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When Watergate burglars were brought to justice back in the 1970's, according to John Ashcroft, former Bush Attorney general, it was actually a terrible injustice that endangered our national security.
That's the only conclusion I can come to after reading Ashcroft's
Consider what he says...
Longstanding principles of law hold that an American corporation is entitled to rely on assurances of legality from officials responsible for government activities. The public officials in question might be right or wrong about the advisability or legality of what they are doing, but it is their responsibility, not the company’s, to deal with the consequences if they are wrong. Link
In 1972 five men were arrested for burglarizing the Democratic National Committee office in the Watergate Complex. They also planted wiretapping devices inside the office....
The five men were Virgilio González, Bernard Barker, James W. McCord, Jr., Eugenio Martínez and Frank Sturgis. The five were charged with attempted burglary and attempted interception of telephone and other communications. On September 15, a grand jury indicted them and two other men for conspiracy, burglary and violation of federal wiretapping laws. Link
Using Ashcroft's reasoning(?) for granting sweeping immunity for telcos now, isn't it clear that the same reasoning should have applied to the five Watergate actors then?
According to Ashcroft's position of total amnesty for telcos, the Watergate company of burglars shouldn't have been expected to know that breaking and entering and setting wiretapping devices was....umm....illegal. Not if the president ordered it, which Nixon, of course, did. The same with telcos, today.
These five burglary and wiretap consultants, following Ashcroft's thinking here, should have been "entitled to rely on assurances of legality from officials responsible for government activities."
Nixon himself, according to Ashcroft's article, might have been wrong....but that was his responsibility, not the company of five burglars' responsibility. And so only Nixon deserved to be held accountable. How were the five independent contractors supposed to know what they were doing was illegal?
And if Nixon was "wrong", (following Ashcroft's thinking), then the five break-in and wiretapping experts shouldn't have had to "deal with the consequences".
However, just as the Watergate break-in had nothing to do with national security or state secrets or any of the other ass covering excuses offered up by that bunch of anti-American criminals in powerful positions then..so too the misleading opinion piece by Ashcroft in the NY Times has nothing to do with national security or state secrets now.
Here's what Ashcroft's telco knee pad job has to do with....
According to lobbying disclosure reports as well as interviews, the new AT&T’s outside lobbying firms include the Ashcroft Group, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Cassidy, DC Navigators, Barbour Griffith & Rogers, Ogilvy Government Relations and Quinn Gillespie & Associates, among others. Link
Ashcroft is after the telco money, plain and simple. He's selling his influence for 30 pieces of silver, so to speak. Any bullsh*t talk about "national security", "acute dangers", "showing the world and our enemies sensitive secrets", etc. is simply the same ass-covering tactic attempted by the 70's band of Nixon criminals.
Nixon had to resign in utter disgrace for his crimes against America.
Bush Junior will never be held accountable for his numerous crimes against our nation.
What Ashcroft really was doing with yesterday's NY Times opinion piece also has a direct connection to Nixon's infamous days....
What Ashcroft was really doing yesterday was helping to "cover up".