December 19 2008

R.I.P. W. Mark Felt

w mark feltPossibly one of the greatest heroes in American history has passed away.

W. Mark Felt was revealed to be the infamous Deep Throat of the Preseident Richard M. Nixon Watergate scandal back on May 31st,2005.  While some would say that Mr. Felt was nothing but a whistleblower, I don’t think any one would be hard pressed to convince me that Nixon didn’t need to be ousted from office as more and more information about his antics came to light.  Considering the tapes that have comes out in recent years, it is fairly obvious that Nixon was crazy as a loon bird.

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein swore that they would not reveal Deep Throat’s identity until the person had passed away, but in 2005 Mr. Felt was suffering from progressively worsening Alzheimers, and when his family figured out who he was due to a visit by Mr. Woodward, they decided to reveal it to the world via Vanity Fair.  Luckily Woodward had The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat book ready to go, and it came out in short order.

The book revealed a man who became the snitch on the happenings of Watergate partially out of a sense of duty, but in large part due to bitterness over the fact he had been told he had little hope of ever heading the F.B.I., even after rising to the second-in-command spot after many long years of service to the agency.  While this revelation tarnished my opinion of Deep Throat some, he still had done what had to be done, and while it has never been addressed, no matter how he felt, I am sure it was not an easy decision for any one to reach that they should rat out their President for their actions.

Mr. Felt was 95-years-old, and I, for one, salute his memory.

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