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The Outing of Deep Throat
Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2012 | Pat Buchanan

Posted on 04/10/2012 5:12:09 AM PDT by Kaslin

As the 40th anniversary of Watergate impends, we are to be bathed again in the great myth and morality play about the finest hour in all of American journalism.

The myth?

That two heroic young reporters at The Washington Post, guided by a secret source, a man of conscience they dubbed "Deep Throat," cracked the case and broke the scandal wide open, where the FBI, U.S. prosecutors and more experienced journalists floundered and failed.

Through their tireless investigative reporting, they compelled the agencies of government to treat Watergate as the unprecedented constitutional crisis it was. No Pulitzer Prize was ever more deserved than the one awarded the Post in 1973.

These young journalists saved our republic!

However, the myth, fabricated in "All the President's Men" and affirmed by the 1976 film of the same name, with Robert Redford as Bob Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Carl Bernstein, has a Hellfire missile coming its way.

"Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat" is an exhaustive study of the reporting of Woodward and Bernstein and the leaking by the FBI's Mark Felt, whose identify as Deep Throat was revealed in 2005.

"Leak" author Max Holland zeroes in on the last great unanswered question of Watergate: Why did Felt, an FBI No. 2 on the short list to succeed J. Edgar Hoover, risk reputation and career to leak secrets to the Post?

Woodward and Bernstein paint Deep Throat, writes Holland, as a "selfless high-ranking official intent on exposing the lawlessness of the Nixon White House." But this is self-serving nonsense.

The truth was right in front of Woodward. His refusal to see it made him a willing or witless collaborator in the ruin of the reputation and career of an honorable pubic servant, Patrick Gray.

Felt was consumed by anger and ambition. When Hoover died, a month before the break-in, Felt, who had toadied to Hoover, saw himself as Hoover's successor. But President Nixon went outside the bureau to name Gray from the Department of Justice acting director.

Concealing his rage and resentment, Felt wormed himself into Gray's confidence, and then set out to destroy Gray.

Felt's method: Leak discoveries of the Watergate investigation to a cub reporter at the Post, which everybody in Washington read, rather than to veteran journalists known to be FBI outlets.

This would cover Felt's tracks.

Published in the Post, the leaks of what the FBI was uncovering would enrage Nixon and make Gray appear an incompetent unable to conduct a professional investigation. This would make it unlikely that Nixon would ever send Gray's name to the Senate for confirmation as permanent director.

And if Gray, an outsider, fell because he couldn't keep the FBI from leaking, Nixon might turn to Felt, the ranking insider who could button up the bureau like Hoover did.

By ingratiating himself with Gray as he set out to discredit and destroy him, Felt expected that when Gray was passed over by Nixon, he would recommend to Nixon that he appoint his loyal deputy, Felt, as director.

Even if cynical and vicious, the scheme was clever.

Until Nixon found out Felt was the leaker in late 1972, he was considering Felt for the top job. Felt's machinations and deceptions at the apex of the FBI make Nixon's White House appear in retrospect to have been a cloistered convent of Carmelite nuns.

More revolting than the ruin of Gray's reputation was what Felt did to the good name of the bureau he professed to love. By leaking what agents were learning about Watergate, he was discrediting the FBI.

Inside the government, he made the FBI look like an agency of bumblers who could not keep secrets. Outside the government, the FBI looked like a three-toed sloth, while a fleet-footed and fearless Washington Post was unearthing the truth.

The FBI appeared beaten at every turn by the brilliant Post, when it was the FBI's homework Felt was stealing and the Post was cribbing.

Woodward and Bernstein were glorified stenographers.

And though Deep Throat was portrayed as a man sickened by the wiretaps and break-ins by the White House, Felt himself, writes Holland, "authorized illegal surreptitious entries into the homes of people associated with the Weather Underground."

In 1979, Felt was prosecuted and convicted and then pardoned by Reagan.

In "The Secret Man," Woodward calls Felt "a truth-teller." That's quite a tribute to an FBI man who lied to Pat Gray, lied to all of his FBI colleagues and lied to every journalist who asked him for 30 years whether he was Deep Throat.

If Felt was a hero, why did he not come forward to tell the country what he had done and why?

Because he was no hero.

