Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Hero or Heel?

Mark Felt has now slipped out of his closet as the long sought-after “deep throat”, of Watergate fame. But according to MSNBC for a long time he wondered if he had done the right thing:
  • “A statement from the family, read by Felt's grandson, Nick Jones, described how conflicted he was over whether his role was noble or dishonorable. ‘Mark had expressed reservations in the past about revealing his identity and about whether his actions were appropriate for an FBI man,’ Jones said. ‘But as he recently told my mother, 'I guess people used to think Deep Throat was a criminal. But now they think he's a hero’.' "
Well, not exactly. Scott at Power Line has a well-referenced post that points out the likelihood Felt’s ulterior motives were not benign, but instead were bureaucratically political in nature. Since he had been passed over for the directorship (at the time of Hoover’s death), Felt was not adverse to creating mischief for the president’s appointee-du-jour, L. Patrick Gray.

(Read the whole thing to discover how the MSM still doesn’t get it).

Felt is now 92, so he may be forgiven further flogging. But there is no denying what he did so many years ago tarnished his cherished institution so badly it will probably never recover its glory days.

When a law-enforcement organization – at any level – plays politics, then truth, justice and the American way simply can’t survive. That principle has been proven in this country for almost two centuries, in big cities, small towns, rural counties – everywhere. So when Felt casually threw away the FBI’s reputation over petty politics, instead of justice, he gave away the store and started his own agency on a gradual downward slide that might never end.

NOTE: Nothing in this implies that every agent is tainted. Absolutely not. What it DOES say is that the culture is now in place so that the mere suspicion of political machinations makes it easy for public talk to rear up and haunt the agency’s proponents whenever it is involved in politically sensitive investigations. So now, how do they un-peal the bell?

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