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12 Jan, 11 tweets, 3 min read
1. Let's do some Fun Facts from my high school days... for no particular reason (cc @cookietpa)!

I'm keeping in mind that the modern era, 2017-2021, has been known as the "Nixon Speed Run".
2. The phrase "Watergate Seven" was a thing. Except it wasn't!

The "Watergate Seven" of 1972 were a thing, of course.

But so were the "Watergate Seven" of 1974. Two different groups, both numbering (you guessed it) seven.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watergate…
3. The latter also brings us to a Presidential First:

"The grand jury also named Nixon as an unindicted co-conspirator. The indictments marked the first time in U.S. history that a president was so named."

Pretty cool, huh? To be the first?
4. So let's count to fourteen - the two cohorts of seven. Here we go!

One. G. Gordon Libby served 4-1/2 years in prison.

Two. E. Howard Hunt served 2 years 9 months in prison.

Do you sense a trend here? Let's keep going.
5. Let's see... Three would be Bernard Barker. He reversed his plea and served 18 months in prison. But there was another charge, and he served an additional year in prison.

By the by... I'm not mentioning the sentences; who cares once you're out. This is time *on site*.
6. Four is Virgilio Gonzalez, 13 months in prison.

Five. Eugenio Martinez, 15 months in prison; pardoned.

Six. James W. McCord Jr., served 4 months. That's why you give up some names.
7. Seven is Frank Sturgis. 14 months in prison.

So, the first cohort? Real prison time for everyone. How about that second cohort, though?
8. Eight is John N. Mitchell. 18 months in prison.

Nine is H.R. Haldeman. While in prison, Haldeman worked in a facility testing sewage. 18 months in prison.

But, hey, every one of of this cohort has his own wikipedia page, so there's that.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._R._Hal…
9. John Erlichman. 18 months in prison.

Charles Colson. 7 months prison.

Gordon C. Strachan. Huh. I don't recall his name like the others. Aha! Charges were dropped before trial. Nice to be forgotten, eh?
10. Robert Mardian. Conviction overturned on appeal. I don't remember him either. Perhaps a pattern emerges.

Kenneth Parkinson. Acquitted. Yup forgot him too. A pattern confirmed.
11. So - yeah - apropos of nothing in particular - we have The Watergate Seven, *and* The Watergate Seven. That's the Fun Fact for now.

And, of course, the first president to be named unindicted co-conspirator.

*Way* better to be *indicted* co-conspirator, don't you think?
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13 Jan
1. So there was a guy named Benedict Arnold. His name is pretty famous within the USA. But the *reason* might be interesting. Do you recall? (Thread, cc @cookietpa)

General Arnold at Saratoga, being heroic.
2. We need to begin with the time period. Arnold lived 1741-1801. Quick quiz - what wars were conducted on now-US soil (meaning the region of the 13 colonies) during that time period? I'll check in with some answers below.
3. Great-grandmother Sarah Barnard was part of the Raid on Deerfield (aka Deerfield Massacre), but that was the winter 1803-1804, so that won't count but might offer some clues. Already a widow, she'd remarried, the captain of town militia, so lived in a fortified house.
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The timing is absolutely stellar. Guess what published *today*? Not before today - today. In the Trademark Official Gazette.

"You're going to prison, traitor."

Y'all want to give Andy @lauferlaw a high five? He's earned it, I think.

eog-tmng.uspto.gov/#/issueDate=20…
My review of @RYP__ Pelton's "Come Back Alive" also went live today. Nice timing, considering the review's content!
Kudos to Nancy for perfect use of maga red.

Read 4 tweets
11 Jan
1. Lt Col Brock (ret) was in the USAF Academy class of 1989. For perspective, so was astronaut Terry Virts.

I truly hope the service academies enhance their curricula regarding disinformation. That training *can* last a lifetime. (short thread) @LouiseMensch @911CORLEBRA777
2. The USAFA Academy did, for example, strongly update their survival/POW training in the mid 1970s as a result of lessons learned from returning POWs (Operation Homecoming). This change I observed first hand.
3. Congress has the authority to impose curriculum changes at the service academies. For example, here is the 1976 report to Congress on heavy attrition at the service academies.

gao.gov/assets/120/116…
Read 20 tweets
15 Dec 20
1. In June 1965 an obscure family took home leave in Switzerland. He'd been Peace Corps director in Nepal. Now it gets good. Note Bill and Jolene's four children.
2. They returned to Nepal with Bill joining USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development). Bill's first assignment with USAID was to be in charge of family planning. Uh oh.
3. Previously as Peace Corps Director, their "kids had to cross over a small stream on their way to the bus for school. Every morning, they would check to see if there were any new dead babies drowned there since the day before."
Read 75 tweets
14 Dec 20
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"The untold story" linked here is fascinating. womensmuseum.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/the…
@JarBomb @MadameX007 @LisbethFarnum1 @tonyserrata @IdeaGov @MelissaJPeltier @LucymaGoosie @LouiseMensch @ImmaculateLoo @sewimperfect @DilemmaOfEve @integrityshines @AltNellGwyn @MarisaWard57 @File411 @hazelddormouse @ushadrons @marykerry @bobs_house @780thC @US_CYBERCOM @FBI @KerriRawson This NSA summary of the facts is dry as heck but shows a format worth learning if you browse declassified stuff. The (U) at the start of each paragraph indicated Unclassified. Every paragraph potentially has a different classification level.

nsa.gov/Portals/70/doc…
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tetradefense.com/digital-forens…
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medcitybeat.com/news-blog/2018…
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