jdbower - 6/5/2005 10:22 AM
By the way, here's the original message:
From the media and the political pundits, that is.
Mark Felt is hero for revealing the truth about Nixon. Even though he broke some laws and his oath of oofice, he is a hero. ( Didn't Charles Colson go to jail for releasing data from "secret FBI files--the same as Mr. Felt?) In fact anyone who uses any means to destroy a republican or a conservative is a hero.
By the same token, why is Linda Trip not a hero? She also came forward to tell the truth about a law-breaking President.
Could it be that Mark Felt is on the side of the (unbiased) media, while Linda Trip is on the opposition side? It is all political!
When Linda Tripp ratted her best buddy out, Monica Lewinski, what crime had President Clinton been acused of that was later proven to be true? As I recall, the inquisition being conducted by the Special Prosecutor Kent Starr was attempting to dig up dirt on the Whitewater scandal. A "scandal" of immense proportions, or so it would seem. At the root of the scandal was the accusation that The Clinton's somehow, using underhanded tactics like being tipped off or receiving special treatment in some way, did not loose their $40,000 or so investment when Whitewater, a land development scheme, went belly up. The most scandalous part of the whole thing was that the Special Prosecutor's Office spent over $10,000,000 chasing down "leads" and imprisoning people who would not provide satisfactory, incriminating evidence.
Ms. Tripp merely blew the whistle on Ms. Lewinski and the President. Now, I am not a resident of DC, but I do not think getting blow job out of wedlock, in wedlock, or in any condition where you didn't pay cash for it, is illegal. The problem only became a question of legality when Clinton said he did not get a bj, when he did, to the Grand Jury convened at the convenience of the Special Prosecutor, who had been fed this morsel of nobody else's business by Ms. Tripp.
Mr. Felt on the other hand, decided his duty and oath were not in conflict. He decided his oath never included participating in a cover up, and his duty required that he expose it. You may choose to disagree with how he elected to disclose the information he had, but you cannot seriously suggest the oath of duty he took as an FBI agent means he was obligated to support lying to the Senate and the American people.
I see a big difference. Ms. Tripp participated in a set up by reporting socially damaging information to Kenneth Starr, that Kenneth Starr subsequently used to entrap President Clinton in a lie about the socially damaging, but not criminal, behaviour. Mark Felt exposed a President lying to the Senate and the American people about a cover-up of criminal behavior.