Mark Felt was a snake. He used the Post to destroy his rivals and advance his ambitions, and the Post didn't care what his motives were because Felt was assisting them in destroying their old enemy.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: buchanan; compost; deepthroat; markfelt; nixon; washingtonpost; watergate

1 posted on 04/10/2012 5:12:17 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

President Nixon was at least a patriot, unlike this current bunch of jackasses! Where is Mark Felt when this country truly needs one? Not an honest man left Washington?

Woe to the republic!


2 posted on 04/10/2012 5:24:15 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: Kaslin

Interesting.....and eminently believable.


3 posted on 04/10/2012 5:24:15 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: RightOnline
Entirely too complex.

How about this one ~ Mark Felt was not 'Deep Throat" ~ rather, he was just a crazy old koot who'd begun to imagine himself to be "Deep Throat" (working on a body of reports the FBI had done on that matter and on the Watergate events).

The Post was quite happy to let him do that because it served their interests in keeping quiet the true identity of the real Deep Throat!

4 posted on 04/10/2012 5:31:33 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Kaslin

Woodward and Bernstein were nothing more than tools, chisels used to chip away at a man Katherine Graham and Ben Bradlee (publisher and managing editor of the Com-Post, respectively) absolutely hated. Now we come to find out that these “noble” reporters were also used like cheap whores by a disgruntled FBI power-player. It’s not much of a surprise.
Like the recently departed Saint Mike Wallace, Woody and Berenstain are worthy of nothing but our loathing.


5 posted on 04/10/2012 5:37:13 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Kaslin

A “third-rate burglary” where nobody was killed or even injured, led to the end of a presidency, and the AG in prison.

Now we have Obama’s and Holder’s “Operation Fast And Furious,” with 300+ murdered Mexicans, and two murdered federal agents, and the MSM hits the snooze button and actually helps to cover it up.

What an era we live in.

Today, ABCNNBCBS are full partners in Gangster Govt Inc. American Pravda, no more, no less.

Where are the Woodwards and Bernsteins of today?


6 posted on 04/10/2012 5:39:53 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Kaslin

Ever since Watergate, the press has been trying to produce an encore, but have just managed to practice the politics of personal destruction to the point that good people are leery of running for anything.

The press not only did not save the Republic, they have sent it down the road to destruction, and Watergate was the pivot point.


7 posted on 04/10/2012 5:40:38 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: muawiyah
Entirely too complex.

Yep.

I love all of the theories postulated on FR. "Obama is the culmination of a master conspiracy that took place over decades of work and infiltration by the Bilderburgs and George Soros and something to do with a New World Order and yada yada yada....." And so on.

Could the conspiracy theories all be correct? Sure. But - for instance in the example above - is it just more likely that Obama is little more than an opportunistic political hack that saw a chance to become president and grabbed it? I think so.

When you get down to the bottom of it, there are three things that motivate people - money, sex, and greed. Or combinations of the three. All of the overly complex conspiracy mechinations usually can be distilled down to those three.

8 posted on 04/10/2012 5:45:34 AM PDT by wbill
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter
Not an honest man left Washington?

Pehaps an honest 'fly on the wall' would be better.

In "The Secret Man," Woodward calls Felt "a truth-teller." That's quite a tribute to an FBI man who lied to Pat Gray, lied to all of his FBI colleagues and lied to every journalist who asked him for 30 years whether he was Deep Throat.

If Felt was a hero, why did he not come forward to tell the country what he had done and why?

Because he was no hero.

Think what we really need is a 'Media' doing it job - honestly. If we had that; and not a Leftist propaganda machine that protects the guilty; we would not be frogs; almost cooked.

9 posted on 04/10/2012 5:45:41 AM PDT by cricket (. It is more than the economy. . .and Newt knows it.)
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To: Kaslin

The press always claimed ownership of Watergate.....yet it was really a product of Nixon’s paranoia.....


10 posted on 04/10/2012 5:47:40 AM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: Travis McGee

Very well said


11 posted on 04/10/2012 5:48:25 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: wbill

Mental illness and brain disease ~ don’t forget that one. Sometimes they’re simply crazy.


12 posted on 04/10/2012 5:48:41 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Crazy works too. :-) Might be the simplest of all the conspiracy theories - all of the overly complex mechinations only exist in one person’s head.


