The term Watergate went on to encompass an array of clandestine and often illegal activities undertaken by members of the Nixon administration
The 1971 tilt to Pakistan was a metaphor for the Nixon administration
whose major foreign policy initiatives were done in secrecy and thus implementation was always a problem.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat adviser within the administration, apparently urged the Nixon administration
to initiate a worldwide system of monitoring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, decades before the issue of global warming came to the public's attention -- with the help of Al Gore.
Israel also treated the Nixon Administration
, especially the State Department, suspiciously at the time and feared that Washington intended to coerce it into signing a forced agreement with Egypt, in which Israel would have to withdraw from the Sinai Peninsula without first reaching an agreement that would protect its interests.
In Times Past, we look back at the Pentagon Papers case 40 years ago, which pitted The New York Times against the Nixon Administration
in a First Amendment battle over the right to publish a secret Defense
The "nabobs" were opponents of Nixon administration
policy, especially in Vietnam.
While leading the Reporters Committee, Landau and the organization sued to release more than 40 million documents and recordings from the Nixon administration
, with which he was familiar because of his previous post as press secretary to Nixon Attorney General John Mitchell.
Under his leadership, the committee took on numerous pro bono cases, fought subpoenas forcing reporters to testify about confidential sources, and successfully filed suit for access to more than 40 million White House tapes and documents that the Nixon administration
had withheld from the public domain.
He served as a spokesman for Attorney General John Mitchell early in the Nixon administration
, helping to come up with new rules requiring the attorney general's approval for a media subpoena.
Pat Buchanan, speechwriter during the Nixon administration
and now a political analyst for MSNBC, notes, "The battle between the White House and the national media is the battle over who controls the national agenda.
This State Department volume, the first of five that will cover the end period of the Vietnam War, documents major foreign policy issues of the Nixon administration
, with a focus on U.
But Cheney--former aide to Rumsfeld in the Nixon administration
, chief of staff in the Ford administration, defense secretary in the first Bush administration, and House intelligence committee chairman during the Iran-Contra scandal (in which he backed the Reagan White House)--is no novice in the art of bureaucratic warfare.
But even if we assume the unlikely fiction that all future presidents will not knowingly wiretap their political opponents like the Nixon administration
did, the threat from the surveillance state remains from lesser officials who could use the information for the purposes of blackmail, stalking by sexual predators (several Homeland Security officials have been arrested for sexual assault against minors in recent months), and so on.
During the last several years of the Vietnam War, the Nixon administration
went public with a much more heavy-handed approach, deploying Vice President Spiro Agnew to make a series of speeches that denounced critical news coverage.
Another is his quoting of William Safire--who wrote speeches for the Nixon administration
before becoming a prize-winning columnist for The New York Times--on behalf of amicable relations with the press.