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Part 18: Paranoia
To digress for a moment, although I still suspected Nibs [addendum 1997: L. Ron Hubbard Jr.,] the most, and Meisler [addendum 1997: the Scientology PR guy who claimed to have received the bomb threat and named me as a suspect] second, a new suspect developed during this period.
This was the summer of Watergate, and, in fact, the only thing that had any interest for me that summer were the Watergate hearings. I was delighted with the negative revelations about the government — which I had turned very strongly against as a result of what had happened to me. (And it also gave me no small satisfaction when L. Patrick Gray was indicted, since he had been in charge [addendum 1997: of the FBI] when that happened to me!)
But there were many loose ends in the case that kept bothering me. Why were they [addendum 1997: the government] taking those letters so seriously, especially since they were not bomb threats at all? (One said "I'll bomb you' but that was a reference to a person [addendum 1997: Meisler] and you can't bomb a person.)
Why had the FBI agent [addendum 1997: Bruce Brotman, who was the "genius" agent who originally concluded that I had done it and not Scientology, and he also testified against me at the Grand Jury] received a special commendation for his work on the case? [97-1]
Why had John Gordon [addendum 1997: the prosecutor after me] been promoted after leaving the case? How in hell in the first place could my fingerprint end up on a piece of paper I never saw or touched?
Or was it my fingerprint? Maybe the government was just saying that. And, after all, the FBI certainly had access to my fingerprints since I gave it to them (and fingerprints can be transferred).
There were many other implausible things that were beyond anyone's comprehension. (I have outlined a few of these things in the footnotes.)
There was also the fact that the second letter, the one with my fingerprint on it, hadn't even gone through the mail, and yet I was being charged with sending bomb threats through the mail. And that letter wasn't even the bomb threat — it was the first one — and yet I was being prosecuted for the content of the second one, even though document analysts said there were two typists. [Addendum 1997: The document examiner we hired, a top one, said that two different people had typed the two different letters.]
I felt that the government was after me, and from there it was only one small (paranoid) step to begin to wonder whether in fact they had framed me in the first place. And there were two reasons why it would be plausible to.
First, I had written a chapter in my book "The Medical Detectives" (and that chapter had also been serialized earlier in a magazine), quoting people who were criticizing the Government and the FBI and accusing them of a cover up in the JFK assassination.
In 1973 not that many people were publicly doing that, and those who had tried, like Jim Garrison (who, incidentally, was defended by this same Dr. Barnett I mentioned in the footnote on the previous page) had been framed by the Government (as Barnett explained to me at the time).
Secondly, it came out during Watergate that the government had an enemy list of newspapers, and I had written 8 articles for three of the newspapers mentioned (The New York Times, The Washington Post, The St. Louis Post Dispatch).
Although my articles were hardly subversive or anti-government, I suspected that the government may very well have kept lists of all bylines that appeared in those papers, especially considering the hysterical paranoia of the Nixon administration. So for years I wondered if it was the government (most likely through the FBI) which had sent those bomb threats to frame me.  [97-2]