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Some of the younger folks may have never heard of John Mitchell and some older folks apparently need to be reminded.

John N. Mitchell was the United States Attorney General for President Nixon just as Alberto R. Gonzales is the Attorney General now for President Bush.

More below.

Attorney General Mitchell was considered a fine lawyer and honest and a good man.  He was very patriotic. He supported the President and the war to such an extent that he broke laws to spy on and to harm any opponents. In one of many illegal projects, Mitchell approved spending $250,000 for the break-in and bugging of the Democratic National Committee Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington DC.  He prosecuted citizens for speaking out against the war.

Mr. Mitchell was indicted and convicted for actions while Attorney General and served 19 months in prison.

Attorney General Gonzales is also considered a fine lawyer and honest and a good man.  He is very patriotic.

Bush and Nixon and Gonzales and Mitchell all advocate the use of wiretips in national security cases without obtaining a court order as required by the Constitution. Where all 4 advocate the Unitary Executive theory that a President decides which laws a President will obey.

We have the 3 branches of government to try and ensure that government officials are honest and good.  A Court must issue a warrant before government agents can spy on an American citizen.  The President and Attorney General and NSA folks must obey the laws made by Congress just like everybody else.  The Unitary Executive theory makes a joke out of the role of checks and balances by the 3 branches of government.  The only recourse to restrain a President becomes impeachment and the writers of our Constitution hardly wanted that to be the situation.

Originally posted to Lew2006 on Sat Mar 25, 2006 at 10:04 AM PST.

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  •  opps, I forgot to say this diary entry (7+ / 0-)

    was not very scholarly but should get the job done.

  •  LOL...who could forget his wife??? (6+ / 0-)
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    mimi9, dlcampbe, suzq, bibble, viral, leo joad

    the saucey little contributions she aired were transformatively terriffic!

    Coming to your town soon! The Social Security Adminstartion Electric and Power Company. "Omen Tuffy" 1918-1992

    by generic on Sat Mar 25, 2006 at 10:07:29 AM PST

    •  Shutting Martha's mouth (5+ / 0-)
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      Cambridgemac, peraspera, suzq, viral, leo joad

      Tired of her revelatory calls to journalists, Mitchell eventually had his wife locked in a hotel room with a pair of FBI Agents who forcibly injected her with tranks.

      One of these Agents, Steven King ran for the Senate here in the '80s. I caught him on a radio callin with this zinger...

      Q: "What's Steve King's position on drugs?"

      A: "On top of Martha, with his thumb behind the plunger."

      A Senator YOU can afford
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      by ben masel on Sat Mar 25, 2006 at 10:48:54 AM PST

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    •  Get Rebecca Helen's phone number! (2+ / 0-)
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      One of the journalists Martha liked to call was Helen Thomas.  Let's make sure Rebecca Gonzales has Helen's number!  (And a can of pepper spray.)

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      From Helen's My Life and Times:

         On Thursday at about 9:00 P.M., Doug and I were at home, just finishing dinner, when the phone rang. It was Martha. She sounded calm, sad and uncharacteristically subdued. We chatted for a little while and I asked her about Watergate.

         "That's it," she said. "I've given John an ultimatum. I'm going to leave him unless he gets out of the campaign. I'm sick and tired of politics. Politics is a dirty business."

         Then suddenly, her voice became more agitated and she yelled, "You get away. Just get away," and the line went dead.

         I tried to call back several times without success and then called the switchboard operator. I was told that "Mrs. Mitchell is indisposed and cannot talk."

         I then called Mitchell, who had returned to Washington, at their Watergate apartment and told him what had happened during my conversation with Martha and that I was a little concerned. He sounded rather blasé but tried to ease my fears. "That little sweetheart," he said. "I love her so much. She gets a little upset about politics but she loves me and I love her and that's what counts. I'll tell you a secret: I've promised Martha I'll give up politics after this campaign."

