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Douglas Caddy, the original attorney for the Watergate burglars, and Earl Robert Merritt Jr. aka Butch Merritt, a confidential informant for the Washington Metropolitan Police Department Intelligence Division, came together to expose the hard realities of corruption beyond comprehension in a manuscript called, Watergate Exposed: How the President of the United States and the Watergate Burglars were Set up As Told to Douglas Caddy, original Attorney for the Watergate Seven, appeared as guests on The Power Hour with Joyce Riley on the GCN Network in an attempt to disclose new factual material about the Watergate scandal and how historical consciousness have been altered to obscure the truth about a set-up so organized and manipulated uncovering new players and puppet masters behind the event that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. As new details exposed by Caddy and Merritt emerge, America wakes up to more governmental agency corruption, agency set-ups, lies, cover ups, and assassinations.
Douglas Caddy, LLD, is an attorney, the cofounder of Young Americans for Freedom, and served as the criminal lawyer for the burglars in the Watergate break-in. He is also admittedly homosexual and was targeted to be assassinated by the CIA using recruited confidential informant Robert Merritt (Butch Merritt) because of the CIA believed he knew too much about the agency. He claims we need to revisit Watergate because the outcome of the Vietnam War, all the people killed, and the (CIA) Central Intelligence Agency’s involvement and role setting up President Nixon and the burglars resulting in Nixon’s resignation in 1974.
Robert Merritt (Butch Merritt), was a man who became a confidential informant or tool for the CIA, was an admitted assassin and had association with Cointelpro. He came from an alcoholic family with a background of being sexually molested by a deranged Catholic Church priest at the age of 17. He was also a petty criminal offender that had a few run-ins with the police in his hometown in West Virginia. Merritt became a top figure on the totem pole in the Watergate scandal when he was targeted and recruited to be a confidential informant in 1970. After being fired from his job, he was approached by Detective Carl Shoffler at his apartment at 2121 Pace Street in Washington, D.C. and given $1000 in cash to compensate him. Merritt says that he feels the sexual abuse from the Catholic Church priest when he was 17 might have been a planned preparation for his future assignments as a confidential informant and assassin because he fit the description of a gay molested boy with a low self-esteem and nobody to talk to.
Detective Carl Shoffler was a hard-wired officer who was assigned to the Washington Metropolitan Police Department’s Intelligence Division by the Military Intelligence Agency. He also worked for the CIA and Interpol. Shoffler recruited Merritt as a confidential informant to spy on activists, blacks, the gay community, straights, the jews, anti-war activists, or anyone who the government thought was a potential threat or enemy. Merritt was to gather intelligence on people that fit the description of the enemy. Officer Shoffler began a sexual relationship with Merritt and moved himself, his wife, and kids into Merritt’s home which later became a central gathering station for the police department. Merritt and Shoffler continued a sexual relationship for two years. It ended just shortly after the Watergate break-in when Shoffler moved out of his apartment.
Two weeks prior to the Watergate break-in on June 1, 1972, Merritt was given confidential information by James Reed aka Rita, a drag queen friend of Merritt and operator for a telephone switchboard, who listened in on telephone calls and overheard people who identified themselves as “The Crimson Rose.” These conversations revealed that Watergate was going to take place. Merritt then tipped off Detective Shoffler with the information. Instead of preventing the break in, Shoffler decided to bring in Intelligence and set-up the burglars by sending them in a second time to get an envelope with a key to a safe deposit box that contained confidential information. Shoffler’s intention was to gain fame as the “officer that arrested the burglars” and get rid of President Nixon using a method of wiretap triangulation that he had learned from his prior training at the National Security Agency’s Vint Hill Farm Station in Virginia. Originally the break-in was planned for June 18th but Shoffler sent a message across to the Watergate burglars who were tapping the DNC’s phones that led the burglars to believe that there was something in there so important that it could not be left behind. The date was changed from the 18th to the 17th – which was also Shoffler’s birthday. He wasn’t scheduled to work that shift but he took on another shift and was parked a block away in a police car when the call came in reporting the burglary resulting in the immediate arrests.
After the arrest of the five burglars at the Watergate Complex at 2:30am, a call came in to Douglas Caddy, attorney for E. Howard Hunt (former client and friend of Caddy) at his office in Washington. Hunt then came to Caddy’s home at 3:35am and was immediately retained as their attorney by E. Howard Hunt, G. Gordan Liddy, and the five arrested burglars. Caddy claims that Hunt and Liddy were in charge of the burglary operation by the CIA and was across at the Watergate Hotel next door to the Democratic Headquarters. When the arrests of the five burglars took place, Hunt and Liddy were able to avoid entrapment. Caddy then called one of the partners in his law firm to help obtain a criminal attorney the following morning in court. E. Howard Hunt worked in the White House in an investigative capacity and G. Gordan Liddy was with the Finance Committee for Reelection of the President and reported to higher up people. Caddy claims it was not Hunt or Liddy’s idea and did not orchestrate the plan to get rid of President Nixon but were the principles in carrying out the assignment.
