use of mail covers and continued to submit names to the CIA mail program.
In May 1971, Nixon used an IRS investigation of Alabama Governor George Wallace's brother, Gerald Wallace, to pressure Gov. Wallace to run for President on the Democratic ticket as a spoiler rather than on a third party ticket as he planned. The IRS also went after Gerald Wallace who had charged a $2.50 per ton over the going price on a $2.9 million contract for asphalt. By August 1970, the IRS's Special Security outfit had 75 people working on what was known as the "Alabama Project".
To show that Nixon meant business, one of Wallace's closest aides, Seymore Trammell, was sent to prison for 4 years for corruption. Nixon then used Winston Blount, his Postmaster General, to begin negotiations with Wallace. A deal was eventually struck with Wallace. In return for calling off the IRS audit, Wallace made a statement that he would not become a third party candidate. On January, 12, 1972, Attorney General John N. Mitchell announced he was not going to prosecute Gerald Wallace. The following day Wallace gave a press conference where he announced he would not be a third party candidate. The blackmail scheme succeeded and most of Wallace's white male supporters fled to the Republicans after the Democrats nominated civil rights activist George McGovern. Nixon's tactic of having Wallace run as a Democrat was an indispensable element of the White House's "southern strategy".
In September 1971, Nixon pleaded with Haldeman to light a fire under the IRS. "Bob, please get me the names of the Jews, you know the Big Jewish contributors of the Democrats...." The "Jewish-controlled media" and the "liberal media" were on Nixon's hot button, issues. Nixon also bugged reporters and used bribery, blackmail attempts, forgery, spying, burglary, and extensive bugging by national police agencies and by his own plumbers squad to monitor and manipulate the press for political purposes. Many of the top twenty names on Nixon's political enemies list (which eventually included 47,000 Americans) were reporters. They included Daniel Schorr, Mary McGrory, Edwin Guthman and Walter Cronkite. Nixon's staff and agencies bugged their phones, investigated their sex lives, rifled their trash, and had them watched and followed. Nixon directly ordered the investigation of imagined homosexuality by columnist Jack Anderson, a devout, teetotaling Mormon with a happy marriage and nine children.
Nixon had complained darkly to top staffers including Special Counsel Chuck Colson that Anderson was "a thorn in his side" and that "we have to do something about this son of a bitch." According to Hunt and Liddy, Colson deployed them that day saying that Nixon had ordered Colson to "Stop Anderson at all costs."
The three spooks plotted out the best way to murder Anderson including running him off the road, spiking his drink with venom, breaking into his home and lacing Anderson's aspirin bottle ("aspirin roulette") with a special toxicant undetectable by autopsy or simply shooting him with Liddy's untraceable 9mm pistol. The plot is detailed by Mark Felstein in his 2005 book, Poisoning the Press, and elsewhere. Liddy suggested painting Anderson's steering wheel with a massive dose of LSD which would cause Anderson to crash in a hallucinogenic craze. Dr. Gund warned them that the LSD would be traceable in an autopsy. They finally elected to stab Anderson outside his house. Liddy volunteered to do the bloody work and make the crime look like a bungled robbery. Luckily for Anderson, the plot fizzled and was forgotten when both conspirators were arrested shortly thereafter in the Watergate scandal while endeavoring to reset a bug in Larry O'Brien's office.
On October 6, 1971, Nixon ordered Haldeman to have the IRS audit Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler who had transformed the Times from a right wing rag into a universally respected paper by recruiting top journalists from across the nation
Nixon told Haldeman, "I want Otis Chandler's income tax," Nixon then called his Attorney General and former law partner, John Mitchell, and ordered Mitchell to fire the Los Angeles Director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. "The fellow out there in the Immigration Services is a kike by the name of Rosenberg." The President explained to Mitchell, "He is to be out." Fulminating on, Nixon told Mitchell, "I want you to direct the most trusted person you have in the Immigration Service to look at all the activities of the Los Angeles Times... let me explain as a Californian, I know everybody in California hires them... Otis Chandler... I want him checked with regard to his gardener. I understand he is a wetback. Is that clear?" When the Attorney General replied, "Yes, sir." Nixon crowed triumphantly, "We're going after the Chandlers! Every one, individually and collectively, their income taxes... every one of those sons of bitches."
On August 9, 1972 Nixon had a meeting with his staff to discuss how to destroy the Democrats. He asked Haldeman, "What in the name in of God are we doing on this one? What are we doing about the financial contributors? Now those lists there... are we looking over the financial contributions to the Democratic Committee? Are we running their income tax returns? Is the Justice Department checking to see if there are any anti-trust suits? We have all this power and were not using it. Now what the Christ is the matter? In other words I'm just thinking for example if there is information on Larry O'Brien. What is being done? Who is doing this full-time? What in the name of God are we doing?" Nixon abruptly narrowed his sights on McGovern's top contributor, Henry Kimmelman, and said emphatically, "Scare the shit out of him," He repeated the order to Ehrlichman, "Scare the shit out of him. Now there are some Jews with the mafia and they are involved with this too!"
Nixon directed Haldeman to order Treasury Secretary George Shultz to audit Kimmelman. Nixon observed contemptuously. "George has got a fantasy... That you can't play politics with the IRS? Just tell George he should do it." Three days later Nixon had Kimmelman's tax returns as well Larry O'Brien's who had by then agreed to manage McGovern's campaign and whose office would be the target of the Watergate break-in.
On March 12, 1973, even with the erupting Watergate scandal, Nixon was still intent on using the IRS to disable his enemies. That day he asked Haldeman, "What happened to the suggestion that the IRS run audits on all the members of Congress?"
Nixon personally directed and persistently harangued his staff to audit, investigate and gather dirt on his enemies. Obama's Justice Department's eavesdropping on the Associated Press, however, is in no way analogous to Nixon era bugging. The Obama eavesdropping was an, unfortunately, legal investigation of national security leaks involving a Nigerian terrorist bomber planning to blow up an American airliner en route from Amsterdam to New York. Nixon's bugging in contrast was illegal and his purposes were political and personal having little or nothing to do with national security.
Obama has long promised to support federal journalist shield legislation to protect the privilege of the confidentiality for the relationship between journalists and their sources.
Source: Obama and Nixon: A Historical Perspective - May 20, 2013 by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.