11 - Watergate - November 17

11 - Watergate - November 17 - Watergate June 17, 1972...

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Watergate
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June 17, 1972 Break-in at Watergate building National Committee of the Democratic Party 5 “burglars” arrested
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No ordinary burglars 4 of 5 had ties to the CIA James McCord = Chief of Security for CREEP (Committee to Re-elect the President) Address book with phone number of E. Howard Hunt. 14,000 dollars traceable to “CREEP”
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Richard Nixon defeats Hubert Humphrey, 1968 First term efforts (many illegal) to protect Nixon Example: domestic surveillance of political opponents Political opponents = enemies of Nixon = enemies of the nation
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Context Anti-war movement and “siege mentality” in White House Precedent: CIA and FBI surveillance of Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Movement, Student Movement Precedent: Johnson’s deceptions re. Vietnam Issue of “national security” vs. democratic values in Cold War context
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And then there was Nixon . . . “Enemies list” “Investigations unit” IRS harassment Infiltrate movements “Dirty tricks”
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Release of Pentagon Papers, 1971 Daniel Ellsberg, National Security Council Secret study—the U.S. made blunders, mistakes in Vietnam Published in NYT and Washington Post Creation of the “plumbers” to prevent further “leaks” G. Gordon Liddy, E. Howard Hunt lead the
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