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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-11 03:24 PM
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5. Oh! Happy Day!
Thank you for the heads-up, seafan. This must be the then, when they talk about living in interesting times...

President Nixon attends the Big Shootout in Fayetteville. Arkansas Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt is in Nixon's row on the far left.
Arkansas Governor Winthrop Rockefeller sits between Hammerschmidt and Nixon. Future President George Bush is on the right side of the picture, and Texas Congressman Jim Wright sits behind Nixon.
Henry Kissinger's glasses are barely noticed directly behind the man in the dark hat who is sitting next to Bush (Kissinger sits behind Bush). Source:

Historians want Nixon grand jury testimony opened

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 2:44 p.m.


Newspapers reported at the time of Nixon testimony that he was questioned about the 18 1/2-minute gap in his Oval Office tapes, changes made to White House transcripts of the recordings, his administration's use of the Internal Revenue Service to harass his political enemies and a $100,000 campaign contribution from billionaire Howard Hughes. But the details of what the president said have never leaked out.

Several Watergate figures filed declarations in support of the petition, including Nixon's White House counsel John Dean, who served prison time for his role in the scandal. Dean wrote that Nixon's testimony covers topics that the president only vaguely discussed in his memoirs and his revelations to the grand jury would help stop "those wanting to twist and distort history."

But not all Nixon historians support release of his testimony. James Rosen, author of "The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate," says not enough time has passed as it had in the Hiss case when the main figures were long dead.

"In this case, President Nixon's chief accuser - John Dean - remains very much alive," said Rosen, a correspondent for Fox News. "The court should wait until all participants in Watergate have died before making public the testimony that President Nixon gave willingly and with the assurance that it would, like all grand jury testimony, remain sealed."


Perhaps the release will shed some light on Nixon's minders, "The Texans" and the "Bay of Pigs Thing."
No matter what, thanks, seafan, for caring about our nation's future, free from secret government.
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