This occurred some years after 1950. In the 1960s and 70s, the American public became very angry and frustrated with the military-industrial complex. The protest against the Vietnam War had reached its very highest. In President Eisenhower‘s farewell address, he warned, “ In the councils of government, we must guard against acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” The American public should refrain from gaining any negative or unauthorized influences by the military-industrial complex.
Working on an article is a privilege not a right, but I do believe that it wasn’t right when the editors didn’t think they had a chance. I also think that the editors did not encourage them because when Woodward and Bernstein had some of their articles published, no other journalist were re-printing their story. They became worried, and wanted to drop the story, thinking that if Woodward and Bernstein continued it, it would get nowhere. I think the story of Watergate was scandalous. It was an American Political scandal and a conflict in the 1970’s and also led to the resignation of president Nixon.
The President went forward to accuse the Democrats for conspiring to remove him from office because he had refused to boost their high support prices. Consequently, he admitted for not supervising his campaign staff adequately thereby leading to the Watergate scandal. During the televised speech, the President was noted to be nervous and was even misspelling some of his words but he still managed to control himself and plead his
There are a number of reasons as to why the Labour Party won the 1964 election, however the main reason was because the Conservative Party had been weakened significantly over the previous 13 years. One huge failing of the Conservatives was the scandals it faced, such as the affair between John Profumo (the Secretary of State for War) and a high class prostitute who was also conducting relations with a Russian spy. This affair may have possibly lead to a breach of national security and worried many government officials at the time. The revelations of it also shocked many ordinary British people and helped put the party name into disrepute. Another failing of the Conservative Party was the Suez crisis of 1956.
Attorney General Elliot Richardson appointed a special prosecutor, Archibald Cox, to investigate the entire affair; Cox and his staff began to uncover widespread evidence of political espionage by the Nixon reelection committee, illegal wiretapping of citizens by the administration, and corporate contributions to the Republican party in return for political favors (Columbia, 6th Edition). In July 1973, it was revealed that presidential conversations in the White House had been tape-recorded since 1971; Cox sued Nixon to obtain the tapes, and Nixon responded by ordering Richardson to fire him (Columbia, 6th Edition). Richardson resigned instead, and his assistant, William Ruckelshaus, also refused and was himself fired. Solicitor General Robert Bork finally fired Cox in what became known as the Saturday Night Massacre (Columbia, 6th Edition). In July 1974, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that such recordings were not privileged and Nixon announced his resignation knowing he would face impeachment if he did not.
The American people were so distraught behind the events that occurred in the nation’s capital. It left Americans in the dark about how their leaders obtain their positions and if their leaders were trustworthy, after Nixon proved he was not. Throughout the long months of controversy over Watergate, there was constant talk in and by the press of a “nation torn apart”. (Lang, 1980, p530) The period of time the Watergate scandal took place is similar to the crisis of confidence that occurred under the administration of President Jimmy Carter. Americans, at this point, wanted and need a national leader that would bring them out of the dark and into the
The terrorist groups, especially the al Qaeda, were dissatisfied with how the United States government ran its affairs. In the case of Al Qaeda, the leaders and members felt that the United States should not protect Israel from the Arab world’s attacks. During the 1960s and 1970s, several groups of individuals as well as individuals voiced their disgust over the government’s handling of its affairs in terms of politics and the handling of international environments. For example, the discouraging loss during the Vietnam War was frequently mentioned as one of the waterloo events (losses) of the United States by the antigovernment rallyists. Within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and Europe, several factions sought to terrorize those joining the war prerogative.
Some of the burglars had ties to people in his administration and Nixon tried to minimize the damage to his personnel. The cover up was known as “Watergate.” It refers to an order of events, over a two year period, with Nixon’s administration abusing their power toward the goal of being sneaky towards the political opposition in the public. Investigations uncovered many unethical and illegal activities by people close to Nixon. The court ordered release of the tape in August 1974 with the prospect of impeachment for Nixon and he resigned only four days later on August 9. Deep throat informed the Washington Post
In January 1973 the seven indicted men were tried before the U.S. District court in Washington, D.C. Five had plead guilty and two were convicted of illegal wiretapping, burglary, and conspiracy. American’s began to notice the possibility of the break-in being a part of a program of espionage which caused the U.S. Senate to conduct an investigation. When the senate had discovered that Nixon had been recording all phone conversations that were held in the oval office, there was no longer a way to cover up the scandal which had occurred. When the people have an administration under a President accused of being part of a cover-up of criminal activity, it shakes their faith in government and leads to a questioning of the morals of their leaders. (Leanne Belair, 2007) On August 8, 1974 Nixon had resigned as president of the United States to avoid being the first president being convicted in a Senate impeachment trial.
The Three (3) Most Important Lessons America Learned From the Watergate Scandal “What is morally wrong can never be politically right” (Zeifman 210). This was said by President Abraham Lincoln and can be applied to many aspects of our American culture, most notably the controversial Watergate Affair. On June 17, 1972, five men attempting to break into and wiretap the Democratic National Committee offices located in the Watergate complex were apprehended by the police. These five gentlemen along with two other accomplices were tried and convicted in January 1973. These seven men were either directly or indirectly employees of President Nixon’s re-election committee and many persons, including the trial judge, John J. Sirica, suspected a conspiracy involving higher-level government officials.