The situation was beginning to get out of hand for Hughes, the CIA and the White House. The three groups had many worries in common. They also had in common E. Howard Hunt, inasmuch as he was employed by Bennett, he had been one of the CIA’s top clandestine talents and was in 1971, on a daily retainer of $100 from the White House to do special projects. Every time someone got close to the Hughes connection, he was bugged or burglarized or discredited. Hunt and Liddy had planned to drug Anderson to make him incoherent during a public appearance and thereby discredit him.