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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 7, 2005 / 29 Iyar, 5765

Deep Throat: Dirty tricks, dirty hands

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan and liberal Rev. Jesse Jackson don't often agree on much politically, but each finds a lot to dislike about Deep Throat. So do I.

Like many folks over the last three decades, I was hoping that the mysterious Deep Throat of Watergate-era fame would turn out to be a pristine-clean Dudley Do-Right, motivated by patriotism, constitutional concerns and maybe a guilty conscience as he fed Watergate revelations to The Washington Post's Bob Woodward.

Instead, he is Mark Felt, a top FBI official at the time, whose constitutional concerns did not prevent him from being convicted in 1980 for authorizing government agents to break into homes secretly, without search warrants, in a search for anti-Vietnam War bombing suspects from the radical Weather Underground in 1972 and 1973.

President Ronald Reagan pardoned Felt five months later on the grounds that he had "acted on high principle to bring an end to the terrorism that was threatening our nation." Former President Richard Nixon sent Felt his congratulations.

Today some right-wingers are castigating Felt as a turncoat and worse.

Was Felt a hero or, in Buchanan's view, a "snake"? Where you stand depends largely on where you sit—or sat.

Buchanan, a veteran of the Nixon White House, describes Felt in interviews as wielding the FBI with its massive files and investigative powers like a "secret police" force to find and feed material to "the Nixon-haters at The Washington Post."

In a telephone interview, Jackson, a veteran of the Rev. Martin Luther King's civil rights organization, described his reaction as "mixed." He was delighted that Nixon's reign ended but troubled that Deep Throat turned out to be a top lieutenant in the late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's Constitution-trampling war against civil rights leaders, anti-war protesters, Black Panther leaders and other left leaners.

Indeed, Felt was a top enforcer of burglaries, wiretaps, extortions and other "black-bag" jobs for Hoover during the time when then-Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy authorized the FBI to wiretap and otherwise spy on King, based on Hoover's unfounded suspicions that King was a communist.

The FBI's operation later expanded to the planting of agent provocateurs in King's movement and secretly wiretapping King and his family. Hoover's counterintelligence program, COINTELPRO, resulted in the police-raid deaths of two Chicago Black Panther leaders in 1969. Their families later won a major financial settlement for the violation of the Panthers' civil rights.

"If the FBI can come to the press and use its own influence to decide who the press will or won't expose, that's a disturbing situation," Jackson said.

No, Felt was not a pristine clean "goo-goo," which is what the Democratic machine used to call "good-government" types when I was covering Chicago politics in the '70s. But few anonymous whistleblowers fit the image of Boy Scouts motivated only by their duty to do the right thing. In fact, many whistleblowers have mixed motives and that puts an extra burden on journalists to use anonymous sources cautiously and sparingly.

"Don't bite the hand that feeds you information," a prize-winning investigative reporter explained to me during the Watergate era. "But, it's OK to check their fingernails."

Felt appears to have had some dirt under his fingernails and his detractors are making the most of it. He resented being passed over by Nixon to succeed Hoover as FBI director. Judging by Woodward's account, and others, Felt also was engaged in an old-fashioned Washington turf battle to preserve the independence of Hoover's FBI against power grabs by Nixon's White House.

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But, taking all that into account, Felt provided good information about criminal enterprises and cover-ups at the top of America's government and within Nixon's presidential re-election campaign. It's not hard to see why Woodward, his partner Carl Bernstein and Post editor Ben Bradley saw Felt's professional turf battles as small potatoes in light of the larger story he was helping them to report.

With that in mind, I am amused that many of the same people who called Felt a turncoat for betraying the Nixon White House praised Linda Tripp's similar betrayal of a confidence to expose President Bill Clinton's affair with a White House intern.

For some people, the ethics of whistleblowing depend upon whom the whistle is being blown.

Unlike Clinton's affair, the Watergate scandal involved far-reaching burglaries, secret slush funds, cover-ups and other criminal activity and violations of the Constitution. As more than one comedian has put it, Clinton did to an intern what Nixon was trying to do to the whole country. With that in mind, I expect history will vindicate Felt's role in the Watergate story, based on what he was trying to expose and why it was worth exposing.

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