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  •  Pentagon Papers was Nixxon's downfall (15+ / 0-)

    because, as Ellsberg points out in Secrets, the release of the Pentagon Papers caused the ever-paranoid Nixon [just because you're paranoid doesn't mean people aren't out to get you] to establish the Plumbers Unit in 1971, to get dirt on Ellsberg and other opponents of the Vietnam War. The Plumbers, directed by (convicted felon) Egil Krogh, proceeded to beak in to the office of Ellsberg's psychiatrist, Dr. Henry Fielding, to see if they could show Ellsberg wasn't "stable," I.e. crazy. Instead, the Plumbers (convicted felons G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt) found nothing. They took pictures of themselves though in Fielding's wrecked office!

    Time goes by, and the Plumbers find other things to do, like breaking into the Democratic party headquarters at the Watergate. Nixon's personal involvement in covering up this crime, and the crime of a warrantless break-in at Fielding's office, led to a massive obstruction of justice by him and his scores of subordinates, all of whom were brought to justice except....Nixxie.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 05:12:15 PM PDT

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    •  Deep Throat (1+ / 0-)
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      was the undoing of Nixon.  A guy who released information to jounalists in secret and they kept his identity secret.  

      Shine like the humblest star.

      by ljm on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 06:33:12 PM PDT

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