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John Kerry's Watergate
Insight on the News ^ | Sept 16, 2003 | John Pike

Posted on 01/25/2004 1:19:08 PM PST by Hon

Heard of Watergate? Get ready for Lowellgate.

On Sept. 18, 1972, the evening before the primary election during his second attempt for Congress, Kerry's brother Cameron and one Thomas Vallely, both part of his current campaign team, were arrested by Lowell police at 1:40 a.m. and charged with breaking and entering with the intent to commit larceny. The two were apprehended in the basement of a building whose door had been forced open, police said. It housed the headquarters of candidate DiFruscia. The Watergate scandal was making headlines at this time, and it was called the Lowell Watergate.

"They wanted to sever my telephone lines," DiFruscia said recently. Had those lines been cut, Kerry's opponent would not have been able to telephone supporters on Election Day to get out the vote and coordinate poll watchers, vital roles in a close election. "I do not know if they wanted to break into my office," says DiFruscia today. At the time he said, "All my IBM cards and the list of my voter identification in the greater Lowell area are in my headquarters."

Cameron and Vallely, along with David Thorne, who was Kerry's campaign manager at the time and has been close to him since they attended Yale together, did not deny the two entered the building in which they were captured. They said at the time they were in the cellar of the building to check their own telephone lines because they had received an anonymous call warning they would be cut.

This reporter heard an allegation that another congressional candidate placed the alleged anonymous call, which was denied. But if the Kerry campaign was concerned about someone breaking and entering to cut off its telephone service, why didn't they just call the police? Why break the law? And what does any of this say about Kerry's mind-set? Kerry campaign officials did not answer important Lowellgate questions.

The case was transferred to superior court and continued without a finding, where it was dismissed about a year later. But since it happened at the last minute, and Kerry won the primary but went on to lose the general election, this ugly business did not receive intense media scrutiny. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were busy investigating another break-in.

TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 1972; 2004; bush; camejo; cheney; dubya; edwards; election; gwb; johnpike; kerry; mojogate; nader; napalminthemorning; scandal
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To: Hon
In light of the article, I thought it was a reference "to the Fifth".
41 posted on 01/25/2004 3:58:04 PM PST by mabelkitty
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To: mabelkitty
"So who bankrolled Kerry in his first run for Congress."

This was actually not Kerry's first foray into politics. He had tested the waters before--as a Vietnam hero. But when that proved to be unpopular, he ran again later as a war protester.

But it is an interesting question, given that Kerry's campaigns were always record-setters for being the most expensive to date. This has been true at every level he has run.
42 posted on 01/25/2004 3:58:14 PM PST by Hon
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To: Peach
Clark's done.

Does anybody know when this and his dereliction of duty in regards to NATO will make big news?
43 posted on 01/25/2004 4:02:09 PM PST by mabelkitty
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To: Hon

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), left, gestures under a bust of Ho Chi Minh, during a Nov. 1994 meeting in Hanoi with Do Muoi, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam. In 1955, as a leader in the communist land reform movement, Muoi helped annihilate Vietnam's middle-class landowners. Over 50,000 Vietnamese landowners were murdered that year, making it one of the bloodiest periods in Vietnam's history.
44 posted on 01/25/2004 4:04:18 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Hon
Hence, my question - who was desperately trying to get Kerry into Congress and footing all the bills.
45 posted on 01/25/2004 4:05:40 PM PST by mabelkitty
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To: mewzilla
“John needs a kind of tension to be at his best,” the article quoted Thomas Vallely, a Vietnam vet and close friend of Kerry. “Part of him needs the high-wire act.”

Very understandable. Kerry was a SEAL. Knowing many a Special Ops guy, I truly believe some acquire an strong addiction to adrenalin.

46 posted on 01/25/2004 4:07:02 PM PST by XHogPilot
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To: Neenah
What's going on?
47 posted on 01/25/2004 4:07:44 PM PST by mabelkitty
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To: mewzilla
Senate connection to Riady/Lippo Group.

An indication of just how deep and subtle Red Chinese roots run in U.S. business and government affairs deals with Sen. John Sidney McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. John Forbes Kerry (D-MA). Both McCain and Kerry fought long and hard to provide the political cover Clinton needed when he made the controversial decision to normalize trade and diplomatic relations with Vietnam.

McCain's current wife, Cindy, is the daughter of James Hensley, who is the second largest Anheuser-Busch distributor in the United States. Sen. McCain is an officer in Hensley & Co. and Cindy is a vice president. The McCain family owns several million dollars in Anheuser-Busch stock.

As a part of an aggressive campaign to enhance its international standing in the beer market, Anheuser-Busch has been signing contracts and investing hundreds of millions building brewery operations in China and Vietnam. It remains unclear whether any of those contracts involve Lippo.

Documents retrieved from the Internet reveal that Riady's Lippo is the holder of a license for Sea World in Indonesia and that Anheuser-Busch owns all the Sea World themeparks in the United States as well as some overseas. Again, this begs the question, is there a connection between Anheuser-Busch and Lippo?

