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Egads...Sounds like GW (Full story) Nixon aide tells of talk about bombing Brookings think tank
Los Angeles Times Service

BOSTON - Even by the standards of the Nixon White House, a plan to blow up Washington's preeminent think tank seemed crazy, presidential counselor John Dean recalled Monday.

But there was White House aide John Ehrlichman on the phone one day in 1971, telling Dean that ''Chuck Colson wants me to firebomb the Brookings [Institution].'' Describing the incident to several hundred presidential history junkies at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Dean said he was dumbfounded.

'I said, `John, this is absolute insanity,' '' he remembered. ``People could die. This is absurd.''

Dean, who served four months in prison for his role in the Watergate coverup, spun the story casually -- just another believe-it-or-not factoid from the annals of a dark and complicated presidency -- at a two-day conference on the effect of White House taping systems on seven 20th century presidents. The conference ended Monday.

Dean said Colson -- one of President Nixon's top aides -- floated the idea as a way to retrieve certain documents Nixon wanted that were housed in the research center not far from the White House. Colson suggested that, while firefighters were trying to douse the damage caused by a bomb, White House operatives could rush in and seize the papers.

It seemed incredible, but now that he has listened to earlier tapes, Dean said he has heard Nixon 'literally pounding on his desk, saying `I want that break-in at the Brookings.' ''

The practice of White House taping began in 1940 with Franklin Roosevelt, who wanted to make sure he was quoted accurately in the media. Taping ended in 1974, after thousands of tapes exposed illegal and unethical activities that led to the demise of Nixon's presidency. About 3,700 hours of tapes from the Nixon White House have been transcribed and made public.

The two-day discussion attracted scholars, journalists and two grown White House ''children'': University of Pennsylvania Professor David Eisenhower, grandson of President Eisenhower, and Lynda Johnson Robb, elder daughter of President Lyndon Johnson. Also in attendance was Alexander Butterfield, now 77, the White House aide who in 1973 informed a Senate committee that all of Nixon's White House conversations had been taped.

In a panel Monday, Dean captivated the audience with story after story about Nixon, his tapes and the aides who surrounded the president.

Dean, 64, said Nixon was careful even with his most trusted aides to guard his involvement in the Watergate scandal. ''When I first started dealing with Nixon, I wasn't sure how much he knew,'' Dean said. ``I now know he knew far more than I was ever aware of.''

© 2003 The Miami Herald and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved.

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