13 posted on 04/10/2012 5:50:34 AM PDT by wbill
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To: RightOnline

Yes interesting for sure and a different light on the whole escapade. I don’t believe Nixon had much faith in the FBI because earlier he had “the plumbers” investigating leaks at the DOD which lead to the publishing of the Pentagon Papers. That seemed to me to be the province of the FBI to investigate. L Patrick Gray was a good man who was eaten up by the Washington Political apparatus and media.


14 posted on 04/10/2012 5:51:13 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: greeneyes

“Ever since Watergate, the press has been trying to produce an encore, but have just managed to practice the politics of personal destruction to the point that good people are leery of running for anything.”

Huh???????????

Maybe that is true when a Republican is in the White House - but when a Democrap infests the place????

Clintoon did things that made Nixon look like a Sunday school teacher, and the media absolutely REFUSED to report on any of them. And when they did report on them, they twisted every story to look like “the bent one” was being persecuted. Kind of like the same thing they are doing today with zero.


15 posted on 04/10/2012 5:52:41 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Travis McGee
A “third-rate burglary” where nobody was killed or even injured, led to the end of a presidency, and the AG in prison.

Now we have Obama’s and Holder’s “Operation Fast And Furious,” with 300+ murdered Mexicans, and two murdered federal agents, and the MSM hits the snooze button and actually helps to cover it up.

Spot. On.

16 posted on 04/10/2012 5:53:36 AM PDT by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: greeneyes
Sir, there are two passions which have a powerful influence on the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice; the love of power, and the love of money. Separately each of these has great force in prompting men to action; but when united in view of the same object, they have in many minds the most violent effects. Place before the eyes of such men, a post of honour that shall be at the same time a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it. The vast number of such places it is that renders the British Government so tempestuous. The struggles for them are the true sources of all those factions which are perpetually dividing the Nation, distracting its Councils, hurrying sometimes into fruitless & mischievous wars, and often compelling a submission to dishonorable terms of peace. And of what kind are the men that will strive for this profitable pre- eminence, through all the bustle of cabal, the heat of contention, the infinite mutual abuse of parties, tearing to pieces the best of characters? It will not be the wise and moderate; the lovers of peace and good order, the men fittest for the trust. It will be the bold and the violent, the men of strong passions and indefatigable activity in their selfish pursuits. These will thrust themselves into your Government and be your rulers. -And these too will be mistaken in the expected happiness of their situation: For their vanquished competitors of the same spirit, and from the same motives will perpetually be endeavouring to distress their administration, thwart their measures, and render them odious to the people. Benjamen Franklin June 2nd 1787
17 posted on 04/10/2012 6:00:25 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: SW6906; Kaslin

Thanks. The comparison between Watergate and Operation Fast And Furious is the nub of my essay:

“Gangster Government, and Sakharov’s Immunity”

Matthew Bracken, February 29, 2012

http://www.enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/efadGG.htm


18 posted on 04/10/2012 6:00:59 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Kaslin
Mark Felt was a snake. He used the Post to destroy his rivals and advance his ambitions, and the Post didn't care what his motives were because Felt was assisting them in destroying their old enemy.

Here, after 40 years, is the bold unvarnished truth.

Where is the Woodward of today? The abuses of Obama and his Administration are an exponential component of a "political break-in".

When you realize they brought down a sitting President in the midst of the end of the Vietnam War and in the midst of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, from mid 1972-August 1974, these leftists tied us up in knots in the midst of a very dangerous time.

As for the pefidy of Obama, the Post sees nothing, a veritable journalistic Sgt. Schulz. They could see no evil when the Clintons were co-Presidents either.

And Woodward and Bernstein went along with the fame and adulation, as if they had saved the free world.

Democrats truly are the enemies of freedom and need to be roundly defeated in November--at ALL levels.

19 posted on 04/10/2012 6:02:19 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: Travis McGee

Taking a hiatus until a Repub is in the white house


20 posted on 04/10/2012 6:08:45 AM PDT by italianquaker ( Mr Obama inherited an AAA rating and made it AA, thnx Resident Zero)
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To: mo
"yet it was really a product of Nixon’s paranoia....."

I see: so while Nixon is fighting a full-up war 10,000 miles away, an all-consuming Cold War at its height and simultaneously dealing with a very large and pervasive campaign by the Left's home support of the enemy camouflaged as a "peace" movement with full support of the media - he's "paranoid" ?

