Richard Nixon for Great Justice; Pinochet is all done

The Nixon interview:

 ~Ibach NixonFROST: So what in a sense, you're saying is that there are certain situations, and the Huston Plan or that part of it was one of them, where the president can decide that it's in the best interests of the nation or something, and do something illegal.

NIXON: Well, when the president does it that means that it is not illegal.

FROST: By definition.

NIXON: Exactly. Exactly. If the president, for example, approves something because of the national security, or in this case because of a threat to internal peace and order of significant magnitude, then the president's decision in that instance is one that enables those who carry it out, to carry it out without violating a law. Otherwise they're in an impossible position.

FROST: So, that in other words, really you were saying in that answer, really, between the burglary and murder, again, there's no subtle way to say that there was murder of a dissenter in this country because I don't know any evidence to that effect at all. But, the point is: just the dividing line, is that in fact, the dividing line is the president's judgment?

NIXON: Yes, and the dividing line and, just so that one does not get the impression, that a president can run amok in this country and get away with it, we have to have in mind that a president has to come up before the electorate. We also have to have in mind, that a president has to get appropriations from the Congress. We have to have in mind, for example, that as far as the CIA's covert operations are concerned, as far as the FBI's covert operations are concerned, through the years, they have been disclosed on a very, very limited basis to trusted members of Congress. I don't know whether it can be done today or not.

Augusto Pinochet konked off yesterday in Santiago, having bloodied his hands with thousands and basically gotten away with it.

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My dad was hitchhiking in South America in the summer of 1973 and while in Chile, there was a coup attempt and tanks in the streets. CIA agents clad in sunglasses and US Navy ships offshore framed a disturbing situation. My dad made for the Argentine border and left. One week later, Pinochet killed Salvador Allende and the repression began.

Good riddance. Such tricks can't be pulled in South America anymore.

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