Caddy knew E. Howard Hunt prior to the Watergate arrests. After graduating from New York University Law School in 1966, he went to work for General Foods, Inc. which was the largest food manufacturer. After a year, General Foods wanted Caddy to open up an office in Washington but first, they wanted him to go to work at their public relations office which was at the Robert Mullen Company so he could get to know Washington better. Caddy went to work for the Mullen Company and became aware later that the company was a CIA front doing business with and organized by the Central Intelligence in 1949. The Mullen CIA front Company had been associated with doing business with American Bar Association, Church of Jesus Christ and Ladder Day Saints, American Automobile Association, General Foods, Dept of Health, Dept of Education, and Welfare and many more. Caddy claims that General Foods was well aware of this and was part of the CIA operations staffing offices all over the world with agents. Howard Hunt, who was retiring from the CIA (so-do-speak), was placed at the at the Mullen Company by Director Richard Helms about six months after Caddy. After discovering that they had a lot in common, including knowing former CIA agent (Bill) William F. Buckley, they became friends. He left Mullen Co in 1979 and went to work at a Law Firm where Hunt asked for Caddy to be his attorney on other issues. Hunt also admitted he was a bench warmer for the Kennedy assassination in a taped confession to his son.
Two days after the arrest, Caddy claims that Detective Shoffler had approached Merritt with two FBI agents. They asked Merritt to get to know Caddy more intimately because they knew he was homosexual and wanted him to establish a relationship with him to find out what he knew. Merritt claimed later it repulsed him but thought it was practical and did it anyway. Merritt claims that 11 days (June 28th) after the break in, Detective Shoffler again came to him with four more Intelligence agents and asked him to kill Caddy by inserting a tainted suppository inside him during sexual relations. The CIA was paranoid because they were convinced the attorney had too much information about the Central Intelligence Agency due to his personal and professional relationship with Howard Hunt. The CIA was also afraid that Caddy might have looked into files while working at the Mullen Company and might have had knowledge about the murder of President Allende of Chili which made him an extreme threat to the agency. Caddy denies ever looking at files at Mullen Company while he worked there but also explains that just two months prior to the Watergate break-in that Howard Hunt had invited him to a cocktail party with the General Counsel of the CIA and wanted him to join the agency and take an assignment to open a hotel in Nicaragua to lure the Sandinistas there. He declined the offer because he knew he couldn’t take the assignment because he was gay. Merritt was then told that he was to take the two blue pills that they gave him after he inserted the suppository to make him nauseous so that he would have an excuse to leave. Obviously, Merritt did not carry this part of the operation out and later the blue pills were found to be poisonous and would have killed Merritt as well.
On the same day that Merritt was approached to carry out the assassination, (June 28th), Caddy was at the courthouse and was handed a subpoena by the Assistant District Attorney Donald Campbell. He was literally taken by the arm to appear before the Grand Jury making him the first witness in the case. He was the attorney for the defendants and was pulled before the grand jury to be the first witness. As the case progressed, on July 12th, Judge John Sirica openly accused Caddy of being one of the principles in the crime – which later turned out to be the crime of the century. Caddy claims the accusations were a complete shock to him and for his law firm. Judge Sirica told him unless he answers the 38 questions before the Grand Jury he would be held in contempt of court. He felt this was a violation of client-attorney privilege and the right to counsel so he resisted and on July 13th he was held in contempt and incarcerated for not answering the questions.
The Court of Appeals a few days later ordered Caddy to testify and answer the questions before the Grand Jury or be held again in contempt and face further incarceration. Caddy claims that this was discussed in the Oval Office and Nixon asked his assistant, John Daniel Ehrlichman, “You mean the Circuit Court ordered an attorney to testify? Why didn’t Caddy appeal to the US Supreme Court?” These claims are recorded on Oval Office tapes. Caddy replies by explaining that the reason he didn’t was because “they thought they had built enough record against them for falsely accusing the defendant’s attorney of being a participant in the crime when in-fact Caddy had no participation in it at all that even if they were convicted they would probably get off on an appeal.” Howard Hunt said in his own Biography, “If Judge Sirica was treating Caddy, an officer of the court so summarily when he was not involved in Watergate, then those that were involved could expect neither fairness or understanding from him. As the events unfolded, this conclusion became tragically accurate.”
