Tuesday, August 02, 2005

What Would Nixon Do? Prissy's Watergate Redux Special...

Poor Dubya...is he daydreaming of better days, while looking out the White House window? 'Tis always the darkest before the dawn...

Remember the Nixon Administration? Nixon knew his days were numbered in the weeks before Watergate broke, but that did not stop him from attempting to "conduct the business of the people" . He refused to recognize a problem until the indictment was staring him in the face. It eventually came down to his two trusted aids being indicted.

Nixon stayed in denial, never admitting any wrong doing. When it all came crashing down, a Pandora's box flew open. As a result, new protection laws were created and were supposed to change politics and campaign finance, forever.

The players involved this time learned the game from the same school Nixon attended....good study skills not required. "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" was the text for this class...

Excerpt on Watergate from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watergate

Nixon press secretary Ron Ziegler dismissed the affair as a "third-rate burglary". (See Scottie below-PP) Though the burglary occurred at a sensitive time, with a looming presidential campaign, most Americans initially believed that no President with Nixon's advantage in the polls would be so foolhardy or unethical as to risk association with such an affair.

President Nixon and White House Chief of Staff H. R. "Bob" Haldeman were tape-recorded (a standard, but secret, Nixon practice) on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_23 discussing use of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to obstruct the FBI's investigation of the Watergate break-ins.

Nixon followed through by asking the CIA to slow the FBI's investigation of the crime, claiming that national security would be put at risk. In fact, the crime and numerous other "dirty tricks" had been undertaken on behalf of CRP, mainly under the direction of Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy. The pair had also worked in the White House in the Special Investigations Unit, nicknamed the "en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Plumbers". This group investigated leaks of information the administration did not want publicly known, and ran various operations against the Democrats and anti-war protestors. Most famous of their activities was the break-in at the office of the psychiatrist of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Ellsberg.

And this is what became of a "third rate burglary" so readily dismissed by a popular president...Of course, some are in denial until the very end-even when the truth is plain for all to see...PP (All bolds by Prissy)

Though Nixon's resignation obviated the pending impeachment, criminal prosecution was still a possibility. He was succeeded by Gerald Ford, who on en.wikipedia.org/wiki /a>">September 8 issued a widely-scoped pardon">en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pardon>pardon for Nixon, immunizing him from prosecution for any crimes he may have committed as President.

Nixon proclaimed his innocence until his death, although his acceptance of the pardon was construed by many as an admission of guilt. He did state in his official response to the pardon that he "was wrong in not acting more decisively and more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate, particularly when it reached the stage of judicial proceedings and grew from a political scandal into a national tragedy.

God rest his soul....the current situation might make "tricky Dick, I am not a crook" Nixon look not quite so bad.....after all, Nixon didn't lie to start a war.

Dear Readers, does the current theme sound somewhat familiar?

Scottie calls the investigation of Rove/Plame incidents "old news, nothing to see here...move along." Yet now the lad refuses to repeat previous statements "due to ongoing investigation".

Prissy finds this stance odd; the investigation has been going on for two years, and Scottie was so free with Plame blame in his previous remarks......Suddenly, mums the word. From a Houston air show...Of course everyone supports your war, Dubya.... Articles of Interest

Look! The WP is telling the truth again! How about a Hoo Ra http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/01/AR2005080101453_pf.html Iran Is Judged 10 Years From Nuclear BombU.S. Intelligence Review Contrasts With Administration Statements By Dafna LinzerWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, August 2, 2005

counterpunch.com/roberts07282005.html Counterpunch Leave Now-Departing Iraq..by Craig Paul Roberts. Roberts served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration.

An Excerpt:

The US invasion of Iraq was illegal and unwarranted. Those who conspired to bring this war about must be identified and punished. Otherwise the United States will sink from the rule of law into the rule of men.

A true patriot does not confuse government with country. A patriot's loyalty is to his country, and loyalty to country requires holding government accountable.

Prissy is in, Mr. Roberts...How about you, dear readers?

yuricareport.com/Law%20&%20Legal/DeanBushHiresLawyer.html The Serious Implications Of President Bush's Hiring A Personal Outside Counsel For The Valerie Plame Investigation- From 2004, more from John Dean, former White House Counsel.

An excerpt:

On this subject, I spoke with an experienced former federal prosecutor who works in Washington, specializing in white collar criminal defense (but who does not know Sharp). That attorney told me that he is baffled by Bush's move - unless Bush has knowledge of the leak. "It would not seem that the President needs to consult personal counsel, thereby preserving the attorney-client privilege, if he has no knowledge about the leak," he told me. What advice might Bush get from a private defense counsel? The lawyer I consulted opined that, "If he does have knowledge about the leak and does not plan to disclose it, the only good legal advice would be to take the Fifth, rather than lie. The political fallout is a separate issue." I raised the issue of whether the President might be able to invoke executive privilege as to this information. But the attorney I consulted - who is well versed in this area of law -- opined that "Neither 'outing' Plame, nor covering for the perpetrators would seem to fall within the scope of any executive privilege that I am aware of."

Did you hear that Republicans? Will you stand by your man when it all hits the fan? Or by your country?

sundaytimes.co.za/zones/sundaytimesNEW/basket7st/basket7st1122901080 Blair Plans to Quit (Or as Granny says, the rats are leaving the ship)South African newspaper, of course....MSM missed this one again? NOTE: This article was removed from the server and is nowhere to be found, bad timing apparently. It also spoke of Cherie Blair's sister speaking out against the war...PP Aug 5,2005

thenewamerican.com/artman/publish/article_1932.shtml The New American Making War on the American Public-by William Norman Grigg July 27, 2005 This conservative sees the writing on Dubya's wall....these new rules like the "Patriot Act" may interfere with his lifestyle and we cannot have that.....

news.ft.com/cms/s/97a97db4-01ff-11da-9481-00000e2511c8.html London Financial Times-US shifts anti-terror policy

An excerpt:

US and European officials say the Bush administration's review--expected to lead to a formal declaration of a new national strategy--represents not just a shift to a more multilateralist approach towards foreign policy but also an important development in thinking away from the emphasis on the military.

Already a shift in language has emerged that reflects the new approach. GWOT “the global war on terror” is being replaced in pronouncements by senior US officials by SAVE: the “struggle [or some say “strategy”] against violent extremism”.

I do believe they are beginning to comprehend what terrorism really is about. Bush is a good ole boy with action "talk" ...it is the more constructive, non military actions he has a problem with...

And One more...Why "Peace Work" isn't for sissies... guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1156048,00.html The UK Guardian

Too many Americans don't know this story. An excerpt:

Wednesday February 25, 2004

Reaction to the collapse of the case against GCHQ whistleblower Katharine Gun: "I am overwhelmed ... absolutely delighted and extremely relieved ... I would like to know why they charged me and then four months later decided to drop it ... I have no regrets and would do it again." Katharine Gun

"It is quite appalling that a whistleblower who acted in good conscience should have been threatened with two years' imprisonment for exposing that the American government had asked our government to do something which was illegal and would have undermined the deliberations of the United Nations." Ms Gun's solicitor John Welch

So there you have it, this is how Dubya handles this nations business....Is this all right with you? If it is all right with you, do tell Prissy and her readers...Why?

An urban legend but a funny quote all the same: President Dwight Eisenhower (Nov 8, 1954) once said " Should any political party attempt to abolish Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history.

There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believe you can do these things. Among them are a few other Texas millionaires an occasionalsional politician or other businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid." (bold Prissy)

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