Saturday, June 18, 2005

All the President's....

Robert Redford comments on BushCo in the Salt Lake Tribune. Here's an excerpt:

Key lessons not learned, Redford says
Talk of the Morning: Repeat of History?
Watergate Revisited
By Sean P. MeansThe Salt Lake Tribune

Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman star in the 1976 Watergate movie ''All the President's Men.'' Redford now says he used to speculate who the mysterious ''Deep Throat'' source in the government was.

Robert Redford used to speculate on who Deep Throat was: "I had pieced together it probably had to do with the FBI." Now, the actor who played Bob Woodward in "All the President's Men" wonders whether Deep Throat would make a difference in today's political climate. "I don't know if you'd be able to get a hearing now," Redford said in an interview Thursday. "If President Nixon had had control of both houses of Congress, and the Supreme Court, and the bully pulpit, I don't know if that stuff would have ever come out."

Redford said the revelation that former Deputy FBI Director Mark Felt was Deep Throat, the secret informant who guided Washington Post reporters Woodward and Carl Bernstein through their probe into the Nixon White House, has him "waiting to see if anybody is going to connect where we were then and where we are now, because the same elements are absolutely in place, only they're worse. . . ." "

You can go right down the line in the Bush administration, there's about 15 issues as strong or as big as the Watergate break-in was that have come and died out," Redford said, citing the fruitless search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the recently uncovered "Downing Street memo" suggesting Bush's officials tweaked intelligence to support their invasion plans. "

The Bush administration is successful at denying, and if they get caught, they just deny and move on, or they bait-and-switch and create some other crisis," Redford said. "There are guys out there digging and digging. There are stories appearing every single day. . . . But is it getting any traction with the public?"
It's not that Rep John Conyers isn't trying...but the major media really weren't. Today, the AP has it up and running.

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