THE WATERGATE ARTIFACT EXHIBIT
INCLUDING WHAT'S RUMORED TO BE THE WATERGATE BUG
And The Watergate Audio Tapes
The hardware material comes from the collection of James Greenwold owner
Surveillance Inc of Chippewa Falls, WI. Through several sources,
he has verified that this is the type of bug (rumored to be one of three
actual units) used by the Watergate burglars in their planting of bugs
in the Democratic National Headquarters. It has been acquired by Ralph
Thomas and the Spy And Private-Eye Museum as a historical relic. Although
the bug is in nonworking condition, it's quite interesting.
If you can recall, the burglars went back in because the bugs where
not working (so the story goes). Anyway, the top photo is close ups
of the actual unit, (The transceiver and control shell) and the below
is a photo of all of the receiver and tone control module positioned
at the listening post. The “on” button was pushed on the
tone control to activate the bug. The “off” button was used
to shut it down to save battery and avoid sweep detection. It's hard
to believe, but the planting of this type of equipment brought down
the Nixon administration.
Can Click Here To See Close Up Photos Of The
Watergate Bug Along With It's History And How It Worked
Aside from the actual bug, President Nixon was covertly recording conversations
in the oval office with his staff and others. The recordings were secret
and very few people knew about them. The Nixon secret recordings were
revealed by Alexander
Porter Butterfield who was a White House staff member when he gave
testimony about the secret taping system during the televised US
Senate Watergate hearings. The senate hearings mesmerized the nation
and they were covered by television gavel to gavel. By happenstance
Ralph Thomas, owner and developer of the Spy And Private-Eye Museum,
was setting in the audience of the hearing room the day Butterfield
testified that there was a secret tape recording system in the White
House. At the time, Thomas was in his 20's. The tapes were of course,
subpoenaed and Nixon quickly refused to release them. The Nixon administration
fought a legal battle on the release of the tapes recordings and it
went all the way to the US Supreme Court. The US Supreme Court ruled
that Nixon must release the tapes. The tapes revealed Nixon's knowledge
and cover up of Watergate and brought down his Presidency. You can listen
to key Nixon Watergate Tapes by clicking on the links below.
The Watergate Tapes
Audio Links From The Spy And Private-Eye Museum
Discussion Of Bugs Tape
Friday, September 15, 1972
White House Oval Office
President Nixon, H.R.Haldeman, John W. Dean III
About 34 Minutes
To Play The Wave Recording
A discussion of press treatment of the break-in and lawsuits;
discovery of another bug in the DNC; bugs in other political campaigns;
DNC lawsuits; Edward Bennett Williams; RNC countersuits; election
law violations; Congress; the burglars' civil rights; the Washington
Post's TV & Radio licenses; depositions on sex-lives of DNC
Friday, June 23, 1972
White House Oval Office
President Nixon And H. R. Haleman
About Eight Minutes
To Play Wave File of Recording
"The Smoking Gun" conversation: Haldeman and Nixon discuss
the progress of the FBI's investigation especially the tracing
of the source of money found on the burglars. They propose having
the CIA ask the FBI to halt their investigation of the Watergate
break-in by claiming that the break-in was a national security
operation. This was the final tape release in the final days of
the Nixon Presidency that triggered his resignation speech. After
this type was released, almost all support for Nixon for an impeachment
in the US Senate was gone.
on the Presidency" Tape
Wednesday, March 21, 1973
White House Oval Office
President Nixon. H.R.Haldeman. John W. Dean
About 37 Minutes
To Play Wave File Of Recording
The "Cancer on the Presidency" conversation: Dean recaps
the history of the Watergate break-in and subsequent cover-up
for the President. They guess at who was responsible for setting
the break-in in motion. Dean tells the President that the cover-up
is "a cancer on the Presidency" that must be excised
or his Presidency would be in danger. Also discussed: references
to blackmail, perjury; discussion of paying the burglars off with
one million dollars. This tape has John Dean talking about hush
money paid to the Watergate burglars to keep them quite. Dean
tells Nixon that there is a "cancer" growing around
the his Presidency and that these people are going to want a lot
more money to remain quite. Nixon asks how much Dean thinks it
would cost and dean states that it could cost a million dollars.
Nixon is recorded stating that he knew where a million dollars
could be obtained.
to a complete Real Audio tape of Nixon's resignation speech.
