Some very interesting information that played a part in the Watergate Amendment and more shocking…and it’s true!
A superblock located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood with six buildings makes up the Watergate Complex. One of the 6 buildings, The Watergate Hotel, is infamous for the burglaries that led to the “Watergate Scandal”. Of the 5 remaining buildings, 2 are office buildings and 3 are Watergate Apartments.
Current Secretary of State, Condeoleezza Rice, resides in the Watergate Apartments today, with past residents including Bob Dole and Monica Lewinsky. In the basement level of the Watergate Complex there is a retail center with a supermarket and at street level upscale shops and restaurants.
It is a wonder that one police car could figure out just where the burglary was taking place?
The question that changed everything!
On July 16, 1973, and the Watergate committee was hearing from Alexander Butterfield, a deputy assistant to President Nixon. Asked by Fred Thompson. The Senate Watergate Committee’s chief minority counsel. (later Senator, movie and TV star) “Mr. Butterfield,” Thompson asked, “are you aware of the installation of any listening devices in the Oval Office of the president?” Butterfield ‘s reluctant answer revealed the secret audio-taping system in the White House Oval Office, and that changed history.
Have you ever wondered how everybody seemed to know what was on the tapes, and where, before they were “turned over – to committee staffs, special prosecutors, or judge Sirica? The media didn’t wonder.White House conversations-in person and on the phone-had been “bugged-for at least a year. There were literally “miles of tapes in storage” somewhere. But it is obvious somebody already had the evidence they sought when the various subpoenas were
issued! Consider the fantastic detail involved in the requests. Somebody knew exactly where the juicy parts were, down to the second.
On August 14th, for example, judge Sirica demanded the “entire segment of tape on the reel identified as ‘White House telephone start 5/25/72 (2:00 P.M.) (skipping 8 lines) 6/23/72 (2:50 P.M.) (832) complete.”
January 8, 1973 from 4:05 to 5:34 P.M. (E.O.B.)
a) at approximately 10 minutes and 15 seconds into the conversation, a segment lasting 6 minutes and 31 seconds:
b) at approximately 67 minutes into the conversation, a segment lasting 11 minutes;
c) at approximately 82 minutes and 15 seconds into the conversation, a segment lasting 5 minutes and 31 seconds.
Henry Kissinger was deeply involved in wire tapping his own staff and several journalists. But the one member of the White House staff who apparently never had his remarks taped in the Oval Office was Herr Kissinger
Not according to the legal requirements.
Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.
Nixon did not send a letter to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House.
He sent it to Secertary of State Henry Kissinger!
25th Amendment: (Ratified February 10, 1967)
Senator Kenneth Keating of New York proposed a Constitutional amendment In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation.
In the House of Representatives the 25th was proposed by: Emanuel CELLER, a Representative from New York; born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The power of the New York controlled press is most evident in this case. Not one mention of the 25th Amendment appeared in the New York Times until long after the Amendment was passed. No TV news programs ever covered the amendment process in the congress or during the ratification of the states. It requires total control of the Senate, House of Representatives and most all of the 50 states.