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Deep Throat: Traitor or hero?


Fri, Jun 3rd, 2005
Posted in Commentary

So, now we know who “Deep Throat” was.

W. Mark Felt, the number two person at the FBI during the Nixon Administration revealed last week that he was the source of information leaks to Carl Burnstein and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post in 1972 and 1973.

The writing of the two Post reporters helped lead to the Watergate investigation that ultimately resulted in Richard Nixon resigning the presidency and leaving office in disgrace. Many within the Nixon Administration were charged with crimes and served time in prison, including Attorney General John Mitchell, Nixon’s Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman, as well as Presidential Advisor John Erlichman. Nixon was pardoned by his successor, President Gerald Ford.

At 91, Felt has kept his secret for more than 30 years. As the source of information about the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington as well as information about the Nixon Administration, Felt kept the Post team on track as it took on those in power at the White House. He was dubbed “Deep Throat”, after the sensational pornographic film playing at that time, because of Felt’s husky voice.

From various press reports, it is not totally clear what motivated Felt in 1972 to contact Woodward and Burnstein. Some indicate that Felt was upset that he had been passed over as the person to replace J. Edgar Hoover as head of the FBI; others say that Felt feared that Nixon was aiming to cover up an investigation in the Justice Department, and that Felt was motivated by patriotic altruism.

On the Today Show last Wednesday, Pat Buchanan, a former speech writer for President Nixon, called Felt a traitor for his disloyalty, particularly outraged that Felt would turn over information to a reporter rather than a special prosecutor.

Regardless of Mr. Felt’s motivation, his actions, whether courageous or cowardly, led to a critical moment in American history.

The Watergate Hearings the summer of 1974 were spellbinding daytime television as administration staffers were subpoenaed to testify about “what did the president know and when did he know it.”

Nixon resigned in 1974, rather than face almost certain impeachment hearings that would have shown that the president was complicit in the execution of a felony - namely, the cover up of the Watergate break-in.
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Separation of church and state

Fri, May 6th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist recently appeared on a national television program which accused his Democratic colleagues of acting “against people of faith.” During the same broadcast, self-proclaimed evangelist, James Dobson, called the United ..... 
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Ag budget should slash waste, not life’s essentials

Fri, May 6th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

What is the main purpose of agriculture in this country? If it is to feed people and support rural communities, as we believe it is, then taking a serious look at funding cuts being proposed for the U.S. agricultural budget is critical. Congressional ..... 
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Keep God out of politics

Fri, Apr 29th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

When I was a high schooler in the 60’s playing basketball for a Catholic school it was quite common to step up to the free-throw line, make the sign of the cross and let fly. Of course, if you missed the shot it was also quite common to utter an oath ..... 
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Property rights - the case for freedom

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2005
Posted in Commentary

In the latter 1700’s our nation was formed on a foundation of personal freedom. In particular, private property rights were established. That choice resulted in the richest, most powerful political entity ever to exist on planet Earth.

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Peaceful trout streams pose dangerous consequences

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2005
Posted in Commentary

The new fishing regulations are not the only thing trout anglers have to worry about this spring. For the first time in my memory some of the streams are dangerous. The summer of 2004 saw three or four rain storms that climatologists would class as “ ..... 
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When Congress plays God

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

Congress spent more time passing legislation giving Terry Schiavo’s parents the right to sue in federal court than they did debating on whether to go to war in Iraq.  For the past 15 years, the brain damaged Schiavo has lived ..... 
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Bases in Iraq create occupier role for US

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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James Baker, in early February, warned that “any appearance of a permanent occupation in Iraq by the US will both undermine domestic support here in the US and play directly into the hands of those in the Middle East who...suspect us of imperial desi ..... 
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PCA/OEA merger will benefit industry at expense of citizens

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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There is a proposal in Governor Pawlentys’ budget to merge the Pollution Control Agency and the Office of Environmental Assistance. This is being brought forward under the guise of saving money and increasing efficiency. This always sounds good but t ..... 
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