I'd say he had his hands full with actual enemies, not invented ones.

21 posted on 04/10/2012 6:27:53 AM PDT by Chainmail
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To: I cannot think of a name
Clintoon did things that made Nixon look like a Sunday school teacher, and the media absolutely REFUSED to report on any of them. And when they did report on them, they twisted every story to look like “the bent one” was being persecuted. Kind of like the same thing they are doing today with zero. *********************************************************** First of all, what “good” person has been elected to leadership that was not Republican in your opinion?

Second, don't you think the press treated Republicans differently even before Watergate? However, never before did they succeed in bringing down a president.

The success with Nixon, left the press hungry for a repeat performance(which naturally means a Republican-Nixon was a Republican after all).

Do you really think the press has improved since Watergate? “gotcha” is the name of the game more than ever since Watergate. All those wannabe Woodwards and Bersteins.LOL I never said that they would go after Democrats.

22 posted on 04/10/2012 6:27:58 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: I cannot think of a name
Clintoon did things that made Nixon look like a Sunday school teacher, and the media absolutely REFUSED to report on any of them. And when they did report on them, they twisted every story to look like “the bent one” was being persecuted. Kind of like the same thing they are doing today with zero. *********************************************************** First of all, what “good” person has been elected to leadership that was not Republican in your opinion?

Second, don't you think the press treated Republicans differently even before Watergate? However, never before did they succeed in bringing down a president.

The success with Nixon, left the press hungry for a repeat performance(which naturally means a Republican-Nixon was a Republican after all).

Do you really think the press has improved since Watergate? “gotcha” is the name of the game more than ever since Watergate. All those wannabe Woodwards and Bersteins.LOL I never said that they would go after Democrats.

23 posted on 04/10/2012 6:27:58 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Kaslin

Mark Felt was a snake. He used the Post to destroy his rivals and advance his ambitions, and the Post didn’t care what his motives were because Felt was assisting them in destroying their old enemy.”

I was going to write something like this, but Pat said it perfectly and truthfully.


24 posted on 04/10/2012 6:32:26 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: greeneyes
“Do you really think the press has improved since Watergate?”

Not at all, but I also thing they have become MUCH more partisan. I remember the press actually going after Johnson, and they even gave the idiot peanut farmer some well deserved grief.

But since they went all in with clintoon, they have been ABSOLUTELY one sided. And I don't see even the slightest indication that they will change anytime soon. Even with the popularity of Fox news, the lamestream media is COMPLETELY in the tank for democraps, no matter what they do. And they are out to get every conservative - no matter what they do!

25 posted on 04/10/2012 6:34:25 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Chainmail

His paranoia was that he had that election so in the bag there was no good reason for the shenanigans to go on that resulted in his pending impeachment.

He beat McGovern like a rented mule.


26 posted on 04/10/2012 6:35:07 AM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: fella

These will thrust themselves into your Government and be your rulers. -And these too will be mistaken in the expected happiness of their situation: For their vanquished competitors of the same spirit, and from the same motives will perpetually be endeavouring to distress their administration, thwart their measures, and render them odious to the people. Benjamen Franklin June 2nd 1787
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Sounds exactly like most of CongressCritters and the Obama Administration to me, and I do find them to be pretty odious.


27 posted on 04/10/2012 6:35:57 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: wbill

Conspiracy?

Obozo serves the father-of-lies.


28 posted on 04/10/2012 6:37:05 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Kaslin

29 posted on 04/10/2012 6:37:25 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Kaslin
Mark Felt was a snake. He used the Post to destroy his rivals and advance his ambitions, and the Post didn't care what his motives were because Felt was assisting them in destroying their old enemy.

Mark Felt - a sociopathic snake... at best.

30 posted on 04/10/2012 6:40:05 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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To: I cannot think of a name

Just the point I was making. Wategate was a pivot point of sorts, and increased the practice of gotcha journalism getting worse and worse, and more and more partisan.


31 posted on 04/10/2012 6:42:25 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: cricket

I have come to believe the press has rarely been “doing it’s job”. Historically, the press pushed the opinions and aims of it’s owners/controllers/editors, which were in some cases one and the same person. We long for the truth, but perhaps we are looking to the wrong people and in the wrong place. Not to say I know where to look, but I sure know where not to look...like the New York Times, CBSNBCABCCNN for instance.


