Ellsberg Discusses How Crimes Nixon Committed Are Now Considered Legal

DS

Photo: Thomas Good (CC)

Is President Obama getting away with some of the same offenses that led to Nixon’s resignation? Daniel Ellsberg thinks so. The Raw Story reports:

Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg said Tuesday that disgraced former Republican President Richard M. Nixon would “admire [President Barack] Obama’s boldness” in trying to stifle whistleblowers.

“Richard Nixon, if he were alive today, might take bittersweet satisfaction to know that he was not the last smart president to prolong unjustifiably a senseless, unwinnable war, at great cost in human life,” Ellsberg told CNN. “And his aide Henry Kissinger was not the last American official to win an undeserved Nobel Peace Prize.”

“He would probably also feel vindicated (and envious) that ALL the crimes he committed against me — which forced his resignation facing impeachment — are now legal,” he continued.

“That includes burglarizing my former psychoanalyst’s office (for material to blackmail me into silence), warrantless wiretapping, using the CIA against an American citizen in the US, and authorizing a White House hit squad to ‘incapacitate me totally’ (on the steps of the Capitol on May 3, 1971)… But under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, with the PATRIOT Act, the FISA Amendment Act, and (for the hit squad) President Obama’s executive orders. [T]hey have all become legal.”

[Continues at The Raw Story]

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

  • Anonymous

    Well, from a non-wonkishly legalistic point of view, this is exactly what happens when you don’t repent an error–the deviance becomes the new threshhold of acceptable behavior.
     
    http://dystopiadiaries.blogspot.com/2011/01/10-unexpiated-sins-that-are-dragging.html
     
    And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is why philosophy is necessary.  Not in order to reach some ham-fistedly stoopid conclusion about questions of ultimate being and the proper limits of acceptable behavior, but to become more thoughtful human beings, and make society’s structures more responsive to our dynamic characters.

  • Anonymous

    Well, from a non-wonkishly legalistic point of view, this is exactly what happens when you don’t repent an error–the deviance becomes the new threshhold of acceptable behavior.
     
    http://dystopiadiaries.blogspot.com/2011/01/10-unexpiated-sins-that-are-dragging.html
     
    And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is why philosophy is necessary.  Not in order to reach some ham-fistedly stoopid conclusion about questions of ultimate being and the proper limits of acceptable behavior, but to become more thoughtful human beings, and make society’s structures more responsive to our dynamic characters.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Well, from a non-wonkishly legalistic point of view, this is exactly what happens when you don’t repent an error–the deviance becomes the new threshhold of acceptable behavior.
     
    http://dystopiadiaries.blogspot.com/2011/01/10-unexpiated-sins-that-are-dragging.html
     
    And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is why philosophy is necessary.  Not in order to reach some ham-fistedly stoopid conclusion about questions of ultimate being and the proper limits of acceptable behavior, but to become more thoughtful human beings, and make society’s structures more responsive to our dynamic characters.

  • Nunzio X

    The Doobie Brothers had an album titled “What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits.”

    And that phrase sprang to mind as I read this piece, but with a small modification:

    “What Was Once Unconstitutional Is Now Embraced.”

    See you later, USA…it was nice knowing you.

  • Nunzio X

    The Doobie Brothers had an album titled “What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits.”

    And that phrase sprang to mind as I read this piece, but with a small modification:

    “What Was Once Unconstitutional Is Now Embraced.”

    See you later, USA…it was nice knowing you.

    • SuperSerial

      great album lol

  • Joshbec

    great album lol

  • Anonymous

    A when the party you hate does it, it’s evil, when the party you like does it, it’s amazing progress. Welcome to partisanship.

  • SF2K01

    A case of when the party you hate does it, it’s evil, when the party you like does it, it’s amazing progress. Welcome to partisanship.

  • Haystack

    This is exactly how the Roman republic fell. Each time someone overstepped his authority and it went unchecked, it set a precedent for future generations until, at last, it all came down to who was at the head of the largest army. 

  • Haystack

    This is exactly how the Roman republic fell. Each time someone overstepped his authority and it went unchecked, it set a precedent for future generations until, at last, it all came down to who was at the head of the largest army. 

21
More in Barack Obama, blackmail, CIA, Crime, Ellsberg, FISA amendment act, Government, nixon, Obama, PATRIOT Act, Pentagon Papers, Politics, President Obama, Richard Nixon, Scandal, Watergate
Kill Bill 2011: The Ongoing Sabotage Of Financial Reform

Some years back Thomas Franck nailed it in his book, The Wrecking Crew. It was subtitled “How Conservatives Rule” and showed how narrow self-interest and well practiced cynicism in the...

Close