FBI Investigation of Watergate
This is a 126 page FBI report of the FBI Investigation of Watergate
in a PDF file.
Watergate/Nixon Related Exhibits
Government Exhibit: Security
Officer's Log of the Watergate Office Building Showing Entry for June
Below is a close up of the 1:47 AM log about calling the police from
the above book.
Government Exhibit: Address
Book of Watergate Burglar Bernard Barker,
Discovered in a Room at the Watergate Hotel, June 18, 1972
In fighting to keep from
releasing the tapes, Nixon first released a transcript of the tapes
and went on national TV to explain that. It didn't work.
To The Left Is NIxon's Official
Resignation Letter Addressed To The Secretary Of State
On The Right Is The Gerald Ford Pardon Of Richard Nixon
Click Here To See Larger
Images Of These Documents
President Nixon meeting with
Vice President Ford in the Oval Office informing him
that he was resigning as President the following day.
Almost every newspaper in
the country ran huge headlines about Nixon resigning the day of his
television speech and the day after when Ford became President. These
newspapers pictured above
are on display in the Spy And Private-eye Museum along with the Watergate
bug which you can
see in person in Austin, Texas.
Nixon giving his farewell
speech to his staff from the East room of the
White House before leaving the last time as President.
Government Exhibit: The Watergate
Note: The building on the other side of the street was the Howard Johnson's
Hotel at the time.
A copy of the original court
file charging key members of the Nixon administration with conspiracy,
false statements to a governmental agency, and obstruction of justice.
Aside from the
original Watergate Burglars, the top staff of Nixon went to jail. Nixon
resigned and Gerald Ford became President. President Ford quickly found
that he was spending way to much time on Watergate and Nixon after he
took office. There was much talk of bringing criminal charges upon President
Nixon. Ford determined that it was best for the nation to issue a full
pardon for President Nixon. Below is a photo of President Ford announcing
the Pardon to the public on nationwide television.
Photo, Nixon Inaugural Invitation and Presidential Seal. Materials given
Ralph Thomas, the developer of the Spy and Private-Eye Museum; in the
1960's after his position
as youth chairman for the Nixon For President Campaign in Central Florida.
Thomas was still in high
school at the time. The signed photo was signed in the Oval office.
The Invitation is the original invitation
that was mailed to him.
An Ashtray From The Watergate Hotel
This ashtray was in use at the Watergate Hotel during the time
period of the Watergate Affair. No one knows who's cigarettes
were put out in it!
All The President's Men, the book and the movie by
Bob Woodward And Carl
Bernstein is about these Washington Post investigative reporter
story of how they cracking the case of the Watergate Affair. The above
book is a photo of a book once owned by Washington DC private Investigator
Beltrante who was called in to debug the offices of the Democratic
national Headquarters in the Watergate Building after the burglars where
caught. The book is signed by Bob Woodward.
A rather rare
collection of Richard Nixon campaign buttons in the Ralph Thomas
collection and part of the Spy And Private-Eye Museum.
Card While President.
Gordon Liddy signed photo and a copy of his book, Will G. Gordon
Liddy was one of those indicted
and served a prison term for his part in the Watergate Break-in. Today,
he has a highly popular
Nixon The Movie
Nixon was played by Anthony Hopkins in the movie which you can still
obtain on video and DVD.
Nixon Elvis Photo-The Most
Requested Photograph from The Federal Government
While Nixon was President, Elvis Presley went to the White House, handed
a guard at the
gate a hand written letter and then got in to see the President. What
Elvis was after was a DEA agent
badge as he was a collector of police badges and generally got them
issued with his name on it.
During the meeting Nixon commented, "Why do you dress like that?"
Elvis's answer was, "Mr. President,
you have your show and I have mine." Despite the bizarreness of
the meeting between the two, the
above photograph quickly became the most requested official governmental
photograph from citizens ever.
(Many call the meeting the meeting between Mr. Cool And Mr. Square.)
Nixon, by executive order, had Elvis Presley made an honorary DEA agent
and his badge was issued to him. You can read more about this and see
copies of Elvis's hand-written letters to Nixon as well as a lot of
other photos by clicking
You can see
all this and much more in person by stopping by in Austin, Texas at
the Spy And Private-Eye Museum in rooms behind the main showroom of
Exchange And Security Center.
The Ralph D. Thomas PI Vintage Collection
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