32 posted on 04/10/2012 6:51:58 AM PDT by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: Kaslin
Many of the “leaks” that W & B attributed to “Deep Throat” could not have come from Mark Felt. Some of them had to have originated within Nixon's inner circle, most likely Al Haig. So, as many historians and others have speculated, “Deep Throat” was a catch-all tag that applied to several people who fed information to the WaPo.
33 posted on 04/10/2012 7:11:36 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: Kaslin

Leaking details of an ongoing investigation was as least as bad as Nixon’s role in the Watergate coverup. The fact that Woodward and Bernstein either failed to recognize this, or did recognize it, but exploited it for their own ambition speaks volumes about their integrity,


34 posted on 04/10/2012 7:18:07 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: Kaslin

W. Mark Felt, Deep Throat


35 posted on 04/10/2012 7:27:05 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: mo
Easy to accuse Nixon of paranoia and he did give evidence. OTOH; he knew his enemies. . . (If you are ugly; do you suffer from an 'inferiority complex'?) Anyway; suggest all interested; read story per link below. Information/disclosures has been 'out there' in various formats but good synopsis - and a focus that is consistently ignored; of course; by MSM; including the two Post reporters who broke the story; way back 'when'. . .

Watergate and Deep Throat - Shattering the Myths If in a hurry; start at bottom and read up. . . Phil Brennan Monday, June 6, 2005 link

36 posted on 04/10/2012 7:54:37 AM PDT by cricket (. It is more than the economy. . .and Newt knows it.)
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To: riverdawg
John Dean was playing a part way beyond what he admitted. I submitted an affidavit to the court at the time regarding where I'd seen him, when, and what he was doing.

Jack Anderson had a spy in a closet listening in on the payoffs Dean made to the Cubans (a separate but related case).

Strange sidelight ~ I was sitting there at the nearby dining area in a Drug Fair on Pennsylvania Avenue eating a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. I usually read a newspaper while eating, and that day there was an article on John Dean and some of his shenanigans. I immediately recognized him from his picture in the paper as this guy I kept running into recently at my apartment building in Arlington ~ where they housed the Cuban Defendants.

Ever since whenever I eat a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich I see John Dean flash before my eyes.

Sad but true, but I got even. An old highschool buddy of mine was Dean's roommate in prison.

37 posted on 04/10/2012 7:59:41 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: mo
And what if the media's version of the rationale for the break in was wrong: that the implanted taps weren't for intelligence on the McGovern campaign at all but to determine whom within that office was passing secret information to the cuban legation on the US negotiating plansfor use by the North Vietnamese.

According to my sources at the time - a senior FBI officer on the morning after the discovery of the second break in - it was an FBI op coordinated by John Dean. Nixon didn't know anything about it.

38 posted on 04/10/2012 8:15:43 AM PDT by Chainmail
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To: JoeProBono
"Just a little touch up!"

39 posted on 04/10/2012 8:33:44 AM PDT by mkjessup (Finley Peter Dunne- "Politics ain't beanbag")
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To: Travis McGee
Every story has a timeline and this one is still being told, maybe even just getting started.

Could be that everything to date has been just laying out the plot and introducing the characters.

My guess is we haven't met the "Woodward and Bernstein" characters yet or that plot twist hasn't been revealed.

Quite a page turner so far! Just thinking about it keeps me up late, unable to sleep.

40 posted on 04/10/2012 9:09:42 AM PDT by GBA (America has been infected. Be the cure!)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
However, the myth, fabricated in "All the President's Men" and affirmed by the 1976 film of the same name, with Robert Redford as Bob Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Carl Bernstein, has a Hellfire missile coming its way.

The truth can't be a Hellfire missile until it becomes a best-selling non-fiction book upon which an Academy Award-winning film is produced. Until then, almost nobody will have heard about this or been affected by it. It's more like a Bic lighter than a Hellfire missile.

41 posted on 04/10/2012 9:19:04 AM PDT by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: pepperdog
Not to say I know where to look, but I sure know where not to look...like the New York Times, CBSNBCABCCNN for instance.

And don't forget 'The Washington Post' - Woodward & Bernstein's Employer and paper the broke the Watergate Story. Of which, lo these many years; much still remains; a 'story'.