Why did the cover-up take place? Howard Hunt felt responsible for recruiting the five involved that were arrested and four were Cubans. He believed that they would not get a fair trial so they embarked on a cover-up. Caddy goes on to say that, ” one reason why he was targeted and did what they did to him was because he was homosexual and they were out to destroy him. This was the primary motivation for the Court of Appeals to do what they did to him because they found out he was gay. I feel the story of Watergate is that if they would have just allowed me and Merritt to testify to what we knew, this cover-up would not have had to take place, but instead, they paraded our homosexuality and were subjected to things we should have never been subjected to. The primary intention of Watergate was to get rid of the President.”
Why would they want to get rid of President Nixon? Caddy explains that was the reason Shoffler brought in the Intelligence agency into the situation. “They wanted to get rid of Nixon because they were afraid as he was calling for the reorganization of the CIA and over 3000 Appointee resignations. Nixon also asked for the files on the Kennedy assassination and was advocating for national healthcare. The CIA became scared and began exerting their powers to get Nixon out of office. Officer Shoffler had a personal agenda to become the most famous detective of the world. Shoffler allowed it to happen even though he had two weeks prior knowledge to stop the break-in.” In a 1984 best seller, Secret Agenda, by Jim Hougan, Shoffler confesses in an interview of having prior knowledge of the Watergate break in and admits to the relationship he had with Merritt. “The crime of the century was the way Shoffler set up his triangularization and send the burglars in a second time by telling him there was an envelope left there that had key to a safe deposit box that had credible information and could not be left behind,” Caddy says. Shoffler in essence set the burglars up by changing the date of the burglary from the June 18th to the June 17th.
Caddy also explains that “the whole world has suffered because of what Detective Shoffler and the Intelligence agents did and it is the primary reason there is no cooperation in Washington today. It is the Legacy of Watergate.” When asked by Joyce Riley if he felt this behavior was going on today in Washington, he replied, ” we have to assume after the 9/11 Patriot Act that they have files on everyone in Congress and the citizens to gain intelligence and blackmail people who have criminal backgrounds and those that exhibit what they consider unacceptable behavior.” Later, Merritt confirmed in the interview that part of the operation was to just make up lies and call people to spread false rumors. “These were cold calculation campaigns.” Most shocking Caddy said, “He never appeared before the Senate Watergate Committee but that Hunt did in an Executive Session. Hunt testified for three days, nearly 8 hours under oath in 1973. The first question was about his homosexuality and followed by moral condonation. Hunt told Caddy that the transcriber was asked to leave the room by Senator Howard Baker and no transcripts have been found on his testimony. Caddy claims that Hunt told him that “he was stopped by staff member, Senator Ted Kennedy and threatened with jail time prior to the testimony if he disclosed everything he knew.”
Another shocking example, Caddy says, “when I was forced to appeared before the Grand Jury I was the first to be offered the “hush money” but I refused it. I was unable to testify to the “hush money” because I was under oath and was cut off by prosecutors on July 19th, 1972. The transcripts were altered and the transcripts of Baldwin, one of witnesses, who was across the street in the Howard Johnson Hotel transcribing the wiretapping. “When you want to get to the truth – when they alter grand jury testimony, it gets to the heart of how the system operates. When I had to answer the 38 questions that incriminated Hunt and Liddy in the break in, that’s when the cover-up began because at that point, they didn’t believe they would get a fair trail.”
Merritt claims that he did what he did because he thought it was a RED, WHITE, and BLUE issue. He is the first confidential informant that has come out and spoke the truth about the horrific corruption taking place in the CIA, FBI, and the government. He claims that he got involved with intelligence because they made him feel that it was a way for him to serve his country. He also claims that they beat it into his head that anyone who was against what they were doing was in fact a terrorist – an enemy of the government. He believed these lies and carried out horrific crimes and assassinations for the powers-to-be. Merritt claims to this date, there are people sitting in prison who he falsely testified against that are innocent but feels there is nothing he can do about it now because too much time had passed and he does not have the money to hire attorneys to change these outcomes. Merritt also believes that Detective Carl Shoffler was the real “Deep Throat” in the case because he had to many contacts at the Washington Post and that it was not Mark Felt who was identified by Vanity Fair Magazine. Merritt has been diagnosed with a rare cancer and is wanting to reveal the hidden information to the world to make amends for his destructive damage he caused to people. He claims that he passed out tainted candy to people, carried out assassinations, and participated in other criminal acts when he was being used by Carl Shoffler and the CIA. Merritt wrote a letter to Senator Bond admitting to all these crimes that he was assigned to do as a confidential informant.