Thursday, June 02, 2005

Deep Throat Revealed

May 20(June 2), 2005
In a surprising twist of fate, Vanity Fair magazine has released the identity of, “Deep Throat,” the legendary, almost mythical anonymous source who leaked sensitive information to Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein. After a delay of several days, the two journalists confirmed that Mark Felt was indeed Deep Throat. He came to the two at great personal risk in the 1970’s and was able to provide information that greatly contributed to the downfall of the Nixon White House.
At the time, Felt was second in command at the FBI, and some have speculated that he contacted the Washington Post only because Nixon hadn’t given him the top job at the agency. These critics say that he was nothing but a blatant opportunist who betrayed his country and his President. Others think he is a hero, a man who should be awarded the Nobel Prize.
Republicans are particularly furious with the very warm public reception that Felt has met, with some saying that he ought to be prosecuted (Mr. Felt is now 91, and cannot walk without assistance).
There are those out there who say that, as a member of the government, Felt should not have disclosed the information he knew. However, the reality of the situation is that President Nixon was pitting the intelligence agencies against one another, using the CIA to hamper the FBI, and sending spies to observe and sabotage his political rivals. It should not be forgotten that the entire scandal erupted when Nixon’s henchmen were caught trying to place bugging devices in the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. Many Republicans, while condemning Felt, have yet to repudiate these actions. Perhaps domestic spying is acceptable when being used against Democrats, as everyone knows they’re traitors.
While Felt did break the law, there is something that must be taken into account; under extraordinary circumstances, extraordinary actions are necessary. Had it not been for Felt, Nixon may have gotten away with his plot, and he may have been able to set a precedent of Chief Executives abusing their powers to monitor whomever they wish (aka, John Bolton). Felt’s reasons may not have been right, but his actions were. That is what is truly important. His contribution to this nation is invaluable, and he should be honored.

4 Comments:

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9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, so the left calls him a hero, though they admit he broke the law. Let's do it the way it's supposed to be done, let a jury of the people decide whether he was right. If he is convicted let him spend the rest of his life in prison, and if not, let it stand as precedent. This cowardly inaction only sanctions arbitrary acts of treason and betrayal under the guise of whistleblowing.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Minh-Duc said...

No, he was no hero. Let assume that Felt could not trust the executive branch, the correct course of action is to report it to the legislative branch. People who commited crime would be punished. The Press is not a branch of government.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Editor said...

Minh-Duc,
That is actually a good point, and one that I am ashamed to say I had not thought of. All the same, though, Felt did a good thing.

5:51 AM  

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