I’ve been repainting my garage, a huge project that has taken several weeks now. For background music I’ve been using Mae Brussell. Hours go by where nothing significant pops up and then …
Here’s one item of humor: On one broadcast she announced that she was not paying federal income tax in protest. She very quickly got a call from an IRS agent, and the interesting thing was that she recorded the broadcast on Tuesday to be aired on Saturday. She got the call on Thursday.
She was nonchalant about stuff like that, understanding the spook community better than most.
Here’s something she mentioned yesterday that made me drop my paintbrush. She is broadcasting in July of 1973 and Alexander Butterfield has just testified before the Watergate committee and dropped his bombshell. He told the committee that Nixon recorded all of his conversations in and around the oval office.
Not so, says Brussell. The tapes are news to Nixon too. Butterfield, she says, is CIA, and probably assigned to babysit Nixon. Part of the babysitting operation, in effect since 1963, is that the CIA has wiretapped the White House. Every time Nixon enters a room anywhere in the building, a microphone is activated and picks it up.
We were told that Nixon installed the taping system for history’s sake. That’s just a cover story, says Mae.
Later Bob Haldeman would voice the suspicion that Butterfield was CIA in his book The Ends of Power. Mae knew her spooks.
Preposterous, you say? No, not at all. Plausible. It’s just another implication of the military takeover of our government that happened on 11/22/63. Watergate came about because CIA was having trouble controlling Nixon, just as they had with JFK and LBJ, both of whom were retired from office early. The early indications that Nixon was going to be a problem mostly likely came from surveillance.
We live in an era where every journalist and politician is wiretapped. I take that for granted, and Mae took it for granted in 1973. And it never occurred to me before, never, that the Watergate tapes were a CIA spook operation.