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SOMEONE AT NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE THINKS G. Gordon Liddy is a joke. “Would you buy a used submachine gun from this man?” the magazine quipped as an opener to its item on the G. Gordon Liddy Academy of Corporate Security and Private Investigation. The subhead read “G. Gordon Liddy to the Rescue.” For a $2,700 fee, “high-priced body guards, would-be private eyes and secret agents manqués” pick up tips on “surveillance techniques, stakeouts,” and “other tools of the cloak-and-dagger trade.” Clearly, Liddy means to train people to avoid the incredible mess he made as mastermind of the Watergate break-in. The upscale end of Liddy’s current operations is his “Hurricane Force,” made up of former Israeli, British, and Cuban “commandos” that any monied crackpot can hire for a hefty $500,000 to $1 million. To prove their mettle, Liddy obligingly staged a simulated “rescue” of a kidnap victim in early

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