         The more we talked, the more bizarre his attitude struck me, but he kept assuring me that Martha wasn't in any danger. I telephoned UPI's desk and dictated a story to Bob Taylor, who decided it was credible and ran it. Later I heard that along with Mitchell, White House counsel John Dean and a few others were in the apartment at the time of my "distress call" to him at home and they had quite a laugh over it. ...

         What happened in that villa? She later told me a hair-raising story: "They threw me down on the bed—five persons did it—a doctor, a nurse, Lea Jablonsky . . . pulled my pants down and stuck a needle in my behind, the longest needle you ever saw. I've never been treated like this before." She had a gash in her hand that she said required eleven stitches.

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      Why did Martha rate Helen as one of her favorite journalists?

      "Helen knows me well enough to know I'm not going to give her a line of bull. We just kind of fell into each other's arms. Several other reporters had been recommended to me, but when I talked to them they were cold fish. They were calculating, and, I thought, unwilling to stick their necks out. Helen Thomas, I knew would print the truth no matter what it cost her personally, and I wanted the truth to be known."

      "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

      by KateCrashes on Sat Mar 25, 2006 at 12:38:38 PM PST

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  •  And in the end (1+ / 0-)
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     Bush and Gonzales were punished more severely than
    Nixon and Mitchell because their crimes were greater
    in number and greater in damaging human life, freedom, goodwill and dignity and on and on....  
  •  Remember very well... (3+ / 0-)
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    excellent analogy.  And exactly the same principles in play with national security as the rationale for violating the constitution and the law.

    In fact, before the '04 election when one of my Republican work colleagues was making a comparison of the 72 Nixon-McGovern race to a possible Bush-Dean result, I reminded him that I liked the analogy...let's keep going...Cheney-Agnew, Ashcroft-Mitchell, Rove-Haldemann, etc...stopped that conversation thread.

  •  excuse me???????? (1+ / 0-)
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    how can anyone who is willing to shred the Constitution be considered any of

    • a fine lawyer
    • honest
    • patriotic

    I refuse to grant those terms of approbation to either person you name.  In both cases terms of opprobrium are far more relevant  For example

    • dishonest in how they selectively read, and in thier willingness to countenancem and even justify law-breaking
    • overtly partisan in the application of the powers of their varied governmental offices
    • willing to undermine the very basis of the Republic on behalf of their political patrons

    Excuse me while I barf.
    -

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Sat Mar 25, 2006 at 10:14:12 AM PST

    •  What else we gonna call those with license to (1+ / 0-)
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      steal? Renegade Robbers! Keep them dignified and signing on the dirty work so they are easily and more transparently trackable.

      But first we must make them feel and sound Distinguished and beyond Reproach!

      but for certain I got your drift!

      greatness!

      Coming to your town soon! The Social Security Adminstartion Electric and Power Company. "Omen Tuffy" 1918-1992

      by generic on Sat Mar 25, 2006 at 10:24:19 AM PST

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    •  I know I was a kid in the 70's (1+ / 0-)
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      leo joad

      but I, like you, remember him less fondly than our diarist.

      But then again, since then, we've had John Ashcroft and Albert (I [heart] torture) Gonzales.  Compared to that, Mitchell seems like a Little Sister of the Poor.

      But Mitchell wrote the book that Rove and Gonzales quote from heart on shredding the constitution.

  •  Mitchell threatened the Washington Post (4+ / 0-)
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    Remember him warning that Katherine Graham's tit would be in a big fat wringer over Woodward and Bernstein's reporting of Watergate?

    "Humanity has made astounding progress in every other field of human endeavor except politics."--G. Mennen Williams, Governor of Michigan, 1949-61.

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Sat Mar 25, 2006 at 10:15:41 AM PST

  •  Ah . . . John Mitchell (2+ / 0-)
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    My favorite attorney general for one good reason: he's the only one so far to spend quality time in a Federal prison . . . but I do have high hopes for Speedy Gonzales.

