More Nixon Tapes Released

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Politics With Frost/Nixon making its way to the big screen, this is timely.  The National Archives has released more Nixon White House tapes, and once again, they show just how dirty and corrupt Nixon was.

Here, for example, is a newly-released tape from July 1, 1971.  Nixon instructs Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman to have someone break into the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.:

"I can't have a high-minded lawyer … I want a son-of-a-b—-. I want someone just as tough as I am. … We're up against an enemy, a conspiracy that will use any means. We are going to use any means… . Get it done. I want it done. I want the Brookings Institution cleaned out and have it cleaned out in a way that has somebody else take the blame."

Man, if that had come out in 1972, Nixon would be toast.  He's ordering a crime… and a cover-up.

UPDATE:  And those hippies marching in the street over Vietnam? Turns out they did have an effect — they actually did put pressure on the White House and its Vietnam policy.