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"The Constitution and Deep Throat "

  rec 6-1-05 

1) 3:46 short essay Mp3

2) 4:28 long essay Mp3

THE CONSTITUTION & "DEEP THROAT"
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[Col. Writ. 6/4/05] Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal

   If the media is to be believed, the Age of Watergate has been reborn in the revelation of the identity of the figure known as "Deep Throat", the high government source who divulged the criminal acts of the Nixon White House, leading to the fall of a President.  W. Mark Felt, his hair a brilliant white, his mind and apparently his memory dimmed by over 90 winters, has announced that it was indeed he who was that important historical figure.  He gave data to reporters of *The Washington Post* that uncovered the role of the White House in the break-in at the Watergate Hotel, the site of the offices of the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent cover-up.

   There are those who say that this man, in betraying the Nixon White House, and his boss, the Attorney General, was practicing a higher fidelity to the Constitution.

   Those who say that apparently know little of whom they speak.

   They hear or read that he headed the FBI's counterintelligence division, and their mind conjures up shadowy images of undercover KGB spies, or spies of yet another foreign power.  They do not know that his job was to use the powers of the federal government, through the FBI, to punish, and indeed destroy that which is allegedly protected under the First Amendment -- the right to dissent.

   W. Mark Felt, as Deputy Director of the FBI, led the ill-fated FBI program known as COINTELPRO (for *C*ounter*intel*igence *Pro*gram), which targeted American citizens for opposing the Vietnam War, for advocating changes in Central American policies such as supporting brutal dictators, for supporting Civil Rights, Black Liberation, Women's Rights, or socialism.  His unit spied on law-abiding Americans, broke into homes, ripped open and read mail, tapped phones, harassed, isolated, threatened, and destroyed the lives of thousands of Americans, who merely opposed the U.S. government's policies.

   This guy cared about the Constitution so much that he was convicted of committing crimes in violation of the Constitution, and other laws, like authorizing burglaries, and authorizing break-ins of homes of dissidents.

   In my book, *WE WANT FREEDOM: A Life in the Black Panther Party* (Cambridge, Ma.: South End Press, 2004), I dedicate an entire chapter to the many and sordid crimes of government, against American citizens, from Martin Luther King, Jr., to Fred Hampton, to school teachers, and even actors who got on the FBI's bad side for daring to support positions they didn't like.  They hounded people, ran them out of jobs, set them up, and sometimes, killed them.  I have documented them, and W. Mark Felt commanded many of those crimes.  In November, 1980, two FBI officials were convicted in federal court, of authorizing break-ins into the homes of people, who were relatives, or friends of members of the radical Weather Underground.  Those 2 FBI officials were Edward S. Miller, and W. Mark Felt.  They were convicted of these crimes because they ordered agents to enter people's homes without search warrants or probable cause.

   On April 15, 1981, then-President Ronald Reagan pardoned the two men, saying they acted on "high principle."  (This is the same actor-politician who called the contras of Nicaragua, "the moral equivalent of our founding fathers.")

   Months before the pardon, the U.S. government paid some $10,000 each to five persons whose homes were burglarized by the FBI, or whose phones were illegally wiretapped.

   The federal convictions came years after Watergate, which proves that fidelity to the Constitution wasn't the motivating factor in betraying the Nixon White House.  In so doing, he was instead protecting the agency uber alles, not the Constitution, nor any other political entity.  The agency committed crimes before Watergate, and certainly after Watergate, and perhaps during it.

   They were the Praetorian Guard, a power unto themselves, more powerful than the Emperors.  They still are.


Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal

[*Source*: Donner, Frank.  *The Age of Surveillance: The Aims and Methods of America's Political Intelligence System* (NY: Vintage Books, 1981).]

  [Check out Mumia's latest: *WE WANT FREEDOM:
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