Comment: Silence is ordered & evidenced in court. Oft noted in record.

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Silence is ordered & evidenced in court. Oft noted in record.

You do not have to testify against yourself. Evidence of who & why silence was recorded is arguable, at best. Mystery of Watergate tape’s missing 18 minutes may finally be solved Nixon's secretary, she claimed to have accidentally erased a crucial 18 minutes of the Watergate tapes, demonstrated in the photo. While theoretically possible, her "simultaneous stretch, reach, press, and push" actions were extremely unlikely. Any one was "possible," but in combination, they were not believable. Photo:

Date: 2009.07.30 By Tim Reid,

One of the great political mysteries — what was said by President Nixon during a suspicious 18-minute gap on the Watergate tapes — could soon be solved thanks to a keen-eyed amateur sleuth and modern crime-fighting technology. The missing section of a 79-minute conversation between Mr Nixon and his Chief of Staff, H. R. “Bob” Haldeman, was erased deliberately.

It recorded a meeting on June 20, 1972, three days after operatives connected to the White House broke into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate complex — a burglary that caused the scandal that destroyed Mr Nixon’s presidency. President Nixon with H R 'Bob' Haldeman, his Chief of Staff, in the Oval office...

Once it became known that Mr Nixon had recorded meetings secretly in the White House, the President faced congressional and court subpoenas to hand the tapes over. These eventually sealed Mr Nixon’s fate, but the unexplained 18 minutes of silence has troubled historians ever since.

The US National Archives, which holds the Watergate files, has tried to fill in the blanks. In 2001 it set up a panel to see if new technology could bring back what was said on the tape, but nobody could.

An amateur Watergate sleuth, however, has convinced the archives that there could well be another way to solve the puzzle: using notes taken by Mr Haldeman at the meeting.

Mr Haldeman was a meticulous note taker who wrote in longhand on yellow legal notepads. ...

The notes were subpoenaed in 1974 and retrieved from a White House safe to which only Mr Haldeman had the combination...

Yet nobody noticed that he provided only two pages of notes from the 79-minute conversation. It is unlikely that he sat through a large part of the meeting without taking notes.

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