    The big difference between Mitchell and Gonzales, though, is that John Mitchell was THE hard guy in the Nixon Cabinet. I mean, G. Gordon Liddy was crazy - but Mitchell was actually a tough guy.  There isn't a tough guy anywhere near the Bush White House.  Bush? - a preppy ex-cheerleader for Chrissakes.  Cheney? - a draft dodging fat old man with a bum ticker. Condi - pretty kinky in her thigh high black boots - but all show - no go.  Gonzales - an eager to please little minion, happy to be eating crumbs from El Patron's table.

    Even Nixon, for all his neuroses and inferiority complex vis-a-vis JFK - was at least a veteran of WWII.

    About the only action any of these twirps have seen are food fights in college and the occasional lap dance.

    "On Raglan Road, on an autumn day, I saw her first and knew. . ."

    by bobdevo on Sat Mar 25, 2006 at 10:18:04 AM PST

    •  Nixon in WW II (2+ / 0-)
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      Desk job, in charge of tire rationing. it was from this position that he formed an alliance with Bebe Rebozo, (and by extension the Mob,) who was smuggling recaps from Cuba.

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      by ben masel on Sat Mar 25, 2006 at 10:42:24 AM PST

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      •  Desk Job, maybe - but IN the Pacific (1+ / 0-)
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        Sure, it's not exactly PT-109 - but it sure beats George W. or Dick "Deadeye" CHeney:

        Nixon took aviation indoctrination training at the Naval Training School, Naval Air Station in Quonset Point, Rhode Island. After completing the course in October 1942, he went to the Naval Reserve Aviation Base in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he served as Aide to the Executive Officer until May 1943. Nixon volunteered for sea duty and reported to Commander Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet where he was assigned as Officer in Charge of the South Pacific Combat Air Transport Command at Guadalcanal in the Solomons and later at Green Island. His unit prepared manifests and flight plans for C-47 operations and supervised the loading and unloading of the cargo aircraft. Received a Letter of Commendation from the Commander South Pacific Area and South Pacific Force for "meritorious and efficient performance of duty as Officer in Charge of the South Pacific Combat Air Transport Command... "

        Besides a Letter of Commendation, Nixon earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He is entitled to two engagement stars on the Asiatic- Pacific Campaign Medal for supporting air action in the Treasury- Bougainville operations from 27 October to 15 December 1943 and for consolidation of the northern Solomons from 15 December 1943 to 22 July 1944.

        "On Raglan Road, on an autumn day, I saw her first and knew. . ."

        by bobdevo on Sat Mar 25, 2006 at 10:51:41 AM PST

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    •  tell it brother! (0+ / 0-)

      Unfortunately, these are the kind of people who, after they're beyond torturing cats, go on to beat up fags or, if you have the resources, send minions out to lay waste to Third World countries....

  •  Reminds me of the 'Sparkle Boy' and his outting.. (0+ / 0-)

    John Dean!

    He has commented on this current adminstration we know!

    Worse than Watergate shit yes with 2,300 + death certificates (and cover-ups and ;ies among via Ad,minstatrtion) and Thousands of wounded and destroye young peoples futures!

    Coming to your town soon! The Social Security Adminstartion Electric and Power Company. "Omen Tuffy" 1918-1992

    by generic on Sat Mar 25, 2006 at 10:28:08 AM PST

  •  nattering nabobs of negativism (1+ / 0-)
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    did I spell that right?

    the thugs have a long and glorious history of blaming the media, even when the media is pretty compliant with their thugish designs.

    good 'ol john the patriot - hopefully he is rotting in hell.

    rmm.

  •  To the diarist re your title.... (0+ / 0-)

    Do I have to??!!!

    ...the White House will be adorned by a downright moron...H.L. Mencken

    by bibble on Sat Mar 25, 2006 at 10:37:11 AM PST

  •  Recall these lyrics? 'Please come to Chicago and (0+ / 0-)

    we'll try and Change the World!" ~~~ 'we can change the world and rearrange the world'~~~

    Mayor Daley sic'd the dogs and Chicago Police on those there that night!

