The Government Tries to Plug a Leak

Forty-two years ago today, as The New York Times was aggravating the government by publishing the Pentagon Papers, President Richard Nixon, Attorney General John Mitchell, and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger discussed how to deal with the newspaper:

The most Nixonian moment: "Look, as far as the Times is concerned, hell, they're our enemies and I think we just ought to do it."

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  • Bradley Strider||

    June 14… 1971.

  • Sean Higgins||

    Replace the "The Times" with "Fox News" and you have today's liberal rhetoric.

  • Hash Brown||

    God bless you guys.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Those were the days.

  • Silly ol' Bear||

    History always repeats itself! Now it Obama, not Nixon. Same stuff, different day.

  • Alice Bowie||

    It is mostly REPUBLICANS and CONSERVATIVES (not libertarians) that complain about leeks. They like to call those Whistle-blowers who identify individuals in authority that do BAD STUFF as Traitors.

    REPUBLICANS and CONSERVATIVES are more trusting than Liberals or Libertarians when it comes to the Police/GOvernment/War/The Church/Their Mother/Rush and Shawn/etc.

    I think there's a fundamental question that needs to be asked. Is it OK to report government officials/presidents/generals/police officers when they are corrupt/abusive/etc?

    I SAY YES!!!

  • LTC(ret) John||

    THANKS FOR POINTING THAT OUT IN CAPS, OTHERWISE WE MIGHT HAVE MISSED YOUR POINT!!!11!!1!ELEVENTY!

  • sgs||

    Take your meds.

    Or get some.

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