McCain has requested the Justice Department appoint an independent council to investigate Huang and the Lippo group for the contributions violations. Rep. Gerald Solomon (R-NY) has asked for investigators to focus on assertions made by James Riady, that Huang was "my man in the American government."

A member of Sen. Kerry's family, specifically his cousin, C. Stewart Forbes, is Chief Executive Officer of the Boston, Massachusetts-based Colliers International, one of the largest real estate federations in the world.

In Dec. 1992, Vietnam granted Colliers a contract designating Colliers the "exclusive real estate agent representing Vietnam." Colliers has since written contracts in Vietnam worth billions, upgrading Vietnam's ports, railroads, highways and government buildings.

Colliers is involved with Lippo in multimillion contracts in Indonesia. Kerry, who has a blind trust run by members of his family, claims he knows nothing about his cousin's business deals or affiliations.
48 posted on 01/25/2004 4:07:54 PM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl
How much has the Heinz empire increased in revenue since they've started distributing their products in Vietnam?
49 posted on 01/25/2004 4:09:53 PM PST by mabelkitty
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To: mabelkitty
Sunday, December 14, 2003

Post-war rebel

After requesting a discharge so that he could run for Congress -- from Massachusetts in 1970 -- Kerry dropped out of that race when he found that he was destined to be a loser.

Then, Kerry found a new cause that already had been active for three years, and which he today claims as his own. This former naval officer abandoned his oath of office, joined up with the hard-communist left and now claims to have founded Vietnam Veterans Against the War, or (VVAW). He did attend their conference in February 1971 with Jane Fonda -- Hanoi Jane, their most successful promoter and fund-raiser.

The VVAW made its debut in 1967, in New York City at an anti-Vietnam war protest that was also planning the disruption of the 1968 Democratic Party National Convention in Chicago. By the spring of 1970, it numbered several hundred members and the organization had gone national.

All without John Kerry, who remained in Boston.

Kerry later arrived in Washington for an encampment to protest the war, and to provide evidence against his country on Capitol Hill, dressed in his fatigues. Much of the speech Kerry gave to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee painted his fellow GIs as brutal sadists.

He picked up on the testimony of one Marine Sgt. Scott Camil, who said the U.S. military had raped, cut off ears, heads and limbs and participated in many other atrocities. He said that he found the accounts of torture "shocking and irrefutable."

In the last week of April 1971, some 250,000 protesters were in Washington for massive protests against the draft and the war. They were preparing for their attack on the U.S.government on May 4, when they hoped to shut down the capital. Kerry was everywhere, now promoting the pro-communist People's Peace Treaty, drawn up in East Germany and developed by Tom Hayden and Rennie Davis. The treaty advocated the communist line to withdraw all U.S.troops from Vietnam and then negotiate with Hanoi for the release of our GIs who had been taken prisoner.

But Kerry lost his support base, even then, by playing both sides. He attacked the May Day rioters as criminals for the looting, tire-slashing and window-breaking.

Kerry turned himself from a nonentity into a national icon. Since then, he has married twice, and his partner today is Teresa Heinz Kerry, the widow of Pennsylvania's late Sen. John Heinz. Teresa, despite this marriage in 1995, is a very bright and accomplished woman who, notwithstanding her 65 years, would, without the encumbrance of her present husband, have had a remarkable career.

But it is John Kerry who has had a more than remarkable career.

As long ago as June 1971, a reporter for the Marxist Liberated Guardian described how Kerry was raising money from Wall Street's liberal elite, led by Edgar Bronfman, president of Seagram's Distillers, who gave $5,000 of 1971 money. The writer, a true Marxist, bemoaned that the donors had previously supported the Vietnam War, and wrote: "Most of these financiers of political movements are only interested in 'future access to the White House.' Does Kerry want to be in the White House someday? And if he were, how would he answer their calls?"

The Democrats of the left have waited 32 years to find out what makes John Kerry tick. Now, they are finding out the truth.

Dateline D.C. is written by a Washington-based British journalist and political observer.

50 posted on 01/25/2004 4:10:10 PM PST by kcvl
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To: mabelkitty
I don't know. But as you probably are aware, he was close to the Kennedys then, as he has been most of his life:

51 posted on 01/25/2004 4:12:58 PM PST by Hon
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To: mabelkitty
Kerry spokeswoman Kelley Benander , confirmed that aides to Kerry, who hired Clinton White House opposition researcher Mike Gehrke last spring, have begun scouring the public backgrounds of Democrats on the White House campaign trail as well as President Bush. ‘We are certainly getting up to speed on the public records of all the candidates in the race, including our own,’ she said. ‘We also thoroughly scrub John Kerry's background to prepare him from attacks from George W. Bush and his right-wing allies.’

