On the Death of Deep Throat



"De mortuis nil nisi
bonum."

Of the dead, nothing but good.

So said
Dean Acheson
of Sen.

Joe McCarthy
on his death in 1957.
"Tailgunner Joe"

had bedeviled the secretary of state for his lassitude
toward communist penetration of State in President
Truman`s time.

But the passing of Mark Felt,
associate director of the FBI in the later Nixon years,
lately exposed as
"Deep Throat," the source for the Woodward-Bernstein stories, calls
forth some rebuttal to the tributes lavished upon Felt
as the honest lawman who saved our republic.

When the Watergate break-in was
traced to the Committee to Reelect the President, Felt
was put in charge of the FBI investigation. Almost
immediately, he began to leak to Woodward.

Felt, it is said, was justified, as
the White House was interfering with his investigation.
False.

This is a moral cloak belatedly
cast over

more base motives.

The truth: Felt was a bitter man.
Having risen through the ranks under J. Edgar Hoover,
whose black-bag jobs he had overseen, Felt expected to
be rewarded by being named director on Hoover`s death.
Nixon had passed him over for an outsider,

L. Patrick Gray.

By secretly colluding with the
Post, Felt was ingratiating himself with an establishment that
loathed Nixon, even as he exacted revenge for having
being denied by Nixon the post he had coveted.

Had Nixon or aides restricted Felt,
the Post would have had an explosive story. But the
Post never
charged the White House with interfering with the FBI
investigation that summer or fall, because it was not
interfering.

What Bob Woodward and Carl
Bernstein ran with were such shockers as that Nixon`s
men had hired a trickster to ape the Democrats`
Dick Tuck,
and said trickster had sent dozens of
pizzas to a Muskie rally.

The FBI had ferreted out the Artful
Dodger, and the
Post
led with the atrocity.
"FBI
Finds Nixon Aides Sabotaged Democrats
,"
screamed
the four-column headline at the top of page one.

Indeed, if what Felt did was
honorable, why did he lie and deny it repeatedly when
asked if he was leaking to the Post? Why did he lie in
his memoir in 1979, when, well into retirement, he
emphatically denied he was Deep Throat? Was Felt so
noble he could save our republic, yet refuse, to the
point of lying in his memoirs, to take any credit?

Answer: Felt knew what he did was
dishonorable, corrupt—and unnecessary. For honest FBI
agents were steadily making progress toward proving that
higher-ups at CREEP were involved in aiding those caught
in the Watergate break-in.

Felt had another reason for lying
about his role as snitch for the Post. Former colleagues
would be disgusted, for his was not only a breach of
law, but of faith and trust, a dishonoring of his oath
as an FBI agent.

One wonders what went through the
mind of Felt, when, on trial in Manhattan in 1980 for
those FBI black-bag jobs against the Weather Underground
that had

bombed the Pentagon and Capitol,
ex-President Nixon
walked into the courtroom to testify in Felt`s defense?

When Felt was convicted, Ronald
Reagan pardoned him, declaring that if the Carter
amnesty was proper for those who had defected to Canada
rather than serve in Vietnam, it was right to pardon
those who risked their careers to protect the nation.

After exposure as Deep Throat, Felt

wrote
in a 2006 memoir, "TThe
bottom line is that we did get the whole truth out, but
isn`t that what the FBI is supposed to do?"

No, Mr. Felt, that is not what the
FBI is supposed to do.

Do we really want, here in America,
our premier investigative and police agency to get the
truth out that it decides to get out?

Would it have been right for Hoover
to get the "whole
truth out"
on JFK`s liaisons with suspected German
spies, Mafia molls and Marilyn Monroe, and destroy his
presidency? Would it have been right for the FBI to get
the "whole truth
out"
of Hoover`s secret files, and ruin all the
public careers the FBI could have destroyed?

Isn`t that what the old KGB did to
its enemies?

In the early `60s, Robert Kennedy
authorized Hoover to bug and tap Dr. Martin Luther King.
When the FBI turned up film of King with loose women,
LBJ`s White House moved the photos to the Washington
press.

Felt knew of this. The Post knew of
this. The Washington press corps knew of this. Why
didn`t Felt and the
Post blow the
whistle on this squalid deed? Was it not so egregious as
sending pizzas to Muskie`s rally?

In that Scoundrel Time, the liberal
establishment—the press, the politicians and the police
bureaucrats—colluded
to destroy Nixon,
even as they covered for JFK and
LBJ.

Nixon, you see, was not one of
them. Is it not always thus?

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Patrick J. Buchanan

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Empire and the West Lost the World,

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Paul Craig Roberts.