Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Rx: More Jail

The president's men hit back

MARK FELT, unmasked as the Watergate whistleblower Deep Throat, was branded a traitor and a criminal by figures from the Nixon White House yesterday as the disclosure rekindled the recriminations of 30 years ago.

Called a “great American hero” by his family, Mr Felt, 91, the FBI’s deputy director during the early 1970s, received a blast of vitriol from old Nixon hands for his role in leaking information to The Washington Post and helping to bring down the President.

While most of Washington marvelled that one of the great modern political mysteries had finally been solved, central figures in the Watergate scandal, some of whom served prison sentences for their role, denounced Mr Felt.

Pat Buchanan, a former Nixon speechwriter, called him a traitor for being a key source for the Post reporting team of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they pursued the Watergate conspiracy, which eventually led to Nixon’s resignation in August 1974.
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Charles Colson, a senior Nixon adviser who served seven months in jail for obstruction of justice, said: “When any President has to worry whether the deputy director of the FBI is sneaking around in dark corridors peddling information in the middle of the night, he’s in trouble.”

Leonard Garment, Nixon’s domestic policy adviser, said: “I don’t think Deep Throat was a hero. Nixon did many good things. I don’t think someone who contributed to his destruction was a hero.”
And in another article, G. Gordon Liddy was quoted as saying--get this--that Felt "violated the ethics of the law." I was furious with these guys for about twelve seconds before realizing that I should have expected nothing else. These sanctimonious, judgmental fucks are common criminals, narcissistic sociopaths to the core. They don't change because their worldview is so twisted they see no reason to. Lock'em up.

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