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Watergate Exposed: How the President of the United States and the Watergate Burglars Were Set Up As Told to Douglas Caddy, Original Attorney for the Watergate Seven Paperback – April 1, 2011
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This book does not add anything new from what we already know about Watergate. The main revelation of this book is that a transgender PBX switchboard operator, a friend of Merritt, the main protagonist of this book, told him two weeks before the fact that the offices of Larry O'Brien at the Watergate Complex would be broken into, and that therefore Nixon was "set up." As tantalizing and satisfactory as this may sound at first blush, on closer examination it this "expose" falls.
First, there is no historical dispute that the Watergate Burglers had tried and failed to break into the Watergate offices many times previous to the actual burglary which occurred on June 17. As historical fact the plumbers attempted a break-in on May 28, a few days before Merritt was informed by "Rita," his transgender friend, of the break-in on June 1. The fact that Merritt may have found out about the break in on June 1 is therefore not a compelling revelation. Did Merritt find out about the failed attempt or the one that is about to occur? This is not clarified and sounds better than it really was.
Second, about Nixon being "set up." People forget that Nixon was not going to be impeached for planning the Watergate burglary. That and the other various crimes was the work of CREEP, the Committee to RE-Elect the President -- Hunt, Libby, MacCord, Rodriguez, et al. ---- an acronym I always thought was too appropriate. The Articles of Impeachment for Nixon consisted of Obstruction of Justice and conspiracy to cover up the crimes after they were committed. Nixon was not set up by the burglary, but by trying to cover up the burglary and many other crimes. He was "set up" by his paranoias, mistrust, machinations, and ... by just being Nixon. He was, remember, a vilified, disliked politician, not just after Watergate but all during his political life. When he spoke, he just looked like he was not telling the truth, which is not how you want to come across when you're attempting damage control of a major political scandal. Ulitmately, Nixon was a prisoner of his own human frailties and defects and if anyone "set" him up, it was himself..
A good part of this book consists of the narrative of Merritts life. It would have made more interesting reading had he come across as a more sympatric character. Remember he is a CI, and made from the same mold as the burglers themselves. Hunt, Libby and the rest are all graduates from governmental spy agencies most of us have never heard of. His credibility is therefore questionable. Merritt relates how he had moral objections to the many crimes and misdemeanors he was ordered to committed. But in the end, he did what he was ordered, and was handsomely rewarded for it.
I would really give this book NO STARS but AMazon would not publish this review unless I gave it at least one star. There is precious little of the that book actually deals with Watergate and the bombshell Merritt has kept secret for so long. If Merritt had written about Watergate with as much detail and fervor he had in describing his sordid, tawdry affair with Schoeffler, or of the others on the street, it would have been a worthwhile book and worth the money. What posssible relevance does his personal life have to the Watergate saga? Unless I'm missing something, Nothing. The facts about his sex life are really TMI --- Too Much Information. Frankly, this book is a waste of time and money, good only for a little amusement but lacking in any legitimate historical value.
The NEW story on Watergate is that military intelligence and the FBI KNEW IN ADVANCE through sources that the break-in was about to occur, then sat by as they set a spider web trap for Nixon's plumbers. Then the intelligence agencies and Mark Felt of the FBI, worked in concert to manipulate the media (Woodward and Bernstein) and thus TAKE DOWN President Nixon. The big question that folks ask now is: WHY? As in WHY did key players in intelligence and at the high levels of the FBI want to see Richard Nixon crucified? If the Watergate scandal had blossomed earlier in 1972 as opposed to coming to a head in 1973-74, then we and (they) might have had George McGovern as president. I don't think those folks would have liked that.
Gerald Ford was known as the FBI's man on the Warren Commission and in 1970 Newsweek called Ford the CIA's man in Congress. So a Gerald Ford is someone both the CIA and FBI would want as president. Ford, CIA, FBI all had key roles in covering up the JFK assassination.
The thing that really stands out about this book is the almost unbelievable amount and variety of crimes that the author Robert Merritt and his boss DC police officer Carl Shoffler were committing as part of COINTELPRO. Carl Shoffler in particular was a mega-criminal military intelligence officer placed in the Washington, DC police. Apparently, this kind of sheepdipping and planting of intelligence agents is common. I think it is criminal.
The Justice Dept and the intelligence agencies in 2010-11 did NOT want to see this book written. Both author Robert Merritt's and Doug Caddy's phone lines were tapped and among other things, the intelligence agencies engaged in "spoofing" on their phones lines. "Spoofing" is usually when criminals in government (so-called "intelligence agencies) mess with your phone line and let you KNOW they are listening in by the unusual amount of weird beeps, phone disconnects and basically just funny noise on your phone line. I suppose it's just an attempt to "spook" or "intimidate" whoever's phone they are messing with.
"Spoofing" is the least of what these governmental criminals do as this book attests to. Quick note: Both Confidential Informant Robert Merritt and his boss the mega-criminal intelligence agent/police officer Carl Shoffler were homosexual lovers. Shoffler also used Merritt to have sex with 70 men in order to compromise them.
One blockbuster news of this book is that mega-criminal Carl Shoffler and other CIA agents tried to get Robert Merritt to murder author Doug Caddy back in 1973. Caddy had been the lawyer for E. Howard Hunt and the original Watergate burglars. Caddy is also a homosexual. Shoffler and the CIA criminals thought it would be a super idea if C.I. Merritt would have gay sex with Caddy and at the same time stick a poison pill in Caddy's rectum in order to assassinate him.
Apparently, criminal "intelligence" thought that Caddy as Hunt's lawyer knew too many dirty CIA/intelligence secrets. They may have feared that Caddy had been told about CIA participation in the JFK assassination or numerous other intelligence crimes. Also, remember that the JFK assassination is the dirty little non-secret of US intelligence and the highest levels of both political parties (Lyndon Johnson - killer, George Herbert Walker Bush - CIA killer, Gerald Ford - cover up, Richard Nixon - knew the truth.)
Go to p. 199 in this book and get a taste for the dreadful amount of crimes that Carl Shoffler was having Robert Merritt commit. There is also a section on Carl Bernstein's perverted sex life. I get the feeling that Robert Merrit was intentionally trying to embarrass Bernstein with these details. Fine with me, I like the "juicy" info!
This is a MUST-BUY book for students of history, academics, journalists, criminal intelligence agents, and folks who like a good story. Sometimes on events like Watergate and the JFK assassination it takes a long time -decades even- for the truth to come out. This book is part of that process.
[Robert Morrow - researcher into the 1963 Coup d'Etat. I have 200+ books related to the JFK assassination. Google my essay "LBJ-CIA Assassination of JFK"]
Other good books to buy on Watergate are:
1) Secret Agenda by Jim Hougan
2) Silent Coup by Len Colodny
3) The Strong Man John Mitchell by Robert Gettlin
4) Blind Ambition
5) Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordan Liddy
6) Family of Secrets by Russ Baker
7) The American Police State by David Wise
8) The Great Heroin Coup by Henrik Kruger
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book was about Nixon or Watergate. It was a waste of $14.Read more