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Nixon Administration Criminals Condemn Ethics of 'Deep Throat'

By June 3, 2005

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People who went to jail because of the crimes they committed during the Nixon administration are now complaining about the ethics of Mark Felt, the anonymous informant known as "Deep Throat." Felt helped reporters learn some of the truth of these people's crimes and they consider that unethical.

China Daily reports:

G. Gordon Liddy, a Nixon operative who engineered the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Campaign headquarters in the Watergate building in Washington, and served four and a half years in jail for it, said Wednesday that Felt "violated the ethics of the law enforcement profession."

"Mark Felt could have stopped Watergate," said [Chuck Colson, the head of White House communications in 1972], who served time in jail and is now an evangelical Christian broadcaster. "He was in a position of that kind of influence. Instead, he goes out and basically undermines the administration."

Media Matters points out that many of the news programs interviewing these people don't bother to mention that they went to jail for crimes committed during the Nixon administration.

Defenders of these crimes are trying to claim that because the administration fell, so did South Vietnam. Media Matters reports:

BUCHANAN: There's something deadly serious here. People that brought down Nixon also resulted in the fall of South Vietnam, the death of hundreds of thousands of people. ... Nixon was brought down by people who were a hell of a lot worse than he was. [MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, 5/31/05]

LIMBAUGH: Had they not brought down Nixon, we wouldn't have lost Vietnam. Had [they] not brought down Nixon, the Khmer Rouge would not have come to power and murdered two million people in a full-fledged genocide. [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 6/1/05]

Ben Stein is also quoted as repeating this charge. So, if Nixon had stayed in office, South Vietnam wouldn't have fallen? That's implausible, to say the least. It's reminiscent of the "stab in the back" myth which was spread about World War I in Germany. According to this myth, the German army would have won if it hadn't been betrayed by socialists and traitors back home. Nazis and other far right groups used this myth for inspiration and propaganda purposes.

Buchanan has been quoted elsewhere as labeling Mark Felt a traitor. I guess revealing high crimes committed by the president you work for is treason, now, because for people like Buchanan one's ultimate loyalty is to the person who is president, not the office, the Constitution, or the American people.

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