Hunt Picks up The Muscle

E. Howard Hunt flew to Miami and picked up Bernard Barker. Briefing him on the plane back to D.C. about the upcoming burglary at the Watergate that would be conducted under the cover of a dinner in the Watergate’s Continental Room. According to Hunt, Barker told Hunt about the existence of an inactive corporation Barker had formed “sometime before” called Ameritas that could be used to hold the dinner as a cover for the burglary. Barker was the brains behind Sturgis’ brawn ever since 1960. Barker briefed Hunt about the other men he had recruited for the job. Hunt talked to each on the flight to D.C. vetting them for future actions. The ten Cubans were being given an easy test assignment – a fight in public.