John Simkin Posted July 23, 2005 Share Posted July 23, 2005 Richard Nixon, John Ehrlichman and Bob Haldeman were not terribly concerned during the first few days after the Watergate break-in. Ehrlichman’s first reaction was to check out if Tony Ulasewicz was involved. When he discovered he was not, Nixon relaxed, the authorities had not discovered about Operation Sandwedge. Nor would they without the help of John Dean and James McCord. The story of Operation Sandwedge begins in 1967. According to Jack Caulfield: "My multi-faceted, twelve-year BOSSI experience convinced me in late 1967 that Richard Nixon was going to run and likely win the Presidential election in 1968. I subsequently approached the Nixon people from the 1960 Presidential campaign (with whom I had worked as a BOSSI detective) and made it known I was available for candidate/staff security purposes during the 1968 campaign." BOSSI was the NYPD's Bureau of Special Service and Investigation. This unit provided security for world leaders and their families when they visited New York. It was while doing this job that Caulfield met Nixon. BOSSI also investigated political crimes in New York. In some cases it involved covering up political crimes. For example, the murder of Jesus de Galindez, the academic who had written a book critical of the Rafael Trujillo's military dictatorship. Caulfield was interviewed by Bob Haldeman and Rose Mary Woods, and then appointed as Chief of Security for the Nixon Campaign Staff. After Nixon’s election he decided that the White House should establish an in-house investigative capability that could be used to obtain sensitive political information. After consulting John Ehrlichman and H. R. Haldeman the job was given to Caulfield. At first Caulfield did the work himself but a few months later he recruited his old friend, Tony Ulasewicz, to help him. This eventually became known as Operation Sandwedge. For those who don't play golf, a sandwedge is used to get you out of trouble in a bunker. What kind of trouble did Nixon have in mind? Well, when he recruited Caulfield and Ulasewicz, his main concern was to get elected in 1972. In 1969 Nixon had two major concerns about the 1972 presidential election. One was that Edward Kennedy was not the Democratic Presidential candidate. Understandably he thought Kennedy had the best chance of all the Democratic candidates to beat him. The other problem was the possibility that George Wallace would stand as a third party candidate in the 1972 election. Operation Sandwedge was mainly concerned about making sure that Kennedy and Wallace did not stand in 1972. Interestingly, the first job given to Ulasewicz was to look into the Bobby Baker scandal. This is not surprising. Some people at the time believed that the Kennedy brothers had been blackmailed into accepting the Warren Commission report as a result of their involvement with Baker. I believe that there is truth in these rumours that were circulating in 1964. In fact, LBJ had employed Baker to set-up the Kennedy brothers. Ulasewicz was also employed to investigate Edward Kennedy. As we know from Operation Gemstone, these investigations eventually turned into planting evidence in order to undermine Nixon’s enemies. This is what I believe happened in the case of Edward Kennedy. I will look into this in more detail later but here is an extract of a taped conversation between Richard Nixon and John Dean on 13th March, 1974. John Dean: Let me tell you something that lurks at the bottom of this whole thing. If, in going after Segretti, they go after Kalmbach's bank records, you will recall sometime back - perhaps you did not know about this - I apologize. That right after Chappaquidick somebody was put up there to start observing and within six hours he was there for every second of Chappaquidick for a year, and for almost two years he worked for Jack Caulfield. Richard Nixon: Oh, I have heard of Caulfield. John Dean: He worked for Caulfield when Caulfield worked for John, and then when I came over here I inherited Caulfield and this guy was still on this same thing. If they get to those bank records between the start of July of 1969 through June of 1971, they say what are these about? Who is this fellow up in New York that you paid? There comes Chappaquidick with a vengeance. This guy is a twenty year detective on the New York City Police Department. Richard Nixon: In other words, we... John Dean: He is ready to disprove and show that... Richard Nixon: (Unintelligible) John Dean: If they get to it - that is going to come out and this whole thing can turn around on that. If Kennedy knew the bear trap he was walking into... Richard Nixon: How do we know - why don't we get it out anyway? John Dean: Well, we have sort of saved it. Richard Nixon: Does he have any records? Are they any good? John Dean: He is probably the most knowledgeable man in the country. I think he ran up against walls and they closed the records down. There are things he can't get, but he can ask all of the questions and get many of the answers as a 20 year detective, but we don't want to surface him right now. But if he is ever surfaced, this is what they will get. Richard Nixon: How will Kalmbach explain that he hired this guy to do the job on Chappaquidick? Out of what type of funs? John Dean: He had money left over from the pre-convention ... Richard Nixon: Are they going to investigate those funds too? John Dean: They are funds that are quite legal. There is nothing illegal about those funds. Regardless of what may happen, what may occur, they may stumble into this in going back to, say 1971, in Kalmbach's bank records. They have already asked for a lot of his bank records in conection with Segretti, as to how he paid Segretti. Richard Nixon: Are they going to go back as far as Chappaquidick? John Dean: Well this fellow worked in 1971 on this. He was up there. He has talked to everybody in that town. He is the one who has caused a lot of embarrassment for Kennedy already by saying he went up there as a newspaperman, by saying; "Why aren't you checking this? Why aren't you looking there?" Calling the press people's attention to things. Gosh, the guy did a masterful job. I have never had the full report. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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