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Commentary :: Politics
We need Deep Throat II
01 Jun 2005
One can't help but wonder what criminal and civil charges might be levied against the Bush regime today if Congress had even an ounce of its former integrity left and Washington wasn't under lock down from the far-right
Revelations that top FBI official Mark Felt was the informant who steered Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein toward evidence incriminating the Nixon White House in <a href="";>illegal activities</a> thirty years ago has this observer praying for the sequel. While the Nixon administration may have been a case study of how power corrupts absolutely, the present occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue make the Nixon gang seem like amateurs. In the book "Worse than Watergate", former Nixon counsel <a href="";>John Dean</a> makes plain the argument that the sins of the Bush regime ARE worse than Watergate. "No one died as a result of Richard Nixon's so-called Watergate abuses of power", Dean states "Today, people are dying because of Bush and Cheney's secret abuses of power". And when John Dean made that statement he had yet to learn of all the <a href="";>war crimes</a> committed under the present regime in Washington. <p>

Nixon and his minions (interestingly Cheney, Rumsfeld and other present-day Republican operatives figure among them [1] ) were truly a shifty lot. The ones who actually ended up being convicted, besides the so-called <a href="";>"plumbers"</a> who broke into the Democratic Campaign headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in DC and unlike Nixon who bailed from office rather than face impeachment or prosecution, were busted for crimes such as lying to the FBI, illegal election campaign activities, conspiring to hinder an investigation, perjury, and lying to a grand jury [2]. Had Nixon stayed on he would have faced such charges as obstruction of justice, abuse of power, and contempt of Congress. Those charges were voted on by the The House Judiciary Committee. <p>

One can't help but wonder what criminal and civil charges might be levied against the Bush regime today if Congress had even an ounce of its former integrity left and Washington wasn't under lock down from the far-right. White House and Republican <a href="";>scandals</a> and probable crimes are legion. From <a href="";>war crimes</a> in Iraq to
<a href="";>crimes against nature</a>, the Bush regime and their cohorts do not simply carry on the Nixon tradition of abuse of power, they in fact expand upon them, multiplying the sins ten-fold. Don't tell us about "values" and "morality". The family values of the far-right Republican juggernaut are a sham when viewed in the harsh light of reality. <a href="";>Lies</a>, obfuscation, disingenuous posturing, hypocrisy, breaking treaties, torture, murder; these are not the things citizens of the U.S. value, this is not the stuff of morality. But you know all this. The information is already out there. Smoking guns like the <a href="";>Downing Street Memo</a> have surfaced.
And damning testimony from former White House officials like <a href="";>Richard Clark</a> or Treasury Secretary <a href=";>Paul O'Neill and others</a> has been easily available to the public for months if not years. But in the present jaded atmosphere of the nation's capitol those voices apparently are not deep enough. <p>

What will it take to bring justice to the White House? Who will rescue this nation from right wing extremists? Disgruntled Pentagon or CIA officials? A generation has passed since Watergate. We need Deep Throat II <p>

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[1]Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney -- were aides to the new president, Gerald Ford. At that time Rumsfeld and Cheney were persuading Ford to veto one of the most important Watergate-inspired reforms, an enhanced Freedom of Information Act, <p>

[2] In August, a tape was released for June 23, 1972, recorded only a few days following the Watergate break-in, where Nixon and his aide Haldeman formulated the plan to block investigations by raising bogus national security claims

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