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Posted: March 29, 2004
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Gerald Nicosia spent 11 years collecting documentation on Democrat presidential candidate, John Kerry. The focus of these documents, a total of 14 boxes plus a number of loose folders, zeroed in on the FBI surveillance of Kerry during the early 1970s. On March 25, 2004, three of the 14 boxes containing all these documents were stolen from this historian who lives in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, California.

"It's heartbreaking, after 11 years trying to get them," he said.

"It was a very clean burglary. They didn't break any glass. They didn't take anything like cameras sitting by. It was a very professional job," Nicosia said.

Nicosia obtained approximately 20,000 pages of FBI documents using the Freedom of Information Act. The theft from last Thursday represents approximately 20% of those documents.

In the past few weeks, there has been intense media focus recently regarding the FBI's surveillance of the activities surrounding an organization known as Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW). Kerry has been represented as the national spokesman during the time period in question.

Kerry's antiwar efforts drew the attention of former President Nixon. This fact has been revealed in recordings of White House conversations obtained by CNN from the National Archives and from J. Edgar Hoover's FBI.

Echos of Watergate?

On June 17, 1972, five men dressed in suits and ties were caught red handed during the act of rifling the office of the Democrat National Committee. Hands covered by surgical gloves, strangely their pockets were stuffed with sequentially numbered $100 bills. Some 25 years later, it is still unknown what these burglars were looking for in those offices. The only clear activity allegedly was an attempt to repair a telephone bug they had installed three weeks before - along with being caught rifling through files and taking photos along the way.

Is it possible the theft of Nicosia's documents are a modern day version of political shenanigans?

"Was it a thrill-seeker who wanted a piece of history? It could be," Nicosia said. "You'd think there was a very strong political motivation for taking those files. The odds are in favor of that."

"I hadn't gotten a chance to review them all. I am sure there were some things about John Kerry that weren't known," Nicosia said. "These files would also cast a bad light on the ... Republican Party. This surveillance happened under the Nixon White House and Nixon FBI."

The timing of this theft appears to be suspect coming so closely upon the heels of media saturation regarding Kerry's activities during the 70s as an antiwar activist and association with the VVAW.

Who has more to gain by the theft of these files and documents? The Republicans or Democrats? At this point, only time will tell and a full police investigation is underway.

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