Watergate and COINTELPRO in Nixon’s USA

This video is called COINTELPRO: FBI’s War On Black America.

From the blog of Greg Mitchell in the USA:

The Other Side of ‘Deep Throat’: He Spied on My Friends

I’ll never know for sure, but it’s possible that I was once on, ahem, extremely intimate terms with W. Mark Felt, the leak artist formerly known as Deep Throat who has now passed away.

Journalists and many others lionizing the former FBI official — rightly — for his contribution in helping to bring down Richard Nixon, should not overlook the fact that Felt was one of the architects of the bureau’s notorious COINTELPRO domestic spying-and-burglary campaign. He was convicted in 1980 of authorizing nine illegal entries in New Jersey in 1972 and 1973 — the very period during which he was famously meeting Bob Woodward in a parking garage. Only a pardon, courtesy of Ronald Reagan, kept him out of jail for a long term.

So the man knew a thing or two about illegal break-ins. COINTELPRO was the Patriot Act on steroids. And that’s where I come in.

Ron Howard’s [film] Frost/Nixon: Trivializing a war criminal: here.

Nixon supported mixed race abortions: here; and anti-Semitism: here.

46 thoughts on “Watergate and COINTELPRO in Nixon’s USA

  1. Jun 5, 10:26 PM EDT

    Cuban-born Watergate burglar dies in Florida at 92

    Associated Press Writer

    MIAMI (AP) — Bernard Leon Barker, one of the five Watergate burglars whose break-in led to America’s biggest political scandal, died Friday in suburban Miami. He was 92.

    The Cuban-born former CIA operative who also participated in the Bay of Pigs invasion died at his home after being taken to the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center the night before, said his stepdaughter, Kelly Andrad. He appeared to have died from complications of lung cancer, and he had also suffered from heart problems.

    Barker was one of five men who broke into the Watergate building in Washington on June 17, 1972. A piece of tape used by the burglars to cover the lock to a stairwell door was noticed by a security guard, setting in motion events that would topple Richard M. Nixon’s presidency.

    Barker and three of the others were recruited in Miami by CIA agent E. Howard Hunt, with whom they had worked a decade earlier in the Bay of Pigs Invasion. The fifth burglar was a security consultant for Nixon’s campaign. They were trying to plant a wiretap to gather information on Nixon’s Democratic opponent in the upcoming presidential election, George McGovern.

    While the national spotlight faded from the burglars over the past few decades, their deed was never forgotten. Barker lamented the infamy of his crime in a 1997 interview with The Associated Press.

    “I think it’s time that people forgot the whole damn thing,” Barker said at the time. “That was a sad time.”


    Watergate burglar dies in Florida

    Former CIA agent Bernard Leon Barker, who took part in the Watergate burglary in Washington more than 30 years ago, has died in Miami at the age of 92.

    In the course of a long and colourful career, Mr Barker was also one of the leaders of the failed CIA attempt to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in 1961.

    He had suffered from cancer and heart problems, the AP news agency said.

    The Watergate break-in sparked one of America’s biggest political scandals, toppling then-President Richard Nixon.

    A quick run through the CV of the Cuban-born CIA operative is like taking a ride through some of the most controversial covert operations in late-20th century American history, says the BBC’s Emilio San Pedro.

    Not only was he was one of the leaders of the 1961 CIA attempts to invade Cuba, but his name was often discussed by American conspiracy theorists as having played a role in the assassination of John F Kennedy, allegedly in revenge for his failure fully to support the Bay of Pigs invasion.

    But he was best known for being one of the five men who broke into the Democratic Party headquarters in 1972 at the Watergate building in Washington, DC, at the behest of then President Nixon.

    The men were attempting to plant wiretaps to spy on the Democrat opponent of Mr Nixon – an event which eventually led to the once-popular president resigning in disgrace two years later.

    In his later years, Mr Barker remained unapologetic about his involvement in the Watergate scandal, for which he only served a little over a year in prison.

    As an anti-communist activist, he said he remained convinced that Mr Nixon was “one of the best presidents” the United States ever had. Story from BBC NEWS:

    Published: 2009/06/06 06:48:31 GMT


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