Kerry putting `mean Mike' to work; Anita Hill at play in Boston. (the insider).(various; John Kerry hires Mike Gehrke and Anita Hill dating playboy)
Insight on the News, Feb 18, 2003

Insiders expect Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to run one of the meanest presidential campaigns in memory, having just hired Mike Gehrke, chief of "opposition research" at the Clinton White House, to dig up dirt on his opponents.

Research Director
Mike Gehrke

Worked at the DSCC, 2001-2003. Research Director in the Clinton White House, 1999 to Jan. 2001. Worked with AFL-CIO Political Department/Labor '98 program, 1997-99. Research Director for Citizen Action, 1995-97.

Campaign Manager
Jim Jordan

Spokesman for Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee during the 1998 impeachment hearings of President Clinton and for Democrats on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee during the 1997 campaign finance investigation.

Deputy Campaign Manager
Marcus Jadotte

During the Clinton administration he worked in the Department of Labor in the Office of the Deputy Secretary and in Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. In 1998 he served as political director on the MacKay-Dantzler campaign for governor of Florida. In 1996 he was a regional director on the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign in Florida.

Communications Director
David J. Morehouse

During the first term of the Clinton Administration, Morehouse served in a number of senior positions including Director of Strategic Planning in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

Robert Farmer

Farmer gained fame as finance director for Michael Dukakis' 1988 presidential campaign. Earlier he raised money for John Anderson's independent campaign in 1980 and John Glenn's 1984 campaign. In 1992 raised money for Bill Clinton's campaign and he then gained the position of U.S. consul general to Bermuda.

Advance Director
Greg Hale

(started Aug. 2003) Prior to joining the campaign Hale was working at consulting in Little Rock. Worked on Clinton/Gore '96 and then in the White House. Graduate of the University of Arkansas. (source:AP)

Senior Strategist
Jill Alper

Coordinated Campaign Director at the DNC, 1994-96. Other campaign experience includes: Michigan State Director for Clinton/Gore in 1992;

State Director
Mario Diaz

Before joining the Kerry campaign, Diaz was a longtime aide to Janet Napolitano. He worked with Napolitano starting in 1993, when President Clinton appointed her U.S. attorney for Arizona.

State Director
Paul Rivera

(started March 2003) Has worked on the campaigns of Carl McCall (2002) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (2000), three Democratic Conventions and the 1996 and 2000 Presidential Elections.

David Wilhelm

Wilhelm is president of Wilhelm & Conlon Public Strategies, founded in 1998. He managed Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, and subsequently served as the chair of the DNC

Angelique Pirozzi served as campaign manager of the Kerry Committee, Sen. Kerry's re-election campaign. Previously, she directed the Democrats' coordinated campaign in Wisconsin in Fall 2000, and she worked on the Clinton/Gore campaign in New Hampshire in 1996.

52 posted on 01/25/2004 4:14:28 PM PST by kcvl
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To: XHogPilot
"Kerry was a SEAL."

Wrong Kerry.
53 posted on 01/25/2004 4:15:39 PM PST by Hon
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To: Dog
"Kerry has just been smacked by Chris Lehane."
Even the devil does God's work at times.
54 posted on 01/25/2004 4:17:02 PM PST by ShandaLear (Howard Dean STILL isn't any safer!)
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To: Hon

President Bill Clinton, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) congratulate each other at 1995 White House ceremony normalizing relations with Vietnam.
55 posted on 01/25/2004 4:18:27 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Hon
In December of 1992, not long after Kerry was quoted in the world press stating "President Bush should reward Vietnam for its increased cooperation in accounting for American MIAs," Vietnam announced it had granted Boston, Massachusetts based Colliers International, a contract worth billions designating Colliers International as the exclusive real estate agent representing Vietnam. That deal alone put Colliers in a position to make tens of millions of dollars (after the U.S. normalized trade relations) on the rush to upgrade Vietnam's ports, railroads, highways, government buildings, etc.

C. Stewart Forbes, Chief Executive Officer of Colliers International, is Kerry's cousin.

56 posted on 01/25/2004 4:20:18 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Hon
Looks like Lehane may have dug a big hole in turn 2 of the Freakness. And Secrekerryat just hit it.
57 posted on 01/25/2004 4:20:58 PM PST by small voice in the wilderness
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To: XHogPilot
Very understandable. Kerry was a SEAL. Knowing many a Special Ops guy, I truly believe some acquire an strong addiction to adrenalin.

Wrong Kerry. You're thinking of Senator Bob, late of Nebraska and currently of the Haaavahd school of government.

You remember his famous statement back about 1993: "Clinton's an unusually good liar".

58 posted on 01/25/2004 4:22:19 PM PST by Morgan's Raider
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To: small voice in the wilderness

Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry
59 posted on 01/25/2004 4:22:29 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Timesink
June 1971, a reporter for the Marxist Liberated Guardian described how Kerry was raising money from Wall Street's liberal elite, led by Edgar Bronfman, president of Seagram's Distillers

Under Edgar Sr., Seagram expanded overseas and extended itself into real estate and oil.

60 posted on 01/25/2004 4:29:13 PM PST by kcvl
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