Subject: Watergate and the Secret Army Organization
Friday, October 21, 2005
Watergate and the Secret Army
As we wait for
what may be another Watergate-level event to unfold, it might be a good idea to
look back at the time of Watergate, and some of the covert history that did not
become part of the official record.
The Secret Army Organization, in many
ways a sucessor to the Minutemen, was founded in February 1970 by Jerry Lynn
Davis and Howard Barry Godfrey. Godfrey had been an FBI informant since 1967.
The SAO stockpiled weapons and explosives and used them. In 1972 they bombed the
Guild Theatre, a venue for pornography. They also fired shots into the home of a
radical economics professor, Peter Bohmer, wounding a woman
Godfrey was a man with plans. They included:
massive dosages of LSD, cyanide or strychnine into punch at anti-war
2) bombing the Headquarters of Vietnam Veterans Against the
War, and several porn theatres
3) bombing the homes or offices of
4) kidnapping or assassinations of anti-war
5) fire bombing of vehicles and property belonging to anti-war
By November-December of 1971 his plans included dropping high
explosives and phosphorus by plane on anti-war demonstrations and filling a
plane with TNT or C-4 plastique and using it to blow up Air Force One and kill
President Nixon. The SAO distributed a "Wanted for Treason" flyer featuring
Nixon, eerily similar to one that had been distributed in Dallas in
Richard Popkin asked "Were there elements which opposed Nixon
for his policy of rapprochement with China and Russia, and which would have
preferred, say, Spiro Agnew as President?"
According to the NY Times
(June 27, 1975) the ACLU had sent a report to the Senate Select Committee on
Intelligence which contained some startling information:
John Rasperry stated that the FBI had instructed him to assassinate radical
professor Peter Bohmer. Rasperry also declared that the FBI had paid for $10-20K
worth of weapons and explosives.
According to the Times, "In addition
to the F.B.I.'s direct control over the Secret Army, the White House allegedly
maintained contact with the group through Donald H. Segretti, who was later
convicted for directing a campaign of political espionage and sabotage against
the Democratics in 1972."
(According to the Citizen's Research and
Investigation Committee , Donald Segretti also met with, and gave money to,
Arthur Bremer, who later shot George Wallace.)
According to the San Diego
Union (Jan 11, 1976):
"Despite the staggering number of crimes
Godfrey committed, the FBI prevented the San Diego D.A.'s office from
The same paper, on Jan 16, quoted Steve
Christensen, the FBI agent who supervised Godfrey for five
"Yes, I suppose you could say we were involved in some
interesting activities. And other activities were going on elsewhere," he
said during a telephone interview. "But I cannot discuss
According to Donald Freed in the chapter "Operation Gemstone"
in Big Brother and the Holding Company, Louis Tackwood, ex-agent
provocateur for the Los Angeles Police Department told of plans to provoke a
small-scale war at the Republican Convention, then expected to be held in San
Diego, leading to the declaration of a "State of Emergency" and martial law.
Tackwood was to lead a team of black and Chicano provocateurs, which would
foment street violence. Inside the convention hall explosives would kill and
maim Republican delegates.
According to Freed: "An FBI provocateur,
William Lemmer, has since admitted that a group posing as VVAW cadres, but with
a special lightning flash insignia for recognition, would fire on convention
delegates with automatic weapons." VVAW was Vietnam Veterans Against the
War, led by John Kerry.
The possible connections between Watergate, the
Secret Army Organization, and the attempted assassination of George Wallace
should have been, but were not, fully explored by the Senate Watergate
Committee. There may have been, as well, connections to another, successful,
In The Glass House Tapes, Tackwood is
quoted as saying:
"I'm giving up only two names. There's 'Martin',
and there's 'White'. Aright, now, 'Martin' was the code name for my contact, and
I'm gonna tell you he's C.I.A., all the way. Are you ready for this? He was in
Dallas when they got Kennedy; he left out of there for the
Martin and White were names used by James McCord and
Big Brother and the Holding Company: The
World Behind Watergate, edited by Stephen R. Weismann, Ramparts Press,
The Glass House Tapes - The Story of an Agent Provocateur and
the New Police Intelligence Complex, Citizens Research & Investigation
Committee and Louis Tackwood, Avon Books, 1973.
Mormon Spies, Hughes
and the CIA, Jerald and Sandra Tanner, Utah Lighthouse Ministry,
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