Does it Matter Who's Rummaging Through Our Lives?
By William Boardman (6.17.13)
National Security Agency (NSA) Covertly Inspects Anyone's Private Life
How many people do you know who, hearing that the NSA was busy obliterating privacy, have reacted to the effect of: well, duh, or that's old news, or worse: didn't we make that legal? It's not as though the NSA is carrying out break-ins, is it?
Forty-one years ago, on June 17, 1972, the break-in at the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate Hotel evoked similar reactions along the lines of big deal, or who cares? The Nixon White House officially dubbed it a "third-rate burglary attempt," with a secret irony that Oval Office operatives could enjoy right through the fall election and President Nixon's sweeping, landslide victory.
Secretly (except from himself) taped six days after the break-in, the President asked: "Who was the a**hole who ordered it?" Some take this to mean he didn't know about the break-in in advance, others think it means he was aware that he was taping himself and needed to sound innocent. Either way, he ordered a cover-up that was effective for a time.