    Coming to your town soon! The Social Security Adminstartion Electric and Power Company. "Omen Tuffy" 1918-1992

    by generic on Sat Mar 25, 2006 at 10:52:18 AM PST

    •  Not quite... (0+ / 0-)
      "Won't you please come to Chicago" was a tune that was released in connection with the Chicago 7 trial, which took place well after the infamous 1968 Chicago Democratic convention.

      Let justice reign though the heavens tremble

      by Viceroy on Sat Mar 25, 2006 at 11:18:01 AM PST

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  •  (excuse me) but MARTHA-- wauff wauff wauff wauff (0+ / 0-)

    what if Mrs. Ford sauced in tid-bits in her Realm. The visit by Cheney and Rumsfeld secretively and privately to get President Ford "NOT TO" sign parts of the "FOIA" which Ford went along with and that's why this mess is upon us today!

    THATS A SWORN FACT!

    (so P.S kos and cronies don't rate and pass judgement on what you think isn't known)

    Coming to your town soon! The Social Security Adminstartion Electric and Power Company. "Omen Tuffy" 1918-1992

    by generic on Sat Mar 25, 2006 at 11:03:46 AM PST

  •  Heh... (0+ / 0-)

    I'm re-reading All the President's Men right now, and marvelling at all the similarities between this Administration and Nixon's.  

    How perfectly wonderful for you to bring this up and diary on it today.

    Kudos and recommended.

  •  Thank you Bob Warren (2+ / 0-)
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    for burning the names of the Watergate Fab Four into my 3rd grade brain.

    The teachers thought I was a prodigy.  I was just getting my political news from Mad Magazine.  An excellent source at the time.

    From the mind and pen of Bob Warren:

    We're Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Dean
    The way we've been treated is really obscene
    To think that a bug worth hardly a shrug
    Could end up by getting us tossed in the jug

    We all got the gate for no reason or rhyme
    You'd think we'd committed some horrible crime
    Our minds may be dirty, but our hands are clean
    We're Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Dean

    We're Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Dean
    Our job was to see that the White House stayed green
    We might have had flaws, like bending the laws
    But God only knows it was for a good cause

    There's no power shortage where we were concerned
    And what little profit resulted, we earned
    For lovlier fellows you never have seen
    Than Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Dean

    We're Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Dean
    Our past has been fat, but the future looks lean
    With backs to the wall, we're taking the fall
    But dammit, we only robbed Pete to pay Paul

    Just when we getting to be well-to-do
    The Watergate turned into our Waterloo
    And now everybody is out to demean
    Poor Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Dean

    Yes, we're Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Dean
    We're perfectly willing to spill every bean
    We've nothing to hide, with God on our side
    He knows we were only along for the ride

    But so it won't come as terrible blow
    There's one little thing that we think you should know
    Whatever we say isn't quite what we mean
    We're Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Dean

    Oh yes, we're Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Dean
    Things won't be the same when we're gone from the scene
    But people will still recall with a thrill
    Our sell-out performance on Capitol Hill

    It just isn't fair to take all of the blame
    When all we were doing was playing the game
    Now all of Washington's caught in between
    Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Dean

  •  Mitchell was a bag man, a convicted felon (0+ / 0-)

    Attorney General Mitchell was considered a fine lawyer and honest and a good man.  He was very patriotic.

    Bullshit! He was the United States of America's highest law enforcement officer and he was filthy dirty. A petty thief, a common criminal.

    Remembering John Mitchell? Yeah, I remember him and his vindictive sonofabitch boss Nixon.

    Some of the younger folks may have never heard of John Mitchell and some older folks apparently need to be reminded.

    Why? Because it may happen again? IT IS HAPPENING AGAIN!! Wake up.

    What is the point of this diary? What good purpose does it serve?

    Nixon got off with no conviction, no jail time, no personal fines. Another example that if you have money/power you are above the laws.

    TRUTH: Nixon and Mitchell should have been shot for TREASON. Read and remember the Constitution which both of these criminals swore to protect and defend.

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