And neither; post that endeavor and Pulitzer Prize received for their efforts; did much of anything to shine a light of truth in their political home town.

42 posted on 04/10/2012 9:28:14 AM PDT by cricket (. It is more than the economy. . .and Newt knows it.)
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To: Chainmail
” ... the second break in ... was an FBI op coordinated by John Dean. Nixon didn't know anything about it.”

It's now certain that the second break-in was a set up. The DC police detective who arrested the Cubans at the scene later admitted that he had been tipped off about it two weeks in advance.

43 posted on 04/10/2012 11:59:02 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: Kaslin
Mark Felt was a snake. He used the Post to destroy his rivals and advance his ambitions, and the Post didn't care what his motives were because Felt was assisting them in destroying their old enemy.

Katherine Graham and Ben Bradlee took two "reporters" to use as the lead men on a 3rd rate story and blow it all out of proportion with innuendo and supposition, but most importantly with untraceable and unverifiable "secret source" fabrication.

If it all blew up in the face of The Post, the only ones in jeopardy were the, heretofore, two, obscure, unknown, office lackeys/reporters known as Woodward and Bernstein. Who served as stenographers for the story and found fame and fortune as they went undiscovered, unchallenged, and unchecked in their and The Post's deceit.

Then in 1980, as assistant managing editor of The Post, Bob Woodward, a truly fast learner, borrowed a page from Ben Bradlee's playbook and submitted a story for another Pulitzer Prize written by another obscure office lackey/Affirmative Action hired reporter named Janet Cooke. Who, incidentally lied about her journalistic and educational background on her job application to the Post. What better stooge for Woodward to have than one so easily discredited in the event of the story blowing up in the face of the venerable Post!

And, unlike the Watergate adventure into journalistic mendacity where the "evil" Richard Nixon was portrayed as a paranoid president whom nobody liked was the target, "Jimmy's World" did indeed turn out to be a figment of the fevered imaginations of The Post newsroom and Janet did tumble for the deceit. Who would possibly believe her over the great reporter who destroyed Nixon? And whom Ben Bradlee kept around as an insurance policy and buffer between himself and discovery of the Watergate fairy tale.

JMHO as one who lived through it all from the "You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore," to Dita Beard and the ITT, Republican convention front page news, non-scandal, to the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, John Mitchell, Martha Mitchell, etc., etc., etc. and finally realized: Who after living through all of that would NOT have an enemies list? Paranoid??!!?? Hell's Belles they WERE out to destroy him.

44 posted on 04/10/2012 12:40:57 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Kaslin; Travis McGee
Bob Woodward gets my vote for the 2d biggest mystery in DC.

Who, or what, is this guy? A former junior Naval Intelligence operative (ONI) with some kind of access to every intel guy with an axe to grind? Every disappointed office seeker? Deep, deep roots to somewhere; to something no one can quite figure out.

To top it off, in his books, one of the gudamdist liars ever to come down the Pike to Hell. Bernstein had an excuse. He is just plain stupid as only an uneducated Leftist can be. Woodward? That's the story.

45 posted on 04/10/2012 1:32:57 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: riverdawg
"he had been tipped off about it two weeks in advance...."

No doubt Dean again - slipperiest Bast__d ever to occupy a position of trust. Well, maybe up til the Clintons.

But I digress. Nixon was a fine guy and one of our best Presidents - the Left successfully overthrew him with the help of the "Silent Majority" who just sort of let things happen.

46 posted on 04/10/2012 1:38:39 PM PDT by Chainmail
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To: Kenny Bunk

I love how only Woodward can get those rare deathbed interviews. They are just precious.


47 posted on 04/10/2012 2:15:17 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

I think he was deep cover KGB.
So, IMNSVHO, was Dick Holbrooke ... and they were very close pals.


48 posted on 04/10/2012 3:24:50 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: Chainmail; mo

“According to my sources at the time - a senior FBI officer on the morning after the discovery of the second break in - it was an FBI op coordinated by John Dean. Nixon didn’t know anything about it.”

You’ll find this worthwhile:

http://www.silentcoup.com/


49 posted on 04/10/2012 8:41:09 PM PDT by Pelham (Marco Rubio, la raza trojan horse.)
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