Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy: A Watergate Saboteur Switches from Disrupting Campaigns to Spying on Employees

Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy: A Watergate Saboteur Switches from Disrupting Campaigns to Spying on Employees

by Martin D. Kelly


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Not until Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy does a memoir exist by one of the principal Watergate saboteurs-provacateurs that exposes the full extent of the insalubrious side of political negative campaigning. And that is not all: After Watergate, Kelly became a corporate security consultant specializing in eavesdropping detection by locating clandestine listening devices for clients such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, Ferdinand Marcos, and for companies like IBM, the Miami Dolphins, the U.S. Navy and even suspected drug dealers and the Mafia.
During President Nixon's second term when the Watergate scandal erupted, Kelly teamed with Donald Segretti in a wild series of underhanded capers that created havoc in the Democratic presidential primaries. Kelly and Segretti turned a fundraising dinner for front-runner Senator Ed Muskie at the Washington Hilton into absolute chaos; hired a University of Miami coed to strip naked and parade before Muskie's hotel; released two mice and a bird that threw a Muskie press conference into total confusion; organized fake luncheons, fake press releases, and other unscrupulous acts. The aim of the Nixon White House and Committee to Reelect the President was for the dirty tricksters to sow discontent among the Democratic primary candidates so they would blame each other for the dirty tricks, making it more difficult for them to unite in the general election against Nixon. The author was one of only three witnesses who testified specifically about dirty tricks before the Senate Watergate Committee.
Initial chapters reveal how dirty tricks were planned and executed, how Kelly dealt with special prosecutors, investigators, Watergate Judge John Sirica, the FBI, an inebriated Senator Ted Kennedy, the seven Senators on the Senate Watergate Committee, Bernstein and Woodward, Lesley Stahl and others in the media. Mid chapters expose inside secrets on successful tactics for candidates seeking public office and for those climbing the rocky steps of party politics. In final chapters, Kelly unveils the widespread corporate spying that is going on in America to this day, such as undercover agents and mystery shoppers spying on employees, the tactics of polygraph examiners and interrogators, and explosive examples about Kelly's international work as a detector of hidden bugs and taps. In Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy, Kelly names names and holds back nothing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939521712
Publisher: Strategic Media Books
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Pages: 410
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Kelly "retired" from politics after the Watergate fiasco and became an investigator. Kelly started his own security firm in 1980 with three offices in south Florida. After selling the security firm (while remaining a private consultant), he became Director of Resort & Marina operations at Holiday Isle Resort in the Florida Keys in the early 1990. Kelly has maintained a Florida Private Investigator license while becoming a travel journalist. In addition to still providing security-consulting services on occasion to select clients, Kelly authored two books, Florida's Fishing Legends and Pioneers, University Press of Florida, 2011; Alaska's Greatest Outdoor Legends, University of Alaska Press, 2016, with Lower 48 circulation via the University of Chicago Press), and writes freelance travel and outdoor-related articles for a variety of newspapers and magazines.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements iii

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 Havoc on the Hill 1

Chapter 2 A Road of Ruin 25

Chapter 3 Fun with Ted Kennedy 37

Chapter 4 The Mysterious Mister Simmons 49

Chapter 5 Of Mice and Muskie 61

Chapter 6 The Streaker 73

Chapter 7 Florida Primary Pranks 85

Chapter 8 Hell at the Hilton 95

Chapter 9 Hookers Crash a Picnic 109

Chapter 10 Grand Jury Jousting 119

Chapter 11 Advertising Bombs 137

Chapter 12 Key West Caper 151

Photos 163

Chapter 13 History's Best (or Worse) Dirty Tricks 175

Chapter 14 Media Madness 191

Chapter 15 Scorn and Support 201

Chapter 16 Conventional Wisdom 209

Chapter 17 I Was a Corporate Spy 229

Chapter 18 Bug Detector 253

Chapter 19 To Tell the Truth 275

Chapter 20 Cherry Stem Conspiracies 295

Chapter 21 Bugging Extra 307

Chapter 22 Florida Keys Cruisin' 319

Chapter 23 In my Own Words 331

Epilogue 387

Appendix 389

Bibliography 391

Index 393

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