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"When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal."

An oldie but a goodie (a baddie?). I've been reading/watching about Obama's kill list, drones, indefinite detention, Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, etc. lately and that quote kept popping into my head. Just thought I'd share it with the DP. It seems like the basic philosophy of politics to me.

For anyone who may not know, the clip is from the Frost/Nixon interview in 1977.


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(FYI) The Huston Plan:

(in a nutshell from wiki)
A 43 page report and outline of proposed security operations by White House aide Tom Charles Huston in 1970. Nixon wanted more information about 'left-wing radicals' and the anti-war movement in general. Huston had been assigned.
Among other things the plan called for
domestic burglary,
illegal electronic surveillance
opening the mail of domestic "radicals".
the creation of camps in Western states where anti-war protesters would be detained.
In mid-July 1970 Nixon ratified the proposals ..submitted as a document to
the directors of the FBI,
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
and the National Security Agency (NSA).
..despite the ultimate decision by the President to revoke the Huston Plan, several of its provisions were implemented anyway.
After the Huston Plan
the FBI lowered the age of campus informants
reinstated its use of "mail covers"
continued to submit names to the CIA mail program.
This would include
the Plumbers Unit,
the proposed fire-bombing of the Brookings Institution,
the 1971 burglary of the office of the psychiatrist of Daniel Ellsberg,
the creation of a White House enemies list,
use of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to punish those deemed to be enemies.

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Here we are again, here we are again!

Same thing, different guy.

That seat is like the golden ring. It exudes a forcefield that is nearly impossible for mortal men to resist. The intoxicating fever of power lust fulfilled at the highest level possible. Wow. Hard to imagine.

In this interview, he is fully intoxicated. Completely. He believes that he is above the law. That the seat of the Presidency is somehow levitating him, beyond the reach of the law.

But everyone has to serve somebody, and Nixon met his fat.

In all truth, Nixon just got unlucky. Wasn't careful enough. Had a couple bulldog reporters on his ass. Whatever the reason, he was disgraced. Forced from office. The people were just in a bad mood - that's what I think. Times were tough - the masses demanded a sacrifice. Only metaphorically, of course, but they got what they wanted. Nixon's head on a platter. So to speak.

This time around, I wonder how the ending goes. If times stay good - the stockmarket keeps pumping. Bernanke keeps pumping. Everything keeps humming...House prices keep going up.... Everything is going to be ok.

Happy Days Are Here Again?

And who was it that told

Nixon that if "the president does it..it is not illegal" ????
The same guy that told Nixon to fire the Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox. And who was it?

Answer: A congressman named Richard "DICK" Cheney.

Dickhead Cheney,

Rumsfield, and the Bush oligarchy has been committing crimes for decades. Here's Dickhead's life story for those who haven't seen it.


it's 5 parts of about 8-10 mins each.

I hope one day we will see these scourges of humanity punished for their crimes.

The bold effort the present bank had made to control the government ... are but premonitions of the fate that await the American people should they be deluded into a perpetuation of this institution or the establishment of another like it-Andrew Jackson

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democracy is a game to Nixon

for him only the king matters in the end.

in reality, democracy is full of kings, it is the only way not to end the game.

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

All I can do is...

All I can do is shake my head and look at the ground. Our country is in such a sad condition with a government that seeks to destroy it. We are a nation of mostly sheep that support them. When do the trains arrive to take us to the ovens?




“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

Thanks. That's a better clip

Thanks. That's a better clip of it. I'll update the post.

Thanks for remembering that

Thanks for remembering that exec., insanity... And your thought here brought Bruce Cockburn's line "the trouble normal is it only gets worse" to